Individual, couples, and family therapy to help you address and resolve issues and see positive changes in your life.


100% confidential, HIPAA-compliant counseling & therapy from top-notch, licensed and experienced Deaf counselors.


In-office sessions or secure videophone therapy in the comfort of your home, workplace, or on the road.


Payment by many insurance plans, EAPs, and vocational rehabilitation programs; sliding fee scale available.


Counseling Done Differently

Deaf Counseling Center is a Deaf-owned and operated therapy, counseling, coaching, assessments and psychiatric and consulting practice staffed by Deaf licensed professional therapists. We specialize in working with Deaf people and their families and are committed to:

  • Providing safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental therapy services
  • Creating a culturally sensitive counseling/therapy and Deaf-friendly environment for Deaf clients and their families
  • Ensuring effective communication through American Sign Language
  • Enhancing lives through empowerment and positive change

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Our Team

Dr. Candace A. McCulloughChief Executive Officer
Dr. McCullough is Deaf, holds a PhD in clinical psychology, a MA in Psychology and a MA in Mental Health Counseling. She has a license in MaRead more
Sharon Duchesneau, LCPCClinical Services Director
Ms. Duchesneau is a Maryland and District of Columbia licensed Deaf counselor and also holds certifications as an Approved Clinical SupervisRead more
Sheli Barber, LPCCTherapist
Ms. Barber is a Deaf psychotherapist, licensed in California. She obtained her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Gallaudet UnRead more
Madie Davis-Shelton, LCSW-CClinical Social Worker
Ms. Davis-Shelton is a Deaf clinical social worker, licensed in the District of Columbia. She received her Master’s degree from the School oRead more
Christine Ellis, LCSWClinical Social Worker
Ms. Ellis is a California and Colorado licensed clinical social worker and holds certification as a Distance Credentialed Counselor. She obtRead more
Lizabeth Katz, LCSW-CClinical Social Worker
Ms. Katz, a Deaf licensed clinical social worker, has been involved in providing therapy and assessment services to the Deaf community for oRead more
Dan Langholtz, LCSWClinical Social Worker
Daniel Langholtz is a Deaf Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in California.  He first obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work froRead more
Carrie MichaelsCarrie Michaels, LMFTTherapist
Ms. Michaels is a California licensed Deaf Mexican-American therapist, who also holds certification as a Distance Credentialed Counselor.  ARead more
Lisa Montalvo, LPCTherapist
Ms. Lisa Montalvo is a licensed Deaf Latina Therapist in the District of Columbia. She also holds two certifications: National CertificationRead more
Susanna Paulay, LCSW-RClinical Social Worker
A Deaf therapist licensed in New York, Maryland, Florida and Maine, Ms. Paulay also holds NYS certification in public education and has beenRead more
Scott Staubach, LPCTherapist
Mr. Staubach is a Deaf psychotherapist and a licensed supervisor based in Alabama. He received his Master’s degree in Mental Health CounseliRead more
Jan Delap, CDICertified Deaf Interpreter
Ms. DeLap is a certified Deaf interpreter in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, specializing in legal-forensic interpreting. For over 15Read more


How many counseling or therapy centers in the U.S. specialize in working with Deaf people and are staffed fully by experienced Deaf therapists?


One. You are looking at us!

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How We Can Help

Our Approach

The first psychotherapists to conceptualize a Deaf-centered framework of therapy and the first to establish a counseling practice grounded in a Deaf-centered philosophy.
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Why Choose Us

National experts specifically trained  in counseling Deaf people, providing direct therapy services in American Sign Language through a one-stop center.
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Counseling Services

Comprehensive psychological and consulting services for Deaf people and their families, from therapeutic support groups to crisis intervention and one-on-one counseling.
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Counselor Preference

Out of roughly 1,000 Deaf people polled, 85% prefer a Deaf counselor or therapist over a hearing counselor or therapist.

Deaf people overwhelmingly prefer to work with a Deaf counselor. The McCullough and Duchesneau (2014) finding is similar to that of the Steinberg, A.G., Sullivan, V.J., & Loew, R.C. (1998) study, which found that out of 54 Deaf participants, 72% preferred a Deaf counselor and 15% preferred a hearing counselor.

McCullough, C.A., & Duchesneau. S.M. (2014, October 20). Counselor preference [Web survey]. Retrieved from http://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-TPSMZVXL/

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