Side By Side Counseling & Consulting LLC

Side By Side for Your Healing and Growth

I offer evidence-based, culturally-competent individual, premarital, marital, and family therapy in a safe, warm, and compassionate environment using English and Mandarin. I offer teletherapy, in-person and outdoor therapy sessions.
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Xiaofang (Bethanie) Wang Lanterman, PhD, LGMFT EDUCATION Ph.D. in Family Science, University of Maryland at College Park M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland at College Park M.A. in Parenting Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China B.A. in School Education (Pedagogy & Psychology), Anhui Normal University, China CREDENTIALS: • Certificate: Prepare and Enrich / 1331101 (Date: 2020) for premarital counseling • Certificate: Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) (Date: 2019) • Certificate: Emotional Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) (Date: 2021) • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Certification #285-65450 (Date: 2022) CLIENTS: I am accepting clients in Maryland and providing teletherapy and in-person sessions. I also provide life coaching via secure videos for clients in China and internationally. I speak both English and Chinese (Mandarin). MY PHILOSOPHY OF COUNSELING As a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe it is more effective to address individual, couple, and family issues from a systemic lens. It takes courage and great strength to seek help for lasting and rewarding personal growth and for stronger and more fulfilling couple and family relationships. I believe it is important to have the best interest of my clients in my heart, to have sympathy, compassion and care for all my clients, and to build safe, warm, trustworthy, and collaborative therapeutic relationships. I am committed to applying evidence-based and culturally-competent therapeutic concepts and skills to address clients’ specific needs and to build upon client’s strength for change. CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I have 4 years (more than 1500 hours ) of clinical experience. I worked with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds at the University of Maryland’s Center for Healthy Families as an intern for 2 years. Since October 2020, I have been seeing clients in private practices. As an individual therapist, I enjoy supporting clients as they address issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, stress management, identity formation, trauma, life transitions, and cross-cultural adaptation. As a family therapist, my strengths include working families with children and teenagers, as well as immigrant and multi-cultural families. Issues addressed may include family communication, identifying and utilizing appropriate boundaries in parent-child relationships, children’s mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, panic attacks) and behavioral concerns, parenting, child development, and international education. As a couple therapist, I work with couples in addressing issues such as breakdown in communication, parenting disagreements, sex and intimacy, loss of passion, and many others. I am particularly interested in working with interracial/cross-cultural couples. I also work with dating and engaged couples who wish to figure out ways to strengthen their relationships, or are deciding about whether to stay together and solidify their commitment. I enjoy working with clients of all different faith and spirituality backgrounds as they seek to understand how their beliefs fit into their life experiences. I am a Christian, if you are looking specifically for a counselor who understands the Christian faith, please indicate that. I tend to be eclectic in my theoretical orientation. I have utilized approaches such as CBT, Bowen, DBT, structural family therapy, solution-focused therapy, play therapy (e.g., Sand Tray), Gottman, EFT, and experiential family therapy. I offer FREE 15-20 minutes phone or video consultation to answer your questions. DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE? I take CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Maryland and I am an out-of-network provider for all other health insurance plans. For out-of-network clients, many of my clients submit their invoices and receive a portion of reimbursement for their sessions from their insurance company. I recommend the following steps: Contact your insurance carrier and ask them about your mental health coverage. Ask: 1) “Do I have mental health outpatient benefits?”, specifically for treatment codes 90791 (initial visit), 90834 (individual therapy), and/or 90847 (conjoint therapy with a partner or family member). 2) “What are my benefits for an out-of-network mental health therapist?” and 3) “What is the process for submitting invoices for reimbursement?” Upon request, I can provide you with a monthly superbill that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement of my services. PAYMENT I accept payment through credit card only, and payments are made at the time of service. CONSULTING/RESEARCH EXPERIENCE In addition to counseling, I also offer consulting services. I have 9 years of full-time consulting experience in research design, process and outcome program evaluation, survey, instrument and questionnaire development, data collection, qualitative analysis, focus group, in-person and phone in-depth interviews, site visits, quantitative data analysis, data manipulation, sampling, weighting, report writing, literature review, training and technical assistance, program design, proposal writing, and project management. I have worked on more than 30 U.S. federal, state, and local government research projects, authored a dozen reports/issue briefs, and presented more than ten papers at national conferences as the first author. I have content expertise in psychology, pedagogy, child development, parenting, education, family studies, mental health, and workforce development. I am highly proficient in SPSS. Please contact me for consulting services at: 301-338-8398 or OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE I’ve taught child development, research methods, family law, and family finance classes at undergraduate levels in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland as a Teaching Assistant, Asian American Psychology in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland as an Adjunct Lecturer, and Parenting at the University of Maryland Global Campus as an Adjunct Professor. In addition, my pre-clinical experiences as a researcher, Program Evaluator, and Teaching and Technical Assistance provider for the U.S. federal and state governments have helped me gain experience working with diverse populations including young parents, Native Americans, couples, refugees, and veterans. I am a Pre-Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). ABOUT ME: My strength as a therapist is in connecting with clients from diverse racial and cultural background by being curious, open-minded, warm and kind, in helping clients to gain insights, and in providing clients with knowledge and tools they may need for positive change. As an international student from China and an immigrant myself, I connect well with clients with international backgrounds. I can speak both English and Chinese (Mandarin) fluently. I have been married for 9 years as an interracial/intercultural couple. When not working I enjoy walking in nature and taking pictures, travelling, hiking with my husband, reading, listening to music, hosting parties for internationals with my husband, watching movies, and spending time with my friends. 您好!谢谢您花时间看我的介绍。我相信能面对自己和家庭的问题,并为了个人、婚姻和家庭的治愈和成长而寻求帮助是一种有勇气和负责任的表现。我叫王小芳, Xiaofang (Bethanie) Wang Lanterman, Ph.D., 美国马里兰大学家庭研究博士和临床婚姻家庭咨询硕士及北京师范大学家庭教育硕士毕业,美国马里兰州执照, 曾任马里兰大学国际校区(UMGC)的兼职教授。擅长从系统的角度提供个人、婚前、婚姻、家庭心理咨询,服务于儿童、青少年、成人、夫妻及家庭,特别是为华裔和其他亚裔族群、新移民、国际学生、留学生群体等,提供网络、办公室及户外咨询服务。我可以提供普通话和英文服务。 我目前拥有4年超过1500个小时提供个人、婚前、婚姻和家庭咨询的临床经验。有治疗抑郁、焦虑、愤怒情绪管理、创伤、性侵犯、家长教育/育儿、儿童情绪及行为问题、夫妻交流及性问题、家庭冲突及关系、跨文化冲突等问题的经验。主要咨询方式通过认知行为疗法(CBT)、辩证行为疗法(DBT)、原生家庭理念 (Bowen Therapy)、家庭结构疗法(Structural Family Therapy)、游戏疗法(Play Therapy)、焦点解决治疗(Solution-Focused Therapy)、哥特曼夫妻关系疗法(Gottman Couple Therapy)、情绪取向疗法 (EFT)、体验家庭疗法 (Experiential Family Therapy)等,为客户提供积极有效的心理服务。 我提供15-20分钟的免费电话或视频咨询,回答您的疑问,并根据您的需要为您提供心理服务建议。如果您有经济困难,我会提供滑动收费。请打咨询电话、发电子邮件预约咨询. I am verified by Psychology Today:
Xiaofang (Bethanie) Wang Lanterman
Ph.D., M.A., M.S., LGMFT
  • Anxiety
  • Interracial Couple Relationship
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Cross-Cultural Adaptation
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Couples Counseling
  • Anger Management
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Communication Issues
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Racial Identity
  • Stress
  • Sex Therapy
  • Child Development
  • Play Therapy and Sand Tray
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Bowen Intergenerational Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Family/Marital Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Play Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Prepare/Enrich for Premarital Counseling

Insurance Accepted

  • CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield


  • 50-Minute Session : $160
  • 90-Minute Session: $240
  • Initial intake appointment: $180
  • Prepare and Enrich Package: $1,100

“We appreciate everything you have done for us. Having you as our therapist was the best decision and it was very impactful. Thank you again! ”

From a past couple written on July 25, 2021

“I truly appreciate all of the time, effort, patience and kindness that you have put into each and every one of our sessions. I cannot begin to express how helpful and empowering you have been for me.”

From an individual client written on 6/14/2021

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