Jose Varela, M.Ed, LGPC, NCC

Jose Varela, M.Ed, LGPC, NCC

Adolescent, Adult, Family and LGBTQ
Conversant In English, Spanish and Portuguese
Location: Cedar House Silver Spring
240-200-5401 ext 710

Jose's counseling style is direct, compassionate and interactive. He believes the most critical aspects of therapy are listening to the specific experiences and needs of the client and adapting sessions to best fit the individual. To that end, he utilizes a holistic and integrative approach and a variety of therapeutic techniques. He ensures that clients feel understood, secure and supported, helping them feel comfortable to address their concerns.

Joes's counseling perspectives are enriched from having lived in Africa, Europe and North America. The ability to transition between countries and cultures informs his work with individuals with similar experiences. He has a keen appreciation of different teaching, learning and developmental styles. He is able to tailor counseling to diverse individuals, cultures and situations. he is fluent in both English and Portuguese, and conversational in Spanish.

A long-time resident of the DC Metro area, Jose is familiar with a relatable to families who are in stressful and challenging environments and seeking balance. His experience working for the last seven years as an MCPS high school counselor enhances his ability to work successfully with a range of adolescents and their parents.




LGBTQ Support

Gifted/High Achieving Students

Test/Performance Anxiety


Teen Concerns: Bullying, School Difficulty, Transition To College

Learning Differences

Screen & Gaming Addictions/Overuse Concerns

Substance Use

Executive Functioning Concerns

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Parenting and Family Concerns

College and Post College Transitions

Managing Stress

Life Transitions

Grief & Loss


Bachelor of Science: Psychology & Criminal Justice, University of Maryland-College Park

Master's In Education: Counseling, American Military University

Post Master's Certificate: Counseling, George Washington University


Maryland Educator Certification-School Counseling ( Advanced Professional Certificate)

National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification


8607 Cedar Street Silver Spring MD 20910


Tuesday 4-9

Wednesday 4-9

Thursday 4-9

Saturday 9-3