Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA - Belle Haven Rd Office

1451 Belle Haven Rd, Suite 230
Alexandria, VA 22307

Phone: 703-566-9900

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Alexandria, VA - Fordson Rd Office

7836 Fordson Rd,
Alexandria, VA 22306

Phone: 703-566-9900

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Alexandria, VA - Grovedale Dr Office

6408 Grovedale Dr, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22310

Phone: 703-566-9900

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Alexandria, VA - N Royal St Office

110 N Royal St, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 410-838-9500

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Alexandria, VA - St. Johns Lutheran Church

5952 Franconia Rd,
Alexandria, VA 22310

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Counselors in Alexandria, VA

Kristen Gifford, MSW

Practicing Since: 2003 Kristen believes that maintaining good mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health.  She strives to help clients live their best life by adopting healthy coping mechanisms as well as helping them find strategies to handle daily stressors. Kristen is…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Depression, Disability, Infertility, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, OCD, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Trauma

Ori Onazi, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2019 Ori believes that the therapeutic process is a team effort that is successful when there’s vulnerability, honesty, and a willingness to be self-aware. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for individuals to attain emotional, social, and mental wellbeing. She…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Peripartum and Postpartum, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sexual Addiction, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Christen Panissidi, LCSW

Practicing Since: 2014 Christen believes that mental health should be talked about and normalized.  She strives to create a safe, relaxing, and fun environment for her clients to feel comfortable expressing their struggles with life.  She recognizes that everyone’s personal needs are important and helps…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, OCD, Oncology, Peripartum and Postpartum, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Sarah Nies, LPC, ATR-BC

Practicing Since: 2016 Sarah creates a caring and supportive environment, championing clients in self-discovery and healing. After earning a Master’s in Art Education and a Master’s in Art Therapy, Sarah continued expanding her knowledge and techniques, incorporating art into therapy. She is a Board-Certified Art…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Eating Disorders, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, OCD, Oncology, Peripartum and Postpartum, Personality Disorders, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), PTSD, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sexual abuse, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

John Howard, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2020 John approaches counseling from a client-centered perspective to help foster a safe, inclusive environment. Maintaining openness and transparency while upholding confidentiality is of utmost importance to him. He helps clients focus on re-framing commonly distressing events into a different, often more positive…

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual Addiction, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation

Isabel Stratton, MSW

Practicing Since: 2022 Creating opportunity for trust, allowing clients to be vulnerable while focusing on their strengths helps Isabel build relationship with her clients. Regardless of background, clients can expect a welcoming environment. Isabel believes it’s important to provide children and youth with the tools…

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sexual abuse, Suicidal Ideation

Evelyn Lieb, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2021 Evelyn creates space where her clients feel comfortable and safe to talk about even the most difficult topics. Children are welcome as she creates a fun and playful environment, letting them lead the conversation. Evelyn chooses to focus on the strengths of…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Geriatric, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, Peripartum and Postpartum, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sexual abuse, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma

Aparicio Cottrell Jr., MS, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since:2016 Aparicio uses a solution-focused approach with clients. He seeks to allow his clients to tell him about who they are and likes to work together with his clients in order to help them achieve their treatment goals. Aparicio views the counseling process as…

Issues Served: Abortion, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Infidelity, Marital/Premarital, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Sexual Addiction

Lisa Kelleher, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2010 Lisa believes everyone has the capacity and resiliency to help themselves but sometimes, they need someone else to help them discover the path to wellness. Her goal is to help individuals understand their thoughts, feelings, and experiences so that they may heal…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, OCD, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Cristyl Word, MS, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2019 Cristyl seeks to create a warm, empathetic, safe, and judgment-free space so that together, she and her clients can process emotions, achieve goals, and develop healthy coping strategies. Cristyl is gifted with intuition, compassion, support, and is fully present for her clients,…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Eating Disorders, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma

Nettia Diamond-Banton, MA, Licensed Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since:2012 Nettia provides a safe and open space where clients are accepted, valued, and respected. She utilizes a strength-based, client-focused therapeutic approach grounded in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral therapies. She focuses on listening to and understanding her clients in order to create a…

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Divorce, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Miscarriages, Peripartum and Postpartum, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation

Brian Rink, MSW, Supervisee in Clinical Social Work

Practicing Since: 1998 Brian helps individuals and couples who are experiencing roadblocks of many types to look inside themselves, find their values, beliefs, and strengths, and then create new paths toward wellness and health.  Brian believes that his clients already have the answers to their…

Issues Served: Abortion, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Infertility, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Catherine “Cathy” Kim, Supervisee in Clinical Social Work

Practicing Since: 2018 Cathy strives to create a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental environment. She incorporates a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and interpersonal psychotherapy. She has a person-centered, strengths-based, and goal-oriented approach. Cathy feels the relationship between the client…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Codependency, Depression, Grief/Bereavement, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sleep/Insomnia, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Jennifer Schalow, LPC

Practicing Since: 2007 Jennifer implements both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered treatment interventions in her practice. She has found that when using these interventions, individuals can overcome and understand their thought processes. Additionally, her focus on the family system unit allows her to be effective in…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual abuse, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Michelle Wenz, LCSW

Practicing Since: 2011 Michelle is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children and families to address anxiety, ADHD, autism, and other special educational needs, social skills, emotion dysregulation, trauma, abuse and/or neglect, life transitions and acculturation/reunification issues. She has…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Trauma

Dyanna Citizen, LPC

Practicing since: 2013 Dyanna believes that it’s possible to grow through what you go through. Passionate about helping others find hope, healing, and freedom she works to provide a positive and encouraging therapeutic process to help clients thrive. She utilizes an integrative counseling approach to…

Issues Served: Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Disability, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Self-esteem/self-worth, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Trauma, Workplace Issues

Whitney McDonough, LCSW

Practicing Since: 1990 Whitney’s treatment style combines calm compassion, genuine interaction, and focused attention while providing an empathic, non-judgmental environment that supports growth. She strives to build a therapeutic relationship and then use an individual’s strengths and resiliency to move them forward. Her clinical style…

Issues Served: Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Blended Family, Depression, Divorce, Infertility, Marital/Premarital, Workplace Issues

Dr. Virginia Colbert, Psychologist, PhD

Practicing Since: 1984 Because of Virginia’s familiarity with various interventions, she is able to craft an approach that addresses the unique needs of each of the youth, adults, and families she attempts to serve. Much of her focus is given to creating an environment of change…

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Depression, Disability, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Suicidal Ideation

Toinette Neube, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2003 Toinette’s approach to counseling is eclectic in nature in that she caters her therapeutic approach to the client’s individual needs. The foundation of all her counseling is based in Grace, Love, & Mercy, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Strength-based Therapy, and…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Personality Disorders, Self-esteem/self-worth, Workplace Issues

Stacey Crosson, LMFT

Practicing Since: 1998 As the Clinical Supervisor of Safe Harbor Northern Virginia, Stacey has over 25 years’ experience in the people-helping business. As a spouse of a retired U.S. military member, she offers a shared perspective of the military life. She also provides a developed lens…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sleep/Insomnia, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Pamela Dourado, Masters Level Counselor & Life Coach

Practicing Since: 2012 Pam is a Board-Certified Life Coach with a Masters in Counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She meets individuals where they are to partner with them in moving out of stressful life situations to create a more fulfilling future. You might feel frustrated,…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, OCD, Peripartum and Postpartum, Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual abuse, Sleep/Insomnia

Melissa Hoffman, LPC

Practicing Since: 2007 Melissa focuses on building the therapeutic relationship through empathy, respect for the individual, and unconditional support. Through this therapeutic relationship, clients are able to set goals and achieve them. Once this therapeutic relationship is built, Melissa uses cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and…

Issues Served: Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Career Counseling, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Self-esteem/self-worth, Workplace Issues

Brandee Zettel, LPC, LMFT

Practicing Since: 2015 Brandee understands that everyone is unique in their own way and she takes time to get to know her clients. She builds treatment plans that are tailored to the individual and she adapts her therapeutic approach to meet the needs of the…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Peripartum and Postpartum, Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual abuse, Trauma