Female Therapists in McLean, VA

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Karen L Hahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
(571) 487-7202 View (571) 487-7202
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Shannon Daneshrad
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
Dr. Daneshrad has experience working with a wide range of clients (children, teens, and adults) in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, sexual trauma, intimacy, ASD, ADHD, and abandonment/relational issues. She also works with teens and adults and with families struggling with issues of family conflict including high-conflict divorces, and family law disputes. She is experienced in family reunification therapy in refuse/resist cases and parental alienation cases. She also works with individuals struggling with dating/marriage, separation/divorce, bereavement, and life transitions.
Dr. Daneshrad has experience working with a wide range of clients (children, teens, and adults) in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, sexual trauma, intimacy, ASD, ADHD, and abandonment/relational issues. She also works with teens and adults and with families struggling with issues of family conflict including high-conflict divorces, and family law disputes. She is experienced in family reunification therapy in refuse/resist cases and parental alienation cases. She also works with individuals struggling with dating/marriage, separation/divorce, bereavement, and life transitions.
(804) 348-1320 View (804) 348-1320
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Annette B. Kielkopf
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Waitlist for new clients
As a couple and family therapist I have extensive experience in play therapy, couples conflict, and emotional regulation. I see individuals of all ages, couples, and families. I work to understand thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and beliefs. We curiously develop an awareness of how to adapt and shift your interactional patterns. This helps resolve areas of internal conflict, resolve problems, and improve interpersonal issues. I am here to help you, your couple relationship, or family live meaningfully. I partner with other professionals to provide you with the highest quality of care and treatment results.
As a couple and family therapist I have extensive experience in play therapy, couples conflict, and emotional regulation. I see individuals of all ages, couples, and families. I work to understand thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and beliefs. We curiously develop an awareness of how to adapt and shift your interactional patterns. This helps resolve areas of internal conflict, resolve problems, and improve interpersonal issues. I am here to help you, your couple relationship, or family live meaningfully. I partner with other professionals to provide you with the highest quality of care and treatment results.
(703) 957-7793 View (703) 957-7793
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Dr. Heidi A. Roth
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Welcome! Together we will explore and seek to resolve your current emotional & life challenges and enhance your overall sense of wellness. I am a holistic licensed psychotherapist, certified hypnotherapist, & certified functional wellness coach with over 20 years of experience helping clients, with in-person sessions in DC & Northern Virginia. I work with adults & teens who struggle with issues of depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationships, trauma, self-esteem, & lack of meaning or purpose in life. Every person is a complex individual, which is why I believe in a holistic & depth approach to get at the root causes of your struggles.
Welcome! Together we will explore and seek to resolve your current emotional & life challenges and enhance your overall sense of wellness. I am a holistic licensed psychotherapist, certified hypnotherapist, & certified functional wellness coach with over 20 years of experience helping clients, with in-person sessions in DC & Northern Virginia. I work with adults & teens who struggle with issues of depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationships, trauma, self-esteem, & lack of meaning or purpose in life. Every person is a complex individual, which is why I believe in a holistic & depth approach to get at the root causes of your struggles.
(571) 450-8897 View (571) 450-8897
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Kara Clough
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
Kara L. Clough, LCSW, provides psychotherapy to individuals of all ages. DBT Certified. She has experience in providing therapy at a variety of settings to include: outpatient, a partial hospitalization program, county-level services, and schools years for over 10 years. Providing therapy for the following concerns: symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, exposure to trauma, emotional dysregulation, personal crises, and life transitions.
Kara L. Clough, LCSW, provides psychotherapy to individuals of all ages. DBT Certified. She has experience in providing therapy at a variety of settings to include: outpatient, a partial hospitalization program, county-level services, and schools years for over 10 years. Providing therapy for the following concerns: symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, exposure to trauma, emotional dysregulation, personal crises, and life transitions.
(571) 946-7264 View (571) 946-7264
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Kjerstin Lemke
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, C-DBT
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
With over 10 years clinical experience, I am passionate about using evidence-based practices to help empower you every day, not just when you are in crisis. I am Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Combining Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, along with Person-Centered and Humanistic approaches I work diligently to create a welcoming, supporting and safe environment where individuals can feel free to express themselves. Working through difficult times alone can often feel overwhelming and defeating without help.
With over 10 years clinical experience, I am passionate about using evidence-based practices to help empower you every day, not just when you are in crisis. I am Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Combining Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, along with Person-Centered and Humanistic approaches I work diligently to create a welcoming, supporting and safe environment where individuals can feel free to express themselves. Working through difficult times alone can often feel overwhelming and defeating without help.
(571) 496-9049 View (571) 496-9049
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Vicky Tatiana Arriola
Resident in Counseling, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Vicky understands that each and every person is a conglomerate of connections, experiences, and identities. She believes these ought to be both challenged and embraced in order to inspire healing and personal evolution. Vicky focuses on creating a nurturing and individualized therapeutic relationship through various evidence-based techniques. Utilizing trauma-informed restorative practices with children, adolescents, and adults, with a vested interest in men's issues, students, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC clientele.
Vicky understands that each and every person is a conglomerate of connections, experiences, and identities. She believes these ought to be both challenged and embraced in order to inspire healing and personal evolution. Vicky focuses on creating a nurturing and individualized therapeutic relationship through various evidence-based techniques. Utilizing trauma-informed restorative practices with children, adolescents, and adults, with a vested interest in men's issues, students, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC clientele.
(571) 568-8825 View (571) 568-8825
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Andrea Anderson Polk
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MA
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
As a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, I have been serving the mental health needs of McLean for nearly 20 years. Have you tried everything and continue to remain stuck? Whether you are struggling with imposter syndrome, stress + overwhelm, persistent anxiety, or a chronic feeling of emptiness that something is missing in your life - it is time for a breakthrough! My therapeutic approach is specifically tailored to the client based upon their unique life story. Please visit my website, www.andreaandersonpolk.com for further information.
As a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, I have been serving the mental health needs of McLean for nearly 20 years. Have you tried everything and continue to remain stuck? Whether you are struggling with imposter syndrome, stress + overwhelm, persistent anxiety, or a chronic feeling of emptiness that something is missing in your life - it is time for a breakthrough! My therapeutic approach is specifically tailored to the client based upon their unique life story. Please visit my website, www.andreaandersonpolk.com for further information.
(571) 200-8998 View (571) 200-8998
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Lisa Anne Maestri
LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
I would like to congratulate you for taking the time to explore therapy. I know that finding the right therapist takes time and energy and is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. I welcome any questions you have about me or my practice. I hope to put you at ease from the moment you connect with me via phone or in the office. I approach my clients with a positive & hopeful attitude as we work with one another. The people I have had the privilege to work with describe my style as warm, compassionate, interactive, and collaborative.
I would like to congratulate you for taking the time to explore therapy. I know that finding the right therapist takes time and energy and is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. I welcome any questions you have about me or my practice. I hope to put you at ease from the moment you connect with me via phone or in the office. I approach my clients with a positive & hopeful attitude as we work with one another. The people I have had the privilege to work with describe my style as warm, compassionate, interactive, and collaborative.
(571) 290-2059 View (571) 290-2059
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Carolyn Heier Young
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
I work with a diverse group of clients, including children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I am able to help individuals of all ages with a wide range of issues, including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. With children, I also help with ADHD, emotional and behavioral problems, and selective mutism, and I help parents with parenting skills. Bilingual in English and Spanish, I enjoy working with individuals from diverse groups, including the LGBTQ community and individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds. I help adults and children alike to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
I work with a diverse group of clients, including children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I am able to help individuals of all ages with a wide range of issues, including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. With children, I also help with ADHD, emotional and behavioral problems, and selective mutism, and I help parents with parenting skills. Bilingual in English and Spanish, I enjoy working with individuals from diverse groups, including the LGBTQ community and individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds. I help adults and children alike to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
(703) 293-5867 View (703) 293-5867
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Sandy C Malawer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
I have a particular interest in working with couples who want to improve communications & better their relationship. I stress pragmatic solutions & reaching optimal goals. Studied at Johns Hopkins (Masters) & Oxford Univ. (Certificate). Former Virginia gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Board of Counseling (Vice Chm). Have had many clients from around the world. Security clearance at EAP with intelligence agencies. Counseling at George Mason Univ. Zoom & in-person. Website http://www.virginiacounselling.com/ Blog https://counsellingcouples.net/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandy-malawer-7b99117/detail/recent-activity/
I have a particular interest in working with couples who want to improve communications & better their relationship. I stress pragmatic solutions & reaching optimal goals. Studied at Johns Hopkins (Masters) & Oxford Univ. (Certificate). Former Virginia gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Board of Counseling (Vice Chm). Have had many clients from around the world. Security clearance at EAP with intelligence agencies. Counseling at George Mason Univ. Zoom & in-person. Website http://www.virginiacounselling.com/ Blog https://counsellingcouples.net/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandy-malawer-7b99117/detail/recent-activity/
(703) 293-5440 View (703) 293-5440
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Kasandra Wilson
Pre-Licensed Professional, QMPH
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
Family-of-origin challenges, young adult experiences and related stress, grief and loss, life transitions and career related stress are my specializations. I help clients learn to regulate emotions and reactions navigate cultural identity issues, experience physical and emotional safety, develop connectedness with self and others, navigate career and financial stress. I use CBT/DBT, IFS and ACT as foundations. I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism (ASD), bipolar disorder and more.
Family-of-origin challenges, young adult experiences and related stress, grief and loss, life transitions and career related stress are my specializations. I help clients learn to regulate emotions and reactions navigate cultural identity issues, experience physical and emotional safety, develop connectedness with self and others, navigate career and financial stress. I use CBT/DBT, IFS and ACT as foundations. I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism (ASD), bipolar disorder and more.
(540) 329-2069 View (540) 329-2069
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Carly Moody
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102  (Online Only)
I have vast experience working with children, adolescents, and the family system as an entire. I enjoy working with couples and marriage counseling, whether it is premarital counseling or helping couples transition from one life-cycle to the next. A few areas of specialty include trauma-informed care, addressing depression or anxiety in individuals, ADHD or Autism diagnoses, or helping others find their purpose in life.
I have vast experience working with children, adolescents, and the family system as an entire. I enjoy working with couples and marriage counseling, whether it is premarital counseling or helping couples transition from one life-cycle to the next. A few areas of specialty include trauma-informed care, addressing depression or anxiety in individuals, ADHD or Autism diagnoses, or helping others find their purpose in life.
(571) 520-7643 View (571) 520-7643
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Rebekah Stone
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22102
I have over 14 years of experience. I am passionate and Solution-Focused, about helping others, whether it is a struggle with daily life tasks, general life transitions, or in cases of distress or crisis. My goal is to help you feel more empowered to reach your personal goals and experience a healthier and happier life. We can work together on healing whether you are experiencing issues in managing emotions, relationship boundaries, self-esteem, mood instability, or other symptoms directly related to OCD, bi-polar disorder, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I consider myself to be an “eclectic” therapist.
I have over 14 years of experience. I am passionate and Solution-Focused, about helping others, whether it is a struggle with daily life tasks, general life transitions, or in cases of distress or crisis. My goal is to help you feel more empowered to reach your personal goals and experience a healthier and happier life. We can work together on healing whether you are experiencing issues in managing emotions, relationship boundaries, self-esteem, mood instability, or other symptoms directly related to OCD, bi-polar disorder, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I consider myself to be an “eclectic” therapist.
(571) 520-4294 View (571) 520-4294
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Lori Bristow
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
As there are many therapists to choose from, your task in finding a therapist can be challenging for various reasons. I hope by reading more about me, you will have a better sense of how I may be able to help you. I believe that successful therapy depends upon your sense of comfort and emotional safety, as well as the connection we establish in the therapeutic relationship.
As there are many therapists to choose from, your task in finding a therapist can be challenging for various reasons. I hope by reading more about me, you will have a better sense of how I may be able to help you. I believe that successful therapy depends upon your sense of comfort and emotional safety, as well as the connection we establish in the therapeutic relationship.
(703) 468-0107 View (703) 468-0107
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Alison Gardner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
For the past 15 years, I have been committed to working with preschool and school-aged children and their families who are struggling with anxiety and other emotional and behavioral regulation difficulties. I also support children and families through the complicated emotions of divorce, adoption, and other losses as well as the stress and threats to self-esteem that can accompany learning challenges, ADHD and social difficulties. I partner comprehensively with children, parents, schools, and other involved professionals with the aim of building the strongest possible foundation from which children can grow and thrive.
For the past 15 years, I have been committed to working with preschool and school-aged children and their families who are struggling with anxiety and other emotional and behavioral regulation difficulties. I also support children and families through the complicated emotions of divorce, adoption, and other losses as well as the stress and threats to self-esteem that can accompany learning challenges, ADHD and social difficulties. I partner comprehensively with children, parents, schools, and other involved professionals with the aim of building the strongest possible foundation from which children can grow and thrive.
(703) 940-9708 View (703) 940-9708
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Ashley O'Bryon
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
I have always loved helping individuals understand feelings, behavior and the human mind. I want to help my clients understand the reason behind their "why" and provide a safe, non judgmental space for sustainable healing. I have 6 years of experience in the mental health space working with families and individuals needing residential,PHP, IOP level of care as well as inpatient experience working with teens and adults. I provide counseling for teens and adults with various presenting issues including ADHD, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship/attachment issues, life transitions, self-esteem, and substance misuse.
I have always loved helping individuals understand feelings, behavior and the human mind. I want to help my clients understand the reason behind their "why" and provide a safe, non judgmental space for sustainable healing. I have 6 years of experience in the mental health space working with families and individuals needing residential,PHP, IOP level of care as well as inpatient experience working with teens and adults. I provide counseling for teens and adults with various presenting issues including ADHD, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship/attachment issues, life transitions, self-esteem, and substance misuse.
(571) 497-5668 View (571) 497-5668
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Debra N Brosius
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Welcome to my practice and thank you for your interest in my work. My goal is to ensure that you receive quality care in a confidential and therapeutic environment. With over 20 years of professional work history, I am skilled in the assessment and treatment of individuals suffering from mood disorders, interpersonal issues and learning difficulties. It is my goal to work collaboratively with you to ensure optimal health and wellness.
Welcome to my practice and thank you for your interest in my work. My goal is to ensure that you receive quality care in a confidential and therapeutic environment. With over 20 years of professional work history, I am skilled in the assessment and treatment of individuals suffering from mood disorders, interpersonal issues and learning difficulties. It is my goal to work collaboratively with you to ensure optimal health and wellness.
(703) 810-7853 View (703) 810-7853
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Barbara Lavine
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Do you have concerns about your child or have work/personal issues? Barbara specializes in working with school-age children, age four through preteens, their families, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, grief, ADHD, school challenges, adjustment, family, friendship, work place issues. She strongly believes that through counseling one can make life changes and develop the life and social skills needed to overcome obstacles and live more satisfying and successful lives. She uses a variety of approaches: solution-focused, client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation and mindfulness, play, art therapy, and role play with children.
Do you have concerns about your child or have work/personal issues? Barbara specializes in working with school-age children, age four through preteens, their families, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, grief, ADHD, school challenges, adjustment, family, friendship, work place issues. She strongly believes that through counseling one can make life changes and develop the life and social skills needed to overcome obstacles and live more satisfying and successful lives. She uses a variety of approaches: solution-focused, client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation and mindfulness, play, art therapy, and role play with children.
(703) 552-8555 View (703) 552-8555
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Laura Granato
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102  (Online Only)
Are you stressed, anxious, depressed, or feeling your relationships needs to be better? Whether a parent concerned about a child, an adult, or couple, we can work together to address your concerns and put you in a better place. We have a team of clinicians to support your individual and family needs. I look forward to partnering with you on your therapy journey, Warm regards! Laura Granato, Ph.D.
Are you stressed, anxious, depressed, or feeling your relationships needs to be better? Whether a parent concerned about a child, an adult, or couple, we can work together to address your concerns and put you in a better place. We have a team of clinicians to support your individual and family needs. I look forward to partnering with you on your therapy journey, Warm regards! Laura Granato, Ph.D.
(571) 688-5253 View (571) 688-5253
Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.