Professional Counselors and Clinical Social Workers
Tara Reynolds, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples, adults, and children of different cultural backgrounds. She believes everyone experiences difficulties at times and sees the decision to begin psychotherapy as a powerful first step that often leads to personal growth and positive life changes. She provides a safe place to talk about anything from life transitions, relationship turmoil, emotional upheaval, and crisis to simple, everyday concerns. Dr. Reynolds likes to work collaboratively, exploring both the past and the present, to figure out what is preventing you from feeling more fulfilled. Working together with her, clients develops strategies to remove these obstacles.
Dr. Reynolds received a B.A. in Psychology from Huntingdon College in Alabama. She graduated with both her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Argosy University School of Professional Psychology in Virginia. In addition, she completed an internship at Park Place Behavioral Healthcare in Kissimmee, Florida and completed her postdoctoral residency at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Reynolds has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, public school, outpatient mental health, and acute psychiatric hospital. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, couples and family relational issues, and gender identity issues.
Clinical Population: Individual therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Cognitive behavioral therapy
Areas of Clinical Interests: depression, anxiety, relational issues, gender identity issues
Jade Rubino, Psy.D., PMH-C is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with older adolescents and adults with depression and anxiety in a variety of settings including private practice, inpatient and outpatient mental health, specialized clinics, and research settings. Dr. Rubino works in collaboration with each client to identify and understand the problems they are facing in their lives, and tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the client’s specific needs and treatment goals. She provides a supportive and safe environment where clients can feel open to express and explore feelings and thoughts. Additionally, she believes a present-focused and active approach to therapy is most effective and encourages clients to engage in research-based strategies outside of therapy sessions in order to progress towards their goals.
Dr. Rubino received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She graduated with both her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. She completed her clinical internship at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in Pennsylvania. While she is primarily a cognitive-behavioral therapist, she is also trained in several evidence-based treatments including interpersonal psychotherapy, exposure and response prevention, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. She is a certified perinatal mental health clinician by Postpartum Support International and has completed extensive training in reproductive and perinatal mental health from Postpartum Support International and the Seleni Institute. Dr. Rubino has experience and clinical interests in helping adults address depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, perinatal mental health, relationship issues, and life transitions.
Clinical Population: Individual therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Cognitive behavioral therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness
Areas of Clinical Interests: perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, reproductive psychology, psychological testing
Sylvia Hanna Jacoub, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds. Dr. Jacoub believes that everyone experiences challenging times in life and that making the decision to engage in therapy can be one of empowerment that leads to growth and healing. She provides a warm, open, and supportive space for her clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. Dr. Jacoub views the therapy process as a journey and works closely with her clients to set goals and support individuals in finding the solutions that are best for them. Dr. Jacoub believes that treatment should focus on the whole person, so she values exploring an individual’s emotional, mental, and physical well-being, while also being attuned to one’s cultural, spiritual, and social experiences and needs. Dr. Jacoub approaches therapy from the lens of helping clients gain insight into their current experiences, by exploring past experiences, while also supporting them in making concrete, meaningful changes that lead to personal growth.
Dr. Jacoub earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech. She graduated with both her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Jacoub completed her doctoral internship at James Madison University’s Counseling Center in Harrisonburg, VA. She has worked in various clinical settings including university counseling centers, private practice, and community mental health. Dr. Jacoub has extensive experience and clinical interest working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relational and family of origin issues, life transitions, identity exploration, and body image concerns.
Clinical Population: Individual therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Interpersonal Process, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness
Areas of Clinical Interests: grief & loss, life transitions, anxiety
Kati Hutchinson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with older adolescents through older adults of diverse cultural backgrounds and intersecting identities. She strives to create a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment that fosters a relationship in which her clients feel accepted, empowered, and able to express and gently explore vulnerable and painful feelings and thoughts. Dr. Hutchinson’s strength-based approach, infused with mindfulness, metaphors, creativity, humor, expressive arts, and experiential activities, balances exploration of current and past influences on one’s concerns with research-based practical strategies and action steps to helps her clients in living the life they want to live. Dr. Hutchinson uniquely tailors treatment to each client based on their presenting concerns, readiness for change, and evidence-based approaches. She is trained in several evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and she primarily utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. While Dr. Hutchinson enjoys working with a variety of concerns, she has extensive experience and clinical interest working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and life transitions (including pregnancy and birth, parenting, women’s issues, and health issues).
Dr. Hutchinson earned her B.A. in Psychology from Notre Dame College in Ohio. She graduated with both her masters and doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. Dr. Hutchinson completed her doctoral internship at Brigham Young University’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Provo, Utah, and sought out specialized training in trauma and behavioral health by completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Dayton VAMC in Primary Care with an emphasis in Primary Care Integration, Women’s Health, and Behavioral Medicine. She has worked in a variety of settings including an outpatient child and family therapy clinic, several college counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, a Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, and private practice.
Clinical Population: Individual therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Areas of Clinical Interests: anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, maternal mental health, health issues
Katherine Kelly, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist skilled in utilizing evidence-based treatments to treat a broad range of diagnoses and presenting problems. She has strong psychotherapy and assessment experience from her work at Veterans Affairs Hospital Mental Healthcare clinics, community counseling centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, and evidence-based outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. Dr. Kelly creates a warm, accepting, and supportive environment that fosters healing and believes that it takes bravery to enter into psychotherapy. She is honored to help her patients navigate their therapeutic journey and is passionate about tailoring psychotherapy to fit the unique individual.
Dr. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education at The University of Arizona. She graduated with both her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles. She completed her APA-accredited Internship from the Northern Arizona Veterans Hospital where she was honored to work with Veterans with PTSD, comorbidities, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, social anxiety, OCD, personality disorders and substance abuse disorders, from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. Dr. Kelly often ties in mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions such as breathing exercises and meditation from her training as a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher from the Loyola Marymount Yoga and the Healing Sciences program in Los Angeles.
Dr. Kelly is skilled in several evidence-based psychotherapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She frequently utilizes interventions stemming from Interpersonal Neurobiology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with her patients. Dr. Kelly has experience and clinical interest in treating anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, life transitions, comorbidities, OCD, and PTSD with patients from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, and going on walks with her dog, Roger.
Clinical Population: Individual therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Areas of Clinical Interests: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, life transitions, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological testing
Mary Sedrak Bissada, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist focused on individual therapy with adults and adolescents as well as couples therapy. Dr. Bissada earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Delaware and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Her specialties include relationship issues, life transitions, and identity.
Dr. Bissada has acquired a diverse range of clinical experiences in both therapy and assessment, including community mental health, hospital, university, and private practice settings. In therapy, Dr. Bissada works with individuals and couples experiencing various issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, gender and sexual identity concerns, cultural identity concerns, religious identity concerns, interpersonal challenges, and trauma.
Dr. Bissada’s therapeutic approach is integrative. She values developing a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, and she uses a multicultural lens and a framework that considers the systems in which people exist to contextualize their presenting concerns and to support the unique needs of each client.
Clinical Population: Individual and couples therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Psychodynamic, Integrative
Desiree Denton, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with culturally diverse populations of children, adolescents, families, and adults. Desiree utilizes multiple practices using trauma focused, evidence-based, person-centered, and strength-based approaches when providing individual and family therapy. These practices include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); Motivational Interviewing; and mindfulness. Desiree has experience working with children with behavioral concerns, adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, and ADHD, among other diagnoses.
Desiree has worked in community housing, Fairfax County Adoption and Foster Care Resource Program, residential, outpatient, and in-home settings with children and families. Her focus is on individual therapy with children and adolescents to support them in developing life management skills, increasing social interaction and self-esteem to improve their quality of life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work from George Mason University.
Desiree believes that therapy should be a personalized experience that meets the needs of individuals, allowing them to reach their full potential. By providing a safe and supportive environment and using a collaborative approach, children can succeed through developing skills that help process and address the challenges in their lives.
Clinical Population: Individual Therapy, Children (ages 3+), Adolescents, Parent and Child (ages 3-7)
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Person-centered, Strength-based
Areas of Clinical Interests: anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral concern’s, self-esteem, peer conflict, and family concerns
Anabelle Hwang, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and in-home settings. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Her background includes treatment of individuals with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and severe mental disorders from diverse backgrounds. She works with individuals to learn skills, feel better, and heal through cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Anabelle believes therapy is a collaborative process centered on a secure and trusting relationship between client and therapist. As such, she focused on tailoring therapies to the needs of each individual in a supportive, nurturing, and nonjudgmental environment.
Clinical Population: Individual Therapy, Adults, Adolescents, Children
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based interventions
Sarah Vavredge, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in VA with 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents. Sarah has worked in schools and private practice with a diverse group of children and families. She graduated with a Masters in Counseling from a CACREP program from Wake Forest University. She has been a National Certified Counselor and LPC in North Carolina, and a certified School Counselor in Virginia and North Carolina.
Sarah utilizes multiple modalities when working with children and adolescents, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with a person-centered approach. Sarah has experience working with children with anxiety, depression, ADHD, identity development, and behavioral concerns. She provides a safe space for children and adolescents to explore their deepest emotions and challenges, and a space to explore family concerns, peer pressure, social anxiety, peer conflict, and self esteem.
Sarah believes that therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist, the client and their family that allows children and adolescents to be able to meet their full potential. She believes that each individual is unique and the therapeutic process can be tailored to meet their needs. Children and adolescents are able to develop tools and skills to help them process and address the challenges the face through the therapeutic process.
Clinical Population: Individual Therapy, Children (ages 4+), Adolescents
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Person-centered
Areas of Clinical Interests: anxiety, depression, ADHD, identity development, self-esteem, peer conflict, family concerns, and behavioral concerns
Meredith Adams, MS, NCC, Resident in Counseling received her Masters degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Florida. She has experience working with clients that are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma/PTSD, grief, relationship issues, life transitions, and career changes.
Meredith enjoys working with young adults, adults, couples, and seniors. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered with a positive psychology and strengths-based perspective in addition to other evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), attachment-based, and mindfulness. She hopes to empower you to find meaning in what you are going through and foster your resilience. Meredith will work with you to incorporate the skills you already possess while developing some new tools to help you build a brighter tomorrow.
Clinical Population: Individual and Couples Therapy, Young to Older Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Client-Centered, Positive Psychology, Strengths-Based
Areas of Clinical Interests: anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma/PTSD, grief, relationship issues, life transitions, and career changes
Sunnie Chu, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling has experience working with individuals in a private practice setting, hospital outpatient setting, and graduate level academia. Sunnie has worked with individuals, families, and couples from the age of 18 and older who struggle with mild-to-
moderate mental health issues. In addition, Sunnie has provided counseling for underserved and uninsured populations.
Sunnie received her Master’s degree in Clinical Community Agency Counseling from George Mason University. She is passionate about therapy and the effectiveness of having therapeutic support with life’s difficulties and challenges. She is an advocate for social justice, multiculturalism competency, and overcoming stigmas around mental health and counseling. Sunnie’s approach is supportive, empathetic, attuned, and non-judgmental as she seeks to partner with individuals in their journey as they work towards meeting therapeutic goals and needs.
Sunnie utilizes various modalities to promote and foster a safe space that increases curiosity, self-awareness, and behavioral changes. Individuals are encouraged to manage daily functions and quality of life as they continue to discover and write their personal stories. Sunnie helps individuals to gain insight and develop the tools they need to identify and navigate old patterns, dysfunctions, challenges, and tendencies in a meaningful and impactful way.
Clinical Population: Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Adults
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Attachment and Family Systems, Art Therapy
Areas of Clinical Interests: anxiety, depression, identity development, self-esteem and worth, relationship conflict, emotional expression and development, codependency, stress management, women’s issues, life transitions, grief, immigration and acculturation conflict, faith and spirituality, trauma
Kiana Cummings, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling has years of experience working with a diverse population of pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults in various settings. These settings include intensive in-home therapy, long-term residential for adolescents, crisis stabilization unit, and outpatient. Kiana received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University and worked in Military psychology and cognitive development research for years while obtaining higher education in behavioral health. She received her Masters’ degree in Counseling and Development from George Mason University.
Kiana is a passionate and collaborative therapist who uses empathy and compassion to provide a safe place for clients to share. Kiana utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)/attachment theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in therapy. In addition, she has completed additional training in perinatal mood disorders, the military population, and depression in adolescence. Her area of focus includes military (service members and families) anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, alternative lifestyles, and life transitions (including pregnancy and birth, attending college, dating).
Clinical Population: Individual Therapy, Adults, Adolescents
Primary Theoretical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Areas of Clinical Interests: Military psychology, anxiety, depression, trauma, alternative lifestyles, life transitions, perinatal mental health
Sanskruti Upasani, M.D. is a licensed adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of psychiatry and behavioral health experience in the United States and India. Dr. Upasani earned her medical degree and post-graduate diploma in psychiatric medicine from B.J. Medical College in Pune, India. She later completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry and was Chief Resident for Psychiatry at the Albany Medical Center in New York. She served as an Adult Psychiatrist at the Outpatient Clinic of the Fairfax Behavioral Clinic of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for over four years. In addition to medication management, Dr. Upasani utilizes supportive therapy and cognitive-behavioral principles in practice and has significant experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder.