New and Affordable Counseling Services in the Northern Virginia Area

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Mount Vernon Family Therapy Associates LLC opened this year with a mission of providing professional counseling services at an affordable price, for people with inadequate or no mental health insurance. They focus on helping people love and thrive. They offer educational groups on many topics, as well as individual, family, couples and play therapies. For details, go to

With an innovative program, Mount Vernon Family Therapy Associates, LLC opened this year. Their mission is to provide professional counseling services at an affordable cost. Master's level counselors work with families, children and adults and couples to solve their problems, in a format that suits each best. All of the therapists have clinical experience in a variety of settings, and work under the supervision of senior staff, while accumulating the hours they need toward licensure.

Kristin Rosenthal, owner of the practice, says "With the economic troubles, and so many people without adequate insurance, I saw a way to help the community by giving people a chance for therapy when it's otherwise out of reach."

For instance, children may benefit from play therapy, as play is the natural language of children. Mount Vernon Family Therapy has a dedicated play therapy room, as well as a Sand Tray, where children can build a "world". Without needing to put their feelings into words immediately, they can explore them through action. Play therapy can help children adjust to losses and traumas. Children with anxiety issues, are coached with their parents in self-soothing and assertiveness skills.

When problems hit the whole family, such as divorce, a parent's illness, or deep sibling rivalry, family therapy can help everyone find their place in the family again. Restoring trust and strengthening bonds between family members helps children and adults cope with life problems.

Many adults have experienced childhood abuse or sexual abuse, leaving them scared to trust and love again, and feeling unworthy. Individual therapy can help heal those scars,. Other people struggle with anxiety or depression, and have a hard time finding joy in life. Drawing from research on the most effective treatments, our counselors may use imagery, cognitive-behavioral therapy and other techniques to help people feel better.

Couples therapy can teach both partners how to handle conflict in ways that lead to greater closeness, rather than the attack/defend cycle that many people find themselves in. Using a structured approach, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, often gives people a sense of hope and a renewed relationship in a few months.

One of the unique features of Mount Vernon Family Therapy is the live supervision. With a specially equipped room, a supervisor can help guide the therapist in providing the best care immediately, by calling in to the session. To learn more about that, visit

They are offering five new groups in May and June: Reflective Writing, Loving Him Without Losing You, Tools for Successful Parenting, Forgiveness Skills, and a Women's Sexuality Seminar. Please visit the website for details.

The founder of the group, Kristin Rosenthal, Licensed Professional Counselor, saw the chance to do several good things at once: provide more affordable counseling, offer educational groups to the community, and train new therapists to be great ones.


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