J. Alexandra Herrera is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, and Registered Virginia Supervisor. Alexandra graduated from Carnegie Mellon University for her bachelor’s degree and The George Washington University for her Master’s degree. She has been in the mental health field for over 14 years and offers individual services to adolescents and adults. Her work consists of, but is not limited to, providing therapy for clients with complex trauma, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, executive functioning difficulties, anxiety and depression, adjustment disorders, attachment disorders, intellectual disabilities, and abuse and neglect cases. Alexandra is currently taking on LPC residents for supervision. Alexandra is a certified in the MARI Assessment and Restorative Yoga.
Maike Nolen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist with over 7 years of experience. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in private and public health settings. Maike currently supports adult clients to achieve a variety of goals including treating anxiety, depression, processing trauma, and building self-confidence. She provides a space of mutual trust and respect in which clients can feel secure and comfortable while working on their treatment goals.
Jennifer Dodson is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and Licensed Professional Counselor from Alexandria, Virginia. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her involvement as a Rush Teaching Artist at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in Brooklyn, fueled her desire to pursue a master’s in art therapy. Jennifer graduated from The George Washington University Art Therapy Program where she interned at the GWU art therapy trauma clinic, serving adolescents and adults in the metropolitan D.C. area. She practices a trauma informed approach to art therapy for both individual clients as well as groups. Her previous experience includes art therapy with homeless adults at Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen, as well as a shelter for abandoned women at The Banyan Tree in Channai, India. When Jennifer is not creating art, she enjoys dancing, listening to Bob Dylan, and carving candles.
Adrienne Iannazzo is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a resident in Art Therapy licensure. She received her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree from The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Adrienne is a trauma-informed, art therapist and counselor. She also has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.
Christina Keenan is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Alexandria, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia. She then decided to pursue a career change and received her Masters of Education in Counseling and Development from George Mason University. Christina is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). She practices trauma-informed therapy ranging from helping clients better understand the impacts of past trauma on their current lives; to aiding clients in developing skills to learn how to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and develop healthier relationships; to working with clients to begin to recover from past trauma by processing traumatic memories. Christina previously worked for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board serving adults with Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder diagnoses, and has experience providing therapy to both individuals and groups.
Danielle Olmedo is a Licensed Resident in Counseling. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and International Affairs. Danielle received her Master’s degree from The George Washington University. She has been in the mental health field for seven years and offers individual services to adolescents, adults, and families. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her work consists of, but is not limited to, providing therapy for clients with complex trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, family conflict, adjustment disorders, gender identity, abuse and neglect, attachment disorders, and intellectual disabilities. Danielle specializes in complex trauma and familial cases of physical, sexual, emotional and abuse.
Jordan Barnes is a Resident in Counseling and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, and her master’s in Community and Trauma Counseling from Jefferson University. Jordan’s experience includes, but is not limited to working with mood disorders, substance use, trauma, depression and anxiety, and adjustment disorders. Jordan has worked with adolescents, adults, and families.
Kurt Clausen received his Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University in South Jersey, and his masters at Georgian Court University in Central Jersey. Kurt moved down to Virginia shortly after receiving his masters degree and has been in the mental health field since. Kurt is a Licensed resident in counseling (LRC) and offering individual and group therapy. He has spent the last several years working with diverse populations, diagnoses, and age groups. While Kurt has competence and experience with many diagnoses, he has particular interest in Anxiety, OCD, Adjustment Disorders, and skill building for symptom management.
Lisa McCarthy received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and her Masters in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. She has spent the last twenty years working in healthcare and nonprofit agencies where she gained experience with survivors of trauma and complex medical conditions. She has particular interest in helping teens and adults cope with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, trauma and executive functions difficulties.
Luisa Vargas holds a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She received her Art Therapy master’s degree from The George Washington University. Luisa has been working in the field for over 10 years. Currently, she is a resident art therapist offering a creative approach to individual and group therapy. She has experience working with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety disorder, and depression. Luisa is fluent in Spanish and English.
Sherry Brown is a graduate from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College where she received her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy. Sherry’s love for art therapy began in 2004 as an Undergraduate at Old Dominion University. While volunteering at a women and children’s shelter she witnessed how art therapy enhanced and improved the well being of the individuals who participated in the art therapy sessions. This experience was so impactful on Sherry that she later decided to follow her heart and pursue a career in art therapy. As a Registered Art Therapist, Sherry has worked with a vast variety of populations. These populations range from adults and adolescents with chronic mental illness in short-term psychiatric hospitals, at risk-youth, individuals with cancer, and adults suffering from addictions in partial hospitalization settings. After practicing art therapy for numerous years, Sherry believes that her compassion for others, calming demeanor, and patience are a few of her personality traits that allow her to connect with her clients. During her art therapy sessions, individuals are able to unite their past, present, and future allowing opportunity for self-discovery and healing. During her career in art therapy, Sherry has realized that the most rewarding part of her workday is seeing individuals improve their level of recovery and proceed to live their lives to its fullest potential. During her free time, she enjoys meditation, reading, art, and spending time with her husband and her French Bulldog Tobin.
Kate Reese is a Resident in Counseling and has extensively worked with individuals, families and children in transition over 22 years in family law. Kate focuses on assisting clients reshape their lives, learn coping skills, building a well-rounded treatment plan, and helping pick up the pieces with a strengths-based approach. While that work is gratifying, it begins when a lot of damage has already been done. Kate understands that a proactive approach helps clients to become stronger and more independent which allows them to focus on communication skills, advocate for their needs, reach goals, and help clients discover what they want out of life.
Apryl Sydnor is a mental health clinician with over 10 years combined experience working in community mental health and therapeutic day settings. Apryl’s professional journey includes individual, crisis and group counseling with clients of different cultural groups with mental health concerns. Apryl has developed a particular interest in working with people experiencing concerns related to cultural identity, trauma and sexual violence, anxiety, and mood disturbances. In sessions, a multicultural, Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Trauma Informed Care approach are used to increase awareness and enhance adaptive interpersonal skills. Apryl aims to provide emotional safety during therapy as I engage clients in problem solving as an opportunity to transcend interpersonal challenges and accomplishments. Apryl’s role is to support clients in decision making to help achieve equilibrium that aligns with their values and stems from personal strengths. It is Apryl’s commitment to empower clients to expand their awareness and personal strengths as they embrace healing and meaningful changes.