Therapists & Admins

J. Alexandra Herrera, LPC, ATR-BC and Clinical Director

J. Alexandra Herrera is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified 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 15 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 certified in the MARI Assessment and Restorative Yoga.

Maike Nolen, MA, LPC, ATR-BC

Maike Nolen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist with over 8 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, MA, LPC, ATR-BC

Jennifer Dodson is a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)  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. 

Christina Keenan, LPC, PMH-C

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 formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has recently embarked on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training and consultation. 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 heal from past trauma by processing traumatic memories. Christina is also certified by Postpartum Support International as a Perinatal Mental Health clinician and looks forward to working more with this population. 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, LPC, NCC

Danielle Olmedo is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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, LPC

Jordan Barnes is a Licensed Professional Counselor 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, LRC

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, MA, NCC, CBIST

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, MA, ATR-BC

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 Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) 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, ATR

Sherry Brown is a graduate from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College where she received her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy. With almost a decade of experience as a registered art therapist, she has experience working with children, adolescents, and teems coping with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, difficult life transitions, impulse control, anger management, panic attacks, and grief loss. She offers a creative, calming, and nurturing environment that allows her clients an opportunity for self-expression, healing, and growth.

Apryl Sydnor, MA, LPR

Apryl Sydnor is a Resdent in Counseling 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.

Alyssa Goggan, MA, ATR-BC

Alyssa Goggan is a Board Certified Art Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University. Alyssa is a trauma informed counselor and art therapist. Alyssa has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. She works from a strengths-based approach and believes in the power of the arts as a tool for healing.

Greg Clark, MACP

Greg Clark received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a bachelors in Psychology with a concentration in studio art. He is currently a resident of counseling. While working on his masters degree he became passionate about working with couples and families. He cares about seeing relationships of couples and families form a balance and harmony in the mind, body, and spirit. While working with individuals, couples, and families, he believes everyone is uniquely different. With that in mind he approaches his clients differently depending on where they are in life. Although Greg specializes with families and couples, he works with adolescents and young adults. Using an integrated approach, he treats autism, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, cognitive and behavioral disorders, as well as personality disorders. He believes that in order to help his clients, developing their strengths is key. When he is out of the office, he enjoys traveling, playing his guitar, trying new restaurants in town, and spending time with his family, including three cats and dog!

Sarah Curles

Sarah Curles has over 20 years of medical billing and coding experience. She enjoys working with individuals to better understand insurance procedures and policies. Sarah has maintained a HIPPA Chief Compliance Officer certification since 2006. She is a current member of AAPC. Sarah and her husband love traveling and spending winters in Arizona.

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