10474 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, Virginia 22030


Counseling and Consulting

services provided

Specialty areas


Grief and Loss (Individual & Group Counseling)

Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to loss. There are times when support and guidance are needed on how to heal and integrate the loss. Grief recovery requires that underlying emotions and messages related to the loss be identified and processed. By taking specific actions you can emotionally and physically release the pain related to personal losses and core issues. I help individuals dealing with various forms of loss. I use both individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to address grief, loss and life transition issues.

Loss comes in many forms and these are but a few life events and life transitions that can lead to grief and loss:

  • Death of a loved one which can include a co-worker or work related client
  • Separation & Divorce
  • Career/Job Change & Retirement
  • Pet Loss
  • Moving & Relocation 
  • Loss of Culture, Acculturation & Assimilation Issues
  • Health decline or loss
  • Substance Related Addiction Recovery
  • Other Life Transitions

Life Transitions (Individual & Group Counseling)

Life transitions can lead to adjustment anxiety, depression, as well as feelings of loss. It is necessary for your well-being to have a good understanding of the natural process of life transitions when dealing with distressing and disorienting life events. Through the Innerworkings counseling process, you will obtain support and guidance, and strengthen your coping abilities as you move through the different phases of transition.   In addition to the life events mentioned above, my work has also focused on:  

  • Midlife Concerns
  • Menopause
  • Parental Role Adjustment - Adolescent Parenting and "Empty Nest"
  • Caring for Aging Parents
  • Women's Life Transitions


In addition to the issues listed under grief and loss these are other examples of  losses and life events that can lead to trauma.

  • Neglect, Abandonment
  • Repressive and or Excessively Harsh Environments
  • Unsafe Environments
  • Domestic Violence, Physical Abuse and or Sexual Abuse 
  • Victim of a Crime or War

Relational Counseling (Individual, Couples and Family Counseling)

  • Family  & Parenting Issues
  • Relational & Marital Conflicts

Personal Growth & Development (Individual and Group Counseling)

  • Self-Worth Issues, Lack of Life Meaning and Purpose
  • Spiritual Struggles
  • Self-Care and Stress Management
  • Addictions Long-Term Growth Recovery

substance abuse & addiciton treatment


Addictions Evaluation

A comprehensive addictions evaluation will be completed in the first meeting to determine whether your substance use is abuse or an addiction. Based on the result of your evaluation and the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria, you will be recommended to the appropriate level of care which may include individual counseling, education group, group treatment or a more intensive level of care. I will work with you to obtain services from another provider if you need a different service or a higher level of care that is outside my scope of practice.  

Indivdual Counseling

Individual counseling and psychotherapy can take place once to twice a week depending on your need. Issues stemming from early recovery to long-term growth recovery are addressed.

Recovery Group

Issues of adjusting to a new life without substance use, maintaining recovery, relapse prevention strategies as well as  living a meaningful life without substances are discussed. Individuals who attend this group have completed either residential or Intensive Outpatient Program treatment.This group meets once a week group.

Suboxone Referral

You will be referred to a Suboxone provider, if Suboxone or a Suboxone evaluation is warranted in your addictions treatment. You would continue the counseling process with me while taking Suboxone. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counseling


  • Assessment and Referral
  • ASAM Substance Abuse and Addiction Evaluation and Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Work-Life Balance issues
  • Relational Conflict
  • Life Transitions 
  • Grief & Loss Issues

Groups offered

Moving Beyond Loss

  • This group focuses on grief recovery and life transitions.This group provides support and empowers you with strategies on how to move beyond your loss and find your place in life. Losses include but are not limited to death, divorce and health.    
  • This group meets once a week for a period of ten weeks.

Woman's Group

  • This group focuses on the transitional issues and challenges that women face during the midlife  stage of life such as physical changes i.e. menopause, relational and parental role changes i.e. parenting teenagers, "empty nest" or caring for aging parents, and existential issues of meaning and purpose in life. Support and guidance on enhancing and implementing effective coping strategies are provided which create a sense of well-being.
  • This groups meets once a week for a period of  ten weeks.

Substance Abuse Recovery

  • Issues of adjusting to a new life without substance use are addressed. Topics related to maintaining recovery and relapse prevention strategies are also discussed and implemented.
  • Individuals who attend this group have completed either residential or Intensive Outpatient Program treatment. The goal of this group is for you to continue to establish and live a meaningful life without substances.
  • This group meets once a week for a period of twelve weeks.