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At Mount Vernon Therapy, we provide confidential, caring couples therapy, individual therapy and marriage counseling.  Serving Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Belle Haven, Burke, Fort Belvoir, Fort Hunt, Franconia, Groveton, Huntington, Hybla Valley, Mount Vernon and other Northern Virginia locations.

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eye contact in relationships

Eye Contact and Your Relationship: What You Need to Know

Eye contact in relationships has a huge impact on making you feel loved — or not. When love is new, eye contact can be spine-tingling and exhilarating. “When we gaze into each other’s eyes, we are looking at somebody who isn’t predictable. We’re reminded we don’t really know them fully,Read More

too independent for a relationship

Can You Be Too Independent For Love?

Can you be too independent? There is a danger to your partnership in keeping too much of your inner world to yourself. Let me explain with a quick story. I worked with one married couple I’ll call John and Jane. John came from London to America, where he and JaneRead More

Why putting relationship first is healthy

This is How the Happiest Couples Put Their Relationship first

Modern life puts a great deal of pressure our relationships. Does this sound like you? You struggle to balance work, family and “me” time. You scramble to keep up with loved ones, friends and colleagues. Maybe you’re juggling childcare, elder care, house care, health concerns or car problems. You wonderRead More

Imperfect parent

How You Can Be Imperfect AND be a Great Parent

A huge challenge for parents is knowing how help when children make mistakes. A parent’s support, especially when things don’t go well, fosters the self-worth and self-compassion it takes to learn from what happened. I recently watched my brother coach his kids on riding new curved walls on their skateboards. There wereRead More

Parent-child love in the digital age

How to Save Your Parent-Child Connection from Technology

Touch, eye contact, and physical play feel good. They are the building blocks of parent-child connection. What’s more, they nurture our brains, hearts, and disease-fighting systems. They help us build secure relationships. Many parents see the value of helping children learn to use technology. They want to stay in touch,Read More

emotionally responsive father

How to Boost Confidence in Kids as an Emotionally Engaged Dad

You may have heard that emotionally responsive parents are important to a child’s wellbeing. What does being a good dad look like to you? Our culture idolizes a tough man who doesn’t crack under pressure. Anger seems to be the most acceptable emotion to show. What did you see growingRead More

Touch in a Loving Relationship

How Touch Works In a Loving Relationship

How do physical touch and consensual sex help build a healthy relationship? When you are emotionally uncomfortable with someone and they touch you, what happens? You shrink from them. You may even back away. It’s only human. For touch to be welcome, you need to feel safe, physically and emotionally.Read More

how to fight and grow closer, fix broken relationship

How to Grow Closer After an Argument: 3 Healing Steps

Injuries happen in all relationships. You can hurt each other even when you didn’t want to. Whether a broken relationship heals or follows a downward spiral depends on how you respond. Some couples can work through hurts fairly quickly. They talk about what upset them so they both understand whatRead More

How to tell if someone is emotionally available

Having a partner you can talk to about anything feels wonderful. You may find yourself thinking, “This must be real love.” How do you know it’s true love? One day you may need comfort. Another day, you may need to rant. You may need help getting a meal ready, orRead More

emotional connection and attachment theory

How to Find Deeper Love by Understanding Attachment

We want closeness. But all couples fight sometimes. The biggest mistake in a relationship isn’t having arguments. What gets couples in big trouble is avoiding the emotions involved. Couples can create closer emotional connection with each other, or drive themselves apart. It depends on the way they share emotions. YouRead More