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February 22-23

Learn the most successful relationship tools that stop painful arguments and bring you closer.

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emotional connection keeps relationships afloat

How to Keep Your Love Secure When You Argue

For a relationship to feel good, both partners need to feel safe in each other’s care. They need to talk through what problems come up, understand each other, and still enjoy the relationship, even if they can’t agree on every issue. That’s what secure emotional connection does. At their best,Read More

Perspective-taking in relationships

How to Manage Feelings With Perspective-Taking

The way you look at things — your perspective — has a lot to do with your mental health and happiness. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” That says something about the power of perspective-taking. But do we really haveRead More

radical acceptance

Radical Acceptance: An Underrated Source of Wellbeing and Growth

Radical acceptance is the ability to fully open yourself to your experience. Radical acceptance allows you to recognize what hurts, no matter what it is — and comfort that hurt. The radical part of radical acceptance is the openness to face all truths completely – even unwanted ones. Acceptance means allowingRead More

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This Grounding Technique Can Help You Feel In Control of Your Life

When people come into my office, often they’re highly stressed. Some are even bouncing with anxiety because too many things feel out of their control. Grounding techniques help you shift energy so you can focus on what you can control. They are upset with a situation at work or atRead More

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How to Keep Love Growing in a Relationship

“Love has a kind of magic. It’s able to do amazing things.”  That’s what researcher Dr. John Gottman said about great friendships and love relationships, in a TEDx talk.  Social science tells us, those who enjoy healthy friendships and love also enjoy: Greater physical health Greater mental health Greater wealthRead More

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How to Help a Struggling Teen Who’s Resistant to Therapy

You may have decided to get your teen into counseling because an issue has you concerned. But your teen is resistant to therapy. It doesn’t matter how obvious the signs are that your teen may need therapy. Signs that counseling is warranted include: Your teen’s life seems full of anxietyRead More

Family counseling Alexandria VA

​Family Therapy: You Don’t Need a Crisis to Benefit

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” Bessel van der Kolk, MD, from The Body Keeps Score When I think about a family, I think about a place where it’s okayRead More

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The Purpose of Marriage: To Secure Your Safety and Connection First

Three relationship experts share their findings about the purpose of marriage for strength, safety and belonging. Drs. John Gottman, Sue Johnson, and Stan Tatkin have studied how relationships impact each partner’s sense of wellbeing. They identified traits of healthy relationships and the struggles or weaknesses of troubled marriages in theirRead More

How Holding Space Calms upset feelings

How to Ease Someone’s Troubles by Holding Space

“I need space.” You’ve probably heard this or said it. What does that even mean? It’s about holding space for emotions. To understand each other and ourselves, we need to make room for thoughts and feelings. Holding space is essential to wellbeing and relationships. It’s like giving a gift ofRead More

bid for connection

What’s a Bid for Connection and Why You Need to Know

If you want any relationship to feel better, you need to know about bids for connection. A bid for connection is anything a person does to spark a positive feeling with another. It might be obvious – like a hug, a handshake and a smile. Or it might be subtleRead More