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Our Team of Therapists and Counselors

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Laurie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia since 2007, and is board certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. Laurie enjoys collaborating with individuals who seek therapy, by helping them identify what issues or concerns might be creating their distress. Laurie utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, and other evidence-based treatment modalities to best meet the needs and goals of each client. She specializes in working with adolescents, teens and adults who struggle with anxiety and depression. Laurie also has a particular interest in helping those who are facing a loss, or have already experienced significant loss(es) in their lives. She is trained as an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, which is specifically geared toward older teens and adults.

Laurie Thompson, MA, LPC, NCC

Marcia Crutcher, MALPC

Marcia Crutcher, MA LPC was awarded her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa. She is licensed as a professional counselor in Virginia and Oklahoma. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents and their families at both an inpatient and outpatient level of care. She adapts her treatment to meet the client's needs using several treatment modalities, including art therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, behavior modification and EMDR to assist her clients in obtaining their treatment goals. She has special interest and training working with the under-five age group, child trauma victims, children with developmental challenges and behavioral disturbance, and parenting issues. She also sees adults adjusting to life changes.

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Ann Millard completed a Master's in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1982. She completed graduate coursework in Art Therapy at George Washington University in 1996. Ann has practiced as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. Ann Millard has worked in a variety of settings including 21 years of experience as a mental health therapist in two local community mental health centers, private practice at the Women's Center of Vienna, VA, child protection services and advocacy work and therapy with victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County, VA. Ann Millard has extensive experience working with adults using a contextual perspective, with consideration of family, community, culture and of life and age transitions. She has worked with different populations, and especially with young adults, aging adults, individuals suffering from mood disorders and anxiety and individuals coping with separation and divorce. Issues include trauma, childhood abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, mood disorders, anxiety and stress management, ADD/ADHD, and coping with separation and divorce and in the aftermath of the latter, making the transition to a new lifestyle. Her approach to work with clients is a strength based, goal setting approach. Clients are encouraged to develop and access both inner and outer resources. The latter includes tapping into the use of creative resources such as art, journaling and a sense of humor. Her eclectic approach includes psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral strategies, the reprocessing of significant events, body based therapy, self esteem building and mindfulness.

Ann Millard, LCSW

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In therapy with me, you will get a warm and supportive relationship with someone who is well trained in cognitive behavioral and trauma focused therapies to help people struggling with grief, trauma, anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. I am certified in grief counseling and, specifically, traumatic grief counseling from the Wendt Center for Grief and Loss. Healing from the pain of grief is a process that is often difficult and looks different for every individual. I recognize the importance of presence and aim to provide space, warmth and guidance through your landscape of grief. Additionally, I have many years of experience working with people on their relationships, including those going through separation and divorce. I help people use systems and dynamic theories to explore how your history in relationships may be influencing your current approach to relationships. I got my start in this field working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and can provide guidance and support to identify and heal from these traumas. Who do I work with? I enjoy working with older adolescents (16+) and adults throughout the lifespan, including adults 65+. It is a privilege to support clients at different stages in their lives and through various life transitions. I aim to provide a supportive, nurturing and safe environment for clients of all ethnicities, races, gender and sexual identities. I am an LGBTQ+ allied therapist and am constantly working to improve my skills in this area.

Alison Behar, LCSW

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Mary Lou earned her MSW degree from Syracuse University and advanced clinical certificates in the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse from Fordham Universtiy as well as Child and Adolescent Therapy from New York University. She has over 20 years' experience in crisis intervention and individual/family therapy in various settings including civilian/military hospitals, outpatient medical centers, and multidisciplinary private practices. Prior to joining SBHS in 2018 Mary Lou worked for the Dept of Defense as an Integrated Behavioral Health Consultant advising other professional staff in military hospitals and outpatient medical centers. She utilizes a holistic approach and has a special interest in the mind/body connection with the goal of achieving maximum wellness. Evidence based interventions used include Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Behavioral Activation, and Solution-Focused therapy.

May Lou Plantz, LCSW

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