Alexandria, VA - Grovedale Dr Office

The Safe Harbor office is located on the second floor of the west side of the building. Take the elevator to the second floor and the suite is the first door on the right.

Alexandria, VA - Grovedale Dr Office

6408 Grovedale Dr, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22310

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Counselors in Alexandria, VA - Grovedale Dr Office

Kristen Gifford, MSW

Practicing Since: 2003 Kristen believes that maintaining good mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health.  She strives to help clients live their best life by adopting healthy coping mechanisms as well as helping them find strategies to handle daily stressors. Kristen is…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Depression, Disability, Infertility, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, OCD, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Trauma

Ori Onazi, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2019 Ori believes that the therapeutic process is a team effort that is successful when there’s vulnerability, honesty, and a willingness to be self-aware. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for individuals to attain emotional, social, and mental wellbeing. She…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Peripartum and Postpartum, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sexual Addiction, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Sarah Nies, LPC, ATR-BC

Practicing Since: 2016 Sarah creates a caring and supportive environment, championing clients in self-discovery and healing. After earning a Master’s in Art Education and a Master’s in Art Therapy, Sarah continued expanding her knowledge and techniques, incorporating art into therapy. She is a Board-Certified Art…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Eating Disorders, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, OCD, Oncology, Peripartum and Postpartum, Personality Disorders, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), PTSD, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sexual abuse, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Christen Panissidi, LCSW

Practicing Since: 2014 Christen believes that mental health should be talked about and normalized.  She strives to create a safe, relaxing, and fun environment for her clients to feel comfortable expressing their struggles with life.  She recognizes that everyone’s personal needs are important and helps…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Loss/Abandonment, Miscarriages, OCD, Oncology, Peripartum and Postpartum, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Workplace Issues

John Howard, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2020 John approaches counseling from a client-centered perspective to help foster a safe, inclusive environment. Maintaining openness and transparency while upholding confidentiality is of utmost importance to him. He helps clients focus on re-framing commonly distressing events into a different, often more positive…

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual Addiction, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation

Aparicio Cottrell Jr., MS, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since:2016 Aparicio uses a solution-focused approach with clients. He seeks to allow his clients to tell him about who they are and likes to work together with his clients in order to help them achieve their treatment goals. Aparicio views the counseling process as…

Issues Served: Abortion, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Infidelity, Marital/Premarital, Process Addictions (i.e. food, gambling, other), Sexual Addiction

Cristyl Word, MS, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2019 Cristyl seeks to create a warm, empathetic, safe, and judgment-free space so that together, she and her clients can process emotions, achieve goals, and develop healthy coping strategies. Cristyl is gifted with intuition, compassion, support, and is fully present for her clients,…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Eating Disorders, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation, Trauma

Nettia Diamond-Banton, Licensed Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2012 Nettia provides a safe and open space where clients are accepted, valued, and respected. She utilizes a strength-based, client-focused therapeutic approach grounded in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral therapies. She focuses on listening to and understanding her clients in order to create…

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Divorce, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Miscarriages, OCD, Peripartum and Postpartum, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sleep/Insomnia, Substance Dependence (i.e. drug/alcohol), Suicidal Ideation

Jennifer Schalow, LPC

Practicing Since: 2007 Jennifer implements both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered treatment interventions in her practice. She has found that when using these interventions, individuals can overcome and understand their thought processes. Additionally, her focus on the family system unit allows her to be effective in…

Issues Served: Abortion, Abuse/Neglect, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual abuse, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Toinette Neube, MA, Resident in Counseling

Practicing Since: 2003 Toinette’s approach to counseling is eclectic in nature in that she caters her therapeutic approach to the client’s individual needs. The foundation of all her counseling is based in Grace, Love, & Mercy, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Strength-based Therapy, and…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Codependency, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Disability, Divorce, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Personality Disorders, Self-esteem/self-worth, Workplace Issues

Stacey Crosson, LMFT

Practicing Since: 1998 As the Clinical Supervisor of Safe Harbor Northern Virginia, Stacey has over 25 years’ experience in the people-helping business. As a spouse of a retired U.S. military member, she offers a shared perspective of the military life. She also provides a developed…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm/Self-injury, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sleep/Insomnia, Trauma, Workplace Issues

Melissa Hoffman, LPC

Practicing Since: 2007 Melissa focuses on building the therapeutic relationship through empathy, respect for the individual, and unconditional support. Through this therapeutic relationship, clients are able to set goals and achieve them. Once this therapeutic relationship is built, Melissa uses cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and…

Issues Served: Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Career Counseling, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Self-esteem/self-worth, Workplace Issues

Brandee Zettel, LPC, LMFT

Practicing Since: 2015 Brandee understands that everyone is unique in their own way and she takes time to get to know her clients. She builds treatment plans that are tailored to the individual and she adapts her therapeutic approach to meet the needs of the…

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Blended Family, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Peripartum and Postpartum, Self-esteem/self-worth, Sexual abuse, Trauma