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Meet our Counselors and Life Coaches

Anna Sihon
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Sentara
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Anna Sihon, LCSW

Anna SihonLCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. Anna is bilingual, practicing clinically in Spanish for 10 years. Anna has expertise in providing focused behavioral health services for a variety of concerns, including: 

  • Development (behavioral modeling, discipline, social-emotional development) 
  • Behavioral Health (acculturation and immigration stressors, stress management, sleep hygiene, wellness skills, phase of life changes
  • Mental Health (behavior concerns, depression, anxiety, ADHD, maternal mood, psychosis) 
  • Education/Work Support (coaching to reach full potential)
  • Psychosocial Health (adjustment to change, grief, trauma, family acculturation and immigration, stress) 

Anna received her Master of Social Work from Denver University Graduate School of Social Work in 2003. Anna has 20 years of working in the field of social work with diverse populations in both clinical and community settings in the United States and abroad. 10 years of clinical experience working with refugees, immigrants, and other diverse populations in a variety of settings such as Integrated care, outpatient clinics, school based, community based, day treatment, and residential treatment.  She has had active involvement in work groups and committees that are focused on improving provider cultural competence and support of providers working bilingually in English and Spanish. Anna is experienced in supervising and mentoring interns, peer specialists, and clinicians. 

Anna provides solution focused, client centered care. Anna is a strong advocate for whole person wellness and recovery across the lifespan.


Anna Sihon es una trabajadora social clínica con licencia. Anna es bilingüe, practicando clínicamente en español por más que 10 años. Anna tiene experiencia en proveyendo servicios de salud mental enfocados para una variedad de inquietudes, que incluyen:

Desarrollo (modelación conductual, disciplina, desarrollo socioemocional)
Salud del comportamiento (estrés de aculturación e inmigración, manejo del estrés, higiene del sueño, habilidades de bienestar, cambios en la fase de la vida)
Salud mental (problemas de comportamiento, depresión, ansiedad, TDAH, trastornos del estado de ánimo relacionado con el embarazo, psicosis)
Apoyo educativo/laboral (apoyo para alcanzar el máximo potencial)
Salud psicosocial (adaptación al cambio, duelo, trauma, aculturación familiar e inmigración, estrés)

Anna recibió su Maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Denver en 2003. Anna tiene 20 años de trabajo en el trabajo social con diversas poblaciones en entornos clínicos y comunitarios en los Estados Unidos y en Paraguay y Costa Rica. Más que 10 años de experiencia clínica trabajando con refugiados, inmigrantes y otras poblaciones diversas en una variedad de programas, como atención integrada, clínicas ambulatorias, escuelas, comunidades, tratamientos diurnos y residenciales. Ha participado activamente en grupos de trabajo y comités que se centran en mejorar la competencia cultural de los proveedores y el apoyo de los proveedores que trabajan bilingüe en inglés y español. Anna tiene experiencia en la supervisión y tutoría de pasantes, especialistas pares y clínicos.

Anna provee atención enfocada en la solución y el cliente. Anna es una promotora del bienestar y la recuperación de la persona completa para todas las edades.

Emily Laing
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Medicare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Emily Laing, LPC

My goal in therapy is to hold a compassionate, non-judgmental space for clients to explore their inner lives and make day to day life better, one step at a time.  I love working with children and adults alike, utilizing a variety of evidenced-based approaches, including child-centered play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy. Underpinning these approaches is a person-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative foundation that empowers clients to build toward goals that mean the most to them. I am especially experienced in addressing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and parenting concerns. I deeply value the wide range of identities and experiences people have and am happy to work with folks of all sexualities, gender identities, races, and ethnicities.

Emily Simonian
In network with:
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
In process of being in network with:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • UBH
Self Pay Rate: $99

Emily Simonian, LMFT

In a world where we focus on building strong physical health, solid educational backgrounds and financial fitness, our emotional health and relationships may not always take precedence. However, I believe mental health is just as important. Whether you’re looking to improve your relationships, emotional wellbeing, or seek help with specific challenges, therapy is a great place to start. 

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have direct training and experience working with family and relationship issues, as well as working with individuals. I also specialize in treating Stress/Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse, as well as self-esteem issues and general self-improvement goals. My approach is compassionate and interactive, focusing on tailoring and personalizing therapy to you, while providing support and feedback so that you reach your goals. Sessions may include collaboratively identifying the root cause of struggles, building on current strengths, finding effective communication/coping/conflict management skills, and guiding healthy emotional expression.  

It can be hard deciding who to trust and I appreciate your consideration. Our therapeutic relationship is important and I welcome feedback to ensure that my approach is working for you. It is my hope that we can work together to foster your personal growth and find long-term solutions that enable you to have the life you want, because when your relationships and mental health are strong, every other facet of your life improves. 

 

Erica Ohnstad
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Medicare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Erica Ohnstad, LPC, LSATP, ATR-BC

Erica is currently licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Treatment Practitioner and a Board Certified Art Therapist.  She received her Masters degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University, with a focus on Trauma Informed Care. She has an extensive history in working with clients suffering with co occurring disorders.  Erica believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of creativity, incorporating both integrative and cognitive approaches to foster growth and empower clients towards obtaining their goals set forth in therapy. She feels that the therapeutic value of art has the opportunity to heal, empower and engage those isolated due their addiction, depression, anxiety, fears, anger, and pain.  Her nurturing spirit helps clients discover their true potential. Utilizing an integrative approach to implement CBT, DBT, Positive Psychology and Person centered care enables Erica to maximize the therapeutic value of an integrated approach to heal, empower, and engage those isolated by their addiction, depression, anxiety, fears and self script to provide innovative therapy for her clients.

Jocelyn Jones
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Aetna
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jocelyn Jones, LPC

Jocelyn Jones, LPC has been a post-graduate licensed professional since 2003.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Madison University and her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from George Washington University.  Jocelyn takes pride in her dedication to compassionately assist youth, individuals and families through difficult and transitioning times of life, as well as providing training and consulting services to benefit the community on a larger scale.  She brings a sense of calm and empathy to each session and ensures that her clients are heard. Jocelyn is trained and practiced in Motivational Interviewing, as well as Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavior, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior, and Brief Strategic Family Therapies.  She has additionally been trained in EMDR and Systems Family Therapy.

Jocelyn is experienced with mood disorders, substance abuse, anxiety and trauma, abuse and neglect, cognitive distortions, divorce, grief and loss, behavioral disorders (ADHD, ODD, Conduct, delinquency, etc.), and is developing a special niche for biracial clients and their sensitive cultural concerns.  She is a firm believer in allowing the client to determine the goals of therapy and setting benchmarks to review progress.

In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys family and friends, watching and playing sports, puzzles, and new experiences.

Joneis Thomas
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Behavioral
In process of being in network with:
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Joneis Thomas, Ph.D

Dr. Thomas is a licensed clinical psychologist in VA and DC with 20 years of experience across private practice, medical center, and academic settings. She provides individual psychotherapy for people who seek to feel better and make changes in some aspect of their lives.

Dr. Thomas has special expertise in health psychology. She assists clients who want to sleep better, manage chronic pain, cope with medical conditions, and make health behavior changes (e.g., improve eating and physical activity habits). Dr. Thomas also assists clients with anxiety, depression, major life changes, work/academic stress, and relationship problems. She integrates current research about effective treatments into clinical practice.

Dr. Thomas uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to decrease distress, promote helpful ways of thinking, and take action to enhance quality of life. She uses interpersonal psychotherapy to improve relationship patterns, communication skills, and social support. She incorporates mindfulness-based approaches to reduce stress and cultivate positive states. Dr. Thomas provides a kind, welcoming presence that affirms each client’s culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Dr. Thomas earned her B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Thomas completed her internship in clinical psychology, with a special emphasis on behavioral medicine, at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in workplace issues and mental health at Duke Employee Assistance Program/Duke University Medical Center. https://www.linkedin.com/in/joneisthomasphd/

For leisure, Dr. Thomas enjoys scenic walks, science fiction books, and loom knitting. To stay centered, Dr. Thomas maintains a personal practice of mindfulness meditation.

Ophelia Boadi
In network with:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
In process of being in network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Compsych
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • UBH
Self Pay Rate: $65

Ophelia Boadi, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

I am an experienced Children and Family Mental Health Therapist with a history of working in the field since 2010 in Nonprofit Organizations, community –based organizations, Individual/Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Psychotherapy based on research studies to help Children and Families meet their goals in treatment.

I work with children, adolescents, and adults to help them gain insight and build tools to face challenges related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and other relationship issues with others including peers/family , trauma, self-esteem, life transitions, grief and loss, and specific life stressors.

Family/Couple conflict can create stress and distance within the family. I work with family members looking to reduce conflict, and improve the interactions and connections in order to positively impact the family relationships and problem solve. I also support parents with additional parenting skills using evidence based models such as Strengthening Family Program.

I use multiple approaches including Psychodynamic (Talk Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Solution-Focused, and Family Systems therapies and evidence-based approaches such as Trauma Focused-CBT and Manage and Adapting Practice.

Some of my areas of expertise include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Distress (with peers, family and other adults)
  • Trauma
  • Social anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Grief
  • Sexual abuse
  • Children of Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflict
Darren Love
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Sentara
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Darren Love, Psy.D

Dr. Love is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Virginia. He has been providing clinical services to late adolescents (above age 14), adults, and older adults for 10 years. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals and couples reach their desired goal in life. He utilizes a variety of relaxation techniques including hypnosis to help patients manage their overall symptoms. Dr. Love has a passion for helping patients living with chronic medical diseases and pain, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and stress management. He has experience working with individuals and groups. Dr. Love has extensive experience in performing psychological testing for pre-surgical evaluation (spinal cord stimulators and bariatric), ADHD, IQ, personality and emotional functioning.

Dr. Love has a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. He completed a behavioral medicine internship from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints in Racine, WI before completing a post-doctoral residency in Health Psychology with an emphasis in Pain Management and Gero-psychology from Psychology Specialists in Decatur, IL. Dr. Love also holds a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University-Glendale and is in the process of completing a Masters in Psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

**Saturday sessions are available.

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