Sterling VA Counselors and Coaches

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

Erika Flax, LCSW

Erika is excited to join the Thriveworks team as a therapist.  She has been providing therapy and mental health services professionally since 2011, and in the Northern Virginia region since 2013. Through her years of experience, she has developed a passion for helping those who find themselves stuck in the throes of depression and anxiety, and medications are only partially treating the illness. Erika is a strong believer in the effects of psychopharmacological therapy, but understands that without alternative coping strategies and behavior changes, relief and recovery are less likely to be obtained.

Erika has experience working with a wide array of diagnoses, but has special interests in serving those struggling with grief/loss, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, and major life changes. Clients can expect person centered individual and family therapy with a focus on behavioral interventions including DBT skills and CBT.

When Erika is not serving the community, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog.

Mylisa Ickes
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
Self Pay Rate: $65

Mylisa Ickes, M.Ed., LPC

Lisa is a licensed professional counselor who received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University in Ohio as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The University of Akron, Ohio. She has experience providing person-centered, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and dialectical behavior (DBT) therapy to clients in private practice, community , crisis intervention, and outpatient settings. Lisa offers clinical expertise to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in areas which include, but are not limited to, mood disorders (i.e.: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder), obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, stress/life management, grief and bereavement, relationships, parenting skills, behavior modification, and ADHD.  Lisa has a down-to-earth, non-judgmental style that encourages self-expression and a positive therapeutic relationship.

Taylor Shay
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
In process of being in network with:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • UBH
Self Pay Rate: $65

Taylor Shay, LMFT

Taylor Shay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Virginia Board of Counseling Certified Supervisor. She has over 16 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, couples, and group counseling. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including home-based services, inpatient and outpatient dual diagnosis programs, and psychiatric in-patient hospital settings. She has been a clinical director and supervisor for the past 9 years and during that time has always made it a priority to continue facilitating direct client care. Taylor has worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem and self-confidence issues, substance abuse issues, trauma, eating disorders and/or body image issues, educational/vocational issues, anger management, PTSD, personality disorders, divorce and separation, infidelity, domestic violence, codependency, assertiveness and communication skills, crisis management, suicidal and homicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, difficulties with emotional regulation, grief and loss, parenting issues, LGBTQ support and gender related issues, culture/race/ethnicity identification and value clarification, stage of life issues, behavioral difficulties, stress management, interpersonal and relational difficulties, family of origin issues, cross addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorders, child and adolescent issues, and peer relationship issues. She specializes in helping couples and families reduce communication (verbal and non-verbal) triggers, reach emotional regulation and understanding, and work through difficult relational and interpersonal issues. 

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She is passionate about the work she does with her clients and clients find her warm, friendly, caring, and direct. Taylor utilizes a variety of evidenced based practices, including, but not limited to, CBT, Motivational interviewing, Relational, Solution Focused, Strength- Based, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Family Systems, Gottman Method, Family/Marital, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Taylor utilizes various techniques and interventions to ensure that treatment is individualized and to ensure the best possible results for clients to reach their treatment goals and increase ability to improve all areas of their lives.

Taylor believes that everyone deserves therapy and that therapy is a massage for the mind. Engaging in therapy does not make something “wrong” with you. It allows people to remind themselves of what is good and working in order to increase overall happiness and increase the “good”.  Taylor’s style of therapy is positive direction and guidance throughout the therapeutic experience and believes strongly that therapy is a collaborative experience and that clients are the experts in their life. Taylor strives to assist clients in empowering themselves to create positive change in their lives and develop a deeper understanding of how “problems” develop and can be corrected. 

Ryan Culkin

Ryan Culkin, MA

Ryan is the current Regional Clinic Director who oversees the daily operations and staffing of all Company Clinics in Virginia. He brings nearly a decade of clinical experience to Thriveworks. As a small business owner and a clinician, Ryan has many skills that make his role of growing the Virginia clinics, as well as all Thriveworks locations, imperative. While he is new to this role, his drive and passion for top-quality client services show through all of his efforts. In addition to his administrative role with Thriveworks, he is currently in the process of obtaining his LPC licensure in Virginia. Ryan is currently not accepting new clients, but possesses a vast amount of experience working with children and adolescents that are experiencing a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. Ryan received his Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and currently resides in Lynchburg, Va with his wife Rylie.

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