My Approach to Helping
Because our center is a Family Therapy Center, we see children, teens, adults, couples and families. With offerings such as individual therapy, ADHD coaching, couples therapy, career coaching, and art/play therapy, the Family Therapy Center can be the help and support you have been looking for. Children as young as 3, receive play and art therapy in a beautiful, well stocked therapeutic play room while adults and teens receive top notch care in our peaceful therapy rooms. At the Family Therapy Center of Northern Virginia, we don't just care about high quality treatment, we also provide a modern, soothing atmosphere decorated by a professional designer. Every room is tastefully decorated to help you feel comfortable and at home. Please visit our website via the link above. We look forward to working with you. -Gabrielle Anderson, LMFT Director/Therapist
More Info About My Practice
The Family Therapy Center of Northern Virginia, llc is a small practice made up of a handful of professionals. From licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, to Registered Art Therapist, to Nationally Board Certified Coaching, we take pride in staying well informed and seek out education regularly. Visit our website and Pinterest Boards to see if one of us may fit a family member's needs.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Our center sees children through adults. Below give a sneak peek into our different therapy modalities.
Children: Play & Art Therapy are wonderful ways for children as young as 3 to express their emotions and heal. Having an indirect approach helps children not become too emotionally flooded during the session. Children are able to tolerate their emotions better with a developmentally appropriate approach. ADHD, anxiety, anger, behavior disturbance, divorce, sexual abuse, and loss are examples of why some children come in for play/art therapy.
Teens: Some teens enjoy Art Therapy and other just want to talk. We will meet your child wherever s/he is. Cutting, depression, social issues, trauma, sexual abuse, loss and divorce are examples of why some parents seek out help for their teen. When the issues are school related, we have an Academic Coach who can help your child navigate the academic process more successfully by learning new skills/tools to stay organized and on the path to success. Our coach is also an ADHD coach, which can help your child that much more.
Individual Adults & Couples: Whether the issue is depression, anxiety loss, chronic illness, distance or discord in a relationship, therapy can help organize the pieces of the puzzle to help you find fulfillment and peace in your life and relationships again. Therapy is not just about reducing the negative, but is also about helping you access the life that you want.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Our center works with many children and has extensive experience working with adults who have sensitive careers and/or significant security clearances. We understand the importance of privacy and do our best to protect yours. One of the reasons we have chosen to be "out of network" for insurance companies is to limit how much your insurance company can learn about you and your private life. Being out of network provides one more layer of protection for you, your child or your spouse. It is important to know that if you choose to involve your insurance company, you will need to be diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis. Although this does not worry some, many feel leary about this and choose to not involve their insurance. I am personally trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist and would forgo diagnosing in most of my cases, but I do so because it is a requirement of every insurance company and every health plan. I struggle with diagnosing clients who are just wrestling with a life issue, transition, loss etc. Your privacy and the privacy of your child are important factors to weigh when you are deciding about therapy. Choosing a practice that can help you navigate it mindfully can pay off greatly in the end. -Gabrielle Anderson, Director/Therapist