Kendra Surmitis

Ph.D., LPC

Kendra Surmitis

Ph.D., LPC

Professions: Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 0701006298
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Please contact me to discuss fees and payment. Generally, my session costs range between $130 - $150 per session.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


601 King Street
Suite 301
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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My Approach to Helping

My collaborative, genuine, and relational approach to therapy is grounded in research-supported methods of psychotherapy. I believe that each individual is unique and brings a personal narrative to our relationship. Therefore, I individualize treatment to the individual client's values, hopes, goals, and preferences for counseling. I am a deeply compassionate mental health provider who recognizes that your trust and privacy are essential to positive and meaningful outcomes in psychotherapy. Further, I believe it is the balance of support and challenge that is likely to lead to self understanding and lasting change. Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and accessible by DC public transit, I provide a safe, private space for your personal therapeutic process. It is an honor to be a co-explorer on your journey to deeper personal understanding and meaning making, and I aspire to support you as you move forward in your journey towards greater fulfillment.

More Info About My Practice

My practice is currently accepting new clients including teens, adults, and seniors. I appreciate diversity in gender, race, age, faith, sexual orientation, and world-view, and welcome all new requests for consultations or counseling. If you are interested in further discussing our potential fit, please contact me using my website or phone number. I am located in The Historic J. Muir Building of Old Town Alexandria, and have many options for parking (or public transit) in the local vicinity.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

While I have worked for a number of years supporting a variety of client concerns, I am most skilled at supporting you in life transition, anxiety, making deeper meaning of your life, and individuation. Further, I have a great deal of experience working with worry, stress management, depression, trauma, family issues, relational issues, supporting professional women, and decision making. As an researcher, I have authored a number of articles and professional presentations on the topic of self-harm, self-authorship, professional women's issues and mindfulness techniques. For your specific concerns, please feel free to contact me and discuss your symptoms/issues and I will provide detailed information concerning my experience and approach with those particular issues.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

The design of your counseling therapy is adaptable to your preferences and needs. The duration of your sessions will last 60 minutes, and take place in a private, calming space, located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Accessible by public transportation and parking, my location is suitable to those outside of Alexandria. The frequency of your therapy depends upon your specific goals and reason for seeking treatment. Many clients enjoy frequent sessions, exceeding once per week, and others choose to attend therapy less frequently. I will work collaboratively with you to determine what works best for your individual experience of therapy.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Personality concerns, survivors of trauma, professional women

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Constructivisim
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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