is a Certified Enterprise Architect, Scrum Master, and Personal Trainer with 15 years of experience in the Intelligence Community (IC) as well as technical support in directing the planning and execution of multi-method research and analysis initiatives used to produce actionable intelligence products. He has lead teams responsible for the development and management of the GOV network architectures and implementing model-based systems engineering methodology to enhance critical national infrastructure.
JC is an Indiana University graduate and 8 years Army Veteran where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed several combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After completing his military service, he continued his service to the DOD and Intelligence Community in several capacities.
JC volunteers at his local church as a worship leader and missionary. He has a passion for serving the community: providing life coaching, mentorship, and motivational speaking as well as facilitating group training and military style boot camps.
Barbara Stephenson, M.S., LMFT, Co-Owner
is a licensed marriage and family therapist whose passion is to help empower and motivate others to seek personal growth and positive life changes. She provides a supportive and safe environment where clients can feel comfortable exploring their thoughts and feelings. She collaborates with each client to help identify and understand their challenges and tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the client’s specific needs and treatment goals. She believes treatment should emphasize the whole individual and therefore focuses on mental, emotional, physical, and social health to enhance their overall well-being.
Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Marshall University in West Virginia. She graduated with her master’s degree in Counselor Education/Marriage and Family Therapy from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited Stetson University in Florida. She completed her residency for licensure in Northern Virginia working in both outpatient mental health and intensive in-home settings. Additionally, she has worked as a high school counselor. She has experience working with individuals dealing with adjustment issues, anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, couples and family relational issues, and behavioral problems in adolescents. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to help provide healthy coping skills and effective communication skills.
Barbara focuses on client strengths and encourages clients to engage in strategies outside of therapy sessions in order to progress towards their goals. She believes a positive mind set is essential in creating a healthier balance and striving towards endless possibilities.
Taeler Babcock, Administrative Assistant
is a native to the Northern Virginia area. She comes from a family line of fitness enthusiasts and has played field hockey and ran track on the varsity level. Taeler is passionate about fitness and the health and well-being of the community around her.
Taeler provides administrative support to ensure a comprehensive customer experience. She is welcoming, friendly, and more than willing to do what she can to assist others to achieve holistic wellness.
Taeler believes that a holistic approach to wellness is beneficial as you are looking at the body as a whole, emcompassing emotional, spiritual, and physical to maintain a healthy and complete self.
Stephanie Hernandez, LMT
is a licensed massage therapist. She has a passion to heal and help with everyone’s unique physical stressors that cause tension, soreness, chronic pain, and discomfort. The types of massages she performs includes Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage.
Stephanie attended the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage (NVSTM) for Licensure. She received her certifications through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) programs.
Stephanie is excited to keep extending her knowledge and growing in everything that massage therapy has to offer. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends/family.
Satie Dopp, M.A., Resident in Counseling
is a Resident in Counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards her Licensure. Satie graduated with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in Massachusetts. She has previously worked in residential, college counseling, community, and outpatient settings and has experience working with individuals, families, and couples. Satie has experience working with individuals dealing with adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma, LGBTQAI+ concerns, self-esteem, eating and other body related concerns, and relationships. She also has experience supporting individuals in coping with transitions, identity concerns, and personal development.
Satie provides a calm, open, and safe space for clients to process any challenges they may bring in. She sees counseling as a collaborative process in which treatment is tailored specifically to each client's needs and situation. She finds her work most valuable when assisting individuals to develop new patterns and experience personal change and development. She describes her ideal client as an individual who understands that healing requires change.
Satie uses an eclectic mix of evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy in order to offer a wide array of strategies to better meet her client's needs. In addition to these approaches, she also implements techniques from Narrative, Family Systems, and Relational-Cultural Therapies. When outlining a treatment plan, Satie selects therapeutic approaches that have been demonstrated to be effective with similar clients and struggles as well as taking into account collaboration with each client about what they hope to gain from counseling. Her therapeutic style can be described as collaborative, compassionate, empathetically challenging, non-judgmental, and genuine.
Satie currently works under the supervision of Kate Tedeschi, MA, ATR-BC, LPC.
Kiersten Farrell, MsEd, CSAC, Resident in Counseling
is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and Resident in Counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling working towards her licensure. Kiersten graduated with her Masters' degree in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. She has previously worked in outpatient, hospital and college settings working with teens, young adults, and adults. Additionally, she has experience working with couples and family dynamics. Kiersten has worked with individuals experiencing substance use and abuse struggles, criminal thinking and behaviors, trauma, physical chronic diagnoses, sports related injuries and mental blocks, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, depression, ADHD, eating disorders and major life transitions.
Kiersten approaches clients from a holistic viewpoint, paying attention to their mental, spiritual and physical well being. She uses person-centered techniques, mixing in aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and motivational interviewing. She believes that therapy is challenging, yet opens many doors to self-growth, self- discovery, and self-acceptance.
Kiersten aims to create an environment where her clients can fully explore themselves in their past, current and future circumstances. Through collaboration with her clients, she helps them steer on their journeys through life.
Kiersten currently works under the supervision of Marla Peyser, LPC.
Sara Ayasso, MS.Ed, NCC, Resident in Counseling
is a Resident in Counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards her licensure. She is board certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Sara graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has a background of working in a variety of settings: communities, schools, residential and outpatient sites and has experience working with diverse clients including adults, children, families, couples, refugees, and offenders. Sara has helped individuals experiencing anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, adjustment issues, stress, ADHD, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, and substance abuse struggles. She uses an eclectic approach that includes person-centered techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness in order to better help her client’s unique journey. She also implements trauma-focused techniques and motivational interviewing.
Sara’s passion is to help her clients cultivate their mental health by giving them a holistic plan enabling them to confront and nourish their life mentally, physically, and spiritually. Sara constantly strives to improve the overall emotional well-being of individuals experiencing difficulty managing mental distress from crises to daily living skills. She first and foremost endeavors to foster a trusted bond between herself and others. Her positive, empathetic nature and attentive, sensitive demeanor creates a safe environment in which individuals can feel free to talk openly without judgment. Sara is passionate about bringing patience, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and comprehensive treatment strategies to each individual.
Sara currently works under the supervision of MaryAnn Byrne, LPC, NCC.
Kahdeem George, M.A., Resident in Counseling
is a Resident in Counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards his licensure. Kahdeem graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology located in the District of Columbia. He has over nine years of experience working in diverse settings to include outpatient, communities, residential, intensive home-based, and schools. He has experience working with children, teens, families, adults, couples, juvenile delinquents, offenders, and LGBTQIA. Kahdeem has helped empower individuals experiencing depression, trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, grief and loss, low self-esteem, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, personal and physical development, and identity concerns.
Kahdeem uses a holistic, spiritual, and physical approach of evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectial Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Carl Rodgers' famous Person-Centered psychotherapy. In addition to these therapeutic approaches, his core focus is rooted in humanistic and existential therapy to increase client self-awareness and self-understanding while cultivating acceptance, growth, responsibility, and freedom. His therapeutic style can be described as compassionate with unconditional positive regard, inspirational and empathic understanding.
Kahdeem currently works under the supervision of Jeanne Brown, LPC, CSAC, RPT-S.
Eliza Gallagher, MS.Ed, Resident in Counseling
is a Resident in Counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards her licensure. Eliza graduated with her Master's in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has previously worked in elementary schools and has experience working with young children, teens, young adults, and families. Eliza has experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, separation, grief & loss, trauma, self-esteem, major life transitions, suicidal thoughts, family systems, conflict resolution, transitions and emotion management. Eliza is passionate about stepping alongside clients as they navigate through challenges and goals while emphasizing specific, individualized treatment plans to promote the discovery of who each client is and is meant to be. Eliza's experience includes working with at risk youth in gangs, homeless services, law enforcement, social workers, human trafficking, social media, and society/school/family pressures that lead to decreased health and increased challenges for individuals in an already challenging world. She believes in building a support system unique for each person and believes in counseling because it adds one more person to 'your team' of people.
Eliza values creating a safe, inclusive, open space for clients to enter into as they engage mentally, emotionally, physically and/or spiritually. Her therapeutic style can be described as present, empathic, positive, and compassionate. By creating specific individualized tasks for clients to process or do outside of the counseling space, she hopes to promote increased growth and freedom.
When she is not at work, Eliza enjoys
spending time reading, cooking, and being active, especially outdoors with her
spouse and dog, Oshie, who she hopes to train to be a therapy dog.
Eliza currently works under the supervision of Marla Peyser, LPC.