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BY STILL WATERS, LLC
CHRISTINE S. CONWAY, PhD
Effective February 15, 2018, Dr. Conway has retired from her clinical practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Beginning in 2019, she plans to offer discussion groups for small groups of women, focused on personal growth, self-care and relationship issues. These "Sistering Sessions" will be held in the Cornerstone office in Fairfax.
Dr. Conway is also developing plans for off-site mini-retreats for women who would enjoy time for reflection and connection with a small group of friends, both old and new.
These services will be provided through a new business called By Still Waters, LLC, a new venture through which Dr. Conway will not provide any clinical services, but instead focus on psychoeducation, consultation, and coaching for women of all ages.
JACK A. MERENDA, PSY.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Merenda received his bachelor’s degree from Biola University, and then his master’s and doctorate degrees from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. A significant part of his education included Bible and Theology coursework at Biola and Talbot Theological Seminary. He worked as a psychologist in private, group, and community counseling practices in California for 12 years, and then became the pastor of counseling and care ministries at a large church in Virginia for 8 years. Dr. Merenda has been with Cornerstone Professional Center since early 2015.
Dr. Jack has counseled and ministered to people of all ages, with a wide range of life challenges, including: anxiety, stress, depression, self-image, spiritual questions and difficulties, men’s issues, having a family member with special needs, and major life transitions. He employs an individualized blend of therapeutic skills, with a full appreciation that each client and his/her situation is very unique.
Dr. Jack maintains the “whole person” perspective—each of us being a body, soul, and spirit that needs care. Although his training is more specific to addressing matters of the soul (thoughts, feelings, relationships, present challenges, personal goals), he also honors the important roles of spiritual faith and physical health. (This might be described as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model.)
His general style is to explore a client’s life challenge through compassionate listening and meaningful interaction, with the goal towards a deeper understanding. He is also attentive to aspects of a person's history which still seem to affect the present, as well as managing current stressors—all of this to better explore options for coping well with present day challenges, as well as to facilitate emotional-relational healing that will extend into the future. Lastly but not least, to the extent that the client desires faith-based counseling, Dr. Merenda offers Biblically sound guidance.
You can contact Dr. Jack at (703) 591-2551 Ext. 221 for additional information or to schedule an initial appointment.
BETH C. MICH |Beth Mich earned her master's degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in 1997 and her bachelor's degree in psychology from James Madison University in 1993. Her experience includes work with couples, individuals, and older adolescents in both the non-profit and private sectors. Beth uses a psycho-dynamic approach to assist clients in better understanding themselves and their ways of relating with those significant to them. She strives to help her clients make positive changes personally as well as interpersonally with respect to decision-making, boundary setting, identification and expression of needs, empathy building, etc. She works closely with clients to reach their goals, providing them with encouragement, insight and a faith-based perspective. The primary issues she addresses with clients include: life transitions, single parenting, conflict in marriage, blended families, communication issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, parenting of adolescents, and premarital work. If interested in arranging an appointment, she can be reached at 703-591-2551 x230.
JOHNNY POWELL, MSW, LCSW, CCTP
Feeling confused, anxious, or stuck? Is something holding you back from having the quality of life you want? The life journey we undertake has unpredictable moments that can leave us wondering how to move forward, I have been helping clients clear their blockages and achieve mental health progress for 10+ years and I look forward to applying my training and experience to help you.
My method is to provide each client with a thorough initial assessment to determine the scope and range of the best treatment(s). Then we agree on a treatment plan at a pace that is safe to help you actually heal and be able to enjoy the possibilities that exist for your life. Read reviews from clients who agreed to disclose on Yelp, Healthgrades.com, or at my website, www.fairfax-therapist.com.
The types of therapy I currently offer are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (adults)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Repressing (EMDR), which is evidence-based for trauma
- I am undertaking training for Emotional Focused Therapy (couples).
I currently accept BC/BS PPO insurance. Contact me with questions or to schedule an appointment at 703.801.5527 (cell) or email@example.com (email).
Additional helpful information about me:
- I am a Clinical Certified Trauma Professional with IATP.
- Another service I offer involves consultation with colleagues who seek to be certified in EMDR and I am registered with the State of Virginia for supervision of graduates desiring to become LCSWs (Virginia).
- I have been at Cornerstone Professional Center over 6 years.
- Before Cornerstone, I received awards from the State of Virginia for innovative work.
- Association memberships: The Greater Washington Clinical Social Workers, EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and International Association for Trauma Professionals (IATP) and International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD).
THERESA M. SHALTANIS | is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist who earned an M.A. in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois and a B.A. from Concordia University Wisconsin. She has been providing mental health care since 1991 in a wide variety of settings: private practice, public mental health emergency services, child & adolescent hospital, and a seminary counseling office. She has worked at Cornerstone since 2005 and has enjoyed developing a treatment plan that is customized to the specific needs of each client. Her respectful style allows her to meet clients where they are and to walk along side them to a place of greater health and freedom. Some areas of key interest are marriage relationships, eating and body image issues, depression, anxiety, and life transition issues--just to name a few. Theresa has had ongoing training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a very effective style of therapy that pays attention to our attachment needs and experiences. She enjoys working with individuals (upper elementary school age through adults), couples, and families. She is married with two young adult children. If you are interested in speaking with Theresa to see if she would be a good fit for you, please contact her at (703) 591-2551 ext. 229.
COLIN F. SMITH holds the Master of Divinity and Juris Doctor degrees from Regent University and holds a BA from Hampden-Sydney. He served in the Army Reserves as an Infantry officer before becoming an active duty Army chaplain. He has wide ranging ministry experience in church, chapel and unit settings in the US and overseas. After obtaining his Juris Doctor degree, he was selected to establish the Strong Bonds program for the Air National Guard, the Chaplain Corps lead program for marriage, family and singles relationship and resiliency training. During this time he also developed a mentorship program for the Air National Guard Chaplain Corps.
He has a unit of clinical pastoral education and is certified in a variety of marriage, family and singles relationship training and crisis intervention models including PREP, CPREP, Prepare Enrich, Couples Communication, Active Relationships, 8 Habits of Highly Effective Marriages, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, Family Wellness, PICK (Singles), ASSISST, Spiritual R and R, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, Strong Bonds Marriage and Family Deployment Ministry. He actively leads marriage enrichment retreats and is available for invitational speaking or ministry. He has been ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance for 16 years and has been married for 19 years.
His ministry focus is the practical application of Biblical truths to life challenges and marriage needs from a compassionate standpoint and relationship skills validated by Biblical wisdom. He believes that prayer and spiritual growth go hand in hand with a joyful productive life.
You can contact Colin at 703 591 2551 ext. 233. God bless you.
SYNERGY COUNSELING, LLC
MARIANNE S. COAD has a MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Virginia Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. Marianne has over 20+ years of experience working in the mental health field with individuals, couples, and families ranging in ages from 14 to 86 years old.
Marianne began her career working at Rapha, an adolescent and adult psychiatric inpatient facility and enjoyed every moment of helping her Clients to make permanent changes in their lives. It was at this time, Marianne became an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couples Counseling and Adolescents using a variety of evidenced-based practices. Marianne is an expert at helping couples repair and thrive in their marriages even in the midst of challenges such as infidelity, inability to communicate and transitions. Marianne has great respect for her Clients and admires their courage to seek outside help. She knows the first step is often the most difficult.
Throughout the years, Marianne has gained expertise in treating trauma with both civilians and Military Service Members. Marianne had the privilege of working as a Military and Family Life Counselor serving all military branches including Soldiers of Army Special Forces and Marines of Presidential Helicopter Squadron One. In her work, Marianne has won many awards including Military and Family Life Counselor of the Year. Marianne is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress.
Marianne is a registered Supervisor with the Virginia Board of Counseling and supervises graduate students and post-graduate residents for licensure as LMFTs and/or LPCs. In addition, she is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is an AAMFT approved Supervisor Mentor and supervises licensed clinicians wanting to become AAMFT Approved Supervisors. She also provides consultation for those wanting to become certified in EMDR. Marianne's private practice is located in the heart of downtown Fairfax.
Marianne has four grown children and has lived and traveled throughout the world. She loves the outdoors, exercising, kayaking, gardening, reading, traveling to new places and going into DC for all the awesome fun. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact her at 703-657-9721 or firstname.lastname@example.org You may also like to view her full profile and reviews on psychologytoday.com andhealthgrades.com.
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ASHLEY BORCK, COUNSELING INTERN
Ashley is passionate about walking alongside people on their journey toward healing and hope. She believes it is possible to live with joy and peace. Using an eclectic, individualized, approach, Ashley wants clients to discover new avenues for moving forward with confidence and purpose.
Ashley believes that lasting healing requires a holistic and integrated approach to treatment, examining biological, psychological, spiritual, and physiological issues. She is passionate about helping women of all ages, as well as children and adolescents ages 5 to 18. Her training includes life transitions, career counseling, behavioral addictions, grief, anxiety, depression, boundary setting, and infertility among other issues.
Ashley is currently pursuing her MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and earned a BA in Early Childhood Education from Cedarville University, with a Biblical Studies minor. She is a student member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in Washington D.C., entertaining family and friends, and reading books with a hot cup of tea.
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PERI FARAG, COUNSELING INTERN
I am receiving my Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in May of 2019. In 1993, I graduated with a B.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University, Many years later, my personal experiences of hardships and losses, accompanied with my empathy for others who are struggling with emotional pain, led me to the field of counseling. I am pursuing becoming a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I am under the supervision of Marianne Coad, MAMFC, LPCS, LMFT.
For fifteen years, I have had opportunities to walk along side, encourage, and support adolescents and adults during their difficult life circumstances. Currently, I offer therapeutic services, at a discounted rate, to men, women, couples, families, and adolescents. The following are some of my areas of concentration:
Life Transitions Counseling
In helping people, I use an eclectic therapeutic approach where I utilize techniques that are based on the specific needs of the client. I believe that transformation is possible with the renewing of one's mind and how he/she thinks. I also believe in the effectiveness of offering a safe and empathy-filled environment, where clients are able to share without feeling judged or shamed. By addressing the underlying cognitive messages about oneself, others, and the world, clients are able to experience healing. Some of the therapeutic techniques used include, but are not limited to the following: cognitive restructuring (learning how to think differently), role-playiing, and forgiveness therapy.
Alternative Language: Arabic
Religious Orientation: Christian
For more information, visit my profile on psychologytoday.com or contact me at
email@example.com or 703-200-8695. Peri will be accepting new clients in June 2019.
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PAUL W. SARIGIANIS, COUNSELING INTERN
Paul is completing his second-year of graduate work in Dallas Theological Seminary’s counseling program (DC campus). He is also a former Naval Officer, consultant, civil servant, and graduate of the C.S. Lewis Institute’s Fellows program for discipleship, where he felt led to pursue counseling as a full-time professional. His goal is to become a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He will work under the supervision of Marianne Coad, MAMFC, LPCS, LMFT.
Paul believes that healing occurs in the context of relationships built on trust, empathy and commitment to a shared goal. Since college, he has helped those in his sphere of influence, both adolescents and adults, during times of trial and transition. Currently, he offers counseling at a reduced rate to men, women, and adolescents. The following are some of his areas of concentration:
Life Transitions Counseling
Paul will apply an eclectic therapeutic approach, using techniques that are based on the specific needs of the client. In order to address issues at their root, Paul will work to help his clients identify and attend to these issues in an environment of safety and privacy. He holds a Christian worldview, however, he respects the worldview of any client, and will work to help them heal within that framework.
For more information, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WILLOW ROSE SMITH, RESIDENT IN COUNSELING
RESIDENT IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
Willow Rose Smith is currently working towards dual licensure as a Marriage and Family
Therapist and as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Willow has 5 years of experience working in the mental health field, providing care to individuals, couples, and families. She attended The University of the South: Sewanee, in Sewanee, TN for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. While at Rollins, Willow earned her certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy, which strengthened her knowledge and skills base working with families and couples from a systemic perspective.
Willow also works at Sagebrush Treatment Center, where she provides care in a holistic atmosphere to adults suffering from a wide range of life challenges, including: anxiety, stress, depression, self-image, trauma, grief, and major life transitions. In 2018, Willow was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award at Sagebrush, an award presented to a therapist who provides effective counseling, documentation, and ethical practice, represents a sense of positivity, optimism, and support for staff and clients, and who serves as a leader in the workplace.
Prior to beginning her employment at Sagebrush, Willow worked as a mental health residential therapist providing therapy to adolescents suffering from mental illness, eating disorders, and strained family dynamics in Fairfax-Station, VA. Willow's experience also includes a psychology internship at the Yale Child Study working with adult pregnant and parenting mothers, a prepracticum working with college-aged women struggling with low self-esteem and body image issues, and a practicum and internship working with children (ages 3-17) and their families suffering from abuse at the Howard Phillips Center for Children and their Families (Arnold Palmer Hospital) in Orlando, FL.
Willow uses a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches including: trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, narrative therapy interventions, mindfulness meditation, and creative arts techniques. Willow believes it takes a great deal of courage to attend therapy and she provides empathy and support in each and every client session. Willow is currently under the supervision of Marianne Coad, MAMFC, LPCS, LMFT.
Willow is originally from Northern Wisconsin but moved to Virginia upon completion of her Master’s degree to be closer to family and pursue her passion for helping individuals and families. In her spare time, Willow enjoys being out in nature, running, playing tennis, reading, water coloring, and baking gourmet desserts for friends and family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact her at (mobile/office phone) or email@example.com. Willow will be accepting new clients in March 2019.
BEVERLY HUBBLE TAUKE, LCSW | is a licensed clinical social worker whose clinical focus revolves around adults, couples and families confronting emotional and relationship distress or seeking strategies to achieve more stability in such areas. A writer and speaker, she has held church-based workshops throughout the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere integrating biblical concepts with research documenting effective strategies for enhanced competence in personal, professional and relationship spheres. Her generational focus is based on research showing that clarification and resolution of early family issues tends to accelerate emotional and relationship restoration. Beverly Tauke’s graduate degrees include a Masters of Social Work from The Catholic University of America and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College, Illinois. She is author of Healing Your Family Tree (SaltRiver/ Tyndale House), of sections of Tending the Soul and Daily Seeds (Moody Press), of various magazine and newspaper articles, and has been a guest on radio and television programs focused on personal and family well-being. Married and the mother of two grown children, Beverly Tauke prior to clinical work held communications posts in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, taught journalism and communications at a Christian college in Africa, and published work in magazines and newspapers in the U. S. and Africa. Beverly Tauke's blog on family and relationship issues, Counselor's Corner, is featured at ChosenFamilies.org.