Sheila Jones, M.A., LPC *

571-358-8523

sheila@hccva.org

 

About Us.

 

Our Mission

The goal of Hope Counseling Center is to offer clinical counseling as well as faith-centered counseling at affordable rates to help strengthen and encourage our clients.

 

*Indicates Counselors who specialize in biblically-based counseling

Greetings and welcome to Hope Counseling Center! I lived in New York City before settling in Manassas, VA where my husband and I realized our ministry as therapeutic foster parents. We have been married for over 25 wonderful years; 17 of those years were spent providing care for the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of children and their families in N. Virginia. This experience has given me a vision to help children and families on a more professional level, through counseling.

 

My educational background includes a master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and an undergraduate degree in psychology. My professional memberships include the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC), and the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association (NVLPC). As a Christian counselor, spiritual, theological and psychological principles are essential; therefore, each is incorporated to help clients achieve holistic healing.

 

I aim to combine spiritual and professional knowledge and skills to help clients gain better insight into their lives, learn effective coping skills and problem-solving strategies, and set and achieve their goals. My passion is to assist individuals, couples, and their families in building healthy relationships. My clinical experience includes parent coaching, depression and anxiety, stress reduction, mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), improving communication skills, conflict resolution, grief/loss, and general adjustment issues. As a true extrovert and one who enjoys people, I look forward to meeting and working with you!

 

Elizabeth Mahoney, MSW, LCSW

703-829-7022

elizabeth@hccva.org

 

Greetings! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus on couples, adults, and families. I obtained my master's in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and spent one year working as a pediatric oncology social worker. I left Pennsylvania after I graduated and came to Fairfax County to work at Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services. For eight years, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from families and children that are constantly bombarded with life stressors. I started at Hope Counseling Center in 2012. Since I began my private practice path, I have gotten to connect to so many amazing individuals going through their life’s journey. I believe the key to finding the right therapist is feeling safe with the therapist and developing the trust that will give a client the stability he/she needs to face one’s challenges.

 

During our initial visit, I will spend time getting to know you and find out more about what brings you to therapy. Over our next few sessions, we will explore goals that will lead to coping strategies that address the current problem. I am skilled in working with individuals, couples, and families. I tailor treatment to the individual and use such treatment modalities as cognitive behavioral therapy, structural therapy, and systems theory. I am able to address a multitude of needs including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stressful life changes, parenting issues, loss/grief, family discord, adolescent behavioral issues, infertility, and surrogacy/adoption as alternative parenthood routes.

 

My primary specialty at HCC is couples therapy. I am a trained Gottman therapist. When a couple comes to see me, I use a four-session assessment along with an online Gottman Couples Checkup Evaluation through the Gottman Institute. These sessions and the evaluation results will help me to tailor an intervention plan that is unique to the couple’s identified problems.

 

My husband and I are parents to two elementary school aged children. We became parents through adoption. I am very passionate about helping other families navigate the adoption or surrogacy process.

Judy Valeski, M.Ed.

Resident in Counseling

703-596-5839

judy@hccva.org

As life’s journey presents us with a wide array of difficulties, it is easy to lose focus and forget the other parts of our lives which can bring us hope, peace, and balance. I believe that the entire person, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, needs to be considered in order to make one whole again. By addressing each trouble from this perspective we are then able to peel back the layers and resolve each basic problem at its root. I have a master's degree in Counseling and Development and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. During my internship, I worked as an oncology counselor helping children, adolescents, adults, and the aging. It was through this opportunity, that it became clear that HOPE is so important in each of our lives. and that there is always something available to us when we do hope. Before I found my calling to be a counselor, I worked intensively as a Family Coach for 10 years, helping parents with developmental issues surrounding their children, along with marital conflicts.

 

It is my goal to support the family and marriage system by sorting out past or present issues which many times get passed down through generations. When meeting with clients, I use varying techniques and tools, such as play therapy, art therapy, and guided meditation, to make the sessions more interactive. I have found this allows for a more relaxed environment where healing can occur. I specialize in communication skills, couples counseling, grief and loss, single parenting, depression and anxiety, career counseling, and chronic illness. For healing to occur, a comfortable environment is necessary. It is important to find a counselor you can identify with and feel comfortable around and not all personalities mesh well together. I would love to speak or meet with you and see where it leads us! If it is not meant to be, I will help you find someone who can help you in the way you need! Take care and have a wonderful day! Supervisor: Kathleen Bornarth, M.A., NCC, LPC

Kristine McPeek, M.A., LPC *

703-869-8326

kristine@hccva.org

 

Blessings Friends!  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor here at Hope Counseling Center. Hope is familiar and dear to me as I completed my internship here while studying for my degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. Many years prior, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, with a minor in music, from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised. Since I was very young, I wanted to be a helper, to walk alongside those who are struggling and hurting and now see it coming to life as a new career path.

My husband and I have been married for 18 years and we have two school-aged children. We worked together in church youth ministry for over ten years before returning to the non-profit world. We are active members of McLean Presbyterian Church as well as supporters of quality Christian education in the local area. Leisure activities are known to promote health, so I like all kinds of crafts, gardening, playing the piano, and volleyball. When I’m not working or playing with my family, I spend my spare time reading and dreaming about inspirational writing.

Because I believe every person is unique and not to be put in a psychological box, my approach leans toward the eclectic by utilizing a person-centered environment with cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions. I enjoy working with all ages and utilize aspects of play therapy with children, hope-focused counseling for couples, and narrative therapy and emotion-focused CBT for individuals. In the counseling room, I endeavor to model my life after Jesus by showing His love with compassion and gentle soul care. To me, individuals are holistic beings – mind, body, and spirit – made by God and thus infinitely valuable!
 

Kristine is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Association for Play Therapy.

Hello and welcome to Hope Counseling Center. My name is Jinok Lim. I am a Resident in Marriage and Family Counseling at Hope and received my master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. My interests are counseling families, couples, adolescents, and children. I am especially interested in helping families who are immigrants or have diverse backgrounds. During my time living in the Philippines and in the United States, I have seen numerous families struggling with mental health issues and family conflicts. As a pastor’s wife and missionary, I listened to their difficulties for more than ten years. Those experiences led me to the counseling profession. I am grateful for the calling to this field and want to commit myself fully to restoring families. When I see individual clients, I try to help them resolve their problems in the context of their family units. I also assist adults and adolescents with various mental health issues including depression, PTSD, anxiety, and substance use. I have completed Gottman Level 1 training and I am a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. I provide Christian counseling and I am fluent in Korean and English.
 
I am from South Korea and was a missionary in the Philippines before I came to the States in 2007. My husband is an elder pastor in the United Methodist Church. I have two wonderful teenage boys and a lovely dog. I am under the supervision of Marianne Coad, LMFT, LPC. 

Leannah Farbotko, MSW

703-378-1011

leannah@hccva.org

“Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons.” - Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 

 

It takes courage to embrace the healing process, so I would like to say thank you for taking this first step in finding support. I believe in listening without judgment and providing a supportive environment that encourages you to process your thoughts and feelings. At Hope Counseling Center, I am a Resident in Counseling working towards earning my License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW). I graduated from James Madison University with my bachelor’s in social work and moved to Northern Virginia to pursue my masters from George Mason University in 2013. My experiences have included working with resilient children and families who are caring for elderly loved ones, facing challenges in the military, and those who are victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. I have worked collaboratively with law enforcement, medical providers, child protective services workers, attorneys, and other community partners as an advocate, educator, and counselor. I am currently serving as a steering committee member of the Loudoun Trauma-Informed Community Network striving to educate service providers about best practices for individuals who have survived traumatic events. Also, I am a volunteer co-facilitator for a therapeutic support group for survivors of homicide victims. 

 

My area of focus at Hope Counseling Center is helping children, teens, and adults process life transitions and traumatic grief. For some, life challenges can result in feeling alone and stuck in fear. For children and teens, it can lead to behavioral challenges, difficulty identifying and expressing their feelings, and impact their development of self-worth. I believe that when we have experienced a transition in life resulting in the feeling of loss, our instinct is to shield our valleys. I strive to support my clients to discover their own truths through a holistic approach engaging expressive, play-based interventions that consider all aspects of their lives. My style is a mixture of fierce kindness, sprinkled with humor and fueled by coffee. I believe in the power of empathy and being genuine with my clients in a way that makes them feel empowered to change their lives. My goal is to provide you with a safe space that honors your truth and challenges you to discover your own beautiful canyons. 

Erin Yarbrough, M.A., LPC *

571-577-8686

erin@hccva.org

Hello and welcome to Hope Counseling Center. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I acquired my master's degree from Liberty University. Prior to attending LU, I completed my undergraduate work at Virginia Tech Counseling clients with diverse backgrounds and a variety of concerns has afforded me the opportunity to work with adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups. Clinical issues addressed are broad and include depression, anxiety, family conflict, setting and maintaining boundaries, adjustment issues and more. In therapy cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT) and other counseling strategies are utilized to help my clients achieve their treatment goals.

 

My passion lies in working with middle and high school students. While working with adolescents and college students for 8 years, through my church, I was enlightened to the vast challenges that adolescence often brings about to this specific age group and to their families. My goal is to assist teens and their families through this difficult time by helping them develop healthy coping skills while empowering teens to make informed choices to improve their lives.

 

Additionally, I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). I work to integrate spiritual concepts into sessions at the request of clients who are interested in including a Christian worldview as part of the counseling process. I also offer to counsel at Catoctin Bible Church in Lovettsville, VA through Hope Counseling Center. 

Shannon Lee, MSW, LCSW 

571-274-0914

shannon@hccva.org

Shannon Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience working in the social work field. She holds both a Bachelors and master's degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Shannon works with individuals, couples, families, and groups, using a multitude of modalities designed to meet clients where they are and help facilitate reaching where they hope to be.

 

Prior work experience includes working as a School Social Worker, a therapist in an inpatient adolescent psychiatric hospital, as a Drug Prevention Specialist, a team member of the Army Family Readiness Group, a therapist providing Solution Focused Short Term therapy through an employee assistance program and most recently as Director of a wellness program.

 

Areas of interest include working with military families, grief and loss issues, anxiety, communication, workplace issues (both as employer and employee) and life adjustment issues.

 

Shannon lives in the Northern Virginia area with her husband, two children and two rescue dog who appear to be immune to any of her behavior modification tricks.

Ana Karina Porto, M.Ed., LPC

703-495-3102

ana@hccva.org

 

I am a bilingual psychotherapist (Spanish/English) with over ten years of clinical experience. I graduated with a bachelor degree in psychology from Santa Maria Catholic University (Arequipa-Peru) in 2000 and obtained my licensed psychology degree in 2001. In Peru, I had the opportunity to work in all areas of psychology including organizations, schools, community, and inpatient settings, which enriched my professional training and allowed me to have a broader view of human psychology. After my arrival to the United States in 2003, I started working as a counselor at the Fairfax County Women’s Shelter with victims of domestic violence and later at Fairfax County Community Services Board with severely mentally ill clients. In 2008, I completed a master’s degree in community counseling from George Mason University. I finished the last portion of my residency hours at Hope Counseling Center, while I was a stay at home mom of my two daughters. This experience allowed me to develop a personal and professional balance, which I find a key to maintaining motivation, responding effectively to life's commitments, and pursuing personal goals. Currently, I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a full-time practice at Hope Counseling Center and am pursuing a certification in EMDR.

 

In my practice, I work mainly with adults, couples, and families using an integrative approach that responds effectively to my client's cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological functioning. I also address the spiritual dimension of life as well. I have experience working with clients presenting anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, domestic violence, and family and couples issues.

 

I believe that wounds can heal and change is possible. I believe in the power of giving attention to the present moment to thrive in your life. You will find a safe, empathetic and respectful therapeutic environment to overcome those life challenges that bring you to counseling.  Based on an attuned therapeutic relationship, we will work together to help you increase self-awareness, set personal goals, and find inner resources to create the harmonious life you long for and fill it with purpose, meaning, and joy.

Wendy Krupa, MSW, LCSW *

571-340-2402

wendy@hccva.org

Welcome to Hope Counseling Center. My name is Wendy Krupa. I Graduated in May 1996 from Adelphi University in Long Island New York with my Masters of Social Work and received my NY license (LMSW) in September 1996. I have had the privilege of using my social work skills within a variety of settings including residential homes, schools, churches, community agencies, and not-for-profit counseling centers. I have been working in private practice since 2010. I obtained my NY License of Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2014 and my VA License of Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2015. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

 

My clinical work addresses issues of anxiety and panic, depression, grief and loss, codependency and more. I’ve had extensive experience working with college and career age women, young mothers, adolescents, and their parents, as well as those affected by addictions. I use an eclectic approach, taking from a variety of therapeutic techniques to reach the best outcome.

 

I truly believe it is my calling to be in this field and it is my life experiences that have given me compassion and empathy to walk alongside those who are struggling, offering direction and support by using my professional knowledge and skills. I also believe the ability to incorporate Faith into that experience, for those who choose, is extremely healing. counseling is a profession of hope and can be a powerful and life-changing experience.

Welcome to Hope Counseling Center! I am a Resident in Counseling here at Hope and received my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. I am passionate about providing a safe and open space for people to process life’s difficulties and transitions. Counseling offers a beautiful opportunity to understand ourselves better and try new things. Before working in private practice, I provided intensive in-home services for children and adolescents struggling with behavioral issues and emotion regulation. I assisted with developing healthy coping skills, provided parent coaching, and coordinated care with the school and other professionals. Here at Hope, I work with a variety of populations dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, family conflict, etc. I would love to meet with you and see how I can partner with you on your journey!

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