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Caroline Ibrahim, Psy.D. LP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Owner

Sterling, VA  Psychologist

Dr. Caroline Ibrahim is the owner/founder of Dulles Psychological Services. She is an Egyptian-American clinical psychologist who immigrated to the USA in 1995 with her parents and older brother.

Dr. Ibrahim received her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and her doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. Ibrahim has trained and worked in various clinical settings, including an inpatient residential setting, an outpatient clinic setting, a college counseling center setting and community mental health centers. Dr. Ibrahim prides herself in being a generalist with clinical interests in: multicultural and minority issues (including immigration/acculturation stress); trauma; family conflict; grief and loss; interpersonal and relationship difficulties; adjustment issues; emotion regulation; self-esteem and identity issues; and developmental issues.

Dr. Ibrahim provides psychotherapy to adults, children, and families. She also conducts psychological assessments and is available for consultations. Dr. Ibrahim is licensed as a clinical psychologist by the state of Virginia. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at George Washington University and worked as a part-time psychologist at George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services. She joined Dr. Goldberg and Associates group practice in 2013, with practice locations in Alexandria and Reston, Virginia. Dr. Ibrahim is also the owner and founder of Dulles Psychological Services, a comprehensive mental health private practice with current locations in Sterling, Virginia. 

Dr. Ibrahim’s approach to psychotherapy is one that is described as relational and integrative. Her approach is informed by empirical research on attachment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and family therapy. In her words, “Psychotherapy provides a corrective and healing therapeutic-relationship. It offers a safe environment for the individuals to share and process their experiences as well as develop insights into what is underlying their current challenges. Psychotherapy also provides individuals with coping strategies and skills to tackle life’s daily challenges. My role as a clinical psychologist is to provide you with this safe and therapeutic relationship, guide you through your exploration and path to growth, as well as offer you the opportunity to learn new skills and improve your functioning in order to enhance your life-journey.” Dr. Ibrahim

 

Michele Brennan, Psy.D.
Virtual Life Coach and Postdoctoral Fellow

Sterling, VA Life Coach and Psychologist

Dr. Michele Brennan has spent many years helping people find ways to deal with every day challenges. She is passionate about helping people by empowering them to face their daily challenges, improving their overall well-being and achieving personal success!
 

Her experiences in the study and treatment of these individuals have been instrumental in the development of her approach to life coaching; she empowers you to take the reins of your life and develop the skills that will help you reach your goals. 

Dr. Brennan attended Rutgers University, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. She also completed a Master of Arts in Psychology at Pace University. Upon completion, she began a doctorate program at Argosy University completing a Master's of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Trained in the Practioner-Scholar model, Dr. Brennan approaches life coaching using skills and techniques that are supported by empirical research. 

Dr. Brennan worked for 4 years in addictions and with dual diagnosed psychotherapy patients. Additionally, Dr. Brennan has worked extensively with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) individuals, addressing cognitive difficulties, behavioral modifications, and developing compensatory strategies. She has worked in a forensic hospital, spent two years as a contractor for the Department of Defense (DCoE) as a subject matter expert, and within multiple private practice settings.

Presently, Dr. Brennan works as a Life Coach, helping individuals achieve their goals of self improvement through online coaching. Coaching provides her with the opportunity to offer her clients more behavioral guidance, support, and direction than is available in a more traditional psychotherapy settings. She is able to focus on the day to day details of achieving actualized goals. Additionally, online interfacing allows for more frequent contact, real time support, and the ability for clients to seek support more often. 

 

Stephanie Humkey Causey, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sterling, VA Depression and Anxiety Therapist

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and Kentucky who provides psychological therapies and assessments to adolescents, adults, and couples. Her primary focus is in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, dual diagnosis, grief, adjustment, and relational problems. Stephanie received a Master of Social Work Degree (with a specialization in mental health) from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

Her background includes clinical work and training in the corporate, educational, forensic, and therapeutic settings. Stephanie is experienced providing assessment, collaborative, and clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults in both community and private practices. She has worked in the field of mental and behavioral health for nearly 20 years. She is the owner of a private practice in Kentucky which she founded in 2008, working as a generalist as well as a clinical assessor and treatment provider of substance abuse. She holds an administrator license and a clinical supervisor certification for an alcohol and other drug entity (AODE) within the practice. Her background also includes work and board membership with non-profits addressing and aiding the homeless population.

Stephanie currently resides in the state of Virginia and works with Dulles Psychological Services providing individual, group, and couples therapeutic counseling and assessment, as well as Christian counseling. Her therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy-Mindfulness, Insight-Oriented Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy.

 

Kristin Mischou, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

Kristin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Virginia and California.  She was born in Washington DC, raised in Northern Virginia and has recently relocated home from California in late 2017. Kristin works with adolescents, individuals and couples dealing with adjustment, anxiety, depression, transitional issues, relationship issues, low self-esteem, grief and loss, mood disorders, behavioral/oppositional problems, phase of life changes, anger management and trauma-related issues.

Kristin received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She started her professional career in in Los Angeles, CA and has worked there in the mental health field for 15 years, primarily in residential, community-based and juvenile detention center settings providing individual and family therapy with adolescents in varied socio-economic communities. She was Clinical Supervisor of Therapeutic Behavioral Services program for a Non-Profit Agency in Los Angeles for 5 years before transitioning to private practice setting

Kristin utilizes a Humanistic approach grounded in Existential Therapy, including motivational interviewing and narrative therapeutic techniques. Additionally, she has had a long invested interest in Jungian Type theory, and by extension Myers Briggs Type, which blends with the Humanistic-Existential Model.  Kristin is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. Her focus tends to look for meaning, potential and strive for self-actualization through choices, self-determination and responsibility. Kristin believes the role of the therapist is to join with the client, guide them in processing their concerns and finally to facilitate them to enhance the big picture of their life.  She works as a collaborator with the client using their unique qualities to help them identify their stressors, increase self-understanding and change any self-destructive thoughts, behaviors, patterns to help them find personal fulfillment.

 

Chenel Mann
Board Certified Life Coach and Resident in Counseling 

Chenel is a Board-Certified Life Coach and Resident in Counseling in the state of Virgina. She has helped her clients overcome challenges and improve overall wellbeing since 2008.  Chenel works with individuals and groups; primarily focusing on life transition, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management and relationship issues.

Chenel received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Towson University and her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.  She has trained and worked in various clinical settings, including inpatient clinical, outpatient clinical, inpatient addiction, intensive outpatient addiction, and within the teletherapy space.  Chenel is a leader within the life coaching field with extensive training and experience coaching both individuals and groups. 

Chenel has a warm and skilled approach informed by evidenced-based practices; such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.  Sessions with her include a personalized combination of empirically supported guidance, narrative and expressive strategies.  Relaxation and mind-body practices are sometimes incorporated to cultivate wellness and inspired living.

  

LaTasha Blanding, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. LaTasha Blanding is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. She provides therapy to adolescents, transitional youth and adults. Her specialties include substance abuse, process addictions, anxiety, depression, anger management, behavioral issues, grief and loss, self-esteem and adjustment issues.

Dr. Blanding received her BA and MA degree from Norfolk State University and her Doctor of Education from Argosy University. Dr. Blanding has worked in various settings to include residential, ambulatory detox, community-based, psychiatric hospital, inpatient and outpatient.  

Currently, Dr. Blanding is a program manager within a hospital setting. She spearheads an intensive outpatient program to address addiction and provides clinical supervision to residents in counseling. She has over 10 years of experience working with dual diagnosed clients. Dr. Blanding is skilled in the following theoretical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

 

Jill Changizi-Kerr, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Jill Changizi-Kerr is a Licensed Professional Counselor who arrived at a love for psychology when she was introduced to psychological teachings in college.  Expanding her mind to learn new strategies to process issues, analyze problems, and accomplish goals was very therapeutic so she decided to dedicate her life to helping others achieve personal growth as well.  Jill graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.  She then earned a Master of Arts in Community Counseling at Ball State University and did research and writing in collaboration with many multicultural counseling experts to contribute to an important publication in the field of multiculturalism…“The Handbook for Multicultural Counseling,”(Sage Publications).  She obtained her license as a Professional Counselor in 2000 and has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings.  She provided counseling and psychoeducation for many years to adult inmates in a detention center setting and counseled their families.  She co-lead a substance abuse treatment program for adult, incarcerated men in a different location.  She worked for a hospice for several years supporting patients and families in approaching end-of-life issues and managing grief.  She has prior experience in private practice and in a mental health center as well.

Due to her belief that living fully in the present is critical to mental health, Jill primarily uses therapeutic approaches that focus on cognitive insight and developing solutions behaviorally.  She believes strongly in the value of the relationship between client and therapist as a critical part of a healthy, healing process.  She draws from choice theory/reality therapy, solution-focused brief therapy principles, rational-emotive therapeutic interventions and mindfulness approaches.

Jill provides individual counseling to adults and adolescents, couples counseling, and group counseling in these specialty areas: life transitions, mood issues, relationship problems, trauma/anxiety, substance abuse, codependency, infertility, grief/loss, aging and caregiver issues, self-esteem concerns, and career/employee distress.  She counsels children and families managing adjustment and parenting issues.  She is comfortable working with diverse populations (she grew up in a bi-cultural family), including Spanish-speaking (bilingual clients) who find it comforting to speak their native language in order to get across their concerns.  Jill is delighted to be able to continue to serve individuals and families at Dulles Psychological Services.

 

 

 

 

 

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