Mary Moussa is a Licensed Clinical Counselor in the state of Virginia. She holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Moussa has a substance abuse certificate to work with individuals with addiction problems. She received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help children and adults with severe trauma histories. Ms. Moussa has also received specialized training in Sand Therapy, Play Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy (TF IPT). Ms. Moussa has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, partial hospital programs, and outpatient mental health programs. She has experience providing individual, family-focused, and group therapy treatment to children, adolescents, and adults impacted by trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Mary is also fluent in Arabic and has studied women's rights and child-parent relationships as they pertain to Middle Eastern culture. Ms. Moussa believes that the clients are able to reclaim alienated parts of themselves, the inner child that has been hurt when the counseling relationship feels safe, and non-judgmental support with empowering feedback. Her approach emphasizes building on each client's individual strengths and interests, as well as nurturing their unique aspirations..