The Professionals

McLean Counseling Center

As a tight-knit group of mental health professionals, we’re passionate about providing counseling and treatment to individuals and families navigating mental health or emotional conflicts in their personal or professional lives.

We place patient care at the forefront of everything we do. We’ll meet with you, listen to your concerns, and use cutting-edge medical and psychological knowledge to create a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns. Along the way, we foster warm relationships with each patient, closely monitoring patient progress to support each individual’s well-being and happiness.

Arlington VA Psychiatrist Carolyn Heier Young

Kalkidan Ayalew, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Walden University
Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry


If you’ve been experiencing increased stress, whether it manifests as distraction, anxiety, mood swings, or difficulties overcoming challenges you once handled well, I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner ready to comprehend your unique situation and offer practical solutions.

Education & Background
My journey in healthcare began with gaining valuable experience in various in-patient hospital settings as well as out- patient clinics, where I developed a deep understanding of diverse patient needs and the intricacies of mental health care.

This foundation has been instrumental in my progression to becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am here to hear your full story and offer help from effective psychotherapy to judicious use of medications.

I hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), focusing on Psychiatric-Mental Health, a qualification that equips me with advanced skills in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

My Approach

In my practice, empathy and compassion are at the forefront. I believe that effective mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it’s a journey that requires understanding, patience, and a personalized approach. I am committed to delivering comprehensive care tailored to each individual, whether that involves medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. I treat variety of conditions from ADHD to spectrum of anxiety disorders and mood problems. Trauma and autism spectrum are other areas of my focus. I am dedicated to staying informed about the latest treatment modalities, ensuring that I provide the highest quality of care with the most current and effective approaches.

My commitment to each patient is unwavering. At our clinic, you will find a safe, welcoming, and professional environment where your mental health and well-being are the top priority. Our clinic includes a team of professionals with variety of backgrounds enables us to offer varieties of treatment solutions under one umbrella. Together, we will work towards achieving not just symptom relief but also a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Personal Life
In my free time, I enjoy simple pleasures like spending quality time with my family, traveling to new places, and cooking. I find that maintaining a balanced and fulfilling personal life enriches my practice.






Contact Us

(703) 821-1073

1307 Vincent Place McLean, VA 22101

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