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 Nurse Practitioner Atina

Susan Nelson, L.C.S.W.

Individual (Adults) and Couples Therapist
Bachelor’s Degree, Hood College
Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work

Education & Background
After completing my Master of Social Work, I completed a post-master’s program at Smith College. I’ve been in private practice for the past 45 years.

My Client Approach
Therapy should be collaborative, empathic, practical, and interpersonal. Armed with several decades of experience, I have the valuable opportunity to help clients effectively tackle a variety of unique, complex life issues. I often work with clients facing grief and loss, including pet loss, and take a long-term interest in the unique issues women face as society changes over time.

I use an eclectic approach to develop treatment plans and facilitate personal growth in my clients’ lives. I use a developmental perspective to explore family of origin issues as they relate to client concerns. I also often incorporate attachment theory, emotional boundary- development, and gratitude work when seeing individuals and couples. I’ve also found Emotionally Focus Therapy (EFT) particularly helpful when working with couples. Brené Brown’s research on shame and vulnerability also provides useful language to confront self-doubt, anxiety, and depression.

Contact Us

(703) 821-1073

1307 Vincent Place McLean, VA 22101

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