Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Alexandria, Virginia

Find a therapist in Alexandria, Virginia  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Alexandria to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Aaron Dutil

LCMHC, LPC
10 years experience
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage in life (i.e. retirement, unemployment, going to college, getting or starting a new job, etc.) or grappling with an unexpected stressor. I love helping people develop real solutions to overcoming adversity in their lives. I believe... Read More
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Chris Conley

MA, LPC
10 years experience
Hi, my name is Chris and I am passionate about helping people find peace and clarity. I've spent my years as a counselor working with a wide variety of people ranging from elementary aged children, up to retirement aged adults (and everyone in between!) I have been able to help people find peace and clarity for themselves through all sorts of struggles including depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, career challenges, and parenting concerns. I have also... Read More
Hi, my name is Chris and I am passionate about helping people find peace and clarity. I've spent my years as a counselor working with a wide variety of people ranging from elementary aged children, up to retirement aged adults... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Dr. Patricia Switaj

PsyD, LPC, NCC
11 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with over 11 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, college counseling center, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, and a cognitive... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Stacey Kiger

LPC, LMHP
7 years experience
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) . I have worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, intensive in-home, and therapeutic day treatment, providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.... Read More
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Melissa Moore

LPC
3 years experience
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa, and I am a licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of mental health treatment and consultation experience. I use a variety of therapy models (the logical, direct kind - or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; the... Read More
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Willard Vaughn

MA, LPC, LSATP
10 years experience
My approach to counseling is that each individual has the potential within them to accomplish anything. My job is to help you realize that potential and to make peace with the issues that you face. Notice I never said anything about “getting over” what you have going on, because I believe that there are some things that make that impossible. But, I believe that if you are willing to work with me... Read More
My approach to counseling is that each individual has the potential within them to accomplish anything. My job is to help you realize that potential and to make peace with the issues that you face. Notice I never... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The heart of town has stores and shopfronts. It can be described as quaint, in fact. However, it is only 7 miles away from the nation’s capital. Most of the people who live in Alexandria are working professionals who have jobs in D.C.

The median household income in Alexandria reflects the fact that it is so close to D.C. At over $82,000, the median household income is much higher here than in the rest of the state. However, the cost of living is also high. The stress that comes along with a higher salary can cause serious mental health issues.

As far as overall mental health in Alexandria, it is similar to other large cities. Given the stress of people’s jobs, people in Alexandria do suffer from mental health issues. There are a ton of mental health professionals in Alexandria. In fact, you could spend all day going through the hundreds of entries on google. However, people don’t always have access to mental health resources.

Mental Health Statistics for Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is a rather small city. The population is only 151,000 people. For Virginia, in general. Over 1.5 million people suffer from a mental health illness. About 350,000 of these would qualify as a serious mental health illness. Another quarter of a million people in Virginia are suffering from a substance abuse issue. This just compounds their problems with mental illness.

The poverty rate in Alexandria is low at under 10%. You can’t really attribute the mental health issues to those with financial difficulties. The group suffering the most are the professionals making that commute every day to D.C. They work highly stressful and high-powered jobs. With these types of jobs come a large amount of stress and anxiety.

Impact of Not Receiving Treatment in Alexandria

There are only about 151,000 people in Alexandria. Yet there are over 350 mental health professionals in the city. It is not a matter of the number of mental health professionals. The issue is that the people in Alexandria don’t have the time or wherewithal to seek mental health treatment.

A lack of mental health resources can lead to:

  • Suicide
  • Divorce
  • Homelessness
  • Unemployment
  • Cyclical poverty
  • Substance abuse

If people in Alexandria had access to quick, around-the-clock mental health treatment, they would be more likely to seek out help. With their work schedules and commute, they don’t have time to spend hours calling around for a mental health professional. They would really benefit from a one-stop mental health resource for people in all major cities in the United States.

What Makes Alexandria Unique When It Comes to Mental Health?

Alexandria is more akin to New York City or Washington D.C. than it is other cities in Virginia. Salaries are high and homes are valuable. However, time is a rarity.

  • Culture: The culture in Alexandria is mixed. Most people are on the younger side given their proclivity to work in government. The median age is only 36.
  • Economic: People in Alexandria do better financially than their counterparts in the rest of the state. However, high-salaries can give rise to high stress levels and anxiety.
  • Climate: The climate in Alexandria is seasonal. They have very hot and humid summers and very cold and snowy winters. Anyone who lives in this type of climate knows that these highs and lows can lead to depression and anxiety.

Divorce Rate in Alexandria, Virginia

An interesting thing about Alexandria is that 40% of all married people are already on their second marriage. Given the fact that the population is so young, this gives you an idea of how high the initial divorce rate must be!

With mostly younger people moving into the area, you can expect the marriage rate to be a bit lower. Most people in Alexandria are focused on their careers. They don’t put the time and effort into their marriages or finding a spouse.

Mental Health Resources in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria has its share of mental health issues. They may manifest themselves in a different way because of the makeup of the city. However, just as many people go without mental health treatment in Alexandria as in most major U.S. cities.

There are about 261 mental health professionals for every 100,000 people in Atlanta. This is actually a healthy ratio. The problem is that people don’t have time to shop around for a mental health professional. If they had a place to get information quickly, they would be more likely to seek the mental health treatment they need.

E-Counseling Solves the Challenge of Finding a Therapist in Alexandria, Virginia

E-Counseling believes that everybody deserves good mental health treatment. People in Alexandria don’t have time to shop around and spend time on the phone looking for a mental health professional. If they had a one-stop spot for information, they would be able to get the help that they need.  It is important that E-counseling provide this much needed information.