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Mount Vernon Counseling Center

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Mount Vernon Counseling Center
Your team of mental health professionals in Mount Vernon

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Wishing is not enough; We must do."

Our therapy for individuals provides a safe, caring, and confidential environment for patients to work one-on-one with a therapist. Patients will be able to explore their own mind and psyche by talking about their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors. Our mental health experts will guide and support the patient through challenging or influential emotions. 

Counseling for couples in all different stages of the relationship can bring calm to stressed couple. Early when every thing is new and later when every thing grows and changes.

The parent counseling methods we use at the Mount Vernon Counseling Center focus on developing positive parenting experiences that will help connect you with your child/children. Parents will be shown how to create strategies for their children to cope with emotions and create healthy relationships with those around them. We want parents to be confident about the relationship between them and their child/children. 

The dynamic between teenagers and their families can be complex, but our team of counselors at the Mount Vernon Counseling Center will help both sides understand each sides struggles. Teenagers face obstacles that aren’t clear sometimes to their parents and so we are here to guide these teens on how to better manage his or her emotions effectively. We will help these teenage patients create a comprehensive plan to promote balanced mental health. 


Reach out to us with any questions and see if we are a right fit for you
Contact us for free 15 minute consultation

“Most people prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty”

Our counselors at Mount Vernon use a combination of Interpersonal and psychodynamic/psychotherapy approaches to help our patients work through a wide range of mental health symptoms including: depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, trauma and PTSD, and relationship struggles.

This method has you and one of our professional therapists examine your thoughts and determine how adaptive they are. This involves identifying and evaluating negatively skewed thought patterns, then providing methods for replacing those unhealthy patterns with new, helpful ones. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be done one-on-one, or in groups with family members or with people who have similar issues.


Family therapy can enhance skills required for healthy family functioning, including communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. Improving these skills for each member of the family increases the potential for success in overcoming or addressing family problems. At the Mount Vernon Counseling Center our focus is on providing all family members with the tools they need to facilitate healing.

Combining medication and therapy can be more effective than treatment alone in some situations. The Mount Vernon Counseling Center has a focus of the combination of these two treatment methods in order to provide our patients with the most efficient options to treat his or her mental health problems. More and more psychiatrists have been utilizing the combination method. Success rates of only one type of treatment are relatively low, and therefore we recommend using both therapy and medication.

Meet the Team

Ehsan Habibpour, M.D.

Child, Aolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.
He focuses on anxiety and depressive disorders, ADHD and Autism. He is skilled in combining psychotherapy with medication management.(Read more...)

Sara Bahraini, M.D.

Board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in treating children, adolescents and young adults. She provides care that is culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, LGBT-inclusive and highly-individualized to your needs. (Read more...)

Bobby W. Nelson, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.

Board-certified psychiatrist who has practiced adult psychotherapy with individuals and couples for more than 47 years, utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches adapted to the needs of the individual patient or couple.  (Read more...)

Steffanie Kelshaw, LPC

Steffanie Kelshaw, LPC, CSAC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over three years of clinical experience. She has worked with adolescents and adults in a university mental health facility, outpatient substance abuse clinics, and a residential substance abuse facility.(Read more...)

Amanda Roberts, Ph.D., MA

Dr. Amanda Roberts has 34 years of experience in the mental health field and 20 years of deep immersion and expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR.(Read more...)

Susan Nelson, L.C.S.W.

Susan Nelson completed her undergraduate degree at Hood College and her master’s degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work. She also completed a post-master’s program at Smith College. Ms. Nelson has been in private practice for 45 years.(Read more...)

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Mount Vernon Counseling Center

625 Slaters Lane, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (571) 800-9909

Contact us for a free consultation by phone : (571) 800-9909


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