OUR ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA OFFICE – Counseling & Therapy Services
Professional Counselors & Therapists Alexandria, Virginia: Adult, Adolescent, Child, Family, Group, Children, Stress,
Women’s Issues, Grief and Loss Therapy, Spiritual, Christian, Depression, Substance Abuse Evaluation and Counseling,
Depression Counseling, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Christian Counseling, Anxiety Psychotherapy and African American Therapist.
The Life Enrichment Counseling Center in Alexandria, VA is conveniently located near Old Town Alexandria.
This office serves individuals and families in Alexandria as well as residents in the cities of Falls Church, Springfield, Annandale and Washington, DC., and nearby counties including Arlington and Fairfax.
The Alexandria office is located at:
3307 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (571) 699-0160
Fax: (703) 754-0646
Directions: click here
At Life Enrichment Counseling Center, we are committed to supporting clients with their mental health needs. We understand that life can be challenging at times. Traumatic events can turn our lives upside down. Oftentimes, divorce, death of a loved one, unexpected job loss, and other life transitions can be difficult to maneuver though alone. We know that it’s important to provide supportive and compassionate services to help you in your time of need. We want to partner with you on your path to healing. We believe that people are resilient and have the desire and ability to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Our Alexandria office provides counseling to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Services include counseling in areas such as depression, anxiety, marital conflict, conduct disorders, grief and loss, and substance abuse. Our skilled and knowledgeable therapists can provide you with techniques and other supportive services to help in your healing journey. There are various treatment approaches utilized such as cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, solutions focused therapy, and family systems techniques. Treatment approaches are based on the needs of our clients. We strive to do our best to help you and/or your family member find the best solutions for your situation.
The following services are offered in the Gainesville Office:
Individual psychotherapy involves regular scheduled meetings with a therapist for one-on-one counseling to address current or past problems, experiences, and/or feelings. The purpose of the sessions is to reduce struggles which may occur in the form of problematic behaviors, feelings, and beliefs. Counseling sessions are 45 to 60 minutes in length and is provided by a licensed therapist.
Couples/Marriage therapy is a means of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners working with a licensed professional to discuss their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The goal is to help couples gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, to decide if they need and want to make changes, and if so, to help them to do so to resolve conflict and heal wounds. Sessions are typically scheduled once per week for 50 to 60 minutes with a licensed therapist. Couples often seek counseling to address issues of Infidelity, sex, anger, and communication problems. They learn to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and resolve conflict in a healthier way.
Psychotherapy groups are usually organized around a particular issue and average 6 to 8 participants in a group. Examples would be health and wellness, couples support, or women’s support group. In a group setting, participants are able to provide support and feedback to one another in a safe environment. It provides the opportunity to have confidential discussion of personal issues with feedback from a therapist and other group members. It’s also effective for clients who are working on their relationship skills and helps clients relate to others who share similar life experiences.
Family Counseling / Psychotherapy:
Family therapy may help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family. Family counseling often occurs with all members of the family unit present although this may not always be the case.
Adolescents generally find it difficult to eloquently verbalize their feelings. They are often overwhelmed and even confused by the number of complex feelings that come as they move toward adulthood. However, for teens, most conflicts involve differences between family members or issues over expectations of parents, in addition to peer and school pressures.
Child Therapy and Counseling:
Sometimes children encounter difficulties that parents and caregivers find difficult to help them navigate. Oftentimes externalizing behaviors such as tantrums, defiance, and inattention can extend past the scope of normal developmental behavior and signal a more significant underlying issue.
It is important to note that the aforementioned behaviors are considered part of the normal developmental process; however, at times they can be so disruptive that they interfere with a child’s ability to socialize appropriately with peers, succeed in school, problem-solve, and maintain safety within the home.
Some of the problems elementary and middle school children encounter include academic failure, bullying, difficulty making friends, struggles with attention and follow-through on tasks, difficulty expressing emotions appropriately, and family issues including but not limited to grief, divorce, abuse, moving, and being a part of a military family.
Psychotherapy groups are usually organized around a particular issue and average 6 to 8 participants in a group. Examples would be health and wellness, couples support, or women’s support group. In a group setting, participants are able to provide support and feedback to one another in a safe environment. It provides the opportunity to have confidential discussion of personal issues with feedback from a therapist and other group members. It’s also effective for clients who are working on their relationship skills and helps clients relate to others who share similar life experiences. .
Substance Abuse Evaluation and Counseling:
Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Inc., provides substance abuse assessments and evaluations for drug and alcoholic addictions. Services may include evaluation, educational information, and psychotherapy sessions. Services may be requested by the schools, families, attorneys or the court system. Evaluations may be brief or comprehensive as needed. Our Certified Substance Counselors will be able to monitor compliance with treatment goals or court orders.
Other Issues Addressed:
Life Enrichment Counseling Center has experienced clinical staff members who are skilled in psychotherapy.
Below is a partial list of issues addressed:
- Marital Conflicts
- Parent-Child Conflicts
- Adolescent Issues
- Women’s Issues
- Stress Management
- Grief Counseling
- Spiritual Counseling
Counselors & Therapists at The Alexandria, VA Life Enrichment Counseling and Therapy Center
Pamela Bakel, MA, LPC (Alexandria Office and Online Therapy)
Pamela Bakel is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia and Illinois. She provides therapy to adults, couples and adolescents at Life Enrichment Counseling Center. Ms. Bakel received her Masters of Counseling degree from National Louis University in Chicago Illinois in 2009.
Ms. Bakel has undergraduate degrees in Business and Information Technology and can apply her over 25 years of work experience in these industries to a variety of life challenges. She is a member of the National Association of Certified Counselors and the American Counseling Association. She is a Register Yoga teacher using yoga therapy and mindfulness. Ms. Bakel has worked in private, non-profit, and church agencies and takes a holistic approach to providing therapy to couples, individuals, adolescents and children. She utilizes a wide range of researched based tools often working with relationship approaches, CBT, mindfulness and yoga therapy.
At Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Ms. Bakel specializes in working with couples that are in conflict or struggling with communication. She works with individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, diabetes, chronic illness, domestic violence, anger management, substance abuse and life, work and career goals and challenges. Ms. Bakel can incorporate Christian and spiritual principles, if requested, into the counseling session.
Mark A. Boothe, LICSW, LCSW (Alexandria Office, Washington DC Office and Online Therapy)
Mr. Boothe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from Howard University in 1997.
Mr. Boothe has directed, managed and provided clinical services in a variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, and community based mental health agencies. He has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health issues and problems, and assisting such individuals to produce positive emotional results and outcomes in their daily life. His area of expertise include successfully assisting individuals to overcome problems associated with depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders and anger problems.
Mr. Boothe utilizes a person-centered approached in his work with individuals, and incorporates many of the principles and core concepts associated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in the treatment process.
At the Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Mr. Boothe specializes in working with adolescents, adults and families.
Senovia Ross, LMFT(Alexandria Office and Online Therapy)
Senovia Ross is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Virginia. She received a Master’s Degree in Counseling with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Augusta State University in 1995. Mrs. Ross has been licensed to practice Marriage & Family Therapy for over 15 years.
As a seasoned therapist, she has been employed in a variety of therapeutic positions including: director of family preservation programs, clinical care coordinator, crisis counselor, and school therapist/consultant. She has also presented at national conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from depression to love and relationships.
At Life Enrichment Counseling Center, she specializes in working with individuals and couples who are evolving through various stages of their lives, whether newly married, considering divorce or dealing with other emotional life changing events. Mrs. Ross’ areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, infidelity recovery, sex & intimacy, communication conflict, and premarital counseling.
She believes trust, good communication, and commitment are the keys to establishing a solid foundation for a successful relationship. She also incorporates Mindfulness, Spirituality, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into treatment.
Mrs. Ross is married to her husband of 17 years; they live in Alexandria, VA with their three children.
Jennifer Speed, MA, LPC (Alexandria Office and Online Therapy)
Jennifer Speed is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She also maintains professional licensure in Maryland and Colorado. Additionally, Ms. Speed is a board approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2009 with a degree in Forensic Psychology and obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2007.
Ms. Speed previously provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings including non-profit community mental health centers and correctional facilities. She is experienced in providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, families, and adults presenting with a wide range of mental health and behavioral disorders. Ms. Speed utilizes a strength-based, CBT approach geared toward helping individuals and families build on the positive attributes they already possess in order to facilitate change.
Ms. Speed specializes in assisting children address mental health symptoms and helping families improve communication and dynamics within the home. Additional specializations include adolescent mental health and behavioral disorders, trauma, military family challenges, and women’s issues.
Lorna Tempest, LPC, LMFT (Alexandria Office and Online Therapy)
Lorna Tempest is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Virginia. She also maintains professional licensure in California. She provides therapy to children, adolescents, families, individual adults and couples at Life Enrichment Counseling Center.
Ms. Tempest holds a master’s degree in Counseling from the College of William and Mary and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Ms. Tempest has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2007.
Ms. Tempest has worked in private, community non-profit, and government agencies serving a wide range of populations including military service members and their families. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Her work focuses on coping and stress management, challenges with adjustments and transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma and loss, and family/relationship issues. Ms. Tempest partners with clients to improve communication, develop stronger connections, and increase insight and understanding among individuals, couples, and families.
Psychological Testing & Evaluations
Miles Diller, Ph.D. (Gainesville and Alexandria Offices – Psychological Testing/Evaluations only)
Dr. Miles Diller is a Licensed Psychologist in Virginia and Maryland. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelors degree from Georgetown University, and in 1986 with a doctorate in clinical child psychology from DePaul University in Chicago.
Dr. Diller has worked in a great variety of settings during his career, with children through older adults. For several years he was Clinical Director of a Community Mental Health Center; he worked as a Supervisory School Psychologist in New Mexico for over ten years; he taught Psychological Testing at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and he has worked with adolescents in residential and inpatient care. In addition to testing children and adolescents, he also provides testing for the Virginia Disability Determination Services, and consults with local nursing homes. He has published articles on pilot personality characteristics and flying safety.
At the Life Enrichment Counseling Center, he provides assessments for learning and attention problems in children and adolescents. He evaluates challenges with attention and/or overactivity (ADHD), executive functioning, learning differences (Learning Disability), academic programming issues, social differences, and emotional or motivational problems. Testing may include interviews, checklist measures, observations, intellectual testing and/or academic screening. As a former school psychologist, he can provide second opinions (often at district expense), help guide IEP development, and act as your child’s advocate.