• “She’ll Tell You What Your Friends Won’t…And That’s A Good Thing!”

Welcome: Ready to Schedule Your Complimentary Intro-Consultation?

As she always tells us, your life is not a dress rehearsal.  It's real and each day matters!"  -  GT  & VT 2023

"So glad I found a highly-experienced therapist who 'gets it' and gets to results fast." - JM, 2022 

"She’ll tell you what your friends won’t ... and that's what results in your time and money well-spent." - AR, 2020

Good news is you're in the right place! Counseling is a professional relationship where if we don't "click," it doesn't work. It matters to connect and be sure before you start on this important journey. That's why I offer a free introductory 15-30 min Meet-and-Greet to:

  1. Share with me about what has you stuck...
  2. Explain the counseling process and answer questions so you gain confidence in the process...
  3. Help you best determine whether our working together makes good sense...

Individuals. Couples. Families. With over 20+ years of experience helping adults and couples, Anne Miniter McKay has the highest levels of training as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Clinically Certified Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Licensed Clinical Residency Supervisor (LPC-S). Lifetime DC native: Sidwell Friends, University of Vermont, Marymount University.

Treatment specialty areas include depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, career transition, anger management, and grief and loss. Couples work includes communication, sexual and emotional disconnection, adultery/infidelity, extended family/parenting challenges, and child/teen family support.

Couples and individual therapeutic treatment approaches include CBT, Gottman, Mindfulness, ACT, and IFS.

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Clinically Certified Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Board Certified Clinical Supervisor (LPC-S)
  • Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH)

Passionate about helping clients and their families.   


LOCATION: Adjacent to Reston Hospital at the Sugar Oak Office Retreat. Intersection of  Elden Street & the Fairfax County Parkway.


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Many counseling approaches used over the past decades are outdated!

Only listening, nodding, and affirming doesn't cut it anymore. By the time you come into my office, you’ve had it! Counseling to help identify and break old dysfunctional patterns is what works. I provide guidance and data-driven psycho-educational tools that help you understand yourself and others in session, but more importantly, back at home, where it really counts.

| Individual Counseling Support: | Anxiety / Depression / Trauma / Career / Social Skills |
  • Process feelings and learn skills that help you navigate life forward better and/or heal from unhealthy relationships and life trauma.
  • Learn skills to manage past difficult breakups, codependency, family dynamics, stress and anxiety, and perfectionism.
  • Not live a life of "quiet desperation." In the midst of the all above-welcomed gifts but challenging pressures.
  • Stay connected with your neighbor, be a good citizen, fulfill your creative extracurricular goals, keep your body, mind, and spirit healthy — and yet still carve time out for yourself on your own or with your partner and family.
  • Heal and break the damage cycle from the life wounds. Learn how to grieve and move on in a healthy peaceful way.
|  Couples / Dating/Marital  / Family Relationships / Parenting / Pre-Marital Prep |
  • Learn key skills on how to create, sustain, and repair your romantic and family relationship.
  • Repair and heal from relational failures including infidelity.
  • Identify reality need/don't need checks -- including balance of power and accountability management.
  • Learn how to balance a two-career-driven household (72% of U.S. homes are dual income, Census 2019) and feel like you've still got it and are loving it when you get home at night.
  • Help couples, families, and parents transition into the awesome but often chaotic life of babies and parenthood (average 1st baby 26.6 in 2016, CDC 2014).
| Divorce / Blended-Families |
  • No one likes divorce. But, learn how to close it with mutual understanding, respect, and forgiveness. Parent your children cooperatively and move forward without guilt, shame, or manipulation.
  • Blended families with children (16% U.S., Pew 2019)  can bring lots of joy but also lots of challenges. Different parenting styles, new logistic matrixes, and the shifting schedules of two homes can be complicated and stressful.  However, a successful blended family can be redemptive, breaking the cycle for the next generations to come.
| Family Relationships / Teens / Parenting |
  • Stay connected and loving with your growing kids -- teens included! What does it mean to negotiate and coach that safely? Safely but letting them learn and explore and love being ... a kid!
  • Figure out how to launch yourself and/or your kids and thrive in the adult world.
| Trauma / Chronic-Illness / Grief-and-Loss |
  • Accidents and illnesses are never planned and coping with them for ourselves, our families, children, and loved ones can be extraordinarily exhausting (6 out of 10 in the U.S. live with at least 1 chronic disease such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, or diabetes, CDC 2019).
  • Learning to heal and live with loss is part of life. Helping you to learn how to "healthy-grieve" and ultimately move on with joy, acceptance, and peace is important.

Confusion & Exhaustion? Conflict & Numbness? Anxiety & Sadness?