Since I will learn lots about you, here's a bit about me!
Becoming a therapist was like a duck taking to water for me...
Since my early days as a well-meaning youth at the local Sidwell Friends School, I was often seen in the hallways giving friends appreciated (and sometimes, not so much appreciated!) advice. From classes and teachers to friends, dating, sports, and homework, to parents and siblings -- I often had my head in other people's business and lives, trying to help them.
Not much of a surprise to my family and friends, I graduated in 1985 with a degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont. I worked in my early years following college in several local D.C. agencies supporting women's, family health, and adolescent/teen mental health issues. During time happily spent after this as a full-time at-home mom during my late 20s/early 30's, I co-founded a local 501c(3) that collaborated with the Fairfax County Police Department to create undercover protocols for identifying and reporting child sex abuse rings. Once my kids launched into school, I formally jumped into my lifetime calling attending Marymount University [Magna Cum Laude, Chi Sigma Iota] and becoming a Licensed School and private practice LPC Counselor. Recent career updates include becoming a Clinical Resident Supervisor. I am excited to share my many years of real-world experience and knowledge with counseling graduate students working to complete their training residencies. As such, I am currently finishing my PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision and will begin teaching.
With over 50+ years of life in the often rewarding but challenging D.C. area pressure-cooked rat race, 25+ years of my own marriage and parenting experiences raising kids in the local Langley High School district, and 20+ years of community advocacy leadership, training, and counseling work with adults, couples, families, and teens --- I know "what’s up" and how to help you. How to help you help yourself, and how to help you help those you love.
- Anne Miniter McKay LPC-S NCC CCMHC
SICK OF FEELING LIKE YOU ARE STUCK ?
FEELING PARALYZED ABOUT WHICH DIRECTION TO GO ?
OR JUST PLAIN TIRED OF HOW HARD IT CAN ALL FEEL ?
. . . IS THIS GROUND HOG DAY AGAIN ?
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Relational Life Therapy (RLT)
- Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
- Gottman Marital Relationship Therapy
Clinical Training/Professional Certifications/Awards & Board Memberships:
- Registered Clinical Supervisor, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2020
- Discernment Counseling Certification, 2019
- Clinically Certified Mental Health Counselor, National Board of Clinical Counselors 2018-present
- Nationally Board Certified, National Board of Clinical Counselors, 2005-present
- Expert Witness, Fairfax County Court System, 2010-present
- Relational Life Therapy (RLT) Clinician 2017
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certification 2016
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Level I Certification 2017
- Washington Post, Letter to the Editor, Whitney Houston and Drug Abuse, Feb. 2012
- FCPS School Board Expert Testimony “Fairgrade Grade Change Issue,” 2009
- Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling, Academic & Professional Honor Society, Inducted 2005
- Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology, Inducted 2005
- Fairfax County Schools Trained Peer Mediator, 2005
- Board Member, Virginia Association for Specialists in Group Work, 2004-2008
- Winner, Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference, Childhood Food Allergy Research,2004
- Planning Committee, Very Special Arts, Inc. [Children with Exceptionalities] 2000-2001
- Member, Optimists International, Inc. Youth Assistance Organization, 1999-2005