I am a lifetime DC native for over 50 years having graduated Sidwell Friends in 1981. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and MA with Psi Chi Honors from Marymount University, Summa Cum Laude.
As a multi-faceted but primarily cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT), I use a solution-focused approach to provide macro/micro support and practical feedback. Additionally trained as a family systems therapist, I use Relational Life Therapy techniques to incorporate key family members into your therapy to explore childhood path effects, clarify mutual goals, connect/close gaps, and reconstruct relationships that are hurting you or your family.
Married for over 27 years with 3 wonderful children all grown up now, I not only professionally know how to be helpful to you with life’s challenges as a therapist, but have real-life compassion that connects me with you in your journey from my own experiences as a wife, mother, sister, and daughter myself. This combination given with direct definitive guidance means that I will tell you what others won’t — a vital combination such that you can confront roadblocks, build strengths, and ultimately learn/expand new options for personal growth not previously imagined!
My office is located adjacent to Reston Hospital in the privately located entrance of the Sugar Oak Office Retreat. I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and a happier life.
Professional Certifications, Awards & Board Memberships:
- Clinically Certified Mental Health Counselor, National Board of Clinical Counselors 2018-present
- Nationally Board Certified, National Board of Clinical Counselors, 2005-present
- Relational Life Therapy Certification, Resident, 2019
- Washington Post, Published Letter to the Editor, Whitney Houston and Drug Abuse, Feb. 2012
- Expert Witness, Fairfax County Court System, 2010-present
- 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, 2004
- Planning Committee, Very Special Arts, Inc. [Children with Exceptionalities] 2000-2001
- Member, Optimists International, Inc. Youth Assistance Organization, 1999-2005
Anne Miniter McKay CCMHC NCC LPC