Our story

We Know Change Is Possible

Our StorySometimes life can feel really hard. Perhaps a relationship is struggling, work obligations feel overwhelming, or nothing seems to be going your way. Maybe you or a loved one is facing a new medical diagnosis, a loss or a major life transition. Maybe you are a parent whose child is struggling emotionally or at school and you just don’t know what to do. We have been there before too. We know how hard it is and we are here because you don’t have to do it alone.

We are also here to make change happen for you. We believe in change, we have seen it happen and our therapists are specially trained to create a treatment plan that is effective while embracing who you are and what you want your life to look like. We value the trust you have put in our clinicians to partner with you. Our clinicians bring years of experience and expertise to their work with you and your family.

Sage House Counseling & Art Therapy was born out of need for effective, mental health support that includes traditional counseling as well as art therapy, sand tray therapy, play therapy and mindfulness. We serve all of Northern Virginia, including Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Oakton, Ashburn, Fairfax, Great Falls and McLean. We know the unique challenges families face and the need to be supported with effective, evidenced-based approaches. We also know that therapy is not a one size fits all approach. Each person brings their our own interests, strengths and areas of challenge to therapy. Our clinicians are open, knowledgeable experts in specific areas that allow them to understand the unique needs of each client. This includes adults, children and teens struggling with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, ADD, substance abuse, perinatal mental health, grief and loss and chronic medical issues.

Our Approach

Our unique approach, which offers a combination of traditional counseling, art therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy and mindfulness allows each client to find a tailored approach that meets their needs. Our goal is to provide each adult, child, teen and family with new skills and insights, allowing for lasting change and greater wellbeing. We listen to what you feel comfortable incorporating into your therapy and then create the most effective plan to reach your therapy goals.

We find most of our adult clients initially seek traditional talk therapy as that is familiar to most people. However, we have found clients who are open to incorporating art, sand tray and/or play therapies and mindfulness into their treatment plans have greater insight, better outcomes and more lasting change. These clients also reported enjoying the therapy process more than talk therapy alone.

For some children, therapy can feel overwhelming and scary, but the creative process allows many children to find comfort in the therapy space. Art-making with crayons, paint and clay is familiar and allows children to more quickly connect with the therapist and form a trusting bond, laying the foundation for a relationship and expression.

For teens who may be reluctant to participate in therapy or feel self-conscious about sharing concerns, we find the combination of talk therapy, art and sand tray therapies allows teens to gain mastery over their feeling, build a trusting relationship with the therapist and ultimately allow for emotional expression and connection.

For this reason our therapists incorporate art, sand tray and play therapies into most treatment plans. We also work with parents to provide supportive art therapy and mindfulness-based interventions to use at home in order to encourage lasting change and support. Our interventions are backed by evidenced-based research and our own clinical experience.

Experience The Change

Through individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy, Sage House Counseling & Art Therapy is a place for everyone to find a community of support, healing and lasting change.  We believe no one should have to navigate life’s biggest challenges alone. We are here to partner, advocate and align with the unique needs of you and your family. We also believe that change doesn’t have to take a lifetime to achieve. In fact, within the first three sessions our adult clients report seeing meaningful changes. The top three immediate changes include stress reduction, increase in emotional insight, improved management of mood disorders, in particular anxiety and depression. For our child and family clients, within the first three sessions, parents report having a better understanding of their child’s concerns and knowledge of effective ways to support their child. They also report feelings of relief due to having knowledgeable and experienced clinical support for their child. Within the first three sessions, our child and adolescent clients report feelings of enjoyment while engaging in the creative therapy processes and an increased ability to identify, name and manage strong, overwhelming emotions. Our clinicians work with you to best understand the goals you want to reach in therapy and how to most efficiently reach these goals. We want you to start to see change from your very first session. We also know that change needs to be lasting and long term. To learn more about what clients like you are saying about our services visit our Testimonials.

Our Values

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Advocacy

We care deeply about the needs of our community and strive to advocate for those needs through our services, resources, and partnerships.

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Authenticity

We’re not perfect. And neither are you. And that’s okay. We celebrate what your version of wellbeing looks like instead of fitting you into a predetermined box.

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Joy

Therapy doesn’t always have to be heavy and serious. It can be light and playful and funny, and we take pride in cultivating an atmosphere of joy amidst transformative healing.