Heidi Ficken Posson, MA, NCC, CCTP, CSAC-A

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E: heidi@sunstonecounselors.com
C: 703.217.3572

OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA OFFICE HOURS
Wednesday and Thursday, 10am – 5pm

RATES
$110 per 55-minute session
$180 per 90-minute session

INSURANCE
“Out of Network”

National Certified Counselor
Resident In Counseling

My clients include men, women, and adolescents who are struggling with relationships, navigating difficult life transitions, abuse, trauma, or substance abuse. Initially, many of my clients seek therapy expressing difficulties connecting with others, or they feel uncomfortable or unsatisfied in relationships. Others state they frequently feel sad or angry; still more express a general sense of feeling “stuck.” Working with these clients as they transform from a place of pain to a satisfying and fulfilling life is my passion. I understand coming to therapy can be a difficult experience. But I know it can be deeply rewarding.

My approach to therapy is based on an understanding that throughout life we develop patterns of behaviors that can initially be quite helpful, but over time or under different circumstances may also work against us and distance us from others. Examining these patterns in therapy often provides insights about current or past experiences, which can uncover and explain fears, beliefs, and behaviors. Refining or changing these behaviors and beliefs empowers my clients to create more authentic lives that meet their professional, social, and relationship goals.

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, my work is rooted in the belief that we all naturally work towards overall health and maturation. However, neglect, abuse, and traumatic events can stymie that drive. I work with my clients to confront the obstacles that keep them from experiencing an enriched and fulfilling life. This approach is strength based and works to help men and women feel empowered, as well as develop and refine healthy coping skills.

Additionally, I have found that substance abuse is frequently a maladaptive coping behavior enacted to minimize the pain of past traumas. I work with these clients to move past the desire to numb their feelings of hopelessness and develop strategies for recovery. Frequently, this means treating the addiction along with co-existing conditions such as depression, interpersonal trauma, physical or sexual abuse, or PTSD.

My practice draws heavily from Psychodynamic and Attachment theories, while using Cognitive Behavioral techniques to strengthen coping strategies and increase confidence. I am currently completing the CBT core curriculum directly under the instruction of Drs. Aaron and Judith Beck at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. I believe an empathetic, nonjudgmental relationship is necessary to help clients freely explore issues, identify self-defeating patterns, and make sustainable changes.

I maintain active memberships in Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association (NVLPC), American Counseling Association (ACA), and the International Association of Trauma Professionals in order to stay up to date in the latest research and client care. I received my MA degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University with honors.

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