Abbie Shlesinger

Graduate Intern

In-Office Sessions: Ashburn (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of: Virginia
In-Office Sessions:
 Ashburn (map it)
 
Teletherapy for residents of:
 Virginia
Client Population(s):
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Adult (25+)
  • Couple
  • Family
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Attachment Based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
  • Existential
  • Family Systems
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative
  • Person Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Strengths Based
  • Trauma Focused

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in today’s busy world of virtual connections and distanced interactions how do you raise a family or tend to your soul? Are you searching for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose? Do challenging relationships or life’s demands leave you feeling empty, frustrated, or apathetic? It is easy to lose ourselves in the expectations and responsibilities of daily living but I believe that, no matter how difficult life may feel today, you are capable of creating an authentic and peaceful experience for yourself.

It is important to consider how lifestyle and environment affects mental well-being so our time together will be both introspective and solutions-focused. We will explore how early attachments and experiences may be showing up in your current relationships or behaviors and work together to address the areas of life that are causing distress.

I practice a variety of modalities tailored to individual client needs and goals but I particularly lean on person-centered, psychodynamic, strength-based perspectives using mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and dialectical behavioral techniques.

I work with adolescents, young adults, parents, individuals, and families grappling with issues of belonging and identity, complex family systems, life transitions, grief, and substance use. I provide a supportive and encouraging environment where you can safely explore your thoughts, experiences, and emotions to cultivate tools to build a village of hope and connection.

More About Me:

A firm believer in practicing what I preach, I am navigating the demands of motherhood and family life in the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia. In my free time I can be found walking with a friend, skimming a book, brewing another cup of coffee, or driving a carpool.

Specialty(ies):
  • Career Counseling
  • Family Dynamics
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Perinatal / Postpartum
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Stress and Overwhelm
  • Substance Misuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
Education and Training:
  • Pursuing Master’s degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Children, Youth, and Families from George Mason University (expected December 2024)
  • Bachelor’s degree in History, double minor in Psychology and Political Science from Virginia Tech
  • Member of Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work and National Association of Social Workers
Credentials:
Graduate Intern
Supervised by:
George Coyne, LCSW

I look forward to supporting your mental health journey.

If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation, please fill out the request form or call our office (703-534-5100) and request to speak to me.