Melissa Johnson, MS, NCC

Resident in Counseling

In-Office Sessions: Falls Church (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of: Virginia
In-Office Sessions:
 Falls Church (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of:
Client Population(s):
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Mindbody
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Person Centered
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Solution Focused
  • Strengths Based

Are you feeling off-balance? Is the chaos of daily life spinning around you – making it impossible to decide and take action? Do you notice yourself ruminating or experiencing intrusive thoughts? Do you tend to overthink the “what-if’s” which diminishes your sense of inner peace?

You are not alone. Therapy with me means that you will experience a safe, open and non-judgmental environment that allows you the opportunity to navigate life’s challenges while finding inner calm and bringing balance back to your life.

In a world that feels out of control, I have a passion for helping individuals recognize and build upon their innate strengths – I have worked as a school counselor for 18 years and have extensive experience supporting children, adolescents, young adults and families.

Pre-Teens: I work with children as young as 10 years old. Through the use of mind-body connection, play, and talk therapy, pre-teens are given the space to express their thoughts, feelings and inner struggles as they relate to anxiety, depression, relationship/family/friendship, school, ADHD, transitions and identity. I firmly believe in creating a judgment-free space in order to develop a solid and trusting therapeutic relationship.

Adolescents: I have been working with middle and high school-age teens for the past 18 years and understand the complex dynamics of this stage in life. I’m here to support teens who find themselves struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, overwhelm, academic and societal pressures, identity, peer/relationship issues, college/career planning and navigating transitions. I use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), strengths-based therapy, solution-focused therapy and mindfulness techniques to encourage and support positive change.

Adults: I work with adults who are dealing with challenges such as anxiety/depression/ADHD, college/work transition/dynamics, self-discovery, parenting, relationship conflicts, stress, and nutritional impacts on mental health. I use a holistic approach, pulling from the tenants of cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and polyvagal theory.

It is my utmost passion to provide a safe and encouraging space for you to express yourself, navigate roadblocks, and develop tools to overcome life’s challenges. You are so brave in taking this step, and I can’t wait to meet you and start this journey together!

More About Me:

I’m a proud, laid-back Oregonian living in Northern Virginia. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, gluten-free food, focusing on wellness through a holistic lifestyle, moving my body through dance/yoga/barre and binge-watching reality TV.

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Body Image
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Illness/Pain
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Gender/Sexual Identity (LGBTQIA+)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Social Skills
  • Stress and Overwhelm
Education and Training:
  • Master’s degree in Counseling from Oregon State University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (minor in Fine Arts/Dance) from Western Oregon University
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • 18 years experience as a middle and high school counselor in public schools in Oregon and Virginia
  • Virginia Pupil Personnel Services License (School Counseling)
Resident in Counseling
VA 0704015782
Supervised by:
Jennifer Munroe, LPC, NCC

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.