Sara Maurakis

Resident in Counseling

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+)
  • Child (7-10)
  • Family
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
  • Young Child (3-6)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist Theory
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Multicultural
  • Person Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Trauma Focused

Pain, suffering, and trauma can be at the core of some people’s lives and leave them feeling alone and helpless. Oftentimes taking the first step in a healing journey, whatever that looks like individually, can be extremely scary and intimidating. Being constantly on edge and waiting for the next catastrophe or rug to be ripped out from under you is exhausting at best. Helping you find your path to healing and ways to strengthen your mind and autonomy is something I am passionate about. As your counselor, I strive to create a safe and welcoming collaborative space to share with you on your healing journey.

My philosophy of counseling centers around strengthening the individual and supportive connections that contribute to overall wellness. Using play and other creative interventions to better understand the self, others, and interconnectedness is an excellent way of making therapy accessible to children and their families.

Through experience professionally and personally it is evident that trauma can negatively impact not only the individual but also their connections to others within and outside the family unit. Focusing on finding a new normal and collaborating with families to provide understanding and support has shown substantial growth and healing in clients. Trauma is never experienced in a vacuum and as such should be treated holistically.

More About Me:

I am from Pennsylvania but grew up traveling the east coast. I now live in Herndon with my two amazing cats and partner.

Specialty(ies):
  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Autism / Neurodivergence
  • Conduct and Impulse Control
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Dynamics
  • Gender/Sexual Identity (LGBTQIA+)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Self-harm / Suicidal Ideation
  • Social Skills
  • Trauma and PTSD
Education and Training:
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Biological Psychology from Averett University in Danville, Virginia
  • 6+ years experience in the mental health field working with children and families ranging from communication challenges to complex trauma
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trained
  • Member of American Counseling Association (ACA) and American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
Credentials:
Resident in Counseling
Prelicense:
VA 0704015137
Supervised by:
Katie Clark, LPC, RPT, 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.