Sarah Sarsfield

Graduate Intern

In-Office Sessions: McLean (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of: Virginia
In-Office Sessions:
 McLean (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of:
Client Population(s):
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Child (7-10)
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Young Child (3-6)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Christian Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Existential
  • Expressive Arts
  • Person Centered
  • Play Therapy

Worried, lonely, misunderstood, afraid, angry, sad, anxious, hopeless, indifferent — these are common feelings for children, adolescents, and adults alike. As a counselor, I believe we all desire to be seen, known, and understood, and I aim to create a space where individuals experience just that. I believe inviting big feelings and diverse experiences into our clinical space and facing them together, empowers individuals to encounter freedom and healing.

I support children, adolescents, and adults facing anxiety and depression, as well as other difficulties including emotional expression and regulation, body image, self esteem, loss & grief, interpersonal relationships, loneliness, and navigating change & transition.

I use a variety of person-centered therapeutic techniques including elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play, expressive arts, and existential approaches. At your request, I am able to incorporate faith and spirituality into counseling. I work with clients of all faith perspectives and personally practice Christianity.

More About Me:

I was born and raised in Chicago, have lived in Tennessee and North Carolina, and now I reside in Alexandria with my husband. In my spare time, you can find me spending time outside, going on walks, lying by the pool, listening to music or podcasts, and trying any flavor of ice cream I can find!

  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Attention Disorders (ADHD)
  • Conduct and Impulse Control
  • Depression
  • Family Dynamics
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Self-harm / Suicidal Ideation
  • Social Skills
  • Stress and Overwhelm
Education and Training:
  • Pursuing Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University
  • Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
Graduate Intern
Supervised by:
Aileen Elsaesser, LPC

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.