Sheri Mitschelen, Owner and Director of Crossroads Family Counseling Center, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor (RPT-S). Nurturing the emotional health of children and families has been the focus of her work for over 25 years. She has experience working with children struggling with home and school behavior, anxiety, depression, children who have sensory integration issues, families working through separation and/or divorce and families that are in conflict. She also provides supervision for social workers working toward their licensure and play therapy certification.
In 2009, she was voted as “One of the Best Child Therapists in the Area”, by her peers in the Washingtonian magazine.
Along with her therapy and supervision practice, she is a current Adjunct Faculty member at Virginia Tech., Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program teaching a Play Therapy course as well as former Adjunct faculty at George Mason University and Catholic University of America in the School of Social Work. She also has presented on play therapy topics for the University of Maryland Continuing Education program as well as in the Northern Virginia area for Fairfax County schools and Association for Play Therapy.
Sheri received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Ohio University in 1987 and earned a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) at University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She went on to complete a Family Therapy Certificate with the Alexandria Family Therapy Institute, an Infant/Child Mental Health Certificate at the Washington School of Psychiatry, an Adoption Competency Certificate from the University of Maryland while also completing her training to receive her Play Therapy certification and the ability to supervise play therapists. She is also trained in Theraplay® which focuses on strengthening the parent child attachment relationship.
For more about play therapy and a quote by Sheri explaining why it is important to teach parents to be “play therapists” with their kids read, Social Work Today: The Power of Play Therapy.
Darah Curran is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia with 15 years experience working with children, adolescents and families. She has worked in home-based counseling and adolescent group homes. Darah has provided support for pediatric and adult individuals and families in outpatient and inpatient medical settings. She has presented in the community addressing the need for psychosocial support to patients and families navigating the medical system. She is currently employed at a non-profit agency providing short-term therapy to families affected by cancer.
Darah’s areas of focus include adjustment and behavioral issues, social skills development, chronic illness, grief and trauma work. She is trained in child-centered play and expressive arts therapies. Darah believes in the strength of the family and encourages each member’s involvement in making positive change for the child or family system. She is willing to collaborate with school systems, other mental health professionals or medical teams to create the most supportive environment for children and families.
Darah completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree (B.S.W.) from George Mason University in 1997 and her Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) from The Catholic University of America in 2009 with a Clinical Health Care specialization. She is currently working towards her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.
Jenni Showalter, M.S.W., is a Master’s level Social Worker who specializes in supporting preschool, school-aged, and adolescent children and their families. Besides working at Crossroads Family Counseling Center, LLC, she also has experience as an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist in the school system supporting the healthy social and emotional development of infants and toddlers. She specializes in children exhibiting behavioral issues at home and school, as well as children struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, and changing family dynamics. Jenni also has experience in fostering children’s executive functioning skills, social skills, and the development of positive self-esteem. Jenni incorporates play and expressive therapies into her therapeutic interventions and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, a family systems perspective and mindfulness techniques. She uses her knowledge of the school system and the numerous challenges currently facing children to help parents navigate education issues.
Jenni completed her Bachelors degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2009 and graduated with her Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) from George Mason University in 2013. She is a Supervisee in Social Work currently working towards her License in Clinical Social Work and is under the Supervision of Sheri Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT-S.
Kris Marowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has worked with children and families for over 10 years, providing play therapy, individual counseling, and family counseling. She specializes in working with children and parents that have survived abuse, car accidents, domestic violence, natural disaster, neglect, and/or sexual assault. Kris also has extensive experience working with children whose parents serve in the military and children whose parents serve as first responders. She has additional experience working with children experiencing anxiety and major life transitions. Kris offers parents specific, tangible skills that they can utilize at home to create desired changes and connect with their children in a more meaningful way. She practices primarily from a child-centered perspective, incorporating Jungian, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches to increase the effectiveness of counseling. She provides a safe, supportive environment where parents and children can process through difficult life experiences and develop a sense of mastery over them.
Kris is an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Professional Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College. She is also an Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy and offers play therapy trainings for mental health professionals.
Kris completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Psychology from Elmira College in 1999 and earned a Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed) in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College in 2005. She went on to become credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) while completing her Play Therapy certification. Kris is currently working toward becoming a Sandplay Practitioner through Sandplay Therapists of America.
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Michelle Walker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of VA. She has expertise in working with early childhood, school-aged children, and their families. She focuses on building a trusting relationship with the child and family through a warm and empathetic approach. Michelle believes in the power of play when working with children, as this is their natural language. She provides a safe and supportive space where children can heal, grow, and build confidence. She is experiential in her work and primarily uses child-centered play therapy when working with younger children. She also uses directive-play, sand, art, bibliotherapy, theraplay-techniques, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, and family therapy. Michelle has experience working with children dealing with issues related to anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, divorce, depression, behavioral issues, ADD/ADHD, and autism. She has worked with children with high behavioral needs in outpatient practice, the home/school setting, and autism centers. She offers psycho-education and behavior interventions to caregivers of children with autism. She works with children from a systematic approach to assist in the healing process, and is willing to collaborate with all components of the child’s life.
Michelle completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 2014. Michelle is also working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy.
Stephanie Brown, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of VA who is dedicated to working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Her approach is warm, collaborative and practical. She provides client-centered treatment, drawing on techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, art therapy and mindfulness.
Her focus is on providing individuals from diverse backgrounds with a safe space to enhance self-awareness and develop the skills needed to reach personal goals and lead more satisfying lives. In working with a broad range of clients, Stephanie has developed an understanding and appreciation for each individual’s unique strengths and natural resiliency.
Stephanie’s specializes in supporting clients dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, socialization, learning disabilities, attention deficits, substance abuse, stress management and life transitions. She has experience working in school, community-based and private practice settings. In the school setting, she’s worked as high school special education teacher and as a school social worker. As a school social worker, Stephanie provided individual, group, and family counseling at a special education therapeutic day school designed for adolescents with emotional, learning and behavioral challenges. With her experience working in special education, Stephanie is able to help families navigate the IEP process and work collaboratively with multidisciplinary treatment teams.
Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2009 and earned her Master of Social Work degree from George Mason University in 2013. Stephanie is also working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy.
Dave Edwards, M.A. is a Resident in Counseling. He has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. He has helped children and adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression and assists them in returning to a more functional and balanced state. He approaches therapy from cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems perspectives as well as using expressive therapies such as art, play and sand tray.
Dave also has experience working with children in the domain of professional soccer coaching. Throughout a 27-year coaching career Dave has coached children as young as 4 years of age to NCAA college athletes. In addition to coaching, Dave has helped young athletes resolve issues with self-confidence, self-esteem and anxiety in sports.
Dave graduated from the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Marymount University. in 2016 and completed his BSc. In Sports Science from Staffordshire University in England in 1997. Dave is a Resident in Counseling currently working towards his License as a Professional Counselor and is under the Supervision of Kris Marowski, LPC, RPT-S.
Paige Frasso is an intern at Crossroads Family Counseling Center and also provides therapeutic services at Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services located in Falls Church, VA. She is currently working on completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech.
Paige has experience providing therapy to individual adults and children, couples, and families with an array of presenting issues. These include depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and communication and behavioral problems. Paige places an importance on a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship. She approaches therapy through family systems and emotionally-focused perspectives.
Paige graduated from Wofford College with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy.