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Wellness Through Counseling

Please, click on the link below to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation for us to learn more about you and to see if we are a good fit for your needs. During our call, we can address any questions you may have and help you get started. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Salma Abugideiri, LPC

I have been practicing as a counselor since 1995, serving individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. I have experience working in non-profit agencies, as well as in private practice. I also provide supervision, training and consultation.

I use a strength-based approach that combines my knowledge and experience working with a variety of counseling models. I prefer to focus on each person's strengths and capacity to find solutions that fit each unique situation. 

About Us
Rafee Al-Mansur, LMFT

I have been providing therapy since 2015. In this time, I have learned a great deal both from my educational training and from the stories and experiences of my clients. While no two stories are exactly alike, I've worked across a broad range of issues and have learned to identify common patterns and pitfalls that we as humans tend to fall into.

I use my empathy, knowledge, and curiosity to help my clients better understand themselves and their current situation. As our understanding grows, together we explore the steps needed to bring life to a better and more peaceful place.

Masumeh Farchtchi, LMFT

I believe the stories we tell about ourselves are powerful. My job is to support persons in the amazing process of authoring themselves. I use strengths-based approaches to individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Interpersonal dynamics are a focus of my work.  I believe relationships are the crucible of a person’s mental health.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), I use family science to help people grow, heal, and reach their goals. My biggest strength is openness to new possibilities, meanings, and connections.  I integrate here-and-now techniques like play and enactments with insight and skill-based techniques to co-create a personalized platform of growth for each individual, couple or family I meet.  I utilize ongoing research and proven evidence-based practices to support each unique therapeutic journey.

Valia Shoja, MA

I take a collaborative and integrative approach in assisting clients in personal healing and transformation. We will work together to understand your life journey, process complex feelings, and develop skills needed in order to break negative patterns and habits. My primary counseling areas include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, multicultural issues, adjustment issues, and relationship issues.


I have had various volunteer assignments with different agencies such as IRC working closely with refugees.  As an immigrant, I strongly believe in addressing socioeconomic and multicultural factors. I provide counseling in English and Persian.

Sara Aly, CBIS, LCSW

My clients describe me as a warm and compassionate therapist who uses humor and genuine interactions in her practice. My priority is to provide a validating, non-judgmental, and healing space for my clients to feel valued, heard, and empowered.

I like to integrate a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Person-Centered, Internal Family System (IFS), Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in a safe and empathetic space.

I am extremely passionate about empowering people toward healing. I like to help people work towards the best version of themselves and gain independence by pushing past their limitations.

Fatima Mirza, Ph.D., LCSW

I enjoy working with clients who are looking for meaning and healing in their lives. This means that I endeavor to get a sense of your worldview and your goals and then work with you to build a life that gives you joy. I have experience working with adult survivors of direct and indirect trauma (relational, emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual, and racial) from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.

I enjoy supporting moms of young children, older teens (16+), young adults, members of the clergy, and families of clergy members. I use a variety of theoretical orientations, pulling heavily from attachment theories, body-based interventions, art methods, and action methods.

Tori Belanger

I have worked in healthcare for over twenty years, supporting busy physicians and clinicians of all kinds! I love helping solve problems and do not give up until I've found a solution. 

As the Care Coordinator here at Wellness Through Counseling, I will be your first point of contact! I wear many hats and will be here to ensure you are matched with the best fit therapist for your needs.



Individual counseling is a joint process between you and your therapist in which you work together to inspire change and improve the quality of your life.



Under the guidance of your therapist, marriage counseling provides a safe space for couples to explore challenges and achieve harmony in their relationship. 



Many issues can affect the health of the entire family. Family therapy promotes collaboration among family members to solve the issues of one or more individuals.

Therapy Sessions

Why Counseling?

Even the most competent people can experience life challenges that make them feel overwhelmed sometimes.

Counseling provides a safe, professional, non-judgmental environment that allows many people to find solutions to the problems they are experiencing.


Process Difficult Experiences


Identify & Understand Root Problems


Create a Plan for Personal Growth


Improve Relationships & Quality of Life

Learn Effective Skills & Coping Strategies

Reasons to seek Individual Therapy

  • Overwhelming worry and restlessness in specific or general situations
  • Feelings of hopelessness and loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Inability to prevent rumination on troubling or negative thoughts
  • Strong emotional reactions in response to certain triggers
  • Deteriorating physical health from high levels of stress
  • Increasing social isolation and loss of connection
  • Lack of motivation and difficulty concentrating
  • Addictive behaviors to escape from distress


1364 Beverly Road, Suite 303 

McLean, VA 22101

(703) 435-8667

Please, click on the link below to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation for us to learn more about you and to see if we are a good fit for your needs.

During our call, we can address any questions you may have and help you get started.

We look forward to connecting with you soon!  

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