Counseling of Alexandria

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Cathy Canfield

Cathy Canfield, MSW, LCSW


Cathy Canfield, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, RPT-S, is a psychotherapist with a background working with children, parents and adults , specializing in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), child-centered play therapy, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, transitions and trauma. She has also completed a 40 hour Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice Certificate Program through The Viva Center.

In addition to play therapy services, Cathy is available to provide supervision for candidates working towards their LCSW and LICSW as well as supervision in play therapy. Cathy also enjoys using the beautiful Potomac River waterfront, which is a short walk from her office, as a setting for walk and talk therapy.

Cathy has seen the powerful transformations made by children, adolescents and adults in movement, through art and play during their sessions. Cathy also practices EMDR, a mind-body approach appropriate for big and little traumas. 

Since graduating from the University of Southern Indiana, Cathy has provided treatment for individuals and families in diverse settings to include home-based services, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, treating sex offenders and their family members as well as working as an outpatient psychotherapist. Cathy has completed a certificate in Child-Centered Play Therapy through the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement, the Association for Play Therapy Leadership Academy and is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, National Association of Social Workers and the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work.

Cathy enjoys providing workshops on how to bring more play into your lives and has provided staff trainings to SOME (So Others May Eat) and for the Northern Virginia Association for Play Therapists. Cathy has presented at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City. For more information, check out the Expressive Therapies website. In March 2015, Cathy presented the power of play to an audience of international educators in Zurich, Switzerland at the ECIS Early Childhood Conference. She has also been featured on radio on the topic of childhood sexual abuse. 


Julie Pokusa

Julie Pokusa, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with a background working with children, adolescents and families.  Julie has specific expertise and passion for working with adolescents.  By developing strong relationships and partnering in the healing process, Julie supports children and adolescents to make sense of life stressors by utilizing their own strengths to empower change.

Julie believes in the importance of an integrated, creative approach to best match the needs of each child.  She pulls from cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive therapies and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Julie has been active in the mental health field for ten years.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from James Madison University.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a focus in mental health and concentration in school social work, from Washington University in St. Louis.  She has provided therapeutic services in multiple settings, including community based services, both in-home and office-based, and in several school settings.  Additionally, Julie provides support navigating the school system, including managing individualized education plans and 504 plans. 

Give us a call today at 703-650-9195 to take the first step towards a happier, healthier life!

Counseling of Alexandria • 2104 Mount Vernon Avenue • Alexandria, VA 22301 • 703-650-9195