Counselor Profile

Aileen Elsaesser

Aileen Elsaesser, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I became a licensed professional counselor because I am passionate about creating connections that make a positive difference in others’ lives. I am experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults with various concerns including anxiety, phobias, depression, grief and loss, poor self-esteem, body image issues, family issues, parenting and life transitions. I strive to provide an environment that is warm, relaxed, and engaging where clients can have fun while gaining insight and making positive changes.

When working with children, I use play therapy to allow free expression and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help children identify the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behavior and learn skills to cope effectively. When working with adolescents and adults, I use an interpersonal approach with cognitive-behavioral techniques to help individuals better understand themselves and learn coping skills for the future. I am trained in the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) treatment intervention and work with parents to help their children overcome problematic anxiety.


I live in Falls Church with my husband and two children. I enjoy taking family walks, puzzling, baking, and summer vacations in Maine.


  • Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University
  • VA Board of Counseling Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Member of Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC) and American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Trained in SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) Treatment Intervention


Licensed Professional Counselor


VA 0701008254

Client Population:
  • Child (7-10)
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
  • Adult (25+)
  • Family
Primary Modalities:
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Conduct and Impulse Control
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors
  • Parenting
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Stress and Overwhelm

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