Integrative Counseling & Relationship Therapy, Inc.

To lead a life of goodness and well-being, centered in truth and love, the state of your mental and

“Participating in counseling is choosing to make a positive step towards your personal growth, your health and your happiness.” --Dr. Suzanne Nixon

An integrative mental health approaches considers the Whole of You in the therapeutic process. Your psychological well-being is an integral part of your physical well-being, spiritual well-being and relationship health. Providing counseling, psychoth

Sacramento County will get first "blue zones" in state in effort to increase life expectancy 12/04/2023

Applause, Applause! This is a significant step towards helping people create better health!

Sacramento County will get first "blue zones" in state in effort to increase life expectancy There's a new effort to try and make Sacramento County a longer-living community. California has awarded the county a $1.7-million grant to create the first "blue zones" in the state.

Beautiful Thoughts on Finding Love Later in Life 11/13/2023

Beautiful, wise and endearing quotes on finding love later in life.

Beautiful Thoughts on Finding Love Later in Life It can be difficult to have patience, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Photos from Integrative Counseling & Relationship Therapy, Inc.'s post 08/23/2023

The "at home candid, celebratory photo of my achievement". Honored, joyful, grateful and inspiried to continue offering the best of wise and compassion care to our community members.

Loudoun’s Favorites Celebrate at C’est Bon 08/19/2023

I was honored to be among the winners of Loudoun Now's Favorite People's Poll celebration at the handsomely restored 19th century Old Furniture Factory Building, C'est Bon. Norm Styler, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Loudoun Now, Joan Wolford, owner of C'est Bon and caterer of Savoir Fare and their teams, orchestrated a fun-filled, connecting event. It was such a pleasure to finally meet the other business owners in my community who are highly recognized and regarded for their products and services. Thank you!

Loudoun’s Favorites Celebrate at C’est Bon Some of the county's favorite people, as selected in Loudoun Now’s annual readers poll, celebrated Thursday at a reception hosted by one of the contest winners.

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07/27/2023

Christiane has always inspired me - from the moment I read her book, "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom", and then when I met her at a professional conference we were both speaking at in the 1990's - yea, way back then! She is not only an expert in women's health, she has evolved into a leading thought expert and "awakened teacher". Enjoy her daily posts of inspiration!

The Lonely Brain: Unraveling the Neuroscience and Psychology of Isolation - Neuroscience News 07/27/2023

We know there is a "loneliness epidemic". Learn how this state of being affects our neurobiology and psychology in this easy to read article/video. And know, that mindfulness meditation is one of the tools of support.

The Lonely Brain: Unraveling the Neuroscience and Psychology of Isolation - Neuroscience News The neuroscience and psychology of loneliness have provided fascinating insights into this pervasive issue, revealing its profound effects on our brain and mental health.

The Bliss of Summer - Workshop on Mt. Weather, Sun, Jul 16, 2023, 11:00 AM | Meetup 07/11/2023

Imagine Well - Being, is a non-profit foundation located in Paris, Virginia. They offer mindfulness, wellness, yoga and nature-based programs free of charge to all. Programs are in-person at the lovely mountain retreat center or on-line. The foundation's website features the monthly programs and it is on "meet-ups", a platform for socially connecting people.

In giving back to our community, I have been offering mindfulness, nature-based workshops on the human experience with the changing seasons. Feel welcomed to attend or share this workshop with others.

The Bliss of Summer - Workshop on Mt. Weather, Sun, Jul 16, 2023, 11:00 AM | Meetup EVENT DESCRIPTION: When we are consciously aligned with the natural world, we flow with greater harmony and balance within ourselves and our lives. Each season gives us the

For first time, US task force recommends screening adults for anxiety disorders | CNN 07/02/2023

This is very good news! It will raise awareness of the epidemic in anxiety disorders.

For first time, US task force recommends screening adults for anxiety disorders | CNN All adults in the United States ages 19 to 64 should be screened for anxiety disorders, according to a recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force that was released Tuesday.

Timeline photos 06/29/2023
Newest Inova Cares Clinic Offers Mental Health Care for the Uninsured 06/04/2023

In case you all weren't aware - INOVA CARES is now offering mental health care for the uninsured and underinsured. A great resource to know about.

Newest Inova Cares Clinic Offers Mental Health Care for the Uninsured Inova Health Systems has opened its first mental health clinic for people who are uninsured or underinsured, launching the new program at its Cornwall campus in Leesburg.

Social media presents ‘profound risk of harm’ for kids, surgeon general says, calling attention to lack of research | CNN 05/23/2023

Parents, teachers and coaches - A must read.

Social media presents ‘profound risk of harm’ for kids, surgeon general says, calling attention to lack of research | CNN There’s not enough evidence to determine whether social media is safe enough for children and adolescents when it comes to their mental health, according to a new advisory from the US surgeon general.

05/15/2023
People who attempt su***de might show signs early on. Here's what to watch for | CNN 05/13/2023

It's difficult to read about, to talk about or even bring our attention to it, yet it is essential. Su***de is a leading cause of death among many age groups, in particular teens. Be intentional - learn the warning signs - someday - somewhere - you may make a difference in a person's life.

People who attempt su***de might show signs early on. Here's what to watch for | CNN Su***de is a leading cause of death among most age groups. Here are the risk factors and warning signs to be able to intervene.

Warren Buffett Says the People You Hang Out With Can Be the Difference Between Success and Failure. Here Are 3 Types You Need in Your Life 04/29/2023

Who you "hang with", affects you health, well-being and overall success in work and life. Learn Buffett's perspective in this thought provoking article. https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-who-you-hang-out-with-can-be-difference-between-success-failure-here-are-3-types-of-people-you-need-in-your-life.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=freeform&fbclid=iwar1fg_euejnr8fvh2oxf0czybgo9vzdbytsdv8hzhqdsivzw6j8aub2muce

Warren Buffett Says the People You Hang Out With Can Be the Difference Between Success and Failure. Here Are 3 Types You Need in Your Life Warren Buffett warns, 'If you hang around with people that behave worse than you, pretty soon you'll start sliding down the pole.'

04/29/2023

Be mindful of "filling your cup", by cultivating connections with others, spending time in nature, engaging in activities that bring you joy, and remembering you are worthy, you are deserving and you matter.
Addiction is the path towards destruction. Mindfulness and connection are the paths to well-being.

In-Person Four-Week Series on Self-Compassion 04/29/2023

My friend Debra is offering a free 4-week, in person seminar on Self-Compassion, here in Loudoun County. The foundations of love, behaviors of love and attracting love into your life, begin with a simple construct - love oneself. Visit the link to learn more.

In-Person Four-Week Series on Self-Compassion Join us for this four-week series where we will explore the benefits and importance of Self-Compassion in a warm, welcoming community. Self-compassion is vital to our overall wellbeing. Learning how being kind to oneself is medically proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels. You will learn some si...

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"Men's health" - Men pay less attention to their health than women, as does our society as a whole. Their health and longevity are at risk. Learn more in this Post article.

A silent crisis in men’s health gets worse Across the lifespan -- from infancy to the teen years, midlife and old age -- boys and men are more likely to die at every age compared to girls and women.

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Always know the direction of where you are going.

'It's so disturbing to my mind and my heart': Goldie Hawn's 20-year battle to help end America's mental health crisis | CNN 04/06/2023

She's been a celebrity forerunner in the field of mindfulness, meditation and mental health. I applaud Goldie Hawn's work and commitment to teach skill sets to children to fortity their mental health and well-being.

'It's so disturbing to my mind and my heart': Goldie Hawn's 20-year battle to help end America's mental health crisis | CNN Goldie Hawn is in a hurry to help end America's mental health crisis, but the fight is not new to her.

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Nashville Elementary School Shooting 04/03/2023

Excellent information for parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, etc. At some point the question, "Why", will be spoken from your/a child. Be prepared. Know how to address this very sensitive issue.

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Nashville Elementary School Shooting Traumatic events can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Here are six practical ways (plus a free downloadable e-book) to help.

Ep 58: Parenting Your Teen with A Mindset of Positivity - Quiet Waters Podcast 03/19/2023

Parents and caretakers, it is more important than ever to relate to our teens with positivity. Learn why and how.

Ep 58: Parenting Your Teen with A Mindset of Positivity - Quiet Waters Podcast Parenting with a mindset of positivity and with behaviors of positivity, significantly impact your teen’s neurological, emotional, and social development, as well as their physical health. In this episode, Dr. Nixon introduces the merits of this a...

03/19/2023

If you are struggling or going through a difficult time, put on your hiking boots and gear, contact your trusted guide, and commit to your personal journey of understanding your suffering and moving through it.

03/02/2023

Orient your mind and heart towards Hope every new day. The alternative is unappealing and unhelpful.

03/02/2023

In the media we are seeing a lot of posts about teen mental health and teens feeling lonely and a lack of belonging.

Yet let's not forget adults! Many adults do not have a circle of friends. Research shows most adult men only have 1 friend, if fortunate. Many women who live alone or live in an unsatisfying relationship, are feeling a lack of connection and belonging. Let's remember adults when we think about mental illness or therapeutic programs.

03/02/2023

I just came back from a Wisdom retreat and these 2 professionals were the major part of the retreat. Brilliant men who lead with heart and honor the human experience with their caring support.

02/24/2023

When you are feeling stressed, remember to

Your middle school child is the most amazing person | CNN 02/18/2023

Middle School Kids are Awesome!

Your middle school child is the most amazing person | CNN Middle schoolers are the most maligned and misunderstood age group, education journalist Deborah Farmer Kris says. They're also her favorite. So why do these years feel so hard for both adults and kids?

The Princess of Wales launches “Shaping Us” campaign to raise awareness of the unique importance of early childhood - Centre for Early Childhood 02/18/2023

The first 5 years are the most significant years in a child's development .... and shape and form their personality. A nice contribution by the Princess of Wales...
https://centreforearlychildhood.org/latest-learnings/news/the-princess-of-wales-launches-shaping-us-campaign-to-raise-awareness-of-the-unique-importance-of-early-childhood/?fbclid=IwAR3pjLIqczTSZnzu0CHBddMLk3VZWL0zCyaxWPFJvxwuFGsgoXsVYuF_3D0

The Princess of Wales launches “Shaping Us” campaign to raise awareness of the unique importance of early childhood - Centre for Early Childhood The Princess of Wales has launched an awareness raising campaign to increase public understanding of the importance of the first five years of a child’s life.

Photos from Integrative Counseling & Relationship Therapy, Inc.'s post 02/17/2023

On my Wisdom and Well-being Retreat my sweet cabin nestled in the jungle was at the bottom of the mountain. The view was the jungle and the field of horses. The challenge was walking up 102 steps and down 102 steps a day to the retreat center....7-8 times a day. Needless to say, I certainly got my steps in!

Parents Believe Teens Unlikely to Talk About Mental Health Struggles 04/30/2022

Parents understanding and listening to their teen/young adult is a mandatory first step in securing their mental well-being. https://www.verywellmind.com/parents-think-teens-wont-admit-struggles-5225578

Parents Believe Teens Unlikely to Talk About Mental Health Struggles A new poll found that many parents don't believe their teens would discuss their mental health struggles with them.

04/20/2022

This Friday the Beginner's Meditation Group begins. 4 sessions and held from 11:00 - 12:15. I will teach you the basics of meditation which will give you a solid foundation for starting a meditation practice. This is a class for women only, in person and 2 spots still open. PM me or email me at [email protected]

The Mystifying Rise of Child Su***de 04/06/2022

The teen and child mental health epidemic continues to rise and spread. Regrettably, are country overall, lacks in quantity and quality of mental health services and facilities to treat our young people. This New Yorker article explains more and follows the story of a family who lost their child to su***de. Hopefully, you will have access to the url link below. If not, copy and paste iin your browser.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/04/11/the-mystifying-rise-of-child-su***de?utm_source=onsite-share&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker

The Mystifying Rise of Child Su***de A family tragedy sheds light on a burgeoning mental-health emergency.

Quiet Waters Podcast 04/05/2022

Quiet Waters Podcast has been a passion project. Dharma talks, meditations, conversational interviews with experts in the mental health field, and stories from everyday people sharing their struggles, challenges and successes. Just published is Episode 24, "Meditation & Reflection on Being Kind to Onesself" and Episode 25, "In Times of Overwhelm, Steady In" - which focuses on taking care of yourself during this time of global uncertainty and extendinge loving kindness to the people in Ukraine. With the brutality happening in our world, we must tend to ourselves, our families and our community with loving care, and hold those afar in our heartfelt prayers. May you be healthy and well. May you be safe and free from harm. May you know you are loved. On Buzzsprout, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Quiet Waters Podcast Award-winning licensed professional counselor and meditation expert, Dr. Suzanne Nixon, is on a mission to bring the conversations about mental health— the conversations that matter— to the table and finally break the stigma. Join her as she welcomes guests: everyday people sharing their mental ...

03/27/2022

I have been witnessing an increase in teens talking to their parents about their feelings and mood state and requesting counseling. I am thrilled to know teens are listening to their feelings and thoughts - identifying when they are becoming overwhelming, and courageously reaching out to their parents. Parents - a shout out to you for listening deeply to your children and believing them when they say they need help. A win-win all the way around,

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Seek the Path Towards Your Becoming and Live Your Most Authentic Self

“Set your mind and heart in the direction of your longing. Boldly and courageously, go out and seek the path that will help you in your quest.” --Dr. Suzanne Nixon

Life is a series of journeys. At each stage of the journey we are given a choice - follow this path, or that path. The path may be smooth or rocky, wet or dry, treacherous or safe or cloudy or clear. For a while you may walk it alone until at one point you decide it is time to seek a guide, for we all get lost and finding our way back again may be challenging.

That indeed, is the role of a therapist: A professional trained guide to help you along your journey discover you as you navigate life’s ups and downs, and find your truth, happiness, purpose and ultimate fulfillment. As an Integrative Mental Health Professional I have an array of pathways you may choose to find your way: counseling, marriage & couple therapy, family therapy, walk & talk therapy, wellness counseling, energy medicine healing and meditation, along with educational seminars to stimulate your mind and speak to your heart. My expertise as an integrative therapist is based on a holistic philosophy honoring the whole person and the uniqueness of each person for one path is not right for all.

I look forward to walking along side you in your journey and offering my best support to you in your Becoming.

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19415 Deerfield Avenue, Ste 307
Leesburg, VA
20176

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 10am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 6:30pm
Thursday 10am - 6:30pm
Friday 9am - 3pm

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