Sometimes we feel down and we just don't know the reason why. Or we do know why but we don't know how to fix it. Sometimes we are no longer getting along with the person we love. And sometimes we could just use some extra support.

I am a counselor passionate about helping you and your loved ones overcome challenges, hang-ups, and mental and emotional issues that are preventing you from living freely.

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Professional counseling services in Northern Virginia and online.

I offer two convenient ways to work with clients: in-person and online.

If you would be interested in working together in an office setting, my office is conveniently located at:
DCVA Counseling Psychotherapy
200 Little Falls Street, Suite 306
Falls Church, VA 22046

If you would be interested in working together in an online face-to-face setting, we can arrange sessions using the HIPPA-compliant tool Doxy.  No special equipment is required to use Doxy for our counseling sessions.

New Counseling Group - Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Starting May 30, 2018!

Dealing with Difficult Emotions - Group Therapy

This is a dialectical behavior therapy-based group that will focus on recognizing, dealing with, accepting, and changing our emotions through the use of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal/relationship skills, and radical acceptance.  If you are experiencing intense emotions and it is impacting you negatively (i.e., it is hurting your relationships; you feel out of control or overwhelmed too often; you deal with obsessive, compulsive, or self-destructive behavior; you have difficulty organizing your life; you struggle with transitions, etc.), then this group is for you.  Come to this group with whatever emotions you are feeling and learn how to better cope with them so that you can better show love and understanding to both yourself and to others.  Whether you know the reasons for your difficult emotions or not, come learn how to increase your self-awareness and your understanding of what is going on in the inside, and how to cope with it.  This group will be part psychoeducational and part discussion/processing.

Ideal participants include those who are experiencing intense and difficult emotions, such as anger, sadness, grief, depression, etc.   I offer both an evening and a daytime group.  New groups are starting all the time; interested participants should contact me for an initial screening to ensure that this group is appropriate for them, and then I will provide them start-date information for the next group.

Ages:  Adult (18+)
Start date: New groups beginning all the time; next group starts May 30, 2018
Length of time:  1 afternoon or evening/week for 6 weeks; 1.5 hours each session
Cost: $50/session (thus, $300) + book purchase (approx. $15-20)
Location: DCVA Counseling Psychotherapy, 200 Little Falls Street, Suite 306, Falls Church, VA 22046
Format: 2-6 participants per group; to promote group cohesion participants are asked to miss only 1 of the 6 sessions
To register or inquire: Contact Crystal Hamling, (757) 293-8792 or

Free Eating Disorders Family Support Group
For parents and loved ones of people with eating disorders
Sponsored by Rock Recovery
Begins June 4, 2018!

Is your loved one going through an eating disorder, body image issues, or something similar? Are you unsure of how to help them, or are feeling discouraged yourself? You don't have to go it alone. Join us for a free support group of parents, spouses, partners, friends, family members, and loved ones of people with an eating disorder and/or other related issues. Come connect with others who understand and who can help you navigate your way through helping your loved one to heal. The 1st Monday of the month is for both family members/loved ones and the person experiencing the disordered eating/body image issues. The 3rd Monday of the month is for family members/loved ones only.

Sponsoring organization: Rock Recovery
When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: Provided by Crystal Hamling Counseling and DCVA Counseling Psychotherapy at 200 Little Falls Street, Suite 306, Falls Church, VA 22046
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required. You are simply welcome to drop in. However, to be notified of special dates when the group will not take place (due to hazardous weather, holidays, vacation, etc.), please email Crystal at and ask to be put on the Eating Disorders Family Support Group mailing list. You can also check back here for updates. You do not need to be pre-registered or be a client of Rock Recovery, Crystal Hamling Counseling, or DCVA Counseling Psychotherapy to attend.
Parking: The parking lot includes free two-hour spaces that are marked for visitors. If all visitor spots are taken, you may place a piece of paper visible through your windshield that says "In Suite 306 with Isabel Kirk" and park in a permit parking spot. Street parking is also available. Please note that the main building door locks at 8:00 PM.

Next meetings:
June 4, 2018 - Family/loved ones + person experiencing disordered eating
June 18, 2018 - Family/loved ones only
July 2, 2018 - Family/loved ones + person experiencing disordered eating
July 16, 2018 - **No meeting**


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