Safe Harbor Christian Counseling of Northern Virginia

6408 Grovedale Drive, Suite 200
Alexandria, Virginia, US

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Practice Specialties

  • Abandonment Difficulties
  • Abortion Recovery
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Bilingual Christian Counseling
  • Blended Family Counseling
  • Career Coaching
  • Certified Life Coaching
  • Child/Play Therapy
  • Christian Divorce Counseling
  • Chronic or Terminal Illness Counseling
  • Church Conflict Christian Counseling
  • Church Conflict Counseling
  • Counseling for Families Affected by Disability
  • Counseling for Seniors
  • Counseling to Pastors and Wives
  • Couples Christian Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Couples Support Group
  • Depression Stress and Anxiety Therapy
  • Divorce and Remarriage Counseling
  • Divorce Prevention
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Domestic Violence Christian Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Eating Disorders
  • EMDR
  • Empty Nest Anxiety and Depression
  • Ex-Relationship Adjustments
  • Foster and Adoption Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement Christian Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
  • Life Coach Counseling and Consultation
  • Marriage and Family Christian Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Occupational Counseling
  • Pornography and Sexual Addictions
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Seniors Adults and Young Adlutls
  • Sex and Intimacy Christian Counseling
  • Sex and Intimacy Counseling
  • Special Needs Counseling
  • Stress Anxiety Depression Christian Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions Christian Counseling
  • Teen Christian Counseling
  • Teen Counseling


Safe Harbor Christian Counseling was founded in 1996 by Erik Sundquist for the purpose of establishing a space where clients could enhance their mental health and personal relationships. Our vision is to make an eternal impact by bringing hope and healing wherever brokenness exists by providing clinically excellent, wholistic, mental health services. The integration of sound clinical mental health treatment with a Christian foundation has helped some 50,000+ unique clients to date.

Our team of 200+ clinicians in 9 states specialize in creating a warm, engaging environment in which collaboration with clients combined with a strong clinical and spiritual knowledge base yields a greatly enhanced quality of life for thousands of clients every year. Each client is a very unique individual with whom our clinicians take the time and attention to understand and develop a customized treatment plan.

We have over 14 locations throughout Northern Virginia and are continuing to grow. Please visit our website to see a listing of all locations and counselors

Client Payment Information

  • Accepts insurance
  • Client rates are on a sliding scale

Therapists on Staff

Dyanna Citizen
Virginia Colbert
Stacey Crosson
Nettia Diamond-Banton
Pamela Dourado
Melissa Hoffman
Lisa Kelleher
Sarah Nies
Cristyl Word
Brandee Zettel
Dyanna Citizen

Dyanna Citizen

Practicing since: 2013

Dyanna believes that it’s possible to grow through what you go through. Passionate about helping others find hope, healing, and freedom she works to provide a positive and encouraging therapeutic process to help clients thrive. She utilizes an integrative counseling approach to match evidence-based treatments to each client based on their unique strengths, needs, and goals.

Dyanna is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10+ years of counseling experience and training. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University.
Virginia Colbert

Virginia Colbert

Psychologist, PhD
Dr. Virginia Colbert, Psychologist, PhD
Practicing Since: 1984 Because of Virginia’s familiarity with various interventions, she is able to craft, with the aid of the Spirit of God, an approach that addresses the unique needs of each of the youth, adults, and families she attempts to serve.

Issues Served: ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Depression, Disability, Grief/Bereavement, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm, Suicidal Ideation
Stacey Crosson

Stacey Crosson

Stacey Crosson, LMFT
Practicing Since: 1998 As the Clinical Supervisor of Safe Harbor Northern Virginia, Stacey has over 25 years’ experience in the people-helping business. As a spouse of a retired U.S. military member, she offers a shared perspective of the military life.

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm, Sex therapy, Sexual abuse, Sleep/Insomnia, Trauma, Workplace Issues
Nettia Diamond-Banton

Nettia Diamond-Banton

LPC - Resident
Practicing Since:2012

Nettia provides a safe and open space where clients are accepted, valued, and respected. She utilizes a strength-based, client-focused therapeutic approach grounded in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral therapies. She focuses on listening to and understanding her clients in order to create a positive genuine therapeutic relationship and gain a clear concept of the client’s culture, experiences, and presenting concerns. Every person’s life journey is unique, and Nettia adapts therapy to suit the needs of each client. She utilizes therapeutic skills and techniques to help clients develop mindfulness, effective coping skills, and healthy behaviors to move toward healing and growth.
Pamela Dourado

Pamela Dourado

Certified Life Coach
Pamela Dourado, Certified Life Coach
Practicing Since: 2012 Pam is a Board-Certified Life Coach with a Masters in Counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She meets individuals where they are to partner with them in moving out of stressful life situations to create a more fulfilling future.

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Chronic Illness/Pain, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity.
Melissa Hoffman

Melissa Hoffman

Practicing Since: 2007 Melissa focuses on building the therapeutic relationship through empathy, respect for the individual, and unconditional support. Through this therapeutic relationship, clients are able to set goals and achieve them.
Melissa has been a licensed counselor for 12 years and holds clinical licenses in the states of Virginia and Colorado. Melissa received her Bachelor degree from Concordia University-St. Paul in Psychology and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling-Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado.
Lisa Kelleher

Lisa Kelleher

Practicing Since: 2010

Lisa believes everyone has the capacity and resiliency to help themselves but sometimes, they need someone else to help them discover the path to wellness. Her goal is to help individuals understand their thoughts, feelings, and experiences so that they may heal and grow in the healthiest way possible. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy, strength-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, and play therapy, Lisa supports a person’s progress toward facing and conquering the challenges her client faces.
Sarah Nies

Sarah Nies

Practicing Since: 2016

Sarah creates a caring and supportive environment, championing clients in self-discovery and healing.

After earning a Master’s in Art Education and a Master’s in Art Therapy, Sarah continued expanding her knowledge and techniques, incorporating art into therapy. She is a Board-Certified Art Therapist and co-directed a Trauma Informed Art therapy clinic.

She is a world traveler, explorer, life-long learner, and lover of books.

Sarah is licensed in the state of Virginia (#0701010507)
Cristyl Word

Cristyl Word

LPC - Resident
Practicing Since: 2019

Cristyl seeks to create a warm, empathetic, safe, and judgment-free space so that together, she and her clients can process emotions, achieve goals, and develop healthy coping strategies. Cristyl is gifted with intuition, compassion, support, and is fully present for her clients, helping them uncover patterns or distorted cognitions that may be preventing positive growth. She fully recognizes the uniqueness of each person and assists them in seeing their struggles as keys to embracing their strengths.
Brandee Zettel

Brandee Zettel

Brandee Zettel, MA, Resident in Counseling, Resident in Marriage & Family Therapy
Practicing Since: 2015 Brandee understands that everyone is unique in their own way and she takes time to get to know her clients. She builds treatment plans that are tailored to the individual and she adapts her therapeutic approach to meet the needs of the client.

Issues Served: Abuse/Neglect, ADD/ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Career Counseling, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief/Bereavement, Infertility, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, Miscarriages, PTSD, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm, Sexual abuse, Trauma, Workplace Issues

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