Melinda Timmons, LMFT

Melinda Timmons, LMFT


Locations:  Alexandria, VA | Fairfax, VA

Melinda Timmons is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has helped couples and families for almost 15 years. She has a unique understanding of diverse family systems and multicultural counseling and religions. Specific experience includes working with couples who are Muslim/Christian, Muslim/Buddhist, Taoist, Atheist, and animistic (Native American and Native Hawaiian), as well as LGBT. Melinda also specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair heal and recover. 

Meet Melinda Timmons, LMFT:
“Many people are surprised to learn that great couples counseling is as much about exploring and discovering your strengths as it is about focusing on your problems. The emotional hurts and attachment injuries you bring to therapy are often healed
within the relationship as we uncover both the challenging and broken parts as well as the positive and encouraging pieces of your story. As a therapist I have a dynamic, energetic style. Couples will often comment that they like it that I ‘talk.’ I am couple-centered: what do you, as a couple, want from your relationship and this therapy? I work hard to help partners understand one another’s perceptions – and that is vital to tease out what is ‘feeling’ and what is more factually or logically based. It is my belief that marriage or intentional, monogamous coupling is worth nurturing, celebrating, and preserving. This bond provides a strong foundation for families and for the couple alone!”

April Thompson, LCSW

April Thompson, LCSW


Locations: Fairfax, VA

April Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 20 years of experience providing couples counseling and advocating for marital wellness. April is a military spouse and specializes in working with military couples, couples working to blend families, as well as couples experiencing parenting challenges or communication blockages. She also has extensive training and experience treating infidelity.

Meet April Thompson, LCSW:
“Couples come to counseling for many different reasons. Whether your relationship faces a major crisis or a recurring impasse, my specialty is helping couples find a treatment and connection plan that matches your unique needs. My hope for every marriage is that it becomes a deep, personal, intimate relationship that brings out the best in both partners. My therapy style is strength focused: I get in there with you and help explore each of the unique strengths you possess. We then use those discoveries to address the challenges in your relationship. I’m an active couples counselor and I work for the good of your relationship.  I have worked for over 20 years with couples in many different settings all over the world. I have a wide range of experiences working with clients from many different cultures and backgrounds. Also, as a military spouse, I have lived in many different states as well as overseas for four years. Wherever you are when you come to therapy, I’ll work to find ways to connect with you and your relationship. My goal is that at the end of our process your marriage is stronger, healthier and more secure.”

Dr. Paul Birch, LMFT

Dr. Paul Birch, LMFT


Locations: Fairfax, VA | Herndon, VA

Dr. Paul Birch is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has specialized in delivering, developing, and testing approaches to the treatment and prevention of marital distress for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include marital therapy, affair recovery, and issues related to compulsive sexual problems, especially pornography use. Dr. Birch also specializes in methods for increasing the ability of therapy to promote lasting change. Please read below for further credentials…

Meet Dr. Paul Birch:
I believe marital happiness is experienced within small moments — each glimmer of intimacy, affection, commitment, friendship, or service is a vital building block in a happy marriage. Yet life and routine and stress seem to interrupt those moments, leaving us feeling alone or pitted against each other.  The happiest marriages are those who work hard to have them. I care deeply about marriage and have devoted my professional life to this work. You’ll find me to be a sensitive, committed, and caring coach for your relationship. I ask a lot of questions and listen carefully. I’m deliberate yet flexible to your needs. I’m transparent with couples about what I am doing, why, and what options they have. I work hard so that you leave each session feeling more hopeful, reconnected, and empowered with specific ideas for what to do to create better moments between sessions. In the end, marriage requires the best of us…and offers the best to us. When two people are committed to sharing their lives with one another, it lifts each to a higher level and offers both endless possibilities. Achieving that potential takes a lifelong commitment and produces lifelong dividends that are worth it!

Credentials:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Commonwealth of VA – #0717001404
PH.D. Psychology – Research and Evaluation Methodology
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE Accredited)
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Best Review of the Year award, 2015.
Extensive research and training in top marriage/relationship approaches including Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy, Gottman-based Marital Therapy, Object Relations Couple Therapy, etc.
Professionally fluent in Spanish.

Glen Denlinger, LCSW, BCD

Glen Denlinger, LCSW, BCD


Locations: Fairfax, VA

Glen Denlinger is the Co-Founder and President of Well Marriage Center. He has served as the Director of the Couples Clinic with Finding Solutions Counseling Centers and was the Founding Executive Director and Lead Clinician with Charis Center for over 20 years.  Glen specializes in relationship counseling and coaching and has achieved the highest level of credentialing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Couples counseling is my area of expertise and what I practice almost exclusively.  As a therapist, I work with people’s strengths rather than emphasizing their weaknesses.  For over 30 years I’ve helped thousands of couples change the trajectory of their relationship through a combination of counseling and coaching techniques designed to increase the positive aspects of your relationship.  My approach is to get in there with you, be direct, and empower each of you to take responsibility for your own positive change instead of just demanding the other person change.  We often laugh together in therapy because progress is worth celebrating and rediscovering the roots of your love for each other is fun.

Mary Baker, LPC

Mary Baker, LPC


Locations: Fairfax, VA

Mary has personally trained with renowned family therapist Louise Guerney at the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement and offers expertise in both Relationship Enhancement for couples as well as Parental Skills Enhancement for couples with children.

What I tell couples all the time is this, “what may seem hopeless at the beginning is actually very changeable.”  I utilize a positive, values-driven approach to help couples create a relationship where both partners feel honored and respected.  I get in there with you.  I’m active with you.  Your relationship becomes a sacred space where it is safe for you to be complete and whole, as well as help each other continue to grow.  My 10+ years of experience have taught me couples appreciate my open and direct, warm and inviting style.  I know how to be gently directive when you need that from me.  My job is to empower both you and your relationship.  Perhaps my most important role is to hold the hope for your relationship until you are ready to reclaim it.  We often laugh together in therapy because rediscovering that hope and love is exhilarating.

Michael Fronce, LMFT

Michael Fronce, LMFT


Michael Fronce is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly 10 years of marriage counseling experience.  He is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), indicating advanced training and experience in this field.  Michael specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time”, communication problems, and parenting issues.

I’m often telling couples that I’m an ally for their marriage relationship.  I’m here to be helpful.  I see things through a systems perspective, meaning I recognize that people both act and are acted upon.  My approach to working with couples is strength-based: finding what is working and building on those strengths to help create change.  Often this process is like good barbecue—slow and low.  It could be something that just needs a little attention or a new set of eyes looking at problems that are keeping you stuck.  Other times the issue is more severe and needs quick interventions.  I work collaboratively with you to discern the process that will work best for your unique relationship.  I’m an active marriage counselor.  I get you to look and talk to each other.  I move around.  I even get you to move around sometimes.  I help and encourage people to try new things in the session.  Ultimately we’re looking for new patterns, deeper connection, and rich intimacy.  I want that for you.

Sonya Thompsen Halsey, LMFT

Sonya Thompsen Halsey, LMFT


Sonya Thompsen Halsey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has made helping couples a specialty for over 15 years.  She served as the Director of our Los Angeles, CA center before relocating to the Northern Virginia area.  She specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time,” communication blockages, and couples where one spouse doesn’t feel “in love” anymore.

As a couples specialist, my role is to help you understand the problem, help you understand where you’re stuck, help you understand that “thing” you do that sends you off the rails.  Great marriage counseling is an art form.  The way I work is to step into the dance with you and help you explore what is happening between each step, how you can learn new steps, and how you can find each other again in new and more intimate ways.  In its most basic form, this process is a commitment to be curious and open to learning about yourself and your partner.  Sometimes it’s just helping you out of a rut…where has that spark gone and how do we get it back?  Other times our work involves deep healing of hurts and the patience to regrow broken trust.  It is possible.  To be there, to see it, to witness the amazing, deep experience of love and attachment is profound and spiritual, and life-affirming.  I believe we can fall in love with the same person all over again, and like a bone that has been broken and healed, the new relationship is oftentimes even stronger than we possibly could have imagined.

Thomas Overton, LPC

Thomas Overton, LPC


Locations: Fairfax, VA | Herndon, VA

Thomas Overton is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience.  He and his wife have specialized in couples counseling since 1992, one of the first in this community to specialize, prioritize, and create a private practice specifically for marriage counseling.  Thomas has also cultivated a specialty in substance abuse and recovery issues.  He works with men dealing with difficult emotions such as anger, grief, and fear.

Relationships can present us with very complicated life situations.  Some of these circumstances are to be expected, yet some you would never dream of.  For 30 years I’ve been helping couples face their challenges and come through them stronger and more intimately connected.  My approach is strengths-based, positive, and more than anything…practical.  In many ways I’m a coach: encouraging you and empowering you to try new things, risk new vulnerability, and find deeper avenues to accept and embrace your partner.  The beauty of this process is each couple gets to work out their own version of what a “well-marriage” is for them.  It’s difficult but rewarding work.  The good news is as you improve your relationship, you feel great about being yourself and a strong sense of accomplishment for the connection you have forged.  That’s what I want for you: to feel confident in yourself as partners, to feel at peace with the past, and to feel hopeful for your future…together.

Stacey Nicholson, LMFT

Stacey Nicholson, LMFT


Stacey Nicholson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has made couples her specialty over her almost 10 year career. She is a military spouse who has her foundation in Emotionally Focused Therapy which helps couples heal and strengthen their attachment with each other. Stacey specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair, couples who have communication difficulties or are “fighting all the time”, couples facing a partner’s deployment, and couples who have “lost the love” for each other.

Dance is a beautiful analogy for our relationships. In the best of times we’re safely held in the arms of our partner while our feet and bodies move in sync together. But life has a way of interrupting and changing our dance. We step on each other’s toes, we cause harm, we lose our rhythm altogether. Marriage counseling is simply some extra support to help the two of you stop the destructive dance, recognize what happened, and find new and healing ways to reach out and connect with each other again. I’m a friendly, empathetic, and warm person. I’m engaged with you in this process. I work from a strengths-based perspective, encouraging and empowering you to find ways of healing that are most natural for where you are. I believe in the potential of our relationships. I’ve seen countless couples find their way back to each other with a deeper, more secure, and more intimate bond then they ever thought possible. I want that for you.