Maria Bates, LCSW

Maria Bates, LCSW


Locations: Alexandria, VA

Available SATURDAYS only

Maria Bates is a Licensed Clinical Social Workers with 20+ years of experience serving couples and families. Maria has completed a 2 year Family Fellowship at Walter Reed Medical Center that informs her specialization in couples counseling.  She works with all couples and relationships including couples who have experienced an affair or couples where one member is deployed.

Meet Maria Bates:
“Marriage in many ways means growth. Love requires us to grow as we experience the letdown of unmet expectations or the challenges that life brings our way. What I’m constantly reminding couples of is that you control your narrative and you possess the ability to improve skills, express forgiveness, let go of hurt/loss, regroup and make your relationship stronger. I don’t have a “cookie cutter” approach. I’m an encourager who works to find the positive traits within your marriage and build upon them no matter how insignificant. Marriage counseling is a time of transition to something better so we learn through this process because marriage is an ongoing process with many twists and turns and how we adapt to these transitions will define your relationship. I try to incorporate humor into the process because learning to not take ourselves so seriously is often a key skill for marriage. It’s an honor to help people change and see the joy and happiness they exhibit when they can rekindle their intimacy and love.”

Jennifer Goodrich, LPC

Jennifer Goodrich, LPC


Phone: (202) 449-3771

Locations: Alexandria, VA | Fairfax, VA

Jennifer Goodrich is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10+ years of experience serving couples and families. Jennifer has studied a broad array of clinical approaches in marriage counseling as well as “coaching” strategies. She works with all couples and relationships including couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time”, and couples who have lost that “spark” for each other.

Meet Jennifer Goodrich:
I’m often telling couples, “the forces (both internal and external) that come into your marriage attempt to divide and distance you from each other. Let’s get you working together to recognize them, realize their intent, and overcome them.” As a couples specialist I bring a hopeful and enthusiastic lens to almost every relationship. I work from a strengths-based perspective, helping couples take a closer look at what they are doing well together. Your goals are my goals – I help the two of you create the marriage you both are desiring. The most difficult part of this process can be the realization that love requires both hard work and the patience for that growth to be noticed and believed. This requires vulnerability, honesty, and a willingness to accept responsibility for what you have contributed. But as couples stick with it, as they begin to see and enjoy the fruits of their labor, they produce more and more positive momentum for deeper intimacy and connection moving forward. I believe in you both and I believe in your marriage!

Marissa Josiah, LCPC

Marissa Josiah, LCPC


Phone: (240) 630-4099

Locations: Bethesda, MD | Columbia, MD | Alexandria, VA

Marissa Josiah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience serving couples and families. She has studied researched-backed models in the couples therapy field (Gottman, Imago, etc) and has advanced experience treating trauma. Marissa specializes in helping couples who are fighting all the time, have experienced infidelity, past or on-going trauma, and couples who have lost that “spark” for each other.

Meet Marissa Josiah:
“Couples often start to feel their marital tension in a different way as their level of emotional disconnection gets wider and wider. Sometimes it’s simple fights about finances that seem more contemptuous or it can be something shocking like the revelation of an affair. For over 15 years I’ve been helping couples and families find their way back to each other and heal their relationships. My approach is an eclectic combination of some of the best research in the couples therapy field combined with advanced study and experience with trauma and emotional connection. I walk couples through safe ways to emotionally uncover and cleanse past and ongoing resentments. I help couples rewrite their story by discovering meaning and strength you may not have been aware existed. I believe marriage is a crucible for personal growth and self-development and my hope for you is a lasting, intimate, and thriving partnership. I became a therapist because I had the desire to help couples walk this path.”

Michael Fronce, LMFT

Michael Fronce, LMFT


Phone: (703) 340-1418

Locations: Alexandria, VA

Michael Fronce is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 15 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.

Dr. Marianne Niles, Ph.D.

Dr. Marianne Niles, Ph.D.


Phone: (703) 462-2333

Locations: Alexandria, VA

Dr. Marianne Niles is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in couples counseling and parenting issues.  She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and has 20+ years of helping couples and families achieve success.  Her specialties include helping relationships that have experienced an affair, lack of communication, couples who are constantly fighting, and relationships where one partner doesn’t feel “in love” anymore.

I believe over our lifetime we become truly bonded with only a few people.  We share our time, intimacy, struggles, children, and hopes and dreams.  These relationships are precious and fragile.  Time and circumstance and life’s little distractions can wear on the fabric of these special unions.  We ignore our marriage, we wound our marriage, or we simply wake up and realize we’re strangers instead of lovers.  The good news is that within each relationship struggle are endless possibilities for success.  I believe the love connection couples made with each other in the beginning can be reinvigorated, renewed, and strengthened through this counseling process.   Couples counseling invites both individuals to make themselves vulnerable, to imagine the possibility that they may play a role in difficulties, and to agree to venture into the uncharted territory of a new relationship design or agreement together.  You’ll find me to be a warm, open-minded, and optimistic guide.   I believe that both old and new wounds can be healed, that there can be renewed support and comfort, differences can be understood and negotiated, and that hope and joy can flourish.  Even though couples counseling is difficult, the rewards couldn’t be greater, both in the short run and over a lifetime.