Valerie Patton, LPC

Valerie Patton, LPC


Phone: (954) 233-0385

Locations: Fairfax, VA | Reston, VA

Available evenings & Saturdays only

Valerie Patton is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 15+ years of experience serving couples, individuals and families. Valerie utilizes a variety of clinical approached and has studied Gottman and Emotionally Focused therapy models. She works with all couples and relationships as has special interests helping couples recover from infidelity and helping couples caught in high conflict or communication breakdowns.

Meet Valerie Patton:
“When we get stuck in our relationship it’s often easier to dig the hole deeper than climb out. We lose our ability to cope with differences or extend empathy or compassion to our partner. Conflict grows, mistrust deepens, and love disappears. The hope I offer couples as a relationship specialist is tapping into their own resiliency to heal their connection and rekindle their intimacy. I’m a practical and strengths-based therapist. I work to help you become aware of your specific narratives, patterns, and ways of relating. This is hard work and takes a lot of vulnerability. Couples who commit to being vulnerable, truly authentic, and intentional about this process are often able to rediscover their intimacy and friendship and deepen it together. I’m honored just to be connected with you and to have the opportunity to be a support during the journey.”

Evangelin Browne, LMFT

Evangelin Browne, LMFT


Phone: (910) 778-7253

Locations: Fairfax, VA | Reston, VA

Evangelin Browne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 15 years of experience serving couples and families. Evangelin is a clinical fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (indicating advanced training) and has spent the past 6 years mostly serving active duty military couples at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. She is also a certified Kripalu Professional Level Yoga Instructor. 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 Evangelin Browne:
“Every relationship face moments of reckoning, where the unacceptable becomes real and our emotions feel overwhelming and unfixable. Yet my experience has shown me the power of recognizing and acknowledging that the present ugliness is only a moment over time and does not define the whole relationship. There is always hope! As a couples specialist I’m an advocate for your relationship, for who the two of you are individually and together. Mistakes, hurt, and disconnect are all aspects which can aid in our own maturation and our own evolution in how we grow, relate, and respect each other. My style is direct and respectful. I’m looking for the goodness. YOU are important. I’m asking the question “What would it look like and feel like when you are receiving what you want?” because I’m constantly exploring with you, looking for that new awareness unfolding and helping you recognize patterns which were not seen before. I am deeply grateful to be invited into this most intimate work and believe you can rediscover each other in new and unexpected ways.”

Sharon Hamilton, LPC

Sharon Hamilton, LPC


Phone: (703) 687-6063

Locations: Reston, VA | Leesburg, VA

Sharon Hamilton is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 15 years of experience serving couples and families. Sharon has studied various clinical approaches in marriage counseling and has extensive training in multi-cultural counseling, recovery issues, survivors of abuse, anxiety and depression. 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 Sharon Hamilton:
“While we’re often told marriage requires work and attention we’re rarely shown how to do it or exactly what that means. This is why I’m often very hopeful for the couples I work with because how you got to your particular point of struggle or conflict is often a path many other couples have found themselves traveling down. Great marriage counseling helps couples get back on track. I’m an active and directive therapist. I work to help you reframe and reconsider how you may be looking at or interpreting different dynamics/conflicts that you’re stuck in. I want you to better understand the problems you face and discover unique solutions that work for you. I use a lot of analogies (sometimes silly or strange ones) and I don’t take myself too seriously which often brings some appropriate laughter into the room. Couples report they leave most sessions feeling a bit more understood and a bit more hopeful. And that hope starts early. Couples start getting better the second they decide to work on their marriage in counseling. The decision you’re making is a sign of willingness to show up and that means more then you can know at this particular moment. There is a unique intimacy in marriage that has no parallel and it’s an honor to be part of helping you two rediscover and re-imagine it together.”

Mary Rainer-Skala, LCSW

Mary Rainer-Skala, LCSW


Phone: (703) 687-6058

Locations: Reston, VA | Leesburg, VA

Mary Rainer-Skala is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience helping couples and families.  She is an accomplished family systems therapists specializing in attachment issues and trauma.  She has also worked extensively with couples who are dealing with adoptions issues, infertility, and children with disabilities.

I’m often telling couples that their relationship contains tremendous strengths even if they’ve lost sight of what those are.  My style is warm, accepting, and open.  I am interested in the story that each couple brings and the journey that has brought you to therapy.  This process gives couples the space to share emotions, to redefine goals, and to refocus on the positives that can revive and rebuild the friendship and intimacy that brought you together in the first place.  I’m active with you in this process.  You’ll notice I offer guidance and direction each week and will create intentional activity (if need be) to help generate positive movement in your relationship.  It is a true joy to see couples renew trust, intimacy, and to discover again the hope for their marriage.