Meet Our Therapists

When you contact us, we will listen carefully to your needs. We will identify the therapist who can best serve you, and who accepts the insurance plan you’d like to use. Explore the specialties, experience, and insurance plans accepted below. 


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Our Professional Team

Our Springfield VA therapists and counselors offer a rich diversity of backgrounds and experience.

Joan Normandy-Dolberg, LPC

Founder & Director

Joan works with adults, young adults, and couples. She is both a certified Gottman therapist and a certified EFT (Emotionally Focused) therapist and has special training working with couples who have experienced traumas such as the loss of a child, infidelity, substance abuse, or serious illnesses. She enjoys working with military families and families who are struggling to parent “failure to launch” young adults.

Areas of Specialization and Insurance:

Joan specializes in working with couples and families struggling with traumas such as addiction and infidelity. She is a network provider with individuals who have Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tricare, but couples counseling is not covered by insurance. She has daytime, evening and Saturday hours.

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Karen Creen, LPC

Karen is a licensed mental health counselor in Virginia with over 10 years’ experience counseling children and families. She specializes in behavioral concerns, social skill development, anxiety, depression, parenting issues, trauma and divorce.

As a military spouse, Karen understands the unique stressors that families experience as a result of frequent moves and the long-term absence of family members. She knows how hard it is for children to move to a new community and leave behind their familiar home, neighborhood, school and friends. She will help you and your children develop coping skills to help ease that transition for everyone involved.

Karen has extensive experience and training in the treatment of trauma and the impact of unfortunate events on the entire family. She enjoys working with families to address behavioral issues and to create workable parenting plans, and she will work collaboratively with schools and community organizations to help families access the resources they need.

She has daytime availability, before and after school hours, and limited weekend availability.

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Hiyawkal Gizachew, LCSW

“The day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anais Nin. 

When people immigrate to a different culture from their own they may experience significant stress and anxiety. Culture Shock is a term used to describe the stress and anxiety one feels in a new culture. As a result of the challenges and cultural shock they experience, many people feel sad, lonely, angry, lost and confused. Having gone through the immigration process, I know some of the challenges others experience.

In addition to specializing in acculturative stress and difficulties related to immigration, I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety and grief. For the past 7 years I have been working with diverse populations, providing therapy to adults, adolescents and children who have experienced severe trauma.

I work from a strengths-based perspective, assisting individuals to build their inner strength and overcome hardships in life. By using a holistic approach, coupled with empathy, trust and understanding, I provide supportive therapy to mobilize hope, empower individuals, and ultimately improve their quality of life. 

Hiyawkal works with individual adults, young adults 13 and older, and couples. She provides therapy in both Amharic and English.

Her areas of specialization include treatment for Trauma (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Violent or Aggressive Behavior in the Home.

She participates with Aetna, CareFirst, and Magellan

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Tanya (Maria) Joseforsky, LPC

Tanya has worked in the Mental Health Field for over 17 years. She brings her years of experience and training to guide individuals in their mental health journey. She is a bilingual therapist and can conduct sessions in English or Spanish. As an experienced therapist, Tanya has helped individuals cope with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting, anger management, separation & divorce, trauma, childhood disorders, self-esteem and individuals transitioning through the various stages of life.

As a military spouse of 20 years, she has a passion for working military spouses, service members and their families.

Tanya utilizes a variety of clinical techniques including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), client-centered and other evidenced-based treatment modalities to best meet the needs of each client.

Tanya works with teens, young adults, adults, families and couples. She enjoys working with clients to empower them to find their answers.

Tanya’s specialties include:  Anxiety, depression, working with couples, grief and loss, parenting, anger management, separation & divorce, working with families and focusing on self-esteem. She participates with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna. She has daytime, evening and Sunday hours.

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Lori Kelly, LPC

For the past 20 years I have had the privilege of working with young adults and adults who have struggled with chronic illness, addiction, life and career transitions, and relationship stressors. I come from a solution-oriented perspective and work collaboratively with individuals to identify healthy ways of moving forward in their lives. I support their journey in identifying strengths while working to overcome the parts of themselves that interfere with the life they would like to live. I utilize a holistic approach and often incorporate nutrition and mindfulness along with CBT. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and hope to create a safe space that fosters respect and acceptance. 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Spanish and Nutrition from James Madison University, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Health from the George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from George Mason University. I have completed certifications in trauma work and solution-oriented brief therapy, and am working towards a certification in Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). 

I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield and have Friday and Sunday hours. 

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Scott Koenigsberg, LPC

For over 26 years, I have been an agent of change, helping individuals become the best possible version of themselves that they can be. I employ CBT and DBT techniques and have extensive experience working teens who self-harm, abuse alcohol and drugs, and struggle with anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders. Past clients have described me as warm, friendly, empathic, and a good listener.

I work with teens, age 11and up, young adults, adults, families and couples. I enjoy working with individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, substance abuse, anger, self-injurious behavior, and Self Esteem. I work hard to repair and improve parent/child and couple relationships, and I often weave theatrical elements into my group work with teens who self-injure.

I am here to help you identify and achieve your goals, to help you enrich your life so you can enjoy each day to the fullest, because that is what you deserve!  

Scott’s specialties include: ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, treatment for substance use and alcoholism 

He participates with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare and Cigna (HMO and EAP only).

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Kate Lewis LCSW

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” Brené Brown

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds, both individually and in groups. I am a skilled, compassionate, and creative therapist who values the process of getting to know your individual story so we can work together on ways to increase your self-awareness and decrease suffering.

As an experienced therapist, I have helped people work through complex problems including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, substance use and relationship issues.  In particular, I enjoy working with those experiencing stage-of-life changes including the transition into parenthood.  I have worked with individuals in community, outpatient and hospital settings with concerns ranging from on-going support for managing severe mental illness to those needing extra support through a difficult life transition.  Previous clients have described me as genuine, easy to talk to. and a great listener. 

I employ a strengths-based, solution-focused style, helping you identify action steps you can take toward your goals.  I strive to make sessions collaborative and interactive. I will bring my knowledge, experience (and even some gentle humor when appropriate), and you will bring your story and experiences, as the subject-matter expert on you.

I have seen how therapy can lead to positive change and I feel privileged to work with people as they strive towards happier, healthier, and more meaningful lives.

Kate’s specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship and life transitions.  She has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and often incorporates mindfulness and experiential approaches into treatment.

Currently, she is an in-network provider with CareFirst BCBS and Tricare Select and an out-of-network provider with other insurance and offers daytime and evening hours.

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Ihsan Warren, LCSW

Ihsan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience providing counseling to adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples, in both private practice and in substance abuse programs. He specializes in working with individuals and families dealing with addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.

Ihsan has specialized training in family therapy and crisis intervention. He enjoys working with all types of personalities and will work collaboratively with you to help you solve challenging problems and overcome stressful family situations.

Ihsan approaches problems from a strengths-based perspective. He will help you identify your unique capabilities and strengths and help you work with your strengths as a starting point for change. He will empower and motivate you to find your own solution. He also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral and Client-centered techniques to help you achieve your goals.

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Meet Our Administrators

Our wonderful support staff are here to help you.

Kelly McLane, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant, Family Counseling of Springfield

Kelly is the kind voice you hear when you call to make an appointment. You can reach her at 703-569-1300 (10am-5pm Monday-Friday) or email her the button below.

She helps you find an appointment time that works, answers questions about what you can expect when you come for your first appointment, provides guidance about your health insurance, administers your drug screens, and enjoys helping each person who calls. 

As a result of her strong family ties to the military, she has lived in many places but calls Northern Virginia home. She has an adult daughter, a rambunctious dog, and several persnickety cats!

We submit your claims electronically, which will help you get reimbursed more quickly. Please click on this link to access a list of health insurance terms that will help you better understand your benefits. 

To make an appointment call Kelly at 703-569-1300 (10am-5pm Monday-Friday) or email her at

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Jaqui Mariner, Assistant at Family Counseling of Springfield
Jaqui Mariner, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant, Family Counseling of Springfield

Jacqui, our part-time administrator, manages the front desk on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and evenings. Outside of the office, Jacqui stays busy with family life and running three kids around to school and sporting activities.

Jacqui is an avid fitness enthusiast and spends much of her free time prepping meals or in the gym training Olympic lifts and attending HIIT/CrossFit classes. She loves animals and has an Australian Kelpie and a Russian Blue Cat.