Krista is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in psychology and biology and received her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado. She has been working in the field of counseling with adults, children, and families since 1997.

In Colorado, Krista was a counselor and treatment coordinator for 7 years at a youth treatment center that addressed issues pertaining to trauma, loss, anxiety, depression and ADHD. When she moved to Virginia, she began work with the City of Alexandria, where she created after-school programs for adolescents and worked with adults who were also struggling with mental health needs. Since 2008, Krista has been in private practice in McLean, VA.

During this time she has received extensive training in family and adult modalities as well as supervision in play and expressive art therapies to address issues that impact children, adolescents, and families. Please ask for further information on how children use play to work through treatment issues or visit as well ICDL ( where she received continuing education in working with children that have identified learning delays.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and research from the John Gottman Institute are approaches used when working with adults and couples. She applies these skills and research in her work. Individual, marital, and relationship therapy is an interactive and growth oriented process. Homework between sessions may be provided to aid in improving the relationship dynamics and skills. There has been an increased amount of research in the field of marital and family therapy and techniques/strategies are focused on improving attachments and communication skills.

Family therapy is often seen as a way to enhance communication between different members, however in working with families, Krista's style is to also understand relational histories, current dynamics, and ways to foster attachment with parents and children. Life stressors can interfere with our relationships yet there are ways to repair them so that they deepen and heal. Attachment Based Family Therapy is a model that she currently uses and more information can be gained here to see if it is right for you.

ABBY O'LEARY, SENIOR RESIDENT IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY                                                                                       

 Photo of Abby O'Leary, MS, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy 

Abby is a resident in Marriage & Family Therapy working towards licensure in Virginia . She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, College Park, in psychology, family science, and human development, and completed her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy at Virginia Tech. Abby has experience working with children, teens, young adults, adults, and families. Offering family, parenting/co-parenting, and couples therapy, Abby has experience working with adjustment disorders, ADHD, anxiety, disordered eating, depression, parenting and coparenting issues, relationship issues, sense-of-self/self-esteem issues, stage of life issues, and individual and family trauma from a systemic and attachment-based lens.

Abby believes that building a strong, safe, and secure therapeutic relationship is an essential component of successful therapy. She works from an intentionally integrated approach to meet your needs. She values an affirming, collaborative, and holistic approach to therapy. Abby is dedicated to understanding the systemic, cultural, and biopsychosocial factors at play in her clients’ lives in order to exploratively increase client understanding of themselves and their problems. She believes this awareness and insight, paired with coping and interpersonal skills and client’s dedication to intentionality and change, can provide clients with the tools they need to grow and manage their life stressors and struggles.

Abby is currently offering telehealth/virtual sessions only. Please contact her at [email protected] or via the website form on the home page to inquire about sessions.