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NVLPC is the professional organization for all people in or training to join the counseling profession in Northern Virginia.

Our members consist of LPC's, counseling residents, counseling students, and others who work as mental health professionals in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Our regular breakfast programs each month offer LPC's an easy way to earn CE's, and give all our members time to meet and greet their professional and student peers, and learn something interesting. We also have support for those who are working their way toward licensing.  You have questions, NVLPC Resident Support Groups have answers.

As a counseling student, we were all advised to join a professional association for our own benefit, and for the benefit of our profession.  NVLPC is where you belong. 

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Message from the NVLPC President
Letter from the Leadership

February, 2017


As a chapter member of AMHCA, I am delighted to share an article from their January 2017 Journal of Mental Health Counseling, entitled, Clinical Mental Health Counseling: A 40-Year Retrospective, written by Thom Fields, Ph.D., City University of Seattle.  As noted in the article, the rapid growth of our profession particularly over the last ten years has much to do with AMHCA’s strong and persistent advocacy.  This advocacy is most notable in the areas of establishing national clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) standards as a specialization within the broader professional counseling field and CMHCs being identified as independent practitioners within TRICARE.  AMHCA will continue its vital advocacy to establish CMHCs as independent providers in the Medicare system.  Stay tuned for updates on these and other key issues so vitally important to our profession.

On a more local level, NVLPC continues to provide monthly training events, bimonthly resident support groups, and periodic networking opportunities.  Amy Fortney Parks, MA, PhD Resident, LPC, will be presenting, “Value-Added Practice: Using Assessment Instruments to Enhance Treatment Protocol,” on Friday, February 24th.   On March 10th, Beth Ratchford, LCSW, will be presenting, “Benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.”  Please take advantage of our early bird pricing by registering before the week of each event.

We also have upcoming support groups that are free to our members and beneficial not only to residents, but students and recent graduates as well.  Look for information on upcoming networking opportunities to meet up with colleagues over lunch or dinner.

As always, please feel free to contact me or any one of our Board Members if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.  We would love to hear from you. 

Kind regards,

Sandra Molle, LPC
NVLPC President



December, 2016

Hello NVLPC members,

I am so glad that you are visiting our website.  Please check out our upcoming CE Breakfast Programs scheduled through May of 2017.  Remember to register early to take advantage of our discounted pricing options.

Did you know that research shows keeping a gratitude journal can create measurable differences in self-reported happiness?  According to University of California psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, counting one’s blessings reliably increases positive mood because it helps us extract enjoyment from any situation.  Put another way, gratitude reminds our limbic brain that we are, in fact, adequate, and complete just as we are.  When the limbic brain feels inadequate, it often tries to “fill up” which often takes the form of addictions and impulsivity.  Remembering the fullness of gratitude can limit those feelings of inadequacy.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or any one of our Board members if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.  We would love to hear from you. 



Sandra Molle, LPC

NVLPC President



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