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About Mary Lou Lyon, LPC

Education and Credentials

I am a graduate of Marymount University with a masters degree in counseling psychology and Johns Hopkins University with a post-masters certificate in clinical counseling. I am licensed as a professional counselor in Virginia and I am in my twenty-fourth  year of private practice.


My early experience as a counselor was in a group practice of psychologists where I received extensive supervision in relationship focused psychodynamic therapy. I've continued to develop in this area through classes at the Washington School of Psychiatry. I have also had advanced training in grief therapy, couples therapy and attachment theory.

You can follow my public page on Facebook by clicking on the link below. My posts will help you understand my thinking as a psychotherapist.

 My Approach to Therapy


I describe my counseling style as strongly relational with an emphasis on an individual's inner world and psychological development. Our emotional problems come about in the context of relationship and I believe that healing comes about through new healthy relationships with your therapist and with others in your world. I especially enjoy growth-oriented therapy that focuses on both emotional and spiritual issues. To read a brief article I wrote about this process click on the above link to the article, "Receiving the Gift of Therapy."

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