Nicole W. McGarry


Licensed Professional Counselor
Phone: 202.641.8429
Fax: 703.356.0633

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Nicole McGarry is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Clinical Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has over 10 years experience helping children and families. Nicole provides individual and group psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in early childhood development, attachment issues and adoption, adolescent development, behavioral challenges, mind/body integration work, women’s issues, and trauma. She also has extensive experience treating children and adults struggling with, anxiety, depression, ADHD, divorce, sexual abuse, and parenting and relational issues.

Nicole’s psychotherapy practice is designed to support young clients with healthy emotional, behavioral, and social development. She works with parents and families to facilitate positive communication, effective discipline, and to strengthen family bonds. Nicole also works collaboratively with schools and other professionals to assure positive treatment outcomes. She utilizes a variety of treatment approaches to help clients reach their goals, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, sensorimotor integration, and play and expressive therapies.

Ms. McGarry also employs two associates in her practice. Please click below for additional information about each therapist.

Private Services Offered

  • Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families
  • Group Therapy
  • Play and Art Therapy
  • Parent Guidance and Support Groups
  • School Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation for both residents and licensed professionals
  • Presentations for schools, parent groups, and clinicians

Psychotherapy Treatment Specialties

  • Attachment Issues and Adoption Challenges
  • Behavior Problems, including oppositional, defiant, explosive, motivational issues and problematic school behaviors
  • Bereavement and Issues of Loss and Grief
  • Early Childhood Development/Assessment
  • Mind/Body Integration
  • Parenting and Relationship Issues
  • Self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation
  • Social stressors, social skills deficits, peer relationships, bullying, and play skills
  • Sexual Abuse Survivors
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues


  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, University of Montana, Missoula, MT (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Concentration in Early Childhood Development and Attachment, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, (2000)


  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2006-present
  • American Counseling Association (ACA), Clinical Member, 1998-present
  • American Counseling Association: Public Policy and Legislation Committee Member, 2004-2007
  • President of Montana Counseling Association (MCA), 2002-2003
  • President-Elect of Montana Counseling Association (MCA), 2001-2002


Psychotherapy Experience

  •  Independent Private Practice; McLean, VA, 2009-present
  • Assistant Director of Clinical Services; Adolescent and Family Growth Center, Inc., Springfield, VA 2006-2010
  • UMFS; Foster Care and Adoptions Supervisor, Alexandria, VA, 2003-2006
  • Extern: Early Head Start of Missoula; Child and Family Therapist, Parent Support Groups, Child Assessments, Missoula, MT, 1998-2000
  • Seasons Program; Bereavement Support Groups for Children, Individual Therapy, Missoula, MT, 1999-2000
  • Practicum: Student Counseling Services, University of Montana-Missoula; Individual and Group Therapy, Missoula, MT, 1997-1998