Stone Ridge Address: 24600 Millstream Drive, Suite 340 Stone Ridge, VA 20105

Dawn Van Berkel, Counseling Intern

For nearly 20 years, my passion has been making a positive impact on others. Through my previous work in corporate and non-profit organizations, I have always centered my career around helping people. My training at George Mason University has shaped me into an effective counselor, using a client-centered and strengths-based model, as well as CBT and psychodynamic approaches. 

As a therapist, I am dedicated to providing an atmosphere of warmth, genuineness, acceptance, and respect for each unique individual in order to encourage personal growth. I am committed to giving people the space to work through various issues. I draw my practice eclectically based on each individual’s needs.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, the LGBTQIA+ community, and treat a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, family conflict, relationship issues, trauma, and life transitions. I am a PCI® certified parent coach, and support parents of all sorts, with a special interest in parents of children with autism.

I enjoy working collaboratively with clients who are motivated and have the desire to explore ways to find greater life satisfaction and happiness. In my sessions, I bring compassion, openness, and authenticity. I believe in the power of developing a trusting relationship and creating a warm, non-judgmental environment to facilitate growth and increase self-awareness. My office is an inclusive and welcoming space for all people. I practice under the supervision of Melanie Davis, LPC. 

For the last four years, one of the highlights of my week has been volunteering at a preschool for at-risk families, where I intuitively gravitate to the children that need a little extra help to succeed. I am also the owner of a Labrador retriever named Olive, that is a therapy dog in training. 


M.Ed. Counseling, George Mason University

M.S. Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland

Certified Parent Coach, Parent Coach Institute®

Post-baccalaureate Psychology, University of South Florida

B.B.A University of Miami

Professional Affiliations:

American Counseling Association

Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

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