Helping People Find their Balance in Life

Our Practice

Helping People Find Their Balance in Life since 2003

At Gainesville Professional Counseling Center (GPCC) we are Dedicated to Providing Excellence in Counseling and offer the following services:

  • Individual, Couples and Family Therapy  

  • Group Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandtray Therapy
  • Addiction Education and Intervention
  • Behavioral Evaluation and Intervention
  • Psychological Assessment and Interpretation
  • Educational Consultation
  • Parenting Skills and Training
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Christian Counseling (upon Request)
  • DBT

Sandtray Therapy is an alternative to 'talk' therapy, and is used as a communication tool to promote change.  It incorporates elements of play therapy and analytic work.  Using a tray filled with sand and miniature figures, you can create a scene or picture which can facilitate resolution of conflict or can promote awareness of unconscious processes.  This technique is particularly helpful when someone cannot find words to express their feelings. 

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness. 

Our Therapists


Lorrie Beyerl, LPC, NCC

Lorrie is the founder of GPCC, she opened the practice in 2003. GPCC is the longest established private practice in the Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow area.

She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is nationally certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Lorrie received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Social Sciences as well a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Radford University.

She is an active of member of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology.

Lorrie has 20 years of clinical experience. She has worked as an elementary school counselor and a private practice therapist in Northern Virginia.

Her strengths are working with individuals dealing with issues of depression and anxiety as well as stress management, coping and communication skills, adjustment issues and Women's Issues.

Lorrie is also a Lyme Literate Therapist.

Lorrie currently resides in Gainesville with her husband and children.

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Maureen Amiryar, LCSW

Maureen obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from York College of Pennsylvania in 1998. Maureen earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. Maureen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has worked with families troubled by substance abuse, mental health disorders and legal issues during her career with the child welfare system in the counties of Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia. More recently, Maureen has been working with individuals and families in the private practice setting.

She uses directive and non-directive play therapy techniques with young children as well as task-centered, solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral techniques while working with older children and adults.

Maureen enjoys helping families grow in the areas of parenting, adjusting to change and communicating effectively. Maureen believes that everybody has the ability to conquer the difficulties they experience in life and come out a stronger person on the other end.

Maureen is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has a level 1 certificate in sandtray play therapy.

Maureen lives locally with her husbandand two boys.


 Catherine Baker, LCSW, RPT, CTS

 Catherine has extensive training and experience in providing clinical services to children, adolescents and families.  Catherine earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America in 2004 with honors.  She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

Catherine holds a License in Clinical Social Work in Virginia.  She is also a Registered Play Therapist by the Association of Play Therapy and a Certified Trauma Specialist by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss for Children.  Catherine has specialized training in working with children and adolescents and attachment-related issues.  Prior to entering private practice, Catherine provided services to youth and families in the Child Welfare System.  She also provided services to adults and families who struggle with severe and chronic mental health issues and substance abuse through the Community Services Board.  Catherine also has provided emergency mental health services for Prince William County. 

Catherine works clients to better cope with topics including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, ADHD-related issues, parenting issues, attachment-related problems, adoption/foster care, substance abuse, self-injurious behavior, eating disorders, trauma, and adolescent issues.

Catherine has been in private practice since 2009.  She resides in PWC with her husband, two children and dog.


       Crystal Downs, LPC

Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Crystal has graduated from Liberty University with her Masters in Professional Counseling and a Masters in Education for School Counseling. She has also received training in Health and Wellness Coaching as well as Life Coaching. Crystal has worked in the field of elementary education for 10 years and continues as a classroom teacher as she pursues her goal in helping others through the counseling field.

Crystal utilizes various modalities and treatment approaches that are a "best fit" for her client's individualized journey in life. She has experience with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Mindfulness. She works with young children, adolescents, and adults, individuals and families who are going through life transitions, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, coping skills, adjustment issues, and self-esteem/self-image issues.

As a LPC, her goal is to aid her clients in understanding their own strength and to realize their ability in developing healthy coping skills while utilizing the resources and supports around them. She enjoys working with clients in discovering a healthier state of well-being.

Crystal lives in the area with her husband and two children.


Nathan Duff, LPC

Nathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia, having completed his Master’s degree in counseling from Lynchburg College in 2003.

Nathan has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years, spending much of that time helping children and adolescents.

Nathan has been as an elementary school counselor, an in-home community-based counselor / therapist, and a clinical supervisor.

Nathan's clinical focus has involved children who have experienced trauma and depression, working directly or clients at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or removal from their home / school setting.

When Nathan works with children, he takes a strength-based approach using developmentally tailored cognitive behavioral therapy.

 Nathan enjoys challenging adult cases particularly in areas related to emotional regulation, depression, personality, and existential issues, 

Nathan currently lives in Manassas.


Joseline Harris, LPC

Joseline obtained her undergraduate degree in General Psychology from Norfolk State University in 2002. Joseline earned her Master's in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision. Joseline is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is experienced working with children, adolescents, adults and families.

Joseline has worked with individuals and families effected by substance abuse, mental health disorders, dual/ triple diagnoses (mental/substance/medical) and custody/ legal issues during her career with various systems in the counties of Arlington and Fairfax, and Prince William, Virginia and in the District of Columbia. Joseline has utilized her skills in the hospital, residential and community mental health settings, working closely with other providers in both the school and court systems.

Joseline has a strong background in counselor education and supervision. She has worked in the intensive home based counseling industry for several years. She uses both directive and non-directive play therapy techniques with young children, and adolescents as well as solution-focused, rational emotive behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques while working with adolescents and adults.

Joseline enjoys working with individuals, families and couples to develop a healthy dynamic. Joseline specifically focuses on identifying root issues and developing skills in order to improve communication in the fractured relationship(s).

Joseline Harris lives locally with her three children.


 Erin Upham, LCSW

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker through the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Monmouth University and continued her education there to earn her Master's degree in Social Work one year later.

Erin has worked with children and families for the past 6 years. She has experience in working with children who struggle with issues related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiance, self-esteem, coping skills, communication skills and more. Erin utilizes a strengths-based, goal-orientated approach with a focus on keeping things fun and interactive. She collaborates closely with families in order to effectively navigate through children's needs and incorporates several different techniques into her work including play therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, sand-tray therapy techniques, CBT, and more. 

Erin's overall goal as an LCSW is to continue to foster the mental, emotional, and overall wellbeing of youth in the area by providing a safe, friendly, and positive environment for children and adolescents. 

Erin resides with her husband and dog in Frederick County, VA


Laura Jessup, LPC, NCC

Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who has been working in the mental health field in Prince William County since 2007. Her undergraduate degree in psychology is from George Mason University. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University as well as one in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Laura has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in home-based, school-based, hospital and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience with elementary aged children as well as at-risk adolescents in an alternative school environment. Laura also has clinical supervision experience. Her specialization and passion is working with children and adolescents, ages 3-17, using an integration of directive and non-directive play therapy techniques that facilitate coping, healing, and learning strategies for emotional, behavioral, and social growth. This treatment approach can be effective in treating anxiety, personal or family adjustment issues, improving social skills, academic challenges, trauma, grief, depression, ADHD, defiance, and other behavioral concerns. Laura enjoys teaching techniques that children and adolescents can use at home, school, or in the community to help them self soothe and get their needs met in a productive manner, while engaging parents and family members with positive parenting strategies and connecting them to community resources as needed. With older adolescents and young adults, she enjoys incorporating cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and acceptance-commitment therapystrategies that are effective in treating depression, anxiety, phobias, oppositional defiance, and at-risk/delinquent behaviors.

Laura is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society in counseling, as well as the Virginia Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy.

Laura resides locally with her husband and two young children.

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Heather Moul, LCSW

Heather has 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received her Master of Social Work from University of Hawaii and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. She worked for many years in Fairfax County in the field of Child Welfare. She has extensive court experience, and has been recognized in local courts as an expert in child development. Prior to GPCC, she was at another private practice in Gainesville.

Heather has specialized expertise working with children. Her clinical approach with children utilizes Child Centered and Experiential Play Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and expressive art techniques. She uses a collaborative approach with parents in assisting their children overcome challenges and utilize their strengths. Her treatment modalities with adolescents and adults includes CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Heather is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Play Therapy.

Heather lives locally with her husband and two children.

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Liz Vohar, LPC, NCC

Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and currently works as a school counselor for Prince William County Schools.

Liz received her undergraduate degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Keystone College in 2006.

She received her Master's degree in School Counseling in 2011 from the University of Scranton and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in 2012.

Liz is an active member of the Prince William Regional Counselor's Association, the Virginia Counselor's Association, the Virginia School Counselor's Association, and the American School Counselor's Association.

Liz has 6 years of experience  working with children and adolescents who have behavioral difficulties and were diagnosed with ADD, ODD and Autism.  She also worked as an outpatient therapist for a year with adolescents that had a variety of different issues from struggling with their sexuality to substance abuse before moving to Virginia in 2013.

Liz currently resides in Manassas with her husband, Joe and dog, Benny.



Lori Lindsey-White, LMHPE, MS

Lori obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2007. Lori earned a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Marymount University in 2010. Lori is a National Certified Counselor working towards her LPC as a Resident in Counseling. Lori is experienced working with adolescents and adults.

Lori began her career as a probation/parole officer in Prince William County. Lori worked closely with adolescents and their families who struggled with legal issues, personal trauma, substance abuse, and varying mental health disorders for nine years. More recently, Lori has been working with individuals and families through the local community services board as a therapist with the Program for Assertive Community Treatment which specializes in providing intensive counseling services to individuals diagnosed with a serious mental health issue.

Lori uses a variety of counseling techniques to include: motivational interviewing, solution-focused counseling, cognitive-behavioral counseling, and reality focused counseling while working with adolescents and adults.

Lori enjoys helping families resolve issues surrounding grief, adjusting to life changes, and parenting.

Lori is a member of the American Psychological Association, Virginia Counselors Association, and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. Lori lives locally with her husband of 10 years and three children.

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Tara Thomas, LCSW

Tara Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in gerontology and sociology from Radford University in 1993 and her master's degree from Fordham University in 1994. Tara is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Tara has sixteen years of clinical experience in a variety of settings such as hospital-based, homecare, nursing home, and grief and loss. Her current areas of interest are children, depression, grief and loss, stress management, and family counseling. Tara utilizes a spectrum of interventions and techniques including systems theory, strength based, cognitive behavior therapy, client-centered, and play therapy.

Tara currently resides in Gainesville with her three children.


Anna Marie Askin-Evans, LMHPE, MA

Anna Marie comes to Gainesville Professional Counseling Center as a Resident in Professional Counseling and in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Anna Marie will be eligible for licensure in early 2018.  She has several years of experience in working with individuals to reconnect with their core values; due to core hurts and vulnerabilities from painful and traumatic events may cause one to feel devalued and lose sight of their true value.

Anna Marie was mentored and trained by Steven Stosny, PhD, an internationally acclaimed relationship expert, author and psychologist.

 Anna Marie has extensive experience in working with couples, families and adolescents. She shares a unique approach to helping young children and adolescents find their own value by teaching them compassion, resourcefulness, responsibility, respect, relationship investment and regulation of impulses and emotions.

Anna Marie is happy to be joining the team at GPCC and also offers parenting classes and seminars for the workplace. She takes a compassionate approach to her work and believes everyone is born with value and she is committed to helping individuals discover the deepest part of who they are, by reconnecting to their own core value.

Anna Marie lives locally with her family.

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Michelle Tanner, LMHPE, MS

Michelle Tanner has been working in the human services field for 14 years helping people reach their full potential and improving their quality of life.

Michelle is currently a Resident in Counseling, with her Masters in Clinical Counseling. 

Michelle has extensive experience working with both adults and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, stress management, anger management, and exploring life choices.

Michelle utilizes Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Person Centered therapy, and trauma informed therapy, along with creative interventions such as art and music. 

Michelle has completed over 3,000 hours of supervised counseling, and she is currently working on her license as a LPC in Virginia.