The Counseling Center at MBC
We offer the opportunity to address personal and spiritual concerns and their consequent distress, while encouraging growth in a safe and supportive environment.
The McLean Bible Church Counseling Center is located on the third floor, East Wing of MBC Tysons in Vienna, VA.
Our Counseling Philosophy
Our clinicians work from models integrating effective counseling strategies with biblical truth. Christian counseling encourages spiritual growth and emotional healing while assisting people in developing a closer relationship with God and others.
Our licensed counselors can provide help with:
- Emotional, Behavioral, and Spiritual Problems facing individuals, couples and families
- Disruptive Moods/Depression
- Compulsive Behaviors
- Marital, Premarital and Family Issues
- Relationship Concerns (couples, singles and others)
- Women's/Men's Issues
- Life Transitions
Schedule an Appointment
To meet with one of our clinicians, please completely fill out the intake form and email it to us. The Intake Coordinator will contact you to complete the process. If necessary, you can fax it to us at 703-770-3836, but email is preferred.
Contact Lauren Brogdon at 703-770-8670 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Counseling Center or for help finding a counselor.
The Counseling Center staff is comprised of Licensed Professional Counselors (L.P.C.'s), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (L.C.S.W.'s) and clinicians advancing towards licensure.
Staff Licensed Therapists
Dana Medcalf, Ph., D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
(most BC/BS PPO plans)
Dr. Medcalf completed his Masters degree in Counseling from Georgia State University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of South Dakota. Having worked in the Mental Health field for over thirty years, his experience includes private practice, working as an Air Force Psychologist and working for the New Life Clinics/Meier Clinics (faith based clinics) for thirteen years. During this time, Dr. Medcalf developed and managed several inpatient and day treatment programs at hospitals and outpatient facilities and was the Regional Director of the Northeastern United States.
His areas of professional interest include marriage and family issues, men’s issues, teen issues, individual therapy for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sexual addictions, adult psychological testing and executive coaching.
Dr. Medcalf enjoys opportunities to do presentations on mental health issues such as depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, marriage, parenting and integration of Christianity and Psychology.
Mary Ann Morgan, M.A., L.P.C.
(most BC/BS PPO plans)
Mary Ann is a counselor with nearly twenty-five years of experience in other disciplines, which include business and academics. Her approach to counseling is biblically based and acknowledges God as the primary influence in the healing relationship. She counsels in the areas of childhood, marriage, family, addictions, sexual addictions, divorce, anger, stress, depression, substance abuse, sexual abuse, women’s issues, anxiety, trauma and grief among other issues. She is also an EMDR-Certified Therapist.
Mary Ann holds a Masters in Community Counseling from Regent University, where she earned the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Graduate in the School of Counseling and Psychology. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). She is also a counselor with New Life.
Gayle Bradley Starkes, L.C.S.W.
(some BC/BS plans, and limited participation with Tricare Standard)
Gayle is a licensed clinical social worker with more than thirty-five years of experience. She received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hampton University, a Master of Social Work from Howard University with further graduate study at Yale University in Leadership and Organizational Development. Gayle has extensive counseling experience with couples, children, families, groups and individuals. She has significant experience as a mediator and has advanced training in mediation. Gayle is also a trained life coach (Forrest University). Her counseling practice has a primary focus of: marital, anger management, domestic violence and abuse, depression and anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, 12-step recovery, relationship issues. Gayle has been with the Counseling Center, since 2001 and has a private practice. She is the mother of one adult son.
Gail Thompson, L.P.C.
(most BC/BS PPO plans)
Gail earned her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, her Master’s of Counseling degree from Regent University and she is licensed as a professional counselor in Virginia. She has served in Christian ministry for over thirty years and has worked as a clinical therapist in a local psychiatric hospital and in a therapeutic foster care agency, was the Clinical Director of a faith-based inner city drug treatment/dual diagnosis program in Washington, D.C. and was in another private practice before joining the clinical staff at McLean Bible Church in August 2001. Gail works primarily with individuals and groups treating depression, anxiety and compulsive behaviors, addictions, sexual and other forms of abuse and trauma, grief and family, boundary and other relational issues. Gail’s passion is embracing a biblical model of health and spiritual and emotional maturity in the pursuit of Kingdom well-being.
Coulter Weaver, LPC and LMFT
Coulter’s career in counseling, (MA Clinical Psychology, Western Seminary) began over 25 years ago and he has provided counseling services to adults, children, and their families. Licensed in 1991(LPC and LMFT), he has had extensive counseling experience in private practice as well as in a church setting. Along with his counseling practice, Coulter has led workshops, retreats, and seminars. Coulter has also completed doctoral coursework in cognitive psychology and special education, and has taught and counseled high school students in Fairfax County Public Schools for over 20 years.
As a result of his clinical experience, Coulter has gained a broad range of expertise in the areas of couples counseling, parenting, and child-adolescence therapy. He practices from a distinctly Christian perspective, and integrates a biblical worldview into his work with individuals, marriages and families. Coulter enjoys spending time with his spouse of 24 years, traveling with his wife and their two children (ages 18 and 22), and volunteering with Young Life. He is also actively involved in water sports and enjoys being on the water.
Dawn Zimmerman, Director of Counseling Center, L.P.C.
Dawn has served as the Director of the Counseling Center at McLean Bible Church for the past twelve years. Prior to becoming a counselor, Dawn was the Metro D.C. Women's Director for Search Ministries, a Lifestyle Evangelism and Practical Apologetics outreach ministry. Dawn holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. She has also completed further coursework at Chesapeake and Dallas Theological Seminaries. Dawn works with individuals and couples treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, codependency, eating disorders, trauma, grief and life transitions. Having lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean, Dawn has a special interest in cross-cultural issues and the unique challenges facing those with internationally mobile lifestyles.
Staff Un-Licensed Therapists in Residency
Donn Northup, M.A.
Donn has a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Capital Bible Seminary, a Master's in Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Counseling Studies from Regent University, and is pursuing Master of Divinity studies in Pastoral Counseling. Donn works with those dealing with addictions, life transitions, premarital/marriage concerns, men's issues, and relationship problems. Donn is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have one daughter and one son.
Adelle Ritchey, R.N., B.S.N.
Adelle is a registered Nurse with eleven years of experience as a psychiatric nurse working in a variety of settings including a hospital crisis in-patient unit, an emergency psychiatric service, a juvenile detention home, and most recently a Christian-based intense day treatment program. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. In her career and volunteer activities Adelle has worked with and enjoys all ages.
Shanna Martindale Saadeh, M.S.
Shanna holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has over five years of experience in mental health, grief, conflict resolution, and career counseling. Special areas of interest are working with individuals experiencing grief and loss, depression, anxiety, communication and relational issues, family dynamics, conflict resolution, life transitions, and cross-cultural issues. Prior to joining the McLean Bible Church Counseling team, Shanna and her husband lived overseas in the Middle East and Europe which fostered a love for working with International individuals, including Expats and the military community. Shanna believes in the value of bringing God, the ultimate Counselor, and truth found through biblical principles, into the counseling sessions
Kathleen Bennett Schweiker, M.A.
Kathleen received a Post Graduate certificate in Community Counseling at Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from The American School of Psychology at Argosy University in 2006. Her clinical interests include: individuals, adolescents, couples and families in life transitions; education, career, issues; grief, bereavement and loss; deployment of military personnel, relocation of families; depression and anxiety disorders; eating and substance abuse disorders; those with chronic health issues; and adult s stressed by multiple responsibilities with work, family and aging parents. Kathleen and her husband have seven children.
Counseling Fees & Insurance
Fees for Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
The cost for the initial assessment is $165.
The cost for a regular 50-minute session is $130.
Fees for Unlicensed Counselors (including graduate school interns)
The cost for an initial assessment is $75-$115.
The cost for regular 50 minute sessions is $60-$90.
The variation in fees reflects the unlicensed counselor's level of experience.
Payment Types: Cash, Check or Credit due to MBC at the time of the appointment.
Partial reimbursement by your medical insurance may be available to you. We will provide receipts which you can submit to your company. Prior to the first appointment, it is the responsibility of each client to contact the insurance company to determine their mental health benefits.
We participate with most Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO policies only. Unfortunately we do not participate with Anthem HealthKeepers, CareFirst BlueChoice, or any other insurance plans. We currently have very limited availability for new clients trying to use in-network benefits for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. We do have openings with our licensed counselors not participating with insurance and our non-licensed counselors.
Compassion: Anger Management Class
Our next Compassion class will be held in the Fall of 2015.