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Biographies of the Therapists

Christina Berben, MA

My approach to therapy is integrative, strength-based, and holistic. I am trained in nutritional and integrative medicine for mental health professionals; as a result, I focus on how health and wellbeing impact mental health.

Sharlene Hamilton

Sharlene Hamilton, LPC, NCC, CCMHC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, experienced in providing therapy to adults, couples, and families. I believe people have the ability to overcome problems when provided a safe helping environment to grow the necessary skills for change. I help clients address anxiety, depression, relationship/marital difficulties, grief & loss difficulties, parental separation/divorce, trauma/PTSD, social phobias, peer relationships, and social skills difficulties. I use a variety of techniques to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to help guide clients to a more comfortable space. With the client, I develop an individualized treatment plan to help them construct solutions and to learn effective coping skills using a variety of therapy interventions.

Steven Milgrim

Steven Milgrim, LPC, LSATP

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Marymount University.  I have been working in the mental health field since 1987 and have been licensed as a Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in Virginia since 2000.  I enjoy working with adolescents and adults as individuals, couples, families and groups.  Having worked in group homes, shelters, community living centers, outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization programs, residential treatment facilities, community based care and private practice, I am able to utilize a variety of approaches to insure that each client is treated as an individual.

Esther Romero

Esther Romero, MS, QMHP, Licensed Resident in Counseling

Esther Romero has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of Staten Island and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is currently a Licensed Resident in Counseling and working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of Mr. Steven Milgrim, LPC, LSATP. Esther has been working in the mental health field since 2014 and enjoys working with adolescents and adults as individuals, couples, families, and groups. Esther has experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use/abuse, criminal activity, relationship/family issues, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and anger management. The majority of her experience has been working with court-mandated clients conducting assessments and treatments. Additionally, she enjoys psychoeducation and working with diverse/multicultural clients. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her approach to therapy is eclectic; using evidence-based techniques that have been proven to help with specific problems and adapting her approach to each client’s unique needs and treatment goals. She most often uses intervention from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, and Solution-Focused methodologies. She is currently on Active Duty and has served in the military for 15 years. Her professional affiliations include American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Domestic Violence Treatment, and Division 19 Society for Military Psychology.

Nicole Ronayne

Nicole Ronayne, MA, NCC

Nicole Ronayne attended The George Washington University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Licensed Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia, under the supervision of Mr. Steven Milgrim, LPC, LSATP. Nicole is a dedicated, authentic, and passionate professional who believes in the healing power of connection, change, and individual empowerment. Nicole practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and her approach to counseling are largely based on the experiential practice of reducing the reliance on unhelpful efforts to control, resist, or avoid our human experiences and move toward a place of attunement, compassion, and engaging in behaviors that matter, even during times of pain and distress. Working with Nicole, you can expect to develop a different way of relating to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that promote psychological/behavioral flexibility, connection to self and others, and resilience. Nicole’s priority is to always work to create a safe, compassionate, empathic, authentic, confidential, and collaborative space where clients are encouraged to take the time they need for themselves.  Nicole has experience providing individual, couples, and group therapy for adolescents and adults. She has experience providing services to address depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-esteem/negative thoughts about and towards self, eating disorders/body image, transition/adjustment issues, prenatal/perinatal/postpartum mental health issues, trauma, mood disorders, substance use, domestic violence, anger management, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic stress, and relational issues.  Nicole is a Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider and also has experience working with grief and loss. Nicole is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is a member of the American Counseling Association, Virginia Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota Professional Honors Society.

Certified Compassionate Bereavement CareĀ® Provider

Karen Trivett

Karen Trivett, LPC, MAEd.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 16 years of experience working in the helping field. I am experienced in providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. I am passionate about holistic healing and want to work with my clients to discover their inner strength. I will help my clients work through anxiety, depression, relationship/marital difficulties, grief & loss difficulties, parental separation/divorce, trauma/PTSD, suicidal ideation/self-harm, peer relationship and social skills difficulties, ADHD, and behavioral issues. I understand the challenges that individuals and families are facing and use mindfulness-based treatments, stress management, CBT, as well as offering clients insight into the power they have to help themselves. I encourage clients to recognize their inner strength and use that strength to improve the quality of their life and relationships.

Anne Zeigler, LPC

When life seems out of control or just a bit too much to handle alone, it is common for things to unravel. My passion is to provide a place for healing, learning, and understanding. I help my clients, who include adolescents and adults, to find balance and strength while building healthy relationships and self-perceptions.  My experience includes working with clients who have a history of trauma, ADHD, anxiety, or depression, as well as those experiencing difficulties stemming from loss, divorce, social skills difficulty, and issues with assertiveness. I also work with Postpartum Support Virginia’s mission to provide mental health support to women from the time of conception through the first year of a child’s life.  I view each client holistically and know that no single approach works for everyone. I collaborate with clients to determine goals and treatments that fit. The decision to seek therapy is very personal and can be frightening. I am open to your questions and concerns throughout the process!  My educational background includes a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Morehead State University. I settled in Northern Virginia in 2004 when the Army decided my husband’s assignment would be here. As a retired Army spouse, I am happy to be settled and love being part of such a diverse community.