Michelle D. Mays, LPC, CSAT-S
Michelle Mays received her Masters in Counseling in 2001 in Seattle, Washington where she then opened a private practice focused on helping those struggling with sexual addiction, trauma and relationship issues. In 2005 she crossed the country and moved back to Northern Virginia where she opened a private practice in Leesburg. One of Michelle’s passions to is educate and train other counselors to become excellent providers of care and healing for clients. In 2011 Michelle founded the Center for Relational Recovery, a counseling and training center focused on providing leading edge treatment to sex addicts, partners of sex addicts, trauma survivors, and those struggling with relationship issues.
The Center for Relational Recovery is grounded in the belief that all change happens in relationship and that our attachments to others are both the most meaningful and at times the most challenging parts of our lives. Our programs are grounded in a relational attachment-based model that leads to transformed lives and relationships.
Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes. She is also trained in Post Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody for the treatment of relational trauma and is in the process of completing her certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Michelle is a registered Supervisor with the state of Virginia and is Licensed as a Professional Counselor in both Virginia and Washington DC.
Michelle is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the American Counseling Association, and the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association.
Prior to entering private practice, Michelle owned Envision Ideas Inc., a consulting business focused on strategic direction, branding and marketing. Prior to that she worked with a national crime victim assistance organization creating new programs and training materials and also spent several years working in the area of international relief and development.
Danijela Nardelli, MA, NCC, Resident In Counseling
Danijela Nardelli, MA, NCC is a Resident in Counseling at the Center for Relational Recovery. She earned her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 at Marymount University. Danijela specializes in working with individuals suffering from childhood and other trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues. She firmly believes in the value of authenticity in therapeutic relationship which creates a safe space for clients to come as they are and engage in the healing process. Danijela integrates humanistic, existential, and attachment theory points of view with a variety of therapeutic approaches specifically tailored to suit the individual client’s needs.
Danijela’s experience also includes working with clients suffering the effects of homelessness, severe mental illness, and/or addictions. She is well versed in biofeedback and neurofeedback modalities with the emphasis on mind-body healing methodologies.
Danijela is a member of American Counseling Association, Association for Creativity in Counseling, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, Religious Values in Counseling, and Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors.
Aja Murillo, MSW, CSAT-Candidate
Aja Murillo is a Supervisee in Social Work at the Center for Relational Recovery. She earned her Masters and Bachelors of Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University and specializes in working with betrayal trauma, sexual and relationship addictions and childhood trauma issues. She is experienced in working with active duty military and their dependents, veterans and clients coping with betrayal trauma, sexual addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), survivors’ guilt, sexual assault and abuse, and alcohol and substance abuse in all stages of recovery.
In 2017, Aja received a Community Impact Award through Hawaii Pacific University for her work with Active Duty Military. Aja’s passion is to help clients deepen their understanding of themselves, find genuine healing, and strengthen their relationships.
Aja is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Workers, and the Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society.
Laurie Barton, MA, Resident in Counseling
Laurie Barton, MA is a Resident in Counseling at the Center for Relational Recovery. She earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2004 at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. Laurie specializes in working with complex trauma, addiction, codependence, anxiety, depression, and relational issues.
Laurie’s passion is to bring healing, renewal, and wholeness to individuals and relationships. She works from psychodynamic, attachment, and humanistic perspectives and also integrates insights from interpersonal neurobiology as it relates to childhood trauma and relational dynamics.
Prior to joining the Center for Relational Recovery, Laurie worked in community mental health, where she specialized in working with adolescents and adults with substance dependence and co-occurring mental illness.
Laurie is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association. She is also a trained facilitator in HeartSync, a faith-based approach to emotional healing, and is a Metro DC Leader for HeartSync Ministries.
Bruce Butler, LPC, CSAT
Bruce Butler is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. He is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and is also in the process of completing his certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples.
Bruce specializes in working with couples who are struggling with issues such as communication problems, betrayal or infidelity, and sexual addiction. Bruce works from an attachment perspective helping couples to create emotional safety, deep bonding and connection within the relationship.
Bruce received his Masters in Counseling in 2010 from Liberty University. He is a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Theresa Dinman, Office Manager/Intake Coordinator
Theresa Dinman is the Office Manager and Intake Coordinator for the Center for Relational Recovery. Theresa is responsible for supporting the Clinical Director in the oversight of the Center’s Operations. With over 19 years of bookkeeping and administrative experience, Theresa keeps the Center running smoothly and is available to assist clients with any administrative or billing issues they may have.
Originally from California, Theresa grew up Minnesota and now lives in the Leesburg. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and two dogs.
Jamie Mueller, Project Coordinator