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.
Cheryl Schenck, LPC, CSAT
Cheryl Schenck has experience working with those struggling with sex addiction, trauma, childhood sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, codependence, and relationship issues. She combines a focus on the tasks of recovery along with a compassionate psychodynamic perspective that centers around discovery, exploration, and healing of wounds from childhood, previous relationship experiences, and present challenges the individual is facing.
Cheryl earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and is in the process of completing her certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Cheryl is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association, and the District of Columbia Mental Health Counselors Association.
Aja Murillo, MSW
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.
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’s first love is treating adolescents. With over thirteen years experience as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at New Samaritan Baptist Church in Washington DC, Bruce brings a wealth of experience and training to assist adolescents and their families in working through the issues and struggles that arise during these pivotal years.
Bruce also 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, Intake Coordinator / Office Manager
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 fifteen years of customer service and administrative support experience, Theresa keeps the Center running smoothly and is available to assist clients with any administrative issues they may have.