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.
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.
Heidi Dike Kingston, LCSW, C-CATODSW
Heidi Dike Kingston, LCSW, C-CATODSW, received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana. Her clinical focus is trauma & relational recovery, substance use disorders with individuals and families and clinical consultation.
Heidi began her career at Hazelden in 2001 followed by her work at The Meadows of Wickenburg, AZ which began in 2004, where she trained with Pia Mellody in Post Induction Therapy. While working at The Meadows, Heidi served as Workshops Manager and National Community Relations Representative. During her time at The Meadows Heidi also trained extensively with John Bradshaw, MA, MSP, THA, and Claudia Black, MSW, PhD. She has provided clinical outreach and consultation services for CeDAR at The University of Colorado Hospital and served as a Social Worker for both FT Carson and FT Bragg in the Warrior Transition Battalion and Army Substance Abuse Program. More recently, Heidi completed her training with Jeffrey Foote, PhD, and Kenneth M. Carpenter, PhD, through CMC Foundation for Change, focusing on The Invitation to Change Approach of clinical intervention with families.
Heidi is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is also a Certified-Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker.
Aja Murillo, MSW, ASAT
Aja Murillo earned her Masters and Bachelors of Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University and is a Supervisee in Social Work at the Center for Relational Recovery. Aja specializes in working with betrayal trauma, sexual and relationship addictions/dysfunctions and childhood trauma issues. Her experience also includes working with Active Duty Military and their Dependents, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), survivors’ guilt, sexual assault and abuse, and alcohol and substance abuse in all stages of recovery.
Aja’s almost 20 years of marriage allows her to bring a deep understanding of what makes a couples relationship work, despite all the unexpected things life throws at you. Aja’s passion is to help clients deepen their understanding of themselves, find genuine healing, make deeper and meaningful connections, and strengthen their relationships.
Laurie Barton, MA, CSAT-Candidate
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