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Meet Our Team

The Across Counseling team is a dedicated group of mental health professionals that are committed to helping people through their lifespan. Our team has a range of experience and training to help meet the unique needs of each of our clients. Read the bios below to learn more about our therapists.

Call 703-389-1913 or email and we will be happy to help you schedule an appointment with the best therapist for your needs. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.


We look forward to talking with you.

Meet Our Team
Anne C Ross is the clinical director at Across Counseling
Anne C Ross, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director


Provides Clinical Supervision


Learn more about Anne Ross

Grace Gray is a therapist at Across Counseling
Grace Gray, MSW, LCSW


PhD in neural sciences

Grace Gray (She/Her/Hers) specializes in counseling individual adolescents and adults as well as couples and families. Grace's areas of focus include Gender Identity issues, especially in adolescents, developmental trauma (Level 2 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which specifically addresses this kind of trauma), depression, anxiety, and executive functioning disorders (including ADHD).  Grace also has training in EMDR (eye movement and desensitization reprogramming) and TIR (traumatic incident reduction), which are both used in the treatment of trauma.

Learn more about Grace Gray

Lauren Krause Nickum is a therapist at Across Counseling
Lauren Krause Nickum, MSW, LCSW, CSAC


Lauren Krause Nickum specializes in individual and group therapy with adults and adolescents. She is an experienced drug and alcohol counselor and a certified substance abuse counselor. Her areas of focus include working with survivors of trauma and sexual assault, recovery, relapse prevention, anger management, and mood disorders. Lauren is also trained in TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction). 

Learn more about Lauren Krause Nickum

Diane Bowers provides therapy at Across Counseling
Diane Bowers, MSW, LCSW


Diane specializes in counseling adults in English or Spanish with a special focus on substance abuse disorders, addictions, recovery coaching, relapse prevention, dual diagnosis, co-dependency, PTSD, domestic violence survivors, trauma recovery, anger management, LGBTQ, and self acceptance.

Learn more about Diane Bowers

Nellis Crigler provides counseling at Across Counseling
Nellis K. Crigler, LPC


Nellis provides counseling for adults in English and Spanish. She specializes in anxiety, trauma, OCD, relationship issues, grief and bereavement, cancer and chronic illness, aging/caregiving, and multicultural/culture shock issues

Learn more about Nellis K. Crigler

Kathianne Smith provideds counseling at Across Counseling
Kathianne Smith, MSW, LCSW

Kathianne Smith specializes in individual and family therapy, and couples. She works with children adolescents, and adults and is LGTBQ affirming. Her areas of focus include child and family therapy including play therapy, parenting, trauma, attachment disorder, adoption, autism spectrum disorder, and more. Kathianne is a certified Competent Trauma Professional,  EMDR II trained, and trained in formal Attachment Assessments and Theraplay, Adoption Competent (TAC trained). TAC is the prestigious Training for Adoption Competency program that trains mental health therapists nationwide. These mental health professionals are certified as having the specialized skills to address the unique needs of adoptive, kinship and foster families.

Learn more about Kathianne Smith

Ami Lynch, PhD, MSW

Psychotherapist, MSW pre-licensed clinical social worker, supervisor Anne Ross, LCSW, specializes in counseling pre-adolescents, adolescents, families, couples and adults of all genders and sexual orientations. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, stress reduction, LGBTQ+ concerns and identity issues, trauma, abuse, family disruptions, and relationships. Ami also has extensive experience in career counseling including Government, DOD, and military career transition.

Learn more about Ami Lynch

Charlotte Simmons, Graduate Counseling Intern

Charlotte works with many issues and also looks forward to continuing her work with LGBTQIA+ clients. Her areas of focus include anxiety and stress, depression, adjustments, transitions & other life stressors, LGBTQIA+  concerns and identity issues, peer relationships, relationship issues, school issues, and life transitions.

Charlotte provides counseling at a reduced fee. Call for more information

Learn more about Charlotte Simmons

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J. Blake Rushin, M.Ed

Blake Rushin provides fitness motivation and support on an individual basis. This is often provided as an adjunct to our other therapeutic services but is also offered as a stand alone program. Exercise and fitness are important contributors to good mental health and can aid in alleviating problems with stress, anxiety, depression and other issues.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our main number 703-389-1913

Flowers in the Across Counseling office
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