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Stephanie Béguin-Howard

General Psychotherapist,
Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist,
Registered Play Therapist,
for Adults, Young Adults, Teens, & Children 

in Fairfax City office
near GMU & Fairfax courthouses

easily accessible via
Routes 66, 495, 123, 50, and 234

Are you feeling stuck or struggling to find balance or direction in your life?


Do you feel you keep repeating the same unhealthy relational and communication patterns?


Are past/present issues currently interfering with a positive sense of well-being?


Do you wish you, your young adult, teen, or your child were able to handle stress/moods more effectively?

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
― David Richour


Our Practice

Hi there! 

My name is Stephanie and I am the founder/owner/lead therapist for Tranquil Mind Therapy, LLC. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and EMDRIA-approved Certified EMDR Therapist with over 25 years experience working with youth, adults & families in a wide variety of settings across the treatment continuum (outpatient treatment, home-based counseling, day treatment, residential treatment, schools, substance abuse prevention, etc.).

I am also fortunate to have three wonderful resident social workers, Jessica GiffinAlly Jacobi, and Joanne Hartle (bio and photo coming!), who are all Supervisees in Social Work under my supervision with a wealth of mental health and substance use treatment experience with youth and adults! 


Our collective passion as a practice is partnering with youth, young adults, & adults, empowering them with the insight, tools, and skills to work through various challenges, as well as healing past and present wounds, in a warm, safe, confidential therapeutic space.


I use an individualized, eclectic approach to include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Expressive Arts (as a Registered Play Therapist), EMDR, CBT, TF-CBT, and other modalities to address trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting, relationship issues, grief/loss, etc.



I am an EMDRIA-approved Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant-in-Training (CIT), providing a powerfully effective evidence-based approach treating various trauma (and other distress) in adults, teens, and children.


I am a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association of Play Therapy and provide a variety of play and sand tray therapy tools to clients of all ages.


I'm a Virginia Board-approved Supervisor who provides licensure supervision for Northern Virginia-based MSW social workers working towards their LCSW.

I also provide EMDRIA-approved EMDR Consultation for clinicians who hace completed  EMDR Basic Training   

Please reach out with any questions.


"Stephanie has been by my side as the most stable support system through my adolescent years. She knows me better than anyone else and always pushes me to be better. I'm so grateful that I've had her as a resource for so long. There will always be more room to grow, but she reminds me to take a step back and realize how much I've grow already."

~  longtime teen and now young adult client 

"Stephanie is the most caring and trustworthy therapist I have ever had. She introduced me to EMDR as a way to work through trauma in a safe and effective way. Additionally, she was very understanding of. my schedule as a graduate student and helped through times of extreme stress. She is so thoughtful and I highly recommend her services."

~  young adult client 

"Stephanie has helped my pre-teen daughter manage her anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder significantly. My daughter looks forward to her therapy sessions and comes away with each session with strategies for tackling and overcoming her fears and uncertainties. My daughter's mood and ability to enjoy life have also improved. I would recommend Stephanie to other parents whose children suffer from anxiety, depression, and OCD. 

~  mother of pre-teen child

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