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Group Psychotherapy Practice

in Old Town, Fairfax City, VA

founded by:

Stephanie Béguin-Howard

General & Trauma Psychotherapy 
for Adults, Young Adults, Teens, & Children 

General Talk Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Play Therapy
& More

Online & In-Person Sessions

Office Location is 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), IFS-Trained and EMDRIA-approved Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant 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 specialize in working with trauma, dissociation, and other PTSD symptoms in adults, young adults, teens, & children.


I createdTranquil Mind Therapy, LLC in 2016 and our practice has grown! 

We now have five additional (very talented) clinicians (a few more bios coming soon!) with a wealth of behavioral health treatment experience treating young children through adults in various settings. We work with clients who have trauma (big & small traumas, PTSD, and Complex PTSD), stress/anxiety, neurodiversity (ADHD, autism, etc.), OCD, depression, chronic illness/pain (dynamic disabilities), parenting, women's and men's issues, relationship issues, narcissistic abuse, identity issues, grief/loss, etc.

Our collective passion as a practice is partnering with children, adolescents, 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, neurodiversity-affirming, BIPOC-affirming, and LGBTQIA+- affirming therapeutic space. 


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We use an individualized, eclectic approach to include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play/Expressive Arts, EMDR, IFS, CBT, MI, and other modalities to address trauma (including big & small traumas, PTSD, and Complex PTSD), anxiety, OCD, depression, parenting, life transitions, women's and men's issues, relationship issues, divorce, grief/loss, narcissistic abuse, gender identity, etc. in children, teens, young adults, & adults! 


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Stephanie is an EMDRIA-approved Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant. Elizabeth is an EMDRIA-approved Trained EMDR Therapist.


We offer this powerfully effective evidence-based approach (both regular EMDR weekly sessions, as well as EMDR Intensives) treating various trauma (and other distressful events) in adults, teens, and children.






Stephanie is also trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS - Level One) therapy for a more integrated, holistic approach in treating PTSD and Complex PTSD, as well as an array of other behavioral health concerns.

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Stephanie is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association of Play Therapy.


Our staff incorporate a variety of play and sand tray therapy techniques to clients of all ages.

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

She also provides EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Consultation for clinicians who have completed  EMDR Basic Training   

Please reach out with any questions.

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"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

Stephanie is incredibly compassionate, insightful, warm and caring. She has a lot of experience in different kinds of therapies, such as EMDR and IFS, which really help make her such a successful therapist. Stephanie's capacity to remember even the smallest details always amazes me, and reinforces my belief that she really listens and cares about the person she is helping. Stephanie's patience, understanding, guidance and support are part of what makes her such an amazing therapist. Working with Stephanie is life changing, and I highly recommend her in helping you through your healing journey"

~ adult childhood trauma survivor

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