Gayle Alexander holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego. She earned her Masters in Counseling from The George Washington University then continued her education with Catholic University to obtain licensure status in Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Gayle also holds a nationally Approved Certified Supervisor (ACS) license that allows her to supervisor graduate students and Resident Counselors earning advanced degrees and licensure. Gayle was also the College Counselor at a college prep school geared for students with learning disabilities for four years. Her focus is group work for ages from elementary, middle school, high school, college and young adults. Her work concentrates on problem solving, communication, executive functioning and life skills. Gayle is also adept at family and individual therapy working closely with clients and families using her unique skill set to help navigate transitions in life. Gayle has three grown children and is an active community member of the Mount Vernon area. She understands the school system, and the particular stressors on families in this area. A former military wife, Gayle works with families to find balance and solve problems in a healthy way. The therapeutic focus is on healthy coping mechanisms through cognitive behavioral therapy, mood regulation, stress management and mindfulness. A variety of issues are covered such as Anxiety, ADHD management, eating disorders, mood disorders/dysregulation, divorce, depression and academic achievement.
Gayle Alexander and Stephen Maczynski met while attending graduate school at GWU. They began a partnership geared toward helping families and created and opened the therapy practice, Project SAFE: Strategies Aimed at Family Empowerment in 2006. Steve and Gayle work with many families to enhance their quality of life.
Stephen Maczynski has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) serving the Washington DC metropolitan area for the past fifteen years. He has a Masters from Georgetown University and George Washington University, creating diverse skill sets. Adept at group counseling, he has specialized in working with all age groups by leading weekly sessions that span ages from elementary and high school to young adulthood. The focus of the group counseling centers on the full range of conditions that includes coping and strategizing for dealing with impulsivity, executive function deficits, and anxiety. Yet, Steve is also seasoned in working on an individual basis, particularly in the areas of depression and self-esteem building. He has completed all of the necessary requirements to maintain his active status as a licensed counselor in both Virginia and Maryland. He is a nationally Approved Certified Supervisor (ACS) for graduate-school interns and Resident Counselors who are working on advanced degrees and licensure. Additionally Steve is a seasoned college and career counselor spanning years of experience. Having served as Director of Counseling Services at Georgetown Preparatory School and Commonwealth Academy, he remains active in this other critical area of personalized counseling. He is an ongoing member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and he speaks often at national conferences. Many of his former clients re-engage his services to help negotiate the complex world of applying to colleges and universities. He not only steers his clients through the task of planning an over-arching strategy, but he assists with essay-writing and resume-building. He continues to travel to post-secondary institutions throughout the country to maintain professional connections with undergraduate admission personnel. The positive outcomes that his clients have received speak volumes about his effectiveness in this specialized field.