Let's figure this out together.

Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, sadness? You have come to the right place. Laurie Barton, Licensed Professional Counselor, offers psychotherapy in Virginia and the DC metro area. Laurie is a professional counselor with a positive hopeful approach.

Do you need a safe nurturing place to talk? Do you need help understanding what's really going on and what do about it? Are you frustrated with your life and the way things are going? Laurie's approach is direct, honest and tailored to the specific needs of each person she works with.

Whether you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression or any other issue, having a training professional to listen and to collaborate with to find solutions will make the difference.



At Stafford Community Counseling, our goal is to provide a therapy solution that works best for you. Some of our clients may feel trapped by scheduling conflicts making it difficult to devote the time to driving to our office. Others may not initially feel comfortable in a face-to-face environment. For those clients, we are exploring the possibilities of remote therapy sessions—where we can hear and possibly see each other via an online video/audio conferencing interface, so we can connect from the comfort of your home. We use Secure Video, a HIPAA-compliant teleconferencing solution built for these situations. If you're interested in using Secure Video, please let us know via the contact form or during our initial phone contact.

Financial concerns are on all of our minds, especially in this tough economy. Our office will work with you. For the men and women returning home from protecting us overseas, there are options available. We appreciate your service and Courage Beyond is an organization to help our returning warriors with confidential, no-cost programs and services. Click the link and check it out!


I use many techniques to help my clients. One of the most powerful therapies that I use is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, or EMDR. EMDR is a technique used to help people deal with, reduce, and eliminate the impact of trauma in their lives. There is a great deal of information on my website about EMDR. This site also has information about other subjects which may be helpful to you.

I welcome clients from all walks of life. My methods are holistic and tailored to each client's unique personality, to ensure they get the help needed. I will work with you to develop strategies in an effort to solve the issues you want to address. As an out-of-network provider for Tri-Care, I am accessible to military family members, retirees, and veterans who are suffering from the impact of military service. I have expertise helping those who suffer from:

  • Trauma
  • Workplace issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Military and Veteran Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Bariatric weight loss assessments

There are many myths and misconceptions about what therapy actually is, what it entails, and what is or is not possible. The most common myths about therapy involve feelings of inadequacy or apprehension to the idea of "needing help" as a sign of weakness—nothing could be further from the truth! This list of therapy myths can help dissuade some of these false notions and help put you on the right track to a healthy and effective attitude toward therapy and our relationship. Of course, I am more than happy to help you work through these (or any other) misconceptions and better serve your needs.

If you want to take the first step on your road to wellness, please don't hesitate to call me at (540) 226-1498. Or, send a fax to (540) 659-3288. Alternatively, I encourage you to leave me a message on this site or via email.

Stafford Community Counseling

My name is Laurie Barton, and I offer counseling services in Stafford, Virginia. If I am unable to answer, leave a message and I will return your call as quickly as possible. There is no charge for a phone consultation. I look forward to talking with you!

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