Margaret K. Cirillo, L.P.C., L.M.F.T.

Ms. Cirillo is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Lisenced Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and at The Women's Center in Vienna, Virginia serving individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is experienced and skilled in in-depth psychotherapy with emphasis on maintaining personal and family integrity during transition and crises. Her primary focus is on helping couples, individuals, and groups cope with marital infidelity, communication difficulties, and anger and stress issues. She also assists clients with self-esteem, separation and divorce, assertiveness, dysfunctional relationships, depression, incest, addictive behaviors, and anxiety. She is a trained family and divorce mediator. She also develops and conducts support and therapy groups, and is a rape crises counselor.

Ms Cirillo has conducted seminars for other professionals, physicians, psychiastrists, and social workers in the mental health field on infidelity issues and therapy models for dealing with such issues.

Over the past decade Ms. Cirillo has dedicated her professional counselor services to assisting women, teenagers, men, and families. She has been intensively engaged in a wide spectrum of adult-related academic and real-life service situations. These have dealt with short- and long- term crises management related to victims of rape, incest, infidelity, spousal abuse, work difficulties, and potentially violent family and teen situations. She has, on behalf of these victims and others, represented them and facilitated their needs at hospitals, homes of relatives, shelters, and other community service organizations.

Her work was conducted as a post-graduate student at The Johns Hopkins University, as a full-time counselor for problem employees at a large US Government facility, as a counselor at the Women's Center in Vienna Virginia, and now as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. Ms. Cirillo has successfully counseled individuals and couples and conducted long- and short-term therapy groups at the Center and in private practice. For the past two years she also has conducted "Life-101" workshop for teenagers and workshops on anger and stress management on behalf of The Women's Center in Vienna, Virginia. Ms. Cirillo also has extensive formal classroom experience as head of the Language Arts Program at a major private school in McLean, VA .

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, State of Virginia
  • American Counseling Association
  • Virginia Counselors Association
  • The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society
  • Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors

 
Relevant Experience
  • Established a private practice specializing in extra-marital emotional and sexual involvement, as well as anger and stress management.
  • Counsel individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues.
  • Facilitate psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups on anger, stress management, infidelity, and assertiveness.
  • Develop and conduct workshops and speaking engagements.
  • Provide on-going personal, couples, group, and career counseling.
  • Facilitate support and therapy groups such as Separation and Divorce, Surviving Betrayal, and Survivors of Incest.
  • Develop and conduct workshops.
  • Conduct speaking engagements in the Northern Virginia area.
  • Provided advice and guidance to managers concerning employees with problems.
  • Counseled employees who were being separated under adverse circumstances.
  • Counseled employees nearing retirement on planning and preparing for successful transitions into retirement or a second career.
  • Served as EEO Assistant and Member of the Multicultural Management Staff dealing with developing programs for minority students and women.
  • Counseled families and junior high school students referred by the school counselor.
  • Guided families on issues including poor school performance, runaways, family communication problems, substance use, and potentially destructive behavior.
  • Trained as a rape crises companion.
  • Visited hospitals to counsel rape victims and their families.
  • Ensured that rape victims were treated respectfully by the hospital staff and the law enforcement agents.
 
Education
Degree Advanced Graduate Studies Johns Hopkins University 1997
Certificate Family & Divorce Mediation Key Bridge Therapy & Mediation Center 1996
Qualified Myers-Briggs Indicator Type Resources 1994
M.A. Psychological Services Marymount University 1993
B.S. Psychology and Education University of Maryland 1977
Certificates Professional Seminars Universities & Hospitals Ongoing