Phyllis Martin, M.Ed., LPC

Phyllis’s approach is of a compassionate, dynamic, and client-centered nature, with an emphasis on treating the individual in a comfortable and supportive setting. She emphasizes coping techniques, inner awareness, attachment, problem solving and personal growth with her clients. She uses an eclectic approach to therapy based on the individual. She pulls on her training with CBT, Emotion Focused Therapy, Psychoanalysis and Brief Therapy. She has completed Brief Therapy levels 1 through 4 as well as Core Skills and the Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship with the Washington-Baltimore Center for EFT .


Phyllis has been working for over 20 years with adult individuals and couples for mental health issues and life difficulties. She has a Master of Education in Counseling and Development from George Mason University. Her areas of interest and specialty include (but are not limited to):


  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • grief and loss
  • women’s issues
  • relationship and marital issues
  • gay and lesbian issues
  • affective disorders
  • infertility (ART, third party pregnancy, miscarriage and infant loss, child-free living)
  • surrogate and gamete donor assessment
  • MMPI-2 administration


Phyllis began her career working with the Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) population at the Prince William Country Community Services Board. There she gained skills for medication management and working collaboratively with clients and their psychiatrists as they learned ways to manage lifelong mental illnesses. In 1997, Phyllis became a Federal Employee for the Department of Justice and worked as their in-house counselor providing training and counseling for DOJ employees on-site. She traveled the U.S. giving workshops, grief debriefings, and office assistance to DOJ agencies and individuals. She created workshops for offices to learn how to deal with difficult employees, team build, and understand leadership styles.


In 2006, Phyllis began her specialty with family-building issues, particularly Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She started her private practice in Fairfax, Virginia, and works with individuals and couples trying to build their families through a variety of methods. Phyllis works closely with fertility centers, intended parents and parents to help prepare each individual for their journey into familyhood.


Phyllis is excited to be joining Cedar Ridge Counseling Center’s Lorton Office.