THE MARRIAGE HEALING CENTER COUNSELORS
Our counseling Team Members are highly qualified specialists in couples counseling therapy, relationship therapy and overall marriage counseling. Our counselors will begin by first focusing on assessing the positives and strengths of your relationship. Then they will help you understand and guide you in how to rebuild that loving relationship.
Beverley Boothe, MSW, LCSW (Gainesville Office)
Ms. Beverley Boothe is the President of The Marriage Healing Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia. She is a psychotherapist, an Imago Couple’s Therapist, and a Life and Business Coach. Ms. Boothe has a Masters’ Degree in Social Work from Howard University and Bachelors’ degrees in Social Work and Psychology from York University. Ms. Boothe established Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Inc., in April 2005. Her practice has expanded into four locations in Northern, VA and Washington, DC. In December 2017, Ms. Boothe established Life Enrichment Coaching and Consulting Services.
At The Marriage Healing Center, Ms. Boothe provides couples counseling and specialized couples programs to help couples work through conflict and heal. Ms. Boothe provides support and guidance to help her clients better connect emotionally, spiritually and physically so that their relationship can thrive. She also provides pre-marital counseling to engaged couples. Ms. Boothe has provided counseling to couples with communication, infidelity, and other issues. Ms. Boothe has provided marriage workshops for churches and the community. She has also provided consulting services to other clinicians in her field of expertise. Ms. Boothe integrates spiritual principles in her work and believes that her success comes from her faith in God.
Babak Alidoosti, MS, LMFT(Gainesville Office)
Babak Alidoosti is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland (2005) and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech University (2009).
Prior to joining the Marriage Healing Center, Mr. Alidoosti provided clinical services in a range of therapeutic settings, working with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families along the way. Mr. Alidoosti has worked with clients on a variety of issues including depression, trauma, self-esteem, anxiety, anger management, infidelity, and parent-child conflict. Since being in private practice, Mr. Alidoosti has provided services to individuals, couples, adolescents, and families.
He draws from a blend of therapeutic approaches, including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), The Gottman Method, and Family Systems. Mr. Alidoosti uses a client-centered approach and believes that a good therapeutic relationship and providing non-judgmental support are essential to successful outcomes.
When it comes specifically to couples and marital therapy, Mr. Alidoosti takes a very collaborative approach. He will help each couple identify their unique vision for the relationship, while also uncovering potentially destructive patterns that may be holding the couple back from achieving this vision. Better understanding the couples’ communication habits often becomes a main focus of therapy, as developing healthier communication lays the groundwork for a stronger, more open and meaningful connection.
Pamela Bakel, MA, LPC (Alexandria Office)
Ms. Pamela Bakel is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in working with couples at the Marriage Healing Center in Alexandria, VA. Ms. Bakel received her Masters of Counseling degree from National Louis University in Chicago Illinois in 2009 and is licensed in the states of Virginia and Illinois.
Ms. Bakel works together with couples to identify behaviors, patterns of thinking and ways of interacting that can be used to enhance healthy behaviors and reduce or eliminate unhealthy patterns. She strives to be compassionate, straightforward and genuine in establishing a relationship built on mutual respect and trust where the couple feels supported, safe, listened to and understood. After working in information technology, she can understand high stress jobs and its impact on relationships. This allows her to help couples quickly identify stressors from both a personal and professional perspective and create solutions that bring out the strengths of each partner.
Ms. Bakel focuses on holistic and integrated mind-body approaches that recognize the connection between mental, emotional, physical, behavioral, social and spiritual factors to overall health. Ms. Bakel is a registered Yoga teacher (RYT) and can integrate tools of yoga therapy including breath work, movement and mindfulness to reduce stress and bring more balanced minds, bodies and spirits to the relationship.
Ms. Bakel enjoys providing pre-marital counseling and other growth building counseling and seminars. Ms. Bakel can incorporate Christian and spiritual principles into her counseling. Ms. Bakel has expertise in working with couples struggling with anger management, control and abuse issues.
Ms. Bakel integrates and combines a wide range of researched based tools to achieve the best solution for couples and enjoys helping couples be happier, more open, compassionate, connected, forgiving, peaceful, hopeful and faithful.
Shevy Kanaganayagam, MA, LPC (Gainesville VA Office)
Shevy Kanaganayagam is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia and Nebraska. She provides therapy to couples at the Marriage Healing Center, LLC.
Ms. Kanaganayagam received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014. Ms. Kanaganayagam has an undergraduate degree in Theology, majoring in Education, from Singapore Bible College. She also has a diploma in Human Resources Management from London Business School. She has over 10 years of Management experience in Human Resources. Ms. Kanaganayagam has worked in private, non-profit, and church agencies and takes a holistic approach to providing therapy to couples. She utilizes a wide range of researched based tools, often working with relationship approaches, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), mindfulness, solution focused, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Ms. Kanaganayagam’s areas of experience include working with couples that are in conflict, struggling with communication, infidelity or porn addiction of a spouse. She works with individuals with anxiety, depression, Bipolar, PTSD, stress, sex and love addiction, grief, anger management, life changes, and work and career challenges. Ms. Kanaganayagam offers Christian Counseling with sound, biblically based values if requested.
Senovia Ross, MSW, LCSW (Alexandria Office)
Senovia Ross is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over 25 years of experience helping individuals and couples work through various life changes and challenges. Most recently, she has transitioned from The Life Enrichment Counseling Center, to The Marriage Healing Center.
Through holistic relationship counseling and coaching, Mrs. Ross places more emphasis on helping clients build and maintain a healthy lifestyle that involves the mind, body, and spirit. She believes trust, good communication, and commitment are the keys to establishing a solid foundation for a successful relationship. She works with couples who are evolving through various stages of their lives, whether newly married, considering divorce or dealing with other emotional life changing events.
While encouraging her clients to participate fully in the counseling process, she also holds them accountable for their progress. She has successfully counseled and coached clients through dating, broken relationships, sex and intimacy issues, infidelity and other stressful life situations. With sensitivity and compassion, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths and identify solutions for unresolved issues. She provides effective tools and techniques that are designed to help clients get the results they seek in their relationship.
In addition to counseling, coaching, consulting and lecturing, Mrs. Ross has presented at national conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from Depression to Love and Relationships. She appeared as a guest therapist on News Channel 8, Let’s Talk Live, WHUR’s 96.3 FM Audrey Chapman Radio Talk Show discussing topics including depression and relationships. She offers Online/Virtual Therapy on an international level (Germany, Africa and Asia). Mrs. Ross also sits on panels focusing on relationship issues and she was the Chair of Relationship and Romance committee for the Alexandria, VA Mocha Moms Chapter. She is currently the host of the annual Becoming the Best Version of Yourself women’s retreat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Jennifer Speed, LPC (Alexandria Office)
Jennifer Speed is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She also maintains professional licensure in Maryland. Additionally, Ms. Speed is a board approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2009 with a Masters’ degree in Forensic Psychology and obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2007.
Ms. Speed previously provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings including non-profit community mental health centers and correctional facilities. She is experienced in providing therapeutic services to couples, children, adolescents, families, and adults presenting with a wide range of mental health and behavioral disorders. Ms. Speed utilizes a strength-based, CBT approach geared toward helping individuals and families build on the positive attributes they already possess in order to facilitate change.
Throughout Ms. Speed’s therapeutic experience working with couples and families, she has come to understand how becoming a parent can cause significant strain on a couple’s relationship. It is an incredible milestone in life that is also difficult to navigate and achieve balance. Whether you are new parents struggling to adjust from your dyad to a triad (or more!) or are trying to set boundaries with adult children living in your home, addressing parenting dynamics, communication, and skills are essential to improving and maintaining the health of your relationship as a couple.
Additionally, there are unique challenges when a couple is co-parenting after their relationship ends. Ms. Speed believes special care must be taken to ensure children are able to maintain as much consistency as possible regardless of which parent is caring for them at any given time. Therapy for parents who are trying to co-parent after divorce or separation may be necessary to help them mitigate distress for their children.
Ms. Speed also offers couples services for people seeking pre-marital counseling, trying to improve trust and communication, and maintaining relationship health for those couples who are separated due to career requirements, such as military deployment.”