Suzanne Nixon, EdD, LPC, LMFT, a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage & therapist and wellness specialist, has been in the field of mental health, wellness and education for over 35 years. She is the founder of the Northern Virginia Integrative Therapy Center, in Lansdowne, where she maintains a private practice in counseling and wellness. Dr. Nixon specializes in working with teens, adults, couples and families experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, stress disorders, chronic illness, Lyme disease, and those recovering from sexual abuse, domestic violence and relationship dysfunction. She received her academic training from Springfield College (BS), Boston University (MEd) and Virginia Tech (EdD). Her professional career began as a special education teacher working in private and public schools in Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. Dr. Nixon entered the field of mind-body therapy in the 1980’s, and her progressive doctoral research investigating mind-body techniques with women who had experienced incest, won 3rd place in Common Boundary’s National Dissertation Competition. A mental health professional and natural teacher, in the 1990’s she began presenting her original work in behavioral health and mind-body therapy at professional conferences throughout the United States and in the UK. Passionate about the relationship between psychological well-being, physical well-being and stress disorders, Dr. Nixon pursued professional training in holistic health (Scripp’s Integrative Medicine), integrative health coaching (Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center), and mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn (UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness). In 2009, she founded a second company, Inspirational Journeys, LLC, specializing in wellness travel retreats. Her life work has been helping people achieve mental, emotional, physical health and relational well-being. She is passionate about, educational pursuits, nutrition, meditation, hiking, functional medicine, theater and travel. Dr. Nixon is the mother of two adult children, who attended Loudoun County Public Schools, and the grandmother, “Gigi”, of twin granddaughters.