Patricia Small, M.S.


Works with: Children, Families, Parents, Groups, Individuals
Specializes in Pediatrics, Play Therapy, Young Children & Families, and Parenting. Experience with Behavior Issues, Anxiety, Social Skills Impairments, Anger Management/Emotion Regulation, School related concerns, Transitions, Separation & Divorce, Trauma, Grief & Loss, and Pediatrician referrals.

Patricia has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC) since 2005 with over twenty years of experience as a Professional School Counselor assisting students and families to achieve their goals. She has worked closely with school psychologists, school social workers, occupational therapists and behavior specialists to promote the social, emotional, and academic success of students. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and her professional degree from Auburn University. She completed additional post-graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and at Virginia Tech, and is certified to conduct Basic and Family Mediations. She has completed additional training through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and the Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy.

Patricia is a member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), the Virginia Association for Play Therapy (VAPT), and the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association (NVLPC). She has served on the Board of the Virginia Association for Specialists in Group Work (VASGW).

Patricia has worked extensively with individuals and in groups with children and parents to help with ADHD and executive functioning issues, interpersonal and friendship issues, grief and loss, trauma and resilience, family separation and divorce, anxiety, and has worked successfully with students with challenging behaviors. She utilizes a variety of approaches including play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Social Thinking approaches, and Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS).

She is the married parent of two successful adult children. She lived abroad for many years working with culturally-diverse populations as the Community Liaison Officer in U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas, and in the public schools. Patricia is passionate about cooking and enjoys traveling around the country to visit family members.

Clinical Approaches: Play Therapy, CBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, Social Thinking Approaches, Meditation, and Sandtray Therapy
Degree: M.S., University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Auburn University