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 Our Vision

At Think Happy Live Healthy we provide a comprehensive approach to mental health services.  Unlike traditional therapy, which places a large emphasis on counseling and medication, we believe that mental health is CONNECTED to our physical health.  At Think Happy Live Healthy we work to create an individualized plan for each client that involves therapy, fitness and nutrition programs.  We realize the strong connection between our body and minds, and use that to provide a more effective kind of treatment for our patients.

Our Story

The idea for Think Happy Live Healthy began several years ago as I was working as a school psychologist in the Northern Virginia area.  Starting  out as young as elementary school I was seeing an overwhelming amount of  children suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, self-injury and anxiety.  By middle school, kids were overstressed, overworked, and overcommitted.  They had developed no coping skills and therefore chose unhealthy ways to deal with their suffering.

As I was referring these children to therapists, it was almost as if it my office was a revolving door.  These children were on waiting lists and given medication.  The ones that were lucky enough to get into therapy were only going for 1 hour a week and still engaging in the same self-defeating behaviors as before.  Eventually middle school became a place where kids were refusing to come and/or suffering from significant health issues (for the most part the diagnosis IBS became a regular).  Was this all truly IBS or was it more?

I then began to pursue my license as a school psychologist to work outside the schools and provide therapy.  With my knowledge of real problems parents, children, and families face, I knew I could provide a unique and valuable service.

For the past 5 years or so, I have been on my own journey of health and healing.  I used to suffer from severe allergies, chronic sinus issues, undiagnosed stomach issues, and nerve problems, among others.  After seeing specialist after specialist and beginning to feel like there was no hope I began a LIFESTYLE CHANGE.  I started learning and reading all about nutrition, changing my diet, cutting out foods, and exercising regularly.  After a few years I can now say I am off all of my medications with the exception of a preventive allergy pill.  I have more energy, my hair and nails started growing again, I no longer deal with my stomach issues, and my anxiety has subsided!

By learning to let go of bad habits and embrace change, I finally began to live the Happy and Healthy life I've always wanted to.

I have taken my passion along with my training as a school psychologist to create Think Happy Live Healthy, to inspire young children and adolescents that they have the power to change and lead a healthy and happy life.  If we can help children learn these skills now, together we can change their future.

 

Meet the Team

Our team is passionate about helping children and adolescents become the best versions of themselves and carry out their future goals.  We have a talented team of professionals who all bring unique experiences and talents.

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Christine Willing, M.Ed., NCSP

Founder & Partner 

Mrs. Willing has worked as a school psychologist in Northern Virginia for the past 8 years, before opening up her own practice.  Her extensive knowledge and experience includes working with special education laws and procedures, comprehensive psychological evaluations, developing IEP's, behavioral consulting, and implementing accommodations through a 504 plan.  Throughout her career, Mrs. Willing has completed hundreds of psychological evaluations on school age students, pre-k through high school. Her comprehensive evaluations contribute to the development of academic, social, and emotional supports for students.  She has also provided individual and group counseling to students with a wide variety of needs. Including, but not limited to, ADHD/executive functioning, social skill development, behavior management, and anxiety/depressive disorders.

Mrs. Willing received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from James Madison University and graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel-Hill. During her graduate studies she worked at the Frank Porter Graham Child Developmental Institute in Chapel Hill as a research assistant on the Carolina Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Project. There Mrs. Willing studied the language development in children with Autism, Fragile X Syndrome, and Down syndrome. She has also worked at the Duke University ADHD Clinic, where she supervised and administered psychological testing to participants.

Mrs. Willing is currently a Licensed School Psychologist.  Mrs. Willing has provided extensive therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from severe anxiety, depression, and executive functioning deficits. Mrs. Willing works to design and implement highly specific positive behavior support plans to reduce inappropriate behavior while enhancing adaptive skills to replace problematic behavior.  Mrs. Willing educates and trains the family and others who live and work with the individual to set up a consistent system of support across all settings.  Mrs. Willing is passionate about creating a positive  lifestyle in order to improve mental and physical health.  She  currently resides in DC with her husband.

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Stephen Quinn, Psy.D.

Partner

Dr. Quinn has over eighteen years experience as a mental health professional in a variety of clinical settings and is the founder and clinical director of Stephen Quinn, Psy.D. and Associates, Inc..  He has provided mental health services in a variety of clinical and community settings, including residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, home-based treatment outreach, private consultation and private practice. His clinical experience includes treating a wide range of psychological disorders, including: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, reactive attachment disorder, personality disorders, pervasive development disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, family and relationship issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities.

Dr. Quinn received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Arlington, Virginia. While completing his doctorate, Dr. Quinn served as the assistant director of a home-based treatment agency that served children and families in Fairfax County and as an adjunct faculty member in Psychology at Northern Virginia Community College. He completed his internship in Child, Adolescent and Adult clinical psychology at the The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, where he provided psychological treatment and administered psychological evaluations to patients of all ages.

In his practice, Dr. Quinn provides psychological consultation to individuals, schools and post doctoral psychology students seeking licensure in clinical psychology. His clinical focus is on psychological testing of children, adolescents and adults and providing psychotherapy to individuals of all ages. Dr. Quinn provides psychological consultation services to private schools and public charter schools in the District of Columbia. He has conducted hundreds of psychological evaluations (I.Q., achievement and social emotional) on school aged children (5 to 18 years) and adults. Through this experience Dr. Quinn has become familiar with the special education system, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and strategies to implement when an IEP is developed. Through his years of clinical practice, he has developed particular expertise in the management of child and adolescent behavioral challenges and the coordination of treatment plans among families, schools, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

Dr. Quinn is a native of Northern Virginia, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Meet our Staff

 

Jacklyn McMillan, LCSW

Jacklyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earning her Bachelors in Psychology from James Madison University, followed by her Masters in Social Work from New York University. While earning her graduate degree, Jacklyn worked at the Center for Community Alternatives, building and incorporating curriculum to assist youth with cognitive restructuring and behavior modification, as well as, preparing parents to integrate these techniques and changes into everyday life. Post grad school, Jacklyn has spent the past 7 years as an experienced clinician in Northern Virginia outpatient mental health for Fairfax and Arlington County. During her career, Jacklyn has provided services to a diverse population in regards to age, history/onset, severity of mental duress, symptom presentation, and clinical need. Jacklyn is skilled in delivering individual, group, and couples therapy. Her group work has included anger management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), substance abuse recovery, harm reduction, behavior modification, stress management, and Trauma Recovery and Empowerment (TREM). In private sessions, Jacklyn is able to use these modalities, as well as a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and solution focused therapy, to assist clients struggling from a variety of mental health stressors and needs including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, bipolar and psychotic disorders, communication, and self-esteem. 

 

Jacklyn is also a registered yoga teacher teaching both in Maryland and Virginia. Jacklyn incorporates yogic strategies and practices, including breath work, meditation, and the physical postures, in her approach to help support overall mind/body health for herself and her clients. This is an effective tool for all ages in managing responses to human emotion and cognition. 

 

Outside of clinical work, Jacklyn is very social spending time with family and friends, while also enjoying reading, her own yoga practice, and exploring the DMV area. 

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Ronayne “Ronne” Lancaster, School Psychologist

Ronne Lancaster has been a school psychologist in Fairfax County Public Schools for 18 years working
with children from preschool age through high school. She has extensive experience providing
comprehensive psychological evaluations and navigating the special education process. She has also
conducted individual and group counseling services to students with a variety of needs.

Ronne received her Masters of Science in Educational Psychology in 1998 and Certificate of Advanced
Graduate Studies specialization in School Psychology in 1999 from Northeastern University in Boston,
MA. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Providence College, where she majored in
psychology and minored in mathematics. Prior to being a school psychologist in Fairfax County, Ronne
Lancaster was a home-based therapist for the May Institute Center for Early Childhood Education
working with parents and children with autism spectrum disorders. She also worked at the May Institute
Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Rehabilitation, serving as a case manager for students with
traumatic brain injuries in a group home. In her spare time, Ronne enjoys running and hiking with her
husband and two dogs. She also enjoys playing golf, doing yoga, and reading.

Rachel LaBelle, School Psychologist

Mrs. LaBelle has been employed as a school psychologist in Falls Church City Public Schools for over ten years where she has gained experience working with children of all ages from preschool through high school. Throughout her career, Mrs. LaBelle has completed hundreds of psychological evaluations for preschool and school age students in addition to providing individual and group counseling. Moreover, she regularly consults with teachers and parents to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of children in school. She has extensive knowledge of special education laws and procedures as well as the development of IEPs and 504 Plans. Mrs. LaBelle has provided school psychological services to children with a variety of needs including, but not limited to ADHD and executive functioning, Autism, social skills, behavior management, and anxious and depressive disorders. Mrs. LaBelle has particular interests in mindfulness, mental health and wellness, and learning disorders.

Mrs. LaBelle earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University with a major in psychology and a minor in special education. From there, she earned her master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies from George Mason University in school psychology. She is a member of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists. She has met and maintained the qualifications to be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in the public school setting. Mrs. LaBelle is currently working under the supervision of a Licensed School Psychologist. When not working, Mrs. LaBelle enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

 

 

 

Get started today

To get started please email thinkhappylivehealthy@gmail.com