About Ms. Dalby


I have been providing counseling services in Loudoun County since 2000.  My office is located in Lansdowne, Virginia, where I provide therapy for adults and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD or relationship issues.  My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from James Madison University followed by a Masters in Social Work in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth University.  I obtained my License in Clinical Social Work in 1998. During my master's degree program, I worked at Dominion Hospital, an inpatient facility for the treatment of mental health issues.  After graduating from VCU, I worked as a Hospice Social Worker, supporting patients and families who were facing end of life issues.

I strive to enhance my skills and knowledge through Continuing Education, with a focus on the most current treatment options and best therapeutic practices.  Below is a summary of my trainings.


Post Graduate Education:


2023  Completion of Self Compassion Workshop Kristin Neff

2023 Completion of Compassion Workshop Stanford University

2021 Restorative Breath Training with Kathleen Barrett  Sept 2021-Jan 2022

2019 Bessel van de Kolk: How the Body Keeps the Score

2018 Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems

2018 Certificate of Completion: Internal Family Systems with Richard Schwartz

2017  Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauman Level 3: Janina Fischer

2016  Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauman Level 3: Janina Fischer

2015  EMDR 3 Day Intensive Training:  Linda Curran

2015  Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma Level 2:  Janina Fischer

2015  Yoga Teacher Training:  Level 200

2014  Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma Level 1:  Janina Fischer

2014  Sensorymotor Psychotherapy Institute: Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses

2013  Life Force Yoga for Depression/Anxiety, Cert. Program, Amy Weintraub

2013  Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Core Skills Advanced Training Intensive

2012  Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Externship

2012   Internal Attachment Disorder:  Janina Fischer

2010  New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment:  Bessel van der Kolk, MD

2010  Zen, Mindfulness, and Therapy, Cape Cod Institute

2010  The Power of Mindfulness, Ronald Siegel

2007  Trauma Certification Program, University of Maryland

2001  Relationship Enhancement Training, Nat’l Institute of Relationship Enhancement

1996  Gestalt Therapy Training, Rudy Bauer, Washington, D.C.

1990  The Art of Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care and Consultation Centers



Professional Affiliations


  • Member of International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Member NICABM (NICABM)
  • Member of Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers (GWSCSW)
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How much we know and understand ourselves is critically important, but here is something that is even more essential to living a wholehearted life:  Loving ourselves.

      ~ Brene Brown

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