Kristin Harkins, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in Alexandria, VA available for individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and family therapy

Kristin Harkins, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Kristin Harkins is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She is currently accepting new clients ages 13 and older for individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family therapy.

Initial assessments are between 1 and 1.5 hours in length, and follow-up appointments are 50-minute sessions.

Ms. Harkins is also available to work with clients remotely (via teletherapy) when desired and clinically appropriate.

Kristin Harkins, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Kristin Harkins is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who provides individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family therapy to clients ages 13 and older.


From her undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of California Los Angeles, Kristin gained an appreciation for how social and environmental aspects of a person’s life affect their mood state and responses to stress. In 2001, she completed her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California.

Professional Involvement and Academic Affiliations:

Ms. Harkins has held a number of clinical and supervisory positions in her field. She has served as an adjunctive professor at Loyola Marymount University, in their Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology, and has provided training and support to fellow clinicians.

Theoretical Orientations and Treatment Approach:

As a skilled counselor and clinician, Ms. Harkins uses a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies and theoretical approaches, including cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, family systems, and solution-focused techniques. It is Ms. Harkins’ belief that a strong therapist-client relationship is essential to treatment. While establishing trust in an emotionally safe environment, she utilizes a strengths-based approach that builds on her clients’ innate strengths to help them achieve their goals. Ms. Harkins’ therapeutic style is supportive, empathic, and active, and she regularly teaches pragmatic skills designed to foster a sense of empowerment.

Areas of Clinical Focus:

 Over the course of her career, Ms. Harkins has worked with clients of all ages, across various settings. She regularly addresses issues involving depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, disruptive behaviors, interpersonal challenges, partner relationship issues, and parenting challenges, amongst other concerns.

Have questions?  Interested in scheduling?

Please call us at (703) 596-1024 or complete our contact form.

For more information about mental health conditions, psychiatry, and treatment, the American Psychiatric Association's and NAMI's websites offer excellent resources.

Client Testimonials:

“Kristin Harkins is by far the most compassionate and caring therapist that I have ever seen. I appreciate her mind, body, spirit approach to counseling which has really helped me to take a broad look at what healing and self care means for me. This year I have been able to make a lot of progress towards healing and it wouldn’t have been possible without her help. I will always be grateful.”


“Kristin Harkins is one of the best therapists I’ve encountered, and I have seen a lot. She is thoughtful, compassionate and really knows her stuff. She has helped me get through some really difficult life changes, and I can’t recommend her enough.”


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