Michael Fronce, LMFT

Michael Fronce, LMFT


Phone: (703) 587-5961

Locations: Alexandria, VA | Fairfax, VA

Michael Fronce is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly 10 years of marriage counseling experience.  He is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), indicating advanced training and experience in this field.  Michael specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time”, communication problems, and parenting issues.

I’m often telling couples that I’m an ally for their marriage relationship.  I’m here to be helpful.  I see things through a systems perspective, meaning I recognize that people both act and are acted upon.  My approach to working with couples is strength-based: finding what is working and building on those strengths to help create change.  Often this process is like good barbecue—slow and low.  It could be something that just needs a little attention or a new set of eyes looking at problems that are keeping you stuck.  Other times the issue is more severe and needs quick interventions.  I work collaboratively with you to discern the process that will work best for your unique relationship.  I’m an active marriage counselor.  I get you to look and talk to each other.  I move around.  I even get you to move around sometimes.  I help and encourage people to try new things in the session.  Ultimately we’re looking for new patterns, deeper connection, and rich intimacy.  I want that for you.

Sonya Thompsen Halsey, LMFT

Sonya Thompsen Halsey, LMFT


Phone: (310) 200-0499

Locations: Alexandria, VA | Fairfax, VA

Sonya Thompsen Halsey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has made helping couples a specialty for over 15 years.  She served as the Director of our Los Angeles, CA center before relocating to the Northern Virginia area.  She specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time,” communication blockages, and couples where one spouse doesn’t feel “in love” anymore.

As a couples specialist, my role is to help you understand the problem, help you understand where you’re stuck, help you understand that “thing” you do that sends you off the rails.  Great marriage counseling is an art form.  The way I work is to step into the dance with you and help you explore what is happening between each step, how you can learn new steps, and how you can find each other again in new and more intimate ways.  In its most basic form, this process is a commitment to be curious and open to learning about yourself and your partner.  Sometimes it’s just helping you out of a rut…where has that spark gone and how do we get it back?  Other times our work involves deep healing of hurts and the patience to regrow broken trust.  It is possible.  To be there, to see it, to witness the amazing, deep experience of love and attachment is profound and spiritual, and life-affirming.  I believe we can fall in love with the same person all over again, and like a bone that has been broken and healed, the new relationship is oftentimes even stronger than we possibly could have imagined.

Stacey Nicholson, LMFT

Stacey Nicholson, LMFT


Phone: (937) 418-6280

Locations: Alexandria, VA | Fairfax, VA

Stacey Nicholson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has made couples her specialty over her almost 10 year career. She is a military spouse who has her foundation in Emotionally Focused Therapy which helps couples heal and strengthen their attachment with each other. Stacey specializes in helping couples who have experienced an affair, couples who have communication difficulties or are “fighting all the time”, couples facing a partner’s deployment, and couples who have “lost the love” for each other.

Dance is a beautiful analogy for our relationships. In the best of times we’re safely held in the arms of our partner while our feet and bodies move in sync together. But life has a way of interrupting and changing our dance. We step on each other’s toes, we cause harm, we lose our rhythm altogether. Marriage counseling is simply some extra support to help the two of you stop the destructive dance, recognize what happened, and find new and healing ways to reach out and connect with each other again. I’m a friendly, empathetic, and warm person. I’m engaged with you in this process. I work from a strengths-based perspective, encouraging and empowering you to find ways of healing that are most natural for where you are. I believe in the potential of our relationships. I’ve seen countless couples find their way back to each other with a deeper, more secure, and more intimate bond then they ever thought possible. I want that for you.

Dr. Marianne Niles, Ph.D.

Dr. Marianne Niles, Ph.D.


Phone: (920) 251-0429

Locations: Alexandria, VA

Dr. Marianne Niles is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in couples counseling and parenting issues.  She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and has 20+ years of helping couples and families achieve success.  Her specialties include helping relationships that have experienced an affair, lack of communication, couples who are constantly fighting, and relationships where one partner doesn’t feel “in love” anymore.

I believe over our lifetime we become truly bonded with only a few people.  We share our time, intimacy, struggles, children, and hopes and dreams.  These relationships are precious and fragile.  Time and circumstance and life’s little distractions can wear on the fabric of these special unions.  We ignore our marriage, we wound our marriage, or we simply wake up and realize we’re strangers instead of lovers.  The good news is that within each relationship struggle are endless possibilities for success.  I believe the love connection couples made with each other in the beginning can be reinvigorated, renewed, and strengthened through this counseling process.   Couples counseling invites both individuals to make themselves vulnerable, to imagine the possibility that they may play a role in difficulties, and to agree to venture into the uncharted territory of a new relationship design or agreement together.  You’ll find me to be a warm, open-minded, and optimistic guide.   I believe that both old and new wounds can be healed, that there can be renewed support and comfort, differences can be understood and negotiated, and that hope and joy can flourish.  Even though couples counseling is difficult, the rewards couldn’t be greater, both in the short run and over a lifetime.