Adele D'Ari

405 N Washington St
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
United States
Office Phone: 703-533-8597
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP


Mental Health Professional

Family therapy was my first interest and I am a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Since 1990 I have worked with families who have been experiencing divorce and currently over half my practice is devoted to families struggling with separation and divorce using collaborative practice, mediation, parent coordination as well as family and individual therapy. I have also received extensive training in couples therapy with the Gottman Institute and the Center for Emotion Focused Therapy. I believe in working with couples and families it is important to have strong clinical skills and to keep up with the current research. I have been involved in the Collaborative Community for five years and it has been a wonderful addition to my work with my families. I founded the Northern Virginia Family Reflecting time, which has used narrative therapy with families for 21 years. Narrative therapy is a natural part of working in the collaborative process and working as a team has been always been an important part of my work. In addition to my clinical work as a collaborative professional, I have also been the co-chair of my local practice group-the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, and I am currently the chair of the Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals. I recently joined the board of the DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals as a member at large. I am also a founding member of the Collaborative Professionals Training Institute -CPTI that offer basic and advanced team trainings in the collaborative process.

Area(s) of Practice: Child Specialist, Divorce Coach, couples therapist
License(s): Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia ~Licensed Psychologist, Washington DC ~Approved Supervisor American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 1987-present

Professional Activities

Vice President Board - Give An Hour 2005-present ~Co-chair Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia-CPNV 2007-2011 ~Virginia Collaborative Professionals, Founding Member, Local Representative ~Adjunct Faculty George Washington University Professional Psychology Program 2000-2002 ~Chair Virginia Collaborative Professionals 2010-2011 ~DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals Board Member 2011 ~Faculty Collaborative Practice Training Institute-CPTI

Undergraduate Education

B.A. History, University of Vermont, 1972

Postgraduate Education

Gottman Couples Advanced Training, Seattle, Washington, July 200
Emotion Focused Therapy Advanced Couples Training, Ottawa Canada September 2009
Susan Johnson- 4 days
Emotion Focused Therapy Core Skills 8 Days over 5 months Spring-Summer 2010
Kathyrn Rhyme Falls Church, Va

Professional Education

Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., 1974
CAGS., Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study in Family Systems Therapy, Northeastern, University, 1981
Ed.D., Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 1988


I have worked with many attorneys, mental health professionals and financial neutral throughout the in DC and Virginia. I work as a divorce coach, child specialist, and a mental health neutral in mediation work with divorcing families. I particularly find the collaborative process conducive to families who want their children's voice heard along with the interests of both parties. Children do much better during this difficult time if they are helped to process this change in family structure in a positive way. The creativity and flexibility of the collaborative process allows a family to develop outcomes that are unique to their own family.