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Parent and Child

Our parenting coordinators (PCs) are  our experienced attorneys, psychologists, and mediatrors adept in working with co-parents who experience persistently high levels of conflict, in order to facilitate and implement a resolution of specific disputes. PCs listen carefully and impartially to both parents, evaluate, and thoroughly research the specific circumstances impacting the parties, at times meeting directly with the children and their children,  help educate parents about the ages and stages of child development, effective communication, and interpersonal dynamics, and ultimately offer a written decision on behalf of the parties in the children's best interest.

Conflict Resolution


We offer full-service family and divorce mediation from the early stages of contemplation and exploration (of what separation might entail) to a final written  settlement agreement that may be filed in court if desired by the parties.  Our model is unique in that it is the only of its kind-- informed by psychological theory, law, and experts in child development. We have a longstanding reputation for success in helping even the most high conflict clients to reach mutually satisfying resolution in a calm and respectful process with longterm benefits consistently reported by the parties.

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Outdoor Family Day

Our parent educators and child development experts are psychologists and social workers grounded by relational- attachment and family systems theories.  Mother and daughter team, Glory Dierker, Ph.D. and Maggie Dierker, MSW-JD, both certified parent educators by Virginia Supreme Court, offer co-parenting seminars including the specific legally required class forparents of minor children seeking divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This course, Parenting Together, Living Apart is a 4-hour course designed by Dr. Dierker and offered monthly.

**Additional parenting courses and topics available upon request and sufficient interest. 

Our mental health practice consists of clinical psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors. We work with individuals of all ages throughout the lifespan, as well as couples, families, group therapy, child development and play therapy, parenting education and coaching, clinical assessments,  custody evaluations, and other psychological and educational testing and assessment. We are unique in our coordinated approach among family members and professionals. Treating all patients, clients, colleagues with inherent  dignity and respect are among our highest values.  

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Coaching is a process designed to support individuals in identifying, understanding, and addressing the obstacles that inhibit us from reaching our goals. 

Supporting and enhancing the lives of individuals and families 

throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region from our offices in Falls Church, Virginia.

child focused mediator
individual psychotherapy
Supporting and enhancing the lives of individuals and families 
throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region since 1989.

Welcome! The Family Center is a multidisciplinary private practice comprised of psychologists, social workers, counselors, mediators, coaches, attorneys, parenting coordinators, and child development specialists/educators. 

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of mental health care and treatment to individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and in all stages of life.

We specialize in coordinating treatment and services for multiple family members. Our model is unique in that our diverse  and compassionate professionals collaborate effectively and regularly as needed to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive approach.

Our practice's core values include integrity, competence, the importance of interpersonal relationships, social justice, and the inherent dignity and worth of all. We look forward to getting to know you. 


The Family Center is located in Falls Church, Virginia, with easy access to both Washington, D.C., and Maryland. 

Our offices are in Rock Spring Professional Center, at the intersection of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Columbia Pike.


There is free and ample parking. 

Most of our therapists are currently offering sessions predominantly via Telehealth.


We do hope to be back in person as soon as it is safe.

5691 Columbia Pike, Suite 200

Falls Church, VA 22041

Tel: 703-998-5606

Thank you for your inquiry. We have an ongoing waiting list and sincerely apologize for any delay in responding. We will do our best to connect you with the appropriate professional. Thanks again! 

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