Meet the Quarternote Counseling Clinical Staff
Please read below for an introduction to our seven highly skilled therapists.
- Gillian Clissold, LPC
- Margarita Johnson, LPC
- Nana Aba Otabil, MS, Resident in Counseling
- Jessica Nolan, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling
- Alexandra Dwight, MA, Resident in Counseling
- Meredith McGinn, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling
- Rachael Mindas, MA, R-DMT, Resident in Counseling
Gillian Clissold, LPC
Gillian Clissold, LPC (License # 0701006150) is the owner and clinical director of Quarternote Counseling LLC. She provides services in English and Spanish on-line and in-person for teenagers and adults experiencing trauma symptoms, dissociation (including Dissociative Identity Disorder), anxiety, depression, addiction, attention challenges, and mental health symptoms related to gender identity and sexual orientation. She is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Gillian has completed advanced (“Level 3”) training in Internal Family Systems, and has received extensive additional training regarding trauma and dissociation from renowned experts Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dr. Frank Anderson, Farnsworth Lobenstine, Bruce Hersey, and Dolores Mosquera. In addition to supervising and facilitating training of Quarternote Counseling therapists, Gillian also provides training to outside therapists regarding treatment techniques for Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Due to her clinical and business responsibilities, Gillian has a limited caseload and prioritizes those clients with Dissociative Disorders. Gillian has a strong social justice agenda and is particularly committed to serving immigrants and individuals who have experienced incarceration. She is familiar with a wide range of cultures in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean due to her previous career in International Relations (PhD from London School of Economics and 10 years as a professor at Georgetown University). Gillian provides a warm supportive atmosphere for therapy and sees her role as helping clients access their own internal healing resources. Gillian competed in the equestrian sport of “Eventing” at the advanced national championship level and remains an avid horsewoman.
Margarita Johnson, LPC
Ms. Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in both Virginia and Texas, (VA License # 0701010036 and TX License #83962.) She provides services to clients ages 16 to adult in both English and Russian via telehealth. A native of Ukraine, she attended a rigorous multi-year post graduate program at the Moscow Gestalt Institute and practiced for several years as a psychotherapist overseas, focusing in Clinical Gestalt Therapy, Body Focused Therapy, and Crisis and Trauma Counseling.
Ms. Johnson is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), is certified in the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and is also certified Gestalt therapist. In addition to her role as a therapist at Quarternote Counseling, she serves as Quarternote Counseling’s Assistant Clinical Director for Trainings. She approaches counseling from a trauma informed and holistic perspective, and is constantly continuing her education.
Nana Aba Otabil, MS, Resident in Counseling
Nana Aba Otabil (License # 0704012061) graduated from Johns Hopkins University with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently licensed with the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Resident in Counseling. She was born in Ghana, West Africa and moved to the United States at age 15 to pursue her education. Because of this, she understands the overwhelming experience that immigrants face. Nana Aba provides services to adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, attention, and trauma issues. She focuses on creating an integrative experience for each client, adapting each therapeutic session to meet their individual goals.
She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is in the process of being trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and has a particular flair for helping individuals struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Nana Aba enjoys being creative and imaginative. She loves to incorporate art, writing, music and photography into sessions to encourage clients to explore their internal world using creative outlets, should they express an interest in doing so. She aims to provide a safe and warm space for each client to explore their therapeutic journey. Nana Aba currently provides services only online via Telehealth.
Jessica Nolan, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling
Jessica (Jessie) Nolan (License # 0704013294) is a Resident in Counseling and works with preteens, teens, and adults. She also provides couples counseling. She specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma (including complex trauma and relational trauma), dissociation, and personality disorders. She approaches each individual as a unique person capable of growth and healing.
Jessie received a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Development from George Mason University and has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She integrates that training with psychodynamic approaches, mindfulness practices, and LGBTQ+ affirming care. In addition, she uses principles and techniques from Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, as appropriate.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Jessie taught and mentored people from diverse backgrounds. She lived and traveled in Asia for two years and speaks Japanese. Her style is strengths-based and collaborative, and she welcomes individuals from diverse and intersectional backgrounds.
Jessie offers sessions both in-person and online.
Alexandra Dwight, MA, Resident in Counseling
Alexandra (Allie) Dwight is a Masters-Level Resident in Counseling registered with the Virginia Board of Counseling (License # 0704013337). She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida State University in 2017, and graduated with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2019.
Allie provides services to clients ages 5 to adult, specializing in adolescents. Allie believes in the transformative power of art. She takes an empathic, strengths-based approach that empowers clients to be their best selves. Allie believes that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor leading to long-lasting change.
In addition to her training in art therapy, Allie is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sand Tray. She specializes in providing services to adults who have experienced domestic violence, as well as children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disturbances. She has worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, grief, emotional abuse, relationship conflicts, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Allie approaches counseling from a trauma informed and person-centered perspective. She strives to walk alongside clients on their own unique path to creativity and well-being. Allie incorporates art interventions, mindfulness, and grounding techniques into sessions. Through a caring and collaborative relationship, Allie aims to hold a safe space in which individuals can develop new coping skills and perspectives, safely process trauma at their own pace, and improve overall well-being. Allie is currently accepting only online clients.
Meredith McGinn, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling
Meredith McGinn (License # 0704013989) is a licensed Resident in Counseling who focuses on guiding individuals on a journey toward self-empowerment. She believes that with the right tools, individuals are able to gain the skills and confidence that will help to enhance the quality of their lives. She has had experience working with people from diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Meredith specializes in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, as well as substance use disorders.
Using a humanistic approach, Meredith collaborates with the client on their goals for treatment. She integrates evidence-based theories and interventions into sessions such as: Psychodynamic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, Motivational Interviewing and Internal Family Systems.
Meredith received a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Studio Art from Eastern Connecticut State University. Additionally, Meredith has received supplemental training on LGBTQ+ Awareness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care. Meredith has had experience working as a behavioral therapist, a crisis listener, an art therapy intern as well as a teacher. She works with adolescents and adults.
She is available for both in-person and online therapy.
Rachael Mindas, MA, R-DMT, Resident in Counseling
Rachael Mindas (License # 0704014020) is a Resident in Counseling, and a Registered Dance/Movement therapist who works with children, teens, and adults. She specializes in depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and substance use. Rachael has experience working with individuals with an array of physical, cognitive and intellectual needs.
Rachael received a Master of Education degree in Dance/ Movement Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. She believes the therapeutic process is about self-discovery, and practices from a person-centered approach with strength, and solution-based focuses. Rachael holds a multicultural framework that recognizes and honors each part of the client’s identity.
Rachael has experience in providing individual and group therapy, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Rachael prides herself on creating genuine experiences for the individuals she has the opportunity to work with, as she believes therapeutic connection is at the core of dance/movement therapy and counseling.
Rachael offers sessions both in-person and online.