Our Mission:

The counseling mission at St. Mary’s is to facilitate healing growth, and wholeness.  Our staff are trained and experienced mental health professionals dedicated to providing counseling and psychotherapy within a context of Christian values, respect and empathy.

Click here for further information about ACOA/ACDF, Group Therapy and Releasing & Transforming Anger (RTA) programs.

Counseling Staff

Kathleen E. Scheg, JD, LPC, CEEP (703) 568-0525 uses her creativity, engaging style and heart centered presence to help clients heal, create more loving and fulfilling lives, and contribute to society. Ms. Scheg specializes in using mind-body-spirit approaches to address issues such as depression and anxiety, and also to promote personal transformation. She leads Releasing and Transforming Anger (RTA) groups, provides Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families psychoeducation, and empowers clients with traumatic childhood histories. Ms. Scheg has empowered individuals, couples and groups to achieve their goals for over 25 years. Prior to becoming a pastoral counselor, Ms. Scheg was an attorney specializing in health care, and served in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Richmond. She is a former Sister of Mercy.

Mary Ellen Ruff, LPC, ATR-BC  (703) 303-4983 is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Graduate Art Therapy Program.  She has worked for the past 16 years with children, adolescents and adults, at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Inova Kellar Center and the City of Alexandria Family Drug Treatment Court. Currently, Ms. Ruff is a Senior Therapist in the City of Alexandria working in the Center for Children and Families, serving adolescents and families with substance abuse and mental health difficulties. She uses a combination of art therapy and counseling to address issues such as depression, social skills, anxiety, substance abuse, and trauma.

We are available to help with:

  • Depression and loneliness
  • Marital distress
  • Life transitions Anxiety and stress
  • Family relations
  • Personal growth and life goals
  • Anger
  • Parent/child difficulties
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Abuse
  • Separation and divorce
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Domestic violence
  • Career counseling
  • Grief and loss
  • Personal work problems
  • Trauma
  • Peer relationships
  • Leadership development