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Dr. Stephanie Hardenburg, MA, PhD, LPC, LMFT, CSOTP

CURRENT: As the founder and owner of Counseling and Forensic Services Inc., a Virginia based corporation that she established in 2000, Dr. Stephanie Hardenburg’s reputation and professionalism have exceeded industry standards.  Along with an active and full caseload, including the management of multiple groups (including but not limited to sex offender groups, women’s groups, parenting classes, and groups for military families and veterans), Dr. Hardenburg is also responsible for the supervision of graduate-level interns and full/part time employees that make up the six branch offices of CFS; including locations in Woodbridge, Leesburg, Alexandria, Warrenton, Hopewell, and Emporia.  Included in her role as managing director, Dr. Hardenburg offers specialized education and training to her staff in the areas of marriage and family issues, as well as treatment and rehabilitation for registered sex offenders.

EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, and ACCOLADES:  Dr. Hardenburg earned her doctorate (PhD.) degree in Counseling from George Mason University, where she previously completed a masters degree in Clinical Psychology, during which time she was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology” honor.  As a testament to her education and skills, Dr. Hardenburg was subsequently hired at George Mason University as a professor in the counseling department, for which she taught several classes.  She went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She is also an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family therapy.  During her training, Dr. Hardenburg also studied at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy to learn unique forensic and assessment skills.   She utilized this unique skillset as an instrumental asset in the formation of a pilot project that offers therapy to adult sex offenders.  After 12 years of service for Prince William County, which included work for the Department of Social Services and the Community Services Board, Dr. Hardenburg was presented with a county commendation plaque from the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, specifically related to her work with adolescents, families, and dually diagnosed clients. 

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS:  Throughout her 25 years of committed service, Dr. Hardenburg has published numerous articles on solution-focused group therapy, counseling of children, and articles dealing with diagnostic subject matter.  A highlight of which included a publication entitled, “Solution 'Focused Group in Case Studies, Australia, and A Big Horrible Blob called Confusion: Solution Focused work with a child with stomach problems”.  Additionally, Dr. Hardenburg imparted a strong hand in the editing of two counseling books by Dr. Linda Seligman.  Along with Dr. Seligman and in addition to her publication experience, Dr. Hardenburg co-authored an article (“Diagnosis of Paraphilias”) for the Journal of Counseling and Development.  Furthermore, she has been a presenter for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  She has also been invited to be a speaker at the annual Virginia Sexual Offender Treatment conference.

SERVICES PROVIDED: Solution Focused Therapy, Evidenced-based Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Therapy, Group Counseling, Individual Counseling, Psychological Evaluations, Family Counseling, Supervision, Multicultural Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling

MEMBERSHIPS: American Psychological Association (APA), Northern Virginia Mental Health Counselors Association, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Virginia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (VATSA)

SELF FEE:  $150 to $200
Email: [email protected]

 Tracey Guard-Matos


Tracey Guard-Matos is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in the state of Virginia. Tracey earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from George Mason University and a Master’s in Psychology from Walden University. She has worked with Homeless Adults, Child Protective Services, Adoptions, as a Juvenile Probation Officer working with adolescent offenders and as an Intake Officer with the Juvenile Court. She has seventeen years of experiences working with adolescents and families in crisis. Tracey currently facilitates groups in the Alexandria office and completes psychosexual evaluations. She specializes in working with individuals with sexual offending behavior. Tracey holds memberships with the American Psychological Association (APA), the Virginia Sex Offender Treatment Association (VSOTA) and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
Email: [email protected]


Michael Kuhns

Michael Kuhns has been with CFS since 2002 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in the state of Virginia. In addition to working with individuals with sexual behavior problems, he enjoys working with individuals and couples in an outpatient setting. He has worked with juveniles over the course of his career and also provides Christian counseling services upon request. Michael regularly conducts both mental health and risk evaluations, and provides supervision to some staff members. He attended Cedarville University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology. He then attended Georgia State University and Richmont Graduate University where he earned a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling and a Master of Science degree in Christian Psychological Studies. While studying at Georgia State, Michael completed his internship with Dr. Gene Abel at Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta. It was there that he developed a passion for working with individuals with sexual behavior problems.
Email: [email protected]



Melissa Renner

Melissa Renner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in the state of Virginia. She graduated from Barton College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice/Criminology and a specialization in Forensic Science. She graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and another in Community Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Melissa has a strong interest in forensic science and criminology, and utilizes this interest in her current work with offenders. In addition, she spent six months as an intern with VanGuard Services, in Arlington, Virginia, working with people suffering from substance abuse. Since January 2007, Melissa has been a counselor and group facilitator for CFS, and facilitates relapse prevention groups in five districts. In addition, Melissa has four years’ experience working with individual adults and juveniles, as well as couples and families, with a multitude of problems. Theoretically, Melissa utilizes cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and systemic forms of counseling.
Email: [email protected]


Tamara Powell

Tamara Powell obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with a Masters of Social Work. She has been serving the needs of individuals and families in Virginia for over five years. She is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She specializes in working with sex offenders, children, and families.
Email: [email protected]


Robert Steele

Robert Steele currently works as a group therapist and polygraph examiner for CFS. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in 1999 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, he graduated from the Virginia School of Polygraph in 2007. He holds certification as a Sex Offender Treatment Provider as well as a Certified Clinical Polygraph Examiner. He currently maintains active membership with the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the American Polygraph Association.
Email: [email protected]


 Maria Loreto Miranda

Maria Loreto Miranda has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Chile. Maria Loreto received her undergraduate and mater’s degrees from Bolivariana University of Chile. Maria Loreto came to the United States in 2008 and has been working with the multicultural population since 2009 as a Bilingual Therapist.

Maria Loreto’s experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families.  She currently works in our Alexandria Office conducting groups on Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sex Offenders and Substance Abuse for the Hispanic population.


Tyreese McAllister


Tyreese is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  She is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in the state of Virginia and she has a national accreditation. She attended The University of the District of Columbia where she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. She then attended Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Post Master Certificate in Addictions Counseling. She completed the Virginia state training to conduct forensic evaluations in 2007.  She is a doctoral candidate at the University of the Rockies, pursing a Psy. D. with a specialization in Criminality and Justice.  Tyreese joined CFS in 2016 and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with sexual behavior problems, anger management, and domestic violence.  Tyreese provides services in our Woodbridge and Alexandria offices.                    Email: [email protected]