I began my career as a school counselor, where I honed my skills in working with children and teens. I quickly realized that, although I enjoyed working with kids, real change would happen much quicker if I involved the parents. This began my work in developing an expertise in working with families and couples.
A Little Background:
I received my Master of Education degree in 1988 from James Madison University and my Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1994 from Virginia Tech. From 1988 until 1995 I was an elementary school counselor for Fairfax County, VA where I gained a ton of skills on how to help children and families.
I began my private practice in 1995 at The Arbor Center, a group practice where I honed my skills as a counselor and learned from some of the best in the area. Since 1999, I have practiced independently, focusing on issues with children, adolescents, and adults.
My Present Activities
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, practicing in Reston, Virginia. Please visit www.neilmcnerney.com to learn more.
I am a member of the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty at the Virginia Tech Graduate School, where I teach a course on how to counsel children and teenagers.
I am a consultant for The ScreamFree Institute. I have helped develop a training program for parenting professionals to help create calm in families throughout the world. I am constantly amazed at the hard work of those working with parents, especially those in the armed services. We have had the honor of training on dozens of military installations, and continue to help those who are assuring our freedom.