Tips For Effective Communication

Victoria McKenna is a Life and Mental Health Coach based in Centreville, VA for Goose Creek Consulting. Victoria works with her clients to set and reach, realistic and reachable goals and break down any potential barriers to those goals. Victoria is a resident-in counseling with a range of experience providing health services in public and private settings. Victoria is currently accepting new coaching clients.

Tips For Effective Communication
  by Victora McKenna
Communication seems to be such a simple concept and is so accessible to us today, yet individuals, couples, and families, seek support from professionals to address this issue. Why? Because it is not so easy!  There are many elements during a conversation that an individual can practice to help the speaker feel heard and valued.

I would like to provide you with some brief tips to help improve you next conversation with someone you care about.

-Pay attention to your body posture and facial expressions.  Keep your arms and legs uncrossed to appear more open and accepting.

-Tune into your tone of voice and the speaker’s tone of voice.  When you speak use a tone that sounds interested.

-Look at the person who is speaking.  Use an appropriate amount of eye contact. This is a great way to show that you are listening.

-Listen.  Just listen.  All of your attention is on the speaker.  This can very difficult especially when you may disagree with what the person is saying. Try your best not to be formulating your answer in your head because if you are then you are not listening.

-Put the technology away.  It cannot be more important than the person in front of you sharing their thoughts and emotions.

-Do not give advice unless the person specifically asks you to help them solve a problem.  No one likes to be told what to do (especially teenagers).

-When the person is done speaking, try to summarize what you heard.  Start with ‘it sounds like’ or ‘it seems like’ then fill in what you heard.  That way you are not assuming you heard correctly and it tells the speaker you were genuinely interested and invested in the conversation.

-Remember this person is being vulnerable with you right now.  They are sharing their true thoughts and feelings with you.  They are trusting you and that is a gift in itself.

Don’t worry if you forget to do all of these things every time you speak with someone you care about.  If you are nonjudgmental and genuine, they will appreciate you taking the time to truly listen to them and help them feel heard and valued. 

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Appointments that Fit into Your Schedule

As people’s lives get busy, it can be difficult to find the time during regular business hours for appointments with your psychiatrist or coach. Which is why Goose Creek Consulting is now offering appointments for both Psychiatry as well as Life and Mental Health Coaching during evening hours and on Saturdays. Victoria McKenna and Dr. Imran Akram have started seeing patients during these hours.

Victoria is a life and mental health coach who works with people of all ages as well as groups through academic issues, occupational issues, relationship issues, mental health concerns, or other phase of life issues. She works with a variety of mental health issues including, ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, various risk issues, trauma related issues, and phase of life issues.

Dr. Imran Akram is a specialist in the field of adult, geriatric, and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Akram has worked as an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist at the University of Virginia, later at Alexia brothers in Chicago, and finally in Northern Virginia which has helped him to be proficient in dealing with both acute crisis intervention and chronic or maintenance treatment. He provides and helps coordinate comprehensive care for his clients, helping them find access to all the resources that they need for holistic care through a combination of utilizing community resources, coaches, social workers, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and others who can benefit his clients.

The option of having an appointment in the evening, during the week, or on Saturday has allowed those who would have previously been unable to make appointments. If you would like more information about Goose Creek Consulting’s new availability or on the clinicians themselves, please go to our website.

Victoria McKenna is Joining Goose Creek Consulting.

Goose Creek Consulting is happy to introduce Victoria McKenna to our practice. Victoria is a Life and Mental Health Coach who, helps guide her clients to achieve their goals and break down any potential barriers to those goals. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group settings. 

Victoria is a resident-in-counseling with a range of experience providing behavioral health services in public and private settings. She has worked as a life skills coach and mentor for a 21-year-old woman with Cerebral Palsy, served as a volunteer for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), and provided therapy services at a Connecticut psychiatric hospital program and an outpatient clinic in a university setting. Victoria currently provides mental health therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families as a therapist for Fairfax County.

In her work as a life coach, Victoria is working to support and empower individuals to achieve their goals utilizing her experiences and education. Pulling from her various experiences Victoria works with clients to identify and accomplish personal and professional goals. Using goal-oriented strategies to increase problem solving skills, Victoria helps clients through life transitions, career changes, career development, management of emotional triggers, low motivation, development of healthy coping skills, personal development, and leadership development. Victoria enjoys working with parents, adults, teenagers, and children with academic, career, or mental health related issues.

For more information about Victoria McKenna, life, or mental health coaching, you may contact us at 703-574-6271 ext. 700 or visit our website at