Patrice B. F. Garver, PH.D.
Director and Co-Founder
Patrice B.F. Garver is an accomplished mental health professional and licensed mental health specialist in Virginia. She consults with many professionals in the Virginia area, and her services are often sought by schools, medical professionals and organizations, specifically because of her work and training in child development and assessment. Dr. Garver has worked with children, families, and other specialists for more than 30 years, providing services for families in need, important feedback as a child specialist, providing services for at-risk families and, in recent years, providing services helping families parents and children navigate the stressors of separation and divorce.
She came to Reston Virginia in 1974 with her family and initiated her professional career working with children with learning and psychological needs. She has provided, over the years, support for families, couples and children undergoing various aspects of trauma, focusing on the “developmental crisis” and trauma of separation and divorce.
Dr. Garver has a long-standing educational and experiential background regarding psychosocial issues and the impact of the divorce process, providing special insights and navigating the separation issues and legal issues faced by families going through a divorce. Her training in mediation and collaborative divorce process has allowed her to provide a healthier way of addressing the legal and psychological aspects of divorce, offering a venue in which both parties can communicate personal interests and goals for themselves and for their children, as they separate and divorce, while continuing to co-parent with productive dialogue for the best interest of their children.
Education and Training
- PH.D., University of Maryland, Developmental Psychology (Human Development), 1987
- BA, University of Maryland, Special Education/Psychology, 1968-71
- BA, magna cum laude, University of South Florida (completed Special Ed/ Psychology program), 1971-72
- University of South Florida, Special Education Graduate Program: Learning disability certification, 1973-74
- University of Virginia, Learning Disabilities Certification for VA, 1975
- MA, magna cum laude, Antioch College, Developmental Clinical Psychology, 1977-79
- George Mason University, School Psychology Certification, 1980
- Kennedy Krieger Institute: Family Trauma Center, Post Doc/ Counseling training, 2010-11
- MA, Argosy University, Mental Health Counseling, 2009-2012
- Completed Required Training as a Mediator and Collaborative Mental Health Counselor, 2015
- Currently continuing in Advanced Training
Professional organizations and Community Services
- International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Member
- Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, Board Member
- Fairfax County Professionals, Member
- Steering Committee, 2015 – present
- “Give an Hour” services for families in need and military, Volunteer, 2012 – present
- American Counseling Association, Member, 2008 – Present
- Safe Community Coalition
- American Psychological Association, Member, 1990 – Present
- Fairfax County partnership group, 1996 – 2010
- Board of Trustees for Langley School, Board of Trustees, 1990 – 1994
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Parental Advisory Board, 2002
- Volunteer Services to scholarship students from Black Student Fund and other nonprofit organizations to assess and helpless psychological issues in educational placement, 1995 – Present