Thanks for taking your time to read about our counselors! Counseling isn’t a “one size fits all” service, and we understand that choosing the right counselor or therapist is a very big decision. At Thriveworks Counseling Charlottesville we’re very selective in our hiring process. We aim to bring you the best service possible, provided through a caring staff, highly trained to help with a wide variety of life issues. We hope you’ll be able to find the right fit for you!
Jennifer Smith, LPC
Jennifer Smith is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has over thirteen years of experience in the field and has a solid foundation in utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution focused therapy.
Jennifer is known for a warm, relaxed, empathetic approach to counseling; helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. Jennifer works with clients from a strength-based, positive and affirming approach.
Jennifer earned her BS degree in Clinical Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania, and her MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Jennifer works with a wide range of issues including: depression, anxiety, unresolved emotional issues, grief and loss, relational/family concerns, and substance abuse/co-occuring disorders.
Jennifer can also provides faith-based counseling to those individuals that want to incorporate this into their sessions.
Some of her specialties include:
- Relational and Marital Conflict
- Mood Disorders and Mood dysregulation
- Low self worth and/or lack of fulfillment
- Grief and Loss
Judith Carlisle sets herself apart by providing a holistic approach to treatment for her clients. As a Certified Life Coach, Substance Abuse Counselor, Certified Trauma Specialist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Wellness Coach and Registered Massage Therapist, Judith has a wide variety of highly sought-after qualifications that give her a unique ability to provide a multi-faceted approach to working with her clients. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psycho-Biology from Quinnipiac College, a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from George Mason University, as well as a Post Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. Judith also possesses a long history of working with the military community and has received several awards for her work in this field. She has been published in several venues on her passionate advocacy for the Wounded Warrior Policy and focus on reducing the stigma of the more Invisible wounds of war including PTSD, TBI and the addiction that often follows pain management care of this population.
Judith lead’s with her heart and follows a practice that integrates neuroscience and mindfulness with her clients. She possesses a strong knowledge base of various techniques such as MI, CBT, and a focus on Resiliency allowing her to individualize care for her clients. Some of her specialties include:
- Life Coaching
Amy Kite, LCSW
Amy Kite is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 28 years of experience in the fields of social justice and counseling. Amy has worked in a variety of professional environments including centers providing both hotline crisis support and in person crisis counseling. Her work has spanned many different sectors of the counseling field, ranging from a Community Service Board to Intensive In-home work.
Amy is a highly capable and passionate professional enthusiastic about helping her clients find hope, achieve their goal and improve their quality of life. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as her Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is experienced in helping people of all ages with a wide variety of issues, and her primary specialties include:
- Trauma experienced by all ages and genders
- Women’s issues
- Grief and loss
- Prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue, specifically where it manifests in the healthcare, mental health, and substance abuse professions
Amy is also very experienced with the LGBTQ community and has a deep passion for working with the Questioning and Transgender populations.
Anita Dean, LPC
Anita Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has served Charlottesville and the surrounding area for 26 years. She has provided counseling to individuals, couples, groups, children, and families in multiple settings including community mental health, private practice, residential, and a crisis treatment center. She has also supervised and trained many counseling interns from the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and other programs.
Anita believes that mutual trust and respect are absolutely essential in the counseling relationship. She knows that each client is unique, and she excels at understanding and collaborating with each client to find the most effective solutions for the individual. She works from a strengths-based approach, helping clients identify and build on the strengths they already have. Anita finds that those who have been through difficult times are much stronger than they may think. She is a supportive and encouraging guide to her clients as they navigate through new challenges and life transitions. One of her main goals is to help clients live fully in the present moment, rather than dwelling about the past or worrying about the future. She frequently uses CBT and DBT to help clients achieve this goal.
Anita excels in providing counseling for many areas, and some of her treatment specialties include:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Issues
- Divorce Recovery
- Women’s Issues
Glen Bowman, PhD
Dr. Glen Bowman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1993, with his predoctoral internship at Penn State University.
Glen has provided services in a variety of settings, including college and university counseling centers, outpatient mental health centers, and psychiatric treatment hospitals. His work with adults, children, couples and families has focused on issues related to stress and coping, identity development, sexual orientation, grief and loss, communication and anger management, perfectionism, social anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression, and substance abuse.
Glen integrates a variety of counseling techniques into his work, often focusing upon interpersonal relationships, utilizing principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and identifying individual strengths. He believes people are resourceful and often solve problems intelligently and creatively, especially when supported within the context of an encouraging and therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Bowman can provide comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation, to contribute to a better understanding of an individual’s cognitive abilities, personality factors, values, strengths, problem issues, and/or treatment needs. He is a long-standing member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Sharon Davis, LPC
Sharon M. Davis, M.Ed. is a passionate, experienced practitioner with over thirty-three years of practice in a variety of settings and with diverse clients. She works with adults, children, adolescents and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the individual needs of each client. These include both long-term and brief interventions, promotion of healing and desired change in a unique and respectful manner. She has had the privilege of witnessing dramatic transformations in clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and adjustment issues.
Sharon received her BA in psychology from Mary Washington College, her M.Ed. in counseling, and completed a counseling practicum from the University of Georgia. She is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia, as an LPC and LMFT in Oklahoma, and is a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Sharon also served a three year term on the Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselor Board. She is eager to apply her expertise with clients to aid them to heal, improve their quality of life, attain a sense of fulfillment, and learn life skills for the future.
Areas of expertise include:
- Children’s emotional and behavioral issues including trauma, family adjustments, attention deficits
- Play therapy
- Eating Disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Relationship challenges: couples and families
- Trauma therapy using EMDR
- Women’s issues
- Phase-of-life changes, grief, loss and end of life issues
- Life stresses, adjustments, and next-step skill-sets