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Alexandria VA Counselors and Coaches

Get affordable in-person or online care — we accept most major insurances and have self-pay rates as low as $99.

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Brent Burhite
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Brent Burhite, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Brent Burhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia who has over 24 years of healthcare experience.  He has worked as a nursing assistant, EMT, Registered Nurse and PMHNP.  He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, sleep disturbances and helping individuals cope with overall life stressors.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Minot State University in 2005 and his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 2018 and is currently serving in the United States Air Force.  

Brent emphasizes the use of evidence based psychopharmacology coupled with cognitive behavioral strategies to treat mental health symptoms.  He strongly believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and stresses interprofessional collaboration with peers to meet unique client needs.  He is a firm believer that medication management is only a portion of treating mental health concerns and will help clients utilize all resources available to meet their treatment objectives.  

Brent seeks to form an authentic relationship with his clients in order to achieve therapeutic goals.  He understands that building a strong client/provider relationship is key to successful treatment and strives to create an honest, open and comfortable atmosphere to foster growth and healing. 

Education

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Mood disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Military issues
Bridget  Famogun
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Bridget Famogun, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Bridget U. Famogun is a compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science degree as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) PMHNP, and she is Board Certified. Before becoming PMHNP, Bridget was a Psychiatric Registered Nurse for eight years with a history of working in the hospital & clinical Trial care setting. Bridget completed her Master's in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Walden University and graduated with honors. 

Bridget earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, in 2010, and has worked in the nursing field since then.

Bridget is skilled in Psychiatric Assessment, Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medication Management, Health Promotion, Crisis Intervention, Clinical Supervision, and Healthcare Management.

Bridget has a passion for working with vulnerable populations. She is a firm believer in a holistic approach to treating disturbances in mental health that can involve medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatment modalities. Additionally, Bridget is interested in working with patients with eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, and talk therapy. Moreover, she is proficient in working with adult ADD, psychotic, mood, self-esteem, stress management, anger management, and anxiety disorders.

Bridget's main goal and focus as a PMHNP at Thriveworks is to grow and connect her knowledge and understanding of the brain's biology and interconnections, with the neuropathology of psychiatric illnesses and psychotherapy and prescriptive practice.

Education

Walden University
Master's in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Psych Testing
  • Autism
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • CBT
Camille Brenke
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Camille Brenke, PMHNP

**Camille offers services in Spanish.

Philosophy of Care

Camille Brenke is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, and dementia. Camille has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.

Camille completed both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also holds a minor in Spanish and certificate in Community Engagement. Camille is a culturally sensitive and queer-affirming provider.

Camille seeks to establish a genuine relationship with you and collaborate on creating a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and centered on you. It will focus on meeting your goals and improving quality of life.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Science

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Alternative and Complementary medicine
Christy Barongan
Self Pay Rate: $129

Christy Barongan, PhD

Philosophy of Care

Christy Barongan is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years of clinical and teaching experience. Christy received her B.A. in Psychology and English at the University of Virginia, her home state. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Kent State University. Her research and clinical interests were on sexual assault, eating disorders, and multicultural issues. After obtaining her Ph.D., she taught in the psychology department at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Mary Baldwin College. Christy worked as a psychologist at Washington and Lee University for 19 years, where she specialized in eating disorders, identity issues, multicultural issues, relationship issues, and mindfulness. Her philosophy of care is that all problems stem from a disruption in loving relationships with oneself, others, and their environment. Her goal in therapy is to help clients learn how to change their relationship to their pain and develop confidence in their ability to cope with the inevitable hardships we encounter throughout our lives. Christy is the co-author of the first edition of Multicultural Psychology and the author of the blog Normal in Training, in which she uses her own experience to demonstrate how to practice self-compassion.

Education

Kent State University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • Sexual Assault,
  • Eating Disorders
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Mindfulness
Crystal Miller-Williams
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Crystal Miller-Williams, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings over the last four years. Crystal has primarily served the community in school-based therapeutic programs to include group therapy, school-based outpatient, and individual therapy to provide support with ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, grief/loss, and life stressors.

Crystal attended Liberty University where she received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. She utilizes an eclectic approach to counseling including techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and faith-based counseling. Crystal has also administered clinical assessments for three years, helping children, adolescents, and adults connect with numerous mental health services.

Crystal enjoys providing support and encouragement to individuals from all walks of life to promote hope and healing. She has resided in the Lynchburg area for 12 years and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

Education

University of Michigan-Flint
MSN

Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Medication Management
Debra Morton
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Debra Morton, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Debra Robbins Morton is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has 23 years of experience providing mental health therapy and medication management. As a nurse Debra has delivered babies, taught childbirth and parenting, and cared for various medical troubles.

Debra completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Virginia, her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Norfolk State University, her Master of Science in Nursing as Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) at Old Dominion University, and her PMHNP at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Debra’s patients are grateful for her calm, supportive, and informed style of teaching them everything they will need to attain their best mental health.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
PMHNP

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep or Insomnia
Dee Jacobi-Edwards
Self Pay Rate: $99

Dee Jacobi-Edwards, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

** Offering Online Counseling Only**

Dee Jacobi-Edwards is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia and a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) in South Carolina who has helped individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years. Dee works with clients 18 to 99 years old. Her clients have presented with issues including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and relationship difficulties. Dee has also helped clients who have experienced fear or isolation caused by COVID-19. She understands that grief, loss, and bereavement do not only occur when someone dies, but also when a job is lost, or poor health occurs. Having been a hospice social worker, Dee has also counseled individuals and family members after a loved one has been given a terminal diagnosis.

Dee completed her Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Master of Education (MEd) in Rehabilitation Counseling at Springfield College. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, clients develop an understanding of the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and are encouraged to cultivate flexibility in the process, leading to change in automatic problem-solving responses. Other techniques used include mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and relaxation techniques.

Using a conversational style, Dee collaborates with her clients, whether an individual, a couple, or family members, to identify areas of concern. Together, she and her client analyze what the perceived difficulties are and identify achievable goals. In a supportive and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship, Dee encourages open communication to resolve conflicts from misunderstandings.

Education

The University of Texas at Arlington
MSSW

Specialties

  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Health/Physical Disability
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • End of Life/Death Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Divorce
  • Women’s Issues
Elena Papathanassiou
Self Pay Rate: $99

Elena Papathanassiou, Supervisee in Social Work

Philosophy of Care

Elena Papathanassiou is a Resident in Social Work in Virginia who is practiced in providing therapeutic care to teens and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, and the LGBTQIA+ community. She strives to maintain a high level of cultural competency while working with diverse groups of people and sensitivity to the unique struggles of those with intersecting identities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Elena utilizes strengths-based and person-in-environment theories while collaborating with the client to ensure their unique needs are met. These inform her usage of solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral techniques to provide evidence-based therapy that is flexible, responsive, and tailored to the individual.

Elena seeks to provide a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship with her clients that invites openness and insight to achieve your goals. Through collaboration and building on your strengths, she will assist you in developing a meaningful life in accordance with your values.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma
  • Teens/adolescents (12-17)
  • Adults (18-65)
  • Self-harm/Suicidality
  • LGBTQIA+
Fawn Workman
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Fawn Workman, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Fawn Workman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP) in Virginia with over 8 years of experience assisting adult clients struggling to cope with OCD, low self-esteem, insomnia-related issues, stress, trauma, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, grief, difficult life transitions, and more.

Fawn offers expert psychiatric services to her clients but is also able to work with those who are currently or just starting counseling with a therapist. She can help individuals to explore medication options that support their efforts towards mental wellbeing. Fawn can also assist patients as they work towards reducing their chronic stress and gaining stability in their health, social, and interpersonal realms.

Fawn looks forward to your consultation and is ready to help provide you with a unique psychiatric plan to help you attain your mental health goals with her expertise and professional support.

Education

Frontier Nursing University
Master's in Nursing and Post Master's Psychiatry Specialization

Specialties

  • Medication management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Women’s mental health
  • Special interest in Tourette’s Syndrome
George Wanke
Self Pay Rate: $99

George Wanke, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

George Wanke is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with 49 years of experience working with a wide variety of clients, from pre-teens to adults. George specializes in treating individuals who are struggling with mood management, thought distress, and behavioral mental health conditions such as ADHD, conduct disorder, or substance abuse issues.

George received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas and was a Family Therapy Training Supervisor for the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry. George has a strong familiarity with cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as DBT, and has taught DBT classes to groups in the past.

George believes that validation is a key component of the therapy process and setting mutually accepted goals is one of his favorite parts of working with clients. By partnering with George, he can help you to process major life transitions, mental health conditions, or interpersonal issues with a growth mindset, sharing his own experience and wisdom to guide your progress within each session.

Education

University of Kansas
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Family Conflict
  • Self Esteem
Jennifer Pittman-Dixon
Self Pay Rate: $239: intake $189: Follow-ups

Jennifer Pittman-Dixon, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care  

Jennifer Pittman-Dixon is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 16 years experience in the mental health field. Jennifer began her career in community mental health supporting those with severe mental illness with medication management and basic life skills. She spent 10 years as a Registered Nurse (RN) working inpatient psychiatric facilities with both children/adolescents and adults, including 4 years as Nurse Manager of a psychiatric unit for a nonprofit hospital. As a nurse practitioner, Jennifer has experience working with all age groups from 5 – 98 years old in a variety of  settings including private practice, community mental health, hospitals, and skilled nursing  facilities/nursing homes.

Jennifer completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of South Alabama. She has a passion for providing holistic care focusing on the mind, body, and spirit. She takes into account each individual’s culture, socioeconomic status, background, environment, lifestyle, and nutrition when developing a treatment plan. She also provides ample education and resources for patients so they may play an active role in decisions regarding their care and treatment.

Jennifer seeks to develop a collaborative relationship with you to assist you in meeting your goals and to create a life of peace and balance in your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Education  

University of South Alabama
Master of Science in Nursing  

Specialties  

  •  Depression  
  •  Anxiety Disorders  
  •  Trauma/PTSD  
  •  Stress Management  
  •  Mood Disorders  
  •  Adjustment Disorders  
  •  Insomnia  
  •  Neurocognitive Disorders
Jessica Lee
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jessica Lee, Supervisee in Social Work

Philosophy of Care

Jessica Lee is a Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW) with more than 2 years of experience working with children, adults, and families who are seeking help in coping with depression, anxiety, stress, self esteem, and life transitions.

Jessica earned her Master's degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Her approach is collaborative and interactive, with a trauma-informed and person-centered approach. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and applies a multi-modality approach, drawing upon psychodynamic, reality therapy, and solutions-focused therapy techniques.

Opening yourself up to the unknown can feel very vulnerable and scary—but Jessica knows that therapy can be a great place to find more adaptive ways of living and enjoying life. She committed to creating a therapeutic environment for my clients, and customizes her sessions to meet the needs of every unique individual.

Education

George Mason University
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
Josephine Bondje
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Josephine Bondje, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

My personal believe as a health care provider is the knowledge that every individual is unique in their own system.  Therefore, in order to achieve a maximum outcome in patient care, one must understand the patient from their own system.  I use this believe to deliver patient-centered care being mindful of the patient culture, environment and their believes. As a PMHNP, I strive to empower patient with information about their care to enable them autonomy decision about their care.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Ages 18+, Medication Management
Josephine Dakin-Davis
Self Pay Rate: $239: Intake $189 Follow-ups

Josephine Dakin-Davis, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the of state Virginia. With over 15 years of clinical nursing experience, I came to the realization that a sound mind is the precursor to the sound body hence my ardent passion for Mental Health. 

I graduated from George Mason University 2010 with my BSN, after ten years of nursing in diverse areas including mental health, I decided to get my MSN degree from Walden University, specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My vast experience has helped me to understand the philosophy of mental health and my nursing education has exposed me to a variety of health care settings. I’m goal driven, detailed oriented nurse practitioner, with patient satisfaction at the top of my professional agenda. I aim to create a cordial, warm and collaborative relationship with my peers and patients.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
Katherine Hughes
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Katherine Hughes, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Katherine Hughes is a dual, board-certified Nurse practitioner with specialties in family and psychiatric mental health. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Georgetown University in 1996, her masters in family specialty in 2012 from George Mason University, her post master's certificate in psychiatric mental health specialty in 2019 from George Mason University and her doctorate from Maryville University in 2015.

Katherine's goal is to build a collaborative relationship with patients, listen to their unique needs and implement a plan that affects positive change. She utilizes a combination of medication management and psychotherapy when necessary, implementing cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and solution focused therapy techniques. As a nurse practitioner, Katherine looks at and values the whole person when considering treatment goals.

Education

George Mason University
Maryville University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dementia
Lisa Swann
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lisa Swann, LPC, NCC

Philosophy of Care

Lisa Swann is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia; has been a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor II in the District of Columbia for the last 9 years. Lisa is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Her specialties include depression, suicide ideation, anxiety, complex trauma, PTSD, sexual trauma, substance abuse, support recovery, grief and loss, low self-esteem, chronic pain, and more.

Lisa holds a Bachelor’s in Human Development & Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. She is a catalyst for change and helps people transform themselves by guiding them through their challenges and empowering them to reach their goals. Her role as a therapist is to ensure a safe, collaborative, and creative place to explore the complexities and challenges of life. She believes therapy is about guiding people to achieve goals they may not think were possible, and assisting clients to learn to recognize their strengths.

Lisa is committed to helping adults and takes a person-centered approach using a strength-based model in working with clients. She brings cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to assist clients in their discovery, growth, and development.

Education

Argosy University
Master's in Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Suicide Ideation/Self-harm
  • Anxiety/Social Anxiety/Phobias/Panic Disorder
  • Complex Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Substance Abuse & Dependence
  • Support Recovery
  • Anger Management
  • Grief & Loss
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Low Motivation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coping with Childhood Trauma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Stage of Life Challenges
  • Career Guidance
Lydia Sharp
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Lydia Sharp, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Lydia Sharp is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) from Virginia, with 5 years of experience assisting children, adolescents, and adults with such issues as anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, anger problems, and other complex psychiatric conditions.

Lydia earned her Master's degree in Nursing Education. She previously served over 26 years in the military in a variety of patient settings such as Medical-Surgical Nursing and Perioperative Nursing (Walter Reed Army Hospital), and as a Nurse Administrator serving in Army Combat Support Hospitals located in California and Fort Bragg, and much more. She also gained direct psychiatric experience and knowledge by working in a Behavioral Health Service Community Health Clinic, which was also part of a behavioral school for troubled youths.

Lydia will prescribe and manage medications, diagnose and assess psychiatric problems, identify health goals, record symptoms and problems, provide therapeutic treatment, and educate clients and their families about mental health. Partner with Lydia to find the treatment methods that work best for you.

Education

Regis College
PMHNP

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Women's Issues
Meghan Rise
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Meghan Rise, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Meghan Rise is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been working in psychiatric care since 2013. Meghan has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. 

Meghan is highly experienced in medication management and treatment for clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as a variety of individual mental health disorders. She believes medication is a tool to help cope with mental health disorders and can be highly effective when paired with other treatments such as therapy. 

Meghan’s strength is listening to your needs and finding solutions to help meet your goals. She aims to build a warm and respectful partnership with each of her clients. She looks forward to working with you!

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, and PTSD)
  • Bipolar and Mood Disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Postpartum Depression / Anxiety
  • Grief / Adjustment Disorders
Nicole Powers
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Nicole Powers, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Nicole Powers is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has 5 years of experience in the field. Nicole specializes in medication management. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nicole believes in a holistic, client-focused care approach when it comes to treating her patients. She wants to treat the person in their entirety. Everyone's care is individualized and with therapy and medication recommendations. Nicole believes these are the building blocks for an excellent treatment plan and quality of life.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

Medication Management

Robert O'Byrne
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Robert O’Byrne, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Robert O’Byrne is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP) with more than 17 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are seeking assistance in coping with stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic fatigue, familial conflict, chronic illness, life transitional difficulties, and much more.

Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Florida and his Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. As a Nurse Practitioner, he has worked in both the acute care setting (inpatient) as well the outpatient settings. Robert served in the Navy for 25 years practicing as a clinician, as well as holding a variety of leadership roles that include Director of Mental Health and Medical Director.

Robert strives to offer every client an unprecedented level of personalized treatment, creating individualized plans that seek to address every client's specific needs. With Robert's assistance, you'll start working together towards a better quality of life with psychiatric care from Thriveworks.

Education

University of Virginia
Master's in Nursing

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
Shirley Hudson
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Shirley Hudson, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C

Philosophy of Care

Shirley Hudson is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who is passionate about providing evidence-based and personalized care to adult clients. Shirley began her health career treating patients in a wide variety of settings including spinal cord injury, intensive care, hematology, oncology, and medical surgical units. After years of practice as a registered nurse, she fulfilled her goal of completing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Old Dominion University and began practice as an FNP, specializing in gastroenterology and urology.

Through her years of experience at the hospital bedside and clinic, Shirley became more aware of the increasing need for psychiatric mental health care providers not only in underserved communities, but in all communities. In an effort to increase access to psychiatric and mental health services, Shirley continued her education and earned her Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Shirley believes that the best patient outcomes are built on the foundation of a strong and authentic patient/provider relationship. She values the client as an integral part of the treatment team and works diligently to provide education about all aspects of the mutually agreed-upon treatment plan, including medication and non-medication therapies. Shirley also has a mission to reduce the stigma of psychiatric disorders by educating patients, families, and the community about mental health disorders to reduce risk, promote wellness, and achieve healing.

Education

Liberty University
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

Old Dominion University
Master of Science in Nursing

Hampton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Christian
Stacey Calabro
Self Pay Rate: $99

Stacey Calabro, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Stacey Calabro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Virginia and Florida who has 30 years of experience treating adolescents, adults, and families with depression and other mood disorders, as well as anxiety, life transitions, PTSD, and relationship issues. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Trinity College in Vermont and earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston University.

Stacey utilizes a variety of therapy approaches to meet the individual needs and goals of her clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, skill-building, solutions-focused, and trauma-focused therapy. She always maintains the flexibility necessary to adjust the therapy based on her client's treatment needs and goals.

Stacey's primary philosophy of care is to establish a supportive and trusting relationship with you, building on your existing strengths and skills to reach your treatment goals. This working relationship will help you live the healthy life you desire and deserve.

Education

Boston University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Adolescent Life Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Issues
Uche Umejei
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Uche Umejei, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Uche Umejei is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed in the State of Virginia with over 20 years’ experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has been working in Mental Health and Behavioral Services for over 10 years.  She is experienced in treating adults with both medical and mental illnesses.  Being both Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, she applies integrative health care model in dealing with her patients.

Uche completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University, Master’s degree at Hampton University as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate degree at Old Dominion University, all in Virginia.  She completed her Post Master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP).  In her training as a PMHNP, she acquired extensive knowledge with children’s and adults’ mental health care such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar disorder, substance abuse and Insomnia.

Uche focuses on evaluating and diagnosing patients, along with treating them with psychotherapies. She prescribes medications and focuses on a holistic approach to healthcare. She diagnoses mental health issues, including substance abuse, depression, PTSD, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, anxiety disorder for both adults and children. With you working with her, she will be able to manage your mental illness and get you back to living your normal life. She is responsible for assessing your mental health status by studying your medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and identify risk factors that might be affecting your mental health. She manages your medications and ensures that your medications are accomplishing their intended job and also manage whatever side effects they may have.

She is compassionate and empathetic.  She educates and informs patients and their families about mental health issues and steps they can take to boost their care.  She takes care of mental illness of patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics and all people between.  She determines most effective plan of care by utilizing the knowledge of psychotherapy modalities and psychopharmacology, and in collaboration with other professionals to provide the best treatment for the patient.  She feels rewarded when she sees the changes and growth in her patients that she has facilitated.

Education

Hampton University
Family Nurse Practitioner

Old Dominion University
Doctorate

Specialties

  • ADHD for both children and adult
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Insomnia
  • Eating disorder
Wykemia Swan
Self Pay Rate: $239: Intake $189: Follow-ups

Wykemia Swan, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Wkyemia Swan is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of nursing experience. She specializes in assisting adults and seniors who are suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, chronic stress, fatigue, and more.

Wkyemia's personal experience with mental illness makes her especially passionate about providing effective treatment. Her desire is to help put you on the path to living a happier more meaningful life. Wykemia's goal is for you to achieve mental stability. She'll help you live up to your full potential through restorative communication and medication management

Take your life back, with assistance from Wykemia. Don’t let your lack of mental stability continue to control you. Allow her to assist you along your ourney. With proper treatment and support from Wkyemia, accomplishing your personal goals can become not only a possibility but a reality.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
Kristi Gannon
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kristi Gannon, LCSW

Kristi Gannon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both the state of Virginia and Florida. Kristi currently offers telehealth sessions only for both of those states. Kristi completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University.

Kristi has worked with diverse adult populations with different backgrounds throughout her career, including both on an individual basis and with couples. Kristi understands that no single approach to therapy works for every individual, and therefore integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered therapies, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve their desired goals.

Kristi is passionate about the work she does with her clients and uses a collaborative approach to empower clients in taking control of their own recovery. She offers an empathic, non-judgmental, and safe atmosphere that promotes growth and healing.

Kristi’s specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship problems
Stephanie Valeri
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Stephanie Valeri, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Stephanie Valeri is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has spent over 12 years as a nurse emphasizing the importance of therapeutic communication, empathy, and patient education. Stephanie has spent her time as a PMHNP focusing on treatment of multiple disorders across the lifespan. She understands that she is not just treating symptoms, but a person with a past, present, and future. Stephanie feels in helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options; they can make the best treatment decisions for themselves.

Stephanie completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech and then her Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN). She has returned to her love of behavioral health and completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Gonzaga University. Stephanie believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship where there is open communication and time for questions so the patient feels comfortable when they leave the appointment with their plan of care, and understands the next steps if this plan is not effective.

Stephanie believes a therapeutic relationship is the foundation of a strong treatment plan. In this line of thinking she takes the time to listen and understand the patient's history so that she can understand not just where they are now, but how they got here. Stephanie then works to help her patients meet their own goals for their future through medication management and therapeutic techniques.

Education

Gonzaga University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar I and II
  • Social Anxiety
  • Smoking Cessation
Ihsan Warren
Self Pay Rate: $99

Ihsan Warren, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Ihsan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 20 years of experience providing counseling to adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples, in both private practice and in substance abuse programs. Ihsan specializes in working with individuals and families dealing with addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. He has specialized training in family therapy and crisis intervention.

Ihsan enjoys working with all types of personalities and will work collaboratively with you to help you solve challenging problems and overcome stressful family situations. He approaches problems from a strength-based perspective and also incorporates cognitive behavioral and client-centered techniques to help you achieve your goals. Ihsan will help you identify your unique capabilities and strengths and help you work with your strengths as a starting point for change. He will empower and motivate you to find your own solution.

Education

Master of Social Work
Bryn Mawr College

Alaina King-Harvey
Self Pay Rate: $99

Alaina King-Harvey, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Alaina King-Harvey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who assists individuals in need of healing from depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, grief, and other mood disorders. She has 7+ years of experience assisting adolescents and young adults struggling with the above-mentioned needs, as well as ADHD, oppositional defiance, PTSD, school behavioral problems, and conduct disorder. Alaina also appreciates partnering with individuals experiencing daily life struggles and stressors such as relationship conflict, work dissatisfaction, and school or college difficulties.

Alaina's tailored approach allows her to utilize different therapeutic skills to best meet you where you are and achieve positive outcomes. She strives to foster a safe space that allows you to feel comfortable embracing growth by establishing a helpful therapeutic relationship.

"If you are experiencing any difficulties in life, one of the bravest things that you can do is seek help. I am here to help you accomplish your goals to live a happy, healthy, and successful life!" says Alaina. "Caring for others was introduced early in my life as I witnessed my family support foster youth in their homes, provide mental health services, and develop a nonprofit organization to support underserved populations — in honor of my late grandmother."

Education

Master of Social Work
George Mason University
Gelila Habte
Self Pay Rate: $99

Gelila Habte, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Gelila Habte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in depression, relationship issues, anxiety, substance abuse, psychotic disorders, and self-harm. Helping people is her passion — Gelila has been providing community-based mental health services in Fairfax County for the past 7 years and considers it a privilege to be in a position to help others. Her intention is to create a safe environment full of empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard that allows you to open up and share your story.

Gelila believes that each person is unique and will respond differently to each model of therapy. This is the reason why she provides treatment from an integrated framework, one that utilizes tools and techniques derived from solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Together we can identify your strong points, develop greater insight, interrupt unhealthy patterns, and enhance coping skills to improve your overall quality of life.

"Life can be stressful and at times emotions might overwhelm us, but with the right tools and support, you shall overcome every obstacle that stands in the way of your happiness," says Gelila. "If you are ready to make changes in your life and get closer to your desired goals, please reach out to me so that we can start the journey together. I look forward to meeting you."

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Relationship/Marital Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Self-harm
Afua Ayim
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Afua Ayim, PMHNP, DNP

Philosophy of Care

Afua is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has 15 years of experience in nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Afua acknowledges that each patient is a unique individual and should be treated as such. She engages with you to work together to achieve desired goals of treatment while respecting your preferences as the patient.  She works to provide patients and families with accurate and detailed information about their diagnosis to empower them to participate in their care.

Education 

George Mason University
DNP

Specialties

  • Ages 18+
  • Medication Management
Kate Hanselman
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more.

Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London. With over a decade of experience in mental health as a nurse, a first responder in New York, and a health professions educator, she is particularly passionate about working with health care workers, educators, and those in the helping professions. She has a unique familiarity with the challenges particular to these roles. Especially now, with the pandemic increasing stressors and diminishing opportunities for coping, everyone needs and deserves a little extra help.

As a PMHNP, Kate prioritizes a collaborative, creative approach. She offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that each person is the expert on their own life. Kate provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of distress. You do not have to struggle alone. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, Kate will meet you where you are, and together you’ll decide on a plan that fits your needs.

Education

King’s College London
Master’s in Science

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • OCD
  • Insomnia/sleep issues
  • Coping skills
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Medication Management
  • School Issues
  • Transgender
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+
Chinyere Ugwanyi
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Chinyere Ugwanyi, DNP, PMHNP

Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA—all with honors. Chinyere has 13 years of healthcare experience with 12 years of that as a psychiatric nurse and 7 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degrees of mental illness, in inpatient/outpatient settings. In addition, Chinyere has worked in a major community mental health system alongside nursing homes and feels comfortable working with a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions, including serious mental illnesses She has expertise in treating mainly adult patients, but can work with adolescent patients as well. She treats patients with disorders that include anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Chinyere’s approach to care of her patients is straightforward and clear. She is very professional, caring, respectful and strives to offer personalized mental health services. Chinyere seeks to build a lasting therapeutic relationship with you, while showing empathy with listening ears to your mental health concerns.

Chinyere’s goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality care while empowering them to live a successful, fulfilled life, alongside being in control of their mental health.

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