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Counselors, Therapists and Life Coaches in Alexandria, VA

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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
Brooke Varma
Self Pay Rate: $119

Brooke Varma, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Brooke Varma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 15 years of experience supporting a wide range of populations through a variety of life’s circumstances. Brooke has extensive experience working alongside individuals, couples, and families and has a passion for supporting individuals within the disability community.

Brooke completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at George Mason University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is Wrightslaw trained. Brooke received the Social Justice Award from VCU and has continued to receive praise for her work. She was the recipient of the Martha Glennon Disability Inclusion and Equality Award from the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board, a nominee for an award from the Fairfax County Special Education PTA, and has been featured on local news media outlets.

Brooke utilizes collaborative, strength-based, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and narrative approaches in working with her clients to empower individuals to take informed and supported next steps. She believes that meeting individuals where they, taking the time to understand their unique experiences, and partnering with them is what creates the best opportunity for success. Brooke seeks to create an environment of authenticity as she comes alongside you to support you in taking the next small step on your journey. And then, another.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Adoption and Foster Care
  • Attachment Based Family Therapy
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Christian Counseling
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
Courtney Breven
Self Pay Rate: $119

Courtney Breven, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Courtney Breven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has 5 years of experience working with teens, adults, and families as they embark on a journey towards change. Courtney has experience working with families touched by foster care and adoption; individuals exploring their sexuality and gender identity; individuals learning to manage anxiety and depression; and families and individuals navigating life’s transitions. She also has experience working with couples that are non-monogamous and/or polyamorous.

Courtney completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is passionate about partnership in the therapeutic setting--believing that you are the expert on your own experience. Using a collaborative, strengths based, and emotionally focused approach, Lori will help you to see your areas for growth as connected to a larger experience, while offering practical and useful coping skills.

By meeting you where you are and gently pushing you towards your identified goals, Courtney hopes to help you progress in your unique journey. The first step on the journey is the hardest, and you’ve already taken the first step. Courtney invites you to continue on this journey by scheduling today!

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life’s Transitions
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
Dwan Rowe
Self Pay Rate: $119

Dwan Rowe, LPC, LSATP

Philosophy of Care

Dwan Rowe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has 8 years of experience proving outpatient and community-based treatment. Dwan has partnered with various populations including children ages 7 and up, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Topics of specialty include mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia), life transitions, women’s issues, ADHD or poor impulse control, substance use issues, and relationship issues.

Dwan completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling with Post Baccalaureate in Addictions Counseling from Capella University. Dwan is also licensed in the state of Indiana as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Dwan believes that all people deserve to be happy and fulfilled with every aspect of their lives. Dwan believes that changing unhelpful behaviors can improve the overall quality of life for any client. Dwan utilizes strength-based, trauma-focused, collaborative, cognitive or dialectical behavioral, mindfulness-based, solution-focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility, and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple.

Dwan’s strengths are using humor, being nonjudgmental, and having a real desire to help others. She seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Capella University
Master's in Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Use
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • ADHD/Impulse Control Issues
  • Women’s issues
  • LGBQIA
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
Ebony Fenwick
Self Pay Rate: $119

Ebony Fenwick, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care 

Ebony Fenwick is a Board-Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC-BC) and Resident in Counseling (RIC) in Virginia who has over 10 years of experience working with adults who are suffering from addictions, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, and PTSD.

Ebony earned her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland—Eastern Shore. Recently, she began her doctoral studies with Walden University to focus on Counselor Education and Supervision. Ebony strives to provide excellent care to those who are dealing with a variety of personal issues that may result in negative emotions. Her theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but has experience utilizing other therapies to assist her clients. She has completed training in Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model and Moral Reconation Therapy.

Ebony is passionate about providing those she serves with the educational tools and emotional support to manage whatever challenges they are facing. Using compassion and empathy, she empowers others to make progress along their self-healing journey. Create a personalized treatment plan with Ebony's assistance, one that prioritizes your mental health needs.

Education

University of Maryland—Eastern Shore
Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling

Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD
Elizabeth Spresser
Self Pay Rate: $119

Elizabeth Spresser, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Spresser is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 20 years of experience supporting a wide range of populations through a variety of life’s circumstances. Elizabeth has extensive experience working alongside individuals, couples, and families. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, stress management, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, serious mental illness, grief and loss, adjustment, relationship, and co-dependency issues.

Elizabeth completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at Penn State University and her Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. She utilizes compassionate, collaborative, strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, solution-focused, and emotionally-focused approaches to therapy. Elizabeth works to maintain an environment of creativity, flexibility, and awareness necessary to best meet the unique needs of each individual and couple.

Elizabeth’s therapeutic style consists of nonjudgment, validation, and supportive confrontation to promote change and growth. She seeks to establish a collaborative and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better empower you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you desire.

Education

Brigham Young University
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Codependency
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • PTSD
  • Stress management
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Life transitions
  • Women’s issues 
  • Grief & Loss 
  • Self-Harm Behaviors 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Women’s Issues
  • Teen issues
  • Family and Relationship Issues
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
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
John Howard
Self Pay Rate: $119

John Howard, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

John Howard is a Licensed Professional Counselor Resident in the state of Virginia. He has experience providing therapeutic care and clinical assessment to adolescents, adults, and couples dealing with depression, anxiety, autism, behavioral issues, self-esteem, and identity development.

John completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Dallas and received his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. He utilizes collaborative, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered approaches to therapy, integrating the most productive methods for helping clients deal with their presenting needs. John truly believes the connection between therapist and client is paramount to creating an open line of communication to ensure trust, reliability, and consistency.

John believes we each see the world through our own lens and form a worldview that is a unique combination of our background, personality, and development.  He looks forward to fostering that connection to help you meet goals, stay motivated, open-minded, and see meaningful growth.

Education 

Marymount University
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationship Issues
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
Kat Milberger
Self Pay Rate: $119

Kat Milberger, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Kat Milberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a fellow human being! Kat (any pronouns are welcome--they/them, she/her, he/him are all fine!) is committed to embracing life and helping others to work through life’s challenges to rediscover empowerment, joy, and connectedness. Kat understands that we cannot always choose the cards we are dealt; sometimes we deal with fear, loss, rejection, isolation, stress, anxiety, and pain due to personal or societal events that we have no control over. In counseling sessions, Kat can help you unpack, examine, and better understand the weight that you are carrying so that you can let go of things that you don’t need and build the tools to carry the rest with greater ease.

Kat completed their bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Studio Art at the College of William & Mary and their Master of Social Work (MSW) at Virginia Commonwealth University. In Kat’s spare time, they enjoy live music, art and poetry, exploring nature, lifting weights, skating, and working on their camper van.

Kat works through a mindfulness, culturally-affirming, and trauma-informed lens and has a cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and sensorimotor background. They are currently in training for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) certification. Kat uses dialogue, mind-body work, and creative therapies to help you non-judgmentally explore, be curious about, process, and make changes to your patterns of thinking, feeling, and doing.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Autism Spectrum, ADHD or other Neurological Differences
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma and Trauma-related Challenges, PTSD
  • Romantic Relationships, Sexual Difficulties, Polyamory
  • Family and Friendship Conflicts
  • Gender and Sexuality Concerns
  • Self-advocacy, Assertiveness and Communication Skills
  • Anxiety, Phobias, Panic
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anger Management, Impulse Control, Frustration Tolerance
  • Depression and Isolation
  • Health-related issues, Disability
  • Discrimination and Systemic Oppression
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
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
Maclovia Butler
Self Pay Rate: $119

Maclovia Butler, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Maclovia Butler is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of Virginia and Georgia, and a National Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors. Maclovia has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field and more than 12 years as an LPC. She has worked with adults, children, and families in private to non-profit settings, specializing in clientele dealing with depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Maclovia completed her Master's in Counseling at Regent University. Her therapeutic approach involves modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, and positive psychology. She has a deep appreciation for cultural diversity and for the uniqueness of the human race.

Maclovia has traveled abroad extensively and has worked with patients from the Americas, Asia, and Africa. She believes that when one is frequently exposed to diversity, one develops a greater sensitivity towards another's life story. She is also proficient in Brazilian and Continental Portuguese.

Education

Regent University
Master's in Counseling

Specialties

  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitioning
  • Christian Counseling
Margaret Tucker
Self Pay Rate: $119

Margaret Tucker, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Margaret Tucker is a Resident in Counseling who specializes in treating anxiety, mental health conditions, stress, life changes, relationships, and more in adults. Margaret’s background is in outdoor education, where she was once a student and then became an educator. She found that wilderness trips laid bare people's fears and vulnerabilities, which allowed for meaningful change to begin.

Margaret completed her Master of Education (MEd) in Counselor Education at the University of Virginia. Her favorite quote is: "No one lives on the top of the mountain. It's fine to go there occasionally - for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That's where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work is done. That's where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks." This quote has transitioned seamlessly with Margaret into the counseling field, where its meaning is just as relevant. She works with people who are struggling in the valley - whose everyday lives are not going the way that they want due to various issues. In therapy, people have a chance to step away, gain inspiration, see new perspectives, and practice new skills for living well.

Margaret seeks to help you have more realistic and helpful thoughts, manage distress in a variety of contexts, and discover more about your values and how to live by them. The foundation of her practice is based in humanistic theory, which emphasizes empathy and unconditional positive regard for the client. Margaret will create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific strengths and needs, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). You're here because you want to see change, learn more about yourself, and thrive. Life can make it hard to do those things, and having some guidance from a professional can make it a little bit easier. If you think you and Margaret would be a good match, please reach out! She can't wait to get to know you, hear about your goals and hopes for therapy, and get to work.

Education

University of Virginia
Master of Education in Counselor Education

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress
  • Women’s Issues
MaryAlice Fields
Self Pay Rate: $119

Mary Alice Fields, LPC

Philosophy of Care 

I believe most people do the best they can with the knowledge and experience they possess.  At times in our lives, our knowledge and experience are not enough to solve problems and live our most productive life.  At times like this, collaboration with a licensed professional counselor can help us discover ways to solve issues and achieve our full potential.

Changing or perception of issues can be most helpful.  By adjusting our thought process, we can begin to see our problems in a new light, and discover solutions to seemingly insurmountable issues.  Again, collaboration with a counselor can assist in this process.  Old thought patterns can be replaced with new, healthier thought patterns that help us live our best life.

The most important thing necessary to get you on your way to a more productive life is an open mind and a willingness to change.  As a counselor, I am your partner in ushering in this change.  I cannot solve your problems, but I can and will assist you in learning new ways to achieve your goals.

Education

Lindsey Wilson College
M.Ed.

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • CBT
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

Nicole Schulz
Self Pay Rate: $119

Nicole Schulz, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Nicole Schulz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has 19 years of experience partnering with adults, adolescents, couples, and families seeking help with depression, anxiety, relationship and communication issues, life transitions, stress management, grief and loss, trauma and recovery, anger management, adjustment to illness, and alcohol and substance use disorders.

Nicole completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology at the University of Delaware and her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Rutgers University. She utilizes solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, strength-based, collaborative, and mindfulness approaches. Nicole also utilizes motivational interviewing and family systems when appropriate. She believes in the ability for everyone to grow, heal, and learn.

Nicole brings unique experience to therapy due to the majority of her career being in the medical field. She hopes that working together will bring positive energy to improve your life. Nicole uses tools and strategies to help resolve conflicts and stressors. She does this while conveying advocacy, compassion, empathy, and patience. Nicole exhibits warmth and unconditional acceptance. She is sensitive to her clients' needs. Nicole encourages clients to express their thoughts and feelings, set goals, and develop positive and healthy behaviors and attitudes.

Education

Rutgers University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Adjustment to Illness/Chronic Pain
  • Relationship and Communication Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Peer Relationships
  • Work/ School issues
  • Career Management
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Divorce Codependency
  • Addiction
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Women's Issues
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
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
Rebecca Fry
Self Pay Rate: $119

Rebecca Fry, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Rebecca Fry is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has always been passionate about helping others. Energetic, enthusiastic, and extremely conscientious, Rebecca’s unique personality equips her to provide friendly, loving, and wise counseling from a person-centered approach. She specializes in depression, anxiety, identity, sexual trauma, family of origin dysfunction, self-esteem, and confidence.

Drawing from approaches in Gestalt, reality, client-centered, cognitive behavioral, and expressive therapy, Rebecca is able to provide a truly custom approach to help her clients to reach personal goals. She is a proud wife and mother — understanding the many challenges that come from balancing work, marriage, and parenting, Rebecca shows compassion for men and women navigating challenges in those three areas.

Rebecca hopes to see all marriages improve, derailed dreams restored, and insurmountable obstacles overcome. In a rapidly changing world of technology and alternate realities, it can sometimes be hard to understand how to thrive. She understands these challenges first hand and is ready to help you make decisions and changes where necessary. Change can be scary and seem immensely painful, but you can do uncomfortable things, and Rebecca is here to help.

“So often we waste our lives worrying about how to make them perfect. If we can just let that go, and enjoy the moments of both success and failure — drawing strength from our success and wisdom from our mistakes — we will truly be able to live our best life," says Rebecca.

Education

Master of Social Work
Regent University

Caitlin Durney
Self Pay Rate: $119

Caitlin Durney, LCSW

Life can be challenging. Are you feeling distracted by anxiety or stress? Lethargic or withdrawn? Empty or stuck with no hope for change? We all get overwhelmed with the complex demands of life. I am here to provide the tools that will empower you to manage any stressors that may come your way. 

As a therapist, I aim to provide a safe and trustworthy environment and utilize a person-centered, strengths-based and integrated approach. Collaboratively, we address key questions as the first step in guiding your own therapeutic process. What are your strengths? What are your areas of need? What are your goals? What skills do you want to build? What habits do you want to change? We will work together to empower you to be a catalyst for change in your own life. 

An integrated approach allows us to apply a myriad of therapeutic techniques/ modalities such as motivational interviewing, behavioral modification, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, solution-focused, mindfulness, systems theory, trauma-focused, etc. 

I have a passion for helping people by starting where each individual client is in his/her/their own life I have worked in social work for over 10 years, specializing in working with the following: 

  • Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Children & Adolescents Diagnosed with Learning Disabilities and/or Behavioral Disorders
  • Permanency/Adoption/Foster Care Issues
  • Child Abuse/Neglect Issues
  • Adults with Managing Chronic Mental Health Symptoms
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Career Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Skills Building
  • Trauma & PTSD

I have focused my education, career and livelihood towards helping enhance the livelihood of others. I earned both my Bachelors in Arts & Sciences with a concentration in Social Work followed by my Masters in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America. I am currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. 

I am excited to work with you!

Jorge Wallace
Self Pay Rate: $119

Jorge Wallace, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Jorge Wallace is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and Missouri who has over 15 years of experience in the mental health and social service fields. Jorge has taught and counseled adolescents, teens, and young adults throughout his career. He has vast experience in the areas of substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, and veterans' issues.

Jorge completed his undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Maryville University. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.

Education

Master in Rehabilitation Counseling
Maryville University

Kayla Barnoski
Self Pay Rate: $119

Kayla Barnoski, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Kayla Barnoski is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 6 years of professional experience working with infants, toddlers, children, and teens with sides or concerns related to anxiety, depression, family issues, developmental disorders, behavioral issues, mood disorders, and more.

Kayla received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies at West Virginia University. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. Katie utilizes an eclectic counseling approach, which includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Rogerian methods, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and more.

Work together with Kayla, or partner together with her to offer truly unique and personalized mental health treatments for children of all ages. With her professional expertise, compassion, and therapeutic knowledge, Kayla ensures that each client receives her utmost attention.

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology
Chatham University

McKenzie Green
Self Pay Rate: $119

McKenzie Green, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Dr. McKenzie Green is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 21 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management issues, behavioral disorders, grief, PTSD, and more.

McKenzie coordinates all aspects of counseling services including intake assessment, pre/post assessment, and quarterly reviewing. Mckenzie specializes in providing counseling services to school-aged children with childhood diagnoses and trauma. She helps children to overcome life challenges.

Mckenzie is ready to partner together with you to help support and guide you through the emotional healing process. You'll embark on a journey together, discovering self-worth and improved mental health.

Education

Master of Arts
Webster University

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
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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