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Mood Disorders

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As a therapist, I create a safe, supportive, and encouraging space where you can take steps to achieve positive change in your life.​​

Kristen Kern

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, MSW

It takes courage and strength to reach out for support in life. I believe providing a caring professional environment where individuals feel comfortable and can be themselves is key to healing and growth.

 

I am a welcoming, supportive, and empathetic therapist who collaborates with each client to help them make positive changes in their lives. I specialize in providing client centered therapy for adults, seniors, and their loved ones.

 

I use a variety of evidence-based therapy techniques to support individuals facing the challenges of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and other life transitions.

 

I focus on supporting each client in managing symptoms and improving their quality of life. I have over 15 years' experience helping adults and seniors learn the skills to make positive improvements to their overall health and wellness.

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Through closely collaborating with clients, my aim is to identify and achieve realistic goals that contribute to their overall healing journey.

 

My clinical supervisor is Tiffani Ashland, LCSW, who can be reached at 434-990-1744.

Emily Currier

Supervisee in Social Work, MSW

C​reativity and a passion for nature were fundamental in my upbringing as a native Virginian. I attended Emory University in Atlanta and received my BA in Anthropology and Creative Writing. After roughly a decade spent pursuing a wide variety of interests and positions, I enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Master of Social Work graduate program because of my interest in social justice and creating equitable access to mental health resources.

 

For my clinical field placement, I worked with children and adolescents from 5 to 18 years old and discovered a love for play and art therapies. I believe art and creativity to be therapeutic for people of all ages, unlocking feelings and memories that people may otherwise struggle to verbalize. Along with a strengths-based perspective, I strive to create a supportive environment in which clients feel comfortable expressing themselves.

 

I admire the courage and resilience it takes to seek help when you are unwell, suffering, or feeling out-of-sorts. I am committed to celebrating client’s strengths and triumphs as well as acknowledging and working through their hard days and challenges.

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I provide affirming and informed care to LGBTQIAP identified folks, and clients from marginalized communities. 

 

You can expect safe, affirming, and collaborative care at each step of the therapeutic process.

Tiffani Ashland

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, MSW

I personally understand what it feels like to lose your way, lose people you love, or just to lose hope altogether. I've been there. 

I strive to create a therapeutic space that is authentic, non-judgmental, flexible, and prioritizes each client’s individual needs and safety. I am an active therapist who values compassion, humor, and challenging clients in an empathetic and supportive way.  

 

I use a holistic & strengths-based approach, drawing from mindfulness, solution-focused & cognitive behavioral therapies. 

I am experienced in treating older adolescents & adults with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, ADHD, OCD, grief, and all types of relationship issues.

I am a sex-positive therapist, experienced in helping people form and nurture healthy relationships with self and others.

 

This may include support with sexuality, gender identity, monogamous and non-monogamous, and open or polyamorous relationships.

Crystal Myers

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EdS

As a non-traditional student, I received a BS in Psychology from Bridgewater College, a small liberal arts college in Virginia. My dedication to my studies and my passion to learn the science and biology of psychology was recognized by my professors who awarded me the Donald R. Witters, PhD, Psychology Department Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. 

 

I earned a Masters in Community Counseling and EdS from James Madison University. While there, I was awarded the Graduate Psychology Teaching Assistant Award.

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I use an integrative approach to working with clients struggling with a wide range of symptoms that impact their relationship with themselves, the people they care about, and affects and interrupts their ability to engage in life in ways that they would like.​​

​I primarily use a client centered approach that includes strength-based, attachment focused, and emotionally supportive and empathetic interventions to help clients co-create and achieve the safety needed to explore upsetting experiences and work on shifting long standing patterns to new ways of experiencing and responding.

I’m trained in and use Trauma Focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I’m exclusively taking new clients for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. 

 

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I deliver KAP in my practice in partnership with an organization called Journey Clinical, which has a specialized medical team that determines eligibility for KAP, prescribes the ketamine, and supports us in monitoring outcomes. If you would like to explore the possibility of working with me on KAP, please e-mail us at to discuss eligibility and next steps. Lean more here.

As a Journey Clinical KAP Provider, I offer a therapeutic modality called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)—the use of ketamine as a complement to psychotherapy.

JORDAN WILSON

RESIDENT IN COUNSELING​, MEd

Hello! My name is Jordan Wilson and I am a Resident in Counseling working with children and teens ages 8+, as well as young adults. I grew up in a family of five in King, North Carolina and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana for my adolescent years. I’ve had nine years of experience working with adolescents and in 2019 I received my MEd in Counselor Education at the University of Virginia. For two years, I worked as a school counselor for middle school students in Greene County, and am familiar with the ups and downs of adolescence, especially in this community. In my free time you can find me playing with my dogs Gretzky and Princess Buttercup, hiking with my partner, thrifting, playing cozy video games, painting, or sharing my “self-proclaimed expert” foodie opinions to anyone who will listen :) 

I work empathetically and collaboratively with those wanting to learn more about themselves, gain insight into their thinking patterns and behavior, and to build their own confidence. I work with folks to help them get in touch with their story—to help empower the ability to tell it, to share it, or to change it. If you have found yourself or your child lost, anxious, devastated, or angry, together we can connect to a sense of meaning and create a tailored therapeutic experience. 

I specialize in an integrative and strength-based approach, looking at the ways in which resilience has shown up in the face of obstacles in life. I also spend a large part of therapy deconstructing the ways in which societal systems impact our mental health and processing traumatic experiences. For my younger clients, I work with parents and families to help you create a safe environment for your child to express themselves and build/strengthen your relationship. 

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While my integrative approach is based on best-fit, here are the following therapy modalities I borrow from the most: Humanistic, narrative, acceptance and commitment, internal family systems, multicultural/feminist, trauma-focused, existential, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness, and play and art-based techniques. 

 

I’d love to get to know YOUR story—not the story society tells about you, not the story others have told you about yourself, but the story and meaning YOU make about you. I’m here to help build the confidence and empowerment you are worthy of. Because YOU matter—you always have, and always will. 

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My clinical supervisor is Tabitha Woodson, LPC, who can be reached at 434-990-1744.

Tabitha Woodson

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA

I can say that one of my greatest accomplishments was my 16 years of service to the United States of America.  After being discharged from the United States Navy due to a service related condition, I thought long and hard about the next chapter in my life.  I have always had the ability to engage in meaningful conversations with others.  I enjoyed helping people figure things out. 

 

The hope that I held for others influenced my decision to pursue an MA in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. I have over 10 years of working in community mental health. I  have enjoyed working with a diverse population of people to include children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges, along with adults that have serious mental illness and substance abuse problems. I provide individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.​​

 

​ I do believe that some of the suffering experienced in life oftentimes results from faulty thinking which eventually leads to unwanted emotions and behaviors.  ​​

​As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I provide a safe, warm and welcoming atmosphere that allows for self exploration, discovery and healing 

of the mind and heart. I truly believe that the power to heal the heart, mind and soul lies within you. 

As a trauma informed therapist, I use a variety of treatment approaches  such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, EMDR and Brief Therapy.  

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I believe the decision to engage in counseling is courageous, empowering and life changing. 

 

​As we work together,  my hope for you is that you will regain control over your emotions, you will be able to examine and manage your anxious thoughts and begin to act in a way that promotes peace and harmony within yourself and with others.  Some additional work may involve forgiveness of self and others, restorative practices and self acceptance. 

 

​You will learn to live a fulfilling life. You will learn to be alive in life instead of  merely going through the motions.

Kate Scales

Licensed PRofessional Counselor, LPC, EdS

I graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Drama in 2001. After earning my EdS in School Counseling in 2007, I stepped back from the workforce in order to spend time with my young children. During my time off, I continued to prioritize service to the community through volunteer work with the Shelter For Help in Emergency, ReadyKids and the Adult Learning Center. 

 

I have spent the past four years working as a Therapeutic Day Treatment Specialist with Region Ten CSB striving to be rigorous about collaborating with parents and other providers in the community and about creating spaces of safety where children can feel supported in expressing their feelings. 

 

My time working with children inspired me to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with the goal of becoming a community counselor. When working with clients, I incorporate motivational interviewing, interpersonal process, play and expressive therapies and brief interventions to empower clients to meet their life goals. 

Derik Rice

Supervisee in Social Work, MSW

Choosing kindness because you never know what someone else is going through is a widely held sentiment that I strive to embody in my clinical practice.

 

My goal in supporting you throughout your recovery journey is to walk alongside you and to be your “hope holder,” even when you feel you are drowning in despair.


As a master’s level social worker who entered the profession midlife, my depth and breadth of lived-life experiences enable me to support you from a place of empathy, compassion, and understanding. While I do not subscribe to any singular therapeutic approach, several that resonate with me include cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, collaborative therapy, and narrative therapy.

 

A guiding tenet in my practice is the belief that you are the expert on your own life. It is my job to help you uncover your strengths and empower you to face and overcome whatever dilemmas, problems, or situations you are facing.
I am comfortable working with individuals of all ages ranging from teenagers to older adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, trauma, substance abuse, relationship issues, and family and career transitions.

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I received a Master of Science in social work from the University of Tennessee in 2022 and am currently in supervision to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).​​

  

My clinical supervisor is Tiffani Ashland, LCSW, who can be reached at 434-990-1744.

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