Dana Dixon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Offers online therapy
I specialize in child welfare, including foster care and adoption, mood disorders and personality disorders, parenting, life changes and adjustments, and relationships.
Healing is my passion. I choose to be a therapist after working in so many environments where people just needed someone to listen, or to help them cope, before tackling life's other challenges. I have often been told that I am "easy to talk to", and don't enjoy seeing people suffer, so I choose to be an inspiration. I want my clients to feel safe and comfortable when working through their difficulties, but also challenge them to make meaningful change where they want to see a difference. My goal is for each person to reach their individual goals.
(757) 500-0695
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I specialize in child welfare, including foster care and adoption, mood disorders and personality disorders, parenting, life changes and adjustments, and relationships.
Healing is my passion. I choose to be a therapist after working in so many environments where people just needed someone to listen, or to help them cope, before tackling life's other challenges. I have often been told that I am "easy to talk to", and don't enjoy seeing people suffer, so I choose to be an inspiration. I want my clients to feel safe and comfortable when working through their difficulties, but also challenge them to make meaningful change where they want to see a difference. My goal is for each person to reach their individual goals.
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Jennifer Ripley
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Offers online therapy
This practice specializes in couple and family therapy called "Hope focused couple therapy" where clients engage in a strategic approach to utilizing strengths and addressing painful patterns within couples and families for a change. As a professor, supervisor, and author on the subject, Dr. Ripley has both the knowledge and extensive experience in caring for couples and families in pain and pre-marital counseling. She also has specialized training in testing for ADHD, adoption evaluations, and psychopathology.
(757) 330-4628
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This practice specializes in couple and family therapy called "Hope focused couple therapy" where clients engage in a strategic approach to utilizing strengths and addressing painful patterns within couples and families for a change. As a professor, supervisor, and author on the subject, Dr. Ripley has both the knowledge and extensive experience in caring for couples and families in pain and pre-marital counseling. She also has specialized training in testing for ADHD, adoption evaluations, and psychopathology.
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Donna H Westcott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC Verified
Not accepting new clients
Those I have helped in the past include: Couples dealing with communication problems, ongoing conflict, and affairs; Young women figuring out how to be healthy adults; Families navigating the challenges of international adoption; Individuals stressed by anxiety, depression, life changes, or past trauma; Couples and individuals who want to stop patterns of dysfunction that they grew up with; Those dealing with loss through death or the ending of relationships; Parents trying to find the best way to guide their children or teens; And many, many more…..as many variations as there are human beings.
(804) 405-7300
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Those I have helped in the past include: Couples dealing with communication problems, ongoing conflict, and affairs; Young women figuring out how to be healthy adults; Families navigating the challenges of international adoption; Individuals stressed by anxiety, depression, life changes, or past trauma; Couples and individuals who want to stop patterns of dysfunction that they grew up with; Those dealing with loss through death or the ending of relationships; Parents trying to find the best way to guide their children or teens; And many, many more…..as many variations as there are human beings.
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Dana Rexrode
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC Verified
Offers online therapy
I specialize in working with young children, couples, families, and adult women. I have extensive experience in working with families within the adoption and foster care arena. I work with families experiencing the impact of having a child with emotional and behavioral special needs including ADHD, ODD, anxiety, panic disorder, and trauma-related diagnoses. In my work with adults and couples, my clients often struggle with clear communication and boundaries. They desire to live more authentic lives and experience joy and connection.
(434) 204-4271
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Offers online therapy
I specialize in working with young children, couples, families, and adult women. I have extensive experience in working with families within the adoption and foster care arena. I work with families experiencing the impact of having a child with emotional and behavioral special needs including ADHD, ODD, anxiety, panic disorder, and trauma-related diagnoses. In my work with adults and couples, my clients often struggle with clear communication and boundaries. They desire to live more authentic lives and experience joy and connection.
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Kim Pinto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCN, TF-CBT, CFTP, CCTS Verified
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients only
Areas of expertise include trauma, attachment, adoption issues, parent-child relationships, and mood disorders.
UNFORTUNATELY MY SCHEDULE IS FULL AND I CANNOT ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. Sometimes life is hard! When you find life challenging, I specialize in helping you find your true north. Together we will develop a plan to get you back on track by making healthy changes. Whether you are dealing with sadness, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, fragile self-esteem, or just feelings of being overwhelmed with life, I am here to listen, guide and empower you to discover your inner strength, your courage and your innate ability to thrive.
(757) 378-0948
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Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients only
Areas of expertise include trauma, attachment, adoption issues, parent-child relationships, and mood disorders.
UNFORTUNATELY MY SCHEDULE IS FULL AND I CANNOT ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. Sometimes life is hard! When you find life challenging, I specialize in helping you find your true north. Together we will develop a plan to get you back on track by making healthy changes. Whether you are dealing with sadness, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, fragile self-esteem, or just feelings of being overwhelmed with life, I am here to listen, guide and empower you to discover your inner strength, your courage and your innate ability to thrive.
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Sonya L. Allen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP Verified
Offers online therapy
Are you or someone close to you experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship problems or parenting concerns, especially through adoption and foster care? As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Trauma Professional, my clients (children, families and adults) will experience hope and support as part of the counseling process. They will learn strategies to address and diminish ongoing difficulties and barriers to becoming the best version of themselves.
(804) 518-3939
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Offers online therapy
Are you or someone close to you experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship problems or parenting concerns, especially through adoption and foster care? As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Trauma Professional, my clients (children, families and adults) will experience hope and support as part of the counseling process. They will learn strategies to address and diminish ongoing difficulties and barriers to becoming the best version of themselves.
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Carroll Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C Verified
Offers online therapy
Maybe you've seen lots of different therapists, how will adoption counseling be different? As a transracial adoptee myself, I have personal insight and have worked with many families like yours.
Finding a therapist you connect with can feel so overwhelming you avoid it. But that is probably why you're here, because there have been things you've been avoiding and you're ready to get some help. Being foster and adoptive parents is way harder than most people understand, especially those who haven't experienced the invasive and arduous process. As a teen or young adult, you might be feeling lost or angry. You might be having a harder time than others figuring out who are you are and where you fit in the world. **I am an out of network provider**
(540) 401-5455
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Offers online therapy
Maybe you've seen lots of different therapists, how will adoption counseling be different? As a transracial adoptee myself, I have personal insight and have worked with many families like yours.
Finding a therapist you connect with can feel so overwhelming you avoid it. But that is probably why you're here, because there have been things you've been avoiding and you're ready to get some help. Being foster and adoptive parents is way harder than most people understand, especially those who haven't experienced the invasive and arduous process. As a teen or young adult, you might be feeling lost or angry. You might be having a harder time than others figuring out who are you are and where you fit in the world. **I am an out of network provider**
Laurie Levine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Offers online therapy
Adoption work is a specialty of mine.
Your teen’s grades are terrible and she isolates in her room, your adopted child struggles to have any healthy relationships or you are drowning in work and family and can’t find a moment to breathe? I get it! Together we will begin the healing process. I listen, you vent, we laugh and there are tears. Slowly the weight feels less heavy and, one step at a time, hope and relief turn into peace and joy . It's scary, but it's worth it! I CAN help.
(703) 910-5977
Verified
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Offers online therapy
Adoption work is a specialty of mine.
Your teen’s grades are terrible and she isolates in her room, your adopted child struggles to have any healthy relationships or you are drowning in work and family and can’t find a moment to breathe? I get it! Together we will begin the healing process. I listen, you vent, we laugh and there are tears. Slowly the weight feels less heavy and, one step at a time, hope and relief turn into peace and joy . It's scary, but it's worth it! I CAN help.
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Amanda Leigh Firestone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Not accepting new clients
I have personal and professional experience in adoption and working with adolescents, and families with trauma histories in the home, community, and education system and I look forward to working with you.
Do you have a teen struggling to make sense of life after a difficult event or loss? Are you an adult addressing LGBTQ struggles? Teens and adults appreciate honesty and transparency. I understand this and provide support in an open, honest and consistent way.
(804) 395-7118
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Not accepting new clients
I have personal and professional experience in adoption and working with adolescents, and families with trauma histories in the home, community, and education system and I look forward to working with you.
Do you have a teen struggling to make sense of life after a difficult event or loss? Are you an adult addressing LGBTQ struggles? Teens and adults appreciate honesty and transparency. I understand this and provide support in an open, honest and consistent way.
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Cristal L Lake-Sanders
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC Verified
Offers online therapy
My areas of speciality include: Grief/loss, Infertility, Women's health issues, Life transtiions, Anxiety, Depression, and Adoption issues.
Periodically, we find ourselves at a crossroads in our lives and in need of help to cope with the transition. Whether you are dealing with a health issue, a life change, or have experienced a loss of some sort, a helping professional such as myself can assist you in making the necessary adjustments, both mentally and emotionally. I am committed to providing you with the empathy, support, and encouragement you deserve to get through this time in your life.
(804) 608-2311
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Offers online therapy
My areas of speciality include: Grief/loss, Infertility, Women's health issues, Life transtiions, Anxiety, Depression, and Adoption issues.
Periodically, we find ourselves at a crossroads in our lives and in need of help to cope with the transition. Whether you are dealing with a health issue, a life change, or have experienced a loss of some sort, a helping professional such as myself can assist you in making the necessary adjustments, both mentally and emotionally. I am committed to providing you with the empathy, support, and encouragement you deserve to get through this time in your life.
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Kate Corder
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MEd, LPC Verified
Offers online therapy
**I currently have a waitlist. Call for more information.** I specialize in working with children and families ages 4 and up, using play therapy, attachment therapy, and CBT. I am a former special education teacher who enjoys working with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities. I have experience with adoption, foster care, and ADHD, and love working with foster and adoptive families. I also have extensive training in attachment and can provide Circle of Security Informed attachment therapy for parents. I also work with adult females with anxiety or depression.
(540) 426-3118
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Offers online therapy
**I currently have a waitlist. Call for more information.** I specialize in working with children and families ages 4 and up, using play therapy, attachment therapy, and CBT. I am a former special education teacher who enjoys working with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities. I have experience with adoption, foster care, and ADHD, and love working with foster and adoptive families. I also have extensive training in attachment and can provide Circle of Security Informed attachment therapy for parents. I also work with adult females with anxiety or depression.
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Dana Gutshall Good
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC Verified
Offers online therapy
My work and passion surrounded children, adolescents and families for the past 16 years. I have experience working with foster care and adoption, youth who had physical, sexual and abusive trauma histories as well as children with attachment issues. Individual and family goals ranged from developing coping strategies, boosting self esteem, working through attachment injuries and working through trauma. Much of my expertise is working with the parents. Additionally I have a passion for providing therapeutic support and guidance to University Students in the community.
(540) 269-4732
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Offers online therapy
My work and passion surrounded children, adolescents and families for the past 16 years. I have experience working with foster care and adoption, youth who had physical, sexual and abusive trauma histories as well as children with attachment issues. Individual and family goals ranged from developing coping strategies, boosting self esteem, working through attachment injuries and working through trauma. Much of my expertise is working with the parents. Additionally I have a passion for providing therapeutic support and guidance to University Students in the community.
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Mackenzie Reed
M Ed, PLMHP, P-LPC Verified
Offers online therapy
I have a long history with adoption related issues through personal experience and through purposeful research toward finding help.
We live in such a busy and changing world. Sometimes it feels like we are drowning, like we can't possibly make it another day, or get all the things done. Too often we forget to step back and breathe, focus on what isn't working, and make positive changes to experience life to its fullest. Or maybe we don't know where to start, or the journey feels too daunting. If you are ready to simplify life, enjoy life, and find solutions, I am here to walk with you on that journey!
(757) 209-2673
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Offers online therapy
I have a long history with adoption related issues through personal experience and through purposeful research toward finding help.
We live in such a busy and changing world. Sometimes it feels like we are drowning, like we can't possibly make it another day, or get all the things done. Too often we forget to step back and breathe, focus on what isn't working, and make positive changes to experience life to its fullest. Or maybe we don't know where to start, or the journey feels too daunting. If you are ready to simplify life, enjoy life, and find solutions, I am here to walk with you on that journey!
I am a pre-licensed therapist with experience treating trauma, anxiety, addictions, identity confusion, communication/relational problems, adoption issues, maladaptive coping skills, emotional difficulties, life phase struggles, and depression. With empathy and an open mind, I help individuals develop more confidence while making personal meaning out of past troubling experiences. My experience as a counselor has shown me that when individuals are honest about themselves, they accomplish significant changes that help them become happier with their lifestyles.
(703) 686-5284
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I am a pre-licensed therapist with experience treating trauma, anxiety, addictions, identity confusion, communication/relational problems, adoption issues, maladaptive coping skills, emotional difficulties, life phase struggles, and depression. With empathy and an open mind, I help individuals develop more confidence while making personal meaning out of past troubling experiences. My experience as a counselor has shown me that when individuals are honest about themselves, they accomplish significant changes that help them become happier with their lifestyles.
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Kimberly A Hines
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT Verified
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. I consider therapy to be my life's work and find it an honor to be entrusted with being a vessel for others each day. I have vast experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. I specialize in working with issues related to adoption, foster care, sexual abuse, complex trauma, PTSD, attachment, depression, anxiety as well as grief and loss. I am passionate and committed to my work with children, adolescents and their families.
(804) 299-4490
Verified
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. I consider therapy to be my life's work and find it an honor to be entrusted with being a vessel for others each day. I have vast experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. I specialize in working with issues related to adoption, foster care, sexual abuse, complex trauma, PTSD, attachment, depression, anxiety as well as grief and loss. I am passionate and committed to my work with children, adolescents and their families.
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Kimberly Harrell, LPC Counseling and Consultation
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC, ACS Verified
Offers online therapy
I have over 20 years of experience working with those whose lives have been touched through adoption.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and move forward into the life you long to have. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve the challenges you face. We will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from the life you deserve. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. This first step is the hardest. Let's take it together.
(571) 222-4336
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Offers online therapy
I have over 20 years of experience working with those whose lives have been touched through adoption.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and move forward into the life you long to have. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve the challenges you face. We will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from the life you deserve. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. This first step is the hardest. Let's take it together.
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Andrea Zalzal Sanderson
Counselor, MS, LPC Verified
Offers online therapy
Anxiety, depression, ADHD, infertility, divorce, LGBTQ, adoption, parenting, pre-marital counseling.
At times, we all struggle with the inevitable trials of being human. You may be a parent or partner in a significant relationship struggling with connection, and in need of both practical and emotional support. At times, feelings of anxiety, apathy, and depression arise, and feelings of disconnection and loneliness can take hold. For others, we may be at a crossroads in our life, brought about by divorce, relocation, caregiving for a loved one, or a desire to have a bigger impact in our communities and the world. We may be asking ourselves BIG questions, “what’s next”, “what should I do”, and “what do I want from life”.
(571) 252-5549
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Offers online therapy
Anxiety, depression, ADHD, infertility, divorce, LGBTQ, adoption, parenting, pre-marital counseling.
At times, we all struggle with the inevitable trials of being human. You may be a parent or partner in a significant relationship struggling with connection, and in need of both practical and emotional support. At times, feelings of anxiety, apathy, and depression arise, and feelings of disconnection and loneliness can take hold. For others, we may be at a crossroads in our life, brought about by divorce, relocation, caregiving for a loved one, or a desire to have a bigger impact in our communities and the world. We may be asking ourselves BIG questions, “what’s next”, “what should I do”, and “what do I want from life”.
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Christine Ann Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
I spent many years working in foster care and adoption, and special education, before completing my clinical training at UVA.
I provide a warm and nurturing environment where clients feel safe to explore their deepest inner selves. Whether addressing adult or parent-child issues, I emphasize the importance of working on one's own emotional and nervous systems as a first step to creating change. My intention is to help people "heal", not just "deal". I use talk therapy and experiential techniques such as Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, and mindfulness practices. I have found that working with deep emotions embedded in the "felt sense" of one's experience is a powerful tool leading to transformation.
(434) 207-5494
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I spent many years working in foster care and adoption, and special education, before completing my clinical training at UVA.
I provide a warm and nurturing environment where clients feel safe to explore their deepest inner selves. Whether addressing adult or parent-child issues, I emphasize the importance of working on one's own emotional and nervous systems as a first step to creating change. My intention is to help people "heal", not just "deal". I use talk therapy and experiential techniques such as Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, and mindfulness practices. I have found that working with deep emotions embedded in the "felt sense" of one's experience is a powerful tool leading to transformation.
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Terri Higgins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Verified
Offers online therapy
For those in the foster care and adoption community, I strive to build healthy attachments between parents and children, pre and post-adoption work.
I work with adults using a strengths-based approach and view the counseling process as a partnership and an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself. We will honor the patterns that have kept you safe in the past, while at the same time gently removing the barriers that have kept you from being the person you wish to be. I utilize different methods in my work, striving to tailor my approach to the needs, learning styles, and strengths of each individual.
(434) 337-3797
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Offers online therapy
For those in the foster care and adoption community, I strive to build healthy attachments between parents and children, pre and post-adoption work.
I work with adults using a strengths-based approach and view the counseling process as a partnership and an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself. We will honor the patterns that have kept you safe in the past, while at the same time gently removing the barriers that have kept you from being the person you wish to be. I utilize different methods in my work, striving to tailor my approach to the needs, learning styles, and strengths of each individual.
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Heather Clifft
Licensed Professional Counselor Verified
Offers online therapy
I am an Adoption Competent Counselor who will assist individuals and families touched by adoption in all stages of the adoption process.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with many years of experience partnering with children, adolescents, adults, and families in their journeys of healing and growth. I assist families and individuals in navigating transitions and stressors throughout the lifespan. Each child, individual, and family have unique needs. I adjust my counseling approach to best meet your needs to support your success and growth. Together we will develop a plan to manage your current challenges and symptoms and to move you into a place of peace and betterment.
(540) 642-1599
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I am an Adoption Competent Counselor who will assist individuals and families touched by adoption in all stages of the adoption process.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with many years of experience partnering with children, adolescents, adults, and families in their journeys of healing and growth. I assist families and individuals in navigating transitions and stressors throughout the lifespan. Each child, individual, and family have unique needs. I adjust my counseling approach to best meet your needs to support your success and growth. Together we will develop a plan to manage your current challenges and symptoms and to move you into a place of peace and betterment.

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