Female Therapists in Charlottesville, VA

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Jessica Bryan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hello there! I'm Jessica Bryan, a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work, bringing over 13 years of mental health experience from community-based services and private practice. As a therapist for the past 3 years, my mission is to assist you in pinpointing your priorities and surmounting the barriers hindering you from achieving the life you desire. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate with you!
Hello there! I'm Jessica Bryan, a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work, bringing over 13 years of mental health experience from community-based services and private practice. As a therapist for the past 3 years, my mission is to assist you in pinpointing your priorities and surmounting the barriers hindering you from achieving the life you desire. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate with you!
(434) 404-6560 x1 View (434) 404-6560 x1
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Andrea Hawkes
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Marriage and Family Therapist (Resident), Couples/Throuples/Polyamory relationship counselor. Whether it is an immediate crisis or digging deep into old issues, I am happy to be on your team. Whether you seek help with parenting your children or reparenting yourself, I am here to help you down the path toward your more satisfied and peaceful self. I have a huge passion for enhancing relationship evolution, exploring how childhood development influences adult behaviors, and finding the golden nuggets hidden in our discomfort. I also offer integrative therapy for people who use psychedelics.
Marriage and Family Therapist (Resident), Couples/Throuples/Polyamory relationship counselor. Whether it is an immediate crisis or digging deep into old issues, I am happy to be on your team. Whether you seek help with parenting your children or reparenting yourself, I am here to help you down the path toward your more satisfied and peaceful self. I have a huge passion for enhancing relationship evolution, exploring how childhood development influences adult behaviors, and finding the golden nuggets hidden in our discomfort. I also offer integrative therapy for people who use psychedelics.
(434) 201-7963 View (434) 201-7963
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Kim Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902  (Online Only)
Hello and warmest welcome to you. I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 16 years experience working within community mental health, school based programs and university counseling centers. I specialize in anxiety, depression, life transitions and stress management. I work to create a space that feels safe, nurturing, mindful and trustworthy. A place where you can feel heard, seen, supported and can express yourself freely and safely. Some modalities include Mindfulness Based practices, Strength Based, Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance Commitment therapy and more.
Hello and warmest welcome to you. I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 16 years experience working within community mental health, school based programs and university counseling centers. I specialize in anxiety, depression, life transitions and stress management. I work to create a space that feels safe, nurturing, mindful and trustworthy. A place where you can feel heard, seen, supported and can express yourself freely and safely. Some modalities include Mindfulness Based practices, Strength Based, Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance Commitment therapy and more.
(434) 361-3744 View (434) 361-3744
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Deborah Sinek
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Our minds can make us better or they can create tremendous problems. Can you use your mind to reduce your suffering, rather than increase it? Or to increase meaning and depth in your life? Sometimes a sympathetic family member or wise friend can help a great deal; other times a knowledgeable, compassionate professional is a better choice. Perhaps your internal life feels out of control, or you're feeling stuck, repeating ineffective patterns of relating to yourself and others. I work with people to help them understand themselves and their situation, manage stress better, and make positive changes happen.
Our minds can make us better or they can create tremendous problems. Can you use your mind to reduce your suffering, rather than increase it? Or to increase meaning and depth in your life? Sometimes a sympathetic family member or wise friend can help a great deal; other times a knowledgeable, compassionate professional is a better choice. Perhaps your internal life feels out of control, or you're feeling stuck, repeating ineffective patterns of relating to yourself and others. I work with people to help them understand themselves and their situation, manage stress better, and make positive changes happen.
(434) 202-3939 View (434) 202-3939
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Morgan (Soper) Hickman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22902
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in adolescents (ages 16+) and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and difficulty coping with medical problems. As a therapist, I believe that everyone is capable of change and healing, regardless of your circumstances. I utilize a strengths-based and systems approach, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and solutions-focused interventions. For clients struggling with OCD, my primary treatment approach is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in adolescents (ages 16+) and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and difficulty coping with medical problems. As a therapist, I believe that everyone is capable of change and healing, regardless of your circumstances. I utilize a strengths-based and systems approach, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and solutions-focused interventions. For clients struggling with OCD, my primary treatment approach is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
(434) 204-2418 View (434) 204-2418
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Susan Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22903  (Online Only)
You’re feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. You’re lacking confidence, struggling with your emotions and wanting better solutions for how to cope with the stress in your life. Stress and anxiety disrupt your life and can show up at work, academically, in relationships or during a big life change and transition. You don’t have to struggle on your own. Let’s work together to help you find solutions, create more confidence and gain control in your life. I help adults with anxiety, overthinking, worry, panic attacks, relationship issues, self-esteem, stress management, navigating life changes & depression.
You’re feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. You’re lacking confidence, struggling with your emotions and wanting better solutions for how to cope with the stress in your life. Stress and anxiety disrupt your life and can show up at work, academically, in relationships or during a big life change and transition. You don’t have to struggle on your own. Let’s work together to help you find solutions, create more confidence and gain control in your life. I help adults with anxiety, overthinking, worry, panic attacks, relationship issues, self-esteem, stress management, navigating life changes & depression.
(434) 201-7642 View (434) 201-7642
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Marcella Jost
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902  (Online Only)
For over forty years, I have been helping people manage their anxiety disorders, navigate difficult life transitions, and chart a path towards better self-understanding. Often, clients come to see me because they're feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, or are unsure how to move forward during a difficult point in their lives or relationships.
For over forty years, I have been helping people manage their anxiety disorders, navigate difficult life transitions, and chart a path towards better self-understanding. Often, clients come to see me because they're feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, or are unsure how to move forward during a difficult point in their lives or relationships.
(434) 231-2574 View (434) 231-2574
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Anita Dean
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22911  (Online Only)
I do not have a specific "ideal" client, but I most enjoy working with, and have the most experience with, women from ages 18 to 65. Their issues could be depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and more(see list below). They are looking for someone who will listen with full attention, interest and compassion. They want someone who is very supportive, who makes them feel very safe and accepted, just as they are. They are looking for a real human being they can relate to. Someone who will remember what is going on with them, who truly cares and cheers them on, who makes them laugh and gives them hope.
I do not have a specific "ideal" client, but I most enjoy working with, and have the most experience with, women from ages 18 to 65. Their issues could be depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and more(see list below). They are looking for someone who will listen with full attention, interest and compassion. They want someone who is very supportive, who makes them feel very safe and accepted, just as they are. They are looking for a real human being they can relate to. Someone who will remember what is going on with them, who truly cares and cheers them on, who makes them laugh and gives them hope.
(434) 722-3175 View (434) 722-3175
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Susan Gross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902
You have survived the pandemic, congratulations! But..are you thriving now? If you're here on this site, something is going on that you want to change. I am a unique therapist who is goal oriented. You can't get back what you have lost these last 2 years, but you can figure out how the rest of your life should look. That is what I offer. I will help you look at the narratives you have about yourself. Some may be helpful and some may keep you locked up, ashamed, fearful, lonely. Let's change that. You are never more than 1 thought away from a new way of life.
You have survived the pandemic, congratulations! But..are you thriving now? If you're here on this site, something is going on that you want to change. I am a unique therapist who is goal oriented. You can't get back what you have lost these last 2 years, but you can figure out how the rest of your life should look. That is what I offer. I will help you look at the narratives you have about yourself. Some may be helpful and some may keep you locked up, ashamed, fearful, lonely. Let's change that. You are never more than 1 thought away from a new way of life.
(434) 201-4302 View (434) 201-4302
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Strength & Ease Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Our team at Strength & Ease Psychotherapy offers couple therapy for folks living in Virginia and DC. Couples come to us with unresolved relationship conflicts, needing reconnection and healing, or support with a breach of trust or longstanding resentment. They may also be seeking help with infertility, birth loss or trauma, postpartum depression or anxiety, parenting issues, grief, or complicated childhood experiences that impact their current relationship. We work together to close the gaps of disconnection, repair the ruptures between you, and create more vulnerability, trust, and emotional and physical intimacy.
Our team at Strength & Ease Psychotherapy offers couple therapy for folks living in Virginia and DC. Couples come to us with unresolved relationship conflicts, needing reconnection and healing, or support with a breach of trust or longstanding resentment. They may also be seeking help with infertility, birth loss or trauma, postpartum depression or anxiety, parenting issues, grief, or complicated childhood experiences that impact their current relationship. We work together to close the gaps of disconnection, repair the ruptures between you, and create more vulnerability, trust, and emotional and physical intimacy.
(434) 262-4015 View (434) 262-4015
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Hannah Robinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Therapy does not have to be scary or overwhelming; sometimes a little humor can help. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and am a solution-focused therapist. I work with teenagers and adults and my goal is to work towards people not needing to see a therapist and being able to have skills to cope on their own. I collaborate with clients to figure out treatment goals to know what their individual therapy entails. Also, I provide a supportive environment where people can be themselves and know they will be understood. I am very supportive of diverse clientele and love learning about new people.
Therapy does not have to be scary or overwhelming; sometimes a little humor can help. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and am a solution-focused therapist. I work with teenagers and adults and my goal is to work towards people not needing to see a therapist and being able to have skills to cope on their own. I collaborate with clients to figure out treatment goals to know what their individual therapy entails. Also, I provide a supportive environment where people can be themselves and know they will be understood. I am very supportive of diverse clientele and love learning about new people.
(434) 362-5257 View (434) 362-5257
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Jennifer Beard
Psychologist, PhD, LCP
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22901
My speciality is in working with graduate and professional students seeking help managing anxiety. I am warm, curious, and down-to-earth.
My speciality is in working with graduate and professional students seeking help managing anxiety. I am warm, curious, and down-to-earth.
(434) 404-5575 View (434) 404-5575
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Kristen Anne Roorbach
Resident in Counseling, MS, PhD
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22903
I work with children ages 3-18, families, and individuals using brain-based and solution-focused methods to support them through issues related to anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, and challenging behavior. I use a strength-based approach to shift environmental factors to build social competence and positive outcomes. I combine systems theory, CBT, and neuroscience to tailor a hands-on approach to create change in the home and school settings.
I work with children ages 3-18, families, and individuals using brain-based and solution-focused methods to support them through issues related to anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, and challenging behavior. I use a strength-based approach to shift environmental factors to build social competence and positive outcomes. I combine systems theory, CBT, and neuroscience to tailor a hands-on approach to create change in the home and school settings.
(434) 216-2366 View (434) 216-2366
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Karen Ann Durland-Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902
I provide therapy from the belief that therapy is a collaborative journey in which, together, we identify what gets in the way of life goals. Then we create a vision along with a plan to go from where you are to where you want to be in their life. I have participated in extensive training as a family and couples therapist with over 10 years of practice experience. Families in which one member exhibits the symptoms of ADHD, ADD, oppositional and defiant behaviors, impulsive and violent behaviors, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and learning disabilities work well with me.
I provide therapy from the belief that therapy is a collaborative journey in which, together, we identify what gets in the way of life goals. Then we create a vision along with a plan to go from where you are to where you want to be in their life. I have participated in extensive training as a family and couples therapist with over 10 years of practice experience. Families in which one member exhibits the symptoms of ADHD, ADD, oppositional and defiant behaviors, impulsive and violent behaviors, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and learning disabilities work well with me.
(434) 264-5117 View (434) 264-5117
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Alexis Bahnmaier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902  (Online Only)
Alexis Bahnmaier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia with over 12 years of experience working with clients that struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. She also specializes in helping individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community work through questions of gender, sexuality, identity, as well as the social prejudices and anxieties associated with family, friends, and workplaces. Alexis earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Florida State University and implements a warm counseling style that is interactive, and heavily client-centered.
Alexis Bahnmaier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia with over 12 years of experience working with clients that struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. She also specializes in helping individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community work through questions of gender, sexuality, identity, as well as the social prejudices and anxieties associated with family, friends, and workplaces. Alexis earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Florida State University and implements a warm counseling style that is interactive, and heavily client-centered.
(434) 505-4699 View (434) 505-4699
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Eliza Segell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Your problems may be specific - a challenging relationship, sexual concerns, upsetting memories, or problem behaviors. Or your struggles may be less tangible - feeling lost, detached, or stuck. In my practice, I offer adult and couples therapy for a range of concerns. I specialize in treating sexual dysfunctions, trauma-related issues, relationship concerns, and problem behaviors. I also provide gender & sexual identity affirming care. I deeply enjoy helping individuals feel a greater sense of self-efficacy, confidence, and clarity in their lives.
Your problems may be specific - a challenging relationship, sexual concerns, upsetting memories, or problem behaviors. Or your struggles may be less tangible - feeling lost, detached, or stuck. In my practice, I offer adult and couples therapy for a range of concerns. I specialize in treating sexual dysfunctions, trauma-related issues, relationship concerns, and problem behaviors. I also provide gender & sexual identity affirming care. I deeply enjoy helping individuals feel a greater sense of self-efficacy, confidence, and clarity in their lives.
(434) 201-4934 View (434) 201-4934
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Ella Beck
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m a compassionate and dedicated counselor who believes that each individual possesses the incredible power for change within themselves. My mission is to guide you on a transformative journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. In the warm and accepting space I create, you are invited to explore your thoughts and feelings freely. I understand that seeking counseling can be an intimidating step, and I want you to feel comfortable and supported throughout the process. Here, you can share your experiences, challenges, and aspirations without fear of judgment.
Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m a compassionate and dedicated counselor who believes that each individual possesses the incredible power for change within themselves. My mission is to guide you on a transformative journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. In the warm and accepting space I create, you are invited to explore your thoughts and feelings freely. I understand that seeking counseling can be an intimidating step, and I want you to feel comfortable and supported throughout the process. Here, you can share your experiences, challenges, and aspirations without fear of judgment.
(434) 830-8094 View (434) 830-8094
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Shelley Faulkner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22902
I highly value trust and connection in order for humans to heal. I bring my authentic self and transparency into session in order to give clients the ability to be fully themselves. My goal is to help ease psychological suffering brought on by trauma and other negative life circumstances and then make sense of the overwhelming emotions/responses. It is through compassion and connection that corrective emotional experiences can occur. I believe that our ability to both experience and understand our Self and others is a key component in building secure (emotionally safe) relationships.
I highly value trust and connection in order for humans to heal. I bring my authentic self and transparency into session in order to give clients the ability to be fully themselves. My goal is to help ease psychological suffering brought on by trauma and other negative life circumstances and then make sense of the overwhelming emotions/responses. It is through compassion and connection that corrective emotional experiences can occur. I believe that our ability to both experience and understand our Self and others is a key component in building secure (emotionally safe) relationships.
(434) 505-8653 View (434) 505-8653
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Allison Anderson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22901
My practice is Psychological Testing Services, LLC (PTS, LLC), a resource for comprehensive psychological evaluations for adolescents and adults. Diagnostic questions may be about such conditions as learning disorders, ADHD/ADD, mental health concerns (for example, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder), intellectual disability, personality evaluation, and psychoeducational evaluation to see if disability/academic accommodations are supported. I also provide IQ/admissions testing for children aged six and older for gifted programs/schools.
My practice is Psychological Testing Services, LLC (PTS, LLC), a resource for comprehensive psychological evaluations for adolescents and adults. Diagnostic questions may be about such conditions as learning disorders, ADHD/ADD, mental health concerns (for example, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder), intellectual disability, personality evaluation, and psychoeducational evaluation to see if disability/academic accommodations are supported. I also provide IQ/admissions testing for children aged six and older for gifted programs/schools.
(434) 480-3888 View (434) 480-3888
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Sara La Force
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Waitlist for new clients
Hello and Welcome! I specialize in treating adults struggling with anxiety, trauma, relational strain, depression, substance use, and life transitions. Choosing to engage in therapy is a potentially life changing choice and I would love to help you on your path. All individuals deserve a space to be accurately heard and a place to gain insight into the life patterns that have caused them instability and pain. I deeply believe in therapy as a joint and transformative space that can lead people to develop new skills and to discover their unique internal capacity to connect, heal, and thrive.
Hello and Welcome! I specialize in treating adults struggling with anxiety, trauma, relational strain, depression, substance use, and life transitions. Choosing to engage in therapy is a potentially life changing choice and I would love to help you on your path. All individuals deserve a space to be accurately heard and a place to gain insight into the life patterns that have caused them instability and pain. I deeply believe in therapy as a joint and transformative space that can lead people to develop new skills and to discover their unique internal capacity to connect, heal, and thrive.
(434) 830-8118 View (434) 830-8118

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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.