About Sharon Krumpe

I am licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as both a Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

I earned a Master’s Degree in Community and Addictions Counseling from the College of William & Mary (MS.Ed.); I later earned from the College a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD), in the field of Counselor Education and Training, with an emphasis in couples and family therapy. I have been married for 35 years and am the proud mother of three wonderful, grown children. Although I have lived in Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, California, Maryland, Montana, and Washington, DC, Virginia remains my first love; in 1992, I returned to live in the place where I was born.

In early 2003, following a six-year affiliation with New Horizons Family Counseling Center at the College of William & Mary, I opened a private therapy practice in the small village of Chuckatuck, located in Suffolk, VA. Although my specialty is couples and family therapy, I also counsel individuals of all ages and provide life coaching services

My Counseling Philosophy

Sometimes life is hard. Occasionally, everyone could benefit from some help with coping. Most individuals, in general, and families, in particular, are doing the best they can, given their current circumstances and level of personal and interpersonal skills. Most are just “stuck,” using coping methods and solutions learned at some time in the past, but no longer adequate to the situation at hand. I believe that most people, with the assistance of a nonjudgmental, skilled, respectful therapist, can discover solutions to many of their problems and formulate more workable ways of living their lives. I do not pretend to be an expert on anyone’s life; my clients are the authority on their lives. I believe in respectfully working together with clients to find solutions, in collaborating with them, in building upon their strengths and competencies, and not in telling people what to do or “giving them the answers.”

'Context is everything, and nowhere
more so than in family therapy. To be truly helpful, family therapists need
to pay attention to families in the
context of their communities - their churches, schools, employment, friendships and
other social involvements.'


Information About My Practice

My practice includes both counseling (therapy) and coaching. People come to counseling to examine and potentially to change emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Counseling may include individuals, couples, groups, parents, children, and families. Coaching is usually a brief process of obtaining guidance and motivational assistance on a specific topic and may involve as little as one session.

My specialty is marriage and family therapy. I believe that the actions of any one family member affect all other members, which, in turn, affect the one individual, in a process which is circular, or recursive, in nature. Because of this belief, I prefer to see couples and families together, whenever possible, and I will probably help you to look at your involvement in larger systems, such as school, work, and community. When working with families of school-age children, I make it a practice to act as liaison between the family and the school, if circumstances warrant.


My Qualifications to Provide Therapy

• Licensed to provide general professional counseling services in the Commonwealth of Virginia

• Licensed specifically to provide relationship, couples, and family therapy in the Commonwealth of   Virginia

• PhD in Counselor Education from The College of William and Mary in Virginia

• Former Director of New Horizons Family Counseling Center (3 years) at The College of William and Mary in Virginia

• Member of: American Counseling Association (ACA), Virginia Counseling Association (VCA), International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), Virginia Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (VAMFC), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

• Associate (AAMFT), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision  (ACES),  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES)

• Former Member, VAMFC Board of Directors (1998-2000)

• Adjunct Faculty and Part-time staff at The College of William & Mary in Virginia

• Attendee and presenter at regional, national, and international professional conferences


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