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 44 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.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); I also hold certifications as both an International Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional (ICCDP) and Board Certified Diplomat (BCD) in Clinical Social Work. I received my Master of Social Work from Arizona State University and my Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from Weber State University in Utah.
As a military spouse for nearly 30 years, I have lived and traveled extensively in the United States and overseas. During my travels, I have acquired a broad base of experience working in a variety of behavioral health venues. I have been a provider with independent and state mental health agencies as well as a number of elementary and high schools. While in Virginia, I served as a forensic clinical social worker at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughter’s in the Child Abuse Program, providing comprehensive assessments and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults related to suspected child maltreatment. Most recently, I was the Program Manager for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Psychiatric Intensive Outpatient Program (PIOP), where I provided clinical supervision for the PIOP staff members, as well as co-occurring disorder assessments and treatment for active duty military and their dependents.
The majority of my professional experience has focused on assisting individuals with challenges stemming from trauma. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy supported by a variety of other behavioral health models. I provide assessments, individual, family and couples therapy. My education and experience are uniquely suited to benefit individuals needing to address substance use, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and relationship problems. I believe most people are seeking happiness and success in their lives and have within themselves the ability to achieve those goals. I view counseling as a partnership between the therapist and the client, with the client’s right to self-determination at the center of the process. I am committed to respectfully supporting, challenging and empowering my clients to obtain the life they desire.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I received my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Norfolk State University. Ongoing education and training led to specializations in Critical Incident Stress Intervention, Trauma Recovery, and Bereavement Therapy with adults, families, and children. I have worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, family service agencies, older adult out-patient psychiatric services, and military mental health services.
Couples therapy became my passion as I worked with military couples struggling with the problems inherent in their challenging lifestyle. I have been trained in several communication skills programs that can help couples realize their potential for a successful relationship, and I believe that having the right communication skills to deal with conflict is the key to having a successful relationship.
My work with individuals and couples focuses on understanding and alleviating distressing symptoms, promoting individual self-awareness and growth, and enhancing relationships with others. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Solution Focused approach, I offer concrete suggestions for problem solving. I enjoy coaching Individuals and couples through parenting challenges, relationship struggles, self-esteem issues, and life stage concerns and adjustments. Life didn’t come with an instruction book. I believe that counseling can serve as a light and a path to help individuals navigate through difficult times and learn to live happy and productive lives.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and have experience working with individuals (including adolescents), couples, and families.
A native Texan, I studied Psychology at Texas A&M University and then moved to Virginia in 2003. I got my degree in Marriage & Family Counseling at the College of William and Mary, and now reside in Suffolk. For the past 10 years, I’ve worked in a variety of settings in the counseling field, with people facing a myriad of challenges – from providing in-home counseling with struggling families to training and supporting foster parents as they took on the challenges of adding a child into their home.
I began educating future human service professionals at Old Dominion University in 2010, and started seeing private practice clients shortly thereafter. No matter the setting in which I find myself, I always come back to my passion for families and my belief that to best understand a person, you have to consider the family system (family of origin as well as current family configuration).
I love the process of getting to know new clients, forming a working relationship with them, and seeing them bravely take steps towards health and more fulfilling relationships and lives. I typically work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, or people who are looking for a change and are feeling “stuck.” I see counseling as a collaborative process between clients and myself, and I enjoy walking alongside clients as they work to reach their goals. For more information, feel free to go to my personal website: www.JamieHartsfield.com.