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Thomasina Valentine
Thomasina Valentine
Licensed Professional Counselor, Christian Counselor

Works with Children, Adolescents and Adults

Specialty Issues: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Marriage Issues, Military Issues, Anger Management, African-American Issues

Suffolk location

More About Me
EDUCATION

  • M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
  • M.S. Patient Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (completed 3 units of CPE)
  • M.Div. Theology, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology - Virginia Union Univ.
  • M.S. Human Resource Management, Troy State Univ.
  • B.S. Business Management, Hampton Univ.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • I have 16+ years working on the employee support side of Human Resources, to include career and employee counseling and have spent the last three years in preparation and transition to the helping profession of clinical counseling. I have counseling experience in corporate, church, educational, hospital, and private practice settings however, I am currently a Resident in Professional Counseling who is supervised by LaConda Fanning, PsyD, LPC, RN,C. and a Resident in Marriage & Marriage Therapy, supervised by D. Cheri Garr, PhD, LPC, LMFT. I also serve as a chaplain with Bon Secours Medical Centers in Norfolk and Portsmouth. I have taught as an adjunct professor at Hampton University.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor #00110916, May 2009

MILITARY SERVICE

  • Served faithfully eight years in the United States Army Reserves

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Associate Minister, Licensuate 2001 – Present
  • Tribe (Parish) Chaplain, 2005-Present
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (3 units) – Richmond, VA, 2006-2007
  • Prayer Counselor, 1999 - 2005
  • Chairperson, Women's Ministry, 1999 – 2005
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (1 unit) - Portsmouth, VA 2004
  • Chairperson, Women's Conference 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Youth Church Pastor, 2000 – 2002
  • Sunday School Teacher (Adult)
  • Junior Missionary Advisor
  • New Members Class Instructor
  • New Members Coordinator • Parish Leader

THERAPY ORIENTATION

  • The therapeutic relationship is based upon mutual respect, trust in the process, clear and open communication, and established boundaries. It is my goal to serve you rather than attempt to fix or help you, as I believe - "When you help you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as a whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul." ~~ Rachel Naomi Remen Therefore, my orientation to counseling is based on the assumption that we are holistic (mind, body, and spirit) beings who are best understood in the context of transactional (we influence and are influenced by) and relationships with our close and distance supports, both past and present. Therefore, my focus will be on what is going on within you (intrapersonal) and what occurs among others (interpersonal). I believe that all individuals and families can develop healthier ego strengths and improve practical individual skills to solve problems and make changes in their lives. I provide counseling to individuals (ages 8+), couples, and families. The goal is to serve families and individuals acknowledge their strengths, encourage, support and challenge you to make changes in thoughts and behaviors that are not conducive to being a healthy human being and enable growth in relationships and functioning. In addition, I may address how you think about your presenting concerns (a cognitive approach) and what you do in response to your presenting concerns (a behavioral approach). I employ an eclectic approach to therapy that is based on the need of the client and includes, but is not limited to the following techniques and approaches: existential, gestalt, motivational interviewing, supportive, solution-focused, and play therapy for children.