I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia. I have been practicing in the mental health field since 2002 since I obtained my master’s degree from the University of Dayton. I have honed my skills in a variety of settings, such as schools, hospitals, residential facilities, community programs, and in private practice.
I enjoy listening and helping. I believe in the power of “talk therapy.” I once read a quote that says, “What a curious power words have.” This quote suggests that “talk therapy” works and I believe that wholeheartedly.
I understand that “Hurt People, Hurt People,” so let’s begin the healing process. When you are hurting you might intentionally or unintentionally hurt people, and relationships with people are vital. I can help you develop healthy relationships and improve relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
I would love to help you learn and utilize skills that will be a tremendous help during troubling times. I have extensive experience working with adults and children to develop a wide range of skills, such as coping, communication, relaxation, and anger management skills, to name a few. Additionally, I can help families develop strategies to work with children diagnosed with various mental health diagnoses.
Additionally, I can assist you with gaining insight about your actions, by processing your thoughts and feelings. All human beings at one time or another have reacted based on our thoughts and feelings, and the results have not been favorable. Let’s talk about how your thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected. By using a Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy, I can help you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, which I often refer to as Thinking Errors. By doing this you will be able to view difficult situations in a different way and therefore respond and react more effectively.
I also have a passion for Marriage and Family Therapies, as well as, Couple’s Therapy and Premarital Counseling. Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors inevitably affect our relationships. Individuals in families and marriages often operate from a place of comfort and familiarity, which can be detrimental. Allow me to help your marriage and family become what you desire. Couple’s Therapy is unique, and I can help you navigate the difficulties that tend to be specific to couples. Many times, individuals come to therapy in a reactive manner, but I approach Premarital Counseling in a proactive manner. Let’s create the foundation for a healthy marriage.
I understand that a lot of us are busy with work, family, extracurricular activities, and many other obligations, so in many cases I also use Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Many people believe that therapy only consists of talking about problems, but in Solution Focused Brief Therapy I will work with you to identify positive resources and assist you with implementing concrete strategies and to change your future!
I have seen the power of my clients’ faith coupled with strategies of therapy change their future. I do not believe that a person’s faith and therapy need to be mutually exclusive of one another. A person’s faith is what motivates them to utilize the skills they learn in therapy, it is their faith that helps them recognize how their thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected. I invite you to bring your faith to the therapy session and see how awesome the therapy process can be!
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Depression Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
my counselor has been exceptional! we have been on the same page since the beginning. She uses the word (as i discussed i wanted in my sessions) and clinically based (CBT) it is amazing to see the growth because of the consistency, transparency and wisdom. such a great tool in my life . worth joining
Darsha is an incredible counselor. She is supportive and sympathetic while also being firm in holding me accountable. She is very clear and sincere in her communication. I have seen myself grow so much under her counsel and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with her. I cannot recommend her enough!
Darsha is so good at listening, she takes the time to fully understand your feelings and explore any emotion you experience. She offers helpful suggestions, but more importantly gives the freedom to feel reality exactly as it is and make no excuses for it. She has a true desire to walk through life and situations with me. She’s also kind and approachable, I recommend her so highly.
I was really skeptical of trying counseling again. I feel like she hears my concerns and validates my concerns or challenges me when I need it. I don’t feel belittled or that my concerns should be “prayed away”. I’ve really appreciated everything Darsha has said in our texts and in our video chats.