Dr. Pamela Kayanan


About Me

I have been raised a Catholic and continue to practice my faith to this day. I find that having a "higher power" is essential to recovery from many of the mental health issues we suffer. I also believe that a relationship with Christ makes our lives better. Over the past 20 years many of my clients have had a strong spiritual connection and needed their therapy to coincide with this connection. Addiction is one example of therapy and spirituality going hand-in-hand. The need to believe that there is a power grater than self is a cornerstone of recovery. My experience with addiction counseling is a focus of my work. My PhD is on the subject of addiction and my training in this area is extensive including a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on addiction. I have been a Student Director of the New Leaf Clinic, an addictions clinic at the College of William and Mary from where I got my degrees (Masters and PhD.).

My approaches includes cognitive-behavioral, Person Centered, Solution Focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Neuro Linguistic Programing . Change is possible no matter how old you are or what the issues are. I can help guide you to whatever changes you decide you want. Our work is a partnership. I am an expert on change and you are the expert on you.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 21

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #0701003183 (Expires: 2021-06-30)

LMFT #0717001073 (Expires: 2021-06-30)

Other #0718000195 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Written by L.E. on Nov 12, 2020 after counseling with Pamela for 1 year

Dr. K is wonderful - she is experienced and knowledgeable. My husband and i really appreciate her insights and advice.

Written by F.R. on Dec 04, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 2 weeks

Its wonderful to have spiritual guidance along with emotional support. Dr. Kayanan understands the conflicts between worldly views and Christian teaching . I am feeling so musch better in a relatively short amount of time. Thank you

Written by A.M. on Sep 23, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 2 weeks

So far Dr. K has been excellent with my family. She is responsive, caring, and helpful. We've learned a lot already and we've just gotten started!

Written by S.A. on Sep 14, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 6 months

Dr. Kayanan is intuitive, insightful, patient, and kind in her strength as a seasoned counselor. She counsels with a balance of faith and spiritual insight, practical knowledge and professional expertise, as well as a (crucial for me!) sense of humor. I always feel heard and never judged when speaking with her, and our sessions have been invaluable to me while navigating difficult seasons and life decisions. I’m grateful to have been connected to her on this site!

Written by T.E. on Jul 29, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 2 weeks

My experience receiving counseling from Dr. Kayanan has been life changing. Her depth of knowledge and experience with depression and anxiety has opened a new world for me. I have gained more insight on the causes of my depression and anxiety and specific directions on how to improve and progress daily. I would advise anyone suffering alone and wishing for a change to contact Faithful Counseling and see how your life will be divinely changed.

Written by M.A. on Jun 20, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 2 weeks

Dr. Kayanan is very wise and effective at helping me solve my age related issues. She is prompt, understanding and positive.

Written by B.R. on May 02, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 3 weeks

I would definitely recommend Dr. K for counseling. In the few sessions we have had she has given me specific thoughts to work on and is very comforting in all of our conversations. She is excellent with addiction issues and very helpful with pointing out Your progress even though you don’t realize you have made any.

Written by A.N. on Jan 17, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 3 weeks

Dr. Kayanan helped me out so much during my sessions. Her clinical expertise and therapy practices are excellent.

Written by H.A. on Jan 03, 2019 after counseling with Pamela for 2 weeks

She took the time to learn about me as a person and what my goals are regarding my situation. Highly recommend.

Written by C.O. on Oct 05, 2018 after counseling with Pamela for 1 month

Dr. Kayanan was very competent in her understanding my issues. She gave me feedback on things that would help and followed up on those. She gave me resources to help also. I feel much better and more confident to move on. Thank you Dr. Kayanan.

Written by S.T. on Oct 04, 2018 after counseling with Pamela for 2 weeks

I am very pleased with Dr. Kayanan. She has been a help to me and I sincerely appreciate it. Thank you.