Trish McCoy Kessler, LPC, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist & iaedp Approved Supervisor

 

   Hello! I am honored to work with you or your loved one. When working with clients who struggle with disordered eating, I many times replace the word recovery with wellness. Wellness is an individualized, and an "active" pursuit for an optimal life. 

   After completing my Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University I founded Empower Counseling, PC in 2016. Prior to attending graduate school, I was a business and marketing professional in the fields of advertising and pharmaceuticals. I am also a  musician and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Voice from Lynchburg College.

   Throughout the years, I have sought out specialized training in Eating Disorders from Sheppard Pratt Health System, River Mend Health Institute, Veritas Collaborative, and Laureate Eating Disorders Program/St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma; in addition to providing group and individual therapy with Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness in Charlottesville, VA. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through iaedp, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals with certification as an Approved Supervisor to Licensed Clinicians seeking CEDS certification. I am also certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Adolescents Coping with Loss, Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma, and certified in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) to treat substance abuse in adolescents. I enjoy working with all populations and genders, ages 10 and up: children, adolescents, individuals, and groups.

   Recently, I became certified to teach Restorative Yoga under the direction of Cyndi Lee, founder of the Om Yoga Center, in addition to becoming a General EMDR Practitioner through EMDRIA. I am also in the process of completing certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). I look forward to incorporating these interventions with my clients. More information to come! 

Carrie Wamsley, LPC

 

   Hi I’m Carrie! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor, but you might also call me a confidant or a wellness coach. With 10+ years of counseling experience, I’ve had the privilege to work in various levels of care such as inpatient, residential, crisis counseling, community-based services, outpatient counseling & more. Currently, I am working towards my certification as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with iaedp.

   I understand that the road to finding wellness and recovery can seem overwhelming. My goal as your Counselor is to create a safe space for you on your journey. I want you to feel comfortable sharing your discomfort with me so instead of just coaching you from the other side, I can be there with you. I’m here to remind you you’re not alone.

   I work with people who seek clarity, peace, and long to live a balanced and whole life. Often clients I work with struggle with eating disorders, mood disorders like anxiety or depression, trauma & more. No matter what you’re struggling with, we’ll work together to find the best method that works for you.

   Each client is unique, so I’ll tailor your counseling experience based on my educated expertise as well as coordinating with your Treatment Team. I recognize that you know yourself better than anyone else so we will look to your lived experience to guide the counseling process. I offer an eclectic approach based on your needs, whether its trauma informed, cognitive or dialectical therapy, or something else. We’ll work together so you have everything you need as you heal. 

Sherri Meyer, MS, RD 

   Sherri Meyer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 20 years of experience in the nutrition field. Sherri began her career in Dallas, Texas where she obtained her Masters in Nutrition Science & developed her passion for eating disorder work. Sherri went on to practice clinical nutrition at teaching hospitals such as Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Upon her move to Lynchburg, Sherri worked as the corporate RD for Meriwether-Godsey, inc., where she provided numerous educational programs to schools & assisted in menu development. It was during this time she discovered the influence that diet culture has on young teens and vowed to work toward change. Most recently, Sherri works as the Health Clinic campus RD at the University of Lynchburg, where she provides collaborative counseling to students suffering from disordered eating & body dysmorphia.

   Sherri believes clients can begin healing from their eating disorders by developing compassion and trust within their own bodies. She embraces the non-diet principles of Health at Every Size & Intuitive Eating & continues to seek out specialty training in Eating Disorders. Sherri is working towards certification as an Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is a member of iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and EDRD Pro (Eating Disordered Registered Dietitian Professional Group). Sherri is excited to partner with Empower Counseling & Empower Wellness and looks forward to helping clients heal their relationship with their mind, body & food.

Dr. Sandra Noble, PhD, LPC, CEDS, NCC 

Hello and welcome- I am so glad that you are here! I seek to come alongside each client and provide a safe, empowering, and authentic environment for you to heal, learn, and grow. I consider it an honor to work as a Licensed Professional Counselor with those struggling with concerns such as eating disorders and disordered eating, body dysmorphia and body image challenges, trauma history, identity development, depression, and anxiety. I work with each client to identify goals that are important for you, but my overarching goals for my work with all clients include providing hope and helping you develop a more loving and compassionate relationship with yourself and your body. I recently completed my doctoral degree and focused my research on developing embodiment-based creative interventions for eating disorders, and I love integrating these approaches into clinical work! I have also presented on these concepts at national, state, and regional professional conferences.

My work in the mental health field started with working in a residential setting in 2009, and since that time I have worked with individuals, families, and groups of all ages in outpatient and acute inpatient settings. I am trained in the Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders (ERED) model and am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist. I use a client-centered therapy framework and integrate practical and evidence-based concepts from cognitive, dialectical behavioral, existential, and attachment-focused therapies. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and am currently completing my certification as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Outside of the office, I can usually be found exploring new places, connecting on my yoga mat, or chasing after my sweet and spunky pup, Bailey. I look forward to connecting with you and helping you discover a more connected and embodied life!

“Owning our story- and loving ourselves through that process- is the bravest thing we’ll ever do” -Brene Brown 

Lina Ramirez, Counseling Intern 

Lina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Los Andes University and is currently completing her M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She plans on pursuing licensure as a professional counselor upon graduation. Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Lina provides bilingual services (Spanish & English) and always looks to integrate a diverse and multicultural approach to counseling. She is committed and passionate about walking alongside clients in their journey towards seeking answers, purpose, healing, and long-lasting freedom in whichever areas they may be struggling in. Lina strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental and client - centered approach where you will feel comfortable sharing at your own pace and get to decide what works best for you. She invites clients to experience the counseling relationship as a conduit for personal awareness, transformation, and growth.

Previously, Lina worked for a nonprofit organization that provided aid to women who found themselves in patterns of domestic violence. As a result, she has developed a passion for working and meeting women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life right where they are at. She has had the privilege of providing services for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and body image. She is also passionate about working with topics related to disordered eating, life transitions, women’s issues, migration and cultural adjustments, among others. Lina draws from different therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Existentialism and Cognitive Behavioral, always prioritizing client’s needs and personal desires. She may also incorporate faith-integrated counseling upon client’s request.

In her free time, Lina enjoys reading, journaling, water coloring, playing tennis, dog sitting and spending time with family and friends. Her all-time favorite activity is sunset/sunrise watching. 

Renee Anderson, LPC 

Telehealth Counselor 

In my experience, I have found that even times of crisis can be opportunities for growth.

I earned an MA in Agency Counseling from Gardner-Webb University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and North Carolina. I have twenty-five years of diverse experience, largely in medical settings.

I have worked with ages four to ninety-nine in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, partial hospitalization and community settings, treating individuals and groups for eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, crisis, life transitions, sexual reactivity and severe persistent mental illness. I have also worked in child protection and foster care.

I believe that in counseling one size does not fit all. Although my primary model is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I utilize other modalities as appropriate to your situation.

I am also trained in Healing Touch and have special interests in mindfulness, guided meditation, sports performance, and integration of music and therapy.

In my spare time, I tend my chickens and enjoy my 20-year-old cat.

Karis Callaway, LPC 

For the past 15 years, I have found myself in various roles in different helping professions. In 2007, I graduated with my degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and set out to travel the world. After a 7 year stint that included Charleston, SC, Nashville, TN and then Calcutta, India, I settled in the hills of Virginia to pursue my studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in many roles from Crisis Stabilization clinician to Clinical Supervisor, but I find my greatest fulfillment in connecting with clients in the outpatient office.

As a therapist, I am drawn to the genuine connection developed in the therapy room and work really hard to preserve the safety that is needed to encounter some of our deepest pain. I hope that my clients will feel a sense of "togetherness" as we journey into the parts of ourselves that have been lost at times.

I have found that as we sift through life experiences, the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that have been developed about the world, self and others tend to make sense. I then want to provide a space to examine the roots of our life, honor these roots, and then integrate them into your current framework. It is one of my life's greatest honors to sift through these and reprocess how they have impacted us.

I work with individuals, couples and families who seek wholeness and integration so that their "inside matches their outside," as I like to say. I utilize an eclectic approach and with a trauma-informed attachment perspective. I have been trained in treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and have received training regarding working with victims of sexual abuse.

In my spare time you'll find me cheering for the LSU Tigers, reading books about counseling and spirituality and spending time with my husband, Chad, while we renovate our 105-year-old house and find waterfalls to jump in.

Beth Girts, Resident in Counseling 

Hi I’m Beth! I am a Resident in Counseling who has received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working in-home counseling, crisis stabilization, and outpatient therapy for individuals, couples, and families. I also have experience working partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) for eating disorders. Currently, I am working towards my certification as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with iaedp.

I am excited to hear about your counseling goals and tailor your treatment plan and therapy interventions specifically around the growth you are hoping to gain from this experience. The therapeutic approaches I most often use for individuals are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy. For marriage and family counseling I most often use Bowenian Therapy.

As a counselor I strive to create a safe and empowering environment where individuals feel respected, seen, heard, and supported. I am passionate about the counseling relationship because I believe it provides individuals with the support, education, and empowerment needed to create lasting change. I desire to help individuals find hope and courage in their journey toward emotional and physical wholeness.

Kendall Holloway, Resident in Counseling 

​Kendall is a Resident in Counseling who has experience in providing individual, group, and family therapy services for clients. Kendall completed her Master's of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. As a therapist, Kendall has past experience working with individuals who have had previous traumas including but not limited to: sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.. Her other experiences include working with individuals experiencing eating disorders, anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, substance use disorders, and other mental diagnoses. She strives to help clients gain insight, process their emotions, and help the client improve their life by obtaining the goals set out by the client at the beginning of treatment. Kendall primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a part of her therapeutic modality, incorporating Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) as needed. She recognizes that this theory does not fit everyone, thus she strives to adjust to meet the client's needs. She believes that recognizing how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connect and influence our lives can be a powerful insight into improving different life-stressors. Kendall finds counseling to be the most successful when the client's voice is heard, understood, and incorporated into the treatment goals and plans.

Outside of work, Kendall enjoys spending time with her dog, Sadie, and her hamster Rosenesmee. She is an avid horror movie watcher, romance and fantasy book reader, foodie, and winery goer. Kendall's life motto is, "It's a great day to have a great day."

Gwen Seiler, Resident in Counseling 

 My career background before pursuing my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling was as a Registered Nurse and then as executive director of a nonprofit ministry for women dealing with Eating Disorders and more. I also helped organize and lead the Empowered Families Group here at Empower Counseling, PC to educate and support family members of those with an eating disorder.

When assessing a client I try to take in the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, considering how each of these components is impacting the others. If a client chooses, I am willing to incorporate Christian faith-based counseling, in addition to a mix of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and more. I also provide couples counseling.

I have been married for 34 years and we have three grown daughters (two of whom are married), one grandchild, and two doodle-pups. I love watching sunrises and sunsets especially over mountains and beaches, traveling, horseback riding, exploring, and spending time with those I love.