Jamie’s experience with her elementary school counselor set her career path. While receiving help to address early childhood trauma, Jamie realized the courage it takes to open up and be vulnerable, especially after going through rejection and abuse.
Lived experience gives Jamie in depth insight into her clients’ darkest moments. She understands the importance of truly being seen. Jamie says it is truly an honor to offer clients empathy and reflect inner light to them while working together.
Jamie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Virginia and West Virginia with more than 10 years’ experience. She is also an approved Licensed Professional Supervisor in WV as well as a National Certified Counselor. Every day Jamie’s clients inspire her. She is in awe of their ability to transform their lives after experiencing hardship. Change is difficult. Jamie says, “It is often only when staying the same seems more unbearable than stepping outside of what is familiar do we take the steps to change.”
Dedicated to lifelong learning, Jamie achieved a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University in 2005. She majored in psychology with a minor in family studies. She completed her Master of Education in Community and Addictions Counseling at the College of William and Mary in 2009. Jamie then continued her education, earning a post-graduate certificate in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Maryland at College Park
Working with individuals, couples, and families aged 4 years old through adulthood, she has a wide range of experience in different settings. These include college counseling centers, homeless shelters, public schools, community mental health agencies and medical clinics.
At every opportunity, Jamie continues her professional development. She also has a particular interest in dealing with trauma. Jamie uses her knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to help her clients. Jamie collaborates with clients to provide the best evidenced-based intervention to suit their needs.
Jamie enjoys working with people from all walks of life with all types of issues. These include trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, relationships, identity, school, career, aging, attachment, eating concerns, chronic pain and illness, sexuality, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, co-occurring disorders, and life transitions.
With a naturally empathetic nature, people feel comfortable and open up to her. Jamie uses counseling to promote personal authenticity and a sense of security. She provides a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment to facilitate self-exploration and growth. Jamie highlights people’s strengths and helps them develop healthy coping tools to benefit them throughout life.
Jamie is passionate about her son. She says, “As a child of adoption, I am keenly aware how it takes a village and we are all in this thing called life together. I strive to ‘pay it forward’ and help others as others helped me throughout my life journey.”