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, 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. 

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