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YWCA Counseling Team

The counseling center at the YWCA SHR engages trauma-informed, evidenced-based practices to help each client move through crisis toward healing. Utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions, we work with you to design a treatment plan that will work for your specific needs. Under the supervision of licensed counselors, our superbly-trained and compassionate pre-licensed counselors provide individual and group counseling for survivors of all genders and ages.

Nicole Nordan M.S.Ed, LPC, NCC, CTTS
Program Director of Counseling

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist Nicole received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2012. Nicole has been working with adolescents and adults since 2009, gaining experience from working in middle schools, colleges, and homeless/domestic violence programs. Nicole specializes in treating trauma, specifically with victims of sexual assault/domestic violence and early childhood traumas. Nicole takes an eclectic approach in therapy, utilizing various therapies to help clients through the healing processes including; Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR level 1 & 2, interpersonal practice and core strength development. She also works with males, females, couples and families with issues related to self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, grief and loss, emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, domestic/sexual violence and gender and sexual identity. Nicole believes that a positive therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client is essential to the growth and healing process. She creates a collaborative, warm and comfortable environment in which clients can feel free to explore. Through her strength-based, holistic approach, she strives to help individuals achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves.

Mary Williams, MSEd, LPC, NCC, CSAC, ACS
Counselor II

Mary is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), by the National Board of Certified Counselors.  Mary received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2013; In addition, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University in 2011. She pursued additional education and training at Regent University through the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, from whom she received her Traumatology Certification. Mary is trained in EMDR Therapy and completed Level I and Level II through the International Humanitarian Assistance Program. In addition, she holds certification in Death and Grief Studies. Mary began her clinical work as a clinician serving the general population, at local community service boards for several years, she gained two years of additional clinical experience at an outpatient treatment clinic. During the past five years, she has developed skills in crisis intervention, child trauma, sexual and domestic violence, trauma disorders, anxiety and depressive issues, emotional dysregulation, serious mental disorders, and substance use disorders. Mary also supervises graduate student interns in mental health counseling and resident counselors in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She believes the counseling relationship is the primary tool for client change and focuses on creating a positive, empowering, and safe environment for her professional work. She utilizes an eclectic orientation, based on her client’s needs, which may include Person-Centered Theory, Existential Theory, Narrative Theory, Reality Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Counseling. Mary envisions life as a journey, and her life experience has taught her that individuals may sometimes need assistance to get to their next destination.

Kelsie Weidenhammer, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
Counselor l

Kelsie received her Masters of Social Work from the University of West Florida, with a specialization in play therapy. She has been working with children and families since 2012, gaining experience from working within elementary schools, child development centers, and psychiatric hospitals. Kelsie uses play and art therapy techniques to help children and adolescents manage difficult emotions and behaviors, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve self-esteem. She believes the parent’s play an integral role in the counseling process and encourages parent participation. Kelsie is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a distinct technique for children who have experienced trauma. She has experience with various mental health diagnoses, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, and other traumas. Kelsie became a therapist to help children build resilience and teach appropriate skills to be successful in all aspects of life. Kelsie believes that children’s counseling can promote safe and supportive connections that help children to heal from the various traumas experienced. For more information on play therapy, please click here.

Kathleen Lloyd, M.S., CAADC, CSAC
Counselor I

Kathleen graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Master’s in counseling psychology in 2015 with an emphasis in mental health counseling. She is currently a counselor in residence, a Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Kathleen encourages her clients to shift their thoughts and feelings in order to better cope with personal challenges. Her therapeutic style is eclectic and based in a cognitive-behavioral and emotion-focused orientation. Kathleen also utilizes mindfulness and meditation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Trauma-Informed directives to help her clients achieve their goals. She has experience working with clients who struggle with emotional issues, domestic/sexual violence, substance abuse issues, homelessness, trauma, and difficult life transitions. Kathleen makes every effort to establish a collaborative relationship with her clients and focuses on establishing a non-judging, safe environment for the client to work towards achieving the life they have always envisioned for themselves.

Octasia Gainer, M.A., Resident in Counseling, NCC, CCMHC
Counselor l

Octasia Gainer received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia and she is a United States Navy Veteran. Octasia is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional, with experience working with school-age children, adolescent, college students, military families, and adults. Her experience includes but is not limited to providing her clients with psycho-education, support, behavior modification, unconditional positive regard, and crisis intervention.  She is proficient in the use of play therapy; person-centered therapy, and is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a distinct technique for children who have experienced trauma. Octasia became a counselor to assist people with coping skills, strength, and resilience within marginalized populations where many expect unfavorable results.

Moriah Holland, M.S.Ed.
Counselor l

Moriah graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Master’s program at Old Dominion University in December of 2017. Moriah began at the YWCA as a shelter volunteer in October 2016 was then hired on to work in the shelter, providing crisis intervention, community referrals, and case management to adults who had been sexually abused and, or was fleeing from Domestic Violence relationships. While working for the YWCA, Moriah was then selected as the Clinical Intern within the YWCA Counseling Department. She spent her one-year internship working with clients who were healing from various types of trauma to include sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of complex trauma. She worked to assist them in gaining the skills necessary to cope and heal. She is currently a counselor in residence. Before coming to the YWCA, Moriah attained 3 years of experience assisting adolescents and young adults with career exploration, employment search, and financial literacy, while also building partnerships with employers, military recruiters, and academic advisers. Moriah chose the field of counseling to advocate for and educate others about the importance of mental health, to encourage self-reflection and self-awareness in individuals for healthier relationships and self-esteem, to assist people in exploring all of their options and empower them to make positive choices based upon what’s in their control. Moriah’s therapeutic approaches in counseling includes person-centered, strengths-based, CBT, and DBT.

Wanda McInnis, M.A.
Counselor l

Wanda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2013, and a Master of Arts in Counseling in December 2017 from Regent University. Wanda began with the YWCA in May of 2017 as a Counseling Intern and was hired on as a Counselor l immediately after completing her degree. She spent her internship working with clients who were healing from various types of trauma to include sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of complex trauma. Wanda’s work experiences are varied. She has gained valuable experience from her work with adolescent teens in a behavioral residential treatment setting, and managed group homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Wanda has also worked in local homeless shelters and gained extensive medical experience in her role as a Nurse Care Partner.  Wanda volunteers in the counseling department of her church with the substance abuse recovery group and is active in mentoring recovering addicts. Wanda is passionate about meeting the client where they are and equipping and empowering them to overcome life traumas and help them live their best lives. Wanda’s counseling approach is integrative and utilizes approaches suitable to the client’s needs to include person-centered, strengths-based, CBT, and DBT.