Resident in Counseling
Vanessa is a Resident in Counseling for The Wise Family. She is a proud Alexandria local, with a passion for cooking and travel. She loves music, and can often be heard singing or humming in her spare time. Vanessa is a huge believer in the power of positive reinforcement. She loves to offer words of encouragement to others in need. Vanessa hopes to write her own series of therapeutic children’s books, with the objective of providing encouraging forms of psychoeducation to school aged children.
Vanessa completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,VA. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a paraprofessional for Special Education students grades K-5, within the Alexandria City Public School System. During this time, she discovered her passion for counseling and differentiated learning. Vanessa soon began working as a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor offering counseling and behavioral support to students grades 6-12.
Vanessa obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York. Since earning her Masters degree, she’s worked collaboratively with children, families, and other care providers as an Intensive In Home and Outpatient Counselor. Vanessa is actively pursuing licensure in Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
“Amy talks about moving children from being externally-driven to internally-driven…and she helps you get there!”— Parent of 15-year-old daughter
Amy knows how to relate to children, and make them feel comfortable . My son was shy at the beginning but Amy asked him a couple questions about what he likes and immediately found the connection to him. He happily followed her in the office (just after a 3 min of conversation) and preformed the test. He wasn’t nervous or scared and it’s bc of her ability to relate to kids.
We had a great experience and he wants to go back! Thank you very much!— Dad of 5-year-old assessment client
“I went home and practiced what Amy taught me…and it worked!”— 8-year-old coaching client
She has been a tremendous help with family issues and getting our children organized for success in life. Highly recommend her.— Mom of three young adults ages 20 – 24