Counseling helps support individuals through life’s most difficult circumstances. Counseling supports the growth of personal strengths and helps empower individuals to make healthy choices for positive change. Our staff consists of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Eligible Resident Counselors, and Interns.
Day and evening hours are available by appointment. Please call 757-467-7707 on the Southside and 757-875-0060 on the Peninsula.
Catholic Charities does not currently take payments from health insurers. Often, our fee is equal to or lower than insurance co-payments. For those who qualify for financial assistance, a sliding fee scale is offered.
We offer the following services:
- Individual Counseling for Children and Adults
- Marriage and Couples Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Depression Screenings
- 24-hour emergency on-call coverage for existing clients
Meet Our Counselors
Kelle Watson M.A. LPC
Director of Mental Health
Counseling Specialties include: children and adolescents with related issues of ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Disorder and working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Bereavement, Adjustment Disorders, Domestic Violence Issues, Self esteem issues, Relationship Issues, and Individual co parenting therapy.
Kelle received her Masters of Arts summa cum laude from Rivier college. She was nominated and chosen three times to represent Rivier college in the National Dean’s List which recognizes outstanding academic achievement in students nation wide. She has been in the field of counseling since 2005. Her internship involved working with individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and group work. Her residency involved working with the homeless at both Judeo Christian Outreach Center and People in Need, the chronically ill with co occuring mental health issues at Chesapeake Fee Care Clinic, and working with varied and diverse populations, cultures and diagnoses in an outpatient setting at Catholic Charities Virginia Beach and Norfolk offices.. Her residency also involved being contracted as a school counselor for three years at Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School and Bishop Sullivan High School. Prior to becoming a Licensed professional counselor, Kelle was a preschool teacher, a youth group leader for middle school children, and a Respite Director for adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Kelle specializes in counseling children and adolescents with related issues of ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Disorder. She also specializes in working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Bereavement, Adjustment Disorders, Domestic Violence Issues, Self esteem issues, Relationship Issues, and Individual co parenting therapy.
Counseling specialties include: Working with adolescents and young adults, including those with anxiety, depression, adjustment, and substance abuse.
Laura received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Old Dominion University in 2013, cum laude. During her undergraduate, she was a member of Psi Chi, a psychology honors society and a research assistant in the Center for Advanced Statistical Analysis of Health Behaviors. Research focused on risky heath behavior antecedents and intervention for adolescents and young adults.
In 2016, she obtained her Master’s in Science of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University, magna cum laude. Her professional experience also includes elementary and middle school counseling and higher education advising. She is also a member of Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Laura’s counseling techniques include cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and positive psychology. She works with a wide range of presenting concerns from varying ages and backgrounds. Her counseling practices strive for holistic wellness including mind, body, and spirit.
Counseling specialties include: children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, ODD, brain injury, and fetal alcohol disorders; applied behavior analysis, verbal behavior, parent training, social skills training, military families.
Tommy received a B.A. degree with honors in Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University, with a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is licensed in the state of Virginia as a behavior analyst, and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He received his experience and training in Northern Virginia at Alternative Behaviors, LLC in Falls Church, serving families with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, Asperger’s, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and individuals with challenging behavior. During this time, Tommy ran a social skills group for adults with Asperger’s, facilitated social skills groups for children, and met with clients needing 1:1 ABA therapy.
While living out west, Tommy supervised behavior technicians providing 1:1 ABA therapy, conducted initial intakes, functional behavior assessments, and implemented behavior intervention plans. He has extensive history working with military families on issues related to autism, anxiety, depression, deployment, and reintegration. He was a presenter at Utah Valley University’s Autism Conference in 2015, and has given presentations on social skills and managing challenging behavior to a variety of audiences. Additionally, Tommy has provided parent training in dealing with challenging behavior.
Tommy is currently completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University. He is interested in combining his knowledge of behavioral interventions with cognitive-behavioral approaches in therapy.
Counseling Specialties: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, women’s issues, coping with chronic illness, and healing from sexual betrayal
Natalie is a Resident in Counseling at Catholic Charities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bible, graduating in the top one percent of her class from Anderson University in 2005. She was a member of both the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and the Phi Chi National Psychology Honor Society.
Natalie graduated with two Master’s degrees from Regent University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 and Practical Theology in 2015. She was the 2015 Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award along with the 2015 Recipient of the Academic Achievement and Commitment to Excellence in the Study of Theology Award.
Natalie’s past experiences include mentoring, training, and leading in various settings such as juvenile correctional facilities, churches, and businesses. She has enjoyed leading several small groups. Natalie completed her practicum at Integrative Counseling and Wellness. Her practicum involved counseling adult clients dealing with a wide variety of issues. She also participated in an affair recovery therapy group. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Natalie’s counseling specialties include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, women’s issues, coping with chronic illness, and healing from sexual betrayal. In helping her clients work through these issues, she takes a holistic approach using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy integrated with effective techniques from other counseling therapies, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She also uses Forgiveness Therapy for clients desiring to forgive their offenders. Taking a client-centered approach to counseling, Natalie designs treatment plans tailored to her clients’ personal issues and goals.
Brigitte Diaz, M.S. Ed.
Counseling interests include: Working with those with personality disorders, bereavement issues, and military families.
Brigitte earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University in 2013. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association. She is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University and has been in the counseling field since 2014.
Brigitte has an interest in working with children and adolescents. She has experience in childcare and has previously worked as an academic tutor. Her special areas of interest include personality disorders, bereavement, and military families. She comes from a military family and has lived overseas. Brigitte also understands and speaks Tagalog.
She is looking forward to working with clients and learning from them.
Ragan Killen, M.S. Ed., QMHP-A
Counseling Specialties: addictions, trauma-related issues, and stress/anxiety reduction. She hopes to work with clients of all ages and from different walks of life.
Ragan earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in 2015. During her undergraduate career she worked as a research assistant in a cognitive development lab that focused on children who were on the autism spectrum. She also worked as an undergraduate intern at Western State Hospital in Staunton, VA where she worked with a variety of forensic and acute clients.
Ragan received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University in May 2018. She received the Pete Warren fellowship for outstanding leadership and scholarly achievements from the Virginia Counselors Association in March of 2017. She presented at the ACES conference in Chicago, Illinois in October 2017 on the topics of counseling and supervision with a team of fellow masters and doctoral students from Old Dominion University.
Ragan has worked at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center since October 2015. She has worked with an array of clients at this facility who are working through addictions, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and past or current trauma. She also volunteers at a therapeutic horse-back riding center called Equi-kids and believes that animals are a wonderful therapeutic tool for both children and adults. She has been seeing clients at Catholic Charities since May 2017. Her approach to counseling is one that is person-centered and rooted in cognitive behavioral theory. She hopes to work with clients of all ages and from different walks of life.
Counseling Specialties: anxiety, trauma-related issues, and depression
Emily earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2016. She was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization and participated in a Leadership and Social Change program where she conducted research in Adigrat, Ethiopia. During her research, she studied the attributes that lead to continuing education for disadvantaged youth.
During her undergraduate career she also worked as a crisis intervention intern at the Women’s Resource Center in Radford, VA. She worked with women and children who were victims of domestic violence and assisted them through anxiety, trauma, and depression.
Emily is currently pursuing her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Old Dominion University. Her special areas of interest include anxiety, trauma-related issues, and depression. She hopes to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds.
Counseling Specialties: relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma-related issues, veteran reintegration issues, and grief and bereavement, including the loss of animal companions.
Jamie received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Old Dominion University. While there, she was a member of Alpha Kappa National Sociology Honor Society as well as Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University where she is a member of the counseling honor society Chi Sigma Iota.
In the spring of 2017 Jamie completed her Practicum at a private practice in Virginia Beach. Her work involved conducting play therapy sessions with children, facilitating a teen crisis group, and counseling adults and families experiencing a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and bereavement.
Jamie has worked extensively with military families empowering them and helping them build and strengthen their resiliency. She also has experience working with older adults and those with special needs.
Jamie’s areas of counseling interest include relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma related issues, veteran reintegration issues, and grief and bereavement, including the loss of animal companions.