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: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, women’s issues, coping with chronic illness, and healing from sexual betrayal
Natalie 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eliana Klein, MS
Counseling specialties include: Working with adults, children, and adolescents who may be struggling with one, or more, of the following issues: depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, anger management, adjustment disorders, self-esteem issues, issues related to identity, relational issues, and grief and loss.
Eliana obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012 and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University in 2014. While at Syracuse, Eliana spent a year working at a large outpatient mental health clinic where she gained experience providing individual, group, and family counseling services to individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression, grief, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, substance use and abuse, ADHD/ADD, ODD, and adjustment disorders. After obtaining her Master’s degree, Eliana continued to gain experience providing outpatient counseling services through her previous work as a Resident Volunteer Counselor at Catholic Charities (from 2015-2016) and her continued work as an intern at Ocean Psychiatric Group (since Nov. 2015). Eliana is also familiar with the in-patient psychiatric facilities in the state of Virginia having worked at the Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health for over two years. Working at the Kempsville Center, Eliana provided numerous crisis assessments and evaluations on children and adolescents and collaborated with fellow clinicians, nurses, and psychiatrists in order to make the most appropriate referrals.
Eliana is currently a resident in counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is working toward licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). She specializes in providing individual counseling services to adults, children, and adolescents struggling with one, or more, of the following issues: depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, anger management, adjustment disorders, self-esteem issues, issues related to identity, relational issues, and grief and loss.
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: Couples, Families and Marriages, but looks forward to working with clients of all ages
Sonyalee earned her B.S. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 2006. She earned her Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling with a concentration in K-12 from Argosy University in 2008. She is currently in the process of earning her licensure to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Regent University. She is a certified Prepare- Enrich facilitator, which specializes in pre-marital and married couples enrichment.
Counseling Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Disordered Eating, Trauma, Military life Issues, Marriage, and Family
Reta earned her B.S. Degree in Psychology from Wofford College in 2001. She graduated second in her class with a Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2009. She is currently working towards a Specialist’s Degree in Counselor Education at Old Dominion University. While in undergrad she helped conduct research regarding ADHD and impression formation. During her time in Dallas she served in both private practice and in pastoral counseling. She has worked with clients who have suffered from trauma, anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues. She is certified in Prepare and Enrich as a facilitator which engages couples in marital and premarital growth and assessment. Her interests include eating disorders, trauma, military life issues, anxiety, depression, marital communication, and family. She looks forward to working with clients of all ages and backgrounds as they acquire the tools, strategies, and personal awareness to change their lives for the better