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Mental Health Counseling

counseling02Counseling 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.

counseling01We 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

counsler-profiles-kelleWatsonKelle 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.

Natalie Beutel, M.A.
Resident Counselor

Counseling Specialties: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, perfectionism, anger management, and relationship difficulties

Natalie began her journey into the counseling field in 2001 when she attended Anderson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bible, graduating in the top one percent of her class in 2005. 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.

Natalie started her counseling practicum at Integrative Counseling and Wellness in May 2016 and completed it in August 2016. Her practicum involved counseling adult clients dealing with a wide variety of issues. She also participated in an affair recovery therapy group. Natalie began her counseling internship at Catholic Charities in May 2017 and completed it in December 2018. Following Natalie’s internship, she has continued to serve at Catholic Charities as a Resident in Counseling working towards licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Natalie’s counseling specialties include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, perfectionism, anger management, and relationship difficulties. 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 Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Natalie enjoys helping her clients improve their overall sense of well-being and make positive changes in their lives.

brownJamie Brown, M.A.
Resident Counselor

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.

Jennifer L Cholick M.S. Ed
Resident Counselor

Counseling Specialties: adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, as well as other emotional, behavioral, social, personal, and relationship concerns

Jennifer earned her B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Fredonia (NY) in 2006 and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2010. Jennifer holds a Graduate Certificate from ODU specializing in serving military families and children. Jennifer is licensed and currently serves as a School Counselor while working towards earning LPC through residency. Jennifer is a member of the American School Counseling Association (Chapter of ACA) and Virginia Education Association.

Jennifer has experience working in mental health counseling adolescents and children in residential treatment, day-treatment (counseling in schools), in-home counseling, and case management for foster children. Jennifer is currently a high school counselor in Virginia Beach City Public Schools since 2011. Jennifer has volunteered with low-income families/youth as a counselor in summer camp with Portsmouth CPS. Jennifer has also volunteered for Beach Girls Rock-(girl empowerment seminars) and “Girls on the Run” through Virginia Beach CPS. Jennifer has volunteered for various organizations for Naval Special Warfare and the Navy Seal Foundation.

Jennifer specializes in working with adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, as well as other emotional, behavioral, social, personal, and relationship concerns taking a Solution-Focused and
Cognitive-Behavioral approach. She holds a high interest in working with couples and families to assist with improving communication and empowering family cohesiveness. Health, wellness, nutrition and self-care are essential to treatment and counseling. Jennifer takes a client-centered holistic approach in which the treatment should be individualized to work towards and meet personal goals.

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Brigitte Diaz, M.S. Ed.
Resident Counselor

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.

Eliana Klein, M.S., LPC
Resident Counselor

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.

Laura Pace, M.S. Ed.
Resident Counselor

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.

Sonyalee Reeves-Adams M.A.
Counseling Intern

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.

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