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Trish McCoy Kessler, LPC, CEDS-C 

Trish McCoy Kessler, LPC, CEDS-C  & iaedp Approved Consultant, RYT 200

Owner/Founder (Currently not taking new patients)

Iaedp CEDS

I started Empower Counseling, PC to address the specific needs of women and teenage girls; however with adding many compassionate therapists and increased services I have opened the practice to all persons. My goal is to provide a place for clients to feel safe, learn about themselves, find healing, increase confidence, and return power back into their lives. My heart lies in helping others and it is my pleasure and honor to help those whom are suffering and in need of hope, and infinite change. I currently have limited hours and am not taking any new clients as I focus on eating disorder care. 

Trish completed her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2013. Prior to attending graduate school, she was a business and marketing professional in the fields of advertising and pharmaceuticals. Trish is also a professional musician and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Voice from Lynchburg College. Her debut Chapter Book titled Madison & Marty- A Time to Shine is also available on Amazon. Trish is the founder and owner of Empower Counseling, PC.

Throughout the years, Trish has sought out specialized training in Eating Disorders from Sheppard Pratt Health System, River Mend Health Institute, Veritas Collaborative, and Laureate Eating Disorders Program/St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and iaedp; in addition to providing group and individual therapy with Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness in Charlottesville, VA. Trish has earned the title of Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through iaedp, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals with certification as an Approved Consultant to Licensed Clinicians seeking CEDS certification. She is also certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Adolescents Coping with Loss, Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma, and certified in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) to treat substance abuse in adolescents.

Recently, Trish became certified to teach Restorative Yoga under the direction of Cyndi Lee, founder of the Om Yoga Center, in addition to becoming a General EMDR Practitioner through EMDRIA. She also has earned certification in yoga, RYT 200 and loves to incorporate yoga in her sessions when needed. In 2023 Trish was named the recipient of the International Athena Award for leadership in her community. Trish’s passion is to empower others through counseling, mentoring, speaking engagements, yoga, and writing.

Professional Affiliation

-American Counseling Association (ACA)

-National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

Listing as a Treatment Provider

-The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)  

-Former Board of Directors Vice President - The Miller Home for Girls

-Member -Central Virginia Business Coalition 

Speaking Engagements

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about scheduling a presentation.


-Positive Psychology & Business Success 

Positive Psychology & Women's Entrepreneurship

-Eating Disorder Provider Education 

-The Perfect Storm- Consequences of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs 

-Eating Disorders, and College Stress

-Healthy Intimate Relationships

-EMDR & Somatic Interventions: An Integrative Approach for Trauma and Eating Disorders

-Body Image/Eating Disorders


-Miller Home for Girls

-Girls on the Run of Central Virginia

-The Motherhood Collective

-Stay Strong Virginia

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