Throughout the years, Tara has sought out specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to address traumatic life events of children through young adults, and specialized basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to address a variety of presenting problems. These include processing traumatic life events, addressing problematic core beliefs which negatively impact daily life functioning, and instilling positive adaptive beliefs and methods of coping.
Tara has also received specialized training in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) as well as skills training in the ASAM model (American Society of Addiction Medicine) to treat substance abuse issues with her clients. Other clinical interests include exploration of the connection between physical and mental health, and exploring the benefits of physical activity in decreasing anxiety and depression. She takes an individualized, person centered approach in working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual or group therapy settings. Currently, Tara is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is training under the supervision of Trish to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).
Dr. Debbie Kleinsmith, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Forest became home to me in 1997, when I began working for Centra Health at Bridges Residential Treatment Center and part time at the student counseling center at Sweet Briar College. After having my second child, I chose to stay home and focus on raising my own children. Several years later, I began volunteering with Girls on the Run of Central Virginia, a non-profit organization, and fell in love with its positive approach to empowering school aged girls. For the next 7 years, I was employed at the Director of Development there and helped grow the program in Central Virginia. I truly enjoyed seeing the positive benefits for the girls, as well as the volunteer coaches, who often seemed as impacted by the program as the participants themselves.
I am excited to work again in the clinical field. Drawing on my training, experience in inpatient, outpatient and residential settings, as well as my own life experience, I look forward to working individually with clients using cognitive behavioral approaches, positive psychology and mindfulness techniques to overcome depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem issues and the many challenges that are an inevitable part of life.
make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are
not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the
power to shape your day and your future.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
Debra Crowder, LPC
Following raising my daughters, I obtained my M. Ed. in Counseling from Lynchburg College and I have worked in community mental health for more than 10 years as a therapist and also clinical supervisor. I enjoy vegetable gardening in my spare time.
Currently my hours with Empower Counseling are Monday 6-8 pm, Tuesday 6-8 pm and Thursday 6-8pm. My specialties include clients struggling with: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Trauma, Sexual and Physical Abuse, Autism/Asperger's, Grief. Loss and Separation.
I am the mother of three grown children and grandmother to five children. My hobbies include loving cats, reading and swimming.
My hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00am to 2:00pm and I am happy to accommodate Saturdays or evenings to meet the needs of my clients.
My specialties include clients struggling with anxiety and depression; traumatic brain injury; divorce, loss, illness and grief issues. I also enjoy working with families and adolescents. Over the many years of my practice I have continued to keep my “counseling tool box” refreshed with training in many new techniques, including EMDR for trauma related issues.
I look forward to meeting you!