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.
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 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!
Adam Cothren, LPC
Since 2005 I have enjoyed working in various mental health treatment settings including Emergency mental health treatment, residential, and community mental health agencies. I am currently accepting clients for individual outpatient counseling. Over the past year I was fortunate enough to provide therapy at Sweet Briar College as part of their mental health and wellness program. I have always valued the therapeutic relationship formed with clients, and utilize a client-centered approach and a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic environment.
I have a certification in Adolescent Community Rehabilitation Approach for treating substance abuse and other mental health issues, I have specialized training in Motivational Interviewing, Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am originally from the Philadelphia area, transplanted into Lynchburg since 2007. I am a semi-retired musician, love buying records, spending time with my wife and beloved dog Gibson and suffering through seasons with the Eagles.
During my 8 years working as a Mental Health Counselor, I have provided direct care to clients ages 3+ through a multitude of programs including outpatient counseling, crisis counseling, inpatient care, and intensive in-home counseling. I have worked with a variety of diagnoses including Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Oppositional Defiance, Eating Disorders, Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused, Person-Centered, Behavioral Therapy, Strength Based, & more.
I am currently finishing my Residency in Counseling and have been working as a Counselor since 2011 in a variety of settings including every level of care from outpatient counseling to inpatient hospitalization.
My personal philosophy is that mental health affects us just as much as our physical and spiritual health. We continue to work for the stigma to be removed from accessing mental health care and I would love the opportunity to work with you to help you increase your overall wellbeing. $40 per session.