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Trish McCoy Kessler, LPC, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist & Approved Consultant (CEDS-C), RYT 200, Restorative Yoga Instructor 


Certified Eating Disorder Specialist & Consultant

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.

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 Training  

-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

-Equine Therapy:

Professional Background

I completed my Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2013. Prior to attending graduate school, I was a business and marketing professional in the fields of advertising and pharmaceuticals. I am also a professional musician and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Voice from Lynchburg College.

Throughout the years, I have 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; in addition to providing group and individual therapy with Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness in Charlottesville, VA. I recently 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. I am 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. I enjoy working with all populations and genders, ages 8 and up: children, adolescents, individuals, and groups. 


I also hold private sessions in Restorative yoga and recently earned the title of Registered Yoga Teacher RYT 200, in addition to becoming a General EMDR Practitioner.  I look forward to incorporating these interventions with my clients. 

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