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Dr. Pamela Kayanan, LPC, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression
Video Phone Messaging

About me

I have been a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Virginia for the past 25 years. I am licensed in Professional Counseling; Marriage and Family Counseling and Addictions. I have a PhD in Counseling and Education.
My primary focus and experience is working with Anxiety and
Depression especially with those who have suffered trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am also focused on addition of all kinds to include: substance abuse, drug addition, workaholism, alcoholism, and addiction to exercise.

I have worked with adolescents, their families, and adults with addiction and dual disorders for the past 25 years. Working with parents dealing with addiction in their teenagers is also one of my expertise. I wrote a book, "Teenland: A Parent's Guide to Navigating the World of Adolescence" (which can be gotten through me directly) which helps parents parent adolescents. Addictions I have worked with included alcohol, illicit substances, and medication abuse. I have also worked with professionals (doctors, nurses, CEOs, police officers, etc.) who were dealing with work addiction (aka workaholic) and their family members .

I have helped those with PTSD through a program headquartered in Las Vegas called "Ponies North." This program is for veterans who are suffering with PTSD and other mood disorders. In addition to PTSD I have worked extensively with those with anxiety disorders to include Social Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphia,and General Anxiety Disorder.

My approaches includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered, Solution Focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Neuro Linguistic Programing .

Change is possible no matter how old you are or what the issues are. I can help guide you to whatever changes you decide you want. Our work is a partnership. I am an expert on change and you are the expert on you.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Communication problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, First Responder Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Postpartum Depression, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social anxiety and phobia

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Messaging

License information

VA LPC 0701003183

VA LMFT 0717001073

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Pamela Kayanan. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

The first session or two I noticed an immediate change in my mental health. She offered solutions that weren’t just homework-based but books and she immediately knew what was really going on in my life and how to tackle it without me fully going into the stories. I felt like she was able to identify what was really going on and tackle the main issues even when I did not put those main issues at the forefront. she’s a wonderful listener and I’ve never felt more comfortable with a therapist. I’ve never trusted a therapist this much and I’ve also never gotten results as I have with her. She’s fabulous and I wish there were more therapist like her in the world.

Written on Jun 11, 2024 after therapy with Pamela for 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and compassion fatigue

She's awesome. There is alot of static noise with me, and she keenly focuses in on what we need to do, for me to live and feel healthy.

Written on May 13, 2024 after therapy with Pamela for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

One of the best therapist. I appreciate taking time to follow up on behalf of my worries. God bless her.

Written on Apr 22, 2024 after therapy with Pamela for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Dr. Kayanan has been extremely helpful in helping me navigate a relationship issue. In the process I’m learning better ways to communicate. I appreciate the space she provides and the resources she has provided.

Written on Apr 18, 2024 after therapy with Pamela for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Kayanan is a wonderful, compassionate, and experienced therapist. She was patient, listened, and taught me how to communicate better. I appreciated very much all her help throughout our sessions.

Written on Mar 19, 2024 after therapy with Pamela for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. K is wise and caring -- the best counselor we've seen!

Written on Feb 29, 2024 after therapy with Pamela for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes