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Poythress Mitchell, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Self esteem Depression
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About me

Greetings! My name is Poythress and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. I have over 20 years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential, Case Management, outpatient, in-home, and addictions. I have worked with a broad range of clinical situation. As a therapist, my philosophy is to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concerns to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals. I have discovered that this approach encourages and empowers my clients to make positive changes in their lives.
I understand that making the decision to seek help can be difficult, so when you come to my individual sessions, you will find that I am compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental.You will experience a warm and welcoming environment where you will feel supported in your counseling journey.
I offer the following services for individuals and families to promote optimum mental and emotional health.
Evaluation of mental stressors and substance abuse issues
Identifying issues and assistance in creating goals
Teaching coping mechanisms for stress management
Developing and implement treatment plans
Providing guidance and support
Specializing in:
Coping Skills
Anger management
Trauma and PTSD
Professional Training:
Masters in Art (MA), Norfolk State University
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP)
Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family Systems

Professional experience

6yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Military and Veterans Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

VA LPC 0701010351


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Poythress Mitchell. 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.

Ms. Poythress has been a great help with the sessions that I've had last summer.

Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Poythress for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I greatly appreciate that Poythress Mitchell
makes me laugh in our video calls
together each week.
I also greatly appreciate how she has
“real talk” with me and it doesn’t feel “clinical.”
Furthermore, I greatly appreciate how she shares tidbits of her life with me
(i.e. the joy of having a kindergarten-age granddaughter), which I love hearing about because I am a kindergarten teacher.

Written on Dec 06, 2022 after therapy with Poythress for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management

Poythress has been my therapist through some of the most difficult times in my career. She has given me a very good perspective and sage advice during my troubles.

Written on Nov 27, 2022 after therapy with Poythress for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

Poythress is a lovely woman who listens carefully and then offers positive responses that put responsibility for my actions on me. She maintains a professional demeanor while still showing warmth and understanding. I hope to continue to work with her.

Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Poythress for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

She has useful ideas and I am making progress based on her thoughts.

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Poythress for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions

So far so good

Written on Sep 04, 2022 after therapy with Poythress for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, career difficulties, and adhd