I'm a firm believer that a sense of humor is essential in dealing with life's challenges, and although I take my work and my clients seriously, I never take myself too seriously. Seeking help is difficult enough, and it's my job to make the process easier by offering my clients a warm, empathic, and safe place to address their challenges. If you are struggling with a particular issue, or simply looking for a safe place to express yourself, I'm excited to begin the process with you.
I am a clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience, and am currently licensed in Virginia and Louisiana. I was excited to join the BetterHelp team because I have always believed that mental health services are more effective in a range of formats, and in a manner that makes them accessible anytime and anywhere. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain and health issues, and adjusting to many of the challenges life throws our way. I utilize a client-centered approach (meaning that YOU are the expert on you) that will allow you to identify your own strengths and resources, as well as cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches.
I look forward to speaking with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Trichotillomania , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
Psychologist #1226 (Expires: 2021-07-31)
Psychologist #0810004347 (Expires: 2021-06-30)
Dr. Abney is a wonderful listener and empathetic person who has great insight. Not to mention he is very relatable and makes the sessions very relaxed.
I highly recommend and trust Dr. Abney as a therapist/counselor/doctor. Words are not enough to describe how professional and perfect he is. His talent for turning negative thoughts and situations into positive ones in such a unique way, convert weaknesses into strengths, providing the foundations so we can understand, accept, and love our own self and see life in a better perspective. Most of us might find it hard to speak to a therapist/ counselor (at least, I did before finding Dr. Abney!) and he has a magic way to make it so simple. Thanks a million, Dr. Abney!!
Out of all the doctors and therapists I have met with, Dr. Abney has been the easiest to talk to. My first phone session with him was very easy to have. I didn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable. I’ve had to deal with things in my own for so long, and at times I grow tired because I just want to be fixed. But in that one session, the realizations and the assumptions I have made on my own were validated by him. And I actually felt like I made a little progress in my healing. He let me ramble and understood what I was trying to say and make sense of. I can’t wait for my next session.
I really like Dr. Abney. He is kind and very helpful. Highly recommend.