Virginia Ballantyne

LCSW

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1. I generally check messages here a few times per day and will respond as quickly as I can. I am currently accepting new clients who RESIDE IN CALIFORNIA and I am available for sessions BY PHONE or LIVE CHAT (no video at this time).

Hello and Welcome! Let me introduce myself. I am Virginia A. Ballantyne, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #98267). I identify as a bi-racial woman and my pronouns are She/Her. My specialties include working with people who have experienced intimate partner violence, trauma/PTSD, anxiety and depression, or grew up in an environment where they were negatively impacted by a family members’ substance use or mental illness.

I have received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as Solution Focused Therapy. I practice from a strengths-based, client-centered approach that focuses on empowering each person to access their inner wisdom and move toward mental wellness. My counseling style is non-judgmental and my theoretical orientation is best described as humanistic/eclectic and unique to each person’s situation and background.

I provide a sex positive environment where issues around sexual intimacy, sexual identity, and sexual desires can be discussed without judgement. I consider myself to be an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and an ally for LGBTQ+ individuals and sexual/gender minorities. I have many years of experience working with a variety of disadvantaged populations through work in both non-profit and county services. I value social justice, authenticity, and each person’s right to self-determination.

I will provide you with support, help you consider different perspectives, and we will work together as a team to help you develop new skills to help you manage stressors and live your best life! Are you ready to get started? Let’s connect. I look forward to working with you.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

CA LCSW 98267


Reviews

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Written by H.E. on May 16, 2022 after therapy with Virginia for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Virginia is an amazing therapist. I appreciate her knowledge, warmth, compassion, empathy, and thoughtful challenging. I am so thankful to have been matched with her. I highly recommend Virginia!

Written by H.O. on Mar 26, 2022 after therapy with Virginia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, and career difficulties

Virginia has been helping me a great deal these past few months. She gives me a better perspective on what I’m presenting to her and offers solutions and compassionate feedback.

Written by A.R. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Virginia is an angel of a therapist. Her expertise shines through and she really makes you feel heard and understood. I would recommend her highly.

Written by K.A. on Dec 27, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 1 year on issues concerning family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Virginia is thoughtful, understanding, and has a real knowledge of trauma and how it can affect you. After working through the initial crisis that brought me to therapy, we've been able to talk about setting up goals for ongoing therapy and I'm doing a lot better. I feel truly understood and heard when we speak and I'm able to express the things that are going on in my life without any judgment.

Written by A.L. on Jul 12, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

An amazing therapist. She is able to offer great advice and just wonderful support. I couldn’t recommend her enough.

Written by E.L. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

From a few sessions we have had I have feel like she understands my situation and has great recommendations. She also explains everything thoroughly and follows up every time. I really appreciate her tone when we speak and just makes our sessions as calm and comfortable space.

Written by C.H. on May 21, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

She has been very helpful. I was at a loss without her for the last 3 months. I like the way she has kept in contact.

Written by J.O. on Apr 16, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

This is my first time with a therapist and i was nervous but Virginia makes me feel extremely comfortable. I have unlocked and fixed some of my issues and this is only the beginning

Written by R.O. on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching,

Virginia is amazing!

Written by A.R. on Mar 07, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Virginia is a spectacular therapist. She knows how to be professional whilst being relatable and fun to talk to. I always look forward to our sessions.

Written by S.T. on Mar 04, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Virginia is very attentive and responds in a timely manner. She is very professional and is extremely helpful and insightful. I really appreciate her. I am working with her on my traumas, anxiety, and relationship issues it has been a short period of time but so far so good.

Written by P.O. on Jan 13, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Virginia was extremely helpful as a my counsellor. She was incredibly knowledgeable and complemented that with an empathetic and non-judgemental nature. She able to grasp the core issue and helped me worked through it as a coach without actually telling me what to do. I would highly and unreservedly recommend Virginia to anyone who needs therapy.

Written by M.I. on Jan 04, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Virginia is absolutely fantastic, extremely understanding, empathetic, and has a way with words that is NEVER suggests judgement, sheer criticism, or anything of the negative sort. Amazing counselor!

Written by S.I. on Jan 03, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I appreciate how she gave me the chance to just vent. she didn’t make me feel like she was a doctor, just a super supportive friend which i appreciate :)

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