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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'm trained 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.
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
- Career difficulties
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 , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , First Responder Issues , HIV / AIDS , Jealousy , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #98267 (Expires: 2022-11-03)
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.
Virginia is informative, considerate, validating, and easy to talk to. She’s incredibly insightful and prompt in responding. I appreciate her helpful guidance with any issues I am experiencing. I am so grateful that I was matched with her!
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.
An amazing therapist. She is able to offer great advice and just wonderful support. I couldn’t recommend her enough.
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.
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.
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
Virginia is amazing!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :)