Our Therapists

Meet our Team!

Serenity Therapeutic Counseling Services provides help, hope, and healing so you can break free from the unhealthy patterns that are keeping you from living the life you deserve. We are proud to be one of the only therapy practices in the area to combine traditional and alternative approaches to improve mental health and well being.

Therapists

Rosa Avant Licensed Resident in Counseling, MA

Rosa Avant

Licensed Resident in Counseling, MA

 

“Let’s start this journey together”

Rosa's Bio

I am a United States veteran. I obtained my master’s degree from South University in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have over 10 years of experience in the human service field. I believe that everyone deserves to be free and to live their best life!

We all face difficult moments but we don’t have to struggle alone. I believe that it is never too late for people to heal and have the life they deserve.

Trauma is not the same for everyone because no two people are the same, therefore any counseling approach is personalized to meet your specific needs. I utilize an integrated approach that includes Trauma Informed Care, Person Centered Therapy, CBT, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

I have a passion for working with individuals, families and couples addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, substance use, anger management, self-esteem, trauma, domestic and sexual violence and relationship difficulties.

I offer a safe, non-judgemental, supportive environment where you can be free to be you and receive the guidance needed to process through your difficult times and reach your goals.

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Brenna Cash

MA, LPC, LCADC

 

“I would like to acknowledge your choice to take this first step in seeking therapeutic support.”

Brenna's Bio

First I would like to acknowledge your choice to take this first step in seeking therapeutic support with effort toward your gaining personal wellness and healing.

The molding of my unique approach to emotional healing has been confined through 13 years of field experience, and emphases on empowering and motivating families, couples, and individuals toward healthier living. By following a clearly defined plan of action together we would develop a holistic approach that encompasses emotional balance, resolving unhealed traumas, and the stabilization of relationships. With this being said the therapeutic process and goals are individually defined which is why I pull from various treatment strategies in order to adjust to the specific needs to fit the personality of the person(s) receiving treatment. The type of therapeutic experience one can expect from myself is a hands-on supportive quality of care, one that respects and maintains the integrity of the person and/or family unit.

Treatment specialties include challenges with substance abuse, depression/anxiety, spirituality, domestic violence prevention, premarital/marriage counseling, lack of motivation, and self esteem/body image.

Credentials include a Licensed Professional Counseling, and a License in Substance Abuse Treatment. Experience also includes providing field supervision and training to residents in pursuit of their license/certification as a mental health therapist and certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. This is an additional service offered to counselees who need clinical hours toward their certification.

Tracie Romero M.A

Tracie Romero

Resident in Counseling, M.A

 

“Together we can create a warm, safe, and supportive environment.”

Tracie's Bio

Have you ever struggled with life in ways that make you feel alone, unsafe, stressed or worried? Having served in the military with an expectation to always keep it together, I can relate. Life has its challenges and we all have gone through different obstacles. One thing to remember, you do not have to have the answer right now and you do not have to go through this alone.

Together we can create a warm, safe, and supportive environment in which you can explore any challenge you may or may have faced. I strongly believe in the power of the therapeutic partnership to help uncover the strengths and resources we all possess in order to bring about the changes we desire in our lives. I feel honored to be able to offer assistance to others on this shared journey and commend you for reaching out for help to make things better.

I use a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused, holistic, person-centered, acceptance & commitment therapies to help deal with depression, anxiety, loss, anger, relationship issues, sexual identity/orientation or sexual issues related to trauma, job stress and adjustment concerns.

I believe in using humor, spirituality, relaxation training, mindfulness techniques, or trauma informed yoga to help people as we work together to reach your goals. Some of my certifications include: Psychological First Aid, Sexual Trauma and Grief.

I look forward to speaking with you!

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Rekita Nelson

MA, Resident in Counseling

 

“Together we will work through life’s stressors, while overcoming challenging obstacles.”

Rekita's Bio

Hello,

I am a Resident in Counseling (Virginia). I have provided individual, group, and family counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. My passion is in working with millennials, teenagers/young adults in discovering who they are in life.

I promote building you up in your self-esteem, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself that you can be, and helping you to grow into your place of full potential. My therapeutic approaches include Person Center Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Narrative Talk Therapy.

I obtained my master’s degree from Hampton University in the field of Community Mental Health-Pastoral Counseling. My treatment specialties include trauma and sexual abuse, anxiety/depression, behavior and anger management, and other mental health challenges.

I am a non-judgmental therapist. Let’s begin with meeting you where you are at in life. Together we will work through life’s stressors, while overcoming challenging obstacles. Allow this to be a time where you are transformed, renewed, and restored from the inside out.

Tracie Romero M.A

Kaitlin Walsh, M.Ed

Resident in Counseling, M.A

 

“In my deepest wound I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- St. Augustine

Kaitlin's Bio

I have a high value for helping my clients on the journey to making meaning and significance out of life’s struggles.  My expertise is working with children, teens, and adolescents who struggle with issues like anxiety, depression, oppositional defiance disorder, sensory issues, adjustment and more.

I strive to create a safe place where my clients can share openly, receive help and guidance, feel heard and validated. I have additional experience in counseling teens, adolescents and adults with varying mental health needs- to include but not limited too: depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, sleep disorders, ADHD, relationship issues. I enjoy the collaborative process of identifying client’s strengths, and gathering tools to assist them in reaching their goals.

I believe that the mind and body are able to heal together and give my clients the tools to do so. My modalities include: psychodynamic, narrative, holistic methods, interventions from DBT, and person- centered. 

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Kendra A. Artis

M.A., Resident in Counseling & CSAC Supervisee

 

“I strive to create an environment that allows for personal growth and exploration.

Kendra's Bio

My name is Kendra Artis and I am a Resident in Counseling from Chesapeake, Virginia. I have over 18 years of experience working with specialized populations to include adults with mental health issues, adults with intellectual disabilities, and children with behavioral and mental health issues. I earned a Master of Arts in Urban Education and Community Counseling from Norfolk State University in 2012.

I am passionate about helping individuals with navigating the difficulties of mental health, communication and adjustment demands. I can assist individuals in increasing skills that may lead to an overall improvement in level of functioning. I specialize in working with individuals or groups in building self-esteem, developing effective coping skills, stress and anger management, interpersonal skills, problem solving, family discord and effective communication skills. I strive to create an environment that allows for personal growth and exploration.

Some of my favorite theoretical approaches to counseling include Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. I like to use an eclectic approach

Self-Care Team

Rosa Avant Licensed Resident in Counseling, MA

Maureen Scales

Master Esthetician

 

“Whether you’re looking for relaxation, rejuvenation, or to practice better self-care, you’re in the right place.”

Maureen's Bio

Hi I’m MAUREEN!

Hi, I’m Maureen and I’m a mom, wife, business owner, Esthetician, Cosmetologist, certified health coach, avid runner and workout enthusiast. I specialize in transformational beauty.

My passion for beauty and wellness goes back as far as I can remember. Growing up on the beautiful island of Antigua (known for its 365 beaches), we used the natural resources that were available to wash our hair, cleanse our skin, make tonics for aches and pains, and used teas to help with an upset stomach or digestive issues.

I started Anjella Paulette Esthetics to share my passion for beauty and wellness with you. My goal is to deliver an amazing spa experience by blending inner and outer therapies to help you look better and feel amazing. Whether you’re looking for overall relaxation, rejuvenation, or to practice better self-care, you’re in the right place. Your treatment is customized to nourish, hydrate and give your skin a nice healthy glow.

Schedule your appointment today.

I can’t wait to meet you,
Maureen

THERAPEUTIC SPA FACIAL

This beneficial facial package will help you de-stress and unwind. Aromatherapy is used throughout to help your mind and body relax. This treatment begins with a deep cleansing followed by a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and brighten your complexion. Warm towels are used to soothe your skin and further induce relaxation. Then a therapeutic facial massage is performed using nourishing lightweight products to penetrate your skin followed by a hydrating facial mask and a stimulating acupressure hand, or scalp massage. A customized moisturizer and sunscreen completes this treatment and protects your beautiful new skin.

60 min /$110