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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Our experienced psychotherapists offer a trauma-informed and integrative approach to individual and family therapy to include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral, expressive and play based modalities, as well as trauma-focused interventions for children, adults and families dealing with the emotional and behavioral issues related to:

  • Grief and loss
  • Adverse life experiences and trauma
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Adjustment related to foster care
  • Adjustment related to adoption for children and adults in all stages of their adoption history
  • Family therapy and psychoeducational groups for families exploring adoption

Post-Adoption Counseling for Families

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is offering outpatient mental health services, including diagnostic assessment and treatment, by adoption-competent clinicians who have received nationally recognized, rigorous training to work with the unique needs of families who have adopted.

Lutheran Family Services is working with the Virginia Post-Adoption Consortium, a collaborative partnership that includes the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). The Consortium is funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services as part of the ADOPT Virginia, which was created in response to the lack of adoption-competent services for adoptive families. These services are open to all families in the Richmond, Piedmont and Tidewater regions who have adopted through domestic infant, international, parental placement or foster care regardless of ability to pay. For more information, email the staff members below or call 1.800.359.3834.

Is there a cost?

We accept several major insurances and self-pay. We also offer sliding-scale fee arrangements. Some families in the Roanoke and Tidewater regions may be eligible for grant funding for post-adoption counseling services. Contact us to find out more.

Who will provide services?

In the Roanoke/Piedmont area:
Emily Webb Olsen
is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Piedmont region who specializes in assisting children, adolescents, and their families experiencing mental health and/or behavioral crisis in the community. She is trained as an adoption-competent therapist and trainer through Center for Adoption Support and Education. Emily provides trauma-focused, family-centered interventions for adoptive youth and their families.
Contact: eolsen@lfsva.org or 540-774-7100 Ext. 1015

In the Tidewater area:
Bronwyn Robertson
is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tidewater who has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in integrative psychotherapy using mindfulness-based, trauma-focused, cognitive-behavioral, expressive, play and somatic interventions for adoptive youth and their families. She is certified as an adoption-competent therapist and adoption competency trainer via the Center for Adoption Support and Education and has lectured and published internationally on psychotherapy for trauma and anxiety and on mindfulness-oriented therapies including integrative, mindfulness-oriented cinematherapy.
Contact: brobertson@lfsva.org or 757-722-4707 Ext. 1322

In the Richmond area:
Sarah DeCiucis
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to helping children, youth and families improve their lives and well-being. She has experience in providing trauma-focused treatment, including expressive and play-based interventions, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral, integrated play therapy and cognitive-behavioral interventions. Sarah has practiced in providing mental health services to foster care and adoptive children, youth and families, and is currently receiving Training for Adoption Competency from the Center for Adoption Support and Education. She is also currently in the process of becoming a registered play therapist. Sarah received her Master of Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.
Contact: sdeciucis@lfsva.org or 804-288-0122 Ext. 6518

In the Winchester area:
Carol E. Henderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Winchester area with over 20 years of social work experience. She specializes in behavior modification, high functioning autism, threat risk assessment, and parenting coordination for restructuring families. Carol is also fluent in Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) after working with a local school system for 10 years.  She utilizes a number of evidence-based interventions to help her clients remove barriers to their personal and interpersonal development.
Contact: cellinger@lfsva.org or 540-450-2782 x6706

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