top of page

 

 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and owner of Renewal, Growth, & Healing. Most people, including my clients describe me as down-to-earth, vibrant, energetic, and highly personable. As a therapist, when my clients are pedaling on the path to personal growth and positive change, I’m there every step of the way, holding the back of the seat! In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I strive to set the groundwork to lead my clients to real change, personal growth, and a more fulfilling life.

I don’t have a typical client! On any given day, I work with teens and adults from all walks of life, from the high school student-athlete who has headaches and trouble sleeping due to the pressure and stress of schoolwork, sports, and caring for younger siblings to the women who finds herself betrayed and lonely in most of her romantic relationships to the man who is unpacking emotional pain from childhood sexual abuse. I have a passion for working with people to discover their strengths, rewind and reset their lives, and overcome some of life’s toughest battles.

I earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Union University and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. With almost 20 years of experience, I’ve worn many hats and worked across the spectrum of the human services field. As a lifelong community leader, I have been involved in many community and professional organizations, current serving on the Virginia Behavioral Health Advisory Council. When I was a Probation Officer, I was assigned to a specialized domestic violence unit, helping men and women identify and change abusive behavior in intimate partner relationships. I worked as Clinical Director for a few community mental health agencies, overseeing the clinical operations of community- and school-based programs aimed to prevent out-of-school suspension and out-of-home placement for children and provide clinical support to adults to avoid inpatient hospitalization and increase self-sufficiency. Through my experience working in the emergency room, conducting behavioral health assessments for acute inpatient hospitalization, I have gained invaluable experience with a broad range of mental health diagnoses. My journey in the mental health field has also included working with military families, those battling drug and alcohol addiction, and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. I am certified as an Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinical Provider through the National Emergency Responder and Public Safety Center. In private practice, my areas of expertise include stress/anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship challenges & family conflict, and trauma. My true wheelhouse is facilitating therapy and support groups, presenting trainings and workshops, and providing speaking engagements!

My therapeutic framework is tailored to meet the individual client’s need and usually includes strengths-based, psychodynamic, trauma-informed, solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. I offer practical feedback and solutions while helping clients identify and make meaningful changes to improve their lives. I have an open-minded approach and is able to see issues through a grounded, insight-oriented scope that will allow you to connect the dots about your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

In my spare time, you can catch me talking trash while playing cards and boards games, curled up with a magazine, laughing till I cry at a stand-up comedy show, and having a blast with family and friends.

Hi, I'm Dreamel! 

Headshot for Aug 2021.jpg
ed.webp

Education:

MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University

BSW, Virginia Union University 

Certifications: Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinical Professional, CAMS-Trained (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality)

star.png

Works with: Adolescents age 13 and older, adults, couples, families 

Clinical interests: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Grief & Loss, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress Management, and Substance Abuse

mod_edited.png

Modalities: Insight-Oriented, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, Trauma-Informed, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic

check.png

Self-pay: $165-$190

Insurance accepted:  
Aetna (commercial plans and Medicaid), Allegiance, Anthem (commercial plans and Medicaid), Beacon Health Options, Evernorth (formerly known as Cigna), Highmark, Magellan, Medicare, Oscar Health, Optima, Optum (United Healthcare), UMR, Virginia Premier, and various EAPs

bottom of page