Nikissia Craig, LCSW
Clients of mine experience a warm, open, and friendly therapeutic relationship. Each person is so unique, with strengths, skills, and talents that we build on during sessions. Whether my clients have lost themselves, never really knew who they were, or if they are dealing with a sudden life change, we can find a way to do more than just survive the “speed bumps” of life. No issue is too small or heavy to address with me. As a therapist, I hope that my clients refuse to settle for less than a whole life. I value client feedback. If something’s not working, we can go back to the drawing board, but making life changes often requires patience, commitment to yourself, and action. We can tackle the wounds of yesterday and the fears of tomorrow. I offer my support and tools to help clients succeed. I typically use, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and person-centered approaches to treatment.
I grew up in a military family and spent most of my childhood living overseas and in the southeast. I was inspired by the experiences of meeting and connecting with people from various backgrounds and cultures during my childhood. This turned into a passion for people that grew into a desire to help others. My professional goals of supporting individuals on their journeys, strengthening families and contributing to the community, has motivated me to serve various programs throughout Hampton Roads in the areas of mental health, foster care/adoption, case management, community outreach and education, substance abuse, homelessness, and domestic violence. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Journalism and a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University.
I completed clinical internships at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center and the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services in the Mental Health Substance Abuse Department. For years I provided community-based mental health services throughout Hampton Roads. I also served women and children at Samaritan House and For Kids, Inc shelters. I have worked in various roles with UMFS in the areas of adoption and foster care and assisted with piloting an adoption program, Extreme Recruitment, throughout Eastern Virginia. I enjoy using my specialties as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Adoption Competent Therapist to work with survivors of past painful experiences and families hoping to increase their connections with each other.
Life can be difficult for anyone in any walk or phase of life. I help people learn to ground themselves and cope with difficult circumstances, whether that is a life change, a loss of identity, the feeling of losing control, Together we build strong bonds and then from that foundation, we will work together to identify and confront the underlying drivers of these issues in your life and develop a plan to empower you to overcome them.
I have always been a native of Virginia. I was born in Northern Virginia and migrated south just over a decade ago. I have lived my life in reverse to some extent as I came into this field quite organically early on and found that I had a passion for helping others, listening, and connecting empathetically on their level. I then solidified that experience with my education afterwards with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, and a Master’s degree in Social Work. My experience has fueled my education, and thus has provided me with the opportunity to work in a wide variety of environments, in many capacities, and with an array of people. These experiences have included schools, community agencies, therapeutic recreational programs, community-based services, nonprofit companies, and state agencies. I am a behavior Specialist, Clinician, prevention specialist, and case manager. My internships were with the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, Encompass Adventure Based Counseling, and the Center for Child and Family Services in Hampton, Virginia.
Chiniqua Radford, MA, Resident in Counseling
Everyone has the potential to be the best that they can be if they believe in themselves and have a desire to prosper. I have a genuine passion to help my clients become successful and reach their highest potential. My professional background includes working with issues related to depression, anger, anxiety, behavioral problems, self-injurious behavior, coping with the stressors of life, life transitions, relationship tension, couples and marriage counseling, parenting issues, female empowerment, and life coaching to assist clients with self-discovery and fulfilling their purpose. My approach is grounded in the Cognitive Behavioral perspective in which I support how one’s thinking has a direct influence on behavior. My delivery is sincere with elements of self-examination, empowerment, and creativity. Each client, couple, and family will gain the courage to confront the obstacles and struggles in their lives and relationships to bring healing. Educationally, I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Morgan State University, a Master’s of Art in Clinical/Community Psychology from Norfolk State University, and I am currently obtaining a Master’s of Science in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling at Walden University.
Teneele Bailey, Yoga Instructor
Meet Teneele, a Jersey girl in a Virginia world, 200-hour certified yoga instructor, advocate for positive body image, and lover of life. Yoga found Teneele at 9 years old, shortly after her beloved grandmother passed away from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. In search of peace, Teneele found comfort, freedom, and awakening through movement and meditation. As an adult, Teneele has come to realize that her purpose is threefold: Focus. Flow. Share. She recognizes her abilities as both a teacher and healer, and commits herself to helping others gain knowledge and achieve wholeness.
Nam`Ase Yoga is a concept that Teneele believes in wholeheartedly. She has found strength and humility in the practice of yoga, which speaks to her training and sense of pride as a woman and practitioner of color. Her services include yoga instruction, guided meditation, and a sprinkling of crystal healing and education. Teneele combines her educational and professional background in science with her passion for holistic health and wellness in a way that creates a safe space for exploring the body, and all it is capable of.
No stranger to the comunity, Teneele has taught yoga with several non-profit organizations such as the YMCA, Coopers Ferry Foundation, The United Way, and The Bridge. She has been featured in Afiya Magazine, and will appear in the second volume of Yes! Yoga Has Curves by fellow yogini, Dana Smith. Teneele has a Bachelor of Arts inIndividualized Studies in Biology from Fairliegh Dickinson University and a Master of Biomedical Science from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Shana Simmons, Counselor
We all have an inner strength within us that requires coaching to see one’s full potential. It is my belief that through empowerment and strength-based practices, I am able to enhance the positive pathways to meeting the goal of a successful therapeutic and treatment process. My therapeutic tactic typically integrates a bio-psychosocial, strengths-based practice approach with great emphasis on solution focused theories and person-centered methodology. I consider my healing approach to be diverse, while maintaining objectivity and allowing collaboration within the treatment process. Much emphasis is also targeted towards my approach of being warm and accepting with the use of active listening skills and unconditional positive regard.
I grew up in a non-traditional home and with my past experience I was able to embrace a special passion for nurturing mothers as they too require empowerment and maintenance. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, it is also my passion to support individuals transitioning into motherhood or facing the challenges that motherhood conveys. In efforts to influence a population with a desired improved level of functioning, I implement interventions that are also specifically geared towards healing mothers. My professional goals also consist of supporting at risk youth on their journey’s to self-awareness through the use of self-empowerment and strengthening individuals and families through community outreach and linkages, mental health treatment, and substance abuse treatment.
I have an undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University in Social Work and a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University. I completed my undergraduate practicum experience with Portsmouth Drug Court and my graduate practicum with Norfolk State Counseling Center and a community based mental health agency servicing Hampton Roads. I have worked in various roles with the Community Services Board servicing adults with mental health and dual diagnosis. My specializations include Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Crisis Intervention, Bipolar Disorder, Child and Parental Conflict, Family Conflicts, and Mood Disturbance amongst adults, adolescents and children.
I believe that life is both beautiful and incredibly difficult, and that having the right kind of support can make us feel less overwhelmed and a lot more capable. My goal as a therapist is threefold: to help people feel seen, to help people rediscover their capacity for healing and growth, and to support people in the creation of a toolkit that helps them build a more balanced, satisfying, and meaningful life.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience working in social services agencies and veterinary settings. I began my career in domestic violence and sexual assault intervention programs before spending a handful of years in corrections, both behind the scenes and with young offenders. Most recently, I spent the past 15 years working in veterinary social work, focusing on human-animal relationships, animal loss, and the unique stressors facing those working in animal care fields.
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, as well as specialty training in cognitive behavioral therapy, animal-assisted therapy, grief counseling, mindfulness, and stress management/resilience (the latter of which was completed at the Mayo Clinic). My special interests include helping people work through grief, loss, and life transitions; chronic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue; depression and mood dysregulation; relationship difficulties; and human-animal relationships. My clients describe me as warm, pragmatic, and results-oriented. I am also a Reiki Master who believes in ‘clearing the path’ for the mind/body/spirit’s innate capacity to heal.