Nikissia Craig, LCSW
Clients of mine experience a warm, open, and friendly therapeutic relationship. Each person is 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.
As the founder and CEO of Whole Journey, I have always hoped that the work that I do would be impactful on an individual, family, and societal level. It is especially important to me to serve women, children, and those that identify as minorities within their daily worlds, because representation matters. I learned from my first career in journalism that I truly loved to help tell the stories of others. It brought about more understanding and compassion for the trials that we encounter and inspiration for change. Now, as a licensed clinical social worker, I am passionate about helping shape the stories of others into the visions we have for our lives, families, and communities.
Kevin Bosin, Counselor
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.
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.
Virginia Wilburn, Licensed Massage Therapist
I chose massage therapy as my career because of the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing it has on the body. I was licensed through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work in 2009. In addition, I have obtained experience with chiropractic care as well as working in elite spas.
My goal with every massage is to educate each client on the importance of self-care and allow them a place to purely relax. I specialize in spa services body wraps, scrubs, and ear candling. I also work with clients with regaining range of motion, injuries, and muscle soreness. I have gathered a wealth of knowledge over the last 9 years I’ve been practicing and have accommodated a wide variety of clientele.
Everybody is different and I customize your massage to your needs. Taking care of our own health is vital. Finding balance and a place of peace is the key to being our greatest self and I’d love to support you on your path.
Sarah Mines, Counselor
My main goal in therapy is to empower you. In my opinion, there does not have to be something “wrong” to come to counseling. We can target whatever areas of your life you would like to improve and we will work as a team to achieve your goals. I’m here to tell you that you aren’t weak if life gets you down. Despite the challenges you face, you are worthy of love and happiness. Therapy offers a unique space for you to be the vulnerable, imperfect human that you are while still being wholly accepted, appreciated, and respected.
I obtained my BA in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and my MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. I have experience with a wide range of troubles including (but not limited to) adjustments to life changes, anxiety, depression, anger, substance use/abuse, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, and LGBTQIA issues. Therapy looks different for every person. I value your individuality, so it is important to me to fit my skills to your preferences.
I encourage you to follow through with counseling if you are reading this. You deserve it. Put the time into finding the therapist that you think would be the best fit and try it out. And if that doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to try again. Just like other relationships, some personalities work well together and others clash. I promise there is someone out there for you that will fit your needs and preferences. Personal fulfillment is worth the effort.
I have dedicated the majority of my career to promoting safe, healthy, and satisfying relationships for yourself and others. It is my hope to provide a safe space for individuals, couples and families, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community, who are navigating stressors and challenges that affect our individual and relational health. Counseling can be a safe place to discuss and explore difficult topics. Often times, there are no guarantees in life and that can make us feel out of control. I believe that when life sends us these unexpected curveballs, they are an opportunity to learn more about ourselves, how we relate to others, and grow out of difficult experiences. I see these challenges as moments to make sense out things in life and gain a new perspective. During our sessions, I hope we can collaborate on exploring aspects of life that may be connected to the stress we experience and negative patterns we slide into that keep us feeling stuck. Ultimately, I hope our time together will help you pursue a different path that is toward personal peace, enlightenment, and empowerment.
I enjoy using my PhD in counseling to teach others about the helping process. I am a certified facilitator in Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) and Becoming Parents Program (BPP). It has been my passion to educate individuals on healthy, safe, and fulfilling relationships. To me, healthy relationships are about doing your part, making intentional decisions, and establishing a strong foundation built on love, consent, emotional, and physical safety. I believe this is a fundamental right for all human beings and I want to help any individual regardless of race, gender, or sexual/affectional orientation achieve that.