Hi there. Are you feeling unsure of what the counseling process entails? Maybe you are hesitant to pick up the phone to call because of past negative experiences where your trust has been broken..Or maybe you are wondering how talking about a problem can even help. If any of these apply to you, please read on! I would love to put you at ease, tell you a bit more about myself, and explain how counseling can help you.
When thinking of the counseling process, I liken this sacred experience to that of creating a beautiful painting that is unique to you! Just as an artist chooses a specific paintbrush or color to create a particular look on canvas, my years of experience in the mental health field have allowed me to gain a comprehensive knowledge of counseling techniques and theories that I will implement to best help you and create positive results.
One of my greatest joys is seeing you meet your goals and feel a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, creating a powerful experience you can take away with you to enjoy in your home and personal life—much like a beautiful piece of art!
You wouldn’t buy art from an artist that only creates abstract paintings when what you’re seeking is realism art, so why would you go to a therapist that doesn’t take your individuality into consideration?! You will find that I certainly do not use a one size fits all approach and your unique personality, past experiences, and desired outcomes are all taken into complete consideration.
When you meet with me, you will receive an individualized treatment plan where your goals for therapy or coaching are established and a detailed list of realistic objectives are created. My approach is collaborative and I rely heavily on your input in creating your treatment plan.
Originally from Pensacola, FL, I received my undergraduate Psychology/English degree from the University of West Florida and then went immediately into their graduate program in Counseling Psychology. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Since relocating to Virginia, I am very happy to be living my passion and providing mental health counseling to the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach communities.
In 2007, I entered the mental health field and have been awarded professional experiences to include: the inpatient residential psychiatric hospital setting, substance abuse treatment facilities, military and family life counseling, acute stabilization unit, and outpatient therapy setting. I have truly been able to meet with wonderful people and hold my experiences close to my heart.
Through my previous work and ongoing self education, I have developed therapeutic specializations that include helping those in need of recovery from:
- domestic violence,
- relationship/marital issues (infidelity, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and emotional reconnection),
- body image and self-esteem issues,
- and teen issues (handling peer pressure, establishing identity, increasing self-confidence).
Your counselor should be someone that you are comfortable discussing your most intense thoughts and fears with and when trust is established, real healing can be achieved. I will welcome you with a nonjudgmental and down to earth personality that is just true to who I am as a person.
Attending therapy and coaching sessions can be a vulnerable experience and the potential feelings of vulnerability are recognized from the moment that you meet me-your emotional safety is one of my top priorities. If you don’t feel safe to share, how can we begin to start the process of healing from past hurts and make new, positive changes?
I believe the picture of happiness looks differently to each person. However, I also adhere to the belief that there are common factors that crossover almost all of human kind in creating happiness, including empowering you and helping you to develop a healthy sense of self-awareness. Knowing yourself is powerful and I cannot wait to help you unlock your true potential and gain clarity in your life.
I welcome phone calls and offer a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to answer any questions you have or hear concerns you are feeling about entering therapy. There is no time like the present, call me today to set up your appointment! 757-739-6771
Rachel Ann Dine
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Humanitas Counseling and Consulting, LLC
816 Greenbriar Circle, Suite 209
Chesapeake, VA 23320