Counseling Services

We understand the importance of positive mental health and provide counseling for adults, children, couples, and families. Whether through individual counseling or group counseling, our trained counselors assist with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, domestic violence, marital problems, adolescent self-esteem and self-harm, and trauma. 

 

Counseling sessions are conducted in a safe, private, comfortable, and supportive environment. 

Counseling Services

Counselors

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Betsy Hudson, MSW

Individual Counselor and Group Facilitator

Richmond

Betsy Hudson is committed to helping clients find their way back to their true, authentic selves and reaching their greatest potential. This involves eliminating shame and healing from past traumas. Betsy believes in honoring the mind-body connection, caring for and re-parenting our inner child, and viewing our relationships as vehicles for growth and healing. She uses a blend of treatment modalities and theoretical orientations, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play/art therapy, attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, and Imago theory. She aims to maintain a trauma-informed practice and believes in the inherent worth and value in all human beings.

Mehr Niazi, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor, Individual Counselor, Group Facilitator

Richmond

Mehr’s clinical and therapeutic practice is well-rounded and encompasses multiple theoretical perspectives. She especially enjoys working with children and teens as well as couples to work through relationship hurdles. Mehr has trained in attachment work, play therapy, motivational interviewing, couples counseling, and continues to utilize art techniques to help clients heal. She is also a trained Batterer Intervention Provider and facilitates the Healthy Relationship program and Anger Management groups. In her spare time, Mehr spends time with her husband and two sons, and enjoys relaxing with yoga and art as a way of alleviating stress.

Opal Ritchie, MSW  

Individual Counselor, Group Facilitator

Richmond

Opal Ritchie's practice focuses on helping families and individual clients, from children to adults, in a holistic manner. She is passionate about, and experienced in, guiding clients in managing and reducing anger, anxiety and sadness, and in enhancing their relationships. She also counsels individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence from a place that is trauma-informed, to facilitate healing from distress and past traumas. She uses a combination of play therapy, motivational interviewing, attachment work and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As a therapist, she is certain that everyone has the capacity to grow, heal, and move forward. In her spare time, she spends time with her spouse and two sons and enjoys reading thick mysteries.

Hermas Vanessa Rodriguez Perez

Individual Counselor, Group Facilitator, Bilingual Counselor

Richmond

Hermas Vanessa Rodriguez Perez has been a counselor for over 20 years and throughout her career she has learned that her clients are the experts while she is the guide on their journey to healing. In her practice, she brings a nonjudgmental focus and a personalized treatment strategy to meet the needs of each unique individual. Her holistic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, spirituality and other trauma focused disciplines to help clients deal with depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment/cultural shock and trauma. She works with individual adults and couples and facilitates Batterer Intervention and Anger Management groups. As a native Spanish speaker, her focus is on the Hispanic/Latino community. In her spare time, she loves to dance with her husband and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Aaron Zatcoff

Counselor, Group Facilitator, Case Manager

Charlottesville

Aaron Zatcoff joined Commonwealth Catholic Charities in 2002, working as a group facilitator for what is now known as the Healthy Relationship Program, which teaches participants how to handle conflict, prevent escalation and aggression, and build strong, happy relationships. This grew to also include groups in Louisa and Orange, VA. Aaron now leads six groups each week.

Aaron earned his B.A. in English and M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia, and he has worked in varied human service fields to include the aging population, the disabled, and injured workers. He has worked with seniors with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program; in vocational rehabilitation in a sheltered workshop environment as well as in private rehab with injured workers.

Since 1982, Aaron has volunteered for WTJU-FM 91.1 as a jazz disc jockey for public radio. Aaron has an adult son and lives in eastern Albemarle County with his wife.

Tonya Farmer, MSW

Counselor, Group Facilitator

Hampton Roads

Tonya is a MSW honors graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BSW graduate from Christopher Newport University. Currently, Tonya is a Supervisee of SW awaiting her LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Work certification. Tonya provides therapy to individuals, families, and groups to include intensive-in home, mental health skill building, pregnancy counseling, and psychosocial assessment. Tonya has been assisting individuals with mental health for over ten years. Tonya has been practicing social work for over ten years. She has assisted men, woman, and children from many nationalities, creeds, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ethnicities. Tonya provides support to persons who experience trauma, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Gender Dysphoria symptoms and other mental health concerns. Tonya has a passion for spiritual connections through positive mental health.

Denise Hill King

Counselor, Group Facilitator

Richmond

Denise Hill King is rejoining our team at Commonwealth Catholic Charities as a Counselor and Group Facilitator. A native Spanish speaker, she comes with experience working with Hispanic/Latino adults, children and families; possessing the passion to continue advocating for mental health resources for the Latino community. Denise believes that making the first step is the most difficult but the most rewarding. Do you possess an open mind? Do you desire personal growth? Have you started to think that "something has to change"? She enjoys exploring your full potential with a goal-oriented mindset because sometimes we struggle to recognize the effects of our big emotions. Denise works collaboratively with you to ensure feelings of safety, validation and provide ongoing support.

Cinnamon Langley

Counselor, Group Facilitator

Richmond

Cinnamon Langley is passionate about giving clients a safe, non-judgmental space to grow and heal. Cinnamon specializes in working with individuals that have experienced traumatic events throughout their lives and works from an understanding that everyone is the expert of their own experiences. Cinnamon’s practice utilizes a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic theory, and mindfulness-based activities. As a clinician, Cinnamon aims to help you identify and achieve your goals. In her spare time, Cinnamon enjoys spending time with her animals, and caring for her many plants.

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