Grace E. Petty MA, LPC

808 Wiggington Road, Suite. D,
Lynchburg, VA 24503

Phone: 434-616-4980
Fax: 434-616-4981

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About Central Virginia Counseling

Grace Petty founded Central Virginia Counseling PLLC to provide effective therapeutic counseling services to Lynchburg, Virginia and the surrounding areas. To learn more about specific services offered, please click here. To learn more about Grace and her associates, please read below.

Grace E. Petty, MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over fifteen years of experience working with adults and adolescents in Private Practice, University, Residential Treatment, Public Health, and Public School settings. I am a native of Lynchburg, Va., but spent most of my adult life in western North Carolina and the wilds of west Texas before returning home to Virginia. I have two sons from whom I learn every day… I enjoy running — both road and trail — skiing, hiking, traveling, being at the ocean, and spending time with my family and friends.

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia, Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling from Appalachian State University, and completed the Licensed Professional Counselor Certification Program at Sul Ross State University in Texas.

The unexpected will happen and the only constant is change. To realize when we need help shows self awareness and to ask for help shows strength. I look forward to working with you.

Aaron Ruehle, ED. S.Aaron

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have provided outpatient counseling to the residents of Lynchburg for the past 32 years.

My work with children, adolescents, adults and couples has been a culmination of a rich clinical background that includes acute, residential and day treatment psychiatric services where I have provided individual, group and family therapy.

I received my M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees at the University of Virginia. My training guides my respect for the unique biological, social, psychological and familial aspects of each individual that I serve.

I am married and have three grown children. My family and I have enjoyed making Central Virginia our home since 1986.

Berkley Holston, MA, LPCBerkleyHolstonPhoto

I was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA, but have had the amazing opportunity to live and work all over the country including Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; Miami, FL and Boulder, CO. Lynchburg is by far my favorite place, and I was happy to return home in 2005. I have one daughter and I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with my family and friends.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2003 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Community Counseling. During my graduate studies I was called to help children, adolescents and their families move through many challenging problems. My varied experience includes work in the community mental health setting, at an inpatient adolescent hospital, and conducting forensic evaluations to assess juvenile competency to stand trial. I serve on the Board of Directors of CASA of Central Virginia (Court Appointed Special Advocates). I support children and their families in court during custody issues as well as in criminal cases. Many of these children have suffered from the trauma of sexual, physical or emotional abuse, neglect, or have witnessed community violence.

I work every day with children, adolescents and adults with serious mental health issues. I specialize in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Brief Therapy. My practice assists persons with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Sexual Abuse, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Grief, Adjustment Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Substance Abuse, Peer Relationships, Bullying and GLBTQ issues.

It takes courage to reach out for assistance in navigating the many challenges and transitions in life. My mission is to provide an emotionally safe and confidential place to work on healing and coping with these issues. I promise to provide that safe space and look forward to working with you.


Courtney N. McCann, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 24 years of experience working with adolescents, families and adults. The majority of my experience has been while living in Maine for 21 years as a case manager, crisis clinician, school based clinician, social worker in the emergency room, as well as private practice. In 2019, I returned to Virginia to be closer to extended family. I have two amazing sons that teach me to be a better parent and person every day! I enjoy being outdoors and staying active. My favorite activities include going to the gym and lifting, hiking, volunteer work, swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and being with family.

I started clinical training prior to graduate school by taking a year long Family Systems seminar and was bitten by the bug of family work. I graduated from Keene State College with a BA in clinical and developmental psychology and finished my clinical social work degree at the University of Southern Maine.

This work has been so gratifying and such an honor and blessing in my life. Every day I learn something new from the people that I serve and to be able to walk the journey with people has been a privilege. I am so excited to be a part of the team here at Central Virginia Counseling and to work with such outstanding clinicians and humans!

Luna2Luna, Lover of Humans

I am a Terrier, Chihuahua, and miniature Greyhound mix. I was born in Mississippi, but was adopted by Courtney after I moved to Maine. Maine is very, very cold. I have been going to work with Courtney as co-therapist since March 2019. I offer love and care to everyone who comes to visit.

I enjoy snuggling, lounging, and chasing deer in my free time. I am currently working toward earning my therapy dog certificate, which will allow me to visit and cuddle with people in hospitals and nursing homes.

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