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.

AaronAaron Ruehle, ED. S.

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.

BerkleyHolstonPhotoBerkley Holston, MA, LPC

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.

DSC 0413Poppy R. Bilbra-Jacobs, MS, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have worked extensively with a spectrum of people and problems such as depression, bipolar depression, anxiety, trauma, including PTSD, bereavement, ADHD, autism spectrum, and parenting.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and my Master of Science degree in Community Counseling at the University of Phoenix in Lonetree, Colorado. I spent my childhood through early adulthood in Roanoke, Virginia, before adventuring to Colorado after my undergraduate studies. I fell in love with the Colorado Rocky Mountains, while at the same time increasingly missing my Appalachian Mountains back home. After six and a half years in Colorado, I returned to Virginia and am so happy to be near my family, old friends, and the Blue Ridge.

I take an eclectic approach to therapy, tailoring treatment to the needs of each client. We all have times in our lives when we need extra support to cope and succeed. We will work together to identify goals and move you forward in therapy and life. I want you to thrive! I am committed to treat every client with unconditional acceptance and respect. I look forward to our journey together!

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