About Anne Giles

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C., is a counselor, speaker, instructor and writer. She is the founder and president of Handshake Media, Incorporated.

Anne’s Bachelor of Arts degree in history, minor in geological sciences, and Master of Arts in education are from Virginia Tech.  Her Master of Science degree in mental health counseling is from Nova Southeastern University. She is Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research Certified.

Anne received her professional counselor’s license from the Board of Counseling, Commonwealth of Virginia, on September 12, 2018, under the supervision of Wren West, L.P.C. (formerly Starkey). She opened a private counseling practice on October 1, 2018.

Anne GilesAnne’s articles, essays, reviews and poems have appeared in The SunPress,  Tampa Review, CrossCurrents and others. She is listed in A Directory of American Poets & Fiction Writers from Poets & Writers.

Anne wrote a personal workplace advice column for Valley Business FRONT from December 2008 through December 2012.  She blogs at annegiles.com, primarily about addiction treatment and policy. She is at work with a co-author on an evidence-informed, self-help guide to recovery from addiction.

She has taught in rural, suburban, urban, public and private schools, at the secondary and university levels. In 2008, she was a volunteer counselor at New Life Recovery Center, a New River Valley Community Services Board program, and served on the NRVCS Board of Directors from July, 2013 – March, 2014.

She competed in sprint triathlons during the 2008-2011 and 2013 seasons, primarily in the Virginia Triathlon Series.  She does crossfit at Trebel Wellness and lifts at The Weight Club with personal trainer Don Belote.

Anne was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1958, lived in Covington, Virginia, Columbus, Ohio, and Moscow, Idaho as a child, then in Blacksburg, Virginia through young adulthood.  She moved to Tampa, Florida in 1983, lived there for twenty-three years, and returned to Blacksburg in July, 2006. She has one sister, Margaret Galecki.  Her sister is married, has grown children, and lives in Radford, Virginia. Her father, Robert H. Giles, Jr., lives in Blacksburg, Virginia. Anne has had several names. She has four cats.

Anne has founded and co-founded several startups. She is co-creator of Cognichoice, a behavioral health software platform, and New2Recovery, a mobile application for addiction recovery. Anne’s former corporate biography, last updated in 2009, is here.