About Anne Giles

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C., is a counselor, speaker, instructor and writer. She is a rostered provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.

Anne co-authored, with Sanjay Kishore, M.D., Help That Helps: A Kind, Research-Informed, Field-Tested Guide for People with Substance Use Concerns, a free, self-guided program for people with substance use challenges to use in tandem with medical care. Note: Self-help is not an evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder.

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.

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 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 runs and lifts at The Weight Club. She is a beginning ballroom dancer and takes instruction at Sapphire Ballroom.

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 was co-creator of Cognichoice, a behavioral health software platform, and New2Recovery, a mobile application to aid people in early recovery from substance use disorders.