Counseling Services

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C., offers kind, hope-instilling, strengths-mobilizing, skills-focused, research-informed counseling services. She specializes in substance use concerns and trauma.

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If you seek supportive, research-informed individual, group, or partner counseling for substance use concerns and/or trauma, I am here for you. I welcome clients with additional mental health challenges. Here’s a brief, formal description of my counseling services.

To request an appointment for individual, partner, or group counseling, please learn more about appointments and fees, then contact me. I will send information via email on how to register as a new client through the client portal.

Counseling for Substance Use Concerns

I offer counseling for those who have:

  • tried to cut down and been unable to do so.
  • been asked by their children and partners to cut down.
  • been asked by loved ones, employers, and/or medical professionals to seek counseling.
  • been mandated to substance treatment by the criminal justice system for traffic violations, public intoxication, and/or other violations.
  • been mandated to negative urine drug screens by employers, the legal system, child protective services, and/or treatment programs.
  • tried intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), rehab, and/or 12-step recovery but continue to have concerns.
  • become aware that substance use began after, or was exacerbated by, trauma.
  • been diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and/or personality disorders, and have concurrent substance use issues.
  • a need for restorative therapy after enduring confrontation, punishment, shaming, shunning, and the “tough love” methods that we now know from research do not help most people with substance use issues.
  • status in their professional, business, or social situations and need discrete, confidential, private sessions with no notification of third party payers, employers, or others unless directly requested by the client. For Virginia residents, if office visits are undesirable, all sessions can be held via telehealth.

“Love, evidence & respect.”
– Maia Szalavitz’s answer via Twitter to the question, “What fights addiction?”

Anne GilesCounseling for substance use concerns includes:

Counseling for Trauma

Over half of U.S. women and 60% of U.S. men have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. Trauma symptoms can be troubling to individuals for months, even years after the event. Supportive, healing therapies are available to assist people with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

People with trauma may hesitate to engage in therapy, even to dread it. Understandably, they wish to avoid the pain of re-experiencing the trauma. Research has shown that they are, indeed, correct to avoid reliving the trauma. What research has found is that examining what one thinks as a result of experiencing the trauma – not reliving the trauma itself – is what helps people recover.

In addition to other helpful therapies, I offer Cognitive Processing Therapy, a humane, brief, research-based protocol that helps alleviate trauma symptoms and assists people in regaining their lives after traumatic experiences.

Please know I will honor your experience and do my best to use evidence-based protocols to help you ease symptoms and move forward.

Please call me if you would like to talk more about counseling for trauma.

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If what I’m offering speaks to you, I am here to help. If you are a resident of Virginia and would like to become a client, please contact me to request an appointment. I  very much look forward to working with you.

“I was in hell,” she said. “And I made a vow: when I get out, I’m going to come back and get others out of here.”
– Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), quoted in the New York Times

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C.
License #0701007892
2001 South Main Street, Suite 207H
Colony Park
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060-6668
540-808-6334
By appointment only

To request an appointment for individual or group counseling, please learn more about appointments and fees, then contact me. I will send information via email on how to register as a new client through the client portal.

Last revised 4/11/19