Monecia Michelle Nelms, LCPC is a counselor in Ashburn, VA specializing in counseling. Monecia Michelle Nelms, LCPC is affiliated with BetterHelp.
“It is my pleasure to be able to offer in-person or video counseling for convenience and access to Christian Counseling. I am interested in working with those who have broken hearts, anyone affected by divorce, relationships, boundary issues, depression, anxiety, family system dynamics, co-dependency, past childhood abuse, domestic violence, mother/father wounding, family dysfunction and those seeking spiritual growth. I enjoy identifying underlying causes of what keeps us stuck. Uncovering why we do the things we do can help assist in the goal of freedom. It is my personal view that we look at the roots not the symptoms to make a difference. You will grow in Emotional Intelligence.
I graduated from Liberty University with a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. Previously I completed my undergraduate work at Towson University with majors in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.
I am a Christian Counselor and I have a heart for those who are hurting. I only work with individuals age 18+. I do not take health insurance. Licensed in both Maryland and Virginia.”
Connect with this therapist via:
Online messaging - send messages throughout the day as you have time; relax and give yourself opportunity to fully ponder each step of the conversation
Video Visits - connect over video conferencing software for a virtual session -- almost as if you're there in person
Phone Visits - good old-fashioned technology for those who don't want to worry about appearance or who have might have internet bandwidth limitations; a little bit like connecting with an old friend, but with a counselor instead
Instant Message (IM) Visits - real-time chat -- like a phone call, but over text
Everyone knows what it feels like to get the blues once in a while. But depression is a serious illness that is more severe than a bad day and lasts much longer. Symptoms of depression stop a person from being able to function and enjoy daily activities for weeks or months at a time. It can happen to anyone, and it isn't something that people can control by force of will or "snap out of it."
Some common symptoms of depression include:
We don't yet know what causes depression, but it's thought that it is a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and social influences. Because of this, the most effective treatments for depression combine medication with psychotherapy. Therapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be extremely helpful in resolving the negative thoughts and feelings that come with depression. It gives patients new tools that they can use themselves to cope when their depression is making them feel down.
Some of the common medications used to treat depression include antidepressants such as SSRI's (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft) or atypical antidepressants (Cymbalta, Wellbutrin). It's important to remember that these medications have different effects on everybody, and no one medication works right for everyone. Patients may have to try a couple before finding the one that works just right for them. If the first medication they try doesn't work, they should talk to their doctor about trying something else. In extreme cases where medication is not enough, electro-convulsive therapy and hospitalization may be the answer to keeping a severely depressed person safe.
Depression is a difficult illness to deal with, but it is more common than believed and there are many people who can help. With the right treatment, individuals with depression can get back to fully enjoying life again.
She has a state license in Virginia.
Licensed In: Virginia
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