Kessler Psychological, LLC
Adam Hanson, Licensed Professional Counselor & Clinical Manager
Adam Hanson was born in Albany, NY, and grew up outside of Boston, MA, as well as in Virginia Beach. After graduating from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, he spent several years working with college students on career development, as well as on employee training and staff development. It was while doing this work that Adam discovered his passion for mental health counseling, at which point he returned to ODU to earn an M.S.Ed in Counseling. After completing the program, he spent several years practicing intensive in-home therapy with children, adolescents, and families. Utilizing play-based, recreational, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and solution-focused approaches, he helped to facilitate growth and change in clients of all ages and backgrounds. Adam has been with Kessler Psychological for over 2 years, and in addition to working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, he now provides clinical supervision for our residents in counseling as they work towards licensure. Adam has a specific passion for working with teens, young adults, and LGBTQ populations, and enjoys finding creative solutions for facilitating transformations.
Antoine Nichols, Licensed Professional Counselor
Antoine Nichols was born and raised in Smithfield, Virginia. He comes from a family where giving aid to others was encouraged from a young age. He continued this practice upon entering Old Dominion University when he began volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This experience cemented his interest in helping others. He graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and immediately started working in mental health skill building services for young adults, where he taught independent living skills, and intensive in-home with adolescents and families. He also conducted psychoeducational groups at a regional jail and worked with men who were transitioning to life outside of the prison system. Antoine returned to Old Dominion to receive his M.S.Ed in Counseling, during which he thoroughly enjoyed an internship offering outpatient psychotherapy services. After earning his Masters, he spent three years offering therapeutic day treatment in a private school setting providing both individual and group therapy. He utilizes strengths-based, cognitive behavioral, and narrative approaches, but is also flexible to meet the needs of each of his clients. Additionally, Antoine has worked with individuals of all backgrounds and orientations, and generally believes in assisting people to identify their strengths which can then be used to enact meaningful change in their lives.
Breanne Fenning, Licensed Professional Counselor
Breanne Fenning was born and raised in Coudersport, PA. Her first class in psychology, combined with her own personal life experiences, quickly allowed her to realize that helping others through their life challenges was her passion. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University and then continued on to receive her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of South Carolina-Aiken. She gained clinical experience during her internship, providing individual psychotherapy, as well as conducting psychological testing for children and adults. She also led psycho-educational groups on parenting skills, anger management, and ADHD. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she began providing mental health services in a day treatment center with adults experiencing a range of psychiatric disorders, as well as community based mental health services within the home and school setting for children and adolescents. She has also continued offering psychological assessments and psychotherapy services. She incorporates a cognitive-behavioral and emotion-focused therapeutic orientation to provide services to individuals with a range of mental health issues, challenging them to explore their thoughts and behaviors in a safe environment and identify positive changes and skills to reach their fullest potential.
Lindsey Wright, Licensed Professional Counselor
Lindsey Wright was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. She moved to Norfolk in 2012 to complete her BS in Psychology at Old Dominion University. After working for six months as a CareNOW advocate out of Blair Middle School, she went on to pursue her MS Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. While there, she interned for a year in a residential treatment center for children and adolescents. Upon graduation, she went on to work in the inpatient setting at acute, partial, and residential levels of care with children and adolescents. During her time working with children and adolescents, she has adopted a primarily cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral approach to her work with her clients. She also gained experience working with families and the parents of the children she served throughout her time in the inpatient setting. Lindsey has a passion for working with survivors of sexual assault, clients struggling with anxiety and depression, the LGBTQ community, and those struggling with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. In addition, Lindsey is also working to obtain her certification as a substance abuse counselor. Lindsey works collaboratively with her clients to establish a sense of empowerment in their ability to overcome presenting stressors and obstacles.
Sydney Beasley, Resident in Counseling
Sydney Beasley was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Troy University where she majored in International Relations, which affirmed her desire to help a wide variety of individuals. Sydney further narrowed her focus by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. During her Master’s program, Sydney completed her internship working with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and families at a private practice, community outreach program, and daycare academy. After graduating, Sydney moved to North Carolina where she continued her training by completing psychological testing intakes in a community mental health agency. After moving to Virginia a few years later, she worked at a regional prison conducting psychoeducational groups and individual therapy. Sydney’s approach to psychotherapy includes helping individuals to identify: meaning and value in life, areas of strengths, solutions, and desires and abilities for change. She particularly enjoys findings ways to meet clients at their current levels of functioning and assisting them with moving forward towards achieving their goals.
Jaslynn Giles, Resident in Counseling & Art Therapy
Jaslynn Giles was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has always cultivated her sincere urge to give back to her community through acts of service either volunteering or working with the youth. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, Jaslynn began working as a teaching assistant for a private, faith-based school; It was here that she recognized the opportunity to continue to help others through her passion for art. Jaslynn returned to school earning her Master’s Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Art Therapy and Counseling, with a specialization in Advanced Trauma-Informed Art Therapy and Cultural Sensitivity. She gained clinical experience through internships working in the hospital, private school, residential treatment, and domestic violence settings, providing clinical care to children, adolescents, adults, and groups, in areas of clinical assessment and individual and group therapy. Though she specializes in helping those struggling with Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and Behavioral Issues, she is also comfortable in providing for a multitude of individuals. Jaslynn’s approach to working with individuals highlights a collaborative and strengths-based approach that incorporates an eclectic use of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral and narrative care. She feels privileged to be able to help others through their unique journey of understanding who they are at their core.
Edith Mercurio, Resident in Counseling
Edith Mercurio was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. While living in Port St Lucie, FL for the past 7 years, Edith completed her undergraduate degree at Indian River State College and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. During her training, Edith completed her internship at a residential substance abuse treatment facility where she gained experience in treating clients with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues through biopsychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, individual, family, and group therapy, and trauma-informed care. She later worked at an inpatient detox facility providing case management and clinical services to clients requiring medically assisted treatment. Her approach to therapy is client-directed and collaborative as she assists clients in finding effective solutions to their unique issues and applying those solutions in their daily lives. Edith has always had a passion for helping others overcome their difficulties and recognize their potential to achieve the level of life satisfaction they desire.
Michael Wilkinson, Resident in Counseling (starts May 1)
Michael Wilkinson was born and raised in the small town of Greenville, Ms. After graduating from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, he worked in a variety of mental health settings with both adults and children including: a long-term wilderness therapeutic program for boys with emotional and behavioral issues, an acute psychiatric hospital setting with children and adults, and as an intensive in-home counselor working with children and families. Michael also worked as an investigator for child protective services for 8 years where he was passionate about protecting and ensuring the safety of some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens while providing them with resources to function more effectively as family units. After leaving CPS, Michael earned his Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. While at ODU, Michael completed practicum and internships at a community organization, providing intensive in-home counseling services again. After obtaining residency status in January of 2021, Michael decided to transition into outpatient counseling, in an effort to continue serving the community by helping to facilitate the change needed to heal and function more effectively in their daily lives. Michael’s approach to counseling is very strengths-based, solution-focused, and employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques as applicable and useful. Michael firmly believes in everyone’s ability to change and improve their lives if they are willing to make the effort and become fully involved in the counseling process. Michael prides himself on having a non-judgmental approach and in his ability to quickly engage clients and build rapport. Michael is particularly passionate about working with populations who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, impacts of trauma and mistreatment, substance abuse issues, and sexual identity issues. Michael is excited to be joining Kessler Psychological and to do his part in ensuring clients receive the best possible care. Michael is also an Eagle Scout and loves dogs!
Alex Bice, Supervisee in Social Work (starts May 20)
Alex was born and raised in Deltona, FL. She graduated from the Naval Academy with a major in Quantitative Economics in 2011. Upon graduating, she served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS TAYLOR (FFG-50) for four years. She served one year of shore duty before leaving the Navy to pursue a career in Social Work. When considering a career shift, she knew helping Sailors and her Navy peers helped guide her to the field. Alex received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a military concentration. She is passionate about working with the military and their families. She understands their unique needs as a veteran and military spouse. Her experience has a focus on individual therapy using cognitive behavioral therapy, problem solving therapy, narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Amanda Bartolome, Resident in Counseling (starts August 20)
Amanda Bartolome was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was raised in South Jersey. Amanda attended Temple University and graduated with her B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. During her time at Temple University, Amanda interned at a research laboratory that focused on treating child and adolescent anxiety as well as learning more about the connection between parent and child psychopathology. This experience, combined with her academic interests in psychology, solidified her passion for working with children and adults in a counseling setting. Amanda moved to Hampton Roads in 2018 to pursue her M.S. Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University. During this time, she interned at a non-profit organization providing individual counseling to children and adults. She started a program within the organization to provide low-cost counseling to children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and behavioral difficulties. Though Amanda’s primary interests lie with working with children and adolescents, she also has experience working with adults with a multitude of concerns. She utilizes mindfulness and play and art-based creative approaches to counseling. Additionally, she applies a strengths-based, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral approach when working with clients. Amanda adjusts her approach to counseling based on each individual client and their specific needs.