Kessler Psychological, LLC
Adam Hanson, Licensed Professional Counselor
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.
Anthony Vecchio, Resident in Counseling
Anthony Vecchio was raised in the Charleston area of West Virginia and has always had a passion for helping people. This motivated him to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. After graduating, Anthony began working in Morgantown at a community-based therapeutic residential program with adolescent boys and girls. During his time in residential, Anthony was able to witness the impact the therapeutic process had on emotional growth and became inspired to further his education. Anthony returned to West Virginia University and obtained a Master's in Counseling. While attending graduate school, Anthony continued to work in therapeutic residential providing evidenced based cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, humanistic, and solutions-focused therapy while also gaining some experience in a behavioral hospital and university academic advising setting. After completing his graduate work Anthony relocated to Virginia Beach and spent seven years as an intensive in-home therapist providing family systems based and individual cognitive-behavioral interventions. Anthony then transitioned into therapeutic private day school as a mental health clinician, providing group and individual therapy with students on the severe autistic spectrum as well as children and adolescents with a range of emotional disabilities. Anthony’s approach to counseling emphasizes developing trust and rapport through collaboration while incorporating strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solutions-focused interventions to nurture healthy adaptive insight, stabilization, and personal growth.