The Up Center offers trauma-informed, evidenced based mental health outpatient counseling to help children, individuals and families manage the stresses of life. Individual, family and group services are offered to people of all ages dealing with a variety of life’s challenges, including:
Our team of counselors trained in a variety of brief, short-term evidenced-based interventions, including:
Community based treatment for youth who have a history of problematic sexual behavior. Under the supervision of a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP), services are provided using a trauma informed approach and individualized treatment planning. Through the use of therapies such as Psychosexual Assessments and Outpatient Therapy, SAY services strive to create a balance of community safety and healing.
More than 15,000 hours of mental health counseling
2,207 counseling sessions to individuals and families
4,000 group counseling hours
Lynette (she/her) is a Supervisee in Social Work working in two different programs in the Outpatient Department. She obtained both her Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Norfolk State University. For the past 10 years, Lynette has provided direct care services for adults and families. During the last five years, Lynette has been providing clinical therapy for children, adolescents and families. She is certified in the evidenced-based model Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and utilizes it when working with youth with substance use concerns in the New Visions program. She also uses a variety of trauma informed approaches when working with individuals in Outpatient Counseling and is currently working towards becoming trained in EMDR Therapy. She sees clients in New Visions both in the office and in the community and sees clients for Outpatient Counseling in person in the Ghent and Suffolk Offices, as well as via telehealth.
Rachel (she/her) is a Resident in Counseling and holds master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling. As a licensed Be Body Positive group facilitator and graduate of The Body Project presented by Ophelia’s Place, Rachel hopes to provide support to clients on their journeys to living their best lives through body kindness, dance, performance, and confidence-building. Rachel is currently continuing her educational journey by working toward a self-designed PHD highlighting gender and sexuality studies. Rachel is trained in EMDR and sees individual clients virtually via telehealth, as well as facilitates several groups that seek to empower women. When not working with clients Rachel is a mom to rescue kitties, a Boston Terrier named Violet, and can often be found teaching dance or performing with her band.
Anger Management and Batterer’s Intervention Groups help inhibit violent behavior by improving social skills and impulse control while teaching empathy and compassion for others. Both groups are offered in the evenings at our Norfolk and Portsmouth offices. Fees range from $20-$25 per group depending on the number of sessions.
The Up Center provides a free substance use recovery group counseling to adolescents and adults and addresses prevention, addiction, and recovery. The goal of these groups is to reduce problematic use of substances through a psychoeducational counseling approach.
Seeking Safety Groups provide research-based support for men and women who may have experienced substance abuse and trauma including those who have been abused, victimized by crime, or distressed by war or natural disasters. Participants learn positive coping skills. This group is free.
This eight-week class is free and open to any woman 18 and older who wants to learn to be more assertive in relationships.
A skill building for children with normal-to-high IQ and verbal skills will practice improving their social interactions in a group of their peers. While the children are working on these skills, the parents will participate in a support group to share experiences, give and receive practical feedback and enhance parenting skills to further respond to the unique needs of their children.
Phone: (757) 965-8622
If you are a veteran, service member or a military family member, please call our Military Family Clinic at (757) 965-8686 to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information.
We are committed to partnering with children, families, and communities to improve lives and outcomes through prevention, intervention, and support services.