Neva believes in a holistic approach to mental health. This includes exploring and supporting not only your mental health, but also your emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing, as these things are intricately tied together. She does not believe in practicing from a distance, but brings her real self into the room in an accessible and open way. She wholeheartedly invests in the people she works with and believes that therapy works best when it’s a collaborative process.
Neva is a trauma informed therapist. Her clinical experience has been with those who suffer from PTSD and traumatic events, including physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, poverty, racism, sexism, violent or hurtful family experiences, toxic parents, loss and victims of crime or gaslighting. Neva has additional clinical experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, gender, sexuality or identity issues and couples dealing with infidelity, open marriage, infertility, communication issues, sexual issues, mental health issues and parenting issues.
You are here reading this, thinking about embarking on a journey of healing. It’s scary and messy and this journey can really suck at times but it is worth it and maybe, even more important, it is possible. Neva has walked that journey herself and is looking forward to walking it with you.
During graduate school Neva earned a clinical specialization in Trauma and Interpersonal Violence. This specialization focused on evidence-based practice approaches to trauma-informed care. Neva has focused her practice on trauma, PTSD, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, identity issues (sexuality, ethnicity, gender, spirituality), grief, addiction and couples therapy.
She also specializes in Tourette’s Syndrome (TS). She helps support individuals and families as they navigate TS and the many co-morbids that can accompany it (ADHD, OCD, anxiety, rage attacks) .
Neva uses a strengths based approach and utilizes a variety of evidence- based therapeutic approaches with her clients, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), mindfulness, somatic experiencing, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Neva is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia but moved to Richmond with her family in 2016. Before she became a therapist, she co-founded and ran a successful international nonprofit for close to a decade. Her Native American heritage was a key factor in her desire to be in service of others, which was the catalyst to pursuing her Master’s of Social Work and ultimately becoming a therapist.
Neva is extraordinarily passionate about her work. She has a lifelong love of learning and continually strives to be the best therapist, wife, mother and human being that she can be. She volunteers at Gray Haven, working with victims of human trafficking, which she finds equal parts tough and rewarding. She finds the same true for parenting. She has an insatiable appetite for books. Her favorite place to be is outside, doing anything from hiking or playing baseball with her husband and children to walking in meditation. She knows the importance of a great sense of humor and loves to laugh.
Neva is a supervisee in Social Work being supervised by Linda Zaffram, LCSW.