Connie L. Jenks
Licensed Professional Counselor/Owner
I opened Grapevine in 2012 to provide Christian counseling to the community. The practice has grown to meeting the needs of the community in addition to local churches. My professional journey has a wide variety of experiences from teaching at an elementary school, vocational counseling, guidance counseling, case management, crisis intervention to therapy. These experiences have provided a wealth of learning and insight. I enjoy training and presenting workshops on mental health and substance abuse topics. Throughout the years, I have received positive feedback from clients that my approach is respectful and rapport easily established. I enjoy working with adults, college age and late teens. I specialize in treating mood disorders, life transition issues, past trauma, co-occurring disorders, and marital counseling. I have been in the mental health field for over 20 years. I am a graduate of Mid-Atlantic Christian University and Old Dominion University.
We believe in establishing a relationship of trust and genuine concern to provide our clients a safe space to reveal needs and issues. We are here to help you walk toward healing and find peace and growth.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my passion is to help others in need. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults and their families as they cope with a variety of emotional and mental health issues. Attempting to develop skills and strategies needed to cope with these issues can be challenging. I work with each person to develop the best plan to meet his or her specific need. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and my graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University.
I look forward to working with you and helping you meet your specific needs.
My name is Renee Yancey. Originally from the great state of Virginia, I attended and completed my undergraduate work at Mid-Atlantic University in Elizabeth City, NC, in 2004. I graduated with a major in Theological and Biblical Studies and minor in Counseling. I completed my graduate work at Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, OH in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Counseling. For the first 5 years I worked at two different community mental health agencies in the Dayton, OH area. My experiences range from working with young children to the elderly. I primarily worked with individuals but also have experience working with couples and families. I have co-led partial hospitalizations groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy based groups, and a small arts centered self esteem group for adolescents.
Since moving back to Virginia in May 2013, I worked independently while raising my family.
My passion is helping others through life's hardships, providing them with skills to help them function and manage these struggles better. Most importantly I seek to provide and instill hope that life change is possible.
I received my graduate counseling degree (M.Ed - 2009) and training from the College of William and Mary and now work as a VA Board of Counseling approved Counselor in Residence under the supervision of Monica Klisz (VA license # 0701004298). I am also a National Certified Counselor (Cert. # 25345) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). My undergraduate degree is in nursing (VA Commonwealth Univ - BSN) and I have many years experience in the healthcare field - both hospital nursing and as a nursing instructor. Other "special training" includes 29 years as a military wife coping with situations and problems unique to the armed forces , and working in a school for children with autism where I gained an understanding of many of the issues and stressors confronting the parents of special needs children.
As a counselor for Grapevine Counseling and Therapy I work with men, women, and couples from age 14 up who do not have insurance, choose not to involve their insurance for various reasons, or have Medicaid. My passion is guiding people of all ages to resolve their issues from the past (recent or distant past), discover and embrace their true selves, and become the people they were always meant to be thereby strengthening both individuals and couples. Clients find me to be empathic, non-judgmental, extremely easy to talk with, and someone who will "jump in the water to hold you up when you are drowning until you can swim on your own, rather than standing by safely on the shore shouting encouragement and promises to teach you to swim in the future."
In my spare time I spend time with family, read, reupholster furniture, watch college football games, and explore the "treasures" of small towns in Virginia and nearby states.
AhKeisha serves as the Office Manager for Grapevine Counseling and Therapy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bluefield College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management. In her spare time she loves to read or listen to books. Her favorite author is JDRobb.
As a Substance Abuse Counselor I provide substance abuse evaluations, individual, family and group therapy to clients suffering from alcohol and drug use disorders, and those struggling with relapse. With over 23 years parenting experience, I specialize in working with adolescents and adults. Additionally I educate parents on substance abuse awareness, and provide family support counseling.
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling. Currently I am a graduate student in the Master of Social WorkProgram at Catholic University of America.
I have an innate passion for people, and believe that your best self develops after experiencing life’s challenges. From a Christian perspective I will meet you where you are, and provide you with the tools necessary to find your purpose from the power within.