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.
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.
Kelly Marie Chadwick
My name is Kelly Marie Chadwick and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. My first four years I worked for the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC. It was an honor and a privilege to work with service members and their families. Here I received specialized training to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to childhood trauma and combat trauma, Depression, Insomnia, Military Sexual Assault, and addictive behaviors including alcohol, pornography and video games. I moved to Richmond, VA in November of 2016 and have been working for Grapevine Counseling & Therapy since.
I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and couples (pre-marital and marital) using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. My areas of expertise include Christian-based counseling, life transitions and stressors, depression, anxiety, PTSD, alcohol abuse, and complex marital issues.
One of my greatest joys in working with couples is teaching them new ways to communicate, connect, manage conflict and understand one another. Through this process couples are able to experience emotional healing, deeper intimate connections, and truly experience the powerful benefits of a healthy marital system. I chose to complete levels I, II, and III of Gottman Couples Therapy to provide the most effective treatment for the couples I work with. This method is research-based, empirically supported and dyadic in nature. I also incorporate emotion regulation, self-soothing techniques, heart rate monitoring, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology.
My therapeutic style is compassionate, empathetic and direct. I work hard to provide each client with a respectful and safe atmosphere where they can feel heard, understood, and fully supported. I believe our wounds and struggles can come the best and most beautiful parts of us.
Ashlee works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Grapevine Counseling and Therapy in Mechanicsville, VA. Ashlee specializes in helping people overcome situations where they feel stuck. Her passion is to come alongside someone who may have experienced trauma, abuse or a difficult life situation and help them push through their point of pain to experience a journey of healing. Ashlee has worked with children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing symptoms from a broad range of mental health concerns such as PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Ashlee is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which helps to decrease flashbacks and nightmares for children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma. Ashlee also uses play therapy, sand tray, expressive arts therapy, solutions focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to help people have a well-rounded experience that meets their individual needs. Ashlee received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Richmond and her M.S.W from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ashlee received a M. Div from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Ashlee is also a Licensed Minister, who does speaking engagements for children, teenager and adults and she officiates weddings. Ashlee was licensed in 2014 at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, where she is on the Shepherd’s Staff. Ashlee is also the co-facilitator of a small group for Millennial-aged women called Single and Satisfied. For fun, Ashlee enjoys listening to audiobooks and doing Jazzercise. Ashlee also recently started a seasonal gift wrapping business called Wrap and Roll.
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.
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.
My name is Stephanie Smith. I graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, VA and got my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I then obtained my Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.
I am passionate about working with individuals with self-esteem issues, anger management issues, ODD, ADHD, Autism, and other behavioral disorders. In addition, I have experience with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, anxiety, and depression. I come from a person-centered approach to therapy. I believe strongly that individuals are doing the best they can with what they have been given, however maladaptive their coping mechanisms may be.
I specialize primarily in CBT and REBT, as well as an implementation of mindfulness techniques and play therapy. I also have extensive experience with ABA therapy for individuals on the Autism spectrum.
My therapeutic foundation is rooted in the belief that we are the creators of our own destiny; that we can choose how we respond to events. We are not doomed to circumstance. Because of this, there is hope.
In my spare time, I like to write novels and memoirs because I believe stories heal. I like to take Zumba and yoga classes and read books like it's going out of style. I see live music, get lost in bookstores, peruse coffee shops, and enjoy solitude to pray, center myself, and find time to further grow and mature into the best version of myself I can be.
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.