Althea E Dent, MA, LPC
Qualifications and Experience
I have Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I am licensed to counsel by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each year, I continue and improve my knowledge and skill base through seminars, research and workshops to remain competent and current within my profession.
Counseling Style and Philosophy
Counseling provides the opportunity for growth and problem management in the context of a supportive, accepting therapeutic relationship.
I desire to create an atmosphere that is comfortable and accepting and develop with my clients a collaborative therapeutic relationship. My primary goal is to come alongside the client and assist in managing issues that can cause one to feel stuck, overwhelmed or paralyzed while helping clients to move toward a more effective and rewarding life.
I primarily use cognitive-behavioral, brief and solution focused therapies and techniques among other tools to develop an integrative approach that is tailored to each client individually. I regard the therapeutic relationship to be collaborative which means we work together to achieve your goals, bring healing, discover strengths and develop new ones.
My areas of focus are but not limited to life transitions, stress, anxiety/panic, depression, postpartum depression, work and school anxiety, obsessive thinking, spousal divorce/separation, grief as well as career, academic and life coaching.
I enjoy empowering people to develop new behaviors, cognitions and skills that will lead to an enhanced lifestyle and the ability to handle future challenges. I look forward to working with you. I enjoy people of all backgrounds and consider it a privilege to share in each client's journey.
Althea has lived in the Roanoke Valley for 20 years but still hearkens to her Chicago roots. Althea enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, good food and attempting DIY projects.