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Counselors & Services

Bethany Rife is an LPC at our Abingdon, VA office and has several years of experience working with people of all ages. She is trained in EMDR and Acudetox. Bethany provides an eclectic approach to therapy to meet each person’s individual needs. Bethany loves helping others make positive changes in their lives that cause a ripple effect throughout mind, body, and spirit. She looks forward to building an open and trusting therapeutic alliance with you.
Katie Blunt is a LCSW at our Wise, VA office who has several years of experience working with all age ranges! She is trained in EMDR and DBT modalities. Katie is passionate about helping teenagers and adults make important life transitions. 
Marianna is an LPC at our Wise, VA office who has 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults in the Human Services Field.  She has training in TFCBT and EMDR. Her goal in therapy is to provide a safe space where you can speak freely and feel heard. Marianna has a quirky personality with a down-to-earth approach. She is excited to meet you and help you as you develop and grow into the person you want to be! 
Shannon is a Resident in Counseling at our Wise, VA office working toward LPC licensure. She has several years of experience working with several age ranges from children to adults! Shannon is passionate about helping people organize their lives to be the best version of themselves.
Client Testimony: “Shannon is truly amazing, and I can’t speak highly enough of her. She’s changed my life for the better. I’ve gone through over 20 therapists in my lifetime and none made it past 6 months. Shannon has been with me for over a year now, and I hope I never stop having her in my life.”
Joseph Hamil, LPC is a part-time counselor at our Abingdon office (Mondays). He is a compassionate, collaborative and client-focused counselor who strives to build a strong therapeutic alliance with individuals. He holds an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College. He is trained in CBT, CT-R, EMDR and Solution-Focused treatment modalities. Joe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years experience working with individuals of all ages.
Stephanie Strouth is an LPC at our Wise, VA office with advanced training in working with anxiety disorders. She is also EMDR Certified and trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy & Seeking Safety. Stephanie is seeing clients on a part-time basis. She has been in the mental health field for several years and is passionate about helping people enjoy the life they have or create the life they want!
At Anchoring Hope in Wise & Abingdon, VA, we focus on a personalized experience with clients to provide services that are tailored to your individualized needs. From start to finish, you have access to your therapist! We prioritize two elements in therapy: a cohesive relationship between client and therapist as well as a desire to reach your stated goals. While we are happy to be a sounding board, we strive to assist you with helpful tools to reach your goals and give you the confidence to process your emotions that ebb and flow throughout life. 
We are now accepting Anthen BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Oxford, and Oscar insurance. Our private pay rate is the same for individual, couple, or family sessions. Sessions can be scheduled quickly at your convenience. Session frequency is determined collaboratively between client(s) and therapist. We are happy to assist in providing referrals for topics outside of our scope of practice. Please give us a call at 276-298-5034 to discuss your specific needs.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is provided in-office and/or via telehealth to those located in Virginia. We are willing to work with your schedule and needs to provide you with a personalized and respectful experience. We specialize in the following areas of practice:

-Abuse (recipient) -Academic problems -Addictions -Adult AD/HD -Adoption -Anger Management -Anxiety -Career Counseling -Child & Adolescent -Codependency -Conflict Resolution -Coping Skills -Depression -Divorce -Domestic Violence -Emotion Regulation -Fear -Finances -LGBTQIA+ Issues -Parenting -Self-harm -Sexual Issues -Spirituality -Stress -Suicidal Ideation -Trauma & PTSD

Family Counseling

Family counseling is provided in-office and via telehealth. Many issues stem from interactions among family members rather than one person. Family issues are approached with respect giving each member a voice in the facilitation of sessions. Families learn how to interact and shift to positive meaningful interactions. Please contact us to discuss details of your needs.


Trainings are how we learn to live with intention and meaning. We are happy to develop courses based on your training needs, which can be provided on an agency’s site or online. Some examples of previous seminars include the following:

  • Trauma
  • Organized Living
  • Development & Discipline
  • Self-Care & Communication
  • Anxiety
  • Virtual Learning
  • Child Abuse

Consulting Services

Anchoring Hope provides consulting services based on individualized needs. Our therapists have extensive experience and training in trauma-informed care and can help your organization develop holistic approaches to employee/client relations, establish appropriate materials for your programs, build healthy leadership strategies, and provide professional speaking services. We would love to speak with you about your needs to see if we can help serve you and/or your organization!

What is an LPC anyway?

LPC stands for Licensed Professional Counselor. Each state words this credential in their own way. An LPC has to obtain a bachelor’s degree and then move on to a master’s degree where they must earn 60 credits toward their counseling degree. There is a comprehensive test at the end of the program that you must pass to graduate with the degree. At my school, if you did not pass the test by the third try, you could not complete your degree but could graduate with a non-licensure track master’s degree. AKA: you could have a master’s degree but couldn’t become an LPC. During college, you must complete a 100 hour practicum and a 600 hour internship in mental health and be supervised by an LPC. After college, you must complete a 3,400 hours residency (about 2 years). After that, you must apply to sit for the intense board exam, which you are approved for after the board confirms your residency hours, etc. Once you pass the exam, you can become an LPC! This isn’t an easy process, and each state has their own requirements. This is why an LPC can only practice in the state they have licenses for. Boom! That’s what it takes to be an LPC! But the extra stuff- being personable, nonjudgmental, and generally awesome… that’s what you want along with the skills they learn in school.

What People Say:
She is beyond amazing to my daughter and I. My daughter absolutely loves her and looks forward to seeing her. So do I. I would highly recommend her. She has helped me fight my battles and PTSD and treats me like a human being.

“Very good service. My therapist has helped me work through some of my serious issues. I’d recommend to anyone who’s in desperate need of help!”

“Shannon is truly amazing, and I can’t speak highly enough of her. She’s changed my life for the better. I’ve gone through over 20 therapists in my lifetime and none made it past 6 months. Shannon has been with me for over a year now, and I hope I never stop having her in my life.”

“Stephanie is by far one of the best therapists I’ve ever been to. She has a unique understanding of her patients needs and does an excellent job of making you feel welcome & comfortable.”

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