"However small, the first step is hardest of all"

I am glad you are here taking that step. I believe that counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client to create a relationship that empowers clients to accomplish their mental health and wellness goals. I believe that this can be best done through a trauma informed approach that also focuses on the mind, body, and emotions.
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I have worked in the mental health field since 2008 in various capacities. I am a Registered Play Therapist and a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional that is licensed in Virginia. I am not limited to working with children and adolescents though, as I also have experience working with adults (18-50). My approach contains trauma informed counseling, an open and non-judgmental space where my clients’ needs are the focus of treatment. My combination of clinical, empathetic, and relational perceptions creates a powerful dynamic that encourages growth and empowerment for my clients. In session, I utilize a variety of clinical approaches including: Trauma Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and I am finishing my consolation hours to become certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. I have also completed Dan Allender’s trauma focused training certification in Narrative Therapy (NFTC).
Ashlie Manuel, she/her


  • Anxiety
  • Abuse Survivors
  • Child or Adolescent
  • College Mental Health
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting
  • Play Therapy
  • PTSD
  • Religious / Spiritual Trauma
  • School Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender Issues
  • Trauma


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandplay
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Medicaid
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • PCHP
  • Medicaid
  • Optima / Sentara
  • Optima / Sentara Medicaid
  • Optum
  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Medicaid


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21 Timberoak Court Ste. B3
Lynchburg, VA 24502-4567

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