Tina Motley, LCSW
Tina Motley, LCSW founded Fig Tree Therapy in 2012 with the committment to serve God through service to others. Tina graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 with a Master's in Social Work and became licensed in 2009. After working with various populations, she recognizes her primary passion is helping those who have experienced traumatic experiences heal. Tina has been trained extensively in a specific psychodynamic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is used to treat trauma related disorders, such as PTSD. By using EMDR, clients have been able to alleviate anxiety caused by traumatic memories without having to "re-live" the traumatic event. Because trauma significantly impacts our primitive brain, traditional methods aren't typically successful. Therefore, she has added LENS Neurofeedback to her treatment modalities. Neurofeedback assists the brain in reorganizing itself, bringing further adaptation and integration to the traumatized brain. While these modalities certainly expedite the healing process, it is necessary to develop the skills needed to navigate life. Subsequently, she has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and faciliates weekly adult groups using this approach to teach others how to develop skills to regulate emotions, survive emotional crises, develop mindfulness skills and effective interpersonal skills. Additionally, Tina provides Christian counseling to those who desire such, based in teachings of Jesus. It is her hope that others find hope and are inspired to change dysfunctional patterns through their interactions with Fig Tree. Fig Tree Therapy is a symbol of rest, for those who need a place to pause, reflect and restore. Fig Trees are enormous trees and in Biblical times provided rest for large amounts of people because of the shade they produced. Not only did the people of that time like them for that reason, they also produce fruit, the fig. One pastor said it something like this, "That fig is a symbol of love. It has grown ONLY because it is attached to the vine."
Denisha Smith, LPC
Denisha is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated with a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2012. Denisha has worked with children and families in the Richmond area since 2006. She has specialized training in working with children, adults and families who have experienced various trauma and uses a variety of modalities to include body-based techniques. Denisha has been extensively been trained in Somatic Experiencing ™(SE), which is a body based trauma modality developed by Dr. Peter Levine. As a body based therapist, Denisha is able to track nervous system patterning to assist her client's in resolving symptoms of trauma. SE is effective for issues such as hypervigilance, depression, ADD, disassociation, early attachment issues, chronic pain on tension, poor boundaries, body awareness to name a few. Additionally, Denisha is also a Licensed Minister and is called to reach individuals through the demonstration of the love of Christ. She finds joy in helping those around her to recognize their true identity in Christ. In her work, she is not only influenced by the various advanced trainings that she has received, but is directed by the person of the Holy Spirit.
Somatic Experiencing ™ (SE); a holistic approach to trauma therapy.
Somatic Experiencing addresses the core of the nervous system. It is becoming the standard therapy for resolving stuck symptoms of past adverse events, such as; relational or shock trauma, which remain in non-cognitive regions of the brain. To heal, we need the felt-sense of the body. A somatic approach allows us to enter those sensations of health and well-being.
What is Somatic Experiencing?
Somatic Experiencing therapy was founded by Peter Levine. It addresses the stress of trauma, such as; abuse, assault, car accidents, surgeries, or impact falls. Balancing attention of internal experience with external orientation, in the presence of safe and reliable support, we can free up the subtle tension forces in the body. With Somatic Experiencing (SE) we are left feeling calm, safe, and supported in the world.
David Hawxhurst, MA,
Resident in Counseling
David received his Masters in Counseling from Regent University in 2013. He has had clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient and in-home settings. He specializes in treating trauma, depression, anger issues, ADHD, addiction, grief and loss, and relationship issues. He has been trained extensively in a psychodynamic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Which is used to treat trauma related disorders, such as PTSD. He is also trained in LENS Neurofeedback, which assists the brain in reorganizing itself, bringing further adaptation and integration to the traumatized brain. David believes that it is a calling and a privilege to travel along with others on their journey through suffering and struggle towards hope, healing and growth. He utilizes an eclectic approach of therapeutic treatment modalities combined with an awe and understanding of God’s presence in the counseling relationship. David currently works with adults in the community as well as provide outpatient services to those with Medicaid or private pay.
Melody Underwood, MA
Resident in Counseling
Melody graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She is a graduate from the Elijah House Prayer Counseling and has a background of ministry. Melody grew up on the mission field and has a heart for all cultures.
Melody believes in helping people by walking with them and empowering them as they find hope to reach their own personal goals. She is passionate about integrating spiritual principles in therapy and believes knowing who we are in Christ can bring total healing. She uses an eclectic approach through CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Christian Counseling, and as well as other modalities. Melody is grateful for the opportunity to journey with others as they find their healing.
Dawn Peterson-Lewis, MA, QMHP-C
Dawn has completed her Master's of Science from Grand Canyon University in Professional Counseling. Dawn has experience providing outpatient therapy, intensive in home counseling services, and mental health skill building to individuals in the community.
She currently has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and women and is excited for the opportunity to continue to help them in their personal growth. She is passionate about client advocacy, multicultural and identity issues, confronting self-esteem/self-confidence issues, and exploring and challenging dysfunctional personal/family narratives.