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.
Roberta "Berty" Dezzani, LMFT
Berty Dezzani is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). As a family therapist and professional counselor, she has specialized education, training and clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families experiencing distress. She has extensive experience in working with addiction, trauma, anger issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Berty specializes in using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) - a therapy based in the science of adult attachment and bonding in a structured approach to help individuals and couples move from distress to recovery, with approximately 90% of people showing significant improvement. As an MFT, she works with individuals and couples to understand how their family system has shaped their self concept and in turn impacts patterns of communication, conflict resolution and stress management in the process towards change and development. Additionally, having served for years as the program director for a residential, adolescent substance abuse recovery program, she has clinical experience in working with clients struggling with substance use, abuse, treatment and recovery.
Berty feels it is an honor and a privilege to be invited into the sacred space of a person's personal and spiritual journey when they decide to move from distress and despair into healing and hope. She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and can provide Christian counseling for clients looking for faith based counseling that integrates the best of current counseling and evidence based practices within the framework, foundation and healing power of a Christian faith perspective.
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.