Jenny Yates, LCSW

Jenny graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Social Work. She describes herself as passionate, results-oriented, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 24 years of experience.

Some of Jenny’s noteworthy career milestones include completing 2 years of advanced Strategic Family Therapy training while providing regional, intensive, in-home family therapy services. She also completed multiple CBT and DBT trainings while providing outpatient services for her predominately high-risk adult and child clients, including those living with serious mental illness, substance abuse issues, and / or other related diagnoses, including those living with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and Autism. Jenny most recently became ACT Certified through completing training for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Injury, PTSD, Psychosis, and More.

Jenny has worked in several non-profit advocacy settings for people with disabilities in long term care facilities, and for women within her local criminal justice system.  She has also served as a long-term volunteer at her children’s schools, and worked as a Substitute Teacher in her county, after working as a stay-at-home mom for her two children for 10 years.

Jenny considers herself a strengths-based humanitarian and is very comfortable discussing all experiences including: the impact of COVID on our lives; racial inequity; coping skills; depression; anxiety; stress;  life stages; topics unique to women; topics unique to men; at risk youth and their families; partner violence; dating violence; family violence; sexual assault; people experiencing addiction; first responders; Veterans; essential workers; people of color; people who are “curious” and exploring their sexuality; people who identify with the LGBTQ community; couples and marriage; sexual health and wellness; parenting; people with disabilities and disability rights; fertility, miscarriage and post-partum issues; grief and loss; long-term, serious mental illness; childhood abuse; and other interpersonal trauma issues.

In her work, Jenny enjoys using multiple therapeutic approaches including Systems Theory; Strategic Family Therapy; Strengths Perspective; Person-Centered Therapy; Cognitive-Behavior Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Jenny describes her role on your journey as a supportive and honest guide, celebrating “every brave step,” sharing her knowledge and skills while increasing your sense of optimism and confidence in managing life’s challenges.

Jenny loves being the mother to her 2 children, and the wife of her husband for 20+ years. She is originally from South Carolina, where she still considers her “roots,” but enjoys raising her children in a rural community like her hometown. When not working, Jenny loves working out, learning new things, meeting new people, spending time with friends, volunteering, taking long walks in nature, and going on adventures.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with Jenny: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.

Below are some specific areas that this Therapist has identified as being in their clinical skillset to treat. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but is presented to serve as a guide as you learn more about the Therapist and their potential match with you.

  • Anger Management
  • Aspbergers/Autism
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Eating Disorders
  • Faith (Christian Counseling)
  • Family Counseling (most interested)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Motherhood
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Traumatic Brain Injury