We take an integrative person-centered approach. Over 14 years of experience and multiple certifications. Our clinicians are Venise Darisme, LPC and Nadia Perez, M.A., NCC. Clients have said that Venise is "gentle, a good listener, help them see more clearly, knowledgeable, and much more." Clinicians have worked in Palliative Care, hospice, intensive in home, schools, intensive out patient, partial hospitalization, residential, hospital, and private practice settings. Nadia Perez's clinical supervisor has said that she is patient, kind, reliable, and dedicated.
Additional Clinician information:
Venise Darisme, M..A., NCC, CCTP, CIMHP, LPC, LCMHC,
Venise Darisme is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor located in Alexandria, VA. She is the founder of Brightness in the Rain Counseling Services. Venise specializes in helping those who suffer from eating disorders. Many of her clients are children, teenagers, or young people as well as their parents and families. They struggle with anxiety and stress, and often resort to unhealthy behaviors to cope with these emotions. Their families are concerned for their wellbeing and seek help in supporting them as they work towards health.
Venise’s approach to therapy incorporates play therapy and creative arts therapy, which can be an effective way to engage young people and those with neurodiversity into conversations about mental health. She also draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), teaching clients how to regulate their emotions and how to avoid negative self-talk. She offers faith-based counseling for those who seek to have a faith perspective on their mental health.
Venise earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. She is certified as an Eating Disorder Treatment Clinician and as a Trauma Professional, and has a background in human services.
Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.
Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life