Blaine Atkisson, Therapist in Richmond, Virginia — Zencare
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Blaine Atkisson

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Virginia Accepting Online
Richmond Accepting In-person
Updated January 11, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Blaine Atkisson is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in the Willow Lawn area of Richmond, VA. Blaine is passionate about supporting clients as they grow their emotional health and wellbeing. This includes learning how to connect with others in meaningful ways, how to effectively manage those difficult emotions, and how to advocate for the self. Many of Blaine’s clients feel anxiety in everyday life that distracts them from what’s important to them. Their insecurities and worries show up in relationships, especially in times of major change. Blaine helps these clients develop the skills they need to reflect on emotional situations and move forward with confidence.

Blaine’s approach to therapy draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Clients learn how to recognize negative thought patterns that are harmful to their emotional state. They also learn how to set boundaries with themselves and others. Blaine teaches clients about attachment theory and encourages them to grow their secure attachment style. Blaine does this in a nonjudgmental, compassionate way.

Blaine earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He completed post-graduate work in the areas of addiction and DBT. He is passionate about supporting clients as they grow their emotional health to show up in their own lives confidently, comfortably, and meaningfully.


Message to clients

When thinking about emotional growth, I find it helpful to contrast it with our physical growth. Developing into our full-grown physical selves is a fairly automatic process based upon our genetics. Our emotional growth, however, requires guidance and nurturing from others, typically our caregivers, as we progress from childhood into adulthood. For many of us this process is short circuited, and we can find ourselves navigating a world of relationships and uncertainty without the emotional intelligence needed to recognize and understand our emotions, and to respond to those emotions in healthy and productive ways.

I work with motivated adults on issues primarily revolving around anxiety, relationship difficulties and life transitions. I focus on helping you develop emotional insight in order to guide healthy responses to your emotions. My work also focuses on setting healthy boundaries through self-advocacy, and improving confidence when dealing with uncertainty.

You are the expert on you. I am the expert on developing resiliency and confidence within you. Together, we will develop your repertoire of healthy responses to emotional intensity, nurture the grit necessary to reach your goals, and realize new opportunities for you through improved insight, emotional intelligence and self-advocacy.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Blaine Atkisson is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $125 (55min)
  • Initial session: $125 (55min)
  • Couples sessions: $150 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Virginia)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10a -6p
  • Wed 10a -6p
  • Thu 10a -6p
  • Fri 10a -6p
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Richmond practice
5206 Markel Road, 106, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10a -6p
  • Wed 10a -6p
  • Thu 10a -6p
  • Fri 10a -6p
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

INOVA Health System, Behavioral Health Therapist, 2017 - 2019

Behavioral Tech Institute, A Marsha Linehan Institute Training Company, DBT Foundation Skills,, 2020
University of Michigan, Addictions Certificate Program, 2017
Marymount University, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016
The George Washington University, Master of Business Administration, 2002
The George Washington University, Bachelors of Accountancy (Magna Cum Laude), 1997


Licensure

Virginia: 0701008999


Languages

English