Counseling

& Support Services

Life is full of transition and change. JFS recognizes that sometimes individuals and families need help navigating these challenges. We provide individual, couples, group, and family counseling services to people of all ages, regardless of affiliation.

Our services are available to the entire Tidewater Community.

JFS offers grief counseling through the Dozoretz Center for Family Healing, a community resource center established to help people of all ages cope with death of a loved one, family illness, relocation or divorce/separation/remarriage.

The Jessica Glasser Children’s Therapeutic Pavilion at JFS offers an engaging play-therapy room, which provides a comforting place for children and teens to learn to cope with life issues.

Our therapists are highly trained, master’s level, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), many of which hold special training in grief, child/teen issues, family stress and gerontology.

Peace by Piece is an interfaith, community-based peer support group for children, teens, and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Peace by Piece is a partnership between Edmarc (link) and JFS. These groups meet twice a month and are provided free of charge.

Meet Our Counseling Staff

Our highly skilled and experienced professional staff treat children, adolescents, adults, and older adults for emotional concerns and other life challenges.

Our therapists are highly trained, master’s level, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), who specialize in issues related to grief and loss, child/teen issues, family stress, depression, anxiety and issues relate to aging.

Debbie Mayer, LCSW, CT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Director of Counseling and Adoption Services
Child, adolescent, adult, and older adult counseling. Grief & mourning, deployments, divorce & remarriage, school & behavioral problems, parenting, illness & caregiver stress, inter-faith relationships, infertility, depression, stress & anxiety, and adoption issues.

Michelle Fenley, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Child, adolescent, and adult counseling. School & behavioral problems, Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum disorders, parenting, depression, anxiety, families coping with illness or disability, relationships, grief & mourning, divorce & remarriage, and miscarriage/pregnancy loss.

Carolyn Lempert, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Adult and older adult counseling. Chronic illness, terminal illness, family & caregiver stress, relationship issues, depression, stress & anxiety, widowhood, retirement, long-term care needs, dementia, and grief & mourning.

Dennis Patterson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Child, adolescent, adult, and older adult counseling. Family conflicts, child/teen behavioral problems, depression, stress, trauma & illness, PTSD, ADHD, issues related to ethnicity, and serves as a Military Family Life Specialist/Consultant.

Arnold Unterbach, LCSW, BCD

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Adult and older adult counseling. Depression, family relationship issues, severe and persistent mental illness, borderline personality disorders, trauma, medical illness, caregiver stress, and addictions (alcohol, drugs).

Michelle Walter, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Adoption Specialist

Adult and older adult counseling. Grief & mourning, depression, stress & anxiety, relationship issues, LGBT issues, inter-faith relationships, infertility, intellectual & physical disabilities issues, divorce & remarriage, and adoption issues.

Elizabeth (Libby) Batten, MSW

Social Worker/Case Manager – Peninsula Office

Child, adolescent, adult, and older adult counseling. Parenting issues, long-term care needs, caregiver & family stress, anxiety & stress, depression, and grief & mourning.

Hours & Payment

In addition to daytime hours, we offer late afternoon and evening appointments for your convenience. Counseling is provided on a fee-for-service basis. JFS participates in most insurance programs and offer a subsidized sliding-fee scale for those who qualify.

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