Fig Tree Therapy

instilling hope and inspiring change
We are a group of professional therapists who share a common goal of incorporating what we have learned to help others along their journey.  We are a diverse group from various backgrounds and experiences; we each draw on those experiences and our training to provide our clients with effective counsel.

Collectively, we understand how our life experiences shape our view of ourselves, others and the world around us.  One of our goals is to help our clients recognize false beliefs and assumptions that prevent them from walking in freedom.  Most of us specialize in faith-based trauma-informed counseling using EMDR. Some of us pull from different modalities including DBT, while others enjoy working with couples and families. Regardless, we understand the value of “meeting our clients where they are”.

Therapy requires active participation, honesty, commitment to change and the willingness to take responsibility for one’s own growth and development.  While we are clinically trained to treat various problems, we also understand not all problems are pathology.

Christian Counseling

Fig Tree Therapy was founded in 2012 with the commitment to serve God through service to others. Our team believes the mind, body and spirit are intrinsically linked and each component has a significant influence on the other. We believe in the sovereign power of God, His ability to bring healing to an individual, marriage and family and the value of following Biblical principles. However, we do not believe all human suffering is the result of our choices. We have witnessed the impact of trauma on a person’s body and mind, and the effectiveness of psychotherapy in bringing relief and hope to many. We are clinically trained and competent to treat a variety of mental and emotional disorders and will provide Christian based counsel only when initiated by our clients.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing involves the treatment of trauma related disorders such as PTSD and other anxiety related disorders. This type of therapy can be short term (dealing with a specific trauma) lasting 3-5 sessions or can be more intense if complex trauma is present. This approach recognizes that trauma memories are stored in the body and impact certain parts of the brain called the limbic system. By using dual attention stimuli (DAS), the memory moves from the limbic system to the cortex enabling the client and therapist to process the memory in a safe environment. This process allows the person to identify the negative and distorted beliefs associated with the memory and replace them with more accurate beliefs, thereby, desensitizing the intensity of the memory and its impact on core beliefs.

DBT Infused Trauma Group

Tina Motley, LCSW has been facilitating DBT groups for years and is also an EMDR consultant trained in many modalities.  She will be leading a 15 week group she has named “DBT Infused Trauma Group”. She will lead discussions and teach the application of concepts such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, attachment styles, brain science and lifestyle choices. It will begin on 9/14/22 and will continue Wednesdays online at 12p or Wednesday evenings at 6p in the Paragon office.  Each group is $50.  We are offering a discounted rate for full payment.  Please contact if you would like to attend or have any questions.

Meet Our Team

Tina Motley, LCSW & CEO

Tina Motley, LCSW graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 with a Master’s in Social Work and became licensed in 2009.

David Hawxhurst, LPC

David began counseling as a graduate of the Lay Counseling Institute in Northern Virginia.

Valerie Caleb, LPC

Valerie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Pamela Crepps, LCSW, CSSW, CTS

Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker, a Certified Trauma Specialist and is certified to provide clinical supervision in Virginia.

Kathryn Parker, LPC, NCC, CT & Clinical Director

Kathryn received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University and graduated with Honors in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University.

Caitlin Cavanagh, LPC

Caitlin works with children (ages 10+), adolescents, young adults and families with a wide variety of clinical issues including ADHD, anger/aggression, anxiety, conflict resolution, depression, family discord, peer relationships, PTSD, self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Michael Ingram, LPC

Mike graduated from Regent University (VA) where he received his Master’s degree in Counseling.

Scott Ellis, LPC, NCC

Scott is a married father of three and Licensed Professional Counselor who earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Christian Counseling and his Master of Education in School Counseling. He has a wide range of ongoing counseling experiences which typically involve helping people transform communication, behavioral and life patterns. 

Annie Abernethy, LPC

Annie grew up overseas to missionary parents and has lived in many unique situations, both abroad and Stateside.

Nicholas Junes, MDiv, MSW

Nick earned his Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston.

Annie Kennedy, LMSW

Annie is qualified by her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Covenant College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work.

Mary Davis, LPC

Mary’s experience includes working with adolescents (ages 13 and up) and adults for individual therapy, working with couples for couples therapy, and working with families for family therapy.

Alexandra Rankin, M.Ed

Alexandra completed her M.Ed in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has experience in community-based mental health, disability service in high education, and hospice care.

Emma Miller, MSW

Emma has her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She obtained her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jen Leftwich, MSW

Jen earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021, her Master of Arts degree in Trauma and Crisis Response Counseling from Liberty University in 2018, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Regent University in 2017. 

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