Fig Tree Therapy

instilling hope and inspiring change

Christian Counseling

Fig Tree Therapy was founded in 2012 with the commitment to serve God through service to others. We are a diverse team of clinically trained, professional, Christian therapists who have a calling to bring healing to others and a desire to counsel based on the inerrant truth of the Bible. We hold a Judeo-Christian worldview and believe the Bible is the final authority on all things.  We do understand that not all of our clients hold these beliefs.  While our application may change based on our client, our value systems remain steadfast in the Word of God.  One of our goals is to help our clients recognize false beliefs and assumptions that prevent them from walking in freedom.

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.

We have witnessed the impact of trauma on a person’s body and mind, and how God can use psychotherapy as a tool in bringing relief and hope to many.  Most of us are trained in a psychotherapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; some of use Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.   We strive to faithfully incorporate these modalities under the authority of God’s Word and may adjust its application to “meet 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.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy that involves the treatment of trauma related symptoms including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  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.  Some of our therapists are able to provide intensive sessions, lasting 2-3 hours. We have witnessed the effectiveness of this approach for over a decade.  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.

What is DBT and how do we incorporate this approach? 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a structured, skills based approach originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD.  This approach involves learning skills to regulate emotions, navigate distress well and develop effective interpersonal skills.  Mindfulness is foundational to all of the other skills and utilizes the power of noticing the present moment with curiosity.  A dialectical approach encourages us to tolerate the tension of opposing emotions, views and behaviors while learning to dialogue with others with respect for their position.

Many of our therapists are trained in DBT and incorporate it in our individual sessions.

We offer an adult class that incorporates DBT principles while teaching about trauma and how it impacts the brain and body, attachment styles and lifestyle choices.

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 tinamotley@figtreetherapy.com 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. 

Emily Clifford, Director of Administration

Emily joined Fig Tree Therapy in 2015. In that time she has served as a part-time assistant, Intake Specialist, Practice Manager and now, as the Director of Administration.

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