Vanessa Lumpkin, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor #15949
Accelerated Resolution Therapist
Here at Gilstrap & Associates, we delight in featuring counselors from our Orlando office that have gone above and beyond, shown exceptional care and proven why they deserve this honor. We hope to give you an insight into their personal and professional lives by asking them a few quick questions, so you can see just why we're so proud of them.
Tell us about your education and professional counseling experience.
I have a bachelors degree in psychology and a master’s degree in professional counseling. I have been counseling since 2015.
What would you consider your specialties in counseling?
I specialize in the treatment of trauma. I am professionally trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM). Both of these treatments significantly reduce or eliminate the symptoms of PTSD. I also specialize in diagnosing and helping people with ADHD as well as anxiety disorders.
Why did you decide to become a counselor?
I decided to become a counselor because I realized it was my calling to walk along side people who were struggling in life in some capacity. We are relational beings and we all need someone to listen to us and to feel connected to. While I don’t profess to be a fixer of people’s problems, I do see my calling as someone who can help bear another’s burden so their load does not have to feel as heavy.
What, in your opinion, are the benefits of counseling?
The benefits of counseling are vast. Counselors provide an ear for others to be heard and to process their own thoughts and feelings with a trusting, caring person on the outside of themselves that can offer a separate perspective that might offer insight that has the potential to be life-changing.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not counseling?
When I am not counseling I like to spend time with my family. I love watching movies and reading good books. I always like to try new things, so going some place I have never been or eating at a new restaurant is always a nice experience for me.