Meet Our ACP Counselors
Katja Engel-Hughes is a graduate student of clinical mental health counseling at Liberty University. She has earned a B.S. degree in Business and Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After having worked for more than ten years as a Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales Representative for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Katja took time off to raise her children before pursuing her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Liberty University. Her anticipated graduation date is December 2020.
Katja draws on fundamental psychotherapy and counseling approaches that facilitate insight, compassion, and understanding into one’s own thoughts and experiences. Katja believes providing clients with a safe and trusting environment is crucial in helping clients develop personal growth, self-awareness, acceptance, and self-compassion in order to overcome life challenges and provide clients with therapeutic tools to achieve greater peace within themselves. Understanding each client has their own unique needs and goals, Katja provides a personalized holistic counseling approach to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Through the techniques of acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness therapy, Katja aspires to support clients to develop and work toward achieving personal goals, as well as providing clients with tools to become more aware of the connections between the body and mind.
Susan follows an Integrative and Holistic approach to mental health counseling. She believes the impact of physiological stressors on one’s mental health are sometimes overlooked and resources which bring a client strength and meaning can be holistically integrated into therapy. When working with client’s struggling with anxiety, she has noted the value of addressing an “overreactive” alarm system which may have been ingrained early in life. She has seen anxiety reduced in clients through mindfulness and the practice of breathwork.
CMHC offers Affordable Counseling Program (ACP). We provide high-quality counseling services as low as $25/session, on a limited basis, to clients who lack health insurance or whose health insurance doesn’t provide adequate mental health benefits. These clients often are children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 26 years that can not afford the market rate. We believe that no person should be deprived of mental health services. Please refer to the Affordable Counseling Program (ACP) when you call or message to inquire about current availability.