Jim McKinley-Oakes

LCSW

Location: 1020 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville 22903
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I provide therapy for children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I am committed to supporting my clients to live life more fully, and I am dedicated to helping families help children succeed.

Related Sites:
City of Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Therapy Charlottesville, VA

Counseling Willoughby, Franklin, University Heights, Barracks, Commonwealth, Townwood, Rio

Historic Charlottesville is steeped in U.S. history, and is also a family friendly city with lots of parks and recreational activities to appeal to young children and teenagers alike. Young children are intrigued by the Virginia Discovery Museum located right downtown at the east end of the pedestrian mall. At the museum, children aged 1-10 can tour a reconstructed log cabin, create a project in the art studio, or ride the child-sized carousel. Older children and teenagers may want to visit the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center to learn how the two famous explorers prepared for their historic trip west. In the summertime, families can cool off in the Washington Park Pool, located in Booker T. Washington Park in the center of town. The park itself has facilities to appeal to children and teenagers alike, with basketball courts, a multi-use field, a picnic shelter and a playground area. The park is also the site of an annual African-American Cultural Arts festival every summer.1

Mental Health in Charlottesville

The Women's Initiative is a local non-profit organization that offers many support groups specifically to educate women. The Healthy Relationships Group targets women that have been involved in an abusive relationship. The Exploring Power Groups gives women a chance to be empowered to make positive changes in their lives. The Living Well Group focuses on physical health issues, and is a great choice for women seeking to lose weight and gain energy. Call the Women's Initiative at 434-872-0047 for more information.2

Another great organization is SAARA, which helps people to overcome their addictions and associated problems. SAARA is a community-based organization that advocates for resources and services that help prevent drug and alcohol addictions from developing. The organization also seeks to improve communication between various treatment providers to ensure that those in need of help are not overlooked. Education and outreach programming informs the public about addiction and what needs to be done to address this important issue. Additional information about SAARA is available by calling 804-762-4445.3

Current Education

The Charlottesville City Public Schools provide a comprehensive education for both special needs students as well as those that are intellectually gifted. The district's gifted program, Quest, is open to students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade who have been identified as having an aptitude for math or English language arts. Students who display giftedness in the arts can participate in ArtsQuest beginning in grade five. All Quest participants attend classes with others in the program to ensure an opportunity for a challenging academic environment and the development of higher-order thinking skills.4 The district's special education programs are available for students who have an identified disability. Each student has an Individualized Education Plan that outlines the district's responsibilities in providing a least restrictive learning environment. Children up to the age of 21 are eligible for services.5


References

1. Wikipedia. (2014). Charlottesville, VA. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlottesville,_Virginia.
2. The Women's Initiative. (2014). Support Groups. Retrieved from http://thewomensinitiative.org/support-groups/.
3. SAARA of Virginia. (2011). About Our History. Retrieved from http://www.saara.org/about-us-history.php.
4. Charlottesville City Schools. (2014). Quest Program. Retrieved from http://www.ccs.k12.va.us/programs/quest/.
5. Charlottesville City Schools. (2014). Special Education and Student Services Department. Retrieved from http://www.ccs.k12.va.us/departments/sped-ss/.