Carolina Gayfield, MA, NCC

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Carolina Gayfield is a licensed resident in counseling who is committed to providing ethical, compassionate, and evidence-based services to clients struggling with life’s circumstances.  She strives to eliminate barriers to seeking mental health services by remaining culturally sensitive and offering sessions in English and Spanish.

Carolina Gayfield can help with:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Couples counseling
  • Self-Esteem

Carolina Gayfield is trained to address these different issues through evidence-based interventions such as:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a structured therapy that seeks to reduce the vividness and emotional disturbance associated with trauma memories. This reduction is made possible by having a client briefly focus on the memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched to be effective for treatment of PTSD symptoms and continuing research efforts show positive outcomes for anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing events (EMDRIA, 2022). 

At this time, EMDR is recognized by the following organizations for effective treatment for PTSD: American Psychiatric Association, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense of United States of America, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), World Health Organization, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a psychotherapy that aims to change thinking patterns that are believed to contribute to psychological problems. CBT seeks to change thinking patterns that will lead to change in feelings and behaviors. CBT increases a person’s ability to cope better with life circumstances by challenging the way the think, leading to reduction in symptoms and more functional in their lives (APA, 2022). CBT sessions will focus on education regarding the different thought distortions there are, exercises to challenging negative thinking patterns, and homework assignments that reinforce skills learned during sessions. The outcome for CBT is for a client to “be their own therapist” (APA, 2022) and utilize tools learned from sessions.

CBT has been researched and demonstrated to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, substance use, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness (APA, 2022).

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT is a therapy that focuses on teaching strategies that will enable individuals to master problem solving to cope with issues better. DBT has “four core skill sets” (DBT, 2022) that will make effective problem solving more attainable. These skills are mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal skills.

DBT is used to treat depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorders, addictions, eating disorders, and PTSD.

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Person Centered Therapy: Person centered therapy believes every individual has the “resources, strength, and power” towards change and healing. In this therapy, the relationship between client and counselor is emphasized due to the belief that growth can occur when a safe and trusty interpersonal relationship is present. In this therapy, you will find the counselor will provide empathetic listening, consistency, and unconditional acceptance. Goals for this therapy is for an individual to increase their self-acceptance and self-esteem.


Individual Session(50 minutes) $125 

Couples Counseling (50 minutes) $135

Family Counseling (50 minutes) $145

Emergencies/Weekend session (50 minutes) $250

EMDR (90 minutes) $150

EMDR (50 minutes) $135


Telehealth in VA

(757) 687-0332

Education & Training:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University

EMDR Basic Training

Carolina Gayfield Reaches

Virginia Beach VA
Norfolk VA
Fairfax VA
Newport News VA
Richmond VA