Serenity First Counseling PLLC

Elevating Peace

Shayla Ferris

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 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. I believe people strive to live the best life they possibly can. At times, life can throw in a few challenges and reaching out for help is not always easy. I am here to help! Together we can face those challenges and get you closer to your goals. I am passionate about partnering with individuals and couples in the therapeutic process to help them find their peace.

I have over 10 years’ experience working in various mental health settings including private practice, the community services board, crisis facilities and community-based services. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia State University, my master's degree from Liberty University specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, my post-graduate certificates from North Central University in Autism Education and Marriage and Family Therapy. I am Harvard Medical School trained in treating couples. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Using a collaborative approach, my goal is to provide a safe space to begin working towards change. I specialize in relationships and working with trauma. I am committed to excellence and providing culturally competent mental health services to the community.