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Vanessa Washburn

Practicum Student

Supervised By
Dr. Garrett L. Woods, Licensed Psychologist
  • Practicum Student
Practice Locations
  • Central Office
Life Stages
  • Children, under 5 years
  • Children, 5-12 years
  • Adolescents, 13-17 years
  • College, Young Adults
  • Adults
Areas of Focus
  • ADHD/autism/developmental testing
  • Boundaries
  • Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
  • Faith and spirituality
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity and self-image
  • Pursuing Masters of Science, Clinical Psychology, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
  • Associate of Arts, Biblical Studies, Southwestern Assemblies of God University


People were never meant to walk through this life alone. We, as humans, have always needed and desired connection and good counsel. It is often so easy to feel loved when you're at your best, but loneliness can become overwhelming when we feel we are at our worst. Reaching out for help is the first step to meeting the need for reconnection. I strive to walk alongside clients while they find the means inside themselves to reconnect with both the self and with other people. My purpose is not to tell you what to do or where to go next. Instead, my purpose is to meet you where you're at and walk with you until you feel you've found your place and your people again.

As a student of psychology, Vanessa has spent the last 9 years in school, working toward a deeper understanding of what it means to be a helper. During that time, she has worked in a private library, resourcing people for both their research and their personal needs. She has been on two missions trips: A domestic trip to Baltimore, MD, where she led a small team in working with youth and underprivileged children, and a mental health trip to Lima, Peru, where she took part in speaking in schools about abuse, harassment, and keeping good boundaries. She has also participated in a variety of certification courses including youth mental health first aid, which allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of the specific problems that youth struggle with and how safe adults can help in crises.

During her free time, Vanessa enjoys finding new music to add to her playlists, and she hopes to be able to get back into reading books during her free time. She enjoys her family and loves going shopping or out to eat with her friends. She looks forward to a day when she'll get to go hiking and camping with her husband more regularly, and she almost always loves being outdoors when the weather is agreeable.

Additional areas of focus:
ADHD/autism/developmental testing
Child and play therapy
Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
Diagnostic testing
Eating disorders/body image
Faith and spirituality
Grief and loss
Group therapy
Guilt and shame
Identity and self-image
Life changes/transitions
Relationship issues
School-related issues
Social skills
Stress management
Testing and assessments
Women's issues, young women


  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification from Mental Health First Aid