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Dr. Anthony H. Bruder, Ph.D., LMFT, L.P.C. — professional counselor in Virginia Beach VA
Dr. Anthony H. Bruder, Ph.D., LMFT, L.P.C.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/Licensed Professional Counselor
Hi. I'm Dr. Tony. I received a master's Degree in counseling in 1970 and a Ph.D. in marriage and family studies/therapy from Purdue University in 1972. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1977. I then went into private practice in 1982 and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1998. I work with a variety of adult, adolescent and child patients, and specialize in relationship counseling with couples and families, emphasizing communications!
Areas of Expertise
I'm good at changing and adapting every day and learning from the people who come to me And that's what makes me happy That's why I continue to counsel; and it only gets better Who would want an unhappy therapist?

I was a Priest, a High School Teacher and a high school Athletic Director
A much in love husband
A parent and mentor
A college professor
Here's how I counsel: I listen, I interact and I listen
I value you and me and the universe
My blog name is Dr. Tony
On different days I write about Love, Peace and Joy, spirituality and more
Counseling is all about finding Love, Peace and joy and making them your own
What a journey it will be. And it will be all yours, totally yours!
Get to know me better by engaging my Blog

Dr. Anthony H. Bruder, Ph.D., LMFT, L.P.C. — professional counselor in Virginia Beach VA
Dr. Anthony Bruder is a Psychotherapist who is licensed as a Professional Counselor, LPC and Marriage and Family Thrapist, LMFT, and owns and works at Bruder Counseling Center with seven other therapist. He is a graduate of Perdue University.
Lisa M. Willard, M.S., L.P.C. — professional counselor in Virginia Beach VA
Lisa M. Willard, M.S., L.P.C.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Welcome! Since you have found yourself on this page, you most likely have already been considering that you need changes in your life. And yet, you may not know where to start, are feeling stuck, or possibly scared and anxious. Actually, it is the most natural thing to resist change because we can all get scared or anxious about the unknowns. Mary Shelley, author of "Frankenstein" once wrote, "Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change." Fortunately, any person can learn to cope with fear and anxiety about change. In therapy you establish goals to become more confident, improve your self-esteem, and believe in yourself! When you have decided to make an appointment to talk to a therapist, keep in mind that you only need to be willing to change, even if you don't feel ready. You most likely will not yet know HOW or even WHAT to change, but that's what we'll figure out together! After all, we are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.
Areas of Expertise
Survivors of Abuse, Women's Issues, Relationships and Family
Life's not just about surviving, it's about thriving. It's also about recovery, healing, coping and truly living. Whether it's childhood abuse, domestic violence, verbal or emotional battering, physical or sexual abuse, or assault, it will continue to affect a person in daily life. Only with deliberate recovery and healing process will the affected person finally realize her or his potential in life. Let's talk about living in the present, your physical and mental well-being, closeness in relationships, forgiveness of yourself, letting go and the enjoyment of your life!
Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Eating Disorders
Many of my specialty areas are interrelated and it is common for people to come to therapy with multiple areas to work out. Fortunately, we can address multiple areas together. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a very successful way to address multiple mental health conditions. Albert Einstein once said, "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."

Other special counseling and therapies: Also ask me about my experience working with stress management, communication, military issues - including deployment or reintegration, ADHD, Trichotillomania and PSP.
Melanee Castillo, MA, — professional counselor in Virginia Beach VA
Melanee Castillo, MA,
MA, NCC, Resident in Counseling
Hi, I'm Melanee Castillo and I am dedicated to helping the client by meeting the client where they are and progressing towards established goals. The client should set the tone. Everyone should have the opportunity to live a guilt free life and live in peace and harmony. Counseling is my passion.
The 20 years I served in the Navy is how I discovered I enjoyed counseling and wanted to become a counselor. I mentored numerous young sailors and realized I had a passion for helping others work through their problems and reach a solution. The progress they made both personally and professionally was rewarding. Even though my technical job was to control aircraft, I preferred walking the decks and hallways talking to people. To encourage, listen, and support another human is much more satisfying.
Areas of Expertise
Military separation and deployment, Single-parenting, Divorce, Grief and loss, Equal opportunity in the workplace, Spirituality.

I have field experience in counseling victims and offenders of domestic violence, shoplifting offenders, Solicitors of prostitution, and women who are prostitutes. I also have field experience working with adolescents. I have specialized training in areas of trauma, leadership, mentoring, and co-parenting.
  • Eye Movement Integration (EMI)
  • Military Child, Trauma Training: Trauma Informed and Complex Trauma
  • Emotionally Intelligent Counselor
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy )TCBT)
  • Co-parenting
  • Goal Setting, Spirituality in Counseling: Psychological Implications
  • Working Without & Questioning Youth
  • Human Sexuality, Immigration & Cultural Competency
  • Working with Survivors: Why Do They Stay
  • Posttraumatic Growth
  • House Tree Person
  • Sand Tray
Elizabeth Papa- M.Ed, Ed.S, LPC, RPT — professional counselor in Virginia Beach VA
Elizabeth Papa- M.Ed, Ed.S, LPC, RPT
Registered Play Therapist
Hello! I'm Elizabeth and I look forward to getting to know you. I hold the relationship between therapist and client in high regard and believe a positive, collaborative, therapeutic relationship is essential to the healing and growth process. I will strive to provide a warm and comfortable environment in which clients are free to explore themselves and their relationships and meet their specific goals. I work to promote understanding, compassion, healing, growth, and balance in the lives of my clients. I also hold the belief that there are many ways to approach therapy and will work with you to find what fits to your specific needs and goals.
Areas of Expertise
Play Therapy for Children and Adolescents

“Children communicate through play. It's their language!” Through Play Therapy, children and adolescents are able to more fully express their emotions and experiences. Through this expression, they can resolve traumas, work through developmental delays and milestones, learn, adopt coping skills, and increase their ability to create positive, healthy relationships. As a Registered Play Therapist, I can work with children as young as 6 months old through early adolescence using Child-Centered Play Therapy techniques. For more information on Play Therapy and its benefits, please visit the Association for Play Therapy at
  • Parenting & Co-Parenting Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Dynamics
  • Post-Partum Depression & Anxiety
  • Stress Management & Distressed Tolerance
  • Self-Harm Behaviors
  • DBT, CBT, Mindfulness & Creative Therapies