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ABOUT

Kheia Hilton M.A. LPC

Ms. Hilton is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a Board Certified TeleMental Health provider (BC-TMH). She is also an EMDR-certified therapist and Internal Family Systems level one trained.  

Ms. Hilton has earned a B.A. in Sociology from Hampton University and an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

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Ms. Hilton has spent over a decade providing counseling services to people experiencing a wide range of mental health symptoms in her various roles as a mental health counselor. Though Ms. Hilton valued her work providing mental health care in the public and private sectors, she has dedicated her practice to giving millennials the tools needed for mental wellness before they find themselves in a mental health crisis. Ms. Hilton decided to follow her passion for preventative care and symptom management by helping young adults learn and apply the skills that will allow them to live the life they have always dreamed of. Ms. Hilton helps her clients reduce stress and anxiety by treating the trauma that often robs them of the freedom needed to thrive in their personal and professional lives.
 
The decision to specialize in treating the trauma that manifests as anxiety, stress and low confidence came easily to Ms. Hilton. Over the years, many clients expressed how their more significant mental health issues were triggered by the build-up of minor stressors and life events that were not adequately addressed sooner. In addition to helping people through general life transitions and treating stress and anxiety caused by trauma, we can apply a Christian counseling worldview to treatment at the client's request.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety                                         Stress                                Trauma 

Left untreated, anxiety can be debilitating. The constant worry about things that have happened in the past or things that could possibly happen in the future can stop people from living their lives as freely and fully as they would like.

 

Many people who experience anxiety report excessive worry that is difficult to control, restlessness or feeling on edge, easily fatigued (tired), difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, sleep, and appetite disturbance.

Since we specialize in treating anxiety, we know the tools that work best to get you the best results possible.

 

Stress is unavoidable and affects everyone. The key difference between those who appear to be able to thrive through stressful situations and those who seem to really struggle through it is how each person copes with stress.

 

People use many coping mechanisms in an attempt to manage stress, but all coping skills are not healthy. It is important to evaluate both the short and long-term effects of the coping skills used to ensure they are having positive effects on your life.  

 

Ascension focuses on teaching personalized and effective ways to manage stress in a way that works for you. It is important to begin learning the necessary skills to manage stress healthily and effectively so it does not negatively impact your mental and physical health.

Many people experience traumatic events at one point in their life or another. While trauma does not always result in PTSD, it can still have an impact on your life if left unresolved. 

An amazing thing about our brain is that it knows how to heal itself from traumatic experiences the same way our bodies know how to heal from a cut or a bruise. However, there are times when our brain may have difficulty healing, and that is what causes PTSD. 

Several treatments work well with treating trauma, such as EMDR, IFS, and Brainspotting

At Ascension, we most often use EMDR and/or IFS to help the brain process difficult materials by helping to facilitate the natural healing process of the brain. 

We also provide psychoeducation to teach each client about trauma, the impact of trauma on the brain, and some of the ways that our brain functions to keep us safe but may be causing difficulties throughout  everyday life

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