ABOUT

Kheia Hilton M.A. LPC

Ms. Hilton is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia, a Board Certified TeleMental Health provider (BC-TMH) and has been a mental health clinician for several years treating a wide range of symptoms.

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 several years helping people experiencing a wide range of mental health symptoms as an emergency services therapist. Though Ms. Hilton valued her work providing emergency mental health care in the public sector, she has dedicated her practice to helping people by giving them the tools they need for mental wellness before they are 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 can help her clients achieve this by reducing the stress and anxiety that often rob clients of the freedom necessary to thrive in both their personal and professional lives.

 

Through her experience providing counseling services in a range of settings from emergency mental health to university counseling centers, Ms. Hilton fully understands many of the challenges people experience. These experiences have helped Ms. Hilton develop a unique counseling style that integrates skill-building therapeutic techniques, self-exploration, and psycho-education into all services provided. This therapeutic style helps clients become knowledgeable about the symptoms they are experiencing and the form of treatment that will be used to garner the best possible results.

 

The decision to specialize in treating anxiety and stress management came easy, as many people express how their more significant mental health issues were triggered by the build-up of smaller stressors and life events that were not adequately addressed. In addition to helping people through general life transitions, treating stress and anxiety, we also treat trauma. Christian counseling services are also available by client request.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety                              Stress Management                       Trauma 

Left untreated, anxiety can be debilitating. The constant worry of 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 symptoms of excessive worry that is difficult to control, restlessness or feeling on edge, easily fatigued (tired), difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, as well as, sleep and appetite disturbance.

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

 

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 their lives.  

 

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 in a healthy and effective way so it does not negatively affect one’s 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. There are times when our brain may have difficulty healing and that is what causes PTSD. 

There are several treatments that work well with treating trauma such as EMDR and Brainspotting

At Ascension, the use of EMDR and/or Brainspotting will 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 in everyday life