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$150-200 per session, but I reserve spots for low-income clients and am willing to negotiate with clients based on their unique situations.
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Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the projects of Portsmouth, VA. Some of the communities I lived in growing up are Madison Village, Academy Park, Ida Barbour, Jeffry Wilson, and Swanson Homes.
What personal challenges have you overcome or are working through as a result of your upbringing?
My trauma history includes poverty, spiritual abuse, rape, abduction, exposure to community violence, and dysfunctional family dynamics. I believe even therapists without as rich of a trauma history as mine can benefit from therapist - everyone can. That said, I have been receiving ongoing therapy since 2014.
What inspired you to become a therapist?
Initially, my aim was to figure out my family, then it became to figure out myself, and ultimately, it became to equip others' with self-awareness - the single weapon capable of breaking generational curses.
What are your specialties?
My clients present with a wide range of concerns, but the areas I am most intrigued by include work with survivors of spiritual abuse, individuals experiencing family dysfunction, and women wounded by dysfunction in their relationships with their mothers and daughters.
Dylesia Hampton Barner, LCSW is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur from Portsmouth, Virginia. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Norfolk State University in 2013 with a Master of Social Work. She is currently a Doctor of Social Work student at Millersville University. Dylesia owns Existence, Consciousness, Bliss Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Wellness Center, a mental health practice located in Nashville, Tennessee. She is also the Founder and President of Trap Therapist, a platform connecting mental health professionals from urban, low-income backgrounds with one another and with clients from marginalized communities. Passionate about using transparency to humanize therapists in a way that breaks mental health stigma, Dylesia regularly creates conversations around emotional healing, breaking generational curses, and the differences that exist within minority subcultures. She has traveled as far as to Europe to deliver presentations to practitioners and laypersons on topics such as spiritual abuse, a form of religious trauma that often impacts vulnerable populations. In 2019, Dylesia founded MESH, Inc., a non-profit organization offering programming aimed at introducing elementary, middle, high school, and college students to healthy mental, emotional, and spiritual practices to positively influence their behavior and interpersonal interactions and increase their likelihood to enter the workforce in wellness and mental health-related fields. Also in 2019, she launched COCO Conference, an event series aimed at healing the minority mother-daughter dynamic by hosting programming that focuses on developing a healthy middle ground between co-dependency and estrangement. Dylesia's first book Encouragement at Your Fingertips: 365 Days of Inspiration is available on Amazon and she continues to develop self-help and Christian devotional content through her social media platforms.