ABOUT US

Strength & Ease Psychotherapy was founded in 2018 by Rebecca Tedford. Rebecca believes every individual comes with his/her/their own unique experiences and needs, and created a practice to help adults and couples heal from painful experiences.. We utilize an eclectic set of modalities tailored to each person or couple, focused on building inner resilience, reducing anxiety and depression, and improving relationships. The therapeutic work is informed by the science of attachment, interactive, relational, and experiential.

Meet Our Team

Rebecca Tedford, LCSW, PMH-C
Founder and Owner of Strength & Ease Psychotherapy

Rebecca approaches her work with a strong foundation in the science of attachment and has extensive experience in crisis intervention and trauma-informed care, including EMDR. She also has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and is working toward EFT certification. In her work with couples, Rebecca is attuned to and tends to the needs of the relationship while helping each partner learn how to reach and turn toward the other. In addition, she has a certification in perinatal mental health, informing her support of individuals across the fertility and postpartum spectrum. She believes safe, secure relationships are the most healing across the lifespan. Her style is inviting, safe, and relational, with a sprinkle of irreverence.

License/Certification

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (VA license #0904009997, NPI #1851816003)
  • Perinatal Mental Health Certified – Postpartum Support International
  • Advanced training in and lifetime member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) 
  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma-informed care
  • Master’s in Social Work – New York University
  • Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Spanish – Drew University

To schedule an appointment with Rebecca, call 434.218.2634 or email rebecca@strengthandease.com

Julie Hannay, Master’s in Counseling intern
Available in August for private pay individual clients

Julie comes to this work as a former self-employed birth and postpartum doula, where she was honored to hold space for women in some of their most vulnerable moments. While she loved that work, she felt an urgency to walk a longer road with mothers. Her passion now is what she calls “the motherhood mismatch” – the idealization of the mother role as opposed to the reality women actually experience. She is passionate about helping mothers find ease as they navigate emotions stirred in the postpartum and parenting journey.

Education/Training

  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, Liberty University – Julie feels it important to note that although Liberty focuses on a Christian tradition, she is open to the truths of all traditions.
  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) 
  • Supervised by Rebecca Tedford, LCSW, PMH-C
  • Bachelor of Arts, areas of emphasis in mothering and community – Evergreen State College

Julie sees clients on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings. To be put on Julie’s waitlist for August, call 434.218.2634 or email hello@strengthandease.com

Evans Nexsen, Master’s in Counseling intern
Available in September for private pay individual clients

Evans approaches her work through the lens of attachment – how we cope in moments of disconnection with those we love the most – with empathy, cultural awareness, and validation around being a human – moreover, a parent. As a mother to young children herself, she understands the beauty and despair of parenthood. Evans melds her experience and training to support both women and men along the parenting path, from those struggling to conceive all the way to the parenting years.

Education/Training

  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, Northwestern University
  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) 
  • Supervised by Rebecca Tedford, LCSW, PMH-C
  • Bachelor of Art in Sociology – University of Virginia

Evans sees clients on Thursdays and Fridays. To be put on Evans’ waitlist for September, call 434.218.2634 or email hello@strengthandease.com

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