Therapy on Your Terms!

Specialized in Trauma and PTSD! It starts with a conversation!

Something bad has happened, to you or around you. You’ve been trying hard to avoid the thoughts and feelings associated with this event but you’re constantly reminded of it. Maybe you’ve tried to share your experience without being understood—now you feel alone. Your experience is impacting the way you feel about yourself and your interactions with others.

You find yourself thinking negatively about the world around you and you just wish the past hadn’t happened. You can’t change it, though, and it’s making you feel physically sick and out of balance. You are trying your hardest to pull yourself together, to move on, but you’re stuck and tired of feeling bad.

Maybe you have taken steps in the past. You’ve done a great job researching your situation and reading about different ways you can manage your problems. Maybe you tried yoga or meditation and found some relief. You’ve done your best to hold it together, but you still feel out of control, stuck in the grip of your emotions. You have decisions to make, though, wounds to heal, and you are tired of pretending that you have it all under control.

You don’t have to anymore.

Therapy can change your life!

I am here to offer a safe space and to honor the risk you take in sharing your story with me: to honor your past and validate your experience. I will help you to move out of your isolation and to reclaim your voice. I will never push you to share anything you’re not ready to say out loud, however. I understand the risk you’re taking in revealing your experience to me while working towards healing.

Together, we will look at how you have been managing your pain and seek relief from anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, attachment wounds, and grief. We will develop a system that will allow you to grow into the person you want to be by increasing your insight into your situation, relationships, limiting beliefs, and ineffective coping mechanisms. Together, we can process your trauma so your mind and body no longer go into overdrive.

I will provide you with the education to help you understand how your past can manifest in your feelings and behavior long after an initial experience. Through  working together, your situation will become clearer—you can stop feeling like you are losing it.

Please, know that what has happened was out of your control. You are not your symptoms—you are so much more, and through therapy, you will strengthen your understanding of your experience and express your real feelings so you can move forward.

How We’ll Get There

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a set of standard protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of adverse life events, trauma, and building confidence.


Experiential Therapies such as:

Writing and Poetry Therapy


Ecotherapy (Natur based therapy)

Yoga-CBT and Kundalini Yoga Meditations

If you’ve decided that you don’t want to do this alone anymore therapy can change your life. With the help of counseling, you can make those changes that you’ve been waiting for, and I am here to help.

Hi! I am Ilona.

Ilona Schenk-Cherry

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Mental Health Professional – Supervisee (LMHP-S), licensed in Virginia. I specialize in working with adults around concerns of primary and secondary trauma/PTSD, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, childhood trauma, anxiety, stress, self-confidence, life-transitions, pregnancy, relationships, and careers. I offer in-office and tele-mental health through an online secure platform in Richmond, VA and anywhere in Virginia.

As a clinician I have speciality training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy, Flash Technique, Mindfulness, Writing/Journaling Therapy, and Maternal Mental Health (Pregnancy/Postnatal).

If you are struggling with any of these issues and are looking for an accessible, in-office and online therapist in Richmond and anywhere else in the State of Virginia, please reach out!

One thing I know for sure is that there is nothing wrong with asking for help.

I know it can be scary to seek counseling and to let someone else into your life. On the one hand, you want someone to talk to and get feedback, but on the other, you are not even sure where to start or how to open up. 

You don’t have to figure this out all yourself. I will help you navigate the storm and clear your mind so you can follow your heart. I am in your corner: you don’t have to do this alone. 

You can feel whole again. I am here to help you rediscover yourself, to find meaning in your story, and to transform your present and future.

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