Counseling Ministry of Charlottesville

Living with Courage

the back story

Diana Brawley is a licensed clinical social worker who works with teens, couples, men, and women struggling with the devaluation of self, depression, anxiety, anger, grief and overwhelming life transitions. Diana is also a Presbyterian clergy person. She aims to live with courage and commits to using her training and gifts to help others do the same.

Brawley received her MDiv and ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and her MSW from the University of Georgia. She has worked with young people, families, and adults struggling with a broad range of emotional issues both in outpatient and inpatient settings.

She is also a trained facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal, offering professional and personal renewal through retreats that offer time and space to reflect on life and work.

Her retreats use poetry and stories, solitude, reflection and deep listening. When we reconnect who we are with what we do, we approach our lives and our work with renewed passion, commitment, and integrity.

Her eclectic approach includes psychodynamic (connecting the painful past with current problems), cognitive (helping reframe negative beliefs about self and circumstances), narrative therapy (where our identities are shaped by the accounts of our lives in our stories) and a solution-focused therapy, at all times building on the unique strengths of each individual. Diana Brawley is passionately interested in the nexus of spiritual, mental and physical health.

Brawley also assists organizations through work with meditation, leadership training, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, creative evaluation, and system theory applications. She has lead seminars and training programs for congregations and organizations.

In 2009, Diana Brawley joined the Pastoral Counseling Services of Central Virginia and brought a counseling ministry presence to Charlottesville.   In less than two years, Diana initiated the Counseling Ministry of Charlottesville (CMC) and began seeing people in need in sacred spaces in and around Charlottesville. March of 2016, CMC found a home! We moved into Common Grounds, suite 2-c, and are surrounded by non-profits on the corner of Gordon Ave. and Rugby. For more information about how you can get started call 434-987-6097.

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