Introducing our new staff

We are thrilled to introduce the newest members of our staff.

Elise Gibson, LCSW

Elise Gibson, LCSW

Andrea Perez, QMHP-C

Andrea Perez, QMHP-C

Elise Gibson, LCSW, is a Part-Time Therapist providing individual counseling on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. She provides a strength-based and empowerment-focused approach to treatment. She believes all people have a natural bend toward wellness and that therapy can help tap into those already present internal resources. She has a specific interest in the neurobiology of trauma and has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Andrea Perez, QMHP-C, is the Client Support and Referral Specialist, supporting therapists to find additional community resources for clients. She works at our Jefferson School City Center office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Andrea is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University in pursuit of a Master’s in Social Work and is passionate about being an agent of change in the community.

Learn more about our whole team on our staff page.

Help is available

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There has been a lot of difficult national news this week about suicide and struggles with mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling, know that help is available.

If you are in mental health crisis:

  • Twenty-four hours a day you can call Region Ten Emergency Services at (434) 972-1800, or dial 911.
  • Twenty-four hours a day you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Otherwise, for access to individual and group counseling:

  • For connection to local affordable mental health services through the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, call (434) 227-0641 or visit
  • The Women's Initiative has free walk-in clinics for women three days a week and throughout the week we have free support groups as well.
  • On Our Own, a peer support recovery center for people dealing with mental health challenges, offers support groups throughout the week. 123 4th St. NW, Charlottesville. (434) 979-2440 or visit