Kessler Psychological, LLC

Psychotherapy and Evaluation Services

Nikkiah Smith, LPC, LMFT

Nikkiah W. Smith was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. For as long as she can remember, she has always been concerned about the feelings of others. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be in the helping profession where she could have a positive impact on the lives of others. Nikkiah went on to study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, during which time she worked in a residential treatment facility. At the University of Tennessee she learned about the field of marriage and family therapy and decided that this was the area she wanted to pursue. After graduating, Nikkiah went on to receive her Master’s of Science in Human Development, with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Virginia Tech. Before and during her studies at Virginia Tech, she provided community and school based treatment to children, adolescents and families. During her internship, she provided outpatient counseling at the university clinic and school-based mental health services for a local multicultural non-profit agency in the Washington, D.C. area. Nikkiah then continued her work in community based and school-based settings, by providing individual, group and family counseling. She also provided these services in a group home setting for sex-offending adolescents. Nikkiah became licensed as a Professional Counselor in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2009. In 2013, she became licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia. More recently, Nikkiah worked as a Clinical Supervisor for a foster care agency in Northern Virginia and a community mental health agency in Norfolk and Suffolk, Virginia. She continues to provide outpatient counseling services to individuals, couples and families primarily from a cognitive-behavioral, strengths-based framework. She is interested in helping families and couples re-discover love and understanding and interested in helping individuals, young and older, access change that propels their lives into new and promising directions.

Breanne Fenning, MS, Resident in Counseling
Breanne Fenning was born and raised in Coudersport, PA. Her first class in psychology, combined with her own personal life experiences, quickly allowed her to realize that helping others through their life challenges was her passion. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University and then continued on to receive her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of South Carolina-Aiken. She gained clinical experience during her internship, providing individual psychotherapy, as well as conducting psychological testing for children and adults. She also led psycho-educational groups on parenting skills, anger management, and ADHD. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she began providing mental health services in a day treatment center with adults experiencing a range of psychiatric disorders, as well as community based mental health services within the home and school setting for children and adolescents. She has also continued offering psychological assessments and psychotherapy services. She incorporates a cognitive-behavioral and emotion-focused therapeutic orientation to provide services to individuals with a range of mental health issues, challenging them to explore their thoughts and behaviors in a safe environment and identify positive changes and skills to reach their fullest potential.

David Wisenauer, MSEd, Resident in Counseling

David Wisenauer grew up in upstate New York and in the Chicagoland area of Illinois before settling into Hampton Roads. From an early age David knew that he wanted to help others but lacked a specific direction for this passion. Upon being exposed to some psychology electives in school, the seed was planted, and David's desire to help people became rooted in the field of mental health. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. David completed clinical internships with the Norfolk Community Services Board intake and outpatient clinic, and Indian Creek Correctional Center's psychology department. He has worked in a residential treatment center with youth experiencing a broad range of psychiatric disorders and provided community-based mental health services throughout Hampton Roads. He is also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. David seeks to empower clients through a cognitive-behavioral framework, to make desired changes and lead more fulfilling lives.