Kessler Psychological, LLC

Psychotherapy and Evaluation Services

Jennifer Morgan, LPC

Jennifer Morgan grew up in the small town of Palmyra, Virginia. Growing up, Jennifer has always had a desire to help others, but did not find her true calling until college. While at college, Jennifer discovered her fascination for the mental health field after taking her first psychology course. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. After graduating, Jennifer took time off from school to work with children in the preschool setting and in a before and after care program. While working with children struggling with behavioral and emotional issues, Jennifer discovered she wanted to continue her education in the mental health field. Jennifer earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Adams State University in 2015. During her master’s program, Jennifer completed her internship with a community-based mental health agency providing therapeutic day treatment in inner-city schools in Richmond, Virginia. She also worked with adults teaching them independent living skills. After graduating, Jennifer moved to the Hampton Roads area in 2015, where she completed her residency as an intensive in-home clinician. While working with at risk youth, Jennifer provided both individual and family therapy. She utilized person-centered, play-based, art-based, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches to help empower and motivate change in clients and their families. Jennifer strives to help children, adults and families better their well-being using a non-judgmental and supportive approach and through helping clients better understand the relationship between their thoughts and feelings.

Adam Hanson, LPC

Adam Hanson was born in Albany, NY, and grew up outside of Boston, MA, as well as in Virginia Beach. After graduating from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, he spent several years working with college students on career development, as well as on employee training and staff development. It was while doing this work that Adam discovered his passion for mental health counseling, at which point he returned to ODU to earn an M.S.Ed in Counseling. After completing the program, he spent several years practicing intensive in-home therapy with children, adolescents, and families. Utilizing play-based, recreational, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and solution-focused approaches, he helped to facilitate growth and change in clients of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, Adam has continued his work with traditional and non-traditional college students, concentrating on developmental and transition-focused interventions. Adam has a specific passion for working with adolescents, teens, young adults, and LGBTQ populations, and enjoys finding creative solutions for facilitating transformations.

Sarah Kooiman, LMFT

Sarah Kooiman was raised in the Midwest, hailing from the great state of Wisconsin.  Her own experience with therapy in high school led her to pursue a degree in Psychology and Spanish at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  After graduating, Sarah spent two years working as a Bilingual Case Manager with adults diagnosed with serious mental illness in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area. Her passion for helping individuals in need motivated her to pursue her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  While attending graduate school, she worked alongside families who had children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and in the University's counseling center as a therapist working with children, adults, couples, and families. After graduating, Sarah moved to Florida with her husband where she worked in the community both doing intensive in-home with at-risk children and their families and with adults with severe mental illness. Sarah then moved to the Hampton Roads area where she has been working in private practice, and found particular interest in examining the influence of family, history, gender, religion, race, etc. on a person's life. She finds it both a pleasure and an honor to work with individuals, families, and couples to help them reach their goals, empower their true selves, and learn and develop their self-worth and confidence.

Laura Fultz, MS, Resident in Counseling

Laura Fultz grew up in Hudson, Ohio and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. While at Lycoming she worked as a Resident Advisor and volunteered as a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. From these experiences, Laura quickly realized she had a passion for helping others. After graduation,Laura gained experience working at a shelter for domestic violence and homeless women and their children. Additionally, she has worked with youth at risk for substance use/abuse. Laura spent the next 17 years being a stay-at-home mom with her two children. During this time, she volunteered in various capacities including, school PTA President, classroom parent, and Youth Group Leader at church. After becoming an "empty-nester", Laura chose to pursue her dream of earning her master's degree and becoming a mental health counselor. Laura earned her master's degree from Walden University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Clinical experience was gained during her internship by providing individual psychotherapy for youth and adults as well as administering psychological assessments. Laura enjoys working with all ages and incorporates a cognitive behavioral approach as well as solution-focused to help individuals reach their full potential.

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.

Alexander Shappie, BA, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate 

Alexander Shappie is a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. He moved to Norfolk in 2014 to begin his PhD after receiving his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Alex is actively involved in multiple research projects investigating how sexual stigma interacts with various aspects of identity to impact health, well-being, and interpersonal functioning among sexual minorities. In addition, he teaches undergraduate psychology students at Old Dominion University, which he enjoys very much. Alex has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, the Public-School System, Primary Care, and University Counseling Centers. He has experience conducting educational and cognitive testing with children, as well as neuropsychological assessments and ADHD evaluations with adults. Alex is particularly interested in working with young adults and individuals who identify as a sexual or gender minority, but has experience providing individual and group therapy services to adults of all ages and presenting concerns. He seeks to provide a space in which clients can navigate the obstacles in life that block their pathway to realizing their full potential, with an emphasis on identifying and correcting unhealthy relationship patterns.

Susan Eastman, LPC, ATR-BC, ATCS

As a teenager volunteering at a local hospital, Susan met an Art Therapist and first learned about the field of Art Therapy. From that moment on, Susan knew what she wanted to do with her life. Art Therapy uses integrative methods to engage the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone within a psychotherapeutic relationship. While completing her graduate degree in Art Therapy at George Washington University in the 1980s, Susan interned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. She went on to work for the state of Maryland at a residential facility for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents for over 9 years. There she gained skills in group therapy, expressive therapies, family therapy, trauma focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Susan taught Child Art Therapy at GWU and supervised interns in the GWU Art Therapy program for several years. Susan later returned to the classroom at Johns Hopkins University and became a licensed professional counselor. She spent many years contributing to her community through leading shelter groups for children and mothers fleeing domestic violence, working with families court ordered into treatment for DV and working as a school based mental health counselor through a non- profit program. For the past four years, Susan has worked in the Military Family Life Counseling program. Growing up in a Navy family and working with Military members and their children has given Susan a deep appreciation for today’s Military culture and the unique challenges and stresses these families face. Today, Susan remains true to her orientation of employing creativity in the therapy space with the primary goal of assisting individuals in expanding awareness and increasing integration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

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.