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Introducing: Ernest Swanson, and Hayley Dodd

As we head into the new year we are excited to share that we have had a couple new therapists join Calming Wind Counseling Services! They bring with them experiences from community based mental health agencies, and outpatient therapy. We encourage you join us in happily welcoming Ernest Swanson, LPC, and Hayley Dodd, LPC to Calming Wind Counseling Services!

New Providers

Ernest Swanson, LPC

Ernest Swanson is a licensed professional counselor who comes from a background working community mental health services such as mental health skill building in Southwestern Virginia. Ernest is passionate about helping others and is looking forward to helping those in his local area gain access to outpatient therapy services through telehealth.

Ernest encourages his clients to reach out and express their emotions saying, "Life can be difficult at times, especially when we feel isolated or alone." Ernest has extensive experience working in psychiatric settings with clients ranging from children to adults. Ernest uses evidence-based techniques proven to be effective in treating multiple mental health issues. Ernest wants his clients to know "I’m passionate about helping others and look forward to talking with you."

Hayley Dodd, LPC

Hayley Dodd is a licensed professional counselor with extensive experience working with children, families, and adults in both private and non-profit sectors of the mental health field. She specializes in working with clients coping with trauma, issues of loss and change, anxiety, depression, and the essential human tasks of: self-development, growth in relationships, and discovering meaning and purpose.

Hayley uses a fusion of: Cognitive-Behavioral techniques to help clients map out, organize, and build insight around their habitual thought and behavior patterns, so that the opportunity for more empowered beliefs and actions can be developed; somatic work to help clients befriend and reestablish safety in their bodies, therefore building up confidence, compassion, and the ability to cope with stress; and psychoeducation, Gestalt, and Internal Family Systems techniques to aid clients in getting to know or shifting their perspective on their emotions, so they can then better translate (and thus meet) their needs, and integrate difficult experiences. Hayley shares, "I find my approach to therapy is most effective with those who are navigating life transitions, such as grief, trauma, young adulthood, and changes in relationships, as well as those seeking to know themselves on a deeper level for the purposes of growth and development."

Hayley expresses that she wants her clients to know that "I’m a big believer in only being able to facilitate their growth and healing to the point I’ve been willing to go myself. Maybe our details are different, but I’ve been there, as they say, and I find this work of facilitating others’ healing one of the greatest privileges of my life."

An Invitation from Calming Wind Counseling

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Ernest, Hayley, or any of our other clinicians you can call 804-416-5052 to speak to our staff, register on our online client portal by clicking "New Clients" or clicking here, or send an email to in order to schedule your first appointment.


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