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Charis is accepting new clients with Cigna, Aetna, Healthkeepers Plus, Optima/Aetna Medicaid, and Sentara.

Charis Potoczek

Resident in Counseling, M.Ed

Hi! My name is S. Charis Potoczek.

I have been practicing in the field since 2015, working with adolescents and adults struggling with relationship and communication issues, unresolved trauma, anxiety, self esteem issues, depression, dissociative symptoms and disorders, bipolar disorders, addiction, personality disorders, and adjustment disorders. Throughout my work, I am committed to social justice for all people.

My theory of counseling integrates Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. Many researchers suggest that belonging is our most fundamental need. Due to difficult and traumatic life situations, we can develop a roadmap of responses to our relationships that leaves that belonging need unmet, leading to troubling symptoms and dysfunctional coping. Shame from those experiences can distort our reality and paralyze us from taking initiative to get our needs met. And maybe, we are so blinded by our shame that we do not even know what those needs are. Sometimes, the path to healing involves identifying that dysfunctional roadmap, connecting with your authentic self, unlocking the shame, and empowering you to develop a new roadmap so that you can face your life and loved ones with courage, resilience and wholeheartedness.

I accept Cigna/Evernorth, Medicaid Anthem/Healthkeepers PLUS, Medicaid Optima, and Self-Pay Clients.

The services I offer include:

For individuals (Ages 14+):
· Anxiety
· Self-Esteem
· Adjustment and Life Transitions
· Substance Use/Recovery
· Trauma
· Depression
· Personality Disorders
· Bipolar 1 & 2

S. Charis Potoczek, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling

Credentials & Training


Masters of Education in School Counseling, with a focus on Addictions Counseling (2018)
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology (2015)
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

Professional Positions

Counselor, Therapy Owls, Williamsburg, VA (2023-present)
Counselor, Thrive Therapy, Williamsburg, VA (2022-2023)
Substance Abuse Therapist, The Farley Center, Williamsburg, VA (2019-2021)
School Counselor, Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA (2020-2021)

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