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Meet Our Therapists

Our therapists serve participants and providers in UVA Health - Population Health Department's Interactive Home Monitoring (IHM), UVA-Aetna Medicare Advantage, and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) programs. Please read more about our therapists below:

Meet Jody Sweeney, LCSW | Psychotherapist
, 434-297-7190

Clients coming to see me are generally in one of three categories: 1) People who are unhappy and know why. They have experienced loss, mistreatment, oppression, trauma, major illness, discrimination, or other experiences that they identify as the source of their distress; 2) People who are unhappy and don't know why. They may feel depressed, anxious, or dissatisfied with their lives and not know the reason; 3) People who feel okay but want to come to life more fully and feel even better.

I specialize in helping adults safely and gently recover from challenging events and traumatic experiences. Therapy sessions are emotionally safe, empowering, and interactive. I use healing and recovery models of therapy that respect my clients' strengths and potential.

 

I have practiced the mind-body connection since the 1980’s including a ten year adjunct faculty position teaching body focused psychotherapy at the Rubenfeld Synergy Center. I use short term and long term methods including brief solution-focused therapy, Gestalt therapy, EMDR, and other mind-body modalities.

IssuesTreatment ApproachesCommunities
Anxiety & Depression
Stress Reduction/Coping Skills
Life Transitions
Trauma
Anger Management
Work/Life Balance
Chronic Illness
Chronic Pain
Coping Skills
Grief
Life Transitions
Relationships
Self Esteem
Sexual Abuse
Mind-body approaches
Mood Disorders
Attachment-Based
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Compassion-Focused
Culturally Sensitive
EMDR
Emotionally-Focused
Expressive Arts
Gestalt
Humanistic
Integrative
Motivational Interviewing
Narrative
Person Centered
Positive-Psychology
Relational
LGBTQI+ Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Veterans Allied
Body Positivity

Meet Arminda Perch, MBA, MSW* | Counselor
, 434-297-5839

I am currently studying clinical social work at Widener University with a concentration in trauma and have entered my specialization year. Widener’s MSW program is CSWE-accredited and follows a trauma-informed, clinical model that promotes a social justice lens. My philosophy is that every individual has strengths to build on and can be empowered, even when there are only a few resources available to them. I strive to collaborate with individuals on ways that they feel would best help them to navigate their struggles.

I enjoy working with adults, seniors, and disabled individuals who may be feeling overwhelmed, “stuck,” or who feel that their stress, health, or history of trauma adversely affects their current function and mood. I also work with individuals to address the wounds and distress associated with racism, discrimination, and marginalization and committed to creating culturally-sensitive spaces where individuals feel seen, heard, and understood. I believe in helping individuals to increase their self-confidence and to feel more in control as they seek contentment and to live the best life they possibly can. I view life as a journey that’s full of unexpected ups and downs, and I feel honored to support individuals to cultivate strengths, skills, and hope to keep them moving up and forward on their life paths.

IssuesTreatment Approaches

Caregiver-Burden
Racially-Based trauma - racism, prejudice, discrimination, bias, oppression etc.
Building confidence in managing chronic disease
Navigating community resources/Self-Advocacy
Negative Self-talk/Self-Esteem
Stress
Loneliness/Isolation
Case management
Depression
Grief
Spirituality
Trauma/PTSD

Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Culturally Sensitive
EMDR
Empowerment-Focused
Motivational Interviewing
Narrative
Person-Centered
Positive Psychology
Strengths-based
Solution-Focused
Written Exposure Therapy (WET)