Valley Counseling Services, Inc
Kirsten Herman received her B.S. in Nursing from UNC-Charlotte in 1984 and worked for three years as an R.N. in the ICU at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University-Bozeman, in 1992. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, Kirsten is a Licensed ProfessionalCounselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She has been in private practice since 1992 and has been with Valley Counseling Services since 1997. Kirsten enjoys working with a variety of adult issues.  Her areas of expertise include depressive and anxiety disorders, coping with medical disorders/chronic pain, childhood and adult trauma, and faith-based issues.  Kirsten assists clients in discovering their best selves and is a firm believer in post-traumatic growth.  She helps her clients view hardship as an invitation to transform and rebuild as they develop skills that are then a resource for the rest of their lives.  Kirsten works with ages 18 and up.  ​Contact Kirsten at extension 5, or you can email her at
​Sarah Hill is a Licensed Clinical social Worker who specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, LGBTQA+ issues, stress management, relationship issues, and couples counseling. She uses a person-centered approach to create appropriate and achievable goals towards personal growth and symptom management for each client. Sarah has worked with a variety of populations through individual and couples therapy to promote insight, communication, and personal strengths. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Radford University. Sarah works with ages 18 and up. 
Contact Sarah at extension 6, or you can email her at
Gwynn Polidoro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia. She is in the Academy of Certified Social Workers.  Gwynn has experience in the public and private sectors both in hospitals and outpatient settings.  She has had a private practice for over twenty years and has been with Valley Counseling Services since 1993 working with adults and adolescents.  She enjoys helping individuals and couples find and use their strengths and community resources to resolve or better manage the problems they bring into counseling.  Gwynn works with ages 18 and up.
Contact Gwynn at extension 1.
Jennifer Slone has been a resident of the New River Valley since 1993. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Radford University in 1994 and a Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology also from Radford University in 1997. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She joined VCS June, 2008. She has been working with adolescents, adults and families since 1995. She has over thirteen years experience working in intensive residential care with adolescents. Jennifer believes very much in helping people find their own answers and solutions from within. She believes that struggles are opportunities for growth and that behaviors are a form of communication. Jennifer works with adults and older adolescents.  Her interests and areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, women's issues, relationship issues, abuse recovery and mood disorders.
Contact Jennifer at extension 2 or you can email her at
Amber Carbaugh graduated from the University of Virginia College at Wise (2010) with a BA in psychology and her MA in Psychology and Human Development at Lyndsey Wilson College (2012). Amber has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia since 2017. Amber came on board at Valley Counseling in 2019 with 9 years previous experience in mental health and human services. Amber works with children, adolescents, and their parents, as well as individuals to help develop stronger relationships, coping skills, and improving daily function. Amber focuses on strengthening the therapeutic relationship through person centered strategies to encourage growth and comfort throughout the counseling experience. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered, and Play Therapy techniques are used to assist with overcoming obstacles such as trauma, depression, anxiety, parent-child conflict, relationship issues, self-harm/suicidal ideation, and mood disorders.  
Contact Amber at extension 4.
Jennifer Slone

Casey Henshaw graduated from Radford University with her BS (2001) in Criminal Justice and her MS (2003) in Counselor Education and Human Development.  Casey has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia since 2008.  Healing often happens through relationship, and Casey takes an approach that acknowledges trauma and attachment and helps individuals understand how it impacts current functioning at home, work, and school.  Casey works with adolescents and their parents, as well as individuals with needs related to anxiety, depression, mood disorders, self-harm, and relationship issues.  
Contact Casey at extension 7 or you can email her at
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