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Hope Porter, LCSW

Hope is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and play therapist who has spent the past several years providing trauma-informed child and family therapy for children ages 3-17 in the Richmond Metro community. With extensive training and experience in trauma-informed care and expressive therapies, Hope is passionate about supporting children with post traumatic growth and resilience. As a play therapist, Hope speaks the language of childhood and treats children as young as 3. She has experience providing therapy to youths in various life contexts including outpatient, schools, homes, and community-based settings. Hope has worked with a variety of populations, including individuals who have experienced foster care/adoption, immigration, intimate partner violence, community violence, addiction, and homelessness.

Hope works with children and adolescents ages 3-18 and utilizes play, sand tray, and expressive therapies to address a variety of issues including trauma, family stressors, life transitions, self-esteem & confidence, mood dysregulation, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, healthy/unhealthy relationships, social anxiety, and boundary issues. Hope believes that children must feel present and positively connected to their bodies and the present moment in order to feel more positively connected to their environment and within their relationships. For that reason, Hope frequently integrates mindfulness-, sensory-, and movement-oriented relaxation activities into her work with youths of all ages. Hope received training in play and sand tray therapy from the Starbright Institute and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

Hope enjoys working with children, in part, because she also finds working with their parents and caregivers to be a very important, and rewarding, part of her therapeutic work. Hope takes a family systems and attachment approach in working with youths and is enthusiastic about supporting children and caregivers through issues related to parent-child attachment, bonding, communication, boundaries, and trust. Hope believes that the parent-child relationship is the most critical tool for empowering children to cope, heal, and grow. Hope approaches therapy with children in a family-focused manner, preferring to partner closely, and work collaboratively, with parents throughout the therapeutic process. 

Hope is LGBTQIA-affirming, educated, and trained. 

When Hope is not working, she enjoys going for a run in Richmond’s beautiful parks, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and home decorating projects.

 

Education:

Master of Social Work- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Bachelor of Science- Guilford College, Greensboro, NC 

 

 

Email: [email protected]

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