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Abel Vaughn- Valencia, MS, Resident in Counseling


Abel Vaughn- Valencia, MS, Resident in Counseling

Practice Location: 

Patterson & Virtual

Ages Treated:

Teens: 15+ Adults: 18+

Primary Areas of Clinical Interest & Expertise: 

· PTSD/ Complex Trauma
· LGBTQIA+ adults and youth
· Internal Family Systems (IFS)
· Mood/ Anxiety Disorders


Abel (he/him) is a Resident in Counseling and brand new to the Richmond community. A native Texan, Abel has lived in several cities throughout his career, including most recently Oklahoma City, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Austin before moving to Richmond with his partner and two cats in July 2024.

Abel has a passion for working with individuals, adolescents, and families in areas such as PTSD and complex trauma, grief and loss, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA+ issues, phase of life issues, and various mood and anxiety disorders. Abel provides a therapeutic environment using a range of counseling interventions primarily based in Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, as well as CBT, play therapy, and various trauma-informed techniques.

Abel recently completed his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Oklahoma and clinical internship at an agency specializing in trauma, sexual and physical abuse, and family violence. While in graduate school, he worked as the Student Life and Wellness Coordinator for the OU College of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The majority of his career was in field marketing, communications, and marketing strategy. Abel considers himself a life-long learner and enjoys reading, art and theater, and traveling.


University of Oklahoma Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licenses and Certifications:

Board Approved Licensure Supervisor: Sarah Kindig, LPC


While Abel can accept the following insurances under the supervision of Sarah Kindig, LPC, we recommend contacting your insurance company to determine if your plan has any restrictions or limitations:
- Anthem (Commercial and Medicaid)
- Aetna (Commercial)
- Cigna
- Molina Complete Care of Virginia Medicaid
- Sentara Community Plan (formerly Optima) Medicaid (no Commercial)
- United Healthcare Medicaid (no Commercial)

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