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About Me

Jerry Mize Headshot.

Hello! I'm Jerry, and I go by the pronouns he/him/his. Based in Richmond, VA, I proudly serve as a Resident in Counseling and a National Certified Counselor, diligently guided under the clinical supervision of Dr. LoriAnn Stretch. My academic journey led me through a foundational bachelor's and insightful master's in Psychology, culminating in a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Beyond my practice, I'm honored to contribute academically as a faculty member at George Mason University's Department of Psychology.

At the heart of Inner Odyssey Counseling lies a profound commitment to personal discovery and introspective reflection. Envision this space as a compass guiding you through the intricate pathways of life. My role? To listen, understand, and collaboratively steer the journey with you. Life's challenges, though daunting, become navigable with the right support. Together, we'll define your goals, even if they're initially unclear. By combining attentive listening with motivational nudges, I aim to empower you to sculpt a life infused with strength, clarity, and purpose.

Navigating life's intricate challenges can be daunting. From the depths of anxiety and the shadows of trauma to the vibrant spectrum of sexuality and identity, our individual journeys are peppered with varied experiences. If you've ever hesitated to voice concerns or felt alone in your quest for understanding, rest assured, you're in a safe haven here. My expertise extends to adults, couples, and individuals, including those within the LGBTQIA+ community or navigating polyamorous dynamics.

I specialize in:

  • Sex and Intimacy: Facilitating open conversations about desires, boundaries, and connections.

  • Sexual Identity and LGBTQIA+: Offering guidance and support for those exploring or affirming their identities.

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress: Helping individuals process, heal, and find resilience.

  • Anxiety and Panic: Providing tools and strategies to navigate and alleviate overwhelming emotions.

I also warmly welcome those facing:

  • Stress Management needs: Crafting personalized strategies to navigate everyday pressures.

  • Depression: Finding light and hope amidst feelings of sadness or despair.

  • Gender Affirmation (including letters): Assisting in steps of your affirmation journey.

  • Life Transitions & Men's Issues: Offering support during pivotal moments and unique challenges faced by men.

  • Self-Esteem Struggles: Building confidence and fostering self-worth.

 

... and more. Recognize that every concern you bring forth is met with sensitivity, alliance, and utmost respect. Continual education drives my practice, ensuring that I remain informed and competent, ready to address your diverse needs with efficacy and empathy.

Who I Work With

Therapy in chairs

My Approach

theraputic assessment

It is important to me that I am meeting you at your level. Using evidence-based and best practice approaches, We will work to find what will best fit your needs. Some of the approaches I utilize include:

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Thearpy

  • Person Centered Therapy

  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Credentials

Resident in Counseling (License # 0704014935)

Virginia Department of Health Professions, Counseling

 

National Certified Counselor (NCC #1584969)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Education

Master of Education (MEd) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of William & Mary (2022)

Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University (2018)

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (2016)

Associate in Science (AS) from Richard Bland College of William & Mary (2014)

Outside of the Office

While there are certain boundaries that come with a therapeutic relationship, I do think it is important for my clients to know a little about me and my character so they can feel comfortable and safe. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I understand what it's like work through finding your identity. It is my hope that this section lets you know that you are not alone.

 

I have a variety of interests that contribute to my self-care and non-work life. I enjoy reading fiction, movies, tv. I am a huge animal lover - I have a cat! I also love to spend time with those close to me and my step-children.  

Jerry Mize leaning on a tree

A peak inside the Office!

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