“We Cannot Control the Wind, but We CanDirect the Sail"-Alicia

Avail outpatient counseling™

 Dr. B’s passion for life, education, and fitness are contagious to everyone who encounters her energetic, motivational, and inspiring personality. Dr. B. is proud of her accomplishment of  receiving her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University, working full-time, while raising her son as a single parent. In addition, Dr. B. has over 17 years of experience in the education field. She served as teacher, principal, administrator in PreK-12 settings, and Director of Family Engagement. She knows first hand how it feels to be overwhelmed and stressed.  It is that reason that she has dedicated her life to helping and empowering others achieve their goals as an Empowerment Coach and Availfit™ Instructor. As an Empowerment Coach, Dr. B. 's expertise are in the areas of:

  • health and wellness,
  • work-related stress,
  • sexual health,  
  • intimate relationships,
  • women's issues,
  • parenting, 
  • LGBT topics, and
  • weight management.


You can easily book Dr. B. for your corporate or wellness event to inspire your group to live a well-balanced life by emailing availcounseling@gmail.com.


Dr. B. joined forces with her business partner Tangee Moore to develop a unique holistic health and wellness program called Availfit™. With over 20 years of dance experience and a nationally certified fitness instructor, her fitness classes have been branded as Dr. B.’s Therapy because at the close of class your mood is enhanced, your self-esteem is boosted, and you feel rejuvenated! Her popularity has gained momentum and weekly she provides “therapy” to hundreds of people every week.


“Shift Your Perception to Create a New Reality." -James

the AVAIL WAY™


The Avail Way is devoted to providing services that are healing focused, person-centered, and goal directed. In addition to structured and supportive therapy and coaching services, Avail provides wellness activities. Avail’s psychotherapy sessions focus on healing and understanding. Avail’s empowerment coaching sessions focus on helping individuals evolve and manifest their true potential. Both disciplines are intended to work with fully functioning individuals/couples who are facing difficult situations. Both professions focus on helping people makes changes and accomplish goals that really matter to them. Avail wellness activities focus on teaching individuals techniques and tools that they can employ on their journey back towards wholeness.


Avail beliefs


The founders of Avail believe in staying true and authentic to their vision. Avail was born because together they created the highest, grandest vision possible for the lives of others. Avail looks at the mind, body, and soul as parts of self that profoundly affect one another. The founders are true believers in change, and that people can create the life they want. The overarching vision of Avail is to help people connect the dots as they explore dysfunctional or non-beneficial ways of thinking, eating, relating, and behaving, and to support them in incorporating new ways of existing that lead to abundance, fulfillment, and congruence.



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history of avail

 

Founded in 2016 therapist, Tangee Moore, LCSW and empowerment coach, Shawnrell Blackwell, Ph.D., joined forces to help meet the needs of individuals who struggle with mental health, addiction, relationships, corporate wellness, and weight management. Together the two woman entrepreneurs began to build a brand, Avail Outpatient Counseling LLC (“Avail”). By definition, the word Avail is two-fold. It means to use or take advantage of an opportunity or available resource and to help or benefit someone or something. Avail best describes our company and this is how the company name was coined. “The Avail Way” best describes the practices of the company.

James graduated from a CACREP Accredited program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has a strong educational background relating to depression, eating disorders, addictions and behavioral issues. James is familiar with the different psychotropic medications that are prescribed relating to the different mental health diagnosis. He is fully committed and determined to advocate for youth facing setbacks and truly believes that every student, if given the proper guidance, can find a path to their own personal success.


Through his professional experience in case management, therapeutic day treatment, intensive in-home, mental health skill building, group counselor, one on one counselor and the list goes on,  he has developed an unrelenting passion for helping youth/adults with personal, family, grief and school related concerns. He has conducted several therapeutic group sessions and lead many community projects to educate people about mental health.


James integrates person-centered theoretical framework, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy. His  hope is that the client will be the driver of their treatment and recovery. He believes in empowering, encouraging, motivating, and supporting the client as they heal through their therapeutic journey.


As an Iraq War Veteran still serving as an Engineer with the Army National Guard James possess leadership skills, discipline, initiative and the ability to lead in stressful situations. In times of crisis, he has the ability to display poise, patience, and professionalism in order to minimize potential impact of an occurrence. He is also a savvy business man and entrepreneur. His businesses such around the city have paved a way to provide employment opportunities in underserved areas.

Alicia Gist, LCSW

Outpatient therapist


Alicia believes that inside each of us are the coping skills to help us get through life and achieve our goals. Her role as your therapist is to help you feel empowered and tap into those skills that you may not realize you already have. Life is hard and throws us curve balls from all directions. She wants to be a positive support in your journey as you cope with whatever you may be going through. Through a person centered and strength-based approach, Alicia  will help you work through areas of concern so that you can feel more complete and whole on a consistent basis.
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Richmond, Virginia and have over 7 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, couples and individual adults of all ages. In addition, she is experienced working with clients with diverse racial, cultural, religious and sexual identities.

​​"I'm not here to judge you. I'm here to join you. You don't have to journey alone."-Tangee

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“The only prescription you need is a dose of fun, love, dance, and laughter!”-Dr. B.

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tangee G. moore, LCSW

Owner/Lead Outpatient Therapist

 

Tangee is the Lead Therapist at Avail Outpatient Counseling™ with 11 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tangee's desire to help others ignited at a young age when she witnessed a loved one victimized by domestic violence. Avail's brand color is purple to signify the owner's passion to increase awareness about domestic violence. Tangee is mother of two little angels, who mimics her every move whether its meditating in the garden or cooking delicious vegetarian meals. You can find out more about Tangee's holistic and Avail Way lifestyle at tangeetaughtu.comTangee integrates traditional psychotherapy strategies such as individual, group and family therapy with non-traditional, holistic strategies such as Reiki and Meditation to support clients in their treatment and recovery. Her holistic and therapeutic approach encompasses the whole person including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental aspects.


Specialties include Long-term mental illness and severe mental illness populations that experience MDD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Domestic Violence, as well as those individuals that experience substance abuse and addiction. Her training and direct clinical practice experience includes CBT, DBT, MI, and short-term intensive therapeutic strategies focused on Crisis intervention, Family Therapy, and Emergency Mental Health. She is also an approved parent educator.

 

Brittney Hill, LCSW

Outpatient therapist

James Harris, MS , Resident in counseling

Anger Management group Facilitator

Brittney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience working with children, adults and families collectively. Brittney earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Norfolk State University’s Ethelyn R. Strong Social of Social Work. Brittney continued on to Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a Master of Social Work, with a focus in clinical practice and school social work. Brittney has worked with individuals of all age ranges, from early intervention into late adulthood. She is particularly skilled in working with adolescents between the ages of 5-18. Her experiences range from community-based services, school-based services, residential treatment and acute-inpatient treatment. She utilizes a strengthens based approach while incorporating the following treatment models: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play-Therapy techniques, Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Conflict Resolution, coaching and stress management/mindfulness techniques. Brittney’s treatment specializations include: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Social Skill Skillbuilding, Trauma Resolution, Anger Management, Parenting Skillbuilding and Couple’s counseling.

 Brittney is a Richmond native whom desires to work with youth and adults within her community. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, DIY projects and spending time with her family. Brittney believes life is similar to riding a bike, no matter what we experience along our journey, we must keep our balance and keep moving onwards to experience growth and change.

 

“Life is Short... Choose Happiness"-Brittney

Shawnrell "dr. B." Blackwell, ph.D. Owner/Health & Wellness coach