Wendy has made it her life's work to help young and emerging adults discover their own competency and capacity. She believes that therapy during this developmental period can positively impact the course of a life. Using the neurobiological "growth window" of this life stage, Wendy guides clients to capably experience emotions and grow fully into their best adult selves.
Wendy has a relational, wellness-based style and works with clients to create a secure, supportive counseling partnership that allows for safe exploration of issues. She delights in helping young and emerging adults discover their own wisdom and strength. Wendy brings nonjudgment, compassion and humor to her work as well as an unwavering belief in the innate healing capacity of each of us.
Wendy has adapted AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) to work with the specific needs of the young and emerging adult population. This approach helps clients shift unwanted or outdated patterns and use the positive power of emotions to inform adult decisions and experience. To find out more about this attachment based, emotionally focused model, visit www.aedpinstitute.org.
More About Wendy
"Each of us has the ability to rise up and meet the challenges on our path," says Wendy. "But, sometimes, we need a supportive, trusted other to help guide the way."
Wendy Summer is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor and certified AEDP therapist (www.aedpinstitute.org). She has more than 15 years of
clinical experience and for the past five years has focused
specifically on the needs of young and emerging adults.
Wendy received her graduate degrees from the University
of Virginia; she has made Charlottesville
her home for nearly 30 years.
Areas of Expertise
Wendy specializes in treating anxiety - the most common emotional challenge facing young and emerging adults. She also works with depression, trauma experiences, relationship issues and family of
origin concerns. Additionally, Wendy has considerable experience working with
college student challenges.