Domestic Violence Counseling
Individual counseling can help you achieve a happier and more fulfilling life if you, or someone you know, is homeless, anxious, angry, guilty, or sad due to domestic violence/sexual assault. If interested in receiving confidential counseling services in-person or via Telehealth at no cost, please call First Step at (540) 434-0295.
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Brendaly Nieves Santiago, MSW
Domestic Violence Counselor
Brendaly Nieves Santiago is a Spanish bilingual Supervisee in Social Work supervised under a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. She earned a Master in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2019. Brendaly has over 4 years of experience working with individuals, children, and families from diverse backgrounds in the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County community. She has worked with clients suffering from substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Brendaly uses a client-centered approach to assess needs and build a collaborative environment. She specializes in working with survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, experiencing debilitating physical and psychological short- and long-term effects: flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of hopelessness, weight loss or gain, low self-esteem, eating and sleeping difficulty, concentration problems, substance misuse, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders. Brendaly believes that clients are the expert of their own lives and helps them heal from trauma and regain control.
Domestic and sexual violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Brendaly understands that making changes can be difficult; however, acknowledging that there’s a problem is an important step to improving your life and overcoming adversity.