2011, Master of Arts in Community Counseling
Argosy University, Northern Virginia
Private Practitioner, Pelorus Counseling
“My professor was amazing—the class was very experiential. There were many different exercises and content—he really changed the way I looked at mental health.”
Private Practitioner Focuses on EDMR Treatment to Benefit Clients
Tiffany Harvey is a private practitioner at Pelorus Counseling, her own company named in honor of her time in the Navy. “A pelorus is the name of a ship compass,” she stated, and like a compass she helps people to get moving back in the right direction. Harvey works primarily with trauma survivors and people experiencing stress and anxiety disorders. She also consults for a local sheriff’s office, overseeing the critical incidence stress management team.
Harvey’s experience as the oldest child in a large family influenced her decision to become a therapist. She also wanted to serve her country and spent four years in the United States Navy. While in Hawaii, she earned a bachelor’s degree: To build her career, Harvey enrolled in Argosy University. She chose the school because of its many locations across the country. “I knew I could always transfer within the school if I moved or relocated. Argosy University also had [a strong program], which was important,” she added.
Harvey earned a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Northern Virginia in 2011. She added that the trauma class she took at Argosy University led her to become a specialist in her field, thanks to an inspirational instructor. “My professor was amazing—the class was very experiential. There were many different exercises and content. He really changed the way I looked at mental health.” Five years after taking the class, Harvey saw the professor at a workshop and was excited to share that his instruction had a profound impact on her career.
After working for an advocacy center, Harvey took the experience she’d gained and opened Pelorus Counseling. Now in her fourth year of private practice, Harvey utilizes a relational model to heal attachment wounds while offering treatment from a research-oriented perspective—including methods such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR). She explained that EMDR is an extensively researched, evidence-based method of integrative psychotherapy that incorporates elements of many different treatment approaches. It utilizes an 8-phase treatment to help people relieve many types of psychological stress.
In addition to providing individual psychotherapy, she’s a Virginia Board of Counseling approved and registered clinical supervisor.
Harvey explains that being a therapist is her passion. “My clients bring me their fragmented selves and I help them put themselves back together.” Because many of her clients are with her long-term, she experiences the ups and downs of challenging cases—while seeing first-hand the positive benefits her work has on clients. “The rewards are in 2-3 years when they come into my office confidently. There is a quiet reward in this. There is a lot of joy,” she said.
Today, Harvey continues her connection to Argosy University by supervising an Argosy University graduate who is completing licensure hours. The process is similar to her work as a mentor to those starting in the industry. Harvey adds that she’s inspired to work as a mentor because she had a positive experience as a mentee. “I had a mentor who influenced my both career and me as a person. I’ve had students contact me and I’ve extended an offer to help assist them.”
Her professional accomplishments include:
Over a decade working in the mental health field with a variety of experience in case management and psychotherapy in settings such as military, community agencies and private practice.
Licensed Professional Counselor (VA#0701005985)
Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Northern Virginia
Board-Certified National Certified Counselor (#291759)
Board-Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (#291759)
Board-Certified Tele-Mental Health Counselor (#473)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional
Learn more about her work here: http://peloruscounseling.com/about/
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