Dianne Bachman, LCSW


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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced in the Fredericksburg, Virginia,  community for 25 years, both in the private and public sector.  I received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from George Mason University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. I also hold an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Contemplative Practice from the School of Social Work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition to my traditional training, I have been meditating since 1977 when I began studying Transcendental Meditation.   Over the years I have explored mindfulness practices.  Since 1999,  I have  used  and taught Usui Reiki. I enjoy sharing this nurturing, healing art with others.

As a psychotherapist, I believe that each of us holds the capacity to utilize our personal creativity to resolve life's challenges.  I seek to assist the folks I work with to find their strengths.  I utilize a number of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  Solution Focused, Interactive Guided Imagery,  Ericksonian Hypnosis, and play therapy, including work with sand tray.  Over time I have also added music evoked imagery and expressive arts to my pool of therapeutic options and resources.  Upon the initial therapy session, we will work together to determine the most beneficial modality for you, your family, or your child. 

If you are more interested in personal development, I am beginning to offer Astrological consultations.  Astrology is much more than the sun sign columns in the daily paper.  The birth chart provides a map to help us find our way in this world.  As Stephen Forest says, "It can tell you what's wrong with yourself...and how to fix it".  We are not just a Capricorn or a Leo, we are all the signs, though some play a more prominent role in our lives.  When we look at our birth charts, we look at the planets in the signs and houses.  Put simply, the planets our the actors, the signs are the roles they play, and the houses provide a backdrop for the action.  

I combine the depth skills of a seasoned psychotherapist with an interpretation of your birth chart, progressed chart, and planetary transits.  Please click on the Psychological Astrology link to learn more.  I am happy to answer any questions you might have about these services.