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Community Wellbeing & Support ClinicMeet Our Counselors


Dr. Vanessa Dominguez (she/her)

Community Wellbeing & Support Clinic Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Dominguez has clinical experience working with a variety of populations including individuals, adolescents, couples and families, particularly in the LGBTQ+ communities, in a range of clinical settings from private practice, outpatient, in-home, to within school settings. She has also has served on federally funded research grants examining the effectiveness of relationship education on lower-income, ethnically diverse couples and has dedicated her career to promoting safe, satisfying, and healthy relationships for all.

Research Interests

Her primary clinical and research interests include individual and relational stability in underserved populations, particularly for LGBTQ+ communities, transgender mental health, mindfulness stress reduction-based and trauma-informed approaches, social determinants of health impacting treatment adherence, as well as training counselors and other allied helping professionals, particularly in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) settings.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Master's in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida (UCF).
  • Ph.D. in Counseling at ODU.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia.
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida.



Angela Johnson (she/her)

Community Wellbeing & Support Clinic Assistant Director

Angela Johnson (she/her) serves as the Clinic Assistant Director for the CHS Community Wellbeing and Support Clinic and is a Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision at ODU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Angela received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Trauma from Regent University. During her career as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she has worked with first responders and trauma, acute mental health and substance use inpatient treatment facilities, crisis intervention, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault survivors. Her diverse background includes serving as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) instructor and consultant for a local police department and a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer support member.

Research Interests

Angela's research interests include community mental health, social welfare, first responders and trauma, and 911 dispatchers and compassion fatigue.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Trauma from Regent University
  • Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at ODU
  • Licensed Professional Counselor



Shelby Dillingham (she/her)

Community Wellbeing & Support Clinic Site Supervisor & Program Coordinator

Shelby Dillingham (she/her) serves as a site supervisor at the CHS Community Wellbeing and Support Clinic and is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at ODU. Shelby received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from ODU in 2019 and started the doctoral program in 2020. Her clinical experience includes a variety of modalities, including inpatient behavioral health and outpatient integrated behavioral health. Shelby has worked with presenting concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use, and trauma, to name a few. Her most recent clinical experience consisted of triaging and providing counseling to clients in a primary care office affiliated with Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

Research Interests

Shelby's research interests include COVID-19-related functioning for counselors-in-training, posttraumatic growth and resilience during COVID-19, and integrated behavioral health competencies.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from ODU
  • Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at ODU



Averi Cooke (she/her)

Community Wellbeing & Support Clinic Counselor

Averi is a current advanced master's student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Old Dominion University. She believes that we are all having unique human experiences. Because of this uniqueness, she employs a warm, person-centered approach to counseling in which she collaborates with clients to get down to how to navigate that experience. Averi's clinical interests are college students and incarcerated individuals. She enjoys doing improv and writing poetry and looks forward to using these skills to one day advance the work of narrative therapy.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing from James Madison University.
  • Associate of Science Degree in Social Science with a specialization in Education from Thomas Nelson Community College.



Jessica Huffman (she/her)

Community Wellbeing & Support Clinic Counselor

Jessica is a current Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Resident in Counseling in Virginia, and serves as the Title IX Advocate for the CWSC. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families in various settings including acute hospitalization, residential behavioral health, and community mental health. Jessica also has experience working in the nonprofit advocacy sector through NAMI Coastal Virginia and local community organizations.

Research Interests

Jessica's research interests are mainly based in systemic theories with a focus on the child/adolescent population. Areas of interest include Integrated behavioral healthcare (IBH) programming and standards, systemic and culturally relevant applications of integrated community mental health services/institutions, trauma-informed education and practices, and training/education/supervision of counselors and other professionals in mental healthcare (particularly IBH) settings.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University
  • Current Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Virginia Resident in Counseling
  • Certified Trauma Professional (CTP)
  • Certified First Responder Counselor Associate (CFRA)




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