Counselor, Instructor, Writer
Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., L.P.C. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She specializes in offering kind, effective, research-backed counseling services for people with substance use concerns, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious mental illness diagnoses.
Through systematic literature reviews, consultations with experts - including neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz, author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Looking at Addiction - professional and personal knowledge and experience, Anne has developed and field-tested a brief counseling protocol to help people who need or want to reduce or end problematic substance use. Outcome data is available on her website.
Anne is licensed to provide individual counseling services to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Anne shares openly that she has been in remission from alcohol use disorder since 2012. She developed post-traumatic stress disorder, coupled with problematic alcohol use, after the Virginia Tech shootings, bookended by two incidents of student-on-teacher violence. She is an activist for evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders and is a contributor to Changing the Narrative, an initiative of the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law, a network of reporters, researchers, academics, and advocates dedicated to providing accurate, humane, and scientifically-grounded information on drug use and addiction. She is a rostered provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT).
Anne lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. with four cats. She enjoys providing a home for international scholars visiting Virginia Tech. She loves partner dancing and is a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese.