Keisha Mainor-Richardson, M.A., QMHP

Keisha is a Licensed Resident in Counseling and a Qualified Mental Health Counselor in Virginia.  With a military up-bringing, she has been exposed to many multi-faceted cultures. It has been her passion to support, empower, guide, and strengthen individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Clinical Focus Areas 

Keisha provides in-person and online therapy for individuals ages 10 and up, along with couples and families. She serves clients seeking support for: life changes, stress management, self-esteem building, healthy relationship skills. grief/loss, military life, family stress, separation/divorce, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.

Counseling Approach

Keisha blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Reflective Approach and EMDR trauma therapy techniques to support each of her clients. In addition, she can provide specialized sessions using Christian Based Counseling and Industrial Organizational Psychotherapy (for consultations to any managerial professionals) upon request.

Professional Philosophy       

According to Keisha:  “ ‘Life is a journey.’ Although stressors may show up as challenges, every life has purpose. The healing process is an opportunity to unlock the unknown strength and greatness that is in everyone. It is my passion to support and empower clients to discover a sense of self-awareness, peace, and the capability to reach desired goals in their life. Everyone deserves to be heard and seen.”

Educational Background

Keisha earned Master of the Arts degrees in both Community Counseling and Urban Education from Norfolk State University.  She received her B.S. in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University.

Professional Experience

Keisha has been a supportive guide to individuals and colleagues for over 20 years. She brings a broad array of clinical experience from settings including Acute Hospitals, Adult/Adolescent Private Practices, Juvenile Detention Centers, Schools, and Residential Behavioral Health Centers for children and teenagers. She has served as an In-Patient Therapist, Intensive In-Home counselor, a Clinical Supervisor over Mental Health Skill Building, and Program Developer of Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT) programs. This variety of settings sharpened her ability to work in diverse conditions and with diverse populations of clientele. Her wealth of experience illustrates her compassionate adaptability in helping everyone from individuals to organizations thrive.

Fun Facts About Keisha

  • Keisha really enjoys singing, dancing, and the universal language of music. One song can have the body move to the beat while another song may touch the heart and spirit!
  • She also loves watching others excel in their special talents and gifts.
  • Her favorite color is green, as it stands for vitality, good health, and prosperity.
  • Her favorite musical artists include Jill Scott, Garth Brooks, Matchbox 20, Green Day, and India Arie – just to name a few!
  • The background you see in Keisha’s photo is from our office “The Forest” here at Free Spirit.


To request to schedule with Keisha contact: or at 757-206-2240.


**SPECIAL NOTE Resident Sessions: As a Licensed Resident in Counseling, Keisha is in-network with Cigna/Evernorth commercial insurance and the following Medicaid Plans: Aetna Better Health, Anthem Healthkeepers+, Sentara Health Family and Community Plans (formerly Optima/VA Premier), and United Healthcare Community Plan; processing for Molina. She is also able to see other non-Medicaid clients for a sliding scale, negotiable fee.


Keisha works directly under the supervision of Clinical Director Dr. Jill Nardin; 757-204-1866 and