Megan Colegate, M.S.Ed., CSAC, NCC

~NEW OPENINGS~ Online Only: Mon., Tues. & Fri. (daytime & evenings); contact Megan direct to schedule (see below) 

 

Megan is a Licensed Resident in Counseling in Virginia, a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).  Her love of the field is driven by a special passion for making therapy more accessible and user-friendly for everyone in today’s busy world.

Clinical Focus Areas

Megan works exclusively online with individuals aged 12 and up, along with families and couples. She supports clients seeking assistance with career counseling, life transitions, co-occurring disorders, stress management, anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, healthy relationship building, family related concerns, and support for everyone in the military life community.

Counseling Approaches

Megan’s foundational approach blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Reality Therapy, helping clients make transformative shifts and take inspired action in their lives.   She also layers in a Person-Centered therapy perspectives and techniques in her sessions. In addition, she can provide Christian Counseling therapy, upon request.

Professional Philosophy       

According to Megan, “Therapy is for anyone, especially those who want to collaboratively work to develop goals, experience greater personal empowerment, and activate new levels of growth in themselves. I truly believe in helping therapy to be more available and approachable for you and everyone seeking to invite change and welcome a new level of healing into their lives. As a therapist, it is my truly greatest honor to walk alongside you and support your inspired transformation.”

Educational Background

Megan earned a Masters of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a B.S in Psychology from Old Dominion University. She continues her ongoing professional training under direct clinical supervision from Free Spirit owner and Clinical Director, Dr. Jill Nardin, PhD, LPC.

Professional Experience

Megan brings valuable experience with a wide variety of people seeking clinical support for grief/loss, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, traumatic experiences, and methadone maintenance.  Her over four years experience includes serving in a diverse range of settings including private practice, outpatient, hospital, and substance abuse treatment center settings.  This broad range of experience fuels her desire and gives her the tools to serve a great deal of people across the lifespan.

Fun Facts About Megan

  • Megan is from Appomattox, Virginia where the Civil War ended.
  • She loves spending time with her Airedale Nala and Goldendoodle Simba.
  • She also enjoys reading and going on mission trips, plus completing puzzles and hiking with her partner in her spare time.
  • Her favorite color is sunflower yellow.
  • Her favorite bands are Mali Music and Maverick City.
  • The background you see in Megan’s photo is from our office “The Lagoon” here at Free Spirit.

 

Contact Megan directly to schedule an appointment at megan@freespiritonline.org or 757-263-0049.

 

SPECIAL NOTE ON INSURANCE/FEES As a Licensed Resident in Counseling, Megan 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.

 

Megan works directly under the supervision of Clinical Director Dr. Jill Nardin; 757-204-1866 and jill@freespiritonline.org.