Retecka Bright, M.A.

Retecka is a Licensed Resident in Counseling in Virginia. Her uplifting and encouraging energy fuels her dedication to helping her clients thrive and flourish.  In addition to her role at Free Spirit, she also currently serves as a Clinical Therapist with The Barry Robinson Center in the (residential) female adolescent program. 

Clinical Focus Areas and Counseling Approaches

Retecka works online and in-person with individuals age 7 and up, couples and families.  She blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy in her work supporting her clients.  In addition, she can provide Christian Counseling upon request.

Professional Philosophy       

According to Retecka, “There is no doubt assisting clients to acknowledge, address and decipher life challenges is my passion and calling. Therapy can unpack many challenges and layers in our lives, making it a powerful road to travel.  I deeply believe therapy is also a journey to discover strengths, to gain tools to assist with everyday stressors, and to uncover the greatness rooted in every individual.”

Educational Background

Retecka earned an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health from Regent University.  She received her B.A. in Human Services from Old Dominion University.  She continues her professional training with Free Spirit owner and Clinical Director, Jill Nardin, PhD, LPC and has plans to pursue becoming a Registered Play Therapist. 

Professional Experience

Retecka brings over 20 years of experience supporting vulnerable populations and their families in her work as a Juvenile Correctional Officer, a Detention Center Counselor and Supervisor, and a Juvenile Parole Officer. She also worked with the Military One Source (MOS) program assisting military service members and their families with various support needs.

Fun Facts About Retecka

  • Retecka loves spending time with her husband and her two incredible children.
  • She also loves to travel, laugh, participate in community activities, and simply see other people happy.
  • Her favorite color is orange.
  • Her favorite music group is New Edition.
  • The background you see in Retecka’s photo is from our office “The Dawn” here at Free Spirit.


Contact Retecka directly to schedule an appointment at or at (757) 302-7176


**SPECIAL NOTE on Insurance/Co-pays – As Licensed Resident in Counseling, Retecka is currently in-network with Cigna/Evernorth commercial insurance and 3 Medicaid Plans: Anthem Healthkeepers+, Optima Family/Community Care, and Virginia PremierFor other non-medicaid insurance, she sees clients for a negotiable sliding scale resident fee.


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