Chris Nufer, MA, LMHC, LPC


I am a geriatric mental health counselor licensed in Virginia. My focus is the treatment of late-life depression. I am one of twelve clinicians in the U.S. certified in Engage Therapy. This brief, evidence-based treatment was developed at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry by Dr. George Alexopoulos.
ENGAGE is particularly effective for those suffering from depression that is related to:
  • Changes in your health or health of a loved one
  • Loss of independence
  • Family disputes
  • Bereavement
  • Retirement

Treatment usually involves from six to nine sessions and can be delivered in person or via videoconference.

I am also a Certified NYU Caregiver Intervention Counselor and support group facilitator. In this role, I work with spouses and family members who are experiencing the life changes that result from a loved one’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias.

In addition, I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  As an EMDR therapist, I am able to assist older clients who want to address traumatic events from their past and resolve them.
My practice specializes in promoting the mental wellness of men and women age 50 or older. This involves not only treating problems, but also using proven therapy techniques to enhance the mental resilience and well-being of those who are functioning well, but want more satisfaction in their lives.
I accept insurance from:
  • Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield
  • CareMore
  • Wellpoint Military Care
  • Aetna
  • Sentara Healthcare
  • Humana/Choice Care.
For those without coverage, I do offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Please contact me for details.
If you would like to speak to me, I offer all prospective clients an initial phone-based consultation at no charge. Please call 804-869-0524 or fill in the contact form on this site.