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Shifting Perspective Counseling

You Have The Power To Shift Your Life In The Direction You Want It To Go

Have a particular life obstacle you’re trying to overcome? Sometimes, seeking help from a licensed professional is the best way to put things into perspective. As a committed, mental health service provider, your well-being and emotional wellness is my number one priority. I’m happy to guide you through  life’s challenges with the attention and care you deserve.


You get so consumed by your problems you feel stuck, too tired to push through. You may even at times allow your problems to define your worth. Remember, you are not your problems. Do not minimize yourself to obstacles. Life will always have challenges, problems are fleeting, they come and go. There are solutions, may not always be the answers you are seeking, but there is always a healthy way through it. The choice and power is yours, claim it. Your now does not have to be your forever.


Services I Offer

 Mental Health Counseling and Life Coaching. All services are telehealth based online.

Counseling and Coaching Services:

I work with individuals struggling with life transitions, relationship issues and stress that may cause anxiety and depression.

My specialty and work focus on Individuals with struggles of:

-Historical unhealthy relationship issues

- Engaging in unhealthy social and intimate relationships with friends, family, significant other, dating, work peers

- Personality issues that create conflict in relationship with others

-Stressful life transitions

- Self confidence, self-esteem, individuals who appear to be put together on the outside but is struggling to maintain on the inside 

- Effectively communicating and expressing needs to family, partner, friends, acquaintances

- Implementing personal and interpersonal boundaries, honoring personal boundaries, honoring the boundaries of others

- Breaking away from codependent, rescue, fixer syndrome relationship cycles, burn out

- Resiliency through trauma; personal, family, social and racial trauma 

-Living Intentionally, moving away from materialism, embracing authenticity  

My approach is an array of styles including: Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Mind-Set Coaching, Attachment, Trauma Focused, Emotionally Focused, Acceptance and Commitment and Solution-Focused.

My mission is to empower individuals to lead emotionally healthy lives by developing practical skills to communicate, express feelings and reframe emotions in healthy ways, so that they are able to healthily problem solve life transitions, relationship issues, find inner peace and live in their truth.

Individual Therapy

 My services are personalized and solution focused. I guide you every step of the way and provide various tools to help you set boundaries, adjust expectations and develop new perspectives towards your challenges. 

Short-term Solution-Focused Therapy &          Life Coaching    

I will help you develop mental strength, working through fears and choices that are barriers to being your authentic self. I will help you gain clarity through challenging your thought process and guide you to move away from behaviors that are not align with your core values. We will work together to identify and set intentional goals moving you towards self empowerment.

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 It can be difficult to ask for help. It's hard to be vulnerable with someone you don't know. We will work together to build a connection so you can feel safe and comfortable sharing your feelings. Change is not easy, but is doable! Contact me today for a free consultation.


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All About Therapy and Coaching

Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy and Life Coaching is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I promote emotional wellness by reframing emotional response and encouraging a positive outlook. I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.


What is the difference between Therapy and Life Coaching? How long is each session?

Life coaching focuses on the here and now, it is not processing trauma or focusing on the past. It is very present and future focused, goal oriented, solution-focused and short-term. Individuals in life coaching are typically experiencing mild or short-term stressors, they are usually self aware and are primarily utilizing healthy coping skills. 

Therapy focuses on a wide scope, it is past, present and future, it focuses on processing of emotions, past events, present issues, future goals. It is psycho-educational, identifying root cause, building self awareness and learning healthy coping behavioral response. Therapy can be solution-focused and goal oriented depending on individual needs. It can also be short-term, but is usually longer term than life coaching.

Therapy session is typically between 45 minutes to an hour. For example if your session starts at 10am the session would be wrapping up at 10:45am. The additional 15 minutes is spent scheduling next session and writing session notes. Short-term solution-focused therapy instensives and life coaching sessions are 45 mins long. Duration of sessions can be longer depending on your needs.

What are the therapy and coaching techniques used?

The techniques I specialize in and primarily use in sessions are: solution-focused, motivational interviewing, emotionally-focused, attachment, acceptance and commitment, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, mind-set coaching and person-centered.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

I understand therapy can be costly, I believe finances should never be a barrier to getting the help you need. I offer sliding rates to accommodate your financial needs.

How frequently should I attend sessions?

The frequency of sessions is based on your needs and preference. Frequency is not fixed, it is adjustable and can be changed to a schedule that's appropriate for your needs.

Do you offer flexible scheduling options?

My scheduling options are targeted to allow you time to focus on you. I offer late evenings, Sunday morning and afternoon sessions.

What online platform is used to facilitate sessions and how is my information stored?

The online platform used to host sessions is called Simple Practice, a HIPPA regulated telehealth platform. All sessions are via video. Your information is stored in their database. No hard copy of private information is stored in my private home office.


Session Rates

Reliable Return On Investment 

I understand that therapy and coaching services can cost a ton, but there's no better investment than investing in yourself. I always attempt to accommodate the unique situation of each individual. Contact me and see what options are available for you.


Therapy and Coaching Options

Individual Therapy 
Full Fee $155 (75 minutes per session).

30 minutes support offered once in between sessions should the need arise. Contact via text, email, call, at no cost to you.

Individual Therapy *Sliding Scale.*             $115-$135 (60 minutes per session).

15 minutes support offered once in between sessions should the need arise. Contact via text, email, call, at no cost to you.

Short-term Therapy & Life Coaching

Solution-Focused Therapy Intensives                    $85 (45 minutes per session).                      *Weekly sessions six weeks max.* 

Life Coaching Sessions/Packages                   $95 (50 minutes per session).
 $425 (5 sessions). 
 $850 (10 sessions).​

Short-term motivational, solution-focused therapy and coaching sessions. Based on your needs and your appropriateness for short-term therapy and life coaching.   

*No Insurance accepted. Self Pay Only.*


About Me

 Passionate, Intentional, Minimalist, Adventurous

I'm Kerrian McKay, founder of Shifting Perspective Counseling. I have been practicing as a Clinical Social Worker in Virginia for approximately ten+ years. I provide counseling services to individuals with a wide range of mental health challenges. 

My core values are: Knowing when I have the capacity to help others and when I do not. Being okay with letting go when I have done my best and there's nothing else I can do. Having the courage to be true to myself in the face of fear and uncertainty. Accepting what is even when I don't want to. Learning to grow and evolve when I don't feel like it. Extending love, empathy, compassion and grace to myself and others.

In my down time I enjoy traveling, relaxing by the beach and eating good food with my hubby and our two teenage kiddos. 


My Credentials

Bachelors of Psychology

Completed undergraduate studies with a focus in clinical psychology.
-City Universities of New York (CUNY)

Masters of Clinical Social Work (MSW)

Completed graduate studies and clinical internships with a focus in clinical social work.
-George Mason University

Independent Clinical License - Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

-Completed post graduate clinical work to become Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia
-Completed clinical supervision hours
-Completed on the job clinical training in various clinical settings
-Passed Board of Social Work clinical exam

Ten+ years of practice experience as a Mental Health Therapist in the public sector with a focus in community mental health

-Outpatient Therapist

-Inpatient Therapist

-Emergency Services Therapist

-Substance Abuse Therapist

-School Social Worker (High School)

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Emotional Wellness Resources

Being emotionally well does not mean you'll be happy all the time. Emotional wellness means you are able to keep problems in perspective, you do not allow your problems to consume your life or define you. You claim your life, lead with courage and authenticity, take control and steer your life in the direction you want it to go. As a Mental Health Provider, I strongly believe in self empowerment - that’s why I offer my clients a wide range of useful information. Feel free to explore these complementary resources and interesting reads I have listed below, and educate yourself at your convenience wherever you are in your journey to healing.