Vanessa Simmons, MS, LPC, SEP, RPT™


EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

About Me

Hi! I am Vanessa and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, EMDR Certified Therapist, EMDR Consultant-in-Training, SEP, and RPT™. I am passionate about providing a supportive space to children, their parents, and adults who wish to recover from the effects of trauma and stressful life experiences, connect more to their inner wisdom, and feel more present minded.

Education & Experience

BA in Psychology and MS in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University; EMDR Sandtray Specialist, AGATE Institute; Flash Technique and Intensive Trauma-Focused Therapy Training, Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute; Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Somatic Experiencing® International; Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT™), Association for Play Therapy; Internal Family Systems, Level 1, IFS Institute

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Association for Play Therapy; Pennsylvania Counseling Association

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans/Military


  • English
  • German


  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Highmark