Craig Foster, PhD
Who am I?
When not collecting vinyl records or exploring the mid-Atlantic with my wife and toddler, I work to help clients better understand themselves and find meaning for their lives. Using a collaborative and integrative approach to therapy, my goal is to ensure that every patient feels comfortable and understood. As for my treatment style, I like to develop a plan alongside each patient to identify the unique aspects of their situation and to integrate their emotions with an ability to think rationally.
I carry a strong academic background to back up this strategy! I first obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercer University in 2008, then went on to earn a Master’s in Counselor Education from Clemson University in 2010. My Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology was earned at West Virginia University, while I also completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Idaho in 2019. Since March of 2020, I was licensed by the Virginia Board of Psychology and have worked in a variety of clinical settings, such as community mental health, university counseling, and outpatient treatment for veterans at the Hampton VA Medical Center.
With all these credentials and practical experience, I enjoy helping others who are suffering from a wide range of concerns. Life is complicated, but thankfully, therapy can help. I feel that the relationship created between client and therapist is the most important aspect of my work, and I strive to understand the specific concerns which bring a person to therapy.
I love working with:
Individuals, college students, and young professionals can find treatment for:
- Men’s issues
- Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD and ASD)
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship concerns
Some of my favorite approaches include:
- Integrative treatment
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Insight-oriented work