Larry L. French, M.A., L.P.C., L.M.F.T.
Mr. French is the founder and the executive director of the Virginia Center for Family Relations. VCFR is a fulfillment of his desire to develop a counseling practice that provides the very finest psychological services that emanates from a Christian world and life view. The objective of our staff is to help facilate healing to the emotional and relational hurts of individuals and families in our community.
Larry earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University @ the California Family Study Center (in the Los Angeles area) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds duel licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he was licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and was in private practice in Southern California for several years before moving to Virginia.
Larry is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors. He has served as a Clinical Supervisor with the AAMFT, a Counselor Supervisor with the Virginia Board of Professional Counselors and has been a Field Practicum Supervisor with the University of Virginia.
Larry's training in Family Systems and his years of clinical and supervisory experience shapes his Cognitive Behavior approach to counseling. He provides counseling related to relational and family issues as well as individual therapy. This includes: stress management, depression, self-image, phobias, post-tramatic stress disorder, panic and anxiety disorders, step-family tensions, communication skills, toxic faith issues, sexual addictions and recovery from childhood abuse and dysfunctional families.
Larry has worked with small businesses and churches to deal with personnel conflict. He has presented onsite training classes in anger management, improving interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, "stopping the gossip" and other custom designed workshops. He has provided assistance for churches in crisis and has come along side, providing support for pastors facing professional burn-out.
Living life for most of us is an enormous challenge. As you know, there is one difficulty after another. How do we face these day-to-day struggles and continue to grow and mature as a person? Having a deep and abiding faith is crucial to successfully navagating the turbulent seas of life.
PS Before Larry started his professional journey in psychology, he served four years in the USCG. (He was involved with search and rescue flights out of Miami.) He is so proud of the men and women (and their families) that have worn the uniform of our military. "Thank you" to all the active and inactive service personnel and their families! Thank you for your sacrifices to keep our country free and safe.