Vanessa Dominguez

Vanessa Dominguez, PhD, LMFT-R, LPC-R

Vanessa Dominguez

Certifications:

LPC (VA) & LMFT (FL)

Areas of Focus:

Relational and Family Stability in Underserved Populations – I work with Individuals, adolescents, couples, and families, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community

Mindfulness stress reduction-based and self-compassion approaches to tackling a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, body image, phase of life changes, relationship stress, parenting, and career

Certified in Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) Relationship Education

Certified in Discernment Counseling for Couples on the Brink of Divorce

Education:

Master’s in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida (2014)

PhD in Counseling from Old Dominion University (2018)

Vanessa’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Dr. Vanessa Dominguez is a counselor and adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University (ODU). She received her Master’s in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida and her PhD in Counseling at ODU.

Dr. Dominguez is the Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Counseling Human Services (CHS) Clinic with Old Dominion University.

She is passionate about promoting safe, healthy, and satisfying relationships for all and aims to help individuals, couples, and families, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community, feel more compassionate toward themselves, feel more connected, and love themselves into healing. Dr. Dominguez is in private practice at Wholehearted Counseling.

Professional Organizations & Associations

Current member of:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
  • Association for Counselor Education Supervision (ACES)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)

Publications

  • Dominguez, V.N. (2020) Coming out in graduate school. In J.A. Austin & J.T. Austin (Editors). Surviving and thriving in your counseling program. American Counseling Association.
  • Moe, J., Pope, A.L., Dominguez, V.N., & Kemer, G. (In Press). Factors predicting instruction of LGBT affirming practice in counselor education. LGBTQ Issues.
  • Kemer, G., §Rocha, J., §Reiter, A., Dominguez, V. N., & §Giresunlu, Y. (In Press) Peer feedback exchange among beginning supervisors. Journal of Counseling and Development.