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about Cypress

Cypress Counseling was founded in 2008 by Chris Carson, LCSW and McKenzie Casad, LCSW. We work with clients from a range of backgrounds: LGBTQ+, BIPOC, multiracial, nonbinary, cisgender, and heterosexual individuals and couples. We continue to expand serving a diversity of clients. 


The Cypress office is located in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia (near Virginia Commonwealth University) and sessions are offered in person in Richmond or online from any location.

By appointment only. Please expect a two to six week wait.

We believe that people are naturally zestful and filled with joy for life, and that the natural relationship between any two human beings is loving affection, communication, and cooperation.

My goal is to inspire clients to get curious, become aware, and accept themselves.

This acceptance is what provides the clarity to explore our natural gifts, and discover a fresh perspective of ourselves and what we want in our relationships, work, health, sexuality, family, and spirituality.

I enjoy working with artists, healers or those on a spiritual path; and anyone seeking growth, wholeness or perspective.

  • 25 years of experience in clinical, nonprofit, residential, criminal justice, and hospital settings

  • Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Post-graduate training in psychodynamic therapy from Washington School of Psychiatry

My practice is influenced by Buddhist meditation, shamanism, herbalism and wilderness adventures. I have experience working with trauma-informed care, shadow work, journeying, Celtic spirituality, and attachment trauma. I am trained in Myers Briggs, Jungian psychotherapy, the Gottman research, Enneagram, mindfulness, aromatherapy, dream work, EMDR, Reiki, and shamanic astrology. 

Chris Carson, LCSW


I have been in partnership with my wife for over 20 years, and we love to spend our time with our dog, Cody, and cat, Finneas. We also love traveling (especially to Ireland), bicycling, and hiking. I enjoy being an artist in the areas of painting, pottery, and photography. In my life, I prioritize the combination of spirituality, art, and adventure.

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.
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Cody Carson

Cody is a six-year-old terrier mix with a warm, calm temperament and a unique skill in empathy.


Chris and her wife rescued Cody from a shelter in southwest Virginia. With a natural affinity as a therapy dog, Cody can read your energy and emotions and respond to them in an unobtrusive way.

"A therapy dog offers non-judgemental companionship that can help during tough times. When someone pets a therapy dog or gets to be near them, they can feel less alone and soak up the lovingness that these animals provide." 

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Are you seeking emotional truth?

Are you grappling with uncertainty about a change or transition?

Our humanistic approach to dynamic psychotherapy provides unconditional positive regard, support, and guidance, helping you to develop trust in your inner voice and in your power to create the life you want. Clients are encouraged to view the past as being present, influencing and existing in the here-and-now moment.


We offer both short and long-term therapy and mentoring support based on your specific needs and goals.

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
Carl Gustav Jung
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