Adrienne Loker, LCSW
EMDRIA Certified Therapist
Adrienne Loker, LCSW was drawn to the helping field after embarking on her own healing journey following the traumatic chaos of addiction within her family. Fascinated by the human experience and how some individuals were able to overcome while others appeared to be overtaken, Adrienne relocated to Richmond, VA to pursue an undergraduate degree in Social Work (2009) from VA Commonwealth University (VCU). Adrienne went on to obtain her graduate degree in Social Work (2012) from VCU. During this time, she interned at the first African American hospital in the Richmond area on the psychiatric unit. This enriching experience taught her much about transgenerational and racial trauma and the systems that the maintain the status quo. Adrienne finished her graduate training with a Juvenile Drug Court program in the Greater Richmond Area, working with whole families to gain recovery skills.
Since receiving her Master's Degree, Adrienne’s worked with a variety of populations across multiple mental health settings, each experience shaping her professional values and identity. While employed at Virginia’s only Forensic Psychiatric facility, she became discouraged by the rehabilitation efforts of the system, feeling that clients were warehoused over rehabilitated. Searching for an opportunity to be more effective with the individuals she served, she began working in a residential facility for youth overcoming trauma. It was here that she began her work directly treating attachment wounds and pre/non-verbal trauma.
After becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adrienne moved on to support the Clinical Director of an outpatient substance abuse treatment center. She fell in love with the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), finding it an opportunity to support individuals in connecting to their deeper selves through the emotional interconnectedness of the group setting. During this time, she began to embrace experiential modalities over cognitive interventions, as she witnessed the impact of individuals stepping out of the tendency to intellectualize their feelings and instead create space for the feelings they had previously been phobic of. Adrienne was soon approached by another agency to build an IOP of her own, allowing her to successfully create an experientially-based, bio-neurologically informed program that more effectively incorporated the nervous system throughout the treatment process. In 2019, she parted ways to debut her own private practice.
Adrienne was trained in EMDR in 2017 through the EMDR International Association. She has advanced training in this modality, to include working with dissociation, ego state interventions, early childhood trauma, generational trauma, group work, addiction cravings, attachment ruptures, couples therapy, and various acute and complex trauma protocols. In 2018, she added psychodrama to her experiential tool kit, and trains regularly with a local cohort. She is in her second year of her three year training process to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and also has training in Brainspotting. Adrienne believes deeply in the use of experiential approaches that allow clients and families to experience the change process viscerally from the roots of suffering.
Amber Harris is a Richmond, Virginia native who has always been drawn to helping others. After surviving a traumatic childhood filled with violence, addiction, frequent moving/relocating, and the death of her father at a young age as a result of addiction, Amber was inspired to make a difference in people’s lives.
Amber attended Nursing School at St. Mary’s Hospital. Following graduation at 21, she went on to practice nursing in various settings, including hospitals, methadone clinics, prisons, and jails. She realized just how far mental illness and addiction reached, affecting families and our whole community. She learned how to treat the whole person, rather than just their illness, allowing her to empathize with the struggles of those she served. She began to place her focus on teaching patients and their families about the disease of addiction, the impact of trauma, and the road to recovery.
Amber went on to manage a Home Health Office, a Counseling Center, and Methadone Clinic, before coming to Seeking Depth To Recovery. She has been in Recovery herself since 2013 and has a personal understanding of trauma and addiction. She stays active in the Recovery community and often participates in social activism close to her heart, such as Black Lives Matter and Prison Reform.
Amber is also a trained and Licensed Esthetician, focusing on the whole person when providing skincare treatment. She is currently working to become a Peer Recovery Specialist to add to her knowledge and understanding of the disease of addiction. She has three daughters, ages 10,16, and 21, who have grown up in meetings and Recovery, and is active in their lives and varying activities.