Tonia J. Bagby, Psy.D
Tonia J. Bagby, Psy.D is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She graduated with her B.A. in psychology from Minnesota State University – Moorhead (93); M.A. in counseling psychology from New York University (97); and her Psy.D in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (06).
Dr. Bagby began her career in psychology with the Department of Veterans Affairs Hampton, VA medical center as a direct patient care provider in 2007, and worked across numerous outpatient and inpatient settings using individual and group psychotherapy modalities. During her tenure with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Dr. Bagby transitioned from direct patient care to administrative services; overseeing health care operations at numerous medical centers. After her 2018 departure from government service, Dr. Bagby was briefly employed with a geriatric behavioral health organization providing mental health services to the geriatric population residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the Richmond, VA area.
Dr. Bagby’s approach to counseling and psychotherapeutic services is interpersonal and client-centered; meaning that she works with clients on a one-to-one basis to uncover root causes of one’s distress and help identify strategies and or unconscious connections to resolve them. Her approach is effective in addressing mental health concerns related to diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, LGBTQ, military and non-military related trauma such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
The first session with Dr. Bagby will be focused on understanding the presenting problem, gathering background information, learning about previous mental health treatment experiences, and assessing the need for a psychiatric referral for psychotropic medication. At the end of the first session, if the client is interested in engaging in a therapeutic relationship, an initial treatment plan will be collaboratively established.