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Anderson Counseling reopening in South Boston

Anderson Counseling held an open house Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with refreshments and door prizes to let the public know they are reopened for business under new leadership.

Catherine Chaney, who was born and raised in the Halifax County area, has seen how quickly things can change. She is the new administrative supervisor and intensive in-home clinician for Anderson Counseling in the Halifax area. 

“Children are our future, and we should give them everything we can,” said Chaney.

According to Executive Director and President Michael Anderson, although other providers have left the community, he didn’t want Anderson Counseling to do that.

“We kept the doors open because we believe in the community, and we weren’t ready to leave,” said Anderson.

However, he said he felt they needed strong leadership, and thus followed the hiring of Chaney and the reopening of Anderson Counseling this week.

“We just needed to restructure and make sure we had the strong leadership in place,” he added.

Anderson Counseling provides intensive in-home services to children ages 4-21 with behavioral, emotional and/or academic problems and also addresses family dynamics through family sessions. Counselors are on call 24/7 for emergency situations. Treatment models include play therapy, individual counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. 

The home office is located in Lynchburg with surrounding offices located in Danville and Halifax, and the company is currently looking to expand to Farmville. The company has been open since 2004 with the Halifax office operating since 2010.

Chaney keeps busy working in the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and maintaining a steady caseload during the afternoons. 

“I try to flex the hours in the office based on the needs of the cases,” said Chaney.

Anderson Counseling will begin anger management groups on Tuesday and Thursdays for the next several weeks beginning at 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., she said.  

These groups will consist of five to six individuals, with eight to 12 sessions completed in four to six weeks. The program will be administered twice-weekly after school. 

A certificate will be given to those participants who complete the program. 

Reports will be available for court mandated candidates at a $5 per week fee per person.

“If there’s a huge need, we want to bridge that gap,” said Chaney.

Chaney encourages the public to offer any ideas, suggestions or information. Don’t hesitate to call “to fill in the gap, so no one falls through the crack. It’s our goal as an agency,” she said.

For more information call 572-4488 or check out their website at

“We’re improving the community one individual at a time,” Chaney said.