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Hampton Roads Christian Counseling

Hampton Roads Christian Counselor Barbara Ward Barbara Ward, M.S.W., M.Div

Barbara A. Ward is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and has more than 35 years of experience in mental health that has enabled her to serve in both church and community settings. She has provided a variety of clinical services and training to veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia for many years. She worked at Colonial Services Board as a Substance Abuse Counselor following her employment at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Barbara has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and has been licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia (LCSW) since 1993. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is an ordained minister. She also completed specialized training as a Transformational Coach at Regent University in 2005. Barbara is the founder and President of Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, Inc. which is a 501©3 non-profit ministry. Please visit us at

Barbara has been a part of the Genesis clinical team as a founding member where she serves as a Psychotherapist, coach, and lead clinician. Some of her specialties include Woman’s issues, Post traumatic stress disorder, depression, grief/loss issues, family/marital, and pastoral and spiritual issues. She represents Genesis as a team of Corporate Chaplains for Ferguson Company Located in Newport News, Virginia. Barbara served on the crisis trauma team for the 9/11 tragedy in New York and traveled abroad to Haiti to assist those in recovery from the devastating earthquake. She also serves in the community as a mentoring coach and trainer for families at risk with a focus on parenting and healthy lifestyles. Barbara serves in leadership in the local church and provides pastoral counseling.

Barbara has a passion to see individuals and families empowered to achieve a healthy lifestyle through emotional healing and spiritual well-being. She has personally overcome many challenges in her life of significant losses, an orphaned heart, and identity issues that impacted her choices. She believes that we all have purpose and a destiny to fulfill in our lives.

Barbara is the proud mother of one daughter and son, six grandchildren, and a host of adopted children and grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and traveling in her spare time.



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