Counseling Services

Welcome to the ChalleNGe Counseling Department!

The mission of the CCYA Counseling Department is to promote healthy emotional adjustment, growth, and development for candidates & cadets who are actively enrolled in the ChalleNGe residential campus program. We offer clinical mental health counseling services within an educational environment of respect and support.

We provide short-term counseling and crisis response services, as well as teaching the Life Coping Skills course of curriculum toward empowering our cadets with essential interpersonal & emotional regulation skills.

The Counseling Department is comprised of clinically licensed and masters-level mental health professionals who work in conjunction with cadets, parents/guardians, and campus departments to provide supportive, short-term, and crisis counseling services to our teen population.

Our Counselors

Ms. April Hand-Cameron, M.S.Ed., LPC, NCC
Lead Counselor, Counseling Department
(757) 491-5932 Ext 232
ahandcameron@vachallenge.org

Welcome! It is a pleasure for us to work with your cadets, here in the clinical, mental health counseling department at ChalleNGe! In my career, I have provided psychotherapy and mental health consultation services to teens, adults, families, educational programs & schools, as well as health insurance providers since 2006. I have a professional background in working with teens and young adults within high school and university settings, as well as having previously owned a private practice for nearly a decade. I have therapeutic specialties in adolescent and identity development, PTSD, and mood disorders.

Ms. Adina Disney, M.S.W
Counselor, Counseling Department
(757) 491-5932 ext. 239
adisney@vachallenge.org

Hello! It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with all of the Cadets here at ChalleNGe! I received my Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus in military clinical social work and animal-assisted therapy prior to starting at CCYA with Class 50. Over the years, I have developed specializations in mindfulness-based and art therapy techniques to provide additional outlets of expression for Cadets in a therapeutic setting. It is truly a great pleasure getting to work with the Cadets during their time on-site!