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Thimble Shoals Counseling & Therapy Center currently has an opening for a licensed mental health provider, who offers psychotherapy, counseling, psychological testing, or psychiatric treatment. The opening is for an independent contractor, wishing to practice with a group of established professionals and to enjoy the convenience of our in-house claims processing for insurance authorization and billing. Dr. Susan Nicholson will be happy to talk with you about a full-time or part-time opportunity, as well as to give you a tour of the office complex. You may contact her by phone at 757-873-3401 ext. 2.

Baljit S. Gill   Baljit S. Gill, M.D
Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Gill is a board Certified Psychiatrist (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) practicing in this area since 1986.  He has worked in both the public and private sectors.  He is also on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and has been actively involved in clinical, academic, and research activities throughout his career.
He has a strong belief in the holistic approach towards treatment of psychiatric problems.  His broad experience in treating patients of all ages in a variety of settings and his strong ties to the local civic organizatiions in helping others has been an asset to his practice.  He utilizes bio-psychosocial interventions along with medications in the management of his patient.


Susan Cummings   Susan Cummings Nicholson, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Board-Certified Diplomate

Dr. Cummings Nicholson has practiced as a psychotherapist in this area for over 20 years.  She received her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she engaged in research on the impact of childhood abuse and neglect on an adult's behavior in a couple relationship.  While working as a therapist for the Navy, she developed and ran an alternative intervention program for domestic violence victims. She also served for over a decade as a volunteer clinical consultant and trainer in sexual abuse issues for the Newport News J&DR Court CASA program. She has been a speaker and workshop leader on various topics related to healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual abuse awareness, and personal growth and empowerment.  She has taught in the undergraduate and masters programs in two Virginia universities.

Dr. Cummings Nicholson currently devotes herself exclusively to her private practice of psychotherapy, where she provides confidential counseling and therapy to couples, families, and to individuals from adolescence through senior citizen age. She uses a variety of clinical modalities, to include cognitive behavioral interventions, mindfulness meditation training and hypnotherapy, to tailor to each client the appropriate intervention for healing or personal empowerment.  She is experienced in helping clients deal with a broad spectrum of issues to include:

  • Marital and Relationship Problems 
  • Depression or Frequent Feelings of Sadness 
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders, including Chronic Worrying or Compulsive Behavior 
  • Explosive Temper or Frequent Irritability 
  • Unresolved Family of Origin Issues 
  • Divorce or Separation 
  • Effects of Traumatic Experiences in Childhood or Adulthood, to include Dissociative Disorders 
  • Patterns of Self-Defeating Behaviors or Addictions 
  • Problems in the Workplace 
  • Inability to Handle Stress or to Relax  
  • Difficulty in Adapting to Life Changes, including Loss of a Loved One 
  • Difficulties in Family Dynamics 
  • Desire for Personal Growth


Angela Ray Smith, LPC  

Angela Ray Smith, LPC


I find over thirty years of experience with children, youth, families, professionals, and organizations is highly beneficial to the work I now do. I care deeply that the support and information I provide for clients target genuine need. My positive regard for clients, and belief in their ability to resource from within, supports a collaborative effort to navigate through transitions.

One’s perception makes all the difference in the world, and much help is available for us to consider alternative views of just about anything! I find great joy in helping people discover keys to their health and well-being.

 In addition to traditional training, intensive study in theories incorporated include:
  • The Nurtured Heart Approach (TM)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (TM)
  • and The Empowerment of Listening (TM).
I strongly promote a holistic approach to wellness including an emphasis on nutrition, meditation, and consultation on the use of medicinal grade essential oils.

Angie is a graduate of Newport News High School, Longwood College, and Western Carolina University, a former health and physical education teacher and retired school counselor of 23 years, and has integrated experiences from employment with non-profits, a domestic violence agency, and leadership in faith-based, community, civic, and professional organizations.

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