I have a Masters of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and have been licensed as a clinical social worker since 1988. I worked in a variety of hospital and agency settings prior to joining Comprehensive Counseling Services in 1989.
I have clinical expertise in providing diagnostic and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have extensive training and experience in treating children and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, trauma issues stemming from childhood sexual or physical abuse/neglect, separation/ divorce and co-parenting difficulties, women’s issues, and chronic pain management issues. I have been trained in the Collaborative Divorce Process since 2008. I practice using strength based, person centered , trauma informed modalities. My goal is to help folks overcome life challenges and embrace their full potential.
In my free time I love to go hiking and camping, putz around my flower gardens, listen to live music, and play with my furbabies Sullivan and Duncan. Family is extremely important to me. I am active in my church and am a past girl scout leader and youth ministry leader. I am a member of Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work (www.vscsw.org), Collaborative Professionals of Roanoke, and Collaborative Professionals of VA. I am current President of VSCSW.
I am available to provide clinical supervision towards licensure.
Offering specialized services and help to Separated and Divorcing Couples and their Families:
**Pre-Separation Consultation with parents to help them develop a plan for how to tell their children about the separation, management of emotions involved, and management of actual separation.
**Assistance to Parents in developing Parenting Plans for how to work together in raising their children and developing a structure for ongoing care of their children. Consultation can also include collaboration with attorneys for incorporation of plans into legal documents.
**Serving as Collaborative Coach or Collaborative Child Specialist in Collaborative Divorce Process. This process assists separating couples reach resolution and agreements in a respectful manner without going to court. Couple also works with Collaboratively trained attorneys and Collaboratively trained financial specialists as needed.
**Counseling Services for Children and/or Parents to manage the emotions involved in this major life change and to promote resilency.
** Specialized Services to Couples Divorcing later in life.
Contact Ms. Witt directly if you have questions about any of the above services.
Dr. Bhandari is a Board Certified Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Virginia by the Virginia Department of health Professions
Dr. Bhandari is a graduate of the University of Dar-es-Salaam, College of Health Sciences, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He holds a Master of Medicine (M.Med.) degree in psychiatry, University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya. In June 2007 he completed his psychiatric residency through Carillon-University of Virginia Psychiatry Residency Program.
In July 2009 Dr. Bhandari was appointed as an Assistance Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech – Carilion School of Medicine. In addition to his clinical work at Comprehensive Counseling Services, he currently is a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Services at the Salem Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Bhandari provides the following clinical services: comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to referred clients; medication monitoring for compliance and negative side effects; medication education to clients on adverse drug interactions; oversight for prescription follow-up and refills as needed; oversight and guidance to clinical staff on difficult psychiatric cases; and patient follow-up and referrals to other medical professionals within Comprehensive Counseling Services as needed.