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Anne Purkerson, MA

Anne was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. Growing up, she always had a desire to help and support others, which influenced her education. Anne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Christopher Newport University.  She chose this field of study because of the one on one experience it provided with people. She enjoybuilding relationships with others and helping them during difficult times in their lives.   After graduating, Anne worked for a year as a behavioral counselor with elementary aged students who had behavioral problems in the classroom. She realized the most important piece of her work were the relationships she built with the students.  In her work with these students, she also learned she wanted to continue her education in counseling.    Anne earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University.  During graduate school, she took an interest in working with young adults and had the opportunity to work as a counseling intern at a local university in Virginia Beach. There she enjoyed creating a place where students could feel heard and understood.   In her experience in the therapeutic field, Anne saw a crucial piece was missing – treating the person holistically. She saw what students desired was for someone to not only help them, but to work with their family system and their daily routine.   When looking for jobs after graduate school, Anne was drawn to work at Dragonfly for reasons both personally and professionally. Personally, she saw the influence thprogram can have on a family first hand. Professionally, she valued how Dragonfly treats their clients and their passion for enriching the lives of young adults. Anne comments, “During my time at Dragonfly, I am excited to experience holistic treatment first hand and work side by side as students are working on finding who they are as a person and improving their lives.  In her free time, Anne enjoys spending time with friends, family, watching movies, and being outside. She also enjoys going on adventures, which led her to go across the country and start a new chapter of her life in Oregon.