Counseling Services

The Center for Gifted Education is committed to serving the needs of gifted students, including their psychological needs. Families in the Williamsburg area seeking psychological counseling for a gifted child or adolescent may contact an affiliated counselor with training in giftedness.  The W&M New Horizons Family Counseling Center serves all schools within the following areas:  Williamsburg/James City County, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Gloucester, and York.  The clinic, through a separate agreement, also works with families from New Kent county. Services for families in these areas are provided free of charge. 

 For those outside the New Horizons service area, Dr. Carrie Lynn Bailey can provide private counseling. 

 Dr. Carrie Lynn Bailey is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in working with gifted and twice-exceptional children, adults, and families.  Her approach with clients is grounded in a humanistic worldview that upholds the potential of each individual to grow and move forward along unique developmental paths. Dr. Bailey utilizes an integrative approach, individually tailored to the needs of each client, drawing from person-centered, existential, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral techniques and theories.  Dr Bailey earned her doctoral degree from the College of William and Mary, focusing her research and practice on understanding the complex counseling and mental health needs of gifted adolescents and young adults.  She has expanded that focus to include supporting gifted individuals and their families across the lifespan. In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Bailey is a Clinical Faculty member at the College of William and Mary, where she brings together her experiences in family, college, and school counseling settings to supervising and mentoring current counselor education students as well as fostering collaboration between the New Horizons Family Counseling Center and the Center for Gifted Education.  For more on Dr. Bailey's practice, please visit her website at