About

                                           Russell Fryer, MSW, LCSW

Counselor/Director

Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the United States and received a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois.

With a diverse career in counseling and social work, he has worked with teens to keep them from juvenile incarceration, with children and teens in children’s homes, orphanages, foster care (working with children, teens, foster parents, and biological parents), crisis counseling, family counseling, individual counseling (children-adult), and couples counseling.

In 2005-2009, Russell worked with the University of Labor and Social Affairs in Hanoi, assisting their students to put theory into practice, workshops for faculty, and provided individual counseling.

Since opening Crosspoint Vietnam at the end of 2011, Russell has provided services for older children, teens, adults, and couples.

Russell believes each person has significance and approaches the counseling process with a collaborative approach to understand the issues and to outline the goal of therapy. He is eclectic in his approach based on the needs of the client.  For depression and anxiety issues, Russell primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  With couples, Russell uses primarily the Gottman Method.

Married to his wife, Ann, for 28 years, they have two adult children and have a passion to strengthen marriages. They highly recommend the Alpha Marriage Course, materials from The Gottman Institute, and books by Dr. Sue Johnson, such as Hold Me Tight.

A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Russell enjoys photography, basketball, reading, and coffee.

                                           Virginia Lee McGaughran, Ph.D

Clinical Psychologist

Virginia is a U.S. Clinical Psychologist who holds two Psychology Masters degrees and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavior Medicine and Health Psychology from the Veterans Medical Center.San Francisco.  Practicing for 36 years, she has helped countless people of all ages find meaning and purpose in their lives as well as overcoming anxiety, depression, stress, transitional changes and life problems in general. She maintains that emotional /personal growth is essential for successful relationships, self-empowerment, and work-life satisfaction. Although psychotherapy is only one of many paths in which to gain emotional skills and awareness, research has shown that it can be effective in most situations.

Virginia employs an eclectic orientation beginning with the person’s developmental stage and progressing more deeply to the root of their issues and challenges.  Psychotherapy occurs in a safe and non-judgmental environment that include strict confidential policies.
Prior to a 20-year private practice, Dr. Lee has worked in prisons, locked hospital wards, juvenile hall, addiction clinics, schools, geriatric facilities. and developmental centers.
In her spare time, Virginia enjoys cooking, reading, and swimming.  She also teaches  English and life coaching to private students.

                                           Rhianon Walls, B.A.

Counselor

Rhianon is an Australian Counselor with 18 year experience providing counseling in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief and loss. The last 10 years, she specialized in relationship counseling and working with parents and children. Additionally, she is a workshop trainer with government and private sector experience. Rhianon lives in Hanoi with her family and understands the challenges associated with change and relocation to a new culture. She looks forward to assisting others in their life transitions.

April Pence, MA, LMHC – Coming March 2020

Counselor

April Pence is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL) from the United States, with a Masters degree in Counseling from RTS-Orlando. She has lived in Vietnam for more than 4 years and has been a counselor since 2006. April works primarily with women dealing with a variety of issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, cultural adjustment problems, recovery from abuse (i.e. sexual, verbal, physical, emotional and spiritual), relationship problems, family of origin issues, attachment concerns and spirituality issues.

With compassion and a trauma informed approach, April walks with her clients toward a better understanding of unwanted behaviors.  She is able to create the safe environment necessary for growth and healing, while collaborating witht he client in working toward their goals for change. She is trained in EMDR (level 1 & 2 Completed), versed in the Enneagram and will taylor each client’s treatment plan to meet their specific needs and goals.

                                           Minh Nguyen, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

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