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Joseph Capps Pastoral Counselor in Virginia
Joseph Capps , PhD, C.Ed.D, DAAETS, CCTP

Pastoral Counselor

Online only

Accepting new clients

About me

I have been working with Veterans, First Responders and their families as a Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor since 2009. I specialize in Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, Operator Syndrome , Crisis and Abuse. Everything is confidential, and completely off the grid, so you are absolutely safe, and have the utmost privacy. I also host many peer support groups, trauma recovery courses, and will speak or teach courses such as Suicide prevention, stress first aid, etc. I offer many unique courses that are demographic focused. I have been married for 26 years and have 3 wonderful children. I uniquely understand the toll CPTSD & PTSD have on the family by navigating this struggle personally.

Dr. Capps is the command chaplain and chief psychological officer of the VDF Chaplain Corps Psychological Resources Program. Dr. Capps also owns and operates Capps Christian Counseling LLC. Where he has been in private practice since 2009. Dr. Capps has extensive experience with trauma, PTSD, PTS, Cumulative stress, complex trauma, and crisis and abuse counseling. He has faithfully served with the USN, and continues to serve with the Virginia Defense Force. He is responsible for the creation of the VDF Mental Health Initiative, and the standing up of the Psychological Health Resources Program.
Dr. Capps is a certified QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Instructor, and specializes in teaching demographic specific models including Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS, Military, School Officials, and Disaster Responders. His experience includes being a Certified Disaster Response Chaplain, and Emergency Services Chaplain. He has been working with Military, Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters, Emergency Medical personnel, Correctional Officers, Dispatchers, First line Clergy, as well as families that are experiencing crisis for over a decade. Dr. Capps is also an Operational Stress First Aid Instructor, and proudly serves the First Responder Center of Excellence, in spreading this vital curriculum to agencies.

Dr. Capps specializes in the effects of trauma, and abuse. Over the past 5 years Dr. Capps has created a unique set of curriculum, peer support format, and treatment model. PROJECT PALADIN is the result of years of research, Observation in the field, and treatment outcomes. Dr. Capps passion is to help PALADINS and Their Families, as an Advocate, Educator and Friend. As a Diplomate of the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Certified Trauma Professional, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology Field Traumatologist and member of the American Academy of Suicidology, Dr. Capps has faithfully advocated and lobbied for Education, Support and understanding for the Paladin Community. It is Dr. Capps dream that the Paladin community would unite as a family, and support each other in love, hope and understanding, as we answer God's call to serve our communities. And for the public to change its stigma of our community that selflessly sacrifices every day.



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  • Therapy / Counseling

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  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Individuals


  • English

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