Donald Ray Sirry, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker
"Life's journey is magnificent. It can become a struggle, or even a crisis, for any of us. If you are struggling, come, talk with me. Maybe I can help. I welcome all people, including couples or families who struggle. Come, talk with me confidentially about your struggle. Many people have thanked me for helping them over 40+ years of Social Work. Perhaps, you will too. It would be my privilege."
"Dr. Ray", as he is called by his clients, has been a practicing Social Worker for more than 40 years. He earned his Bachelor's Degree at Roanoke College and his Masters and PhD in Social Work Degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Dr. Ray has worked in several states and cities specializing in children and family services. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush's Administration to serve as Commissioner of the Children's Bureau at the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Following confirmation by The United States Senate, he served as Commissioner for 3 years. He was also inducted in the Senior Service Executives during the Bush '41 Administration. As Founder and President of Social Services Solutions, Inc. for 13 years, he provided extensive services for many clients, including the State of Connecticut, where he has worked for two decades, including a period of service to the United States District Court of Connecticut as Monitor and Receiver of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. He most recently provided direct behavioral health services to minor children ages 10-18, adults of all ages, couples, families and Senior citizens. Dr. Ray may also be remembered as Director of the Division of Services for the State of Virginia for 13 years or as A Division of Youth Services Community-based Services Specialist for 3 years. He has also been an Associate Professor at VCU School of Social Work where he founded and supervised the VISSTA Training Institute while earning his Ph.D. Prior to earning his Masters, he enjoyed working for the Roanoke City Department of Social Services as a children and family services worker for 3 years starting in 1969.
Dr. Ray has provided therapy for nearly all the DSM 5 disorders, from Anxiety and Mood Disorders through Personality Disorders. He specializes in Addiction and Relapse Prevention, Domestic Violence, Depression, PTSD, LGBTQ Issues, Transgender Standards of Care, Issues of Couples, Men's relationship and sexual issues of all types, and Anger and just things that worry people and those they love.
Modalities used by Dr. Ray include therapeutic listening, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, anger and substance abuse educational therapy for courts and individuals, trauma-based services, couples counseling and family-based therapy. His approach is eclectic because few people neatly fit in any one therapy.