Cynthia (Cathy) Clay, MA-NCC, LPC

Cynthia (Cathy) Clay is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is our Director of Programs for Gateway Services LLC. Cynthia has obtained her certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), which is the national licensing credential for the counseling profession


Cynthia received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CACREP accredited program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Arcadia University. During her time at Arcadia University, Cynthia lived and studied abroad in Sicily, completing her thesis on the immigration challenges facing the nation of Italy and the EU, with an emphasis on unaccompanied minors. This experienced inspired Cynthia’s interest and passion for serving and advocating for vulnerable communities and individuals impacted by trauma. It also provided Cynthia with a global, multicultural perspective, which continues to inform her work as a counselor. 


Cynthia is passionate about helping youth and young adults heal from various traumas and life challenges. Out of this passion, Cynthia founded the Next Generation Youth Empowerment Group for young men and women ages 7-17. Also, Cynthia served from 2014-2017 as a Court Advocate Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for Virginia Beach. 


Currently, Cynthia is pursuing her Ph.D. in Transformative Social Change to further her understanding of capacity building, advocacy, and social justice and its relevancy to helping vulnerable communities.


Before pursuing a Master’s Degree in counseling, Cynthia worked many years in corporate America for one of the major insurance companies in the United States. This experience provided Cynthia with the leadership and management skills that she continues to utilize in her counseling career and advocacy work. 



Director Ms. Cynthia Clay, LPC
Director Ms. Cynthia Clay, LPC

Meet Our Clinical Director

Dr. Portia Rawles, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor Conference Speaker , Author & Human Sec

Gateway Services LLC is proud to be under the clinical supervision of Dr. Portia Rawles, noted Human Security expert, author, professor and CEO of Rawles Psychological Services (RPS).  

Dr. Portia Rawles is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the CEO/Founder of Rawles Psychological Services (RPS) a behavioral health practice with a team of certified therapists (Meet Our Team).  Dr. Rawles received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and doctorate from Regent University. Currently, Dr. Rawles works in the capacity of a clinician, professor, and consultant. Dr. Rawles presently serves as an online faculty for Saybrook University's  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program.  Saybrook University is located in Oakland, CA..  Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Rawles served 13 years with Norfolk Fire and Rescue. She retired as a Captain being the first African- American woman to reach this rank.

Clinical Director of Gateway Services
Clinical Director of Gateway Services

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Your mental health is important to the team at Gateway Services. Allow us to prove it! Contact our Program Director, Cathy Clay, LPC, today:

Gateway Services LLC

Gateway Services, 2010 Old Greenbrier Road, Suite J, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320, United States

(757) 995-3084


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