Blue Ridge Counseling, LLC
Dr. Keith E. Fender, PhD, LCSW
Phone 540-639-9040 Fax 540-639-9040
519 Second Street, Radford VA 24141

COVID-19 Update

On March 30, 2020, a decision was made to cancel all in-person group treatment sessions provided by Blue Ridge Counseling, as a result of the stay at home order issued by Governor Ralph Northam. We are offering telehealth services until it is safe to resume face-to-face appointments. Please contact us at 540-639-9040, or by email at for additional information.

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Blue Ridge Counseling
Blue Ridge Counseling is a private practice outpatient emotional wellness clinic. Regular office hours are by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm. We have some weekend and evening hours.
519 Second Street
Radford, VA 24141 (map)
Phone: 540-639-9040
Fax: 540-639-9040

2728 Colonial Avenue
Suite 10
Roanoke, VA 24015 (map)
Phone: 540-343-5909
Fax: 540-343-5046
To Make an Appointment or Referral
Please call 540-639-9040 during our office hours. Confidential voice mail is available, and you may leave a message. Or, download our referral form. [MSWord] [pdf file]
About the Clinician
Dr. Keith E. FenderDr. Keith E. Fender is the President and Clinical Director of Radford Counseling and Blue Ridge Counseling. Dr. Fender received a BSW in 1993, an MSW in 1996 and a PhD in 2000. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and a Diplomate of the Board of the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

He has qualified as an expert witness in the state of Virginia and North Carolina in forensic mental health cases involving violent offenders, sexual offenders, and issues regarding parental capacity. He has served as an expert witness on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General for Virginia, the Virginia Department of Corrections, and Federal Probation in the Western District of Virginia, as well as numerous private attorneys throughout the state of Virginia in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Circuit Court, and Federal Court. He has served as a consultant and provided professional services for attorney's, clients, and individuals in Virginia, California, North Carolina, Maryland, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Dr. Fender has consulted with law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels on criminal investigations involving violent offenses, sexual offenses, and managing violent offenders and sexual offenders in the community post incarceration. He has provided law enforcement training in various capacities including the Sex Crimes School at the Cardinal Police Academy.

Dr. Fender opened Blue Ridge Counseling in 1996 and has treated a wide range of psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, cognitive disorders, personality disorders, and sexual disorders. He has operated batterer intervention programs in southwest Virginia since 1996 and the programs have been certified since 2000. He served as the Chair of the Virginia Batterer Intervention Certification Board for approximately ten years and is currently the Executive Secretary.

His other specialty areas include: forensic mental health, geriatric mental health, violence risk assessment, sex offender evaluations/treatment, and batterer intervention treatment programs. He has completed over 3000 domestic violence risk assessments since 1996. He is currently responsible for the operation of certified batterer intervention programs throughout Central and Southwest Virginia.

He has served his local community as a member of numerous domestic violence fatality review teams as well as domestic violence task forces throughout southwest Virginia. He has served at the state level on various boards to advance victim safety as well as appropriate treatment responses for domestic violence offenders including work with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia and frequent speaking engagements such as the Annual Judicial Conference in Virginia. He has served at the national level as a speaker and consultant to other states in their efforts to develop and implement treatment programs.

Dr. Fender taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Radford University from 1998-2008 and he continues to serve as a guest lecturer in Criminal Justice and Social Work. He is currently assisting in several research initiatives aimed at improving intervention for violent offenders and sexual offenders. He has served on the Ferrum College Social Work Board for approximately ten years.

Dr. Fender started The Radford Counseling Group in 2000 as a specialty forensic mental health practice. The practice has locations in Radford, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia, and serves central and southwest Virginia via satellite office locations throughout the commonwealth by way of public/private partnerships. Radford Counseling is currently contracted with the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, and Federal Probation and Parole Districts throughout the state to provide substance abuse counseling services, psychosexual evaluations/risk assessments, individual sex offender treatment, and group sex offender treatment programs. He currently oversees the treatment of approximately 250 individuals in outpatient treatment.

  Domestic Violence Alternatives Program
The program serves the New River Valley from our office in Radford. Contact us by telephone at
540-639-9040 or email us at
You may also download our referral form. [MSWord] [pdf file]
Domestic Violence Alternatives Program (DVAP) goals are:
Assist individuals in ending physical, verbal, and emotional abuse.
Provide individuals an opportunity to learn non-threatening ways to resolve conflict.
Provide opportunities for the individuals to build healthy relationships.
Intake and Assessment
Assess mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorders, etc.
Assess alcohol/substance abuse.
Assess specific risk factors for future violence.
Provide comprehensive risk assessment treatment plans, recommendations, monthly progress reports and final report to referral source.
Fee Schedule
Men's and Women's groups are $30 per session. Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance is accepted.
DVAP Therapy Group
Intervention is provided in small men-only or women-only group sessions that address:
Identification of the cycle of violence.  
Power and control relationship issues.   Blue Ridge Counseling's
Domestic Violence Alternatives Program was selected as the only Certified program in Southwest Virginia.

This endorsement recognizes our clinical expertise and commitment to violence intervention.
Risk factors in domestic violence.
Effects and consequences of domestic violence on children, family and community.
Alcohol and drug education.
Communication skills.
Parenting skills and parent role modeling.
Alternatives to violence.
Anger management skills.  
Referrals to the Domestic Violence Alternatives Program
Individuals charged with domestic violence offenses, stalking, child abuse/neglect, or other family/intimate partner violence. Self-referrals and employment referrals to DVAP are welcome. For additional information or to make a referral, please call 540-639-9040.
Or, download our referral form. [MSWord] [pdf file]
Individuals charged with non-domestic assault/assault & battery, curse & abuse, road rage, intimidation, harassment, and destruction of property should be referred to the Anger Management Program.
There are always alternatives to abuse.
This program assists individuals in identifying and breaking the cycle of abuse.
  Anger Management Program
The program serves the New River Valley from our office in Radford. Contact us by phone at
540-639-9040 or email us at
You may also download our referral form. [MSWord] [pdf file]
Participants will learn:
Definitions of anger.
How to change errors in thinking that lead to anger.
Consequences of anger on self, family and community.
Motivation for change.
Individual anger response styles.
Communication skills.
Problem solving skills.
Anger management skills.
Developing a healthy lifestyle.
How feeling like a victim keeps us angry and prevents positive change in our lives.
Program Description
Participants have two options.
Six 1-½ hour sessions meeting weekly. (Cost - $30 per session)
  - or -
One 8 hour session, on Saturday to accommodate difficult work schedules. (Cost - $180)
Individuals charged with non-domestic assault/assault & battery, curse & abuse, road rage, intimidation, harassment, and destruction of property. Self-referrals and employment referrals are welcome. For additional information or to make a referral, please call 540-639-9040. You may also download our referral form. [MSWord] [pdf file]
Individuals charged with domestic violence, domestic assault, intimate partner violence or child abuse/neglect should be referred to the Domestic Violence Alternative Program.

Virginia Law Foundation Continuing Legal Education Author 2018

Virginia Law Foundation Continuing Legal Education Faculty 2018