STAFFORD, Va. (WWBT) - A Spotsylvania woman is facing several charges after investigators say she pretended to be a psychologist and treated hundreds of children.
Sharonda L. Avery, 42, is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond after law enforcement says an investigation into her background discovered she was posing as a psychologist despite not being licensed to practice psychology in Virginia.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said complaints were filed against Avery in October 2018 in Stafford and nearby jurisdictions. Several victims claimed Avery misdiagnosed either them or their children and called her credentials into question.
Avery claimed to have two doctorate degrees and a master’s degree, but the sheriff’s office said an investigation showed she didn’t have any degree at all.
Avery began working as a psychologist at a medical practice in Stafford County in 2012. She was fired from the practice and it is no longer in operation. The sheriff’s office said during that time, she treated hundreds of adults and children. She had also testified in juvenile and domestic relations court in 2017 while claiming to be a doctor.
Avery was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, passing a forged document, perjury and practicing psychology without a license.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.
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