Phil Greenwood believes that when you find your true calling, the rest just comes naturally.

Phil Greenwood LMFT

Photo credit: Susan Saandholland

Some people spend their entire life searching for their true calling.  And sometimes the true calling finds them.  Perhaps it’s a career that is rich in personal rewards knowing you’ve helped someone at the end of the day.  Or maybe it’s a career driven by a passionate interest or that challenges you daily.  Or maybe it’s a career that you were simply born to do.  For Dr. Phil Greenwood, his career as a marriage and family therapist is all of these things and more. It just comes naturally to him.


A Calling


Like so many Americans, Phil first answered the call to support and defend his country.  “Joining the Navy was one of the best decisions I ever made,” Phil says today.  “I grew up quickly, became disciplined and developed a work ethic that’s helped me succeed in life.”  But it wasn’t just the desire to serve his country that inspired Phil.  It was the drive to make a difference in some way, to really have an impact on the lives of others.  In a sense, that has always been his true calling.  He found that opportunity serving as a hospital corpsman and a neuro-psychiatric technician in the US Navy Hospital Corps.  Serving the needs of others by being of help to them—especially in times of need—is extremely important to Phil.  In many ways, it is the foundation of his life.

A Genuine Passion


“I just love what I do.” Phil says. “In the time since I entered this business, so much has changed about how therapy is conducted.  I’ve been diligent on staying on top of all the changes, but I’m still as passionate as ever for meeting new people and helping them make the most of their lives and their relationships with others.”  Phil’s passionate approach also extends outside his work.  He’s a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  Phil is actively involved in community causes, especially those that support the arts and creative expression.  On the weekends, you might catch him spending quality time with his family, strumming his guitar or 5-string banjo, or volunteering his time at Second Stage Amherst.


A Premier Professional


Clearly, Phil has never been the type of person to settle for second best.  In both his personal and professional life, he works hard to make things happen.  It’s an approach that’s at the core of his success in his career as a premier marriage and family therapy professional. “I’ve never been someone who is content with the status quo,” Phil says. “No matter what I’m doing, I see ways to make things just a little bit better.  I find great satisfaction pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations.”  You can hear it in praises of his clients, Phil is known for providing counseling and support that’s simply of a higher standard.

Mr & Mrs Greenwood

Photo credit: Susan Saandholland

A Higher Standard


Phil Greenwood is committed to excellence.  If you’re serious about discovering a new you, deeper connections to those you love, stronger family bonds, or just a fresh approach to life, don’t settle.  Depend on a driven professional who will go the extra mile to help you achieve the best possible results.  Determined to bring his clients success, Dr. Phil Greenwood prides himself on maintaining a higher standard.  Make the most of your opportunities and call him today.



  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) - State of Virginia

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) w/ Marriage and Family Specialty - State of Virginia

  • Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA

  • Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Thiel College, Greenville, PA

Military Service:
  • Neuropsychiatric Technician, United States Navy

  • Hospital Corpsman, United States Navy

Additional Training:
  • Mandated Training for Certification of Pre-screeners, Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, & Virginia Association of Community Services Boards

  • Forensic Evaluation Training, Department of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy-University of Virginia.

  • Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

    • Past President, 2016-present

    • President, 2014-2016

    • President-elect, 2013-2014

    • Secretary, 1997-2013

    • SW Region Vice-president, 1993-1997

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy​

  • American Lung Association of Virginia

    • Member-Board of Directors, 1992-1995

  • Family Asthma Support Group

    • Facilitator, 1992-1995

  • Wilson Crisis Line

    • Member-Board of Directors, 1975-1977​

Words of Praise for Dr. Phil Greenwood:

“Dr. Greenwood has been treating me for Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder for almost a year now.  I trust him & know that what I tell him is confidential.  He is empathetic & compassionate, but challenges me as necessary & helps provide me with the tools & skills I need to manage my disorders.  I’ve had issues with depression for most of my life & had other therapists, but Dr. Greenwood is the first I’ve worked with who I felt is actually helping me get to my core issues.  I cannot recommend him highly enough.”


- C. H., Bedford County, VA

"As I navigate a difficult time, I am grateful for Phil Greenwood’s kind, intelligent, nurturing presence.  I look forward to my talks with him;  they are tremendously helpful.  Meeting with him revives and steadies me.  He is scrupulously conscientious about his profession's ethics and confidentiality.  I feel heard, understood and respected.  Listening with a calm steady gaze, he seems to fit the kinds of response to my needs, and he treats all of my feelings and ideas with attention and dignity.  His feedback is subtle, in the form of gentle observations or suggestions and comments that upon reflection I might decide to treat as suggestions."

- L.P., Lynchburg, VA

“Dr. Greenwood listens closely but gives people space to come to their own conclusions.  He has patience, objectivity, and most important, common sense.”

- M.W., Lynchburg, VA

Request an Appointment