Move Forward Virtual Assistants LLC began after Alison Pidgeon, MA, LPC, heard from her business consulting clients about their need for dependable virtual assistants.

Alison Pidgeon, MA, LPC, CEO and Founder

Alison Pidgeon, MA, LPC, CEO and Founder

Therapy practice owners feel uneasy about hiring a virtual assistant from websites touting freelancers with little to no experience in mental health. Practice owners look for virtual assistants who speak to mental health clients with compassion and care, who understand confidentiality and HIPAA regulations.

That’s why Alison started Move Forward Virtual Assistants to specialize in helping private practice owners. Hiring a virtual assistant with experience in the mental health field can be a game changer for your business.

Alison feels passionate about serving private practice owners because she’s faced many of the same challenges as you do. And she only hires virtual assistants whom she would trust in her own private practice.

Meet our Chief Operations Officer, James Marland, MBA, MAM

James Marland is Chief Operations Officer at Move Forward Virtual Assistants with over 18 years of experience in social service and non-profit organizations. James loves the power of learning and holds a Masters degree in Ministry and Business Administration. He started his career in the mental health field working in a shelter for children and has held positions in Family Based, Day Hospital, Crisis, Intake to Inpatient, Youth Minister, and Manager of a Mental Health Triage program. Along the way, James has learned people are resilient, inspiring,  and capable of so much if we offer them hope and give them a vision and a path for success. James loves cooperative games of all kinds and can be found organizing a board game night with friends or playing a casual game online. He has lived in Lancaster County, PA for the last 11 years with his wife of 21 years and his active 14-year old son. He is currently studying for a certificate in project management and writes a few times a week in his blog on growth and change which is found at

If you would like to email James he can be reached at