Meet our Counselors and Life Coaches

Emily Laing
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Medicare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Emily Laing, LPC

My goal in therapy is to hold a compassionate, non-judgmental space for clients to explore their inner lives and make day to day life better, one step at a time.  I love working with children and adults alike, utilizing a variety of evidenced-based approaches, including child-centered play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy. Underpinning these approaches is a person-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative foundation that empowers clients to build toward goals that mean the most to them. I am especially experienced in addressing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and parenting concerns. I deeply value the wide range of identities and experiences people have and am happy to work with folks of all sexualities, gender identities, races, and ethnicities.

Erica Ohnstad
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
In process of being in network with:
  • Aetna
  • Medicare
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Erica Ohnstad, LPC, LSATP, ATR-BC

Erica is currently licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Treatment Practitioner and a Board Certified Art Therapist.  She received her Masters degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University, with a focus on Trauma Informed Care. She has an extensive history in working with clients suffering with co occurring disorders.  Erica believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of creativity, incorporating both integrative and cognitive approaches to foster growth and empower clients towards obtaining their goals set forth in therapy. She feels that the therapeutic value of art has the opportunity to heal, empower and engage those isolated due their addiction, depression, anxiety, fears, anger, and pain.  Her nurturing spirit helps clients discover their true potential. Utilizing an integrative approach to implement CBT, DBT, Positive Psychology and Person centered care enables Erica to maximize the therapeutic value of an integrated approach to heal, empower, and engage those isolated by their addiction, depression, anxiety, fears and self script to provide innovative therapy for her clients.

Joneis Thomas
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Behavioral
In process of being in network with:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Multiplan
Self Pay Rate: $99

Joneis Thomas, Ph.D

Dr. Thomas is a licensed clinical psychologist in VA and DC with 20 years of experience across private practice, medical center, and academic settings. She provides individual psychotherapy for people who seek to feel better and make changes in some aspect of their lives.

Dr. Thomas has special expertise in health psychology. She assists clients who want to sleep better, manage chronic pain, cope with medical conditions, and make health behavior changes (e.g., improve eating and physical activity habits). Dr. Thomas also assists clients with anxiety, depression, major life changes, work/academic stress, and relationship problems. She integrates current research about effective treatments into clinical practice.

Dr. Thomas uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to decrease distress, promote helpful ways of thinking, and take action to enhance quality of life. She uses interpersonal psychotherapy to improve relationship patterns, communication skills, and social support. She incorporates mindfulness-based approaches to reduce stress and cultivate positive states. Dr. Thomas provides a kind, welcoming presence that affirms each client’s culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Dr. Thomas earned her B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Thomas completed her internship in clinical psychology, with a special emphasis on behavioral medicine, at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in workplace issues and mental health at Duke Employee Assistance Program/Duke University Medical Center. https://www.linkedin.com/in/joneisthomasphd/

For leisure, Dr. Thomas enjoys scenic walks, science fiction books, and loom knitting. To stay centered, Dr. Thomas maintains a personal practice of mindfulness meditation.

Richard VIlla
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Carefirst
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United
Self Pay Rate: $99

Richard Villa, LPC

Richard is currently licensed and certified in areas of substance abuse and mental health.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a Certified School Counselor.  He has taught most psychology courses at the community college and university level.

Richard has a diverse mental health and substance abuse background and experience.  He has served in leadership roles in Community Supervision and Corrections, Education, serving as a counselor at all levels of academia with students from elementary to university age.  He has also managed an HIV intervention and prevention program. Most recently, Richard has served in a psychiatric emergency center and emergency medical center.  He also has experience as a case manager with a managed care organization.

Richard is a Spanish speaking, bilingual therapist.

Richard has expressed excitement and enthusiasm for this new position and hopes to be an advocate for the community, his peers and employees of the APS EAP Program.

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