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Amanda Kephart
Self Pay Rate: $99

Amanda Kephart, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Amanda Kephart is a Resident in Counseling (RIC) in the state of Virginia who has more than 3 years of experience working with adolescents and adults who are seeking help with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, loss, mood disorders, stress management, and substance use. She has provided care for individuals groups, in school settings, and for adults in an outpatient substance use program.

Amanda received her Bachelor's degree from Missouri Western State University in her hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri, and earned her Master's degree in Counselor Education from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Amanda utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based, and solutions-focused approach. She understands that everyone’s experiences are individualized and strives to work with her clients in building an environment that works best for them. Amanda has a large background in the arts and often will use practices that are unique and interactive.

With evidence-based techniques and strategies, she meets her clients where they are and develops care that will best suit every client’s individuality. Amanda strives to develop trusting relationships with those in her care and curates a safe and supportive environment. She understands the importance of setting goals and creating an open and collaborative space in order to achieve them!

Education

Radford University
Master of Counselor Education

Specialties

  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
  • Mood Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  (CBT)
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
Brent Burhite
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Brent Burhite, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Brent Burhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia who has over 24 years of healthcare experience.  He has worked as a nursing assistant, EMT, Registered Nurse and PMHNP.  He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, sleep disturbances and helping individuals cope with overall life stressors.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Minot State University in 2005 and his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 2018 and is currently serving in the United States Air Force.  

Brent emphasizes the use of evidence based psychopharmacology coupled with cognitive behavioral strategies to treat mental health symptoms.  He strongly believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and stresses interprofessional collaboration with peers to meet unique client needs.  He is a firm believer that medication management is only a portion of treating mental health concerns and will help clients utilize all resources available to meet their treatment objectives.  

Brent seeks to form an authentic relationship with his clients in order to achieve therapeutic goals.  He understands that building a strong client/provider relationship is key to successful treatment and strives to create an honest, open and comfortable atmosphere to foster growth and healing. 

Education

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Mood disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Military issues
Bridget  Famogun
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Bridget Famogun, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Bridget U. Famogun is a compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science degree as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) PMHNP, and she is Board Certified. Before becoming PMHNP, Bridget was a Psychiatric Registered Nurse for eight years with a history of working in the hospital & clinical Trial care setting. Bridget completed her Master's in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Walden University and graduated with honors. 

Bridget earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, in 2010, and has worked in the nursing field since then.

Bridget is skilled in Psychiatric Assessment, Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medication Management, Health Promotion, Crisis Intervention, Clinical Supervision, and Healthcare Management.

Bridget has a passion for working with vulnerable populations. She is a firm believer in a holistic approach to treating disturbances in mental health that can involve medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatment modalities. Additionally, Bridget is interested in working with patients with eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, and talk therapy. Moreover, she is proficient in working with adult ADD, psychotic, mood, self-esteem, stress management, anger management, and anxiety disorders.

Bridget's main goal and focus as a PMHNP at Thriveworks is to grow and connect her knowledge and understanding of the brain's biology and interconnections, with the neuropathology of psychiatric illnesses and psychotherapy and prescriptive practice.

Education

Walden University
Master's in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Psych Testing
  • Autism
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • CBT
Camille Brenke
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Camille Brenke, PMHNP

**Camille offers services in Spanish.

Philosophy of Care

Camille Brenke is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, and dementia. Camille has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.

Camille completed both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also holds a minor in Spanish and certificate in Community Engagement. Camille is a culturally sensitive and queer-affirming provider.

Camille seeks to establish a genuine relationship with you and collaborate on creating a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and centered on you. It will focus on meeting your goals and improving quality of life.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Science

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Alternative and Complementary medicine
Christina Puterbaugh
Self Pay Rate: $99

Christina Puterbaugh, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Christina Puterbaugh is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia who has 7 years of experience with pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults, families, and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, identity development, and relationship issues.

Christina completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Human Development and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. Christina utilizes collaborative, client-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, emotionally-focused, and family systems approaches to therapy. She tailors her approach based on the needs of the individual or therapy.

Christina believes that building a positive client-therapist relationship and striving to achieve individual and family goals are two of the keys to successful therapy. She incorporates the use of personal values and building upon strengths to support individuals and families in building meaningful lives and fulfilling relationships.

Education

Virginia Tech
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotion regulation
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Personal and identity development
Crystal Miller-Williams
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Crystal Miller-Williams, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings over the last four years. Crystal has primarily served the community in school-based therapeutic programs to include group therapy, school-based outpatient, and individual therapy to provide support with ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, grief/loss, and life stressors.

Crystal attended Liberty University where she received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. She utilizes an eclectic approach to counseling including techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and faith-based counseling. Crystal has also administered clinical assessments for three years, helping children, adolescents, and adults connect with numerous mental health services.

Crystal enjoys providing support and encouragement to individuals from all walks of life to promote hope and healing. She has resided in the Lynchburg area for 12 years and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

Education

University of Michigan-Flint
MSN

Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Medication Management
Dana Thompson
Self Pay Rate: $99

Dana Thompson, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Dana Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 6 years of experience helping adults of all ages to improve their wellbeing and enhance their quality of life. Dana offers individual or group therapy for those experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and grief. She specializes in working with people who are experiencing unexpected life transitions due to illness, injury, role identity change, separation/divorce, or other types of loss.

Dana completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Southern California. She has received specialized training for work with older adults and the military/veteran population, and is also a Certified Grief Counselor. Dana enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with clients, using a person-centered approach, as they pursue their goals and improve their wellbeing. She creatively integrates evidence-based intervention strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relational life therapy, cognitive processing therapy, problem-solving therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and mental health integrative medicine. Dana often incorporates positive psychology practices and mindfulness techniques as part of the holistic approach to the care she offers. She excels at providing clients with individualized therapeutic support as they find solutions and learn effective tools for coping with their unique stressors.

Everyone faces challenges in their lives, points when they feel that they need help in navigating their life’s journey. Dana feels privileged to have the opportunity to walk alongside clients, empowering them to choose their own path to follow as they make their way through the challenges they are experiencing. It is Dana’s hope that her clients won’t just survive a personal crisis or stressor, but that they will move past it and thrive!

Education

University of Southern California
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Improving Self-Esteem
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Military and Veteran Treatment
  • Life Transitions
  • Women’s Issues
  • Life Changes due to Injury/Illness
  • Caregiver Support
  • Stress Management
  • Mental Health Concerns of Older Adults 
Debra Morton
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Debra Morton, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Debra Robbins Morton is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has 23 years of experience providing mental health therapy and medication management. As a nurse Debra has delivered babies, taught childbirth and parenting, and cared for various medical troubles.

Debra completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Virginia, her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Norfolk State University, her Master of Science in Nursing as Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) at Old Dominion University, and her PMHNP at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Debra’s patients are grateful for her calm, supportive, and informed style of teaching them everything they will need to attain their best mental health.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
PMHNP

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep or Insomnia
Fawn Workman
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Fawn Workman, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Fawn Workman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP) in Virginia with over 8 years of experience assisting adult clients struggling to cope with OCD, low self-esteem, insomnia-related issues, stress, trauma, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, grief, difficult life transitions, and more.

Fawn offers expert psychiatric services to her clients but is also able to work with those who are currently or just starting counseling with a therapist. She can help individuals to explore medication options that support their efforts towards mental wellbeing. Fawn can also assist patients as they work towards reducing their chronic stress and gaining stability in their health, social, and interpersonal realms.

Fawn looks forward to your consultation and is ready to help provide you with a unique psychiatric plan to help you attain your mental health goals with her expertise and professional support.

Education

Frontier Nursing University
Master's in Nursing and Post Master's Psychiatry Specialization

Specialties

  • Medication management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Women’s mental health
  • Special interest in Tourette’s Syndrome
Hanna Keller
Self Pay Rate: $99

Hanna Keller, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Hanna Keller is a Resident in Counseling who has 3 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are seeking help with anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and stress management.

Hanna completed her Master of Education (MEd) in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She uses a person-centered and strengths-based approach when working with clients. Hanna incorporates a variety of evidenced-based and culturally appropriate techniques and strategies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness strategies, to meet the individual needs of every client.

Hanna believes the counseling relationship is important and strives to cultivate and maintain an open, empathetic, and collaborative relationship with every client. She looks forward to working with you in reaching your personal goals!

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's of Education

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Self-harm
  • Stress management
  • Trauma
Jennifer Pittman-Dixon
Self Pay Rate: $239: intake $189: Follow-ups

Jennifer Pittman-Dixon, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care  

Jennifer Pittman-Dixon is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 16 years experience in the mental health field. Jennifer began her career in community mental health supporting those with severe mental illness with medication management and basic life skills. She spent 10 years as a Registered Nurse (RN) working inpatient psychiatric facilities with both children/adolescents and adults, including 4 years as Nurse Manager of a psychiatric unit for a nonprofit hospital. As a nurse practitioner, Jennifer has experience working with all age groups from 5 – 98 years old in a variety of  settings including private practice, community mental health, hospitals, and skilled nursing  facilities/nursing homes.

Jennifer completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of South Alabama. She has a passion for providing holistic care focusing on the mind, body, and spirit. She takes into account each individual’s culture, socioeconomic status, background, environment, lifestyle, and nutrition when developing a treatment plan. She also provides ample education and resources for patients so they may play an active role in decisions regarding their care and treatment.

Jennifer seeks to develop a collaborative relationship with you to assist you in meeting your goals and to create a life of peace and balance in your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Education  

University of South Alabama
Master of Science in Nursing  

Specialties  

  •  Depression  
  •  Anxiety Disorders  
  •  Trauma/PTSD  
  •  Stress Management  
  •  Mood Disorders  
  •  Adjustment Disorders  
  •  Insomnia  
  •  Neurocognitive Disorders
Josephine Dakin-Davis
Self Pay Rate: $239: Intake $189 Follow-ups

Josephine Dakin-Davis, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the of state Virginia. With over 15 years of clinical nursing experience, I came to the realization that a sound mind is the precursor to the sound body hence my ardent passion for Mental Health. 

I graduated from George Mason University 2010 with my BSN, after ten years of nursing in diverse areas including mental health, I decided to get my MSN degree from Walden University, specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My vast experience has helped me to understand the philosophy of mental health and my nursing education has exposed me to a variety of health care settings. I’m goal driven, detailed oriented nurse practitioner, with patient satisfaction at the top of my professional agenda. I aim to create a cordial, warm and collaborative relationship with my peers and patients.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
Katherine Hughes
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Katherine Hughes, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Katherine Hughes is a dual, board-certified Nurse practitioner with specialties in family and psychiatric mental health. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Georgetown University in 1996, her masters in family specialty in 2012 from George Mason University, her post master's certificate in psychiatric mental health specialty in 2019 from George Mason University and her doctorate from Maryville University in 2015.

Katherine's goal is to build a collaborative relationship with patients, listen to their unique needs and implement a plan that affects positive change. She utilizes a combination of medication management and psychotherapy when necessary, implementing cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and solution focused therapy techniques. As a nurse practitioner, Katherine looks at and values the whole person when considering treatment goals.

Education

George Mason University
Maryville University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dementia
Kristina Chong
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kristina Chong, Resident in Counseling

Kristina Chong is a Licensed Resident in Counseling through the Virginia Board of Counseling. She has two years of direct counseling experience, from working with young adults in a group home to working with various age groups through outpatient counseling. Kristina's passion lies within her desire to help people learn how to balance, control, and excel in their lives no matter the challenges that they may face, no matter their age. She has a desire to aid those who find themselves struggling with a wide variety of challenges ranging from internet gaming disorders, eating disorders, masochism, self-harm, anxiety, depression, coping with life changes, and grief & loss.

Kristina graduated from Yorkville University in 2019 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She utilizes a humanistic approach through the use of Gestalt therapy. In sessions, she freely incorporates the use of homework through various methods, including cognitive-behavioral worksheets, grounding exercises, and more. Her favorite methods are the ones that her clients suggest for themselves, as she believes that with a little reflection each individual can create their own helpful goals that will promote growth and change throughout the week. Kristina ensures that her work is tailored to fit each individual through the use of Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) measures that are implemented at the start and end of each session.

Kristina knows that life is complicated and that sometimes the road towards your goal has a lot of surprising twists and turns. She understands how you can sometimes feel even further away from where you want to be despite your efforts. No matter the reason you may choose to meet with a counselor, Kristina believes that you should be in control. You have the freedom to say no if something doesn’t seem like the right fit for you and you will definitely have a voice in choosing the treatment style that is right for you. After all, counseling isn’t about finding the perfect thing, it’s about carefully crafting a solution just for you.

Education

Yorkville University
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Career
Laurie Warhol
Self Pay Rate: $99

Laurie Warhol, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Laurie Warhol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia.  She has over 20 years of experience working with people who have experienced trauma that has interfered with their lives. Laurie believes that individual issues are often a result of other factors including home environment, family functioning and childhood trauma.

Laurie uses strength-based, solution focused and cognitive behavioral approaches.  She is an excellent listener whose expertise is in family work and helping clients work through issues so they can improve their daily functioning and experience a healthy and more fulfilling life. Laurie is an excellent listener who provides a supportive, caring and therapeutic space to discuss problems and work on resolving them.

Education

Catholic University of America
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Child Abuse/Neglect
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Parent-Child Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Counseling
Lydia Sharp
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Lydia Sharp, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Lydia Sharp is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) from Virginia, with 5 years of experience assisting children, adolescents, and adults with such issues as anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, anger problems, and other complex psychiatric conditions.

Lydia earned her Master's degree in Nursing Education. She previously served over 26 years in the military in a variety of patient settings such as Medical-Surgical Nursing and Perioperative Nursing (Walter Reed Army Hospital), and as a Nurse Administrator serving in Army Combat Support Hospitals located in California and Fort Bragg, and much more. She also gained direct psychiatric experience and knowledge by working in a Behavioral Health Service Community Health Clinic, which was also part of a behavioral school for troubled youths.

Lydia will prescribe and manage medications, diagnose and assess psychiatric problems, identify health goals, record symptoms and problems, provide therapeutic treatment, and educate clients and their families about mental health. Partner with Lydia to find the treatment methods that work best for you.

Education

Regis College
PMHNP

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Women's Issues
Meghan Rise
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Meghan Rise, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Meghan Rise is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been working in psychiatric care since 2013. Meghan has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. 

Meghan is highly experienced in medication management and treatment for clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as a variety of individual mental health disorders. She believes medication is a tool to help cope with mental health disorders and can be highly effective when paired with other treatments such as therapy. 

Meghan’s strength is listening to your needs and finding solutions to help meet your goals. She aims to build a warm and respectful partnership with each of her clients. She looks forward to working with you!

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, and PTSD)
  • Bipolar and Mood Disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Postpartum Depression / Anxiety
  • Grief / Adjustment Disorders
Michelle Parker
Self Pay Rate: $99

Michelle Parker, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Michelle Parker is a licensed clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During Michelle’s 16 years of experience as a behavioral health counselor, she’s partnered with adults seeking help to manage stress, anxiety, depression, or experiencing life transitions during career changes, health concerns, parenting issues, and stressful situations. Michelle completed her Master of Social Work degree at Walla Walla University. Michelle began her career in medical social work, partnering with family during a health crisis to manage stress and make difficult life decisions.

Michelle utilizes collaborative, strengths based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused, and creative arts approaches to therapy. She blends many approaches to create a customized care plan to address the individual’s unique needs and challenges. 

Michelle partners with you in order to assist you to discover your hidden abilities and turn them into talents. In a caring, collaborative relationship, Michelle will help you learn to meet your goals and strive to build a life you enjoy and honor.

Education

Walla Walla University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Chronic Pain
Nicole Powers
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Nicole Powers, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Nicole Powers is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has 5 years of experience in the field. Nicole specializes in medication management. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nicole believes in a holistic, client-focused care approach when it comes to treating her patients. She wants to treat the person in their entirety. Everyone's care is individualized and with therapy and medication recommendations. Nicole believes these are the building blocks for an excellent treatment plan and quality of life.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

Medication Management

Robert O'Byrne
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Robert O’Byrne, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Robert O’Byrne is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP) with more than 17 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are seeking assistance in coping with stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic fatigue, familial conflict, chronic illness, life transitional difficulties, and much more.

Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Florida and his Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. As a Nurse Practitioner, he has worked in both the acute care setting (inpatient) as well the outpatient settings. Robert served in the Navy for 25 years practicing as a clinician, as well as holding a variety of leadership roles that include Director of Mental Health and Medical Director.

Robert strives to offer every client an unprecedented level of personalized treatment, creating individualized plans that seek to address every client's specific needs. With Robert's assistance, you'll start working together towards a better quality of life with psychiatric care from Thriveworks.

Education

University of Virginia
Master's in Nursing

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
Shirley Hudson
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Shirley Hudson, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C

Philosophy of Care

Shirley Hudson is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who is passionate about providing evidence-based and personalized care to adult clients. Shirley began her health career treating patients in a wide variety of settings including spinal cord injury, intensive care, hematology, oncology, and medical surgical units. After years of practice as a registered nurse, she fulfilled her goal of completing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Old Dominion University and began practice as an FNP, specializing in gastroenterology and urology.

Through her years of experience at the hospital bedside and clinic, Shirley became more aware of the increasing need for psychiatric mental health care providers not only in underserved communities, but in all communities. In an effort to increase access to psychiatric and mental health services, Shirley continued her education and earned her Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Shirley believes that the best patient outcomes are built on the foundation of a strong and authentic patient/provider relationship. She values the client as an integral part of the treatment team and works diligently to provide education about all aspects of the mutually agreed-upon treatment plan, including medication and non-medication therapies. Shirley also has a mission to reduce the stigma of psychiatric disorders by educating patients, families, and the community about mental health disorders to reduce risk, promote wellness, and achieve healing.

Education

Liberty University
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

Old Dominion University
Master of Science in Nursing

Hampton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Christian
Uche Umejei
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Uche Umejei, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Uche Umejei is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed in the State of Virginia with over 20 years’ experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has been working in Mental Health and Behavioral Services for over 10 years.  She is experienced in treating adults with both medical and mental illnesses.  Being both Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, she applies integrative health care model in dealing with her patients.

Uche completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University, Master’s degree at Hampton University as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate degree at Old Dominion University, all in Virginia.  She completed her Post Master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP).  In her training as a PMHNP, she acquired extensive knowledge with children’s and adults’ mental health care such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar disorder, substance abuse and Insomnia.

Uche focuses on evaluating and diagnosing patients, along with treating them with psychotherapies. She prescribes medications and focuses on a holistic approach to healthcare. She diagnoses mental health issues, including substance abuse, depression, PTSD, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, anxiety disorder for both adults and children. With you working with her, she will be able to manage your mental illness and get you back to living your normal life. She is responsible for assessing your mental health status by studying your medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and identify risk factors that might be affecting your mental health. She manages your medications and ensures that your medications are accomplishing their intended job and also manage whatever side effects they may have.

She is compassionate and empathetic.  She educates and informs patients and their families about mental health issues and steps they can take to boost their care.  She takes care of mental illness of patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics and all people between.  She determines most effective plan of care by utilizing the knowledge of psychotherapy modalities and psychopharmacology, and in collaboration with other professionals to provide the best treatment for the patient.  She feels rewarded when she sees the changes and growth in her patients that she has facilitated.

Education

Hampton University
Family Nurse Practitioner

Old Dominion University
Doctorate

Specialties

  • ADHD for both children and adult
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Insomnia
  • Eating disorder
Will Kapfer
Self Pay Rate: $99

Will Kapfer, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Will Kapfer is a Resident in Counseling practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia who has 4-plus years of experience working with children, families, and adults seeking help with anxiety, trauma, depression, substance use, adjustment issues, grief/loss, and psychoeducation. He enjoys equipping individuals with various skills to support them in living healthy and empowered lives.

He completed his Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling at the University of South Carolina and received his Master’s degree in counseling from Marymount University. Will uses several therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solutions-focused methods, and person-centered approaches. He always matches his therapeutic approaches according to each individual client and works to develop a treatment plan according to the unique individual.

Will strives to establish a welcoming and supportive environment and believes in the importance of developing a healthy working therapeutic reliance with clients. He helps clients by improving their self-empowerment and works collaboratively in meeting the client's personal needs and goals.

Education

Marymount University
Master’s in Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Use
  • Stress Management
Wykemia Swan
Self Pay Rate: $239: Intake $189: Follow-ups

Wykemia Swan, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Wkyemia Swan is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of nursing experience. She specializes in assisting adults and seniors who are suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, chronic stress, fatigue, and more.

Wkyemia's personal experience with mental illness makes her especially passionate about providing effective treatment. Her desire is to help put you on the path to living a happier more meaningful life. Wykemia's goal is for you to achieve mental stability. She'll help you live up to your full potential through restorative communication and medication management

Take your life back, with assistance from Wykemia. Don’t let your lack of mental stability continue to control you. Allow her to assist you along your ourney. With proper treatment and support from Wkyemia, accomplishing your personal goals can become not only a possibility but a reality.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
Mary Silva
Self Pay Rate: $99

Mary Silva, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Mary Silva is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia with over seven years of experience providing mental health services. She works with individuals aged 12-95+ as well as couples and families. Mary has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, intensive outpatient programs, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice. She has experience providing holistic and intensive treatment for clients experiencing mood, anxiety, substance use, and trauma disorders. Mary also enjoys working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, interpersonal difficulties, grief/loss, and life transitions, and she also has experience working with clients seeking healing from past and current traumatic experiences.

Mary received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has a passion for improving the quality of life and relationships for her clients who are experiencing mental health concerns and interpersonal challenges. Mary believes in a holistic approach that focuses on the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physiological components of each person.

She utilizes a variety of approaches in her work with clients including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, attachment theory, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. Mary’s clinical goal is to help others live authentically by bringing health and healing to every client. Originally from Missouri, Mary has lived in Virginia before and recently moved back to the area. Mary is excited to be a part of the Thriveworks team and to continue accompanying clients on their journeys towards health.

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology
Adler University

Michael Monahan
Self Pay Rate: $99

Michael Monahan, MSW, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Michael is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who strives to support and guide his clients through challenging life experiences. He has over 10 years of professional experience working with children, youth, and families. Michael specializes in the areas of depression, anxiety, adults with childhood trauma, mood disorders, adoption issues, cultural issues, parent-child conflicts, relational discord, and managing life transitions.

Michael has extensive experience empowering and engaging individuals, couples, and families to move toward positive changes. He also has a broad range of experience working with youth and adults with mental health concerns. In addition, Michael has extensive experience working in juvenile justice, child welfare, adoption, foster care, and domestic violence services.

Michael received his Master of Social Work Degree from George Mason University in 2007. He combines traditional talk therapy with cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, solution-focused, and family systems to help empower people toward the life they want. He believes that change occurs by utilizing the client’s existing strengths incorporated with a strong therapeutic relationship. Michael believes clients hold the key to the change they want to see.

Education

George Mason University
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Childhood Trauma
  • Adult Transitions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family Issues
Stephanie Valeri
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Stephanie Valeri, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Stephanie Valeri is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has spent over 12 years as a nurse emphasizing the importance of therapeutic communication, empathy, and patient education. Stephanie has spent her time as a PMHNP focusing on treatment of multiple disorders across the lifespan. She understands that she is not just treating symptoms, but a person with a past, present, and future. Stephanie feels in helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options; they can make the best treatment decisions for themselves.

Stephanie completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech and then her Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN). She has returned to her love of behavioral health and completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Gonzaga University. Stephanie believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship where there is open communication and time for questions so the patient feels comfortable when they leave the appointment with their plan of care, and understands the next steps if this plan is not effective.

Stephanie believes a therapeutic relationship is the foundation of a strong treatment plan. In this line of thinking she takes the time to listen and understand the patient's history so that she can understand not just where they are now, but how they got here. Stephanie then works to help her patients meet their own goals for their future through medication management and therapeutic techniques.

Education

Gonzaga University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar I and II
  • Social Anxiety
  • Smoking Cessation
Afua Ayim
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Afua Ayim, PMHNP, DNP

Philosophy of Care

Afua is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has 15 years of experience in nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Afua acknowledges that each patient is a unique individual and should be treated as such. She engages with you to work together to achieve desired goals of treatment while respecting your preferences as the patient.  She works to provide patients and families with accurate and detailed information about their diagnosis to empower them to participate in their care.

Education 

George Mason University
DNP

Specialties

  • Ages 18+
  • Medication Management
Kate Hanselman
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more.

Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London. With over a decade of experience in mental health as a nurse, a first responder in New York, and a health professions educator, she is particularly passionate about working with health care workers, educators, and those in the helping professions. She has a unique familiarity with the challenges particular to these roles. Especially now, with the pandemic increasing stressors and diminishing opportunities for coping, everyone needs and deserves a little extra help.

As a PMHNP, Kate prioritizes a collaborative, creative approach. She offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that each person is the expert on their own life. Kate provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of distress. You do not have to struggle alone. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, Kate will meet you where you are, and together you’ll decide on a plan that fits your needs.

Education

King’s College London
Master’s in Science

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • OCD
  • Insomnia/sleep issues
  • Coping skills
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Medication Management
  • School Issues
  • Transgender
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+
Chinyere Ugwanyi
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Chinyere Ugwanyi, DNP, PMHNP

Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA—all with honors. Chinyere has 13 years of healthcare experience with 12 years of that as a psychiatric nurse and 7 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degrees of mental illness, in inpatient/outpatient settings. In addition, Chinyere has worked in a major community mental health system alongside nursing homes and feels comfortable working with a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions, including serious mental illnesses She has expertise in treating mainly adult patients, but can work with adolescent patients as well. She treats patients with disorders that include anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Chinyere’s approach to care of her patients is straightforward and clear. She is very professional, caring, respectful and strives to offer personalized mental health services. Chinyere seeks to build a lasting therapeutic relationship with you, while showing empathy with listening ears to your mental health concerns.

Chinyere’s goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality care while empowering them to live a successful, fulfilled life, alongside being in control of their mental health.

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