Our Counselors

Angela Foster
In network with:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Angela Foster, LCSW

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for two years. I have a Masters degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. I enjoy meeting and engaging with people which helps me in my profession. I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. I feel that trust is the most important component in any relationship including the working relationship. My theory of choice is cognitive behavioral therapy.

Cheryl Colt
In network with:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Magellan
Self Pay Rate: $89

Cheryl Colt, LPC

“I want to feel better. I want a better relationship with my partner or children. I need someone to really listen to me.” These are some of the comments I hear when someone comes to counseling for the first time. Often the clients I see have struggled with depression, anxiety, conflict or trauma for years before they seek help from a therapist. What if counseling could improve your quality of life and lessen your negative symptoms? In my work as a psychotherapist, I have had the joy of seeing these very goals accomplished. My pastoral background also enables me to support clients, using their spiritual resources.

I have ten years of experience as a licensed professional counselor, working with individuals, couples and families to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflict and life adjustments. So, I will not tell you what to do. I will listen empathically and offer my pastoral experience and therapeutic experience to assist you in making meaningful choices and changes for yourself. Are you worth it? I believe so.

Qualifications

  • M.S. in 2009 from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT
  • M.Div. in 1987 from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA

License and State: 0701008922 Virginia

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
Deanna McIntyre
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Deanna McIntyre, LMFT, CCTP

Deanna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional who earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2007 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.

Deanna brings to the greater Richmond area over 10 years of experience working with a broad range of clients from teens to seniors, in a variety of locations such as residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health clinics, hospitals, jails and in the private practice setting.

Deanna’s experiences have allowed her to develop into a culturally competent Clinician who uses an integrative and holistic approach with her Clients. Deanna believes there is no “one size fits all” to mental health treatment and creates individualized care plans using person-centered and strengths-based practices.

Deanna also is trained in a variety of Creative and Expressive Arts Therapies such as photography, collage, drawing, psychodrama and drama therapy and uses these techniques when appropriate and there is interest.

Areas of clinical focus and experience include:

  • Substance Use Disorders; abuse, addiction and dependence
  • Co-occurring Disorders/Dual Diagnoses/Chronic and Severe Mental Illness
  • Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment Disorders and Life Transitions
  • LGBTQIA
  • Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias/Caregiver Support

“I believe everyone has the ability to heal, find happiness and live their best life.”

Deanna is a mental health advocate and participates in yearly Out of the Darkness Community Walks for Suicide Prevention. She also enjoys photography, music, cooking, hiking, and travel in her spare time.

Gina Thompson
In network with:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Gina Thompson, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Gina Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has seven years of experience working with adults who suffer from a wide range of mental health concerns in various settings. She completed her Bachelor in Social Work degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received a Master in Social Work degree with a clinical concentration from University of New England. 

Gina utilizes a cognitive behavioral, mindful, motivational and strengths based therapeutic perspective to partner with each client for empowerment towards living the most authentic and emotionally healthy life.  

While searching for a therapist for her own family member, Gina experienced first hand the difficult and overwhelming process it was and her goal is to provide a safe, judgement free environment where clients can feel heard, valued and comfortable to identify and process any challenges they may be facing during these unprecedented times. 

Education

University of New England
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Chronic Health Concerns
  • Self Esteem
  • PTSD
Karem Vega
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Karem Vega, LPC

Karem is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received a Bachelor in Psychology from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and a Master in Counseling from Regent University. Karem has been a military spouse for over 20 years and has both personal and professional experience working with clients struggling with life transitions and challenges.

Karem uses a variety of approaches in her clinical work with children and adults including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy. She has experience treating clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and adjustment issues.  She also has extensive training and experience helping clients with substance abuse issues and trauma.

Karem is passionate about empowering clients to become the best version of themselves. She believes that we all have the potential to THRIVE.

In her free time, Karem enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her family and friends.

Karem is fluent in English and Spanish.

** Mi nombre es Karem Negron Vega y soy Consejera Profesional Licenciada en Virginia. Como esposa de un militar por más de 20 años, he tenido experiencias personales y profesionales con clientes que experimentan transiciones y desafíos en su vida. Trabajo con niños, adolescentes y adultos. Tengo experiencia trabajando con personas que han experimentado depresión, ansiedad, problemas en sus relaciones, dificultad manejando su enojo, problemas de comportamiento y problemas de ajuste. También tengo amplia experiencia y entrenamiento ayudando a personas que han experimentado trauma y abuso de sustancias. Siento mucha pasión por mi trabajo y me gusta motivar a mis clientes a que se conviertan en la mejor versión de ellos mismos.  Soy una firme creyente de que todos tenemos el potencial de poder prosperar. En mi tiempo libre disfruto cocinar, correr y pasar tiempo con mi familia y amistades.**

KarlaP. Charles
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • ComPsych
Self Pay Rate: $89

Karla P. Charles, LPC

Karla P. Charles is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor serving men, women, children, and adolescents, in the Greater Richmond Area. Karla has received her Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Virginia State University, a Nationally accredited college and University.  Karla has learned to apply her professional experience with theoretical knowledge to assist the needs of others; through evidence-based practices and a strengths-based approach, Karla is equipped to help meet the functional objectives of her clients

“My purpose is not to cripple my clients by doing things for them, but rather to help them help themselves by teaching by example how to respond accordingly during intense situations.  It’s a matter of being sensitive enough to understand the problem at hand while simultaneously being assertive enough to get through to the mind of the individual to provoke change.”

Karla enjoys working with diverse populations, including adults, children, families, couples, and the LGBTQ+ community. Karla focuses on the whole person and specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Reality Therapy, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused interventions as well as other innovative therapies to work through issues based on client preference and need. 

In Karla’s spare time she enjoys, gardening, reading, and spending time with her son, family and friends. 

Specialties:

  • Anger Management 
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Coaching
  • Marriage & Family 
  • Mood Disorders 
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Women's Issues

 

Linda Modelfino
In network with:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Linda Modelfino, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Linda Modelfino is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia who has  been working in healthcare for over 26 years. Linda’s background consists of  acute psychiatry in a hospital setting, ICU, management and education. She  assists her clients to overcome their difficulties with depression, anxiety, mood  instability, trauma, ADHD, behavioral and other disorders. She obtained her bachelor's degree in nursing from VCU/MCV and her Master’s degree in Nursing  from Wilkes University. 

Linda doesn’t just provide medication management to her patient’s but also seeks  to get to know her patients and understand what’s important to them, their  struggles, where they have been and assist them with helping to obtain their  goals for the future. She believes in a biopsychosocial approach to help patients  get to their highest level of functioning and life satisfaction. 

Life is always throwing curveballs, don’t struggle alone. Let’s collaborate together  and help your child who is struggling in school, your depression that keeps you  from being able to function or your mood instability that is causing problems  within the family. 

Education

Wilkes University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Schizophrenia 
  • Insomnia 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Personality Disorders 
  • Trauma/PTSD 
  • Adjustment disorders 
  • Depression/Anxiety 
  • ADHD 
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Child psychiatry
Naharia Holt-Elliott
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
Self Pay Rate: $89

Naharia Holt-Elliott, LPC

Dr. Naharia Holt-Elliott is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. She is a mother and Army veteran. Dr. Holt-Elliott has extensive background and training in working with individuals with mental health issues as well as those that struggle with daily stress of relationships, work and depression. I specialize in providing services to individuals and families that are having difficulties managing stress and anxiety, struggling with coping skills, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, combat, substance abuse, family and relational issues.

Sara Kuntz
In network with:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
Self Pay Rate: $89

Sara Kuntz, LPC

My name is Sara Kuntz and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been licensed since 2013.  I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a new resident of Richmond, Virginia. I graduated with my B.A. in Art Therapy in 2009 from Seton Hill University and continued my education, receiving my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011, also from Seton Hill University.  Since graduating, my education has given me opportunities to take mental health jobs in a variety of different specialties. I’ve been able to work as a mobile-therapist, helping young children and their guardians cope with difficult life circumstances and dysfunctional relationships.  I also began my work as an outpatient therapist where I was given an opportunity to expand my impact into the Pittsburgh public schools, supporting students in high risk environments as they worked to better their lives. I’ve also had the privilege of providing family therapy at a residential treatment facility, working with at-risk youth and their families as they cope with their grief, trauma and transition into a more functional and safe environment for the entire family system.  My experiences led me on my journey to open my own practice, Aerie Counseling Services, in Erie, PA in 2014. While in Erie, I got to work with a diverse population, dealing with adult relationship issues, anxiety & depression, identity struggles, as well as, my continued work with young individuals and their family systems. I pride myself on being a positive, compassionate, hard-working therapist and strive to help clients develop a strong sense of self-awareness and recognize the impact of their systemic influence to work towards a more functional, fulfilling life.

Tamara Tatum
In network with:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Tamara Tatum, LCSW

Hello my name is Tami Tatum, I have worked in the social work field for over 20 years. I enjoy helping people identify unhealthy thought patterns, relationships and self-talk so that they may change it to live their best life.  I specialize in working with people with a wide variety of situations such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, survivors of trauma/abuse/domestic violence, difficulties in work/home aspects of life for a variety of reasons such as infertility and grief (loss of family/friends and pets). I work with all individuals from veterans, children of divorce, LBGTQIA community and basically anyone wanting to work on any ongoing/past issues or future concerns. Sessions with me are a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about your feelings with someone other than your friends and family. I can help improve relationships for couples and in families by utilizing assertive communication and setting healthy boundaries. I believe in helping everyone live their best life and helping others to attain it. You are the pen in your book of life. The past does not have to dictate your future. I look forward to meeting you.

Uche Umejei
In network with:
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
Yvette Lopez
In network with:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Humana
Self Pay Rate: $89

Yvette Lopez, LCSW

Yvette earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has spent the last 19 years working with children, families and adults in the private and public sector by way of local departments of social services, community based agencies, school based mental health settings, and residential settings. In an accepting and non judgemental way, Yvette displays passion when helping others reach their life goals.  She utilizes a person-centered, strength based approach while relying on various evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, as well as incorporating non-traditional interventions such as art, music, and mindfulness techniques.Yvette desires to help individuals seek and develop healthy coping skills that will support individuals with navigating life’s twists and turns.  

In her spare time, Yvette enjoys singing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to warm climates.

Yvette can help with…..

  • Parenting
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • School issues
  • Trauma
  • Family issues
  • Communication
  • Personal growth
  • Mindfulness
  • Life Transitions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Peer Relationships
  • Women’s issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • And much more!
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