Our Counselors

If you’re looking to schedule an appointment for psychiatry or medication management, please see our providers here.

Alexander Carroll
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Alexander Carroll, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Alex Carroll is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 6 years of experience providing therapy. Alex has developed competency working with a diverse group of individuals, as he has worked in a multitude of settings in the mental health field. Alex specializes in working with adults looking for help with anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, grief and loss, as well as other areas. Alex completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston and received his Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

He uses a combination of therapeutic approaches tailored to each person’s strengths and needs. Alex uses Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among other treatment modalities.

Alex views therapy as a journey, viewing you as the expert of your experience. Alex’s role is to guide you in your path toward recovery from whatever issues you are facing, serving in a collaborative role with you in the driver's seat. He uses care, compassion, and respect, to help guide you towards meeting your goals, and living a life that aligns with your own values.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use/addiction
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Grief and loss
  • Mindfulness
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem
  • Personal growth
  • Family and relationship issues
Amanda Buff
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Self Pay Rate: $89

Amanda Buff, LMHC, NCC

Amanda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor in the state of Virginia and Florida with nearly 10 years of clinical experience helping people in search of therapeutic support and guidance as they work through life obstacles. She earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

Amanda takes a therapeutic approach that is individualized to the client, family, or couple to ensure their needs are addressed properly from a caring and empathetic place. Some of her approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based, solution-focused, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy techniques.

Amanda comes from an empathetic and compassionate perspective, to help you improve your sense of well-being. She will strive to help you recognize your personal abilities to overcome challenges in your life, and collaboratively develop a plan to achieve your personal and therapeutic goals.

Amanda's specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship conflict
  • Codependency
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Addiction
Angela Foster
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
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.

Brent Burhite
Accepting:
  • ComPsych
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
  • CBT
Camille Brenke
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Camille Brenke, PMHNP

**Camille offers services in Spanish.

Philosophy of Care

Camille is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis and dementia. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing 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. She has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.

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
Catherine Ben-Agu
Accepting:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Catherine Ben-Agu, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia who has 10 years of experience in nursing, six of which are focused in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, as well as geriatric clients who seek help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine specializes in facilitating significant improvement in their presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation. She is experienced in various psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, personality disorders, SUD, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and many more. Through great interpersonal and communication skills, Catherine is able to establish trust, and communicate with clients in a therapeutic manner that upholds respect and preserves client’s dignity and autonomy. She is culturally competent, nonjudgmental, and uses compassion, empathy, and active listening in all her interaction with clients. Catherine desires to collaborate with you in a caring/therapeutic relationship aimed to provide support, assist you in building your strengths as well as meet your healthcare goals of living a healthier more fulfilling life.

Education

Walden University
Masters Degree

Specialties

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression Counseling
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Christian Counseling
  • CBT
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Harm
Cheryl Colt
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • 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
Crystal Miller-Williams
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Crystal Miller-Williams, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Crystal Miller-Williams is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary and psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Over the course of ten years of medical practice, Crystal has had the privilege of working in many practice areas, including primary care, family practice, gynecology, and internal medicine.

Crystal prefers the patient centered approach, along with the integration of  therapy, daily physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations for care. Overall Crystal tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances such as benzodiazepines.

Education

University of Michigan-Flint
MSN

Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Medication Management
Deanna McIntyre
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • 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 Commonwealth of Virginia over 12 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, and incorporating mind-fulness techniques.

Areas of clinical focus and experience include:

  • Substance Use Disorders; abuse, addiction and dependence
  • Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Co-occurring Disorders/Dual Diagnoses
  • Depression and Anxiety
  •  Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management and Life Transitions
  •  LGBTQ+

“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, travel, and spending time with family in her spare time.

Fawn Workman
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Magellan
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

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

Philosophy of Care

Fawn Workman is a dual-board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia, and has more than 20 years of nursing experience in providing biopsychosocial care to patients and families of all ages and stages. Fawn’s experience as both a ‘physical’ and ‘mental’ health NP assists her in her holistic approach to care.  She completed her Bachelors in Nursing at Liberty University, and both her Master’s in Nursing degree (FNP) and post-master’s psychiatry specialization (PMHNP) at Frontier Nursing University. 

Fawn desires to work with you to develop a plan for treatment. She prescribes medication, when appropriate, as an add-on to non-medication therapies. These may include (as indicated and accepted by you): counseling and behavioral therapies; lifestyle, social, spiritual, and self-care needs; consideration of possible underlying medical/ health needs and conditions that can contribute to symptoms (in collaboration with your medical care providers); meditation/ prayer; and other therapies. 

Fawn recognizes that most people, at some point, have rough patches in life. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. She encourages you to reach out and discuss the issues that are most important to you on your path towards mental wellness, and together help you realize and strengthen your abilities, and work towards meeting your goals.

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
Germaine Kelley-Pope
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Germaine Kelley-Pope, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Germaine is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certified to provide mental health and substance abuse services to patients across the lifespan. She has over 12 years of experience working as a nurse in the mental health specialty. She has special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and substance use disorders. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society.

As a dedicated and compassionate provider, she provides patient centered care that respects each patient's unique physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental strengths and challenges. She works with patients to explore the root cause of problems and the best treatment plan for meeting the patient’s goal. This can include medications, psychotherapy or combination of both.

Life is full of challenges that can be difficult to overcome without inner strength, effective coping skills, and a good support system. Germaine strives to provide every patient with the support, skills, and unconditional respect they need as they embark on their journey to wellness and recovery.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Sleep Disorder
Gina Thompson
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
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
Heather Hiner
Accepting:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Heather Hiner, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Heather Hiner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed her Master of Social Work graduate studies at the University of Southern California.  Heather also holds a Master of the Arts in Health & Wellness Counseling from Liberty University. 

 Heather has experience working with individuals, groups, and couples counseling with adults ages 18 and older. Heather has previous experience in Crisis Intervention, Medical Social Work as well as Disaster and Recovery Services.  She has worked with clients who have a range of concerns including chronic illness, depression, anxiety & panic, relationships issues, parenting challenges, and conduct/behavior problems, as well as mood and personality disorders.  Heather also has expertise in working with the geriatric population. 

Heather utilizes a variety of clinical approaches that are targeted to client needs including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness.  As she believes there is not a one size fits all approach, Heather believes in meeting the client where they are and working from there.  Her goal is to make clients feels as safe and comfortable as possible.  Heather truly believes in assisting others in meeting their goals and has a desire to partner with clients to help them have the greatest success.  Heather feels that it is important to assist others in identifying their strengths to overcome all of life’s challenges.  

When Heather isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, reading, and enjoying nature.

Education

Liberty University
Master's in Health and Wellness Counseling

University of Souther California
Master's of Social Work Graduate Studies

Specialties

  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Depression
  • Couples & Relationships
  • Caregiving roles
  • Daily Life Issues/Stress
  • Coping Skills
  • Parenting
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Chronic Illness
Karem Vega
Accepting:
  • 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
Accepting:
  • 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

 

Katherine Hughes
Accepting:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia
Keshia Slack-Ingram
Accepting:
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Keshia Slack-Ingram, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Keshia Slack-Ingram is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia who has 15 years experience partnering with adults and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relationship issues. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hampton University and received her Master of Arts in Counseling from South University. Keshia utilizes relational, collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple.

Keshia seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

South University
Master's in Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues
Linda Modelfino
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
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
Meghan Rise
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
Naharia Holt-Elliott
Accepting:
  • 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
Accepting:
  • 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.

Shabrial Brown
Self Pay Rate: $89

Shabrial Brown, Resident in Social Work

Philosophy of Care

Shabrial Brown is a Resident in Social Work in the state of Virginia who has several years of experience  in community mental health and education. Shabrial has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress management, and relationship issues.  

Shabrial received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioral, person-centered, strengths-based, and  solution-focused approaches to therapy to meet each individual’s need. Shabrial seeks to establish trust  and rapport with individuals to develop a person-centered approach to recognize their inner strengths.  

During Shabrial’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, practicing self care, and exploring new local restaurants.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • CBT
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
Suvi Hyytiainen,
Accepting:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BCBS
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Suvi Hyytiainen, A-GNP, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Suvi Hyytiainen was born in Finland. Suvi completed her undergraduate nursing degree in Finland and has worked in Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom prior to moving to the United States. Suvi has completed the graduate nursing degrees in the United States. Suvi is a board-certified adult geriatric and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Suvi believes in humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body and has a commitment to individualized and comprehensive care for the patients.

In her free time, Suvi enjoys outdoors, hiking with her friends and rescue Australian Cattle dog, Topi.

Education

Wilkes University
Post Graduate Certificate, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialties

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Pirkanmaa Polytechnic
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression, Bipolar and Other Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders, Including PTSD
  • Grief and Adjustment Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Reminiscence Therapy
Tamara Tatum
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Magellan
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.

Twonya Collins
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Twonya Collins, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Twonya Collins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Twonya has 9 years of experience providing individual therapy, couples and marital therapy, as well as group therapy. She has received a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work. She is currently working on a Doctor of Social Work degree. Twonya Collins is currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and North Carolina.

Twonya is a therapist who comes with a wealth of experience helping to transform the lives of her clients. Twonya’s expertise is with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, anger management, grief and loss, managing stress, and life transitions, having marital/relationship difficulties, and those who would like to develop effective parenting skills. It is Twonya believes that it is imperative to use a client-centered collaborative approach to treatment. Twonya’s therapeutic style consists of providing a therapeutic, non-judgemental environment to help foster a positive therapeutic outcome.

Education

Adelphi University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Life Coaching
Uche Umejei
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
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
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • 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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