Meet Our Counseling Staff


Elise Angelos, LPC

Elise Angelos is a licensed professional counselor in (LPC) who has worked in clinical mental health and addictions in both outpatient and residential settings. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio University in 2014, and her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ohio University in 2016.  Elise is currently a PhD student in a Counselor Education and Supervision program. Her primary areas of counseling have been anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, and substance abuse, and has worked mainly with adults and adolescents.

Elise’s counseling philosophy involves being empathetic, non-judgmental, and strengths/wellness based while empowering clients to utilize helpful thought patterns and coping skills to manage their problems and stressors. She believes that everyone is capable of positive change, and working toward their own goals. She integrates aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Humanistic theories into her counseling practice.  Elise values the working alliance between counselor and client as one of the most important part of therapeutic success, and hopes to facilitate a positive connection in the therapeutic environment where the client feels safe to share explore their thoughts.

Kristene Thorne, LPC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor with 15 years of experience in both school and clinic settings, I truly believe that there is nothing that you can’t overcome with support and a willingness to explore, adjust, and grow. I believe that therapy is a dynamic process that involves engaging both left and right brain to make meaning and connection to self-awareness and understanding. Engaging both left and right brain allows therapy to become more tangible via methods such as using Sandtray therapy and other expressive arts therapy techniques (i.e. art and music). Sandtray is a safe way for many people to explore their thoughts and feelings without having to explain their issue out loud or feeling pressured to find the words to express themselves. My theoretical foundation is primarily person-centered theory to provide a safe and supportive space for you to process and discover your highest level of self.  In addition, I find methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing helpful to the therapy process. I am also trained in a variety of play therapy techniques for children and young adolescents.

I greatly welcome a diversity of clients as well as a variety of issues including but not limited to:

  • LGBTQI+ community (individual and couples’ counseling)
  • Unique needs of the Transgender community
  • Children ages 5 and up
  • Teens/adolescents
  • Parents/Parenting issues
  • Women’s Issues & Women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Spiritual/Faith-Based Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Grief & Loss (including Pet Loss)
  • Issues related to trauma
  • Couples & Family therapy
  • General goal-oriented and problem-solving needs

 

Laura Eichenlaub, LPC

My name is Laura Eichenlaub and I have worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for 13 years.  I also am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  I see YOU as the expert of your life!  I will work beside you to help you notice how your thoughts, emotions and behaviors influence each other.  I will teach you skills to help YOU be charge of your life and not your emotions.  I often tell people – if you don’t change anything, nothing will change.  Simply by choosing a counselor you are already making a change to help you start feeling more like yourself.

I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  If an incident from the past is preventing you from living the life you want today (through things such as nightmares, images, flashbacks), EMDR may help your brain and body put the incident in the past where it belongs.  If EMDR isn’t a good fit for you, I am trained in other trauma-focused therapies to help you.  I will always choose modalities of treatment proven through research to help you accomplish specific goals.

I specialize in and understand first-responder culture.  For years I have worked with Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Dispatchers, and other Emergency Medical Service Professionals.  If you are a first-responder, I understand your unique challenges and needs.  Critical incidents and cumulative stress resulting from years of calls can take a toll on you, your work and your family.  I have helped many of your peers with this so that they could return to feeling more like themselves.   Please consider meeting with me at least once so that you can size me up yourself and determine if I’d be a good fit to work with you.

Chris Miller, Ph.D., LPC

Chris Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has earned his PhD, and holds an M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Chris was voted as the Bronze Medal winner in Best Bedside Manner through OurHealth Magazine for the year of 2018.  Chris has worked over 20 years with people in challenging situations. Chris operates with a person-centered focus and is nonjudgmental, choosing the most beneficial words and modalities of counseling to meet people’s needs. His philosophy emphasizes the present and the future using neuro-linguistics, motivational enhancement, Cognitive Behavioral techniques Trauma-focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, Emotion Free Therapy, along with techniques to help those in the most difficult of circumstances.  Chris sees you as a person first and foremost.  He provides an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to care for his clients. Chris provides counseling for individuals of all faiths and ideas. He appreciates pharmacological as well as counseling interventions to sustain optimal mental health and success in life. Chris specializes in helping those who are struggling in a wide variety of areas including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Grief
  • Spirituality
  • Life transitions
  • Family & Personal Relationships

Dr. Miller sees adults ages 18 years old and above.

Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe, LPC

Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 22 years of experience in working with individuals, families, and groups in overcoming life’s obstacles. Christina is a strong believer in each individual’s ability to achieve success and recognizes that the relationship is critical in providing a caring, confidential, and safe atmosphere for people to feel comfortable in confiding and discussing concerns that may be difficult to talk about. As a result, Christina is committed to getting to know each person she sees in order to develop a plan and schedule tailored to the need of each individual, couple, or family.

Christina grew up in a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC and has lived in various areas in the state of Virginia. She earned her BS in psychology at Virginia Tech and completed her M.Ed. in Counseling from Lynchburg College. She returned to Washington, DC where she completed and Ed.S. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The George Washington University. Christina moved to Southwest Virginia permanently in 2003 and has lived in Roanoke since 2005 providing services and support to pre-teens, adolescents, young adults, and adults as well as providing guidance to new counselors through supervision of practicum, internships, and residency.

Christina provides flexible daytime and evening hours and approaches counseling and coaching in a strength-based approach using Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and several evidence based practices to address the needs of each individual. Although not a certified play specialist, Christina has some training in play therapy and uses play to engage children as young as 7 years old. Some areas Christina specializes in include:

  • Addiction
  • Adjustment to life changes, end of life, and grief/loss
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career
  • Coping with diagnosis of medical conditions, particularly related to cancer
  • Couples counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression
  • Infidelity/loss of trust
  • LGBTQ - including individual and couples
  • Self-care and Self esteem
  • Stress management

Denise D. Crosson, PhD, PMHNP

Denise D. Crosson, PhD, PMHNP has been a nurse for twenty-five years, a nurse practitioner for nine years, and a nurse researcher for five years. Denise has extensive experience working with both children and adults in hospital, home, hospice, community-based, and outpatient settings. She earned a Masters and Doctoral degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a fellow in the VA-LEND neurodevelopmental disabilities training program, which focused on children and families. In addition, her dissertation research focused on short- and long-term effects of preterm birth on childhood development. More recently, Denise has served the Charlottesville community as a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner helping her clients to improve their lives by providing both therapy and medication management services.

Michele Gunter, LCSW

Michele Gunter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience serving the people of Roanoke and the surrounding community, and specializing is helping children (ages 2 years and older), Preteens/Tweens, Adults, families, and couples. Michele offers a reassuring, nonjudgmental, and confidential environment to promote healing and growth. She works with many issues including

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Attachment/Reactive Attachment
  • Trauma
  • Issues of Early Childhood
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Survivors of Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, verbal)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Death and Dying
  • Personality Disorders
  • Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Chronic Pain/Pain Management
  • Any many others as well

Michele’s approach is one of understanding, compassion, a sense-of-humor, creativity, and reality, combined with education and life experience. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic skills and techniques to assist individuals, families, and couples to achieve the changes you desire.

Krysten Garrett, LPC

Krysten Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who works with individuals, couples, and families. She uses a person-centered approach, aiming to develop a relationship with each client that is based on unconditional positive regard. She also recognizes the strong impact that trauma can have on a variety of mental health concerns, and works to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment for clients. She believes in the importance of working alongside clients to help them develop and achieve their goals.
Krysten is a Virginia native who grew up in the Richmond area, and gradually moved west in pursuit of educational and professional goals. She earned her BS in psychology and MS in counselor education from Longwood University, as well as providing services to students in the university’s counseling center. She relocated to the Roanoke Valley in 2015, and has worked with adult and adolescent clients in both community and private practice settings.
Krysten uses a variety of treatment modalities to suit the specific needs of each client, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Some of the areas Krysten specializes in include:
  • Substance Use Disorders/Recovery
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Personality Disorders
  • Survivors of Abuse/Trauma/PTSD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Adjustment to Life Changes, Challenges and Transitions
  • Self esteem
  • Stress management
  • Career issues
  • Relationships and Communication
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Crisis Intervention

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