Meet Our Counseling Staff
Chris Miller, Ph.D., LPC
Chris Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), has earned his PhD and holds an M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Chris operates with a person-centered focus. His philosophy emphasizes the present and the future using neuro-linguistics, motivational enhancement, Cognitive Behavioral techniques Trauma-focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy along with techniques to help those in the most difficult of circumstance. 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:
- Life transitions
- Family & Personal Relationships
Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe, LPC
Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience in community mental health and private practice. Christina approaches counseling from an assumption of competence and believes that everyone is capable of overcoming obstacles with some assistance. She is passionate about assisting people in finding a healthier and more satisfying life, and she provides a tailored approach based on individual preferences and needs.
Christina earned her BS in psychology at Virginia Tech and completed her M.Ed. in Counseling from Lynchburg College as well as an Ed.S. in Counseling from George Washington University. Christina is currently pursuing a certificate in play therapy at Capella University. Her career has included crisis services, group and individual counseling, therapeutic day treatment at the middle school level, and clinical supervision and training of student interns and residents in counseling. Primary specialties include:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Self-care and stress management
- Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorders
- Crisis Intervention
- Dealing with chronic medical conditions
- Adjustment to life changes and grief/loss
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
- Anger Management
- Attachment/Reactive Attachment
- Issues of Early Childhood
- Oppositional Defiance
- Survivors of Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, verbal)
- 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.
Christie McIntosh-Svirsky, LCSW, IATP CCTP
Christie McIntosh-Svirsky is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a variety of clinical experience in community mental health and private practice settings. Christie approaches counseling from a person-centered and strength-based perspective, believing that everyone is unique and has core strengths which can be harnessed to assist them in dealing with life’s challenges. Christie will work with you to develop a personalized course of treatment uniquely tailored to your needs, preferences and personality, and where you set the pace.
Christie is a native of northern California who relocated to the Roanoke Valley in 2001. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from Radford University. Christie has practiced in a variety of settings including residential, community and private practice. Her career has included crisis services, group and individual counseling, working in collaboration with the legal system and various community services. Christie has over ten years of experience working closely with survivors of sexual and domestic violence and other sources of trauma. Additionally, she has experience assisting adolescents and adults in their recovery from substance abuse and/or addiction, often incorporating families into the process to help strengthen the recovering client’s support system.
Christie utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities including narrative, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and solution-focused therapy. She strives to create an inviting and supportive atmosphere where clients feel safe to express their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgement. Christie assists persons aged 13 and up who are seeking assistance with a wide variety of issues and provides individual, couples and family counseling; her primary specialties include:
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Crisis Intervention
- Stress and Anger Management
- Adjustment to life transitions (career, family, illness)
When Christie is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, fishing, puzzles and cross stitching.
Mike Gartland, LCSW, CSAC
Mike is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Mike’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents and their families; counseling in an acute detox and crisis stabilization unit; providing counseling and support to individuals and families in hospital, hospice, and retirement community environments; facilitating group and individual counseling in a traditional outpatient setting to include forensic and court mandated treatment; and providing counseling and case management services to individuals and families facing the complex challenges of severe mental illness.
As a counselor, Mike understands that “one size does not fit all.” Some of us require and benefit from long-term, introspective therapy; however, there are times when we just need some short-term counseling and genuine guidance. We all experience situations that leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused, lost, or simply stuck. It is during these times that we need help figuring out what happened, where we are, and what options we have. This is especially true when we are confronted by one life’s difficult and often unexpected turns.
Mike’s approach to counseling is primarily based on the principles of Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Mike emphasizes individual choice; exploring options; navigating the change process; and personal growth.
Some of the areas Mike specializes in are:
- Addiction – Individuals, couples, and families struggling with addiction
- Dual Diagnosis – Those dealing with both Mental Health and Substance Use
- Anxiety and Depression – Clinical and Situational
- Life Changes, Challenges, and Transitions
- Adolescents and Young Adults
- End of Life – Grief & Loss
- Spirituality and Faith
- Personality Disorders
- Relationships and Communication
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Individuals and families facing the unique challenges of Severe Mental Illness
- Forensic and Court Mandated Treatment