Meet Our Counseling Staff


Courtney Graves
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Courtney Graves, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Courtney is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with almost 6 years experience as a Registered Nurse and nearing 4 years experience evaluating and treating individuals with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders in her work as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Originally from Austin, Texas, Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with distinction from Hendrix College in 2012, and her Master of Science in Nursing from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2017. 

Courtney believes in and is committed to a holistic approach to psychiatric care, assisting clients in building comprehensive, and collaborative treatment plans. She understands the importance of including therapy, physical health and mindfulness practices in addition to pharmacological treatment in order to best address her clients’ psychiatric symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. 

Courtney seeks to build a genuine, authentic connection with you in order to best understand your needs and how to work with you to help manage your symptoms so you can be fully present and enjoy your life.  

Education

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social Anxiety 
  • ADHD
  • Panic disorder
  • Adjustment issues/disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Other mood disorders
David Choi
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

David Choi, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

David Choi is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Virginia and New Hampshire. He has nearly 6 years of experience working in the mental health field including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, and schizophrenic disorder as advanced registered nurse practitioner and registered nurse. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, he has experience providing psychiatric care across several practice settings, including acute inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis treatment. He graduated magnum cum laude in Bachelor of Science degree in political science and pre-medical courses from SUNY Stony Brook University. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ and was awarded with nursing leadership and received his Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University.

David Choi prides himself on providing patient-centered and individualized care with a holistic approach. Also, he uses sound reasoning to solve mental health problems and keeps up to date on current practices. He approaches all patients with an open mind to achieve an accurate diagnosis and a responsible treatment plan. David Choi maintains a positive approach in handling mental health problems and aims to develop a safe medication management to achieve mental wellness.

Education

Drexel University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Panic
Diane Justusson
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Compsych
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Diane Justusson, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Diane Justusson is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience as a Women’s Health Provider and Midwife prior to transitioning to work as a full-time Mental Health Provider 2 years ago.  She is dedicated to Mental Health care as the fundamental basis for enhancing wellness for everyone. Diane enjoys partnering with adults and older adolescents to collaborate on individualized medication management plans. She works with people seeking help with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, women’s issues. She completed her Master of Science at Oregon Health and Science University and her Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate with Frontier Nursing University.  

Diane will help to support you with medication management in a respectful shared decision-making process. Diane is experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and with alternative to medications and/or adjunctive treatments. She will fully explore all your concerns and questions with you. 

Diane’s goal is to help you to find prolonged wellness to meet your unique life circumstances and goals. If you are ready to get started, she invites you to reach out to ThriveWorks to begin.

Education

Oregon Health and Science University
Master of Science

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management/ Life transitions
  • Women’s issues
  • Anger management
  • Mood Disorders
Elise Angelos
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Elise Angelos, LPC

Philosophy of Care

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.

Education

Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Ohio University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Substance Abuse
Elizabeth Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Elizabeth Onyejekwe, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Onyejekwe is a Board Certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia with prescriptive authority. She is trained in psychiatry across the lifespan, and has 7 years of experience in working with adults aged 18 years and above, with behavioral and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor in Nursing Science at Grand Canyon University and Masters in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Walden University. Elizabeth provides medication management and counseling to mental health clients. With more than two decades of experience in patient care, Elizabeth applies evidence-based practice in psychiatric medication management to ensure that each of her clients receive excellent treatment for the best possible outcome. She treats her clients with compassion, dignity, and respect, and enjoys helping them to become the best version of themselves. Elizabeth cares about your overall well-being. She seeks to build rapport and collaborate with you in managing your medications, so that you are empowered to live the life you desire, to the fullest. She has a flexible schedule to accommodate each individual, unique needs. She is a member of ANA, APNA and Sigma Theta Tau Society.

Education

Walden University
MSN, PMHNP

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress Management
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
Elizabeth Eunjin Pak
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Elizabeth Pak, PMHNP

**Elizabeth offers services in English, Spanish, and Korean

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Pak is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has experience working with adults seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, psychosis, among other mental health conditions. Elizabeth is well versed in conducting psychiatric evaluations, prescribing medications and managing follow up care. She has worked in a community mental health clinic serving the Latino population in Philadelphia.

Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth has worked as a Registered Nurse for 4 years on a transplant and bariatric surgery unit at Penn Medicine. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a minor in Spanish. Elizabeth has an ethnic background of being Korean but also has a heart for the Latino and Brazilian cultures. She is able to provide care in respective languages as needed.

Elizabeth believes in the importance of holistic care that is individually tailored. She believes that the optimal care and treatment comes from collaboration among the individual, family members, prescriber, therapist and others. She values working together with the individual as a team to identify the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. It is Elizabeth’s goal to enable individuals to reach their true potential and live a purposeful life. She considers various factors in an individual’s mental health including emotional, physical and spiritual components. As a Christian, Elizabeth understands the value and impact of spirituality in one’s overall well being.

Education

University of Pennsylvania

Specialties

  • Psychiatric evaluation & Medication management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
Holly Humphreys
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Holly Humphreys, ATR, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Holly Humphreys is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia.  Holly works with individuals of all ages using art therapy as a means to attend to each individual’s specific needs. A person does not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy.  The final product is not important in Art Therapy but the actual act of making the artwork is what is essential in the therapeutic process.

Holly earned her Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts Degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and her Masters of Science in Art Therapy Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.  Holly has over 10 years of experience in providing Art Therapy to at risk youth in juvenile detentions centers in Virginia.  She also has 9 years of experience with providing behavior therapy to people who stutter.  Holly is known for her honest, caring, empathetic, and creative approach to help individuals assess their current situation in life and assist them to make the necessary changes to better their lives.

Education

Masters of Science in Art Therapy
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Specialties

  • Art Therapy
  • Low self-esteem, low self-worth
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress Management
  • Attention difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties
  • Adjustments to Life Challenges and Changes
Ibrahim Iftoni
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Ibrahim Iftoni, PMHNP

Philosophy of care

People have great ability to grow and develop that is affected but not destroyed by mental disorders. Psychiatrist mental health nurse practitioners nurtures the capacity for resilience and growth as well as diagnose and treat illness. The key element of mental health care includes a bio-psychosocial perspective, recognition of the importance of healing relationships and emphasis on symptom management and self care. The PMHNP effectively advocate for patients to obtain the service they need are available in the current treatment system, to utilize other community resources such as self-help organizations and to advocate for the development of more effective services.

Education

Walden University
Masters Degree

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders

 

Jay Varela
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $129

Jay Varela, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care 

Jay Varela is a Resident in Counseling in Virginia with over seven years of experience in mental health care. Jay has worked with all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations thanks to his experience in community mental health care. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2014 and his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2020. 

Jay uses a flexible, creative approach that draws from both the cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic realms, e.g., CBT, solution-focused, internal family systems, Jungian, and existentialism. He uses this dynamic approach to help individuals with depression, anxiety, life transitions, men’s issues, relationship issues, and more. 

Jay believes strongly in the power of the therapeutic relationship. He will work to establish a warm, caring relationship with you to help you build strengths, meet goals, and live a meaningful life. 

Education

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Capella University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Men’s Issues
  • Obesity
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD
Jill Jones
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Jill Jones, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Jill Jones is a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia. Jill has over 20 years of nursing experience in caring for patients throughout the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Old Dominion University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from The Catholic University of America. She later completed her Post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Liberty University. 

Jill focuses on patient-centered care offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management to her patients ages 18-65 with mental health conditions and disorders. 

Jill is a conservative provider and passionate about collaborating with other healthcare providers to ensure there is a holistic approach to the care of her patients. She seeks to develop a strong rapport with her patients and families providing a safe and compassionate approach to clarity, wellness and overall health and well-being. 

Education

Catholic University of America
Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medication Management
  • Stress
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • School Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
Kyle Calhoun
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Kyle Calhoun, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Kyle is a Licensed Professional counselor with 7 years of Experience. She has a Masters of Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Kyle has extensive experience in providing trauma informed care with several years of experience working in the hospital setting. She has also worked in community mental health and private practice settings for several year. Kyle is passionate about providing person centered care that emphasizes strength and courage as she walks through the therapeutic journey with you. Desiring change and reaching out for help takes incredible bravery. Kyle is available to walk with you through this journey with grace.

Kyle is an experienced practitioner working with people of all ages but has come to specialize in adolescents through adulthood. By using CBT and DBT treatment modalities, she will help you explore your story and gain insight into the emotions, thoughts and experiences that have brought you to this point in your journey. By growing in awareness, insight, and emotional regulation, we will explore all of the ways that therapy can benefit your present and future.

Some of the diagnoses that Kyle is experienced in treating include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Family Systems and Attachment Disorders, Substance Related Disorders, Stage of Life changes and Grief and Loss. Kyle has experience in supporting first responders, medical professionals and military personnel in addition to other professions that experience increased Critical Incidents and increased risk for PTSD and care giver fatigue. Her many years in the hospital Emergency Room setting provide her with a unique understanding of the needs of these amazing Heroes.

Education

Masters of Professional Counseling
Liberty University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief
Laura Eichenlaub
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Laura Eichenlaub, LPC

Philosophy of Care

My name is Laura Eichenlaub and I have worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for 13 years. 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.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • EMDR
Leeann Allagas
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • ComPsych
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Leeann Allagas, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Are you struggling with who you are, want you want out of life, and how to change your trajectory?  Perhaps, you have had some recent news that was unexpected and you are unable to make sense of  it. It could be that you have noticed your relationships may be suffering due to other issues or  obstacles you are facing today. Maybe you feel stuck, frustrated, angry, sad, or confused about past,  present, or future events. Are there overwhelming feelings surrounding certain aspects of your life?  Do you want a fresh perspective to help make sense of your emotions and move forward, beyond  where you find yourself today? Would you like to discover your purpose, passion, and joy so you can  know who you are and what you want out of life?  

As a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia, Leeann’s hope is to engage in a collaborative therapeutic alliance with each individual and couple, while  encouraging one's self-efficacy, developing new coping skills, focusing on strengths, and discovering  solutions to help them throughout their lives, whether it be for self-discovery, reconciling differences, and/or the overall healing process. By using Person-Centered Therapy, Leeann can meet you where  you are, which is the best place to start! With the help of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, maladaptive  thoughts can be reconciled over time and help you to manage your reaction to stimuli after  integrating new thoughts into your daily life. 

If you are willing to begin this journey and make new discoveries about yourself, please call to make  an appointment with Leeann today. 

Education

Master of Arts in Counseling
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Work
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Co-occurring Disorders/Dual Diagnosis
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
Mary Struzinsky
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Mary Struzinsky, LCSW, ACSW, CTS

Philosophy of Care

Hi, my name is Mary and I am happy you have found me.  If you are reading this, then I applaud you for thinking about taking a step which can lead toward living a more peaceful life, looking at your life and/or relationships you want to enhance and taking action.  I believe every story matters and will work to develop a trusting and respectful relationship with you that will empower you and/or your family.  Whether it’s healing you are seeking or removing roadblocks to improve yourself, I will work collaboratively with you to learn new skills and strategies to address the issues.  No two people have the same situation and I will tailor the process according to your needs.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. I’m also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and have two professional certifications in Trauma and Resilience.  I have over 30 years of experience working in counseling settings such as private practice, serving as a counselor and administrator for agencies providing foster care and adoption, youth residential, and outpatient mental health services for adults and families.

I use an eclectic approach including Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Self-compassion, Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Motivational Interviewing,  and Trauma Specific Phase Oriented therapeutic approaches when appropriate.

In my free time, I spend time with my family including my husband, three kids, four cats and a new puppy.  I would be honored if you would schedule a time for us to meet.  I look forward to offering you a warm and positive approach to helping you achieve your goals!

Education

Master's Degree in Social Work
Syracuse University

Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Conduct behavior problems
  • Daily life issues
  • Depression
  • Growth work
  • Family of origin issues
  • Family/Victim violence
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Nutrition and impact on mood
  • Nutrition and impact on menopause
  • Parenting Challenges
  • Relationships/Interpersonal Skills (social, academic, professional, marital, family)
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
Morgan Whittaker
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Morgan Whittaker, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

My name is Morgan Whittaker LCSW and I am a passionate, experienced provider who has worked in mental health and substance use treatment in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary in Psychology in 2013 and earned my Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. My primary areas of focus with clients have been anxiety, depression, trauma (to include but not limited to domestic violence, childhood trauma, and combat), grief/loss, substance abuse, and coping with severe mental illness or coping with changing health circumstances. I am also certified as a dementia practitioner and am able to assist individuals struggling with caretaker stress and individuals with a new diagnosis of neurocognitive disorder. I have primarily worked with adults, but do have experience working with adolescents.

My approach is person-centered and strengths based. In order to meet you where you are in your path I provide evening and weekend appointments. That way you do not have to feel additionally stressed by missing the day to day activities that are important to you. I want to be your strongest advocate – by helping you learn the skills you need to overcome the struggles with which you are currently challenged or provide much needed safe space to process. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness to help you find how best to achieve your goals.

Education

Master of Social Work
Virginia Commonwealth University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Substance Use
  • Severe Mental Illness
Nytasia Dockery
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Nytasia Dockery, Supervisee in Social Work

Philosophy of Care

Day to day life can be mentally challenging. The world operates in complex systems and often times those systems can get the best of us. Mental health is the key to a healthier lifestyle and successful relationships and experiences. Whether you are having mental health challenges or having difficulty getting through life challenges, having support can be life changing. 

Nytasia Dockery is experienced in working with a range of clients. Nytasia is patient and organized. Ethics and respect are some core values she takes pride in. She is also especially skilled in diversity and inclusion.   

It can be challenging to feel misunderstood, trapped, and unheard. Working through mental health issues can be difficult alone. Schedule your first consultation with Nytasia, she is here to help!

Education

Master of Social Work
Radford University

Specialties

  • Couples/Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Academic/Career Counseling
Olivia Glance
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Olivia Glance, DNP, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Olivia Glance is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management services. Olivia knows that, as Dr. David Satcher said, “There is no health without mental health.” Since mental health is essential to an individual’s overall wellbeing, she believes in a comprehensive approach to care, tailoring it to meet people’s individual needs. Her mission in practice is to provide the best mental healthcare to all of her clients, with the goal of improving their overall quality of life.

A believer in client-centered care, Olivia has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Although she treats clients struggling with a wide array of different psychiatric conditions, she is proudest of her work in eating disorders, having gained extensive experience treating and managing this very complex and often overlooked issue. Her mission is and always has been to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality care that she can to each individual that she encounters in her work, always taking the personal background, values, and beliefs of her patients into consideration when treating them.

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Robert O'Byrne
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Robert O’Byrne, PMHNP

Philosophy of care 

Robert O’Byrne earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida (‘92) and his Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia (‘04). As a Nurse Practitioner he has worked in both the acute care setting (inpatient) as well the outpatient setting.

He 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.

Education

University of Virginia
Master's in Nursing

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
Chris Miller
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Chris Miller, Ph.D., LPC

Philosophy of Care

Chris Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Humanities and Culture from Union Institute and University, and holds an M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Chris holds advanced degrees from Hollins University and has studied postgraduate Philosophy and Religion at University of Virginia. Chris was voted as the Silver Medal winner in Best Bedside Manner in 2019. 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 understands life through an interdisciplinary lens, always aware of all dimensions of a person’s life. 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 Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused Therapy, Strategic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotion Freedom Techniques and Grief Counseling along with other techniques to help those in the most difficult of circumstances.

Chris sees you as an important and respected 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. Chris appreciates pharmacological as well as counseling interventions to sustain optimal mental health and success in life. During this time of crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic Chris is aware of the needs people have regarding their mental health.  Chris’ knowledge spans across many disciplines and fields of study. Chris has been a guest lecturer at Radford University in Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling for Counselor Education graduate students, Community Mental Health Counseling, Mental Health and Complexity, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and other related topics and Chris has presented Seminar on Lacanian Psychoanalytic Studies, the focus of his doctoral dissertation.  Chris has had published articles and books in the fields of Counseling and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Education

Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Union Institute and University

Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Development
Radford University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Grief
  • Spirituality
  • Life transitions
  • Family & Personal Relationships
Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe, LPC

Philosophy of Care

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 22 years of experience in working with individuals, families, and groups in overcoming life’s obstacles. I am also a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional through ICATP. I am a strong
believer in each individual’s ability to achieve success and see my role as bringing out those individual strengths to improve your life. The relationship is critical in providing a caring, confidential, and safe atmosphere for you to feel comfortable in confiding and discussing concerns that may be difficult to talk about. I am committed to getting to know you in order to develop a plan and schedule tailored to your needs.

I provide individual and group services for adolescents and adults. I have flexible daytime and evening hours and approach counseling and coaching in a strength based approach using cognitive-behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and animal assisted techniques to help you live your best life.

Specialties

• Depression
• Anxiety/Stress
• LGBTQIA
• Alcohol Abuse
• Anxiety
• Bipolar Disorder
• Adolescent
• Chronic Illness
• Chronic Pain
• Coping Skills
• Emotional Disturbance
• Grief
• Life Transitions
• Self Esteem
• Self-Harming

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

Stephanie Valeri, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Stephanie has spent over 12 years as a nurse emphasizing the importance of therapeutic communication, empathy, and patient education. She understands that she is not just treating symptoms, but a person with a past, present, and future. She feels in helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options; they can make the best treatment decisions for themselves. She 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. She then works to help her patients meet their own goals for their future through medication management and therapeutic techniques.

Stephanie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). She received her bachelor's in Psychology from Virginia Tech and then her Associate's Degree in Nursing. She has returned to her love of behavioral health and received a Master's of Nursing from Gonzaga University. Stephanie has spent her time as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focusing on treatment of multiple disorders including (but not limited to): 

Education

Gonzaga University
Master's of 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
Michele Gunter
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Michele Gunter, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

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.

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.

Specialties

  • 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
Denise Crosson
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Denise D. Crosson, PhD, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

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.

Education

Masters Degree
Doctoral Degree
Virginia Commonwealth University

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
Diana Smith
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $200: Intake
$150: Follow-up

Diana Smith, MD

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Diana Smith is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in general adult psychiatry spanning ages 18-elderly care.

Dr. Smith was raised in Charleston, South Carolina and has made Charlottesville her home for over 12 years. She attended The University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology graduating Cum Laude in 1997. After spending 4 years working in solid organ and bone marrow transplant services she attended The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston graduating in 2005 with her Medical Doctor degree.

She decided to pursue a speciality in psychiatry and she was accepted to The University of Virginia Psychiatry Residency where she also served as Chief Resident during her 4th year.

After graduation she worked for the Veterans Health Administration both in Staunton and Charlottesville for 5 years and then as a civilian physician psychiatrist in Wiesbaden Germany, working with active duty Army members and families.

After completion of her work in Germany, she joined the staff of Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA where she works on the inpatient psychiatry unit. She loves working in a community health care, helping people in times of crises find solid ground. Additionally she is an associate professor at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and enjoys sharing her passion for psychiatry with medical students during their rotation.

Dr. Smith brings an extensive array of clinical expertise to her practice.

Education

Medical Doctor degree
Medical University of South Carolina

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • ADHD
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
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Christopher Miller

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I had the pleasure of working with Chris in a professional capacity for 6 years, during which time he provided individual counseling for a number of children that I referred to him. Chris always demonstrated a sincere empathetic sensibility in his relationship with his clientele. He is keenly adept at providing the skills and guidance that allows others to pursue a self-actualizing understanding and awareness of themselves. He is a superb counselor.
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In all of my contacts with Chris Miller, he has proven to be caring and empathetic yet able to compassionately and constructively point out areas for self-awareness and responsibility when needed. He is a great listener with insightful advice who always makes me feel at ease.
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Great Addition

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The addition of Chris Miller to your business was a great move. He's been a mentor to me for some time now and he has never failed to help me move forward in troubling times. He really has his heart in his work with a true desire to help others. I recommend him to anyone struggling in this crazy thing called life.
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I've been seeing Amanda for 3 months, and I can't tell you enough how amazing she is... I Bragg on her so often. She's amazing, and I'm so thankful that I found her!!
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1st off, the convenience of scheduling and the times available could not be any better. Chris Miller's approach to therapy is refreshing and truly beneficial. He deeply cares, going the extra mile to get real results. I offer the highest of recommendations for anyone seeking therapy and progress in their life!
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If you are looking for a counselor who thinks deeply and can empathize with all your hang ups, you want Chris. He is low keyed, able to deal with clients of all educational levels, and is not into platitudes. Another point in Chris' favor: he really wants you to move forward in resolving your issues. He doesn't hang onto a client just for the money. I'm a fan!
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Help Starts Here!

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Chris is a caring, compassionate counselor...he helps others find ways to change and grow because he knows how to encourage and challenge instead of criticize and judge.
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To move forward in life sometimes you need an outside perspective and we have found great value in coaching and mentorship to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. This is a location that believes in helping people move forward in life.
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