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.
Holly Humphreys, ATR, LPC
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.
Some of her specialties include:
- Art Therapy
- Low self-esteem, low self-worth
- Grief and loss
- Stress Management
- Attention difficulties
- Emotional and behavioral difficulties
- Adjustments to Life Challenges and Changes
Kyle Calhoun, LPC
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.
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.
Mary Struzinsky, LCSW, ACSW, CTS
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.
Areas of clinical focus include:
- Conduct behavior problems
- Daily life issues
- Growth work
- Family of origin issues
- Family/Victim violence
- 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
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!
Morgan Whittaker, LCSW
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.
Rasheeda Crowder, LCSW
Rasheeda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience in helping others through difficult times with therapy. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Radford University and has been licensed as an LCSW since 2012. She has worked with a range of ages, late adolescents, and adults and well into the senior population. Rasheeda has worked extensively with the veteran population, adults with substance abuse and various mental health diagnoses as well as individuals with medical disabilities. She has provided services in a variety of settings including hospitals, crisis stabilization units, private practice, in home and remotely.
Rasheeda attempts to meet clients where they are mentally and work together on a plan to improve their situation. Her engagement with clients is person centered and individualized to meet their needs and work at their pace to achieve the client’s desired success. Rasheeda uses a perspective grounded in the principals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her style is easy and conversational, offering warmth and a therapeutic safe space for clients.
Rasheeda is a native of Roanoke, VA and has lived in the area the majority of her life. She is married with two children and two fur babies. She loves offering services in her community, enjoying the variety of SW VA culture.
- Anxiety, Stress, and Panic
- Mood Disorders
- Substance Abuse, Addiction and Recovery
- Grief and Loss
- Veteran Issues
Chris Miller, Ph.D., LPC
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, Cognitive Behavioral techniques Trauma-focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, Emotion Free Therapy, 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. He 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 specializes in helping those who are struggling in a wide variety of areas including but not limited to:
- Life transitions
- Family & Personal Relationships
Dr. Miller sees adults ages 18 years old and above.
Christina Dormstetter-O’Keefe, LPC
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.
Areas of specialization include:
• Alcohol Abuse
• Bipolar Disorder
• Chronic Illness
• Chronic Pain
• Coping Skills
• Emotional Disturbance
• Life Transitions
• Self Esteem
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.
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.
Diana Smith, MD
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.