Our Counselors

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

Afua Ayim, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Afua is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has 15 years of experience in nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Afua acknowledges that each patient is a unique individual and should be treated as such. She engages with you to work together to achieve desired goals of treatment while respecting your preferences as the patient.  She works to provide patients and families with accurate and detailed information about their diagnosis to empower them to participate in their care.

Education 

George Mason University
DNP

Specialties

  • Ages 18+
  • Medication Management
Amanda Kephart
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Amanda Kephart, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Amanda Kephart is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia who has experience working with adolescents and adults who are seeking help with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, mood disorders, stress management, and substance use. She has provided care for individual and group therapy to adolescents in a school setting, as well as adults in an outpatient substance use program. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science from Missouri Western State University from her hometown in Saint Joseph, Missouri and her Master of Science in Counselor Education from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

Amanda utilizes a person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused approach. She understands that everyone’s experiences are individualized and strives to work with her clients in building an environment that works best for them. Amanda has a large background in the arts and often will use practices that are unique and interactive. With evidence-based techniques and strategies, she meets her clients where they are and together develop care that will best suit every client’s individuality.

Amanda strives to develop trusting relationships with those in her care and curates a safe and supportive environment. She understands the importance of setting goals and creating an open and collaborative space in order to achieve them!

In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, reading, concerts, and anything Jeep related.

Education

Radford University
Master of Science in Counselor Education

Specialties

  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
  • Mood Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  (CBT)
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
Amanda Williams
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Amanda Williams, LCSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Amanda is  a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in the state of Virginia. She has over 10 years of clinical experience. Amanda received her BSW from Oakwood University (formerly known as Oakwood College). She furthered her education by obtaining her MSW from Alabama A&M University. 

She has worked with diverse populations of individuals ranging from children, adolescents, adults, veterans, and couples. Her primary focus is but not limited to the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, dual diagnosis, grief, adjustment, addiction and relational problems. Amanda's background includes clinical work, mental and behavioral health, case management, assessments, and training in the medical, educational, psychiatric,  and therapeutic settings. Amanda uses a diverse approach to counseling; some of the modalities she uses include but are not limited to; Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution Focus, behavioral therapy, Trauma Focused, Person Centered, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). 

Amanda focuses on providing a genuine therapeutic relationship in a safe and non-judgement; while treating each individual with dignity and respect.  She aspires to guide, support, and collaborate with you on achieving  your goals and improving your quality of life.

Education

Masters of Social Works
Alabama A&W University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Mood Disorders
  • Academic/Work Issues
  • Relationship/Couples/Family Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Mindfulness
Angela Johnson
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
Self Pay Rate: $99

Angela Johnson, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of those rare Virginia natives. I graduated from Regent University with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling. I changed careers “midstream” because I knew I wanted to do more to help others. Change is not easy; however, it can be done and have amazing results. My goal is to create a space where the client is comfortable and can feel empowered to create a change that is chosen by them.  

I have over 15 years of experience working with mental health and substance abuse. I gained experience working with the community services board in both acute inpatient and outpatient settings with a diverse population. I have worked with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. I am a Crisis Intervention instructor and consultant for a local police department. I have been a CISM peer team member for 9 years. I have facilitated numerous group therapy sessions. My passion is trauma and PTSD. My treatment approach is integrative. I incorporate CBT, DBT, mindfulness, solution-focused, and trauma informed care into the client’s treatment. 

My specialties include: 

  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss
  • Alzheimer’s/Caregivers
  • Relationship & Couples Counseling
  • First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS and Dispatch) 
  • Substance Use/Addictions
  • LGBTQ+  issues (transitioning, questioning, family relationships, etc)  
  • Coping Skills 
  • Attachment related issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Military separation

“Trauma Creates a Change You Don’t Choose. Healing is About Creating Change You Do Choose” -Michelle Rosenthal

Arianne Eichas
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Arianne Eichas, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Arianne Eichas is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia who has years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families within the Department of Human Services, intensive in-home therapy and residential facilities. Additionally, as a Master Level Clinician, Arianne has provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient settings. Arianne completed both her Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. 

Arianne utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical  Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help treat individuals and to meet their specific needs and interests. She understands the complexities of mental health and utilizes a person-centered, strength-based, and solution focused approach to help individuals reach their maximum potential. 

Arianne seeks to establish a trusting relationship with each individual  and to provide you with a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment to achieve your goals and to help with your overall mental health care. Arianne is committed to helping her clients learn, change, and grow! She is passionate about helping her clients live a life worth living! 

Education

Old Dominion University
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Adjustment 
  • Self-Esteem
Ashley McBride
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Ashley McBride, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Ashley McBride is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Ashley completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Norfolk State University and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Community Mental Health Counseling from Hampton University.  She has over 10 years of experience working in the behavioral and mental health field, including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, residential and community services for children, adolescents, adults, older adults and families.

Ashley focuses on a holistic approach to healing and wellness, and incorporates techniques from various evidenced-based practices including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Play Therapy, Positive Therapy and Mindfulness to address each individuals’ unique needs and goals.  She strives to create a flexible and creative environment that promotes safety, awareness, change and healing for all.

Ashley is committed to establishing a trusting and caring relationship with you and/or your family in order to assist in developing and maintaining happy and healthy lives—whatever that may look like for you.  Her overall goal is to support you in overcoming challenges and creating a life that you value and desire. 

Education

Hampton University
Master's in Clinical Community Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Use Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Behavioral Issues (Children/Adolescents/Young Adults)
  • LGBTQIA/Gender Issues
  • Racial/Ethnic Issues
Beata Sims
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Beata Sims, PMHNP, ARNP, MSN

Philosophy of Care

Beata Sims is a double Board-Certified Advance Nurse Practitioner. She launched her career in 2007 and received her Master’s Degree in Primary Care and a Post Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health.

Her approach is based on integrative psychiatry including

  • Prescribing medications
  • Motivational, person-centered therapy
  • Complementary medicine

She enjoys working with a variety of age groups and provides 100% confidential and non-judgmental environment.

She is licensed to practice statewide and conduct visits by a video call from the safety and comfort of your home. Telepsychiatry makes it possible to get support from anywhere.

Beata has helped thousands of people to regain their health with appropriate medication and therapy.

She speaks English and Polish.

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” Richard Branson

Education

Master’s Degree in Primary Care
Post Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health.

Specialties

  • Life Transitions
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression and Low Self-Esteem
  • Bipolar and Personality Disorder
  • Trauma and PTSD
Brent Burhite
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • 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:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • 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
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • 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
Caroline Minto
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Caroline Minto, LPC

Caroline Minto is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia who has served the Virginia Beach area since 2016. She has experience partnering with adults, couples, adolescents, and children seeking help with depression, stress, anxiety, mood disorders, family dynamics, and behavior concerns. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Mental Health and Human Services and Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Caroline utilizes several different therapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and always aims to collaborate and create comfort within the therapy process.

Caroline seeks to establish a meet-you-where-you-are relationship in order to assist in using your strengths to identify and meet your goals. Caroline enjoys working with any age group and looks forward to helping you move towards a healthier and happier life!

Caroline's specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Mood Disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships and Couple’s Issues
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Children’s Behavioral Concerns
  • Family Dynamics
Crystal Miller-Williams
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • 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
Daryia Biarozkina
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Daryia Biarozkina, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

My goal is to help clients reach their best potential by exploring their abilities, strengths, and talents, which may be hidden or weakened during difficult times. I believe that everyone is unique and therefore use the wholistic approach, encouraging, and active listening to promote hope, growth, and harmony.

I meet people where they are with an open heart without judgment and walk by their side through pain, grief, confusion, and frustration towards recovery with compassion, empathy, care, and support.

Education

South University
MA

Specialties

  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Academic Issues
Delia Welge
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Delia Welge, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Delia Welge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with over 9 years of working in the mental health field in areas such as: case management, foster care, school social work, crisis work, inpatient and outpatient settings, and military social work. Delia graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Master’s in Social Work. While attending USC Delia’s area of concentration was mental health with a sub-concentration in military social work. 

Delia enjoys working with adolescents (14 and above), adults and couples who are looking to improve communication and learn skills to navigate the various ups and downs of life. Delia’s approach to therapy is to follow her clients lead to determine the best fit for therapy based on the client’s identified treatment goals. Therapy utilized in sessions are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure and more. 

Education

University of Southern California
Master’s in Social Work

Specialties

  • Adolescents, Couples, individuals
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Military
  • Mood disorders
  • Stress management
  • Substance use
  • Trauma

 

Elizabeth Malin
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Elizabeth Malin, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Now accepting new clients!  I have experience treating adults, teens, couples and families.  Some of the issues I have helped my clients work through include anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, relationship issues, low self- esteem, workplace stressors and life transitions.  If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these issues, I will provide a safe place where we can both work together to form a collaborative relationship with the goal of helping you feel heard, understood and valued.  My clinical approach includes the use of psychoeducation surrounding coping skills as well as the use of clinical interventions that have been proven to help client’s create change that encourages feelings of empowerment and a healthier way of living.  I am honored to be a part of your journey and look forward to helping you live your best life on a daily basis.

Education

Old Dominion University
MSEd

Specialties

  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Grief/Loss
  • Anger Management
Elizabeth Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
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
Fawn Workman
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Magellan
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
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • ComPsych
  • 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
Gwendolyn Fisher
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Gwendolyn Fisher, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Gwendolyn Fisher is a Licensed Resident in Counseling. She has 3 years of experience helping children and adults seeking  help with depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bipolar, oppositional defiance, trauma, PTSD , family relationships and crisis stabilization. Gwendolyn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia Weselyan University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

Gwendolyn utilizes collaborative, positive regard, solution focused, cognitive behavioral, person centered, mindfulness based, and emotionally focused approaches to therapy to meet clients were they are, and to promote a more meaningful life.

Gwendolyn seeks to empower clients with meeting the goals they desire in life, recognizing that they are valuable, and learning to living their best lives, one day at a time.

Education

Liberty University
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Family/Relationships

 

Hayley Knowlton
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Compsych
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Hayley Knowlton, LCSW

Hayley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and Idaho who provides psychological therapies and assessments to adolescents, adults, and couples. Her primary focus is in the treatment of trauma, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, and severe mental health issues. Hayley received a Master of Social Work Degree (with a specialization in clinical mental health) from the Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Idaho State University. She also has a Master of Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Her background includes clinical work and training in the community mental health setting, child protection for the State of Idaho, and therapeutic settings. Hayley is experienced providing assessment, collaborative, and clinical services to adolescents, and adults in both community and private practices. She has worked in the field of mental and behavioral health since 1998. Hayley has experience working with dual diagnosis as she worked in an inpatient substance abuse setting for nearly 2 years at the Walker Center in Idaho.

Hayley currently resides in the state of Virginia and works with Thriveworks providing individual, adolescent, and adult therapeutic counseling and assessment, as well as Christian counseling. Her therapeutic approaches include EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy.

Iman Williams Christians
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Optima
Self Pay Rate: $99

Iman Williams Christians, Ph.D.

Philosophy of Care

It is courageous to choose support and share your experience when you are sorting through significant life challenges. Dr. Iman Williams Christians “Dr. Iman” has over 13 years of experience working with people coping with very human struggles: managing intense emotions and thoughts without feeling consumed by them, living in the present moment without being bombarded by memories of the past or worries about the future, and living a life that is dictated by us and our values, rather than by past stressful life experiences. 

Dr. Iman brings genuine dedication, humility and deep care in the process of meeting your goals and living life according to your goals. Her approach is person-centered, evidence-based, strengths based, and  culturally-sensitive. Her approach integrates CBT, mindfulness, and values-based interventions to help patients learn effective tools to increase connection, meaning, and empowerment in their lives.

Dr. Iman Williams Christians “Dr. Iman” is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in the evidence-based assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults as well as the provision of clinical consultation to mental health providers. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Jackson State University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at STRONG STAR, the world’s largest research consortium for the detection, prevention and treatment of PTSD. She is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and was trained as a Prolonged Exposure Consultant Program at Emory University.

Education

Jackson State University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Women’s issues
James Martin
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Havard Pilgrim
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

James Martin, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. I began my career working for the community services board providing counseling and assessment for individuals experiencing severe mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. In 2015 I relocated to Hampton Roads from Radford, VA and since that time I have worked for private community-based programs providing intensive in-home services to at risk adolescents and adults diagnosed with severe mental illness. My goal is to utilize my collective life experiences and knowledge to assist you in achieving a well-balanced life.

My counseling approach is eclectic in nature. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the foundation of my approach and I utilize other elements that include, but are not limited to: mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), solution-focused, motivational interviewing, crisis/trauma, and existential/spiritual therapy. As your therapist I will be an empathetic listener and voice on your path to improvement and provide therapy sessions in a safe, non-judgmental, and accepting environment.

I look forward to helping you on your path to personal growth and enlightenment. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” I provide individual, group, couples, and family counseling. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders/Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and Stress Related Disorders (PTSD/Acute Stress)
  • Anger Management
  • Academic/Occupational/Work Issues/Career
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Chronic Health/Medical Problems
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors/Self-harm
  • Co-dependency
  • Crisis/Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Men’s Issues
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Mindfulness/Mediation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Jared Vega
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

Jared Vega, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Jared Vega is a dually certified Family (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia who has over 10 years of healthcare experience.  He has worked as an EMT, Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. and has worked in community and public health for most of his career. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University at Buffalo in 2011, his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Simmons University in 2017, and his post-masters certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of New Hampshire in 2019.

Jared has a special interest in PTSD and trauma. Jared’s goal is to build a partnership with his patients that provide tools that include medication management and therapy to help the patients achieve their goals. He enjoys working with patients to develop goals and providing education about medications as well as tips to increase their everyday wellbeing. He looks forward to developing a plan that works for you!

Education

UNH (post-masters certificate)
MSN, Post-Master Certificate

Specialties

  • PTSD
Joseph Pugach
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Joseph Pugach, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Joseph Pugach is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia who has 6 years of inpatient and  outpatient experience in the field of mental health, working with older adolescents, college-age and  college students, and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other stressors and areas of  concern in individual and group therapy settings. He completed both his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and received  his Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the School of Education at The College of William & Mary. 

Joseph utilizes humanistic, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, collaborative, and solution-focused approaches in therapy, emphasizing the capacity to develop self-awareness  and self-healing by providing a safe, therapeutic environment that facilitates growth through self exploration in order to meet the unique needs of clients. 

Joseph seeks to work collaboratively with you and to support you in defining your goals and  success in your pursuit of healthy change as you develop and refine new skills and strategies you  can implement so you can live the fuller, more actualized life you desire.

Education

College of William & Mary
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Anger Management 
  • Anxiety 
  • The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music, Level I (Student) 
  • Coping Skills Development 
  • Depression 
  • Life Transitions & Adjustment 
  • Peer Relationships
Katara Ratliff
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Katara Ratliff, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Katara Ratliff is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia who has 15 plus years of experience working with children and adults addressing issues of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress and life transitions. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work from Norfolk State University and received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from South University. 

Katara utilizes cognitive behavioral, solution focused, strength based, and collaborative approaches to therapy while maintaining openness, flexibility and awareness to ensure that the needs of every family, couple and individual are met. 

Katara strives to establish and maintain an inviting, warm and supportive relationship with you in order to accompany you in building your strengths while working towards accomplishing your goals and living the meaningful life you desire.

Education

South University
Master's in Professional Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety 
  • Stress Management 
  • Anger Management 
  • Depression 
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
Katherine Hughes
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • 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
Keshanda Garland
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Keshanda Garland, LPC

Keshanda "Kesha" Garland is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia, who has had over 12 years experience working in the mental health field. Keshanda has had experience working with clients with a wide range of mental health disorders: including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and ADHD, and trauma. As a general practitioner, Kesha is able to treat clients with a variety of diagnosis and issues working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults. Keshanda utilizes a variety of techniques or interventions that are used based on the client’s needs. Shes uses client-centered, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapies, and elements of mindfulness are used. She is passionate about helping others feel good about themselves and effectively manage through life’s trials and tribulations in order to lead a life of purpose, fulfillment and joy. Her style is warm and supportive, and she is ready to help you tackle your struggle head-on. She believes collaboration is important and establishing concrete goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems is the goal for therapy. Keshanda believes in taking time and working on wellness slowly, holistically, and consistently. Just as physical health takes time and consistency, so does mental health. 

Specialties: 

  • Stress, Anxiety 
  • Self esteem 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Depression 
  • Coping with life changes 
  • Family conflicts 
  • Trauma and abuse 
Linda Modelfino
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • 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:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
  • Tricare
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
Nathan Stanton
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Nathan Stanton, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Nathan Stanton is a Resident In Counseling ,in the state of Virginia who is working towards obtaining his state licensure. Nathan is a full time firefighter, and is a former police officer. Nathan obtained his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate of Graduate Studies in Trauma Counseling from Regent University. 

Nathan utilizes a relational, cognitive behavioral based, strength based, solution focused, and mindfulness based approach to his therapy practices in order to provide his clients with a relaxed, open, and confidential therapy experience.

Nathan wants to ensure you that he strives for a professional, comfortable, respectable, honest, and trustworthy relationship with you as he works alongside you in order for you to meet your goals and find the healing that you most definitely deserve.

Education 

Regent University
Master's in Clinical Mental Health

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Men’s Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • First Responders and Health Care Professionals
  • Relationship Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
Renae Willis
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Humana
Self Pay Rate: $99

Renae Willis, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Renae Willis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia who has many years of experience providing therapy to children, teens and adults through individual, couples and family therapy. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings treating anxiety, depression, grief issues and trauma with special interest in partnering with those on the Autism Spectrum (and their partners/families), as well as the particular issues facing First Responders/Military/Veterans. Renae received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from High Point University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She is also an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) Level II Mental Health Clinician providing an experiential, therapeutic modality utilizing horses as integral members of the treatment team.

Renae utilizes an eclectic blend of relational, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused and emotionally focused approach to therapy. She is known for her warmth, humor, creativity and flexibility in providing a customized therapeutic experience for each client.

Renae strives to create a safe, warm and caring environment in order to assist you in meeting your specific goals and living the happy, healthy life you want and deserve.

Education

University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Master's of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief Issues
  • Post Traumatic Growth
  • Adoption
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Military/Veteran/First Responders
  • Chronic and Life Threatening Health Concerns
  • Individual, Couples and Family Therapy
  • Geriatric Mental Health Concerns
Robert O'Byrne
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
  • Tricare
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

Louisiana State University (LSU) 

Old Dominion University (ODU).

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
Rossa Ridley
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Rossa Ridley, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Rossa Ridley is a Resident in Counseling and Qualified Mental Health Provider for Adults in the state of Virginia. She has over 7 years of experience assisting adults that are seeking help with a variety of mental health issues, adjusting to life transitions, military related issues, past incarceration, and relationship issues due to childhood trauma. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from ECPI University, a Master of Art in Professional Counseling (Mental Health Counseling) from South University and received an advanced degree of a Master of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology.

She utilizes a collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, person centered, mindfulness based, and holistic focused approaches within the therapeutic relationship. She is a veteran of the military which gave her the unique ability to adapt to the changing needs of those seeking help in the various transition adults may have to maneuver in their daily lives.

Rossa strives to establish a nurturing and empathetic relationship with you to assist you with using your strengths to work through situations and/or stressors so that you can reach your goals. She believes in creating a rapport with you so that you are taking a key role in living the life you that you desire.

Education

South University; Walden University
Master of Arts-Professional Counseling; Master of Philosophy-Forensic Psychology

Specialties

  • Mood-related disorders
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders including Complex Post Traumatic Disorder
  • Military-related disorders (i.e., Military Sexual trauma and/or Combat related)
  • Adjustment to major life changes
  • Anger management
  • Personality Disorders (specifically Borderline, Histrionic, and Anti-social)
  • Recovery from Domestic Violence
  • LGBTQ- Gender Dysphoria
Stefanie Newman
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Stefanie Newman, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Stefanie Newman is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia who has several years working in both outpatient and in-home settings to support individuals and their families. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation/self-harm, life stressors, etc. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stockton University and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. 

Stefanie utilizes a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to counseling, and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Narrative Therapy techniques into work with clients. She focuses on empowering individuals to make the best choices for them, developing positive relationships, and not letting negative emotions dictate their lives.

Stefanie seeks to learn who you are, and collaboratively find ways to use your unique strengths, values, and beliefs to assist you in taking ownership of your thoughts and emotions to build the life you want to start living. 

Education

Marymount University
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • LGBTQ+
  • Communication
  • Assertiveness training
SungCheol Kim
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Sung “Sunny” Cheol Kim, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Sunny Kim is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia who has 3 years of experience working with the adults who are seeking assistance with psychotropic medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia and substance abuse. Sunny received his Master of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University and is experienced in psychiatry and addiction medicine.

Sunny utilizes trauma informed care model to create collaborative environments to provide the needs of every unique individual. Previous experiences in psychiatry and addiction medicine enables Sunny to practice without the stigma against mental health and addiction with evidence based care.

Sunny seeks to establish a stigma free relationship to assist you in building the strength that you need to live the meaningful life that you desire.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Psychotropic medication management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Panic disorders
  • ADHD
Suvi Hyytiainen,
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Tricare
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
Uche Umejei
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • 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
Kate Hanselman
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Have you been having a hard time lately? You don’t have to struggle alone. The first step toward feeling better can be challenging, so let’s take it together. It’s okay to need a little extra help!

Kate Hanselman specializes in working with healthcare workers, educators, and those in the helping professions, though she serves all ages and demographics. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, she will meet you where you are, and together you will decide on a plan that fits your needs.

Kate prioritizes a collaborative approach and offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that you are the expert on your own life. In addition to medication management, she provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of your distress.

Kate is a board-certified PMHNP and received a Master’s in Nursing (PMHNP) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London. With over a decade of experience in mental health as a nurse, a first responder in New York, and a health professions educator, Kate has a unique familiarity with the challenges particular to these roles. Especially now, with the pandemic increasing stressors and diminishing opportunities for coping, everyone needs and deserves a little extra help. That includes you. Come on by and let’s talk.

Education

King’s College London
Master’s in Science

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • OCD
  • Insomnia/sleep issues
  • Coping skills
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Medication Management
  • School Issues
  • Transgender
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+
Chinyere Ugwanyi
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Chinyere Ugwanyi, DNP, PMHNP

Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA—all with honors. Chinyere has 13 years of healthcare experience with 12 years of that as a psychiatric nurse and 7 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degrees of mental illness, in inpatient/outpatient settings. In addition, Chinyere has worked in a major community mental health system alongside nursing homes and feels comfortable working with a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions, including serious mental illnesses She has expertise in treating mainly adult patients, but can work with adolescent patients as well. She treats patients with disorders that include anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Chinyere’s approach to care of her patients is straightforward and clear. She is very professional, caring, respectful and strives to offer personalized mental health services. Chinyere seeks to build a lasting therapeutic relationship with you, while showing empathy with listening ears to your mental health concerns.

Chinyere’s goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality care while empowering them to live a successful, fulfilled life, alongside being in control of their mental health.

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Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

★★★★★
Liz Malin is such a hard-working and caring therapist who is constantly trying to improve her practices.
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Outpatient

★★★★★
Stefanie Newman is a very understanding therapist and is always available to listen to my needs and concerns.
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Compassionate

★★★★★
This review is specifically for Stefanie Newman. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Newman, on several occasions, and she is compassionate and is understanding individual. She is always willing to be helpful. She is a cool therapist and a overall wonderful person.
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Feeeling Powerful

★★★★★
Ashly is warm, mindful, positive, nonjudgmental, and honors each person throughout the session. She creates a safe environment that promotes reflection, empathy, compassion, active listening, and growth. You will leave each session feeling stronger, empowered, and with more clarity. Ashly makes you feel that your more than just a name in her appointment book, your a person.
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Counseling with Keshanda Garland

★★★★★
My session with Ms. Garland focused on identifying my life events and how they impacted how I previously dealt with diagnosed type 1 bipolar disorder. She listened and engaged with me as I vocalized my immediate fear and overwhelming stressors. Ms. Garland sat with me to customize coping skills for my triggers, including mania during parenting young children and going through a divorce. I have more confidence in how I’ll handle these problems with continuing with the aid of my prescriptions medicines. Thank you! Highly recommend for a compassionate and personal experience.
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Keshanda was very professional and helpful! I would definitely recommend her!
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Mandy Donnelly

★★★★★
I was Mandy's supervisor as she was starting her venture as a newly licensed therapist. You would never know Mandy was just beginning. She has an ease and approach that all of her clients and co-workers responded to with delight. She has an amazing, confident air that is refreshing as a supervisor and receptive as a client. She is a breath of fresh air and you are lucky to have her!
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James Martin, LPC

★★★★★
I highly recommend James Martin, LPC, at the VB Great Neck location. He is an empathetic listener who will give you tools that actually work to overcome challenges and situations in your life. I had both in-person and online counseling with James and I can see real, positive changes as a result - so worth it!
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Review for Mandy Donnelly

★★★★★
I worked with Mandy Donnelly for nearly two years in community mental health. She is among the top therapists with whom I have worked with in 20+ years of practice. She does such a great job of connecting and building relationships with children, adolescents, and adults, leading to lasting change. She is also so energetic and a lot of fun. I would definitely send my own children to Mandy!
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Mandy Donnelly

★★★★★
I worked with Mandy as a counselor in New York. She is one of the most caring, calm and empathetic individuals I have ever met. She always worked to do the best for her client. She always provided great supervision and feedback for her peers. She is overfilled with empathy for every person she meets in every situation. She is truly and inspiration for me in my counseling career.
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