MySpectrum remains committed to serving our clients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to our care and concern for the safety of everyone, we are offering Teletherapy (also known as Online Therapy) to our existing clients, as well as new clients. MySpectrum serves the entire state of Virginia, so no matter where you live in the state, we might be able to offer you support, guidance, and help during these challenging times. To learn more about our Teletherapy, please visit this page on our website. We accept many insurance plans for Teletherapy, including Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, EAP plans, and most commercial insurance plans.
While MySpectrum had dedicated Teletherapists prior to COVID-19, we are expanding our Teletherapy team now so that we can offer our services to even more people. The need for mental health care is at a near all-time high, and we are dedicated to doing our best to improve access to quality services during the pandemic and beyond. As well, all of our traditionally office-based Therapists have leaned in to help during this time to also accept new clients for Teletherapy. Please browse through information about all of our Therapists below and give us a call to schedule a session. Now is a very important time to take care of your Mental Health!
Our team is comprised of highly skilled and diverse Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors.
Some of the speciality areas of our team include (but are not limited to):
- Play therapy
- Art therapy
- Family therapy
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Identity issues
- Personality Disorders
- Day-to-day living and happiness
- Holistic approaches
- Stress Management
- Substance Abuse
- Serious Mental Illness
- Developmental Delays
Meet our team and learn a little about us!
Pamela Heithaus, LCSW
Pam received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Pam is a creative counselor ready to meet your, or your child’s, needs. She has 6+ years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings, with a variety of needs. She uses many different techniques to provide a comprehensive client-centered approach including play therapy, trauma informed therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She supports individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Mental Health Spectrum, and Whole Life Spectrum, which makes her a great fit for MySpectrum Counseling & Coaching. Pam is committed to continued education and uses research-based techniques to provide encouragement and tools for thriving through life’s challenges.
When not working, Pam enjoys crafting, spending time with friends and family, and going on adventures including zip-lining and riding her motorcycle.
To learn more about Pamela’s areas of expertise and therapeutic approaches, please visit her Psychology Today profile.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Pam: 804-924-2236.
Sharon Flack Theiner, LCSW
Sharon received a Bachelors degree in English from Millsaps College and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and North Carolina.
Sharon’s experiences in the Clinical Social Work field have provided her with well-rounded opportunities that landed her at MySpectrum ready to work with every person, on every spectrum. Her areas of specialization include the Seriously Mentally Ill population, ranging from Bipolar Disorder to Schizophrenia and anywhere in between on this spectrum, to include milder depression and anxiety. Sharon is experienced to help you or family members to understand mental health and well-being, and how to live the most fulfilling life possible. Sharon seeks to help others with their relationships in general, and families in particular. Sharon is well grounded in Systems Theory and Solution-focused Brief Therapy.
When not working, Sharon enjoys reading, cooking from scratch, classical music, movies, and playing games with her family.
To learn more about Sharon’s areas of expertise and therapeutic approaches, please visit her Psychology Today profile.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Sharon: 804-924-2236.
Kimberly Mondezie, LPC, LSATP, CSAC, CRC
Kim received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Virginia Union University and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Kim’s expansive background and experience that combines rehabilitation, substance abuse treatment, and mental health wellbeing brought her to MySpectrum. She is especially ready to work with anyone on the substance use and addiction spectrum, including friends and family members impacted by a loved one’s experiences. Kim is also experienced to help you if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, health issues such as Cancer, and if you are looking to address work/life balance challenges.
When not working, Kim enjoys going to Broadway in Richmond, and she loves anime, foreign films, and martial arts movies.
To learn more about Kim’s areas of expertise and therapeutic approaches, please visit her Psychology Today profile.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Kim: 804-924-2236.
Jennifer Cezar Grim, LCSW
Jenny received a Bachelors degree in Social Work at Christopher Newport University and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Virginia and Florida. Jenny is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through The Linehan Institute/Behavioral Tech and is a SMART Recovery Facilitator.
Jenny has experience working in an intensive treatment center, private practice, and group practice settings. Jenny has various areas in which she practices, which creates for a well-rounded therapeutic experience at MySpectrum. She works with individuals affected by trauma, with a special interest in women, LGBTQ, and adolescents. Jenny utilizes techniques such as Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, EMDR, SMART Recovery, as examples. If you are experiencing anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, any Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief/Loss, or a host of other life struggles, Jenny is eager to meet you.
Jenny’s clinical requirements were met for several years post-grad working with diverse populations in the inner city and suburban areas of Virginia. Jenny has worked with children and adults of all ages, with a focus on stabilizing adults with severe mental illness and families of youth at risk for out-of-home placement.
Jenny is familiar with the vast effects of:
- Trauma (ex. physical/sexual/emotional abuse, neglect, exposure to violence)
- Attachment (ex. adoption and foster care, homelessness or prolonged transience, generational maladaptive patterns of conflict)
- Psychological and social implications of unmet needs (ex. depression, anxiety, addiction, legal issues, employment issues, lifespan developmental challenges)
- Biological occurrences or inquiries (ex. grief and loss, identity formation, physiological addiction, chronic medical conditions, mental health diagnoses such as bipolar and schizophrenia)
Jenny uses a relational approach with clients, finding that the therapeutic relationship can often serve as the cornerstone to change. Her approach can feel warm, casual, safe, non-judgmental, and is carefully paced and tailored to individual needs. Jenny enjoys dialogue that is explorative, curious, open, organic, and encouraging of client-therapist feedback. Jenny prioritizes the art of listening to stories and narratives, creating and building comfort and connection, interpreting needs, collaborating on treatment goals, and empowering through skill building.
When not working, Jenny enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs, traveling, reconnecting with friends and family, painting, crafts and woodwork, live music, and supporting a local non-profit of which she is a new board member.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Jenny: 804-924-2236.
Barbara Barden, LCSW
Barbara received a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Virginia Union University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois. Barbara is a Certified Trauma Specialist and has certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Barbara has over 26 years of experience providing services to children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of developmental, social, and emotional challenges. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and New York.
Barbara has provided mental health services to incarcerated adults, the severely mentally ill homeless population, and children and adolescents in school and mental health clinic settings. For 14 years, Barbara provided Social Work services in an urban trauma one hospital to include dialysis, emergency room, oncology, palliative care, and surgical units. Barbara’s areas of specialty are developmental and childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as individuals and families facing a chronic illness (examples include End Stage Renal Disease, Strokes, and Traumatic Brain Injury).
Barbara uses an eclectic approach during the therapeutic process with a focus on trauma informed care; examples of her style include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Mindfulness. Barbara customizes the therapeutic process for the specific needs of each client using evidenced-based methods, allowing for flexibility throughout treatment as clients are provided tools throughout the process. Barbara’s experiences and approach led her to MySpectrum, to work with every person on every spectrum.
When not working, Barbara enjoys working in the community, kickboxing, cycling, east coast traveling, spending time with family and friends, and caring for her cat and dog.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Barbara: 804-924-2236.
Melissa Andersen, LPC
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a focus on Counseling, a Master of Science in Psychology with a focus on Child Development from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Melissa’s work experience includes working with children and families to address mental health and safety needs for increased stabilization, in addition to working with adults to build independent living skills and mental health symptom management. Melissa has also worked in a residential facility for youth with more significant safety and mental health needs. Melissa has over eight years of experience in the mental health field working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with various needs across the life spectrum.
Melissa is passionate about working with people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and identities with special attention to LGBTQIA+ needs, minority issues, religious inclusion in counseling, and alternative therapies such as play, animal assisted therapy, music, and art techniques. Melissa addresses each individual based on their needs and strengths with their full participation in the development of a treatment approach and determining what progress looks like for them. Melissa prides herself in using different modalities and techniques such as person-centered approaches, positive psychology techniques, strengths based treatment, reality therapy, play techniques, and unconditional positive regard. Melissa works to be flexible and open minded to whatever her client’s needs may be and will work as a team to make services as comfortable as possible.
When she is not working, Melissa enjoys photography, cooking, traveling, watching movies, reading, crafting, spending time in nature, and playing with her dogs.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Melissa: 804-924-2236. She is excited to work with you.
Kevin Hanger, LCSW
Kevin received a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Salisbury State University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He recently moved to the Richmond area from Baltimore, Maryland, where he was a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist for 31 years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and Maryland.
Kevin’s vast experience with children, families, and adults in a number of mental health settings, ranging from outpatient private practice to residential care (including a psychiatric hospital and substance abuse treatment) brings him to MySpectrum. He is ready to work with anyone on the substance use/ addiction, and mental health spectrums, including friends and family members impacted by a loved one’s experiences. Kevin looks forward to also helping those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, children with ADHD, children and families involved in the foster care system, and the LGBTQ community. Kevin uses a combination of behavioral and psychodynamic techniques in therapy to assist clients to recognize and learn more adaptive life skills.
When not working, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is enjoying exploring Richmond and finding new places to exercise with his two dogs, Brutus and Eddie.
Visit Kevin’s Psychology Today profile here. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Kevin: 804-924-2236!
Jennifer Ralsten, MA, LCSW, RPT
Jenny has a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Registered Play Therapist and provides clinical supervision and training services to other counselors and providers within the community.
With a previous master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, she has a diverse background ranging from government relations and public policy, to working within the Federal government for victims of crime and human trafficking. She more recently has held therapy positions in hospital, community-based, and residential settings before coming to MySpectrum.
Jenny has extensive training in trauma, expressive art/play therapy, CBT, and DBT approaches, allowing her to specialize in treatment of a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and relationship concerns across all life stages. Her style is compassionate, yet direct, and often incorporates aspects of neuroscience and mindfulness.
When not working, Jenny has a passion for traveling, crafts & DIY, and animal-assisted therapy.
To learn more about Jenny’s areas of expertise and therapeutic approaches, please visit her Psychology Today profile.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Jenny: 804-924-2236.
Angelyn Debord, LPC, NCC, RPT, PCIT
Angelyn has a BA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Education from Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling. Angelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist, and a certified Parent Child Interactive Therapist. Working with people of all ages, Angelyn seeks to meet clients with acceptance, warmth, and understanding.
Based on a belief that healing comes from within, Angelyn engages clients in the process of exploration of their own best selves by uncovering personal strengths and inviting these strengths to be acknowledged and ‘brought to light.’ Through reflection, mirroring and magnification of their interests and challenges, Angelyn supports clients in their ability to emotionally self-regulate. By reminding clients to treat themselves with the same respect they issue toward others, clients become aware of their own self-derogatory statements and replace these with supportive statements to increase their sense of well-being and self-esteem.
Native to the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, Angelyn’s background in the visual and performing arts support her use of art, self-expression, journaling, story-sharing and imagery in her therapy sessions. She is open to engaging clients, both young and old, in the creation of images and symbols for feelings that words can’t express. Angelyn has discovered that telehealth is an excellent modality for expressive therapeutic interventions for children, teens, and adults.
When working with children, Angelyn carefully follows a child’s process of play, providing attendance and reflection, knowing that this is a child’s ultimate form of communication. Angelyn works closely with the parents in increasing their positive engagement with the child. With warmth and acceptance, Angelyn meets clients where they are, with the confidence that, regardless of age or gender, change comes from steady support and self-care.
Angelyn spends her free time painting, leading story sharing workshops, performing Appalachian folktales at festivals, writing, swimming, tending her koi fish and gardening, alongside her husband, on their mountain farm.
Call us today to schedule a Teletherapy appointment with Angelyn: 804-924-2236. You may also request an appointment by clicking here.
Tierra Collins, LCSW
Tierra received a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia.
Tierra’s experiences in the clinical social work field have led her to focus on her passion to provide support to others, supporting them through life changes, emotional and behavioral challenges, grief/loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other stressors.
Tierra is well-rounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, trauma-informed treatment, as well as other theoretical approaches. She has a special interest in working with young adults who face many life transitions while making efforts to cope with their mental health symptoms. Tierra’s identified purpose in life is to empower others to improve their lives.
Tierra provides teletherapy at MySpectrum so that you don’t have to come to an office to meet with her. You, or a loved one, can receive the benefits of her experience virtually! You can read more about our teletherapy service here. This is a convenient way for college students, those juggling the work/life balance, or anyone who might need to reach out, find help in a flexible, comfortable, and safe way.
In her free time, Tierra enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, music, and loves a nice day at the beach.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Tierra: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Jillian Giannelli, LCSW
Jillian received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hofstra University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Jillian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Virginia and New York.
Jillian has worked with diverse populations, including but not limited to, clients with mental health challenges, substance use issues, impending homelessness, emotional issues, and whole life challenges/stressors. She worked in a hospital setting in New York whereby she helped those with co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, along with medical diagnoses including HIV and terminal illnesses. Jillian’s experience has prepared her for working at MySpectrum, to meet the needs of each person across the lifespan.
Jillian’s approach is always with a positive attitude, warm and empathic, and non-judgmental. She believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is one of the key factors of reaching goals in therapy. Jillian meets each client where they are at in life and works collaboratively with them to individualize a treatment plan specific to that person and their needs. Jillian uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused or Client-Centered approaches, Strengths Perspective, and other modalities (or a combination of several to best meet the needs of every individual).
In her free time, Jillian likes to spend time with family, friends, and her dog Betsy. She also likes sunny days on the beach and traveling.
Call us today to schedule a Teletherapy appointment with Jillian: 804-924-2236. You may also request an appointment by clicking here.
Aaron Anderson, LPC
Aaron received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from St. Leo University and a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
Aaron is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in the home and outpatient settings. Aaron is a Military Veteran who works with individuals and couples from all backgrounds, including military, LGBTQ, immigrant, and victims of abuse and trauma. Aaron has worked with individuals who have depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, terminal illness, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and other mental illnesses.
Aaron’s counseling approach is a mix of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Structural Family Therapy, and Creative Art Therapy. He also incorporates empathy, validation, and compassionate confrontation into his therapeutic approach. Aaron believes that each person has the answers they are seeking inside them, and his role is to partner with each person to find these answers.
At MySpectrum, Aaron utilizes the skills gained through his broad experiences to provide Teletherapy to individuals and couples. Through Teletherapy, Aaron will support you and your loved ones to achieve the growth that you seek. You don’t even need to travel to an office to achieve this growth!
When not working, Aaron enjoys listening to podcasts, music, watching football, and going on adventures with his family.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Aaron: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Maria Dierdorf, LPC, LSATP, CSAC
Maria received a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University and a Masters degree in Professional Counseling. She is also a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
Maria’s extensive background and experience in substance abuse treatment, mental illness, motherhood, military culture and life, and bereavement have brought her to MySpectrum. Maria is ready to help others experience hope and healing through the therapeutic process.
The best part is that Maria provides teletherapy at MySpectrum. From the comfort of your home, office, or any private space, you or your loved one can receive the advantages of therapy without going to an office. You can find more information about our teletherapy services here.
During the therapeutic process, Maria uses an eclectic approach focused on trauma informed care with the use of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. With the idea that no two people are the same, Maria uses a unique approach with each client incorporating their specific needs and goals with evidenced-based practices.
When she is not working, Maria enjoys reading, spending time with her family, playing with her animals, and attending the theatre.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Maria: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Erin McMenamin, LCSW
Erin received her Bachelors degree in English from Dickinson College and her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia.
Erin is a trained play therapist and enjoys working with teens, young adults, and young professionals on the cusp of discovering who they are and who they’d like to be. Erin also enjoys working with military-connected families, members of the LGBTQ population, as well as individuals working on addiction, women’s issues, and parenting.
Erin specializes in helping clients use evidence-based practices to decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. In therapy, clients will explore their value system, recognize their strengths, and feel supported to explore what is keeping them stuck. Erin believes therapy allows people to develop emotional resilience and contributes to overall health and well-being. Equally as important, though, Erin believes therapy is a way for the client to get what they want out of life. For some, this means a reduction in symptoms. For others, it means finding empowerment. And still for others, it means changing their lives.
Therapy is a powerful method for creating meaningful change. Erin meets you where you are and helps you get where you want to be. True to the philosophy of MySpectrum, Erin can be your guide to wellness through Teletherapy, no matter where you live in Virginia.
When she is not working, Erin is usually driving her children around, cooking, writing, reading, or planning her next cup of coffee.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Erin: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Bill Phillips, LPC
Bill received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Liberty University and a Masters degree in Counseling from Liberty University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia.
Bill is an eclectic counselor drawing from a lot of different modalities. His main modalities that he uses are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Trauma Focused Therapy.
Bill has extensive experience in the mental health field including state mental health clinics, private practice, as well as in the jail setting working with inmates. Bill has worked with a diverse population as well as all kinds of mental health and everyday issues, which brings him to MySpectrum.
Bill retired from a Community Service Board a number of years ago, but has worked part-time since then, working with a number of organizations to help those with depression, anxiety, trauma, and everyday life stressors.
When not working, Bill enjoys traveling, going to plays, and working on the farm. Bill also enjoys doing his own maintenance work, such as carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. He is a down to earth person with insight and humor that is hard to come by. Just ask Bill, “Where do we go from here?” and see what he says!
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Bill: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Tiffany Clayton, LPC, LCPC
Tiffany earned her Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Maryland – College Park (Go Terps!) and holds a Masters degree in Counseling from Trinity Washington University, in Washington D.C. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Virginia and Maryland.
Tiffany brings to MySpectrum over fifteen years of counseling experience in community mental health settings, public school systems, residential, acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, outpatient clinics, child and family agencies, public health, mental health advocacy organizations, and jail-based services. As a Teletherapist, she enjoys working with a variety of populations to include: adolescents, teens and at-risk youth, young adults, couples, and LGBTQ. Additionally, as a military spouse, she has experience working with active duty service members, Veterans, and their families. Specific areas Tiffany treats include: substance use and addiction, grief/loss, marital/domestic issues, abuse, mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, depression, teen issues (peer pressure, self-esteem), separation/divorce, military adjustments/transitions, PTSD, as well as chronic pain and illness.
Tiffany is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, all of which are tools she uses in her work with families, couples, and individuals to support them in their journey toward healing and wholeness.
Tiffany believes in building a therapeutic relationship centered on compassion and empathy, drawing from her own personal experience and education to provide the most individualized care for each client and family. Additionally, Tiffany believes in working in partnership with her clients, utilizing their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being, including their physical health, support systems (family, friends), work or school environment, and faith/spirituality in this process.
When not working, Tiffany enjoys listening to music, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Call us today to schedule a Teletherapy appointment with Tiffany: 804-924-2236. You may also request an appointment by clicking here.
Tammy Blau, LCSW, LISW-S
Tammy received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University and a Masters degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia and a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) in Ohio.
Tammy has over 15 years of experience providing both clinical and administrative services in a public social service setting working with adolescents, families, and adults. She has worked with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, behavior problems, anger management, self-esteem, and the stress of parenting. Tammy’s experiences have spanned across the life continuum, which led her to MySpectrum.
Her nonjudgmental, supportive, and compassionate nature allows Tammy to build and maintain therapeutic relationships. Tammy has a client-centered approach and utilizes best practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. At MySpectrum, Tammy provides Teletherapy, which means that you don’t have to leave your home or comfortable environment to receive care with Tammy!
When not working, Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, friends, playing with her dogs, going to her children’s sporting events, and just being outdoors.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Tammy: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Jenny Yates, LCSW
Jenny graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Social Work. She describes herself as passionate, results-oriented, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 24 years of experience.
Some of Jenny’s noteworthy career milestones include completing 2 years of advanced Strategic Family Therapy training while providing regional, intensive, in-home family therapy services. She also completed multiple CBT and DBT trainings while providing outpatient services for her predominately high-risk adult and child clients, including those living with serious mental illness, substance abuse issues, and / or other related diagnoses, including those living with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and Autism.
Jenny has worked in several non-profit advocacy settings for people with disabilities in long term care facilities, and for women within her local criminal justice system. She has also served as a long-term volunteer at her children’s schools, and worked as a Substitute Teacher in her county, after working as a stay-at-home mom for her two children for 10 years.
Jenny considers herself a strengths-based humanitarian and is very comfortable discussing all experiences including: the impact of COVID on our lives; racial inequity; coping skills; depression; anxiety; stress; life stages; topics unique to women; topics unique to men; at risk youth and their families; partner violence; dating violence; family violence; sexual assault; people experiencing addiction; first responders; Veterans; essential workers; people of color; people who are “curious” and exploring their sexuality; people who identify with the LGBTQ community; couples and marriage; sexual health and wellness; parenting; people with disabilities and disability rights; fertility, miscarriage and post-partum issues; grief and loss; long-term, serious mental illness; childhood abuse; and other interpersonal trauma issues.
In her work, Jenny enjoys using multiple therapeutic approaches including Systems Theory; Strategic Family Therapy; Strengths Perspective; Person-Centered Therapy; Cognitive-Behavior Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Jenny describes her role on your journey as a supportive and honest guide, celebrating “every brave step,” sharing her knowledge and skills while increasing your sense of optimism and confidence in managing life’s challenges.
Jenny loves being the mother to her 2 children, and the wife of her husband for 20+ years. She is originally from South Carolina, where she still considers her “roots,” but enjoys raising her children in a rural community like her hometown. When not working, Jenny loves working out, learning new things, meeting new people, spending time with friends, volunteering, taking long walks in nature, and going on adventures.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Jenny: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
George DeShazor, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
George received his Associate of Arts degree from Chowan University, his Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and his Master of Clinical Social Work degree with a concentration in Geriatrics from Norfolk State University.
George’s clinical experience includes providing crisis intervention in an emergency department and individual, group and family therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings for 13 years.
George also served in a law enforcement capacity with the Federal government for more than 20 years. This experience provides him with an understanding of issues often faced by first responders, law enforcement officers, active duty and retired military and their families, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.
After retiring from government service, George provided full-time care for a parent with Dementia for several years, leading to an interest in providing compassionate support for those experiencing stress, anxiety, and grief during chronic illness and end of life.
George’s therapeutic approach involves developing a treatment plan based in each client’s issues and goals. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Crisis Intervention and Trauma Incident Reduction techniques and other treatment modalities based on each client’s needs.
George believes that the ingredients of therapy necessary to promote change and growth include a compassionate, non-judgemental attitude coupled with problem-solving and coaching support.
In his free time, George enjoys daily workouts, playing golf and is an avid surfer. He also enjoys movie time with his wife.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with George: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Terence Reaves, LCSW
Terence received a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Winston-Salem State University and a Masters degree in Social Work, with a clinical concentration, from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Terence comes to MySpectrum with over ten years of experience working in outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings, specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges. He has clinical experience with depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, personality disorders, substance use disorders, ADD/ADHD, grief/loss, intimate partner violence relationship issues, and low self-esteem. Terence’s primary areas of clinical expertise are in trauma and depression.
Terence believes that therapy can be a safe and supportive environment where you can speak freely and explore challenges in your life. Through Teletherapy, he provides a supportive, caring, non-judgmental, and responsive approach to a therapeutic relationship based on trust, open communication, and collaboration. Terence utilizes a variety of evidence-based and diverse therapeutic interventions, including Solution Focused, Person Centered, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic and Psycho-Educational Therapy, as well as Mindfulness and Meditation techniques. Terence is also trained in EMDR. Overall, Terence’s style is interactive, collaborative, encouraging, and empowering. Terence offers a personalized approach tailored for each client or family’s unique barriers, goals, and personal growth.
When not working, Terence enjoys exercising and cooking. He says, “Your emotional happiness and growth is determined not so much by what happens in life but by how you respond to what happens”.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Terence: 804-924-2236.
To learn more about Teletherapy at MySpectrum, visit here.
Alissa Woolfolk, LPC
Alissa received a Bachelors degree in English & Creative Writing from George Mason University, a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University, and a Play Therapy Certificate from Old Dominion University.
Alissa’s work experience includes wilderness and adventure therapy, in-home counseling, parenting and substance abuse groups, mental health support services, play therapy, individual and family outpatient therapy, and clinical supervision. She has worked in the mental health field for over 13 years in a variety of settings.
Alissa provides teletherapy at MySpectrum so that you don’t have to come to an office to meet with her. You, or a loved one, can receive the benefits of her experience virtually! You can read more about our teletherapy service here.
Alissa mostly uses a Solution-Focused approach to therapy, helping clients identify realistic solutions to their problems. She enjoys working with individuals and families, helping them create rules and boundaries, and improving communication. Alissa especially enjoys working with young people (middle school through college) helping them deal with the current stressors in their lives. She also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and play therapy techniques with all her clients when appropriate.
When not working, Alissa enjoys reading, going to food festivals, cooking, playing with her three tabby cats, and camping, fishing, and kayaking with her husband and two children.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Alissa: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment by clicking here.
Denise Jones, Ph.D, LPC, NCC, BCBA, LBA
Denise received her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Counseling from Capella University and her Master of Education in School Counseling from Lynchburg University. She also received her Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst.
Denise has provided mental health and behavioral services to children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years in multiple settings. This breadth of experience has brought her to MySpectrum. Understanding that all individuals are unique and exceptional, Denise is passionate about providing a customized approach during the therapeutic process. She uses a variety of techniques including play therapy, trauma informed care, person centered approaches, cognitive behavioral and solution focused modalities. She is passionate about helping individuals meet their full potential and working with individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, and identities. Denise is also passionate about working with children who have experienced trauma, (e.g. , physical/emotional/sexual, neglect, exposure to violence), presenting with issues relating to emotional issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders), behavioral and attachment issues (relating to adoption, foster care, parental conflict/mental health issues). Denise has provided support and services for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families in the school, clinic, outpatient, and in-home settings.
When not working, Denise enjoys spending time with family, friends and her adorable cat, exploring new places and activities, live music and spending time at the beach whenever possible.
Call us today to schedule a Teletherapy appointment with Denise: 804-924-2236. You may also request an appointment by clicking here.
Certified Life Coach
Anne is a Certified Life Coach specializing in working with neurodiverse individuals, including those on the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD, and other related traits. Anne obtained her life coaching certification from World Coach Institute, an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Central Florida.
Anne’s experience with neurodiversity is both professional and personal, as she learned in late 2018 that she is on the Autism Spectrum herself. This first-hand knowledge of neurodiversity is something that is invaluable to Anne when working with her clients, as she has a direct understanding of their challenges, and more importantly, their strengths. She seeks to help her clients thrive by helping them create lives that work for them, and helping them to become their best neurodivergent selves, and embrace who they are.
Anne helps her clients with skill-building, improving executive functions such as planning and organization, and emotional intelligence skills such as self-awareness and emotional regulation. She also helps clients manage their sensory needs and reduce sensory overload, which is common among neurodiverse individuals. Other helpful skills Anne works with clients include independent living skills such as self-care; budgeting; time-management; task completion; resume creation; interviewing for, getting, and keeping a job; maintaining relationships; enhancing communication skills; creating and maintaining daily routines; and self-advocacy.
Anne’s goal with every coaching session is to help her clients feel truly heard, seen, and understood. One of her personal mottos is “Celebrate Differences”, and this something she practices every day in her life, and her coaching practice. She is a fierce advocate for neurodiverse individuals, a staunch ally to the LGBTQ+ community, and a tireless supporter of social and racial justice.
Anne understands the importance of good mental health, and works with her clients to help them improve theirs. As a Life Coach at MySpectrum, Anne is able to work hand-in-hand with our team of Therapists should you need the additional support of a licensed Therapist.
Outside of work, Anne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her wonderful husband and their beloved cat, Robin. She loves walks in nature, and music of all kinds.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Anne: 804-924-2236. You may also request an appointment by clicking here.
Note: Anne’s services through Life Coaching are not covered by insurance and are charged at the following rates: $120 per 50-60 minute telehealth session and $175 per 50-60 minute session in-person. Telehealth only sessions are being provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Avery received a Bachelors degree in English Literature with focuses in professional writing and gender studies from the University of Maryland. She worked in theater administration in the Washington D.C. area before joining the MySpectrum team.
Avery brings her administrative experiences, as well as her interest in business development, creativity, and helping others to MySpectrum. At MySpectrum, Avery could be one of the first people you speak with as she will pair you with a Therapist who can best help you on your journey, schedule your appointments with your Therapist, navigate questions about insurance coverage, and will work hard to ensure that your experience at MySpectrum is smooth and welcoming.
When not working, Avery spends her time cooking at home and fending off her two cats. She also enjoys concerts, growing hot peppers in her backyard, and hiking.
To speak with Avery, please feel free to send an email to the administrative team at email@example.com, or give us a call: 804-924-2236.
Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Kamila completed college courses at Radford University for 2 years. She started her career in healthcare in 2016 when she worked at a compounding pharmacy. Prior to joining our MySpectrum team, she worked as a Patient Care Coordinator for Spectrum Physical Therapy (no relation, just a coincidence in names!).
Kamila brings her excellent administrative experience, amazing passion to help others, and the desire to provide quality care to MySpectrum and our clients. Kamila may be one of the first people you interact with here, as she will schedule you with a Therapist who best suits your needs. She will also be able to provide outstanding assistance with scheduling and insurance questions. Not to mention she speaks both English and Spanish fluently!
When not working, Kamila enjoys trying new foods and creating through different mediums, such as painting, drawing and jewelry crafting.
To speak with Kamila, please feel free to send an email to the administrative team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call: 804-924-2236.
Alex Amidjaya, MBA, QMHP
Business Development & Operations Specialist
Alex received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Beloit College and a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in healthcare administration, from Maryville University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the MySpectrum team, Alex worked in community mental health as a case manager, homeless outreach clinician, and mental health skill-builder.
Alex focuses on business development and practice management for MySpectrum. He spends a good deal of his time conducting outreach to community partners, providing support to the administrative staff, and working on developing next steps for the practice alongside the Director.
When Alex is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family (including a new baby girl!), indoor rock climbing, and playing the piano.
To speak with Alex, send an email to the administrative team at email@example.com and they will be sure to get in touch with him on your behalf.
Suzy Christopher, LCSW
Suzy received a Bachelor of Psychology degree from The College of William & Mary and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in mental health from The University of Southern California. Suzy has completed leadership programs through Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services.
Suzy has spent most of her career in leadership positions that resulted from extensive clinical work with clients of diverse backgrounds. This includes working with, and supervising those working with, adults with Serious Mental Illness, children in treatment foster care, children in residential placements, medically fragile children and adults, community based services, as well as children and families at a Community Services Board.
Suzy takes a systemic approach to clinical work and believes that relationships are the foundation to change. Early childhood experiences and the impact across the lifespan is an area Suzy studies, and she has brought the whole person and whole lifespan approach to the creation of MySpectrum. Suzy began her career in Los Angeles, California, with the intention of gaining experience with people from different backgrounds and in different cultural settings. MySpectrum was designed with these experiences in mind, to bring an inclusive, diverse, and different outpatient practice to Virginia that works with every person, on every spectrum across the whole life continuum.
When not working, Suzy has a passion for traveling, and enjoys design, photography, horses, movies, college football, estate sales, and learning new things. She believes that you can never learn too much and transfers this into her leadership style.
To speak with Suzy, please feel free to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.