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.
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, 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 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.
Veronica McEntee, LCSW
Ronnie received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Social Work, with a concentration in Clinical Social Work, from Simmons University in Boston, MA.
Ronnie has extensive experience working with clients on the Whole Life Spectrum, ranging across all spectrums of life and with various life challenges. She has provided individual therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients in various settings, including in an outpatient setting. Ronnie has also provided family and group therapy to clients.
A specialized area that Ronnie has extensive experience in is working with individuals with Developmental Delays and a co-occurring mental health diagnosis. This includes those with various developmental delays, including across the Autism Spectrum. She hopes to increase the services to these underserved individuals in the Richmond area.
When not working with clients, Ronnie enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with family.
To learn more about Veronica’s areas of expertise and therapeutic approaches, please visit her Psychology Today profile.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Shayla Betts, LCSW, C-SSWS
Shayla earned her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work.
While Shayla enjoys working with all people of various ages, stages of development, and personal experiences, Shayla’s professional history ranges from working with children and families in various educational settings to working in acute psychiatric hospitalization and managing the clinical functioning of a private social work agency. Shayla enjoys teaching the next generation of social workers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Shayla specializes in working with depression and anxiety, identity, race relations, and trauma.
When not working, Shayla enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time outdoors with her dog Ketchup, and finding spontaneous and adventurous experiences around town.
To learn more about Shayla’s areas of expertise and therapeutic approaches, please visit her Psychology Today profile.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Shayla: 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.
Chelsea Lisk, LMHP-R, Resident in Counseling
Chelsea received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Radford University. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with more than 3 years working in the field. Chelsea is currently receiving supervision toward licensure with Kimberly Mondezie, LPC, at MySpectrum.
Chelsea has worked with adolescents and adults who struggle with addiction, substance abuse, and trauma. Chelsea is also experienced to help with anxiety, depression, and stress management. She uses research-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing so that those with whom she is working can reach their full potential and learn helpful tools and skills needed throughout life.
When not working, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her loved ones and going to the gym. She loves watching movies, television, and enjoying the company of her dog, Calvin.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Chelsea: 804-924-2236.
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 through our web portal by sending a message to “Support”.
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.