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 to our existing clients, as well as new clients. To learn more about our Teletherapy, please visit this page on our website. Most insurance plans are waiving co-pays for Teletherapy right now, so it’s a great time to give this a try!
While MySpectrum has dedicated Teletherapists who work remotely with all clients, our other 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 from Liberty University 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 through our web portal by sending a message to “Support”.
Raechel Brittain, LCSW
Raechel earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Longwood University and her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Raechel has extensive clinical experience working with adolescents and adults in various settings throughout her career, including in their homes, outpatient settings, a residential treatment center, and most recently, in the hospital setting. This breadth of experience in different settings has prepared her for the diverse client base of MySpectrum. Raechel also has experience offering clinical supervision to supervisees in Social Work who are working toward licensure.
Raechel’s training primarily uses tenants of Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her therapeutic style is comprised of compassion, validation, and supportive confrontation- the ingredients she believes are most necessary to promote change and growth. She enjoys supporting individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, stress management, personality issues, and trauma. Raechel will incorporate family therapy when appropriate and has a passion for helping families to restructure, reorganize, and heal. Through teletherapy at MySpectrum, Raechel will support you and your loved ones on this path to healing, without the need to come into an office, offering a level of convenience that will remove barriers to treatment.
When not working, Raechel enjoys doing paint-by-numbers for adults, kickboxing, watching reality television, shopping, and spending time with her rescue pup, Lula.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Raechel: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment through our web portal by sending a message to “Support”.
Tricia Colbert, LCADC, LPC
Tricia received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Drexel University and a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling with a Post Certificate in Professional Counseling from Monmouth University. She is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor and is licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia, New Jersey, and Texas.
Tricia has extensive experience working in clinical settings for over 19 years, with a broad spectrum of clients with mental health and addiction concerns. Tricia specializes in anxiety, depression, and addiction. She also has a specialty of working with Military and First Responders. Tricia’s mission is to help individuals and their families become healthier in order to have a better quality of life.
Tricia uses a holistic approach, blending elements from different modalities in order to tailor treatment to individual needs. The psychological approaches that Tricia uses often are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. With empathy and insight, Tricia works with clients as a team to build on strengths and attain personal growth.
Tricia has experience providing Teletherapy prior to coming to MySpectrum, so she is eager to show you how easy and comfortable Teletherapy is for your lifestyle! You can find more information about our Teletherapy services here.
When she is not working, Tricia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as getting out and exploring the Northern Virginia area from which she is based.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Tricia: 804-924-2236. You may also request a teletherapy appointment through our web portal: visits.myspectrumcc.com by sending a message to “Support”.
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.
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.
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”.
Teresa Correia, PsyD, LCP
Teresa received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Salve Regina University, a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.
Teresa is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the mental health field since 1995. She has provided therapeutic services in residential, inpatient, partial hospital, home-based and outpatient settings. Teresa’s therapy orientation combines a strengths-based, solution-focused approach with cognitive behavioral interventions. Throughout her career, she has helped individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, attention-deficit and relationship-related concerns.
Teresa 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.
When not working, Teresa enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her dog and husband. She is an active member in her church, and she also volunteers to support military spouses in the national capital region.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Teresa: 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: email@example.com.