MyTeam

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
  • Grief/loss
  • Identity issues
  • LGBTQ
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personality Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Day-to-day living and happiness
  • Relationships
  • Holistic approaches
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Developmental Delays

Meet our team and learn a little about us!

Jennifer Ralsten, MA, LCSW, RPT
Outpatient Therapist

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.

Kimberly Mondezie, LPC, CSAC, CRC
Outpatient Therapist

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.

Pamela Heithaus, LCSW
Outpatient Therapist

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.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with Pam: 804-924-2236.

Sharon Flack Theiner, LCSW
Outpatient Therapist

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.

Shayla Betts, LCSW, C-SSWS 
Outpatient Therapist

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.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with Shayla: 804-924-2236

Suzy Christopher, LCSW
Director

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: schris@myspectrumcc.com.

Meet our team behind the scenes.