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Riverbend Counseling Group

About Us

Riverbend Counseling Group, or RCG, started in 2011 as an association of outpatient psychotherapists who chose to work our private practices in a collaborative and supportive setting.  While sharing resources, each therapist has their own business entities and client management systems.  We are a highly experienced, skilled, and caring group of individuals.

 

 

Riverbend Integrative Trauma Treatment, or RITT, was developed in 2021 as a separate but connected company to increase the capacity for offering therapeutic services to the community and to train new trauma therapists.  Many of the RCG clinicians are supervisors and/or trainers at RITT while maintaining their private practices.  RITT offers an outpatient therapy clinic which employs these licensed and talented Supervisors, licensed Staff and license-eligible Fellows in our Charlottesville, Richmond, and Culpeper locations.

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Kris SantaMaria, LCSW

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

Kris SantaMaria, LCSW

Kris has been in the mental health field since 1994. She provides individual psychotherapy for adults dealing with anxiety, trauma, PTSD, dissociative disorders, somatic issues, depression, anger, and adjustment issues. She also provides clinical consultation for therapists looking to develop their skills in the use of EMDR therapy and the treatment of Dissociative Disorders. 

Kris uses a variety of effective treatment modalities including EMDR Therapy.  EMDR therapy is a highly effective modality for working with past/recent trauma and anxiety, depression and somatic issues related to trauma.  Kris believes in helping her clients to deeply learn about and appreciate their whole selves.  She helps them develop essential regulation skills, and recognize and use their internal resources to help themselves.  She believes we are all meant to be well and with the right support we will find our healing path.

Clinical Director, RCG and RITT Supervisor

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Lindy Swimm, LCSW

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  


Lindy Swimm, LCSW

Lindy has over thirty years’ experience working with individuals, adolescents, children, and families. She specializes in attachment and trauma modalities that are well researched in their effectiveness to treat and mitigate mental health concerns. An Integrative Child-Parent approach is available for Attachment and Trauma needs for families and children. Also, individualized expressive therapy interventions such as art, sand tray, play therapy, and music are incorporated into therapy sessions.  Lindy's relationship-focused parent-child interactional therapy helps work through traumatic experiences and increases positive parent-child interactions. Lindy is a certified EMDR therapist. EMDR treatment is a highly effective treatment offered to assist in resolving complex conditions such as developmental trauma, PTSD, complicated grief and loss, and foster care and adoption issues.  

Specialties include relational problems, grief, and loss, treating victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, family therapy, dissociative behaviors in children and adolescents, families in the foster care system, and pre and post-adoption support services.

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Thistle Newcomb, LPC

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

 

Thistle Newcomb, LPC

Thistle Newcomb specializes in treating Trauma and Anxiety in Children, Teens, and Adults. She has over 20 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, and families with extensive knowledge of the child welfare system, foster care, and local resources.

Additionally, Thistle is an EMDR Approved Consultant and available for those EMDR clinicians seeking consultation hours.

RCG and RITT Supervisor

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Rebecca McIntyre, LCSW

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

Rebecca McIntyre, LCSW

Rebecca is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families dealing with the challenges of mental health issues, and/or physical illness such as cancer. She has expertise working with anxiety, depression, ADHD (Adults and Children), trauma, dealing with serious illness, relationships, and grief and loss.

Rebecca practices with a kind and gentle approach using proven strategies to help clients regain control and move forward with a focus on building resilience and overall healthy functioning. Some of the strategies Rebecca uses include cognitive and behavioral therapies, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, meaning-centered psychotherapy, self-compassion therapy, emotion-focused couples therapy, and various contemplative practices.

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Cindy Payne, BSBA

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

Cindy Payne, BSBA

Cindy Payne is a medical biller for mental health professionals, has expertise in electronic filing, paper submissions, insurance follow-up and appeals, patient statements and account balancing, financial reporting, accounts receivable tracking, and insurance benefits, verification, eligibility, and credentialing.

With a B.S. in Business Administration Management and over 28 years of administrative and management experience, Cindy worked as a mortgage processor, operations manager, and assistant branch manager at banks and investment firms. She also was a regional office manager of a mental health services agency. Additionally, Cindy provides bookkeeping services to various small businesses.

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Bonnie Lungren, LCSW, CADC, CCDP

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

 

Bonnie Lungren, LCSW,  CADC, CDPP

Bonnie has over 30 years of experience in the counseling field. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional.  Bonnie is also trained in EMDR and often integrates that, as well as Mindfulness and Internal Family Systems into the therapy she provides.  Bonnie specializes in treating adults and adolescents with substance use disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and attachment issues.  She can, also, provide substance use assessments.

RCG and RITT Supervisor

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Tonya Ridings, LCSW

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

 

Tonya Ridings, LCSW

I have been working with people who have experienced trauma or are going through life transitions for over 20 years. I am trained in a variety of cognitive, somatic psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy techniques.

 

I provide consultation, supervision, and training to other therapists. I am most interested in spiritual support and gifts as part of the healing process. I provide sessions in person and using telehealth.

RCG and RITT Supervisor

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Melissa Hirsch-Fielding, LPC

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

 

Melissa Hirsch-Fielding, LPC

Melissa has been providing therapy and support in a direct and loving way to adolescents, adults, couples and families in the Charlottesville community for over 25 years. Areas of focus include anxiety and depression, life transitions, parenting and marital issues, trauma and loss, reunification and blending families, conflict resolution and building effective communication. There is an emphasis on trust and emotional safety in the clinical relationship and finding strengths and competencies within to overcome the most difficult life challenges.

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Danica Plantz, LCSW

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

Danica Plantz, LCSW

Danica has been providing therapy and supportive services to families in the Charlottesville community for over 20 years. She uses a strengths-based approach and builds a trusting environment to help individuals, couples, and families reach emotional wellness and healthy functioning. Areas of focus with adults include adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, and grief and loss issues. Danica’s specialty also includes working with the unique needs of adoptive families through all stages of the placement process and proving post-placement supportive services.

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Janet Evergreen, MA 

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Charlottesville Office

Anne Dutilh received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and continued her education at George Mason University, graduating in 2019 with a Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice. 

 

Anne’s therapeutic approach is grounded in holistic, strength-based and person-centered approaches to practice. She also emphasis the impact of systems on patient experiences and recognizes the mind body connection - focusing on the importance of simultaneous healing. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions, Parts Work and attachment issues.

 

Anne believes that every client deserves to be heard, validated, and accepted in a safe environment. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its transformative and healing capabilities.  

 

Janet Evergreen, MA

Janet Evergreen, MA teaches Body-Oriented Healing Arts and offers short-term private sessions. Her joy is to work with all ages, especially families, children, caregivers and professionals for both personal growth and healing from trauma. She is an NCBTMB-Approved Provider and offers CEs. Her approach and methods of teaching are simple and effective. Dialogue and somatic skills are taught to bodyworkers, psychotherapists and those who want to promote healing for themselves and others. These skills support a process that is slow enough to be kind.

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Riverbend Integrative Trauma Treatment

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