Kris developed RITT in response to a shortage of trauma trained therapists and a need for organized trauma focused training.   It took her years to find the right tools for effective treatment.  RITT bridges the gap between graduate programs and integrative therapies enabling emerging therapists to treat trauma effectively much sooner in their careers. 

RITT provides a supportive network to learn and gain confidence in these skills.

 This program will help participating therapists better guide clients to lasting wellness.

Kris SantaMaria

Director of RITT

Kris, an EMDR Consultant and trauma therapist,

trains Fellows in:

  • Parts Work

  • Early Attachment Repair for Adults

  • Somatic Interventions

Learn More​ about Kris

2019 Fellows


Bonnie Lungren

Bonnie, an EMDR and trauma therapist,  trains fellows in:

  • Substance Abuse Treatment​

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Melissa Hirsh-Fielding

Melissa trains fellows how to build and repair connections through:

  • Structural Family Therapy 

  • Couples work

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Tonya Ridings

Tonya, a somatic and trauma therapist, trains fellows in:

  • Body interventions

  • NeuroLinguistic Programing

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Lindy Swimm

Lindy, an EMDR Consultant and trauma therapist will train fellows in her specialties:

  • Child/Play/Art/Sensory therapies

  • Attachment Repair for families

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Thistle Newcomb

Thistle, an EMDR Consultant and trauma therapist, trains fellows in:  

  • Child and Play therapies

  • Parts work with children

  • Attachment Repair for families

Learn More about Thistle​

Fellows 2019-2021

Meagan Paul

As a counselor, I strive to empower my clients to identify and build upon their strengths as well as focus on accomplishing their goals. I have worked with a variety of populations including children, families, and individuals living with serious mental illness. Using a person-centered approach, I hope to assist clients in addressing barriers to change through acceptance, compassion, and empathy.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from James Madison University. In addition, I earned my Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and am now working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

Although life can often feel overwhelming, I look forward to working with clients and guiding them along their own individual path!


Qourtasia Watson

Qourtasia Watson is a fellow with the Riverbend Integrative Trauma Treatment Program. She is passionate about developing the necessary skills to heal individuals who have undergone traumatic experiences during their lifetime. 


Qourtasia received her Bachelors of Science in Communications and Masters in Social Work with Honors from Radford University. Qourtasia is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds a strong belief that everyone deserves to be heard, and that it is extremely significant to break the mental health stigma in all multicultural communities. In order to grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually she believes that you must first heal your inner child. Qourtasia cares deeply about diversity within the mental health profession. 


Qourtasia enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and trying different international cuisines. She is a beginner on the mental health journey and excited to learn from her supervisor, peers, and clients on how become an successful future Licensed Social Work Clinician.


Carley Fisher, MSW

Carley attended Concord University in Athens, West Virginia where she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work. In 2015, Carley joined the Charlottesville community as a case manager for Region Ten, supporting intellectually disabled individuals by connecting them to community resources and services. She has previous experience serving families in the child welfare system, and since 2018 has worked in child welfare at Albemarle County DSS. Carley holds a strong belief that each person brings unique strengths to the challenges they face at each phase of life, and the support each person needs in therapy to heal and grow will change over time. From this belief, Carley tailors her therapeutic approach to each individual while providing a relaxed and empowering space to work through past experiences and explore hopes for the future


Alex Orton

Alex has been practicing social work in the Charlottesville community since 2015.  Her experiences include working with individuals facing housing instability, substance dependence, and the child welfare system.  She enjoys supporting clients in their self-discovery.  Alex connects with children and families to approach difficult circumstances with a sense of groundedness, safety, and compassion.


Anne Dutilh

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 has experience serving individuals and groups of all ages, having interned with Alexandria City Public schools during in her generalist year, and at the Trauma Survivors Network at Inova Fairfax most recently during her clinical internship. She has experience utilizing the treatment modalities of psycho-education, supportive counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and crisis intervention. 


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. 


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.


Laura Young

Laura specializes in trauma and attachment work with children, adolescents, and adults. She is especially interested in the impacts of early trauma across different life stages. Her experiences include working in a therapeutic classroom for preschool children with complex developmental trauma, providing play therapy to students and therapeutic support to caregivers. Laura also has a background in kinship and foster care, and adoption. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 with her Master’s in Social Work, she joined the Charlottesville community as a Family Preservation Worker for Albemarle County DSS. Laura brings a strengths-based, relationship-focused lens to her work to support individuals in healing and deepening connections with themselves and others.


Towsey Yount, MSW

Towsey lives in Richmond, VA.  She graduated with a BA from The University of Vermont and earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Towsey has worked with individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.  While attending VCU, she worked as an intern at the YWCA of Richmond and VCU Medical Center in the Injury and Violence Prevention Program.  Prior to earning her MSW, Towsey worked as the director of the Victim Witness Program in Lancaster County Virginia where she assisted victims of crime through the criminal justice system.  Towsey uses a strengths-based and person-centered approach when working with individuals suffering from trauma.  In her spare time, Towsey enjoys spending time with friends, spending time on the water, hiking, and reading.


RITT and Riverbend Counseling do not discriminate in its programs, services, or member selection on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. 

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