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Riverbend Counseling Group

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Bonnie Lungren, LCSW, CADC, CCDP

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Kris SantaMaria, LCSW

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RITT Director, RCG and RITT Supervisor

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Thistle Newcomb, LPC

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Melissa Hirsch-Fielding, LPC

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RCG

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Cindy Payne, BSBA

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RCG and RITT Administrative Staff

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Danica Plantz, LCSW

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Lindy Swimm, LCSW

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Rebecca McIntyre, LCSW

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Tonya Ridings, LCSW

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Bonnie Lungren, LCSW, CADC, CCDP

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Riverbend Integrative Trauma Treatment

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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.  

 

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.  

Anne Dutilh, 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.  

Charlottesville Office

 

As a therapist, I am most interested in finding the path to healing that best serves your needs. I believe every person has immense value. I also believe every person can access wellness. I pursued my social work degree after a 22-year Army career.

 

Upon retirement, I owned a yoga and meditation studio for ten years, where I developed an understanding of the relationship between our mental health and our physical bodies. I believe that true healing must address the body, mind, and spirit. 

 

Does this mean we are doing yoga in our sessions? It could, but mostly it means I hope to help you create a greater attunement to your mind/body connection to improve your daily comfort as we work together to address the underlying issues causing distress.   

 

Crystal is a certified yoga therapist and specializes in mindfulness,  meditation.  Parts Work, and EMDR.

Crystal Oliver, MSW

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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.

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.  

 

Charlottesville Office

Laura specializes in trauma and attachment. work with children, adolescents, and adults.  Laura also has a background in kinship and foster care, and adoption.  Laura brings a strengths-based, relationship-focused lens to her work to support individuals in healing and deepening connections with themselves and others. 

Laura Young, 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.  

Richmond Office

Lydia graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with her Masters in clinical social work and a certificate in gender violence intervention.  She has previous clinical experience working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence as well as individuals who have been impacted by trauma in general. 

 

Lydia uses empowerment-based therapeutic modalities to foster a supportive and safe environment.  Additionally, she is a LBGTQ+ affirming practitioner and believes in resilience building as a method to heal from trauma.  In her spare time, Lydia enjoys being with friends, traveling and practicing her photography skills. 

Lydia Orr, MSW

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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.  

Richmond Office

As a counselor I strive to empower clients to identify and build upon their strengths as they work towards accomplishing their goals. I have been practicing social work in the Richmond community since 2016 working with a variety of populations including individuals who have experienced housing instability, domestic and sexual violence, children and families. I work to create a safe environment where clients feel heard and validated as they navigate trauma.

Molly Placido, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Whitney received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 2009 and her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University in 2015, moving to Charlottesville upon graduation. Her experiences include working in community mental health, emergency services/crisis intervention, and child welfare.

 

She brings a holistic, integrative approach to her practice and she believes fully in the power of telling one’s story in a safe, held environment. Whitney’s therapeutic interests include utilizing person-centered, strengths-based approaches with those of all ages and from all walks of life to actualize the integration of body, mind, and spirit through trauma treatment modalities including attachment and parts work.

Whitney English, 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.  

Charlottesville Office

Amber (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied Psychology and Youth and Social Innovation, as well as Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she earned her Masters of Social Work. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings and particularly enjoyed her work providing services for individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as survivors and families of individuals with acute burn injuries while at VCU.   

  

As a practitioner, I strive to bring authenticity to the collaboration between practitioner and client to help individuals learn how to process, accept, and move forward in their healing journey. I believe all individuals have the capacity to create change. I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities in my work but always come from a strengths-based and person-centered approach in my practice to foster a safe environment for individuals of all backgrounds. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming practitioner. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and watching a new television show or movie.   

Amber Leathers, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Eva earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master of Social Work from Concord University. Eva has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

 

Eva focuses on developing connection and trust to build positive and productive therapeutic relationships. Eva brings a strength-based, relationship-focused approach to her work, supporting individuals and families. She is passionate about helping find strengths to overcome challenges.

 

Eva is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for clients of all backgrounds and life experiences.

Eva Buck, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Jennifer is a 2023-2025 RITT fellow. She focuses on a client-centered, strengths-based process. Building a strong therapeutic relationship to create a safe space for healing is primary to her practice. Jen specializes in many somatic modalities as well as working with young adults, women, and seniors. She is committed to using an anti-racist approach with a systemic understanding that it is a constant work in progress.

 

Jen has a passion for studying how posture informs the human experience and has an extensive background in movement education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 2014, and is certified in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing©. She received her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University with honors and interned at UVA Medical Center. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, films, walking her dog, and being with her family.

Jennifer Kelly, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Stefanie Dross (she/her) earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University and her Master of Social Work degree from Liberty University, graduating with high distinction as a member of the program’s foundational cohort. Stefanie has a wide range of experience in providing trauma-informed care to children, adolescents, families, and military personnel. Stefanie also possesses experience in working with those who have experienced the impacts of foster care and adoption, intergenerational and secondary trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders, and grief and bereavement

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Stefanie is passionate about creating meaningful and genuine therapeutic connections, and she emphasizes a client-centered, strengths-based approach in counseling to build a strong rapport and promote a safe and respectful therapeutic environment for all clients. She is knowledgeable about a variety of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches and has a profound understanding of the deeply rooted impacts of trauma. Stefanie is committed to providing clients with the highest standard of care, as exhibited by her dedication to continuous education and lifelong learning. She holds membership in the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and VOCAL Virginia. Currently, Stefanie also serves as the chair of Liberty University’s Phi Alpha National Honor Society, which recognizes graduate-level social work students for academic excellence and service.   

Stefanie Dross, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Madison received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Christopher Newport University in 2019 and continued her education at James Madison University, graduating this past May with an Education Specialty and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  

 

Madison has a holistic, person-centered approach, aiming to provide a safe and healing therapeutic environment. She supports individuals in the LGBTQ+ community and has an affirmative approach when working with members of this population.  

 

Madison recognizes the varying ways in which all individuals are impacted by trauma. She believes that while trauma often impacts our minds, we carry trauma in our bodies as well. She is passionate about trauma treatment and its capacity to transform the mind and body.  

Madison Jones, 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.  

Culpeper Office

Britt emanates a spirit of kindness and dedication that enables clients to benefit from her expertise in parent coaching and attachment work. Britt's specialized interest is in working with families to heal from trauma and attachment wounds.

Brittany Shankle graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2006 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Radford University's School of Clinical Social Work (M.S.W.) in 2021.  After a decade enjoying the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she has returned home with her family to her beloved Blue Ridge mountains. 

 

Britt's hobbies include gardening and hiking, and she enjoys spending her spare time with her children. Britt has experience working with foster and adoptive families, children, adults with mental health diagnoses, and she particularly enjoys helping parents and families who have experienced generational trauma to heal and grow.

 

Britt Shankle, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

I view therapy as a collaborative experience and aim to provide care that appreciates your unique, multiple, intersecting layers of identity and experience. We live in a wonderful but difficult world where most of us encounter experiences that can leave us feeling empty, alone, angry, and scared. We develop protective mechanisms and coping strategies to just get through it and survive. Trauma comes in many forms, and despite our best efforts it can leave us feeling stuck. In therapy, I help clients to understand the ways in which they have been protecting themselves, develop self-compassion, and release that stuck traumatic distress. I draw on a number of modalities including parts work, EMDR, mindfulness, attachment work, and psychodynamic interventions. My therapeutic perspective is shaped largely by a commitment to engage in antiracist and LGBTQIA+ affirming care that acknowledges the traumatic impact that systemic inequalities can have on individuals and communities. It’s my goal to help clients recognize how truly resilient they are and feel more free to live into their whole authentic selves.

 

I received my BA in Sociology from Indiana University and my MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, exploring new places, watching reality television, and (sometimes) making pottery.

Jackie Rose, MSW

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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.  

 

Julie Keen, LCSW

 

Julie is a seasoned therapist with over two decades of experience in the mental health field. She comes from a background in both public and private sectors, that includes extensive experience in emergency mental health, family systems therapy, and addiction treatment. Conversational in Spanish, Julie has also provided treatment and assessments for undocumented  persons from Latin America seeking asylum. Her areas of expertise include neurodivergence, trauma, women’s issues, life transitions, depression, and anxiety. Julie's commitment to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction fuels her passion for working with those affected by these challenges. Julie relies on a strong therapeutic relationship to promote growth and healing and uses a variety of treatment modalities that include psychodynamic, strengths-based, family systems, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, hypnotherapy, motivational interviewing, and humanistic therapies.

Julie Keen, 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.  

Richmond Office

 

After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University, Liz’s work at a children’s psychiatric hospital led her to pursue her Masters of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, and enjoyed working with young adults at VCU’s student counseling center. 

 

Liz is passionate about incorporating the body into trauma work, as she recognizes that trauma is not only carried in our minds, but physically, as well.  She works from a collaborative, strengths-based approach, and strives to empower her clients to reclaim their lives after trauma. She is trained in EMDR, somatic interventions and parts work.  

 

Sookie has been a service dog all her life, working with and for Liz for almost7 years now.  Sookie is currently 11 years old, but the puppy in her still emerges frequently.  She loves to interact with clients and often brings a sense of ease and lots of humor to the room.  Her favorite toys are her frisbee and tennis ball, but more than anything, she just wants to be pet and loved on.

Liz Becker, MSW and Sookie

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Michelle has been working in the social work field in the Charlottesville area since 2015. She received both her BSW and MSW from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her background includes work in Therapeutic Foster Care, In-Home Counseling, and Community Based Services for local families. 

 

Michelle believes in a strength-based and relationship-focused approach in working with clients . Her passions include helping individuals learn to process and heal from past trauma, attachment therapy, and helping families learn therapeutic approaches to parenting. 

Michelle Shifflett, 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.  

Charlottesville Office

 

I believe people are at their best when they are supported and empowered to live authentically in the world. I understand that each person has unique experiences that help shape who they are and I believe that everyone has the tools within themselves to create the change, peace, or success they desire. I am here to listen, to walk with you through your journey, to provide support, and a judgment-free space. My areas of clinical interest include working with people who have experienced trauma, who feel anxious or depressed, and those who are moving through life transitions or experiencing interpersonal conflict.

I aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ, queer, and gender- expressive people to explore, heal, and find acceptance. Also central to my work is providing support for those who are reconciling identity with religion, religious experiences, and religious trauma. I operate from a strengths- based and trauma informed perspective to empower clients using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, CBT, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems.

Nate Skroban, 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.  

Culpeper Office

Abby received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Columbia International University, where she adopted the therapeutic lens of which grace can transform pain and heal trauma. Prior to becoming a RITT Fellow, her previous experience ranges from residential treatment facilities, private practice, and working in-home as a Registered Behavior Technician. While Abby has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, she has found her niche in working with adult men and women, military members, veterans, healthcare workers, and young couples. 

 

Abby's goal is to help her clients move effectively through stressful situations, life’s traumas, and relational difficulties in order to experience more joy and a greater sense of self. Painful events can often cause us to get stuck in unhealthy thoughts, emotions and behaviors that negatively affect every aspect of life. Discovering where and how these patterns began can help bring healing to past wounds, as well as developing new ways of doing life and relationships.

Abby Salazar, 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.  

Charlottesville Office

Emilia Williams (she/her) graduated with a masters in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021. Since graduating she was worked as a volunteer therapist with the Women’s Initiative has received post-graduate training with the Institute for Family Services, an agency in New Jersey which utilizes a Liberation-Based Healing Practice to serve clients in circles on a variety of presenting issues through a systemic lens. She is passionate about incorporating social justice, anti-racism, and liberation into her current and future practice alongside other traditional frameworks to validate the client’s lived experience and use the therapeutic space as an opportunity to explore the connections between clients’ outer and inner worlds. Prior to pursuing clinical social work, Emilia earned her BA in anthropology at the College of William and Mary and was a legal assistant at an immigration law firm in Virginia, advocating for children and families who were impacted by the US immigration system.  wounds, as well as developing new ways of doing life and relationships. 

Emilia Williams, MSW

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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.  

Charlottesville Office

Jessica Ayers, MSW (she/her/hers) received her BSW from Frostburg State University and her MSW from the University of Kentucky, with experience in both clinical and community work. Jess is a queer-identifying and affirming therapist committed to providing a kind, supportive, and safe environment for her clients. Jess also has experience working within religious communities and strives to help those who have been impacted by religious and spiritual trauma.

Jess Ayers, MSW

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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.  

Culpeper Office

Miranda has a rare warmth and a kind sense of humor. She cares deeply about her clients -- their circumstances, histories, perspectives, and experiences -- and encourages them to be the experts of their lives, seeing their strengths as well as their challenges. Miranda is passionate about using the therapeutic relationship and individually-tailored, evidence-based interventions to help ease her clients' suffering and increase their senses of joy, clarity, strength, connection, and purpose.  

 

Miranda worked as a group facilitator at The Center for Grieving Children. For five years, she served as the Director of Next Step, an inclusive college and career counseling company for low-income teens and families. From 2021-2023, she provided mental health supports at Rappahannock County Public Schools. She is active in her community, chairing the Board of a Child Care and Learning Center, serving on a substance use disorder committee, and running an LLC for affordable housing. For the last ten years, she has taught thousands of trauma-informed yoga classes in schools, in the locked-down psychiatric ward of the Veterans Administration Hospital, and at the RSW Regional Jail. 

Miranda Hope, MSW

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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.  

Richmond Office

Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Christopher Newport University. She continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her Masters in Social Work with a certificate in school social work. After graduating, she started her career as a school social worker, where she advocated for family and student needs and provided students with individual and group therapy.

 

Taylor is passionate about social justice issues and recognizes the effect of generational trauma on individuals and communities. She is a LGBTQ+ affirming practitioner, and she strives to foster a supportive, validating, and safe environment when clients navigate and process their experiences. She utilizes a person-centered and strengths based approach to inspire self growth and love, and she believes in a holistic approach to mental health.

Taylor McDonald, MSW

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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.  

Richmond Office

Zephyr received his Master of Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2023 and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults across multiple settings. His background includes supporting clients with expansive experiences of gender and sexuality, housing instability, neurodiversity, and complex trauma. Zephyr believes in a strengths-based approach which prioritizes the therapeutic relationship, client agency and collaboration, and the role of the community in the healing journey.

 

Zephyr grew up in and resides in Richmond and in his free time enjoys reading, taking photos, and spending time with his dog Loki.

Zephyr Acosta-Lewis, MSW 

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