The Team

Who We Are

Francesca Hector-Jones
LPC
Richmond

Being a therapist means creating a safe space for individuals to reveal their true selves, leading to healing and growth. Life can be beautiful and it can be difficult. I have several years of experience providing mental health services, working with assessments, community mental health counseling, and crisis interventions. My experience varies, and it includes services with children and adults. 

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James Terry
LCSW
Richmond

My name is James Terry and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field for the past 8 years. I’m a graduate of VCU’s Masters of Social Work program and earned my LCSW in 2018. My experience has been diverse as I’ve worked with individuals, families, children, adolescents, and adults. I believe firmly in the social work code of ethics which I use as a guide for my practice and in working with individuals who have challenges with mental health. I have experience working with a wide range of diagnoses to include Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD/Adjustment disorders, Conduct disorder, and Oppositional Defiant disorder. I know it is integral to look at the whole person to include biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual factors. I consider the client to be the expert in their care as I utilize client/person-centered and strength/resiliency based interventions. I also have experience in trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and play/art therapy interventions. I truly consider it a privilege to work with individuals and families and hope I can be an effective professional support toward your journey of well-being. 

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Ariane Raines
CSOTP, LPC
Richmond

I have worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. I received a Bachelors in Psychology from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and a Masters in Family Psychology from Hardin Simmons University in Texas. I currently am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. I moved to the Richmond area in 2005 and have since become a native.  I have a history of servicing various populations and have experience working with families, adolescents, children, and couples.  I specialize with working with victims of trauma and adolescent sex offending behaviors.  I have experiencing in treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD just to name a few.  I believe in a collaborative approach.  I come from a family systems philosophy and strength-based approach.  I utilize a variety of modalities ranging from cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, motivational interviewing, to solution focused. It is my belief that you are the expert in your own life and my job is to help facilitate the positive change you are seeking.   In my free time I enjoy spending time outside and spending time with my family. 

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Brittany Stonner
LPC
Richmond

Brittany Stoner is a native of New Hampshire but has travelled all over the world with her family and has settled in Virginia. She graduated from Baker College with her B.S in Psychology and obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Brittany has previous experience working with adults who have a range of mental health issues include domestic violence, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing home renovation projects with her husband.  

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Sharon Jackson-Benjamin
LMHP-R
Richmond

In 2011, I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Psychology.  In 2019, I graduated from Grand Canyon University, with a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling.  I also completed and received my Child Development Associated Certification, educating preschool children ages 4-5.  My future includes opening a Child Development Center for infants and child ages 2 to 14.  After graduation I worked in the Mental Health services for thirteen years providing counseling services teaching CBT and life skills to adults and children, however my plans changed as I’m currently working as an Outpatient Therapist providing counseling to adults and children teaching them critical life skills to overcome life challenges. 

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Alex Moore
Roanoke

I earned my Master’s degree in Counselor education and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech. I am currently pursuing my license to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a specific interest in working with children. I have worked with individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties, including trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, anger management, and family conflict. I use a variety of techniques and modalities depending on the needs of the individual, including CBT, strength-based and expressive arts modalities such as play therapy, but believe that all treatment should be person-centered. 
 

Quote: “The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathetic stance…provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give another.” 

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Rebekah Markham
LMHP-S
Roanoke

I graduated from Radford University in 2018 with my Bachelor’s in Social Work and in 2021 with my Master’s in Social Work. I am interested in working with all ages and populations in an outpatient setting. I have experience working with children who have behavioral issues and adults who have mental health issues. The therapy techniques I utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, relaxation techniques, and other evidence-based practices. My goal is to help children, teens, and adults cope with their stress throughout their daily life and successfully reach their own goals to their best potential in life. 

Outside of my profession, I like to hike, kayak, travel, and many other outdoor activities.

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Elizabeth Tilley
LMHP-R
Roanoke

Hi, I am Elizabeth, and I am a Resident in Counseling pursing LPC licensure. I recently graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts: Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. I have worked in the behavioral health field serving children and adolescents for a total of 4 years and I have clinician internship experience working with Domestic Violence survivors and Adult Outpatient services populations. I am passionate about Mental Health and I desire to support individuals in various stages of life to thrive as the unique and special individual they are. I use an integrated, eclectic approach to counseling based on the client’s specific needs and goals. In my free time, I enjoy taking hikes with my dog, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family.   

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Holly Hartson
LCP
Roanoke

My name is Holly Hartson and I have been licensed as a psychologist for 20 years, with training in interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, and practice trauma-informed care. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings. I am currently working in an outpatient setting and provide therapy services in person as well as via telehealth. 

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Melinda Black
LPC
Roanoke

I have worked in the mental health field for 10 years, with all ages, and in most capacities including intensive in home, individual counseling, mental health skill building, and therapeutic day treatment.  I believe in using an eclectic approach to counseling, often leaning towards a systems approach, as each individual's needs are different and the approach needs to be appropriate for the client.  I have worked with children starting at age 5, as well as adults.  I find that each of these age groups have specific needs and challenges, making all age groups exciting to work with.  In my off time, I enjoy reading, music, and anything crafty. 

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Emily Carickhoff
LPC
Staunton

It was later in life when I decided to pursue my Master's in Counseling at Eastern Mennonite University. Since earning my degree I have spent time working with children in foster care and children and teens with behavioral challenges. I also have experience working with adults and couples. My approach to counseling is to incorporate trauma-informed interventions as well as art and play therapy techniques. When not working, I enjoy nature, painting, and researching how the brain works. 

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Kristen Maxwell
LMHP-R
Staunton

Hello! My name is Kristen Maxwell. I am pleased to meet you! 
 

I am a Resident in Counseling pursuing LPC licensure. I recently graduated with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and received my Bachelors in Behavioral Psychology from Purdue University. I held a clinical internship working at an Intensive Outpatient Program in Northern Florida, which gave me the opportunity of working with adults and adolescents facing substance use and trauma. Prior to this, I worked with survivors of violence, homeless individuals, and clients facing grief. I utilize a variety of counseling modalities, including person-centered, motivational interviewing, Adlerian, Gestalt, solution-focused approaches, while incorporating trauma-informed interventions. Ultimately, it is my promise to help you along your journey to a wonderful life! In my free time, I enjoy gatherings with my family, country music, dancing, singing, and taking the scenic route!

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Rachel Montgomery
LPC
Wytheville

My name is Rachel Montgomery and I have been working in the mental health field for more than 10 years. I have experience as a clinician on a sub-acute inpatient crisis unit for adolescents, TDT counseling, clinical coordination, and outpatient, group, and family counseling.  I have experience working with suicidal ideation, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD and grief/loss. My professional approach is to foster a therapeutic nonjudgmental trauma informed care environment that meets the individual where they are. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques that include but are not limited to cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, psycho education, solution focused and trauma focused therapy. In my spare time I love being with my family crafting, baking, and going on adventures.

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