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MEET THE TEAM

RICHMOND REGION

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Alex Moore, M.A.Ed.

Resident In Counseling

Alex’s professional journey has been marked by a calling to help people find hope and healing. She has knowledge and valuable experience working with a diverse clientele, spanning children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of expertise encompass a diverse range of challenges, including trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, anger management, and family conflict. Alex tailors her counseling approach to meet the unique needs of everyone, employing a flexible array of techniques and modalities. She has a passion for working with children, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other strengths-based approaches. When appropriate, she may incorporate the use of expressive art modalities and interventions. Central to her philosophy is the belief that all therapeutic interventions should be person-centered, prioritizing the well-being and individuality of those she has the privilege to serve. 

 

Alex graduated from Virginia Tech, earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.   

 

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James Terry, MSW, LCSW

LCSW

James has had the unique privilege to work with a variety of clients including individuals, families, children, and adults. He firmly believes in the social work code of ethics which he uses as the primary guide ofr his practice and in working with individuals with mental health challenges. James has adopted a holistic approach, seeking to integrate biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual factors. He considers the client to be the expert in their care as he utilizes client-centered and strength/resiliency-based interventions. He has previously worked with a wide range of diagnoses including Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD/Adjustment disorders, Conduct disorder, and Oppositional Defiant disorder.  His areas of expertise include trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and play/art therapy interventions. Additionally, James considers it a privilege to work with individuals and families and hopes he can be an effective professional support toward your journey of well-being. James obtained his LCSW in 2018 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Master’s degree in Social Work.  

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Sharon Benjamin, MS

Resident In Counseling

Sharon has a wealth of knowledge as she has worked in Mental Health services for thirteen years providing counseling services, cognitive behavioral therapy, and life skills to a range of clients, including both adults and children. After this, she began working as an Outpatient Therapist providing counseling to clients in order to help them overcome life's challenges. One day, her dream is to open a Child Development Center for infants and children ages 2-14. Having completed her Child Development Associated Certification for preschool children ages 4-5, she would be perfect for this! Sharon graduated from Grand Canyon University, earning her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

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Kalise Weeks, M.Ed.

Resident In Counseling

Kalise is a dedicated professional with two degrees from Virginia State University, including a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Education in Counselor Education. Currently serving as a Resident Outpatient Clinician and a full-time school counselor at a local high school, she finds profound fulfillment in her work with children and adolescents. Driven by a commitment to inclusivity, Kalise harbors a special interest in working with underrepresented populations and remains open to assisting adults as well.

 

Her expertise lies in helping individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, and trauma, employing a multifaceted approach that includes Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Kalise’s therapeutic philosophy centers on empowering clients to drive their own healing journey, acting as a compassionate guide to help them unearth answers from within. As a newcomer to Lifebridge Counseling, she is eagerly looking forward to connecting with clients and fostering growth together!

 

ROANOKE REGION

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Todd Gearheart, MS

Resident In Counseling

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Todd has extensive experience in community mental health and rehabilitative services, and clinic settings. As an outpatient therapist, his specialty areas include trauma, anxiety, depression, couples counseling, and military veterans’ issues.

 

When it comes to his counseling framework, Todd implements person-centered therapy with a strong influence of humanistic counseling therapies, such as positive psychology. He focuses on goal-oriented questioning to assist in moving into a future-oriented direction, and takes a very holistic approach to counseling involving the integration of the mind, body, and spirit.
 
Todd is nearing completion of his Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling with a specialization in Traumatology.  He has earned Master’s degrees in both Human Services Counseling and Professional Counseling.

He is also certified as a Prepare-Enrich Couples Program facilitator and provides couples therapy for those preparing for marriage and for those wishing to enrich their marriage.
 

Todd is a military veteran who has honorably served our country in combat around the world. He was an Operations Specialist, Air Intercept Controller, and graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program popularly referred to as “Top Gun” school. His unique life experience is an asset that he brings to therapy sessions.

Todd provides genuine warmth, honesty, empathy, support, and care to those he has the opportunity to serve. He is a skill-builder and has a strong passion to motivate and build resilience in others.

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Jennifer Royer, MSW

Supervisee in Social Work

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Jennifer, a Clinical Social Work Supervisee and US Army Reserve Veteran, navigated a transformative journey from detainee operations in Afghanistan to earning her Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2019. With a career spanning diverse roles, including case management and therapeutic support for children, she later returned to the mental health field, dedicating herself to the veteran population.

 

Possessing a rich skill set in problem-solving therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, Jennifer has adeptly addressed issues ranging from abuse and addiction to trauma, PTSD, and identity concerns. Committed to making the first step toward help more approachable, Jennifer recognizes the importance of addressing mental health challenges for holistic personal growth and healing, drawing parallels between seeking help for mental well-being and medical assistance for physical ailments.

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Todd A. Gearheart, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Todd is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a certified Prepare-Enrich Couples program facilitator. Todd is nearing completion of his Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling with a specialization in Traumatology and has earned the following degrees: Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling, and Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations.

 

 Todd’s theoretical foundation is person-centered with a strong influence of humanistic counseling therapies such as positive psychology. Todd uses a blend of counseling modalities such as mindfulness training, solutions-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and reality therapy to engage the client in a semi-structured therapy experience where the client improves self-awareness, improves healthy thinking and functioning, learns and practices healthy coping skills/strategies, and improves relationships. Todd’s philosophy focuses attention on the present and future. He focuses on goal-oriented questioning to assist the client in moving into a future-oriented direction to help reduce negative thinking and behaviors, increase motivation and resiliency, and become a healthier and happier human being. Todd takes a very holistic approach to counseling in which he focuses on the integration of the mind, body, and spirit. Todd also provides a unique multicultural approach to therapy due to his extensive travels around the world living in different cultures and understanding dynamic human experiences from various perspectives.

 

Todd has extensive experience in community and clinic settings having engaged in therapeutic day treatment, intensive in-home, parenting aid, mentoring, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, and outpatient therapy services along with substance abuse treatment and counseling. Trauma, anxiety, depression, couples, marriage and family counseling, and military veterans issues are his specialties.

 

Todd is a military veteran that has served our country honorably during combat around the world as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. He was an Operations Specialist, Air Intercept Controller, and graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program  popularly referred to as “Top Gun” school. Clients consistently report that Todd’s life experience was an asset for their successful therapy outcomes.

 

Todd is certified as a Prepare-Enrich Couples Program facilitator and provides couples therapy for couples preparing for marriage and for couples wishing to enrich their marriage and engages couples in the Gottman Method of Couples Counseling. Todd provides genuine warmth, honesty, empathy, support, and care with his clients. Todd is a “skill-builder” and has a strong passion to motivate and build resilience in clients. He looks forward to working with you.

 

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Jennifer Royer

Supervisee in Social Work

Jennifer recognizes the challenge individuals face when acknowledging the need for help and taking the first step towards addressing their issues. Understanding the reluctance to admit vulnerability, she is dedicated to making this initial step more accessible. Jennifer emphasizes the importance of addressing habits, hurts, and hang-ups to foster mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and healing. Drawing parallels with seeking medical help for physical ailments, she believes mental health should be approached with the same level of importance. While acknowledging that the journey to healing is neither quick nor easy, Jennifer is committed to providing support and guidance to help individuals navigate this pathway.

In her counseling sessions, Jennifer employs a diverse range of therapeutic approaches, including problem-solving therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. With experience in treating a variety of issues such as abuse, addiction, autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, trauma, and sexual identity/gender identity concerns, she brings a comprehensive skill set to her practice. Jennifer's career trajectory reflects a deep commitment to mental health, from her early work as a case manager and Therapeutic Staff Support for children with behavioral issues to her current role as a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work. Her military service, combined with personal experiences, has shaped her understanding of trauma, resilience, and the unique challenges faced by veterans, driving her dedication to making a positive impact in their lives.

WYTHEVILLE REGION

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Kristie Haga

Resident In Counseling

Kristie believes that clients are the “expert”, and she is simply a catalyst to help them reach their goals. Using a client-centered approach to therapy, she recognizes that the relationship she builds with clients is the biggest factor that contributes to success in reaching their goals

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She has spent the last 25+ years specializing in risk assessment and crisis intervention, utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques. Some of these techniques include cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, psychoeducation, solution-focused and relaxation practices. Most of her career has included working with children with emotional support needs and the families that support them. She also has experience working with adults in a clinical setting, both as a therapist and a crisis response provider. Early in her career, she found herself working with clients who were receiving support through a Psychosocial Rehabilitation program. Kristie loves the work that is done in this field and has tried to learn as much as she can about behavioral health disorders. With her fur babies at home, she is a firm believer in the therapeutic value of our pets and utilizes her own babies as a vital therapeutic tool for herself.

   

As a graduate from Walden University’s Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program, Kristie has a wealth of knowledge to offer clients! 

 

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Hannah Ingo

Resident In Counseling

Hannah works under the motto, “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Hannah graduated from Bluefield University with a Master's Degree in Counselor Education and has valuable experience with public education, community service boards, and college counseling centers in which she has served children, adolescents, and adults. Her professional journey centers around a love for people, justice, and unity. Hannah has a passion for working with marginalized communities including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA+ members, people of color, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. She is also passionate about women’s issues and social justice. Her areas of expertise consist of attachment-based disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and social justice. Hannah works from a person-centered lens and tailors her approach to meet the collective needs of all clients. 

STAUNTON REGION

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Emily Carickhoff

LPC

Emily is excited to make an impact on the lives of her clients as she has experience working with both children and adults. Her most utilized therapeutic techniques include trauma-informed interventions, as well as art and play therapy techniques. Her professional experience includes settings with individuals in foster care, and children and teens with behavioral challenges. In addition, she also has experience working with adults and couples.  

 

When not working, Emily enjoys being in nature, painting, and researching how the brain works. Emily earned her Master's in Counseling at Eastern Mennonite University. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Amy Miller

Outpatient Administrative Assistant

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

Shaunta has spent the last decade, and more, dedicated to serving children, adolescents, families, and her community. She is an advocate and resource with expansive knowledge in mental health. Her years of experience and success supporting those in need of more intensive levels of mental health services has proven invaluable.   

While Shaunta now works primarily as an Outpatient Counselor she continues to serve as a volunteer in programs passionate about supporting children and families. 

Shaunta graduated from Capella University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  

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