Leadership & Admin Team
Licensed Professional Counselor / Founder and Therapist
Alycia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over two decades of experience providing direct patient care to adults, adolescents, children, and families. She is also your average everyday girl who has dealt with her own array of challenges. By challenging her thoughts and developing helpful, healthy coping skills she has created a positive healthy mind, body, and soul.
Alycia was born with a strong empathetic nature that compliments her powerful intuition well. She provides a safe, supportive, encouraging environment by creating a solid foundation for personal healing and development. She works to create a relationship with you to promote success and empowerment. She recognizes you are the expert on your life and takes a collaborative approach to achieve identified goals. Alycia is a trauma-informed therapist and works with the body to combine somatic awareness and movement interventions. She is a Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma certified clinician. Alycia is also a Certified Integrative Medicine for Mental Health professional, providing clients and patients with psychoeducation on the complex connection between what they eat and their mental health- connections that can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health disorders. She recognizes everyone measures success differently and tailors treatment to best meet your needs.
She is an experienced independent business owner with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry. She is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from the American Psychological Association accredited Argosy University School of Professional Psychology and completed her Post Master’s Certification in School Counseling at the University of South Florida. Alycia is also an approved Board-Certified Clinical Supervisor.
You are a high-achieving individual in many ways but seem to come up short when it comes to having meaningful, successful relationships with others and yourself. You have been defined by others in your life as “successful” but are still left feeling unfilled and unhappy. Maybe negative thoughts swirl around your head when you are trying to get work done or fall asleep at night or you have trouble concentrating because you are so worried if the person next to you is upset with you and if you can make the people around you happy or not. If you can relate to any of this, then Alycia is the right person for you. She will help you become the person you want to be.
Alycia BurantLicensed Professional Counselor / Founder and Therapist
Christine is the owner and founder of Christine Nicole Virtual Assistant Services. For the last six years, she has supported female entrepreneurs and their growing businesses by providing executive administrative services. She has experience working in a number of industries such as health and wellness, event planning, life and business coaching, virtual education, and more. Her goal as a virtual assistant is to bring organization, productivity, and joy to the lives of hardworking business owners who would otherwise be overwhelmed by the daily hustle that is involved while managing and growing a business.
Christine is also a wife, a homeschooling mother of two children, and provides virtual support for Healthy Minds Therapy from Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Christine BrownExecutive Assistant
Licensed Professional Counselor & Clinical Director
Finding a therapist can be really, really hard. You can look at dozens of profiles on Psychology Today and other websites, trying to feel comfortable and just feeling like nobody really clicks. On the other hand, it may be stressful even to look for a therapist and admit that you want a little help. If you’re reading this and feeling overwhelmed, it’s important for you to know that there’s nothing wrong with those feelings. It’s natural to be a little nervous when you’re looking for someone you can open up to.
You need a therapist who will understand your unique struggles, including both your personal feelings and the marginalization you may face based on your gender or sexual identity, cultural or ethnic background, or socioeconomic circumstances. In her time as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Reland has worked with diverse clients to explore and address all kinds of issues. She strives to keep an open mind and an open door; you will never face judgment working with Reland or her colleagues.
Reland’s practice incorporates a variety of evidence-based therapeutic techniques, but she works with every client to identify the tools that you need to succeed. Therapy is never a one-size-fits-all solution – if you choose to work with Reland, you will take steps together to identify what works for you and what doesn’t. She does not have all the answers but will work with you to try and find them together.
If you’d like to work with an open-minded, affirming therapist, Reland would love to hear from you!
Reland FinchLicensed Professional Counselor & Clinical Director
Clinical Supervisor & Licensed Therapist
Christy Heyn, LPC, has extensive experience working with adults, children/adolescents, and
families in using the therapeutic space to address the challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or interpersonal issues. She believes that the most vital part of therapy is the development of a therapeutic relationship in order to build resilience and restore hope in a safe, accepting and nonjudgmental environment.
It is through this relationship that clients can have the trust to work on themselves from an honest place within a gentle and supportive environment. She does not offer a one-size-fits-all style but believes in tailoring her treatment approach based on the specific needs and strengths of each client.
Ms. Heyn has specialized training and a particular passion for working with individuals who have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect, or other trauma. She has also worked with individuals who are coping with grief and loss, generalized anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and adjustment to other life stressors. Christy utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, focusing on theoretical orientations which include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and family systems concepts in an approach that supports her belief in the potential for clients to achieve insight, hope, personal growth, and healthier ways of overcoming conflicts or difficulties.
Christy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with almost a decade of experience working in a variety of settings within the mental health field, educational programs for at-risk adolescents, and in private practice with a variety of clientele. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from Troy University in 2010 and is a Nationally Certified Counselor as well as a member of the American Counseling Association.
Christy HeynClinical Supervisor & Licensed Therapist Alexandria, VA
Nurse Practitioner, Telehealth
Finding the right provider and entrusting your health in someone else’s hands can be a daunting task. So, let us take a moment to applaud your strength while you look for a provider who fits your needs!
Ching graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has experience working in different nursing settings: hospital, primary care, and urgent care.
After working with a wide range of age groups and illnesses, she decided to further her education and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in psychiatry from Shenandoah University.
Ching likes to take a holistic approach to treating mental illnesses. She believes that many external factors can impact your health. Identifying those stressors can be challenging. Through close discussions and thorough evaluations, great strides can be made toward a better you. Ching also strives to use the lowest dosage and the least number of medications possible while aspiring to achieve a client’s health goals.
Whatever your situation may be, Ching aims to provide a comfortable setting where one can feel safe to be vulnerable and open in communication. Take time in choosing the right provider for yourself or a loved one. If you decide to continue your care with Ching, she looks forward to helping you reach healthier days.
Ching HonNurse Practitioner
Director of First Impressions
Becky Schneider, the Director of First Impressions, excels in this role beautifully. As the Director of First Impressions, she is responsible for making your experience with Healthy Minds Therapy as pleasant as can be! She enjoys interacting with the patients and works to ensure every patient feels welcome.
Becky is energetic, efficient, creative, and memorable. She works to ensure your experience with Healthy Minds Therapy is meaningful as well! She is detail-oriented which helps to enhance the patient experience from your first phone call to your last session. Becky graduated from Longwood University in 2017 with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Special Education and a concentration in Neurology. Born and raised in Orange County, Becky is a proud Virginian.
Becky SchneiderDirector of First Impressions
Director of First Impressions
Amber Carlson is the Director of First Impressions at our Alexandria location. As the Director of First Impressions, Amber loves helping others and strives to create a welcoming experience at Healthy Minds Therapy.
Amber grew up in a mountain town in Colorado and is CNA, EMT and CPR Certified. She also has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management and administration from Colorado State University.
Amber is detail-oriented which helps to enhance the patient experience from your first phone call to your last session. An interesting fact about Amber is that she gained experience running health clinics in the slums of Kolkata, India for 6 months.
Amber CarlsonDirector of First Impressions
Pam Hume, Healthy Minds Therapy’s dedicated Accounts Specialist and Office Manager, is a proud member of the HMT team.
As the Accounts Specialist, she is responsible for and takes pride in ensuring the patient’s accounts are organized, managed, and taken care of with care. Pam recognizes the importance of answering our patient’s financial questions and concerns as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to maintain focus on their mental health treatment. Pam works hard to remove any potential barriers to receiving quality care at HMT. She enjoys interacting with our patients every day and strives to satisfy every patient’s needs as best she can regarding their patient account.
Pam is hard-working, friendly, loyal, and motivating. Insurance can be frustrating and confusing. Pam is here to support you through the mental health journey by navigating the financial side of things. She is a native Virginian, born and raised in Annandale. She grew up spending most of her time in both Annandale and Spotsylvania. Pam is a graduate of Annandale High School and currently lives in Orange County with her family. Pam is extremely close with her large family and if she isn’t working, can usually be found at a sporting event or family gathering!
Pamela HumeAccounts Specialist
Linh is the Billing Specialist at Healthy Minds Therapy. She has successfully completed the requirements set forth by the NHA as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist. She has worked in the medical billing and coding field for over 3 years.
She has worked in a wide variety of medical specialties including Physical Therapy, Outpatient Professional, Inpatient Professional, Nursing Home professional, Plastic surgery, and Pediatrics. She has worked in both a provider’s office as well as in medical billing services.
Linh also became a Certified Professional Coder in 2018. Her certification is still current and she is a member of the National Healthcareer Association. When she’s not behind the wheel, Linh is a family person and loves spending time in the great outdoors.
Linh DoanBilling Specialist
Fredericksburg office / TELEHEALTH SERVICES
Dr. Michael Deitz
Resident In Counseling, Assistant Clinical Director & Chief Wellness Officer
Dr. Michael Deitz is an Assistant Clinical Director and Chief Wellness Officer at Healthy Minds Therapy. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2020 and joined Healthy Minds immediately after graduation. Prior to VCU, he graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
His passions are in adulthood development, interpersonal psychotherapy, and providing emotionally corrective experiences for clients as they process past and present distress. As a former NCAA Division I student-athlete and coach, he also enjoys focusing research on mental health and athletics. Dr. Deitz strives to understand the lived experiences of different populations to promote advocacy for marginalized groups. He is a published author of a textbook chapter on the ethics of counseling stepfamilies, assisted in research on the lived experiences of teachers who are mothers and examined relationship distress as a mediator for adverse childhood experiences and mental health concerns.
Dr. Michael Deitz is a Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. He works under the supervision of Alycia Burant, LPC, NCC. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Dr. Deitz’s work, his supervisor can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Dr. Michael DeitzResident In Counseling, Assistant Clinical Director & Chief Wellness Officer
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Shirley Bronston contracts with HMT to provide counseling services at the Fredericksburg location. Shirley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. She is a seasoned social worker and has a variety of experience in the field of mental health working with a variety of individuals and their families. She also has over 20 years of experience working in community mental health agencies and private practices providing individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, parent education, and consultation services.
While in the US Virgin Islands, she implemented quality medical care for individuals and their families. Shirley aspires for excellence, which is reflected in her Birth State’s motto, ‘Ad aspera per aspera’, (to the stars through difficulties).
Shirley BronstonLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dianna Hart contracts with HMT to provide neurofeedback and counseling services at the Fredericksburg location. Dianna Hart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with extensive experience helping children, teens, adults, and families in social service and mental health settings. She is a compassionate and caring therapist committed to helping individuals fulfill their potential and break free from limitations created by stress and difficult life experiences or by developmental and physical challenges.
Dianna earned her BA in Sociology with a concentration in social work from Old Dominion University and a Master’s in Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She began her career working in child and family welfare services, including child protective services. After graduate school, Dianna worked with youth and their families at Prince William Community Services before joining a private practice in the Fredericksburg area. Dianna specializes in providing neurofeedback services, a cutting-edge intervention she has been practicing since 2005. She became Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in 2010.
She is also a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (www.isnr.org), whose mission is to promote excellence in clinical practice, educational applications, and research in applied neuroscience in order to better understand and enhance brain function. Neurofeedback is also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy. It has been found to be a beneficial intervention for stress management and relaxation as well as many symptoms of ADHD, high-functioning autism, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), insomnia, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, and many other conditions. Neurofeedback focuses on optimizing brain functioning by teaching the brain to better self-regulate and function more efficiently and effectively. It has also been used to enhance cognitive and athletic performance by reducing anxiety, managing stress, and improving focus and attention.
Dianna is also a skilled psychotherapist using a strengths-based approach that uses a person’s self-determination and strengths — and finds the personal resources and resiliency inherent in all of us. She practices cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing techniques, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, stress management and relaxation, and other specialized interventions appropriate for unique needs and circumstances. Research tells us that a good relationship between therapist and client is vital to successful outcomes no matter what therapeutic modality is used.
Dianna provides a warm, accepting alliance to those who seek her assistance and views the change process as a collaborative partnership. She values each individual she meets and honors his or her experiences and strengths. She wants to be a partner on your journey of self-discovery and recovery.
Dianna HartLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Professional Counselor
Identifying that you need help is a sign of strength, but what happens next? Finding a counselor that you feel a connection with is an essential part of your mental health journey. Don’t feel bad about being picky!
Jasmine is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She provides services via telehealth and select days in-person at the Fredericksburg location. She is a two-time graduate of Longwood University, receiving her B.S. in Psychology followed by an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout her professional career, Jasmine has worked with clients who belong to various minority and multicultural populations. Her passion lies in assisting clients through life transitions, conquering anxiety, and finding meaning in their life. She also works with couples and enjoys teaching partners how to use alternative methods of communication and facilitating effective conflict management. Currently, she holds her Level I and II Gottman Training Certifications for Couple’s Counseling.
Jasmine works from an eclectic foundation that primarily combines person-centered, solutions-focused, and existential theories. All treatment plans are tailored to the client’s unique needs. She works with you to pinpoint the presenting problem and then helps to find practical solutions and identify strengths along the way. She believes in getting to the root of core beliefs to discover how they impact our daily lives and influence the patterns of our relationships. Hear more directly from her perspective at Jasmine Payne, Author at Healthy Minds Therapy.
Jasmine strives to build a safe foundation with clients to learn their stories and to help support their vision. Positive change is most likely to occur when a trusting relationship is established and there is a willingness to work together. Jasmine believes people continually re-create themselves because life’s meaning constantly changes. She encourages you to get curious about how we process that change and continue to evolve. Jasmine works collaboratively with clients to develop insight, practice coping mechanisms, and increase overall life satisfaction.
Think of the counseling relationship as a tool. It can help untangle thought patterns that are no longer useful, find acceptance, and maximize effort toward personal goals. On your life journey and discovery of self, counseling can be the catalyst you need to get out of that rut. No matter what your goals are, Jasmine is here to walk by your side and help you move toward them!
Jasmine PayneLicensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Day-to-day life can be exhausting, stressful, and anxiety-inducing. It is easier said than done to “enjoy the little things in life” when we have so many outside pressures weighing on us. When we feel overwhelmed by these pressures our mental health and personal relationships can suffer. Shelton hopes to assist you and yours in managing difficult times and strengthening your relationships.
Shelton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides services in the Fredericksburg location. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Sociology. She received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Throughout her time at VCU, she has worked with elementary, middle school, and high school students in the Spotsylvania Public School system, as well as with veterans and their families at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing and in Inter-Professional Collaboration. Shelton has experience working with individuals, children, couples, families, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, veterans, and hospice patients.
Her therapeutic approach focuses on altering our behaviors and using a structural approach, along with motivational interviewing to assist in addressing the hard issues that may seem too overwhelming to overcome alone. Successful therapy often requires a strong therapeutic alliance, which means the therapist and the client need to build a healthy and trusting relationship. Therapy is hard work and it can be intimidating, but we are on your side and want to see you and your families thrive. Your trust in our care will never be taken for granted. Let’s get to work.
Shelton embraces and celebrates individual differences and alters her therapeutic approach accordingly to tend to your unique needs and experiences.
Shelton PoulterLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Resident in Counseling
Bradd is currently a resident in counseling providing counseling services at our Fredericksburg location and is actively pursuing his license in Professional Counseling (LPC). He is a recent graduate of The University of the Cumberlands with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, having completed a demanding internship working with individuals and couples at Fredericksburg Counseling Services. Bradd specializes in working with individuals with complex trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression and can offer a safe environment for individuals and families in the LGBTQ community, as well as individuals with a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Bradd brings a unique skill set to his residency including military service, over a decade of work in the defense industry, experience working in the community as a substitute teacher, as well as being a teacher/mentor for at-risk children and adolescents. In addition to his work as a therapist, Bradd is an Assistant Instructor (2nd Degree Black Belt) at Aikido in Fredericksburg where he is also the lead instructor for a program for at-risk and emotionally disabled youth. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Conflict, Politics, and National Policy from Mary Washington University.
Bradd views counseling as a process through which he works to help clients focus on their strengths to initiate and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Bradd strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental, empathetic space for any and all people and works to meet his client’s needs by drawing from multiple theoretical approaches including existentialism, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and dialectic behavioral techniques.
Bradd is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Bradd works under the supervision of Christy Heyn, Clinical Supervisor and LPC for Healthy Minds Therapy. In the event clients have any questions or concerns about Bradd’s work, his supervisor can be contacted at 950 N. Washington St. Suite 322 Alexandria VA 22314, 540-845-6940, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bradd BuckinghamResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
As a recent Graduate from Capella University’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Jessica is now a Resident in working toward state licensure for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Jessica is an active member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society of Professional Counseling, as well as the American Counseling Association.
Jessica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Counseling in 2004. She has 14 years experience working in the counseling field. This includes working in a group home for severely abused and neglected children with an array of behavioral diagnoses. Jessica has also worked with adolescents with substance abuse concerns. Jessica is familiar with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD as well as, mental health skill building, life coaching, parent partnership, and crisis intervention. Jessica recently completed an internship conducting individual sessions and group therapy. She works well with a diverse client population, as well as multiple mental health disorders.
Jessica works from an integrative approach involving the client in all aspects of the treatment process. The client/therapist relationship is essential for an effective goal-oriented plan with the client being the expert of their own lives. She tends to lean toward a Solution Focused and Positive Psychology view, but has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psych-educational, and Reality Therapy.
By facing her own life challenges, it has allowed her to be more empathetic toward others. Through focusing on a client’s strengths, they may become empowered with confidence to achieve their goals with success and personal growth.
Jessica Carroll is a Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Christy Heyn, LPC. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Jessica’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Jessica CarrollResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott.
Chelsea feels it is important in the counseling relationship to travel through the storms and challenges with her client’s side by side as travelers in their journey together. Chelsea believes fully in human potential and allows each person to have an autonomous role in therapy.
Chelsea is here to offer support to each person throughout their therapeutic journey while also letting them create their own direction for which therapy will proceed. Chelsea is currently a Resident in Counseling at Healthy Minds Therapy, actively pursuing her license (LPC). She provides in-person therapy services in our Fredericksburg location as well as via telehealth. Chelsea focuses on a client-centered approach while also utilizing treatment techniques including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Chelsea feels it is important to empower her clients along their journey and feels it is vital to the counseling relationship. Chelsea graduated with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Psychology. Before pursuing her degrees, Chelsea spent six years in the military and values the importance of helping military members and their families. Chelsea has had first-hand experience with the effects that trauma has on military members and their families through her own time in the service. Chelsea spent her internship working in a neuropsychiatric center in which she worked with ages ranging from young children to the elderly and is open to working with any population.
As a Resident in Counseling, Chelsea is involved in Virginia’s state licensure process becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She works under the supervision of Christine Heyn, LPC, at Healthy Minds Therapy. For any questions or concerns related to Chelsea’s work, Christine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Chelsea GarciaResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
David BellesResident in Counseling
ALEXANDRIA OFFICE / TELEHEALTH SERVICES
Licensed Professional Counselor & Assistant Clinical Director of Alexandria
Jack graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Psychology and recently finished his graduate work at Regent University with a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his studies, Jack has seen and worked with many clients, both with adolescents and adults, struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment issues, and even people with a desire to get to know themselves just a little bit better! The more Jack has worked with people, the more a simple truth has come to light: You are not alone!
Finding a therapist can be daunting, but engaging in the therapeutic process can allow for growth, improvement in functionality, and changes that will help bring about strength and joy in everyday life. Jack has worked most extensively with young adults and adults, helping with issues such as depression, anxiety, focus and attention, trauma, loneliness, obsessive/compulsive issues, and adjusting to changes in life.
Jack believes that success in therapy results from a combination of understanding first what is dysfunctional, then where the dysfunction comes from. Finally, changing a behavior resulting from the thoughts or emotions driving the dysfunction can result in truly powerful changes in life. He mainly uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EDMR, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help attain the goals of his clients. Through these techniques, Jack enters into a relationship with his clients and gets to understand and hear their full story, providing a safe environment for vulnerability.
Jack provides an enthusiasm to his work, an up-to-date approach to therapy, and a desire to help clients gain holistic wellness, valuing the therapeutic relationship in order to achieve client goals.
Jack FoxLicensed Professional Counselor & Assistant Clinical Director of Alexandria
Resident in Counseling
I have experience working with individuals, couples and children ages 10 and older to address diverse issues with a goal of improving overall wellness. Whether you’re an individual looking to take care of your mental health, a couple working towards better communication, or a parent seeking resources for their child or adolescent, I would love to help you meet your needs. As a bilingual speaker, I am also able to facilitate therapy for Spanish-speaking clients. My experience spans trauma, parenting, coping skills, communication, depression, anxiety, life transitions, multicultural issues, and maternal mental health to name a few.
My lived experiences as well as interactions with my clients have equipped me with a deep sense of empathy and validation for the experiences of my clients. The ultimate goal I hope for my clients to achieve is a sense of wellness and learned skills to be able to cope with the various aspects of mental health.
My counseling approach is tailored to the needs of my clients and includes a client-centered approach with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solutions-focused, and multicultural counseling. Together we can collaborate towards improving mental health, reducing stress, and providing you with the tools needed to thrive.
As a Resident in Counseling, Sandra is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Sandra works under the supervision of Christy Heyn, Clinical Supervisor and LPC for Healthy Minds Therapy. In the event clients have any questions or concerns about Sandra’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at 950 N. Washington St. Suite 322 Alexandria VA 22314, 540-845-6940, or email@example.com.
Sandra EmoResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
Ann-Marie is a resident in counseling pursuing an independent license as an LPC. She received her master of arts degree in clinical mental health counseling, with a concentration in crisis intervention & trauma counseling, from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Ann-Marie applies the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model in her work to try to address issues as holistically as possible. It is important to her that she works collaboratively with each client to “help them help themselves,” thereby building their sense of self-worth and self-efficacy.
Ann-Marie has worked with adolescents (ages 12-18) suffering from intellectual disability, trauma, and who exhibit severe behavioral issues. The main areas of focus in her work with them were on behavior modification, social skills training, anxiety, and depression. In general, issues she deals with include anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, behavioral issues, trauma, and life transitions. Ann-Marie integrates the cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral modalities of treatment with the client-centered approach in her counseling relationships.
As a Resident in Counseling, Ann-Marie is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, and she is under the supervision of Christy Heyn, MS, LPC. If clients have any questions or concerns about Aleksandra’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann-Marie WingerterResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
Heather is a Resident in Counseling providing counseling services via telehealth and in person at the Healthy Minds Therapy Alexandria location. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a MA in Mental Health Counseling. She received her BS in Psychology from Fairmont State University.
Heather has experience working with young adults and adults in residential and outpatient settings. Heather also has experience working with people in crisis at homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters.
She currently specializes in domestic violence & emotional abuse, self-esteem, depression/anxiety and disordered eating.
As therapy is different for everyone, Heather works from a client-centered lens and uses a strength-based approach and evidence-based practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Heather’s goal is to help her clients find their inner strength, be proud of who they are and see the value they bring to the world. She wants therapy to be a space where her clients can express their feelings and thoughts freely.
Heather is a Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Reland Finch, LPC. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Heather’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Heather HaydenResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
You already have everything you need inside of you to be well; my role as your therapist is to be a thought partner and collaborator on your wellness journey while enhancing the power you hold within.
“Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow” -Vincent van Gogh
Melina is a Resident in Counseling and provides individual, couple, and group counseling services via telehealth in Spanish and English. She is a graduate of Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Law & Society with a minor in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University.
Melina has a constructivist approach using systems and narrative-based interventions. Melina has experience working with topics related to difficult life transitions, identity, relationship issues, depression, systems of oppression and privilege, self-esteem, anxiety, spirituality, previously incarcerated individuals, trauma and resilience, and LGBTQIA+.
Melina has worked in K-12 schools facilitating the implementation of mindfulness, restorative justice, and trauma-informed practices in schools. She also facilitated wellness groups for students, staff, and families on topics such as trauma, vicarious trauma, identifying core values, exploring dimensions of identity, bereavement, teen parenting, navigating school as an unaccompanied minor, and post-high school transitioning for students with IEP’s and 504 plans. Melina has also worked as an academic advisor empowering adult learners to navigate community college, balancing work, family, and career/life transitions effectively.
As a Resident in Counseling, Melina is currently involved in the state licensure process for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is actively pursuing a License in Professional Counseling (LPC). As a new clinician, Melina provides a fresh and up-to-date approach to therapy, valuing the therapeutic relationship as central to achieving goals toward wellness. She works under the supervision Reland Finch, LPC. In the event clients have any questions or concerns about Melina’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melina MoraResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
Kristen Ninosky (she/her) is a Resident in Counseling at Healthy Minds Therapy, PLLC. She recently graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She decided to pursue counseling to create positive changes in the lives of others. Kristen is an active member of Counselors for Social Justice and the Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society.
Kristen utilizes a person-centered and trauma-informed approach to provide a safe space for all clients to feel comfortable while navigating the therapeutic process. She uses a variety of evidence-based counseling interventions in sessions, pulling from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Adlerian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She enjoys using creative therapeutic interventions as well, such as art, music, writing, and play.
Kristen has experience with and a passion for working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. She is aware of the stigma and challenges that individuals of the LGBTQ+ community face, and strives to help them build resiliency and self-compassion. Kristen is also passionate about working with children and adolescents. She specifically has experience working with queer and trans youth (10-16 years old), children with intellectual disabilities, and adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression. Kristen strives to help clients achieve their goals and grow throughout the counseling process.
She believes that counseling relationships thrive on trust, collaboration, and empathy. Kristen hopes that her clients will create the lives they want to live by exploring their strengths and accomplishing their goals.
Kristen is a Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Reland Finch, LPC. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Kristen’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Kristen NinoskyResident in Counseling
Nikki Lemke, M.S.
Resident in Counseling
Did you know you don’t have to be in a state of crisis to seek out therapy? I have met many of my clients at various points in their lives. Some come in with the goal of facilitating growth in specific areas, while others come in looking to gain the necessary tools to navigate a particularly challenging life transition. Regardless of when you decide to begin this journey of healing, the decision you make is one that is personal to you and your unique set of circumstances. The self-knowledge, skills and insight you gain is an investment into your future and pays dividends in helping you navigate upcoming life events.
Nikki sees clients who struggle with depression and anxiety, pregnancy and peripartum issues, personality disorders, mood disorders, relationship transitions such as divorce, remarriage, and parenting teens, as well as clients pursuing spiritual integration and growth work. I apply a variety of modalities working with my clients such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Gestalt, & Gottman.
Nikki understands that you have an expert view of your own life. As your therapist, her job is to learn about you! How your values, background, experiences, dreams and aspirations shape your perspectives. While in session, Nikki holds space for you to examine self-limiting beliefs, outdated value structures and negative self-concepts which have outgrown their usefulness.
Nikki Lemke is a Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Reland Finch, LPC. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Nikki’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Nikki Lemke, M.S.Resident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
Sibila Jahangiri is a Resident in Counseling at Healthy Minds Therapy, PLLC. She has a B.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from The New Bulgarian University and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a Certified Transactional Analysis Practitioner (TAP) and has more than 200 hours of training in Psychodrama. Sibila has experience in working in multicultural environments in business, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector, which allows her to relate to people with different backgrounds.
Sibila is passionate about applying science, spontaneity, and art techniques in her work with individuals and groups. Some of her focus areas include anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, grief, and trauma. She has a special interest in supporting individuals and families going through infertility, pregnancy, and infant loss. Additionally, Sibila welcomes people who do not have mental illness but are facing some of the expected or unexpected life challenges. Feeling stuck in life, having lost its purpose, feeling lonely and unable to build or maintain healthy relationships, going through a loss (of a loved one, an opportunity, a job, an ability, or even a dream): all of these can take your energy and prevent you from living your best life. Turning a crisis into an opportunity can be a painful process. Sibila recognizes that you may need someone to lean on in order to get back on your feet and transform yourself and your situation in the best possible way.
Sibila’s goal as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor is to meet the individual needs of each of her clients and support them in making their own decisions on their path to maturity and autonomy. Her relationship with clients is based on respect towards personality and personal boundaries, free of judgment and aggression. Sibila believes that people have the power to change their destiny by learning, growing and changing their decisions at any time. It is her privilege to support them in this process. Sibila also provides counseling in Bulgarian and in English.
As a Resident in Counseling, Sibila is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Sibila works under the supervision of Christy Heyn, Clinical Supervisor and LPC for Healthy Minds Therapy. In the event clients have any questions or concerns about Sibila’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at 950 N. Washington St. Suite 322 Alexandria VA 22314, 540-845-6940, or email@example.com.
Sibila JahangiriResident in Counseling
Resident in Counseling
Jennifer Drum is a Resident in Counseling at Healthy Minds Therapy, PLLC. Prior to relocating to Virginia from New York, Jennifer earned both her MA in Counseling and Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY. She also earned a Certificate in Health Coaching with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Jennifer supports her clients through a holistic and person-centered lens. She believes in an integrative approach to mental health and well-being that honors the mind, body, and spirit. Jennifer views therapy as a sacred space to explore one’s inner landscape. She believes that seeking help to address challenges in one’s life is truly a strength. Things do not change if we do not give them the energy and time to make a shift. Having her own journey as a client in therapy, Jennifer values the safety that the therapeutic relationship offers us to look at our experiences both past and present and go into our hearts to see what needs to change and/or heal so that we can be more present in our life. She encourages her clients to stay both curious and open to possibility for change, growth, and healing.
Jennifer’s career background includes both working and interning in the agency and educational settings. She has worked with individuals who are struggling with issues related to adjustment, anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, chronic pain, substance use, body image, hoarding and LGBTQ+ community. Most recently, she has worked closely with individuals who experienced an acquired or traumatic brain injury as they were navigating the many aspects of post-injury life. This work was truly a source of inspiration for Jennifer.
Jennifer was an NCAA Division I student-athlete and has coached at both the club and college level. During these years in sport, she has closely examined both the positive aspects and personal challenges one may face in high level athletics. From her athletic experience she fostered her deep connection to the importance of mental health and total wellbeing of the athlete as a whole person and not simply as a performer.
Jennifer considers her approach Eclectic and Integrative. She will bring in tools, strategies and interventions that support the client’s identified goals of therapy.
As a Resident in Counseling, Jennifer is involved in Virginia’s state licensure process becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She works under the supervision of Reland Finch, LPC, at Healthy Minds Therapy. For any questions or concerns related to Jennifer’s work, Reland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (540) 845-6940.
Jennifer DrumResident in Counseling
Graduate Level Intern
Antonio is a dedicated and motivated intern at Healthy Minds Therapy, currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. He previously obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. As a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Antonio has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a passion for serving others in the field of mental health.
With his current experience as a Homework Café Teacher/Mentor at Fusion Academy, Antonio has honed his skills in monitoring and tracking student progress, providing individualized support and feedback, and fostering positive social interactions. He has also planned and executed engaging campus programming for students, demonstrating a creative and innovative approach to education.
As a former Center Director at Mathnasium of Mount Vernon, Antonio has proven themselves adept at administering assessments, creating learning plans, and holding conferences with parents to discuss student progress. He has also conducted employee performance evaluations and provided constructive feedback, demonstrating a strong ability to lead and manage others.
As a former Registered Behavior Technician at Acorn Health of Alexandria, LLC, Antonio provided direct ABA therapy services to clients and implemented Behavior Intervention Plans and Individual Treatment Plans as directed by supervising BCBA. He also maintained therapy areas and materials and responded to crisis situations, demonstrating a strong ability to handle high-pressure situations.
Overall, Antonio is a dedicated and skilled professional with a passion for serving others in the field of mental health. With his strong leadership skills, ability to work well under pressure, and commitment to excellence, Antonio is sure to provide a positive therapeutic relationship with his clients.
Antonio WhiteGraduate Level Intern
Licensed Professional Counselor
Hello. I’m so glad you are doing this! Starting a journey to a higher level of wellness is an amazing endeavor. I would love the opportunity to take this voyage with you.
Here is a little bit about me and my background. I served in the United States Navy for over ten years and have been a practicing therapist for seven years. I am comfortable working with many different populations with varying levels of issues. Depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and military-specific stressors are a small cross-section of the issues I treat.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states. My therapy with you will take a client-centered approach. This means that the work you and I do will be tailored to you specifically using a large variety of modalities. Cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, Gestalt techniques, and many others will be applied during our time together as our collaboration dictates what will be most effective.
I am a laid-back person with a robust, and admittedly sometimes immature, sense of humor who is a big believer in radical acceptance. You can expect these things and many more during our sessions. I offer you this quote and assure you I’m here to listen.
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” -F. R.
Maggie KapplerLicensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor
Carolyn Alvarado is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, VA with a MA in Mental Health Counseling and she obtained a B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NY.
Carolyn is a bilingual (fluent Spanish speaker) counselor that loves working with children and their families through their process of self-discovery and growth. Her work as a counselor reflects her compassionate nature and desire to be authentic and develop impactful relationships with clients. Core to her approach is being person-centered and culturally competent/sensitive.
“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.” ~Carl R. Rogers
Carolyn incorporates mindfulness strategies and strength-based strategies in her practice to support the client in grounding and utilizing their strengths as resources to work through their distress and better care for themselves. Carolyn is aware of how difficult it is to make life changes and utilizes Motivational Interviewing strategies in counseling to help her clients find the internal motivation needed. In working with children and teenagers Carolyn enjoys utilizing play therapy strategies, mindfulness, and creative arts therapeutic strategies such as art, music, and sand tray to support the expression of feelings that are hard to verbalize.
Over the past two years, Carolyn has worked in her community providing Intensive In-home services and outpatient therapy to a variety of clients and their families (children, adolescents, and adults). She has experience working with clients in the midst of crisis, and a variety of mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, identity questioning, anger management, mental health skill building, familial conflicts, grief, and substance use. Carolyn has worked in school settings as a teacher’s aide and completed her practicum experience as a student counselor working with children grades k-5th. Within her community, Carolyn has led children’s anti-bullying and discrimination campaigns for her local church.
Carolyn provides a fresh and up-to-date approach to therapy, valuing the therapeutic relationship as central to achieving goals toward wellness.
Carolyn AlvaradoLicensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Cara Root contracts with HMT to provide counseling services at the Woodbridge location. Cara Root is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary in 2005, and her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.
She has experience with a wide variety of clients, including children, teenagers, adults, and families, and utilizes various therapy models such as child-centered and directed play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and motivational interviewing. Cara’s background includes work with children and families involved in the juvenile justice system, adults dealing with chronic illness and grief/loss, victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and clients experiencing depression/mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD.
Cara offers Christian counseling for those interested in incorporating their faith into their treatment, and has been providing outpatient psychotherapy since 2011. She believes each person has their own unique story and utilizes innate strengths to assist clients in navigating through life’s challenges. Cara has an empathetic listening ear and allows clients a safe place to explore feelings and experiences.
Cara RootLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Professional Counselor
Taking the first step and seeking out a therapist can feel overwhelming and scary. No one wants to feel judged or “feel weird.” In my practice, I aim to create a warm, trusting environment where clients feel safe to explore more about themselves and whatever challenges they may be facing.
As a licensed professional counselor, I have experience working with clients from different backgrounds with a variety of presenting issues. I use an eclectic approach, incorporating evidence-based techniques, because every client is unique. We’ll explore strategies that resonate with you and your personality. I like to collaborate with clients to help them work toward their goals and to discover greater self-confidence, identifying strengths and opportunities for growth.
While therapy is not always easy, it can be incredibly rewarding and affirming. I appreciate the courage and vulnerability that reaching out for help can take, and I aim to help clients feel less alone and more empowered.
Katie BascuasLicensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor
It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable in the face of all the issues life throws our way. These hardships can force us to neglect our emotions, resulting in depression, anxiety, anger, and more. Therapy brings healing and provides an outlet for you to express your feelings, work out problems in a healthy way, and learn methods and tools to become autonomous over your life. No matter what season of life you are in, together we can work through your issues and achieve the goals you want.
Here is a little bit about me and my background. I was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States when I was four years old. I have lived in the Northern and Central Virginia area my whole life and have been in the mental healthcare field since 2018. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Qualified Mental Health Professional for Children in the state of Virginia, and I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
I recognize the barriers and limitations that various minority cultures often face when dealing with mental health issues. I am passionate about assisting these minority and multicultural populations to confront these challenges and experience breakthroughs and acceptance. I am comfortable working with varying levels of presenting issues—acculturation issues, life transitions, minority issues, peer relationships, racial identity, anger management, depression, and anxiety are a few of the challenges I have assisted with as a practicing therapist.
I am an eclectic therapist that pulls from a variety of treatment methods and theoretical orientations to best support you and your specific needs. Multicultural, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and existential techniques are some that will be utilized during our work together. I take a relaxed, at-ease approach to therapy and believe building rapport in the therapeutic space is an essential building block to an enriching therapeutic experience.
I offer virtual, telehealth sessions to adolescents and adults residing in the state of Virginia and accept most major insurances. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Grace KimLicensed Professional Counselor
Supervisee in Clinical Social Work
Alice is a Supervisee in Social Work with Healthy Minds Therapy where she helps clients ages 12 and up navigate the stressors and transitions that are inevitable in everyday life. She recognizes the most important factor to positive therapy outcomes is the therapeutic relationship, and strives to provide a safe, warm, and open environment where her clients feel heard and understood. Alice knows that anyone who has the desire to change can do so and wants her clients to lead healthy and thriving lives.
Professionally, Alice has spent the bulk of her career in the corporate world leading human resources teams for several Fortune 500 companies. During this time, Alice worked with a therapist to break patterns that were not serving her and developed the tools she needed to build the life she wanted. Seeing the transformation the work of therapy brought into her own life, a calling to do this work on “the other side of the couch” became clear and she returned to school graduating with her master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Alice specializes in trauma, anxiety, and attachment issues and enjoys working with diverse populations.
Having lived in Northern Virginia most of her life, Alice understands the unique stressors and opportunities this area provides. She has experience working with racially diverse populations and has a specific interest in supporting clients who have experienced racial inequalities, especially within the Black community. Alice enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling (especially wherever there is a beach), and life at home with her two daughters.
Alice McGuin is a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work and is working towards licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Sarah Rohrer, LCSW. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Alice’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (804) 432-5198.
Alice McGuinSupervisee in Clinical Social Work
Resident in Counseling
Therapy is a collaborative relationship focused on achieving your personal goals and improving your life overall. Maxine believes that you have the strength, resilience, and ability to improve your life, and she works to support this growth by offering skills and tools to aid you in your journey. She listens and works to understand what you value most, and it is YOUR values that inform the goals of therapy.
Maxine is a Resident in Counseling actively pursuing her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure. She is passionate about working with folks struggling with their relationships with food and their bodies. She has experience offering individual counseling to teens and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and family or relationship issues. Her experience also includes leading group therapy for teens and starting a women’s psychoeducational group to focus on self-esteem, body image, and health.
Maxine works from a holistic perspective, and practices with compassion and empathy. The safe and nurturing environment she fosters will help you in the process of healing and create a space to practice new skills. Maxine utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques and values work as she tailors therapy to your needs and goals.
Maxine graduated with her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty
University, and she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University. As part of a military family, she understands the demands of family, life, and work can be hard to navigate, and she works with clients to create both internal and external resources to assist in the more difficult times. You are your own best guide, and these tools and resources will assist you in reaching your goals and living your best life.
Maxine Iida is a Resident in Counseling and is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Reland Finch, LPC. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Maxine’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (540) 845-6940.