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Mental Health Counseling

counseling02Counseling helps support individuals through life’s most difficult circumstances. Counseling supports the growth of personal strengths and helps empower individuals to make healthy choices for positive change. Our staff consists of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Eligible Resident Counselors, and Interns.

Day and evening hours are available by appointment. Please call 757-467-7707 on the Southside and 757-875-0060 on the Peninsula.

Catholic Charities does not currently take payments from health insurers. Often, our fee is equal to or lower than insurance co-payments. For those who qualify for financial assistance, a sliding fee scale is offered.

counseling01We offer the following services:

  • Individual Counseling for Children and Adults
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Depression Screenings
  • 24-hour emergency on-call coverage for existing clients

 

 

Meet Our Counselors

counsler-profiles-kelleWatsonKelle Watson M.A. LPC
Director of Mental Health

Counseling Specialties include: children and adolescents with related issues of ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Disorder and working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Bereavement, Adjustment Disorders, Domestic Violence Issues, Self esteem issues, Relationship Issues, and Individual co parenting therapy.

Kelle received her Masters of Arts summa cum laude from Rivier college. She was nominated and chosen three times to represent Rivier college in the National Dean’s List which recognizes outstanding academic achievement in students nation wide. She has been in the field of counseling since 2005. Her internship involved working with individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and group work. Her residency involved working with the homeless at both Judeo Christian Outreach Center and People in Need, the chronically ill with co occuring mental health issues at Chesapeake Fee Care Clinic, and working with varied and diverse populations, cultures and diagnoses in an outpatient setting at Catholic Charities Virginia Beach and Norfolk offices.. Her residency also involved being contracted as a school counselor for three years at Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School and Bishop Sullivan High School. Prior to becoming a Licensed professional counselor, Kelle was a preschool teacher, a youth group leader for middle school children, and a Respite Director for adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Kelle specializes in counseling children and adolescents with related issues of ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Disorder. She also specializes in working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Bereavement, Adjustment Disorders, Domestic Violence Issues, Self esteem issues, Relationship Issues, and Individual co parenting therapy.

 

counsler-profiles-susanMelnykSusan Melnyk, M.S. Ed. S.
Resident Counselor

Counseling Specialties include: working with children and adolescents, body image concerns and eating disorders, working with parents on cooperative parenting strategies, geriatrics and end of life issues.

Susan Melnyk is a Resident Counselor for Catholic Charities and a National Certified Counselor. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts, with double majors in Psychology and Sociology. After college, she attended Old Dominion University and graduated in 2003 with a Master of Science in Psychology. Susan recently graduated as an Education Specialist from the Mental Health counseling program at Old Dominion University. Susan is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Honor Society; the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) Foundation and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Susan began working in the counseling/healthcare profession in 2004 as a long-term care social worker. She began working as an outpatient counselor in 2013 when she began her practicum and internship at Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia. Susan’s areas of interest include body image concerns and eating disorders. She has three resultant publications in academic journals from research on body image she completed during her Master’s program. She has worked as a long-term care Social Worker and enjoys working with the geriatric population and end of life concerns. Susan developed and facilitated a psychoeducational support group for young women with body-image and self-esteem concerns and has a true passion for working with children and adolescents. She is also comfortable working to help parents participate in cooperative parenting.

Anna Huddleston, M.A.  
Resident Counselor

Counseling Specialties include: Couples, families, adolescents, and children in challenging life changes, military specific challenges, working with parents on cooperative parenting strategies, marriage counseling, and working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and Self-esteem issues. 

Anna’s counseling interests are working with couples, families, and children to help with relationship adjustments and difficulties. She is experienced in counseling individuals through life stage transitions and the family implications that result from them. Anna has a thorough understanding of counseling military members and their family members before, during, and after family separations/ deployments/ transitions. Counseling children, adolescents, and parents through difficult life stages is a strength. Anna employs strength based cognitive counseling techniques and positive psychology when appropriate.

Anna is currently finishing her masters from Liberty University to graduate with honors. Anna is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) with Marriage and Family Membership and Military Counseling Initiative Divisional Memberships.

Anna has volunteered at numerous military spouse support organizations and held classes for new parents in adjusting to life with a new baby. She has been actively involved in couching and counseling children and adolescents. Anna has also been the Athletic Director at a local Catholic School helping facilitate positive sports participation for athletes and a positive experience for the parents. Anna has significant experience in helping children, adolescents, and adults to discover effective ways of navigating through school and athletic challenges.

Jasmine Dhillon, M.S. Ed.
Resident Counselor

Counseling specialties include: working with older adults, women who are victims of abuse, couples, families, adolescents, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, thoughts of harming self, and personality disorders.

 

Counseling specialties: working with older adults, women who are victims of abuse, couples, families, adolescents, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, thoughts of harming self, and personality disorders.

Jasmine is a counseling resident working towards her licensure in the state of VA. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University as well as her graduate degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University. Jasmine has been in the counseling field since 2010. She has provided services to older adults in nursing homes and adult day care programs, conducted research on effects of alcohol and related substances within the college population and also on psychological aggression in sexual minorities. She has worked as an Emergency Services clinician conducting pre-admission screenings to determine level of care needed for clients in psychological distress and crisis situations. Jasmine is able to provide services to clients experiencing suicide and homicide ideations and is aware of the necessary resources and interventions to assist clients in crisis. She also has experience working with the treatment of substance use disorders as well as providing outpatient counseling through the medical model. Jasmine is open to working with adolescents and middle-aged to older adults.

 

 

TP PictureTommy Parry, M.Ed., BCBA LBA
Intern

Counseling specialties include: children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, ODD, brain injury, and fetal alcohol disorders; applied behavior analysis, verbal behavior, parent training, social skills training, military families.

Tommy received a B.A. degree with honors in Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University, with a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is licensed in the state of Virginia as a behavior analyst, and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He received his experience and training in Northern Virginia at Alternative Behaviors, LLC in Falls Church, serving families with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, Asperger’s, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and individuals with challenging behavior. During this time, Tommy ran a social skills group for adults with Asperger’s, facilitated social skills groups for children, and met with clients needing 1:1 ABA therapy.

While living out west, Tommy supervised behavior technicians providing 1:1 ABA therapy, conducted initial intakes, functional behavior assessments, and implemented behavior intervention plans. He has extensive history working with military families on issues related to autism, anxiety, depression, deployment, and reintegration. He was a presenter at Utah Valley University’s Autism Conference in 2015, and has given presentations on social skills and managing challenging behavior to a variety of audiences. Additionally, Tommy has provided parent training in dealing with challenging behavior.

Tommy is currently completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University. He is interested in combining his knowledge of behavioral interventions with cognitive-behavioral approaches in therapy.

Laura Pace, M.S. Ed.
Resident Counselor

Counseling specialties include: Working with adolescents and young adults, including those with anxiety, depression, adjustment, and substance abuse. 

Laura received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Old Dominion University in 2013, cum laude. During her undergraduate, she was a member of Psi Chi, a psychology honors society and a research assistant in the Center for Advanced Statistical Analysis of Health Behaviors. Research focused on risky heath behavior antecedents and intervention for adolescents and young adults.

She has been involved in counseling for two years. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree she began an internship with C.A.R.E NOW, a joint program with Old Dominion University and local elementary and middle schools. She worked in a middle school counseling students on character and resiliency training using psychoeducation. She currently works in higher education educating and assisting students of all ages transitioning to college. She is also a member of Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

She is also currently pursuing her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Old Dominion University. She specializes in working with adolescents and young adults in areas including anxiety, depression, adjustment, and substance abuse.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brigitte Diaz, M.S. Ed.
Volunteer Resident Counselor

Counseling interests include: Working with those with personality disorders, bereavement issues, and military families. 

Brigitte earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University in 2013. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association. She is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University and has been in the counseling field since 2014.

Brigitte has an interest in working with children and adolescents. She has experience in childcare and has previously worked as an academic tutor. Her special areas of interest include personality disorders, bereavement, and military families. She comes from a military family and has lived overseas. Brigitte also understands and speaks Tagalog.

She is looking forward to working with clients and learning from them.

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Jeana Hill, M.S. MFT
Resident Counselor

Counseling Specialties: Couples counseling, family counseling, military families, co-parenting and relationship issues.

Jeana received a B.S. in Psychology cum laude from Regent University and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy with distinction from Capella University. Jeana is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Honor Society. During internship at Eden Counseling Center, she worked within the testing clinic administering psychological and educational testing. Internship also included premarital and marital counseling, as well as diagnostic interviews.

Jeana volunteers with Strong Military Families group, which focuses on attachment theory in relation to deployment resiliency in military families with young children. She has also volunteered with Hope Haven Connections, which uses Trust Based Relationship Interventions for adoptive and foster families.

Counseling specialties include Strength Focused models, working with military families, couples and children, as well as co-parenting issues. As a military spouse, Jeana has volunteered as a command Ombudsman and as a volunteer for Fleet and Family Support.

Kelly Sanchez, M.S.
Volunteer Resident Counselor

Counseling interests include: working with individuals who have experienced trauma, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders as well as military families. 

Kelly received  a Bachelor degree in Psychology  from  St. Leo University in  2011, a credential in Family Development from Temple University in 2012, and she recently completed her Master’s  degree in Clinical  Mental  Health Counseling at Walden University.  While completing her Master’s degree, Kelly completed  her internship  at The UP  Center located in Norfolk,  Virginia. Through this internship  she was able to work with children, adolescents,   and adults who have experienced trauma. She helped facilitate stress management groups for children and adolescents,  and assertiveness  groups for  women.

Kelly volunteered at a domestic violence shelter in her home town and served as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. As a veteran and current military spouse, Kelly takes a special interest in helping those in the armed forces and their families.

Other areas of interest are individuals who have experienced trauma, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders.

 

Alyson Nuno, B.A.
Intern

Counseling specialties include: anxiety disorders, children’s mental health, and military families. Alyson has an interest in working with clients of all ages. 

Alyson earned her Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Delaware in 2011. She has been working in an academic advisory role in higher education for the last 5 years. She manages student records, does academic advising as needed, and assists students with academic and student affairs. She is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling  at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alyson has an interest in working with clients of all ages. Her special areas of interest include anxiety disorders, children’s mental health, and military families. She is a military spouse and has lived on both coasts. She speaks Italian and French.

She is looking forward to working with clients and collaborating with them on their journey.