Charlottesville- East, Pantops
Matt Browning, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience helping children, adolescents, and families. I specialize in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, anger management, stress management and relational problems. If you or your children feel stuck, confused, frustrated, or even scared of therapy, you are not alone and I’ve worked with many families in your shoes.
Rachael Juhan, MA
Hi there. I specialize in therapy with pre-teen and teenage girls and families. I am currently a Resident in Counseling and working under the supervision of Christine Bowers, LMFT, with the expectation of being fully licensed in September of 2021.
I have extensive experience working with adolescent girls and families in alternative and private school settings. As the Assistant Program Director at the Discovery School of Virginia for Girls, I learned the power of wilderness therapy and experiential learning. I love to incorporate nature, survival skills, and feelings of mastery into my work with teenagers. Sometimes we think more clearly and feel better when moving and experiencing the world around us, so I offer walk and talks or nature sits for sessions when possible.
Leon Henry, MSW, LCSW
I specialize in working with children and families who are struggling with behavioral challenges. I utilize a strengths-based approach that is solution-oriented and rooted in the narrative perspective. I believe that problems do not define a person and I help people use words to externalize, and take power over, their issues. Moreover, I work with patients to re-write old and harmful life narratives into new comforting, more sustainable stories.
Leon practices out of the Downtown office and provides teletherapy.
Jesse Dice, MSW, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in working with late adolescents through older adults. I have particular expertise in working with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, adjusting to cancer, life-limiting illness, end-of-life concerns, and grief and loss. In addition to individual therapy, I provide couples counseling for all stages of relationships to help with reducing conflict, improving trust, and teaching healthy communication.
Anne Oelrich, Therapist
Hi! I am in my final year of a Masters in Social Work program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduation, I will obtain my License in
Counseling and Social Work and also an additional certificate in trauma counseling. I have a special interest in working with children, teens, and adults
who have experienced trauma through evidence-based techniques including mindfulness and focusing on strengths to build resilience. My goal is to remain
positive and encouraging while building healthy coping skills that fit into each person’s individual lifestyle.
I believe in a holistic approach to wellness. Working with the Young Women Athletes program and witnessing how physical strength and wellness can positively impact mental health, I encourage any level of movement into a holistic approach to mental health. In fact, if we meet in person, I will likely ask if you want to walk and talk.
In addition to working with children, teens, and adults, I have a special interest in working with the LGBTQ community as well.
James Czywczynski, LPC
Hello. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with late adolescents and young adults, as well as families addressing a variety of struggles. If you feel stuck in a rut with current situations and need long-term solutions to phase of life issues, I can teach you the skills necessary to handle any challenge. My goal is to help you reach your maximum potential, while also learning the abilities necessary for success, whether it be at work, school, or the home environment.
Nikki Bowles, LCSW
Hi. I specialize in working with children, teens, parents, and families. I work specifically with families who are struggling with stress, anxiety, feelings of depression, difficult transitions, or ADHD. Additionally, I work with parents of/and children who are having emotional and academic difficulties in the school setting. I strive to help my clients feel better and live their lives more fully as themselves, and utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT), mindfulness, and a strengths-based and goal-oriented approach. I am dedicated to ensuring that the counseling room is a safe space by providing genuine openness and unconditional positive regard for my clients.
Emily Mathon, Parent Coach
I’m a PCI Certified Parent Coach® who moved to Charlottesville from Austin, Texas in the summer of 2017. As a parent coach, I use a strengths-based model, listening for what is working in your family. Together, we create a customized plan that will positively impact the areas where you are challenged. Whether it’s your child’s new developmental stage or exasperating behavior, sibling rivalry, or parenting in line with your values, I will listen, provide specific feedback, and be your accountability partner in making the changes you want to make.
Charlottesville-West, Boar's Head
Amanda Sovik-Johnston, Ph.D.
Hi. I'm a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with pre-teen and teenage girls as well as families of all ages. I understand how hard it is to raise a family and feel so lucky to be able to experience the highs and lows of life with my clients. As a therapist, I am solution-oriented, offer suggestions regularly, and actively teach people healthier ways of interacting during sessions. I balance this orientation with warmth and empathy.
Amanda practices out of the Pantops office and offers teletherapy.
Caroline Megargel, MSW, LCSW
Hi! Welcome! I am an individual and family therapist who specializes in working with children, teens, and young adults. I work with clients who are struggling with
their mental health, life transitions, parental divorce, and more. I feel so grateful to be able to accompany my clients on their unique journeys. I am passionate
about using a collaborative, change-oriented approach with clients to promote growth, and I am committed to utilizing evidence-based practices in effective and
creative ways to empower my clients and facilitate change. I love incorporating the outdoors into sessions, and feel that “walking and talking” can be a powerful
addition to traditional talk therapy.
I have worked with children, youth, and families in my entire clinical career. I have experience working with teens with major mental illness in the day treatment
setting and children with significant emotional disabilities at a school for severe behavioral intervention.
After growing up in Charlottesville, I attended Vanderbilt University and pursued an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I later attended Boston College and
earned my Masters of Social Work. I returned to Charlottesville in 2018, where I began practicing as an outpatient therapist. I became a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker in June 2020. Outside the office, I enjoy walking my dog, spending time with friends, and listening to podcasts.
Alexandra Werntz, Ph.D.
Hi! I’m a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and specialize in treating teens and young adults struggling with anxiety and related disorders. I also have an interest in working with individuals and families struggling with PTSD, depression, grief, and coping with chronic or terminal illness. I work closely with clients to identify their strengths, and then help them harness these strengths to overcome obstacles in their way. I respect and celebrate diversity, and am dedicated to ensuring that therapy is a good fit for my clients’ cultural background and identities. I also utilize treatments that have been tested through research, and work collaboratively with my clients to create a plan for their treatment.
Morgan Lanier, LPC
Hello! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience as a helping professional in Virginia. I specialize in working with children, teens, and families struggling with risky/aggressive behaviors, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and lifelong psychiatric disorders, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and/or Schizoaffective Disorders. I also help families with young children learn to improve their ability to manage their feelings in a healthy way, solve problems, and improve communication. No matter the difficulty, I work towards partnering with clients and families to help them improve their communication, feelings of connection, and ability to manage their emotions. I walk-and-talk outside when possible, use humor in my sessions, and balance warmth and empathy with expectations for change.
Lily Baker, MSW
Hi! I am a Resident in Social Work and specialize in working with children and teenagers struggling with anxiety, depression, Autism spectrum disorders, trauma, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. If your child is struggling with melt-downs, hard transitions, or difficulty following directions, I help through both behavioral and emotional support to you as parents as well as your child. I also have a specific interest in working with individuals struggling with disordered eating, as the pandemic has highlighted an intense need for this work across the Charlottesville/UVA community. For all individuals with whom I work, I utilize a warm, empathic, and strengths-based approach with concrete steps towards helping people meet their goals. I utilize a blend of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapy to promote change and get outdoors with my clients as much as possible.
Sarah P. Lewis, MSW, LCSW
Therapy does not have to be hard or scary. Working with children, adolescents, families, and LGBT individuals of all ages and stages, I take a balanced approach combining support, warmth, empathy and humor (when appropriate). Specializing in trauma treatment, I have the honor of helping young people and adults find solutions, feel better and find their way through life's challenges big and small.
Sarah practices in Crozet and conducts teletherapy.
Sean Flannery, Ph.D., Psychologist
I am a clinical psychologist (PhD) and specialize in therapy for couples and individuals over the age of 14. I also enjoy working with young to middle-aged adults who are struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and difficulty adjusting to new life situations. I have been a licensed clinical psychologist since January 2021.
Megan Kauffmann, M.Ed Counseling, NCC
As a mom of three kids, I understand the struggles of motherhood, as well as the various challenges and gifts that come with each developmental stage. I enjoy working with parents to help support them so they can better understand their children and have more harmonious relationships. I use a strengths-based approach to help my clients understand, regulate, and transform their emotions through solution-focused strategies. I believe that through adversity, people can discover their inner strengths. It is an honor and a privilege to work collaboratively with individuals and families as they journey through life.
Hope Warren Atkins, MSW
I specialize in working with children and adolescents struggling with depression, grief and loss, anxiety, and identity. I am particularly passionate about empowering LGBTQ youth.
I use a collaborative strengths-based approach to partner with my clients and their families. With younger children, I am active, play, and use humor to connect and promote change. With adolescents, I use more talk therapy and am warm, supportive, and empathetic in our relationship.
I currently have after school appointments available.
Dayna Kumar, LPC
I specialize in children, families, and adults struggling with trauma, grief, and/or difficulties in their relationships. It’s always been a passion of mine to work alongside people through their journey towards healing and, while the journey is difficult, I believe that the outcome and relief is rewarding. I am honored to provide support through that work.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) holding certification in attachment theory, and am certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. In the two last decades of my work, I have worked predominantly with people who’ve experienced domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, and have survived a significant trauma. I have also worked extensively with parents who have adopted both domestically and internationally on establishing a secure attachment with their children.
Jenny Trainor, Therapist
Hello! I am a Licensed School Counselor and Trauma-Informed Mental Health Clinician, with a specialty in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions and an emphasis on counseling culturally and linguistically diverse populations. I am also a 200-hour registered (with Yoga Alliance) yoga teacher and enjoy bringing movement into counseling sessions when appropriate. I love collaborating with children, teens, and adults to create, establish, and/or re-establish healthy mental health rituals and routines that are integrative in nature, and suitable for a variety of situations. I also enjoy conducting Positive Discipline Parent and Teacher Education workshops and work closely with schools, families, and private agencies to this end.
Pat Ryan, LCSW
Hello. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specialize in working with children and families with a range of challenges, from significant behavior concerns to the more typical difficulties that arise in families. If your child struggles with behavioral, emotional, and/or learning issues such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, and/or Anxiety, I will help you and your children learn better ways of problem-solving, emotion regulation, and communication. I have significant experience working in residential treatment and have an extensive toolbox of tricks and strategies to help you and your family feel better.
Finding help that fits you and your family's needs can be difficult. Cost, scheduling, and specialty are all important factors and sometimes the task of finding the right person can add more stress! Virginia Family Therapy has developed a team of specialists with specific skills to help you and your family. These experts have focused on one aspect of family life and are usually not licensed therapists. They are chosen with the understanding that families today are busy and working with this team is frequently more time and cost-effective for you.
Emily Mathon, Parent Coach
I'm a PCI Certified Parent Coach® who moved to Charlottesville from Austin, Texas in the summer of 2017. As a parent coach, I use a strengths-based model, listening for what is working in your family. Together, we create a customized plan that will positively impact the areas where you are challenged. Whether it's your child's new developmental stage or exasperating behavior, sibling rivalry, or parenting in line with your values, I will listen, provide specific feedback, and be your accountability partner in making the changes you want to make.
Hussein Osman, Athlete Specialist
*This is a courtesy post. Hussein’s services are not affiliated with Virginia Family Therapy (yet!).*
I am a senior at University of Lynchburg and am majoring in Sports Management. I have devoted my life to athletics and have played soccer for over 16 years, playing through SOCA, Charlottesville High School, and the University of Lynchburg. I have become excited about sharing my passion for sports with children, and have been a soccer coach and swim coach for many years at Frys Spring Beach Club. I have found sports to be a great way to help kids stay motivated through life!
Nmadinobi Okafor, Executive Assistant
Hello, I am a fourth year pre-medical student at the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Linguistics. I am the Executive Assistant for VFT and answer your phone calls, emails, and work on the social media campaigns. I'm from Hampton, Virginia, but was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I am currently President of the Organization of African students and am First Chair of the Black President Council. I am looking forward to helping you all, learn more about the health care field, and better serve my community! I hope to speak with you soon.