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.
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.
Jennifer Senator, MA, LPC
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and I specialize in working with teenage and adult women struggling with anxiety, depression, and life transitions, including motherhood. I utilize a strengths-based, person-centered approach with emphasis on client resilience. I combine psychodynamic insight with cognitive behavioral techniques and may utilize mindfulness, journaling, poetry, and art in sessions. I have worked as a counselor in local middle and high schools, including Burley, Monticello, and Murray, as well as with older students in college and university settings.
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.
Naila Baloch, MS
Hi! I am a Resident in Counseling under supervision with Dayna Kumar, LPC. I work with clients where they are, and use a variety of approaches to support increased resilience and mastery of self and life situations. I love to support individuals and families in connecting to their full potential and living their happiest lives. I bring a gentle and engaging presence, and offer opportunities for shifts in perspective and behaviors during sessions.
Naila practices out of the Downtown office and offers teletherapy.
Morgan Soper, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, emotional regulation, relationship issues, and difficulty coping with medical problems. As a therapist, I believe that everyone is capable of change and healing, regardless of your circumstances. I utilize a strengths-based and systems approach, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral interventions. My hope is to develop a therapeutic relationship with you and earn your trust to work towards your personal goals. I understand the daunting task of finding the right therapist, and I would love to connect with you to help you overcome barriers to find true fulfillment and contentment in your life.
Morgan practices out of the Downtown office and offers teletherapy.
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.
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.
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 plan to be fully licensed in the winter of 2020 and am currently supervised by Amanda Sovik-Johnston, Ph.D.
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.
Kristen Roorbach, Ph.D., M.Ed., Therapist
I specialize in working with children and families struggling with anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, and challenging behavior. Many of my younger clients have difficulty with bedtimes, meltdowns, screen-time management, anger, and/or using their words to express their feelings. Older clients may struggle with coping with their feelings in age-appropriate ways, social skills, and/or academic achievement. In our sessions, I use a brain-based and solution-focused approach to shifting family dynamics and building positive outcomes. I combine systems theory, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and neuroscience to tailor a hands-on approach to create change for children and families in the home and school settings.
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.
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.