Meet the Team

Nora Vassar, LCSW

Accepting New Patients

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia currently providing video psychotherapy sessions. My patients are older teens and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship and family issues, poor self image and academic and professional stressors.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, where I focused on the impact substance abuse and mental health challenges have on the individual across the life span.

I approach psychotherapy holistically, integrating models such as Internal Family Systems Theory and
Trauma Theory. My theoretical preferences are cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused
treatment and interpersonal therapy. I like to focus on pragmatic, strengths based, and solution focused interventions that will allow me to work collaboratively with clients to develop and support their own
personal goals and journey of healing.

I envision therapy as a partnership that is based on mutual respect and honesty. Therapeutic goals are based on the individual’s goals for self. My therapeutic approach is one that encompasses authenticity, compassion, knowledge and trust. I believe that each of these values are vital to building a strong
therapeutic relationship so that we can create an empathic and non-judgmental path towards genuine healing.

Specialties: Hypnotherapy, EMDR, CBT and Solution Focused Therapy

Sheena Carter, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Accepting New Patients

Sheena Carter is Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She gained her Bachelors and Masters of social work from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been providing mental health services for over 12 years in the Richmond and Northern Virginia areas. Sheena believes in a client centered environment that is safe, supportive, nonjudgmental, and culturally sensitive with all clients. Sheena is trained in multiple evidence based models of therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has worked with adults, families, individuals with substance abuse issues, sex offenders, depression, anxiety, as well as incarcerated individuals.

Specialties: Individual Therapy, Families, Substance, and Depression.

Aaron Whitehead, LPC

Accepting New Patients

Aaron Whitehead is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with an extensive counseling background. Aaron received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and obtained his Masters Degree from George Mason University. Aaron has been provided mental health services in the Northern VA area for over 12 years.

Aaron has worked with adults, families, individuals with substance abuse issues, sex offenders, depression, anxiety, as well as the seriously mentally ill population. Aaron primarily uses cognitive behavioral therapy as well as some DBT as his main therapeutic interventions. Aaron also has experience in dealing with minorities as the area continues to have socio-cultural issues.

Specialities: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Substance Abuse and Depression.

Kathleen Fountain, LCSW

Accepting New Patients

Kathleen Fountain is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with significant clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children. Her work experiences include crisis response, interpersonal violence, inpatient, outpatient, and community-based therapy, as well as 5 years working with the military and military dependent population at Quantico. She is passionate about the uniqueness of every individual and providing a safe and empowering space to support clients create meaningful, positive, and lasting change.

Kathleen specializes in areas of military life, depression, anxiety, relationship and connection issues, and life transition and adjustment concerns. She employs a variety of techniques and modalities in practice including, but not limited to, strengths-based therapy, problem-solving therapy, insight oriented, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. Through such approaches, clients build resiliency by developing healthier skills and habits to cope with internal or external stressors and reach their therapeutic goals. She views psychotherapy as a truly collaborative process in which the client may find a greater sense of self, hope, and balance.

Specialities: Individual and Couples Therapy.

Seferino Martinez, LPC

Accepting New Patients – English and Spanish Speaking

Seferino Martinez is a licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He earned his Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and undergraduate degree in Human Service from Wayland Baptist University in Texas.

Seferino’s background includes service in the United States military, where he learned about grit, resilience, and the power of a positive mindset. He believes the quality of our thoughts reflect the quality of our lives.

Seferino started his clinical career in a private practice and moved on to a community setting in order to help marginalized and underprivileged individuals. He has four years of experience working with co-occurring disorders and substance abuse. He has worked with individuals experiencing PTSD, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, and overall unexpected adversities stemming from an unstable life. Seferino enjoys helping individuals, couples,and families from diverse backgrounds using several interventions to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Treatment.

Specialities: Individual, Couples and Family Therapy.

Laura M. Van Waardenburg, LCSW

Not Accepting New Patients

Laura M. Van Waardenburg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Master’s in Social Work from California State University East Bay. Her extensive experience includes working in community mental health, medical social work, and as a clinical supervisor for interns obtaining licensure.

Laura comes from a humanistic, client centered and culturally sensitive approach with all clients. She creates a safe, non judgmental environment that encourages each of her client’s growth and supports their goals for overcoming challenges that impact their lives and relationships.

Laura is trained/certified in multiple evidence based models of therapy. Depending on your needs she may support you with the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or other evidence based interventions.

Specialities: Individual Therapy, Adolescent Therapy, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma related.

Imani Hagans, LPC

Waitlist. Not Accepting New Patients 

Imani Hagans is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a BA in psychology and an MA in Counseling from Trinity Washington University. Imani has been in the mental health field for over 10 years and has worked with clients from all walks of life in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience with treating couples, adults and adolescents. Imani has also worked with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, substance abuse disorders and issues related to grief and loss. Imani is a self-published author of books which touch on helping clients heal from toxic relationships and identify internal barriers which are preventing them from connecting with others on an authentic level.

Imani has a collaborative therapeutic style with an emphasis on helping her clients learn how to be more mindful of the connection between mind, body and spirit. She encourages clients to find meaning in the events of their past and works with them to discover how those experiences are affecting how they perceive their world in the present. She believes that by gaining insight into one’s human experience and increasing awareness of how they respond to those factors, people can become more empowered to take control of how they respond to life’s adversities. Navigating the human experience can often lead people down a winding path with unexpected twists, bumps and roadblocks which can cause people to feel stagnant or lost. along the way. Her mission has been to help people develop the roadmap designed to lead them to their ultimate destination of self-
awareness and fulfillment.

Specialities: Individual, Couples, Inter-personal Issues, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Stress Management

Carolina Duval, LPC

Waitlist. Not Accepting New Patients  –  English and  Spanish Speaking

Carolina Duval is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with several years of comprehensive clinical experience. She accepts clients who have the capacity to resolve their own problems with her professional assistance.

She believes psychological distress and symptoms do not occur in a vacuum but are instead contextual and often present themselves as an adaptation to events, challenges and life stages. Her goal is to (a) help you understand the context for the development of the symptoms, and (b) develop strategies to enhance your resiliency and wellbeing. Therefore, she takes a non-blaming and non-pathologizing approach to her clinical work. Carolina is committed to upholding all ethical guidelines and to using the most empowering, least invasive approaches possible.

Carolina graduated from Barry University with a BS in Counseling and completed counseling training at Bayview Center Mental Health, She emphasizes the Client Directed Outcome Informed approach, which means that (a) the client feedback is routinely sought and used to direct the counseling session, and (b) the progress towards the amelioration of symptoms is routinely measured and the results are used to determine the effectiveness of the counseling relationship.

Specialities: English and Spanish Speaking Individual Therapy.

Talia Bryan, LCSW
Psychotherapist, Clinical Director

Waitlist. Not Accepting New Patients 

Talia Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her educational experience includes an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelors Degree in Psychology& Family & Social Relations from the University of Windsor in Canada and A Masters Degree In Social Work from Norfolk State University. Work experience includes inpatient therapy within an Acute Hospital Setting, Emergency Mental Health Treatment with The City of Alexandria and Outpatient Counseling with the Department of Defense.

Her academic and work experience has granted her an understanding of human development and behavior . Talia has extensive experience working with individuals across the life span, families and groups from various backgrounds, cultures and age groups treating a wide range of psychosocial stressors including but not limited to marital conflict , relationship acute stress, divorce, depression, anxiety , PTSD, ADHD , adult ADD , eating disorders, sexual addiction, substance abuse, domestic violence, maturational stress, military lifestyle, interpersonal/intrapersonal conflicts, suicidal ideations , grief and loss, child/adult abuse and parent child -relational issues.

Her clinical focus is empowering individuals, couples and families with the strengths and abilities they have within to overcome life’s stressors. Therapeutic approaches are eclectic in which she utilizes therapeutic modalities (not limited to) such as Gottman Couples Counseling, CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, Person Centered Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to foster and institute change.

Specialities: Individual, Adolescent, Couples and Family Counseling. CISM certified for Crisis Intervention/Response, Substance Abuse Professional Certified for Department of Transportation. Couples Counseling using the Gottman method.

Trinetta Bryan
Business & Operations Director