Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

Mike Flynn, LCSW, BCD, TRX
Mike is not only a man of many talents, he is also a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. In addition to his duties as Executive Director of Resource Guidance Services / Christian Counseling Associates, he has served as a facilitator for Crisis Care Network (CISD), a parent educator, a speaker on various subjects relevant to family relationships and stress management, and a field instructor for several area Universities in the masters of counseling degree programs. He is the founder of a non-profit fund raising ministry called, “A Kid’s Family” which supports adoptive families. more...

Much of his stalwart work ethic comes from childhood years where he lived in dairy farm country in Allegheny County, NY. His two sons have also followed in his socially conscious footsteps. One is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the Boston area providing services to adolescents and families and the other is a domestic missionary to international students at UVA with ISI (Colorado Springs).

Mike received his MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University after pursuing a liberal arts education and studies in Christian Education at Houghton College in NY. He has been a social worker for the Richmond Department of Mental Health, an administrator for St. Joseph's Villa and Southside Area Mental Health Services, and has also been a mental health specialist as a medic for the US Army at Kenner Army Hospital and the 56thStation HospitalMike was past Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse. He serves as a Member of the Advisory Board for Needle's Eye Ministry in Richmond and has had membership in North American Association of Christian Social Workers, the Christian Association of Psychological Studies and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Working primarily with adults, Mike counsels individuals and families in many areas, including: family and marital issues, employment related stressors, chronic mental illness, depression and anxiety disorders, divorce prevention/recovery, ADHD, men's relationships, foster care and adoption issues and also serves as a consultant for parent education classes, management, and critical incident debriefing. Mike recently opened RVA4 Fitness combining lifestyle management with physical fitness. www.RVA4Fitness.com

Psychiatrist

Alla Lerner-Brandon, MD
Dr. Alla Lerner-Brandon is a Board Certified General Adult Psychiatrist who works with individuals who are 18 to 60 years old. Her clinical interests lie in working with individuals who have depression, anxiety, adjustment, or psychotic disorders. more...
Having always been interested in becoming a physician, it was in medical school the Dr. Lerner-Brandon noticed the stigma attached to being a psychiatric patient.  She could not accept that having a mental health problem is less acceptable than having a medical or surgical problem.  Desiring not to be among the many people who overlook the very real pain experienced by those with psychological conditions, she went on to specialize in psychiatry where she completed her Residency at VCU in 2005, serving as a Chief Resident during her final year.
Dr. Lerner-Brandon treats individuals struggling with mental health challenges by actively observing, listening, understanding, empathizing, and empowering them as people. She achieves great satisfaction by listening to individuals and learning their unique stories.  Her ultimate goal is to maximize every individual's quality of life, which has continuously made her time at work very rewarding.

Nurse Practitioner

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A nurse practitioner will be joining our staff very soon. Check back later for details. more...

Licensed Therapists

Katrina Mansinon, MSW, LCSW
Katrina holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, San Bernardino and is now a LCSW. She has recently opened a new office location in downtown Farmville and is available to the surrounding communities. She accepts most insurances, including Tricare, Medicare, and Medicaid.Trina works with couples, male and female adults of all ages, adolescents and children. She also occasionally facilitates groups. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree; Trina’s primary focus was in raising her four children. She now also enjoys her 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. more...

Her life experiences have provided her with the ability to empathize with and understand many challenging situations. Because of this, coupled with her relationship with the Lord Jesus, she brings to her clients a strong sense of hope.

Katrina was counseling in California when she came out to attend the birth of her daughter’s first child in January 2000. While awaiting the birth, she had two prayer requests: 1) That the Lord would show her where to settle, now that her children were grown and gone, and 2) that she would learn how to be a counselor through whom God could bring genuine healing of deep emotional wounds. The quality Trina loves most about God is His desire, willingness and ability to truly transform lives. She connected with Christian Counseling Associates and knew she had found a home here. When she moved to Virginia, 5 months later, it was with a strong sense of calling to live here, to learn how to minister that healing, and to be able to facilitate it.

Since she has been in the Richmond area, she has received training in Elijah House principles, and in the Basic, Apprenticeship and Advanced Level I of Theophostic® Prayer Ministries, now called Transformation Prayer Ministry. She has found Theophostic® prayer to be an extremely effective tool in fully releasing the emotional pain from sexual and other abuse, grief and loss issues being expressed in depression, bipolar, anxiety and panic disorders, eating disorders, anger problems, post traumatic stress syndrome, and addictions. The resolution of the emotional pain benefits individuals as well as marriages and whole family dynamics. Trina also enjoys providing strong support, insight and encouragement as individuals live out their changes, in all kinds of life transitions. Issues around loss and grief are one of her specialties, including working with adopted or foster children.

Mike Ingram, LPC
Originally from Staunton, VA Mike graduated from Grove City College (PA) with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. He continued his studies at Regent University (VA) where he received his Master’s degree in Counseling. While working toward his Master’s degree Mike completed an internship at Christopher Newport University in the Office of Counseling Services. more...

After finishing his graduate work at Regent, Mike completed his counseling residency in Charlottesville, VA treating at-risk youth and their families.

For the past 8 years Mike has worked in the field of mental health in a college counseling center, at various in-home settings, and in a psychiatric hospital treating diverse issues including depression, ADHD, addiction, trauma, abuse, and anxiety. He works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Mike uses an eclectic approach to treatment, tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the individual or family. He facilitates two weekly seminars for men with sexually addictive behaviors.

In his free time Mike is an avid sports fan and enjoys hiking, exercising, and spending time with his friends and family.

Kathryn Parker, LPC, NCC, CT
Kathryn received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University and graduated with Honors in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. Kathryn is a Certified Traumatologist specializing in trauma and offers EMDR. Kathryn traveled with the Regent University Trauma Team to Nicaragua addressing the crisis and trauma in their lives. Kathryn also provides corporate consulting navigating difficult situations that often require Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Additionally, Kathryn is trained as a Mental Health Provider in the Collaborative Law process. more...

Kathryn has gained valuable counseling skills in the areas of anxiety, depression, addiction, divorce, mental illness, relationship issues, marital counseling, parenting, and trauma, which includes sexual abuse, grief and loss, and post traumatic stress.

Counseling is a calling. It takes many years of education, training and clinical supervision, yet the difficulty in preparation has enabled Kathryn to experience the joy of working as a Professional Counselor. Kathryn has been married 26 years and has three young adult children. Kathryn thanks you for giving her the privilege of walking with you through the difficulties in life.


Rusty Small, LPC, M. Div, PhD
Rusty developed a desire to learn about counseling from his encounters with real people with real problems within the life of the church and community. He views counseling as a means to develop emotionally and spiritually. Rusty is a committed Christian counselors because He believes that through an encounter with Jesus one experiences legitimate life change. more...

However, Rusty is committed professional counselor because he uses empirically tested techniques that have proven to aid clients whatever their problem. He is currently working at the Farmville location.

Rusty’s training includes:

  • B.A. in Religion from Liberty University
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University
  • Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph. D (ABD) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jennifer Perkinson, LPC
Originally from Indiana, Jennifer moved to Virginia to complete a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. After completing her internship and residency with Resource Guidance Services, she moved into a position as a licensed counselor and clinical supervisor. Jennifer specializes in tailoring her counseling approach to the unique strengths of each individual, while using a holistic approach to assist clients in overcoming personal struggles. She works with couples, adults, and adolescents going through various struggles and life stages. more...

In addition to general individual counseling, she also works with women who are struggling through the effects of a traumatic or challenging childhood. Counseling presents an opportunity to provide women with a safe environment that allows them to voice secret struggles and find wholeness and healing for themselves and their relationships. Her work with women includes individual and marriage counseling, as well as providing safe group environments for an additional level of healing. Along with this work, Jennifer has a passionate desire to help married couples find new hope and direction by integrating biblical truth with proven psychological techniques. She is certified in Prepare/Enrich and is continually seeking additional training in tools to assist couples in repairing and/or strengthening their relationship.

Additional areas of expertise include depression, self harm, anxiety, post traumatic stress, working with girls from 13-18, ADHD testing for ages 16-adult, and premarital counseling.



Rick Wilson, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Rick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Resource Guidance Counselors, Rick worked as the Director of the Rapha Christian Program at Millwood Hospital. more...

He was also a lead therapist for the Rapid Assessment and Prevention team at Dallas Metro care Services, and has worked in several other private practice settings as well.

Rick also spent 12 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, which gives him a depth of knowledge in psychopharmacology.

Rick works with couples, families, individuals, adolescents and children in helping them heal from the adversities of life. He specializes in premarital and marital counseling, adolescent counseling and working with family systems.

Deb McPhee, LPC
Deb McPhee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 20 years experience working in her community as a mental health and substance dependence recovery therapist. She received her master's degree in community mental health from Regent University,Virginia Beach. more...
Deb helps adults and families identify their personal strengths to persevere through their trials with confidence and hope, while offering the opportunity to include their faith in creating a plan of health, clarity, and possibilities. Deb's primary approach is strength-based to address most levels of anxiety/panic, disruptive behaviors such as attention/focus difficulties, chronic/situational depression, substance use/dependence, grief/loss, and phase of life changes.

Deb is proud of her past active duty and reservist service in the U.S. Navy, 1971-1976/1990-1992. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, hard-covered books, cooking, gardening, and her log home.
Donna Westcott, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who loves helping individuals, couples, and families. I start by providing a safe environment for you to share what is on your heart. I listen without judgement and help you see what you've been doing right, what your strengths are, and how you can harness them to bring health to the areas where you are struggling. more...
I use talk therapy, but also supplement it with relaxation techniques and expressive therapy, such as art, music, or writing, when that seems appropriate. But I never force you to use any method you are uncomfortable with. Those I have helped in he past include: Couples dealing with communication problems, ongoing conflict, and affairs; young women figuring out how to be healthy adults; families navigating the challenges of adoption; individuals stressed by anxiety, depression, or life changes and; individuals healing from past trauma.

I love to learn and keep up with the latest discoveries in the art and science of counseling, so I read constantly and frequently attend trainings. Some of my areas of focus are new discoveries about how the brain processes experiences and emotions; how emotional and relationship patterns are begun in the early days of life; the effects of trauma and how to treat it; and honing my skills in marriage counseling. I have also done study and teaching on forgiveness and its centrality in emotional healing.

Margaret Bauman White, LCSW, LICSW
It would be an honor to be your partner in the process of self-discovery. As a psychotherapist and a consultant, my focus is personal insight development and relationship enhancement through the method of "TAZA Insight." Life transitions, specifically midlife and workplace relationship challenges, are areas of specialty. more...

Having received a BA from Rutgers University and an MSW from Rutgers University School of Social Work, I have enjoyed more than twenty-five years of clinical practice integrating insight-oriented psychotherapy, family systems, short term solution based counseling, employee assistance, management consultation, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and addiction counseling in custom-designed approaches for individuals, couples, families, and organizations. My training includes the Family Therapy Training Program of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, the Rutgers Summer School of Alcohol Studies, and training and advanced study of the psychopathology of trauma.

My understanding has been enriched by years living in the energy of New Jersey and California, in the tradition of Boston, by raising three sons in the quiet of Vermont, and now in the warmth of Virginia. I have practiced on a college campus, in community mental health, in manufacturing, administrative, and health care venues, and in private practice.

My quiet Christian faith provides the anchor for my life. I relish time with God, family, friends, jugglers on unicycles, listening to Joni Mitchell sing "Both Sides Now," and dancing without instruction.

Life is rich when we have a deep and meaningful understanding of ourselves.
Cristina Brown, LPC
Cristina worked as a missionary for two decades, mainly in French and Spanish speaking countries, visiting over 30 countries and living in three different continents. Her experience in getting to know diverse populations and cultures helped her to develop a special interest in encouraging those who were struggling. Their potential was evident and they were trying their best, but trauma and emotional roadblocks were hindering them from building healthy relationships, and achieving their dreams. more...
In 2011, Cristina received a MA in Human Services Counseling and in 2016 a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Regent University. She also holds certifications as a National Counselor and Green Cross Mental Health Traumatologist and is pursuing a Gottman certification in her work with couples. Cristina's experience includes an internship at a partial hospitalization facility for adults, providing therapeutic care working with a broad spectrum of clients with trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, addiction, bereavement, and phase of life issues, and facilitating group therapy. She completed her residency at United Methodist Family Services working with at-risk adolescents and their families in Richmond.

Cristina's approach to treatment is eclectic, tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the individual or family. She is person oriented, trauma informed, strength based, multicultural, and multilingual (English, Spanish). In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, hiking, baking, sewing, knitting, and simply laughing.
Tiffany Leatherberry, Psy.D, LPC
Tiffany is a dedicated and licensed professional counselor, who strives to assist individuals in healing on their journey to a healthier and happier lifestyle. She has experience in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and grief/loss. more...
With over 12 years of experience working with youth and adolescents with behavior challenges that may stem from impulsivity, depression, anxiety or trauma, she is passionate about helping youth break down barriers to their success. Additionally, Tiffany has found much success in working with adults, couples, and families. She utilizes evidence-based therapeutic techniques that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Play Therapy.Tiffany received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Capella University in 2018, her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Howard University in 2006, and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hampton University in 2002.
Mark Murphy, LPC
Mark Murphy has been a licensed professional counselor almost 20 years. He works with adolescents and adults on issues related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and long term mental illness. He utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, and mindfulness techniques to partner with his clients in their recovery. He believes in utilizing a holistic approach to help persons improve their lives, not just to make it through the crisis confronting them. more...
Mark has spoken at national and regional conferences on a variety of mental health subjects. He has also written articles, manual chapters, and online trainings about mental health and staff development topics.
Rick Liverman, LCSW
Roderick (Rick) Liverman, LCSW has worked in both mental health and medical settings as a clinical social worker since he obtained his MSW in 1981. He has most recently worked as a mental health emergency services clinician for twenty five years. more...
He is interested in working with adults experiencing medical issues that have impacted the functioning of the individual and their family. Rick also works with clients who have experienced life change grief.

Resident Counselors

Earl Allen, MA, M. Div.
Earl has been with RGS since 2003 and works part-time due to a disability. He specializes in Family Systems and works with whole families as well as doing individual work in areas of Relationship issues, Panic and Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar and ADD/ADHD. more...

He runs two men's groups in addiction and relationship building. He leads a weekly group for panic and anxiety disorders. All aspects of his work are around Family systems issues. He also works with children and teens with ADD and ADHD using sand tray and clay as his mediums. His many years of experience in ministry and as a cottage parent also brings a spiritual aspect to the counseling component. He is also the father of seven sons and several foster children.

Cheryl St. Denis, MA, CT
Cheryl's mission is to live her life victoriously, as a testimony to the transforming power of Christ, using wisdom to bring healing and wholeness to others with all my ability, passion, and enthusiasm. Before pursuing a master's degree, Cheryl worked for over 12 years as a prayer counselor in her church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Richmond and then went on to earn a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. She continually pursues the most up to date and research based tools and techniques. more...
Cheryl is a Certified Traumatologist with the Green Cross, as well as a Certified Green Cross trainer, and has completed Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM ) training.

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Virginia in 1989. Cheryl believes that family is important and spends as much time as possible with her three children and six grandchildren.

She is passionate about the fact that understanding who were are in Christ and the love of the Father is the basis for all healing. When we recognize who we were created to be and operate out of that truth, we can truly be free.  Cheryl’s approach is holistic. Her goal in counseling is integrating Christian principles with clinical techniques to restore wholeness to the mind, spirit, and soul. She uses many Christian based tools to help individuals understand their identity in Christ.

Cheryl works with individuals, adolescents, children, couples, and groups. She is an experienced group facilitator with Trauma and grieving losses. With over 25 years’ experience working in the Gerontological field she understands life stages and the challenges of aging.

Skilled in: trauma, identity, hearing from God, Theophostic, EMDR, Gestalt, CBT, DBT, PTSD,  art therapy techniques, grieving losses, self- care, forgiveness, parenting, self-injury, relationships, life adjustment, finding purpose in life, singleness, and integrative therapy.

When Cheryl is not counseling she enjoys, gardening, cooking, kayaking, and spending time with friends.
Jackie Williams, MA
Jackie believes that loving, self acceptance, and a sense of one's calling are the basics of a healthy and fulfilling life. For those with Christian faith, she believes that seeing yourself through God's perspective and fulfilling your calling are foundational for a life of peace and joy. She enjoys working with anyone who feels the need to clean out negative beliefs about self and life and to instead embrace truthful beliefs about yourself, your life, and your future. Jackie believes that no person is so broken that they are out of God's sight, care, or reach for healing. more...
Jackie has been trained in basic and advanced Transformational Prayer and Christian Life Coaching. She completed her Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  

Jackie uses effective models in counseling, plus Transformational Prayer and life coaching as needed and desired by clients. She leads weekly women's groups on codependency, and is developing a group for single women who want to get a clearer picture of what the next phase of life can be for them. She sees clients and leads groups in both North Chesterfield and Glen Allen offices.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys time with friends and family, quilting, gardening, being outdoors, and creating and sharing healthy meals. She loves both dogs and cats, but can't decide which she loves more!
Annie Abernethy, MA
Annie grew up overseas to missionary parents and has lived in many unique situations both abroad and Stateside. She is also a wife and a mother of three grown sons, one of whom has special needs. These experiences have contributed greatly to her desire to understand culture, religion, psychology, and how people mature through their own particular environments and life events. more...
Annie's primary goal in counseling others is to help them discover the ways that they are wonderfully created, loved, and valued by God.  She is especially drawn toward individuals who struggle with relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, and emotional distress.  She has experience with spiritual abuse, special needs families, missionary families and MKs, boarding schools, cross-cultural adaptation, grief and loss, trauma, suicide, self-harm, sexual abuse, and depression. The integration of good psychology with functional spirituality is a passion that drives Annie both in and outside of the counseling office.

Annie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.  Annie also received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University and is currently working toward licensure as a professional counselor.  When not counseling, Annie works as a volleyball official for local, state, and national organizations, and serves at her church as a nursery worker and occasional musician and preacher.  Her free time is spent watching movies and television with her family, playing sports, reading, gardening, and trying to understand and love her God...all while trying to laugh hard every day.
Claire Lewis, MA
Claire specializes in helping client navigate the grief/loss process, women's issues, and phase of life concerns, including career transitions. Claire also enjoys working with clients from vocational ministry and cross-cultural backgrounds. more...
Claire completed her residency program at the Barnabas Center in Richmond and earned her Master's degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Prior to her graduate work, Claire earned a B.A. in Health Communication from James Madison University (Go Dukes!). Claire has worked with college students in a university counseling center as well as adolescents, adults, and families in residential, inpatient, and outpatient settings. In addition to her clinical experience, Claire has served for years in a variety of domestic and international ministry roles with children, teens, and young adults.

Claire leans on interpersonal and narrative therapeutic approaches as the foundation of her work and uses cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused techniques to help clients move through the change process. She is passionate about helping clients connect with God in the midst of struggle. She is married with two children and loves reading, writing, dancing, and being outside.
Laura Diemer, MSW
Laura has been married for 23 years and enjoys spending time with her sons, 16 & 18. She graduated from VCU with a Masters in Social Work in 2012 and interned at CCA working in groups and individual counseling. Previously, she worked in the public school system in several roles. Laura is a passionate volunteer contributing in many ways to her church community in women's ministries and previously as a volunteer leader for Young Life, a ministry to high school students. She enjoys working with individuals who are ready to reach their life goals. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, strengths perspective, and art therapy tools, she works to help clients move towards overall improvement in life-management, self-awareness, and well being. more...
Laura can assess for ADHD and help with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. She has experience with a wide range of ages, 5-65, with a focus on young adults entering/ in/ or recently out of college. She is concluding her work on a trauma certificate. She desires to help others feel comfortable sharing their life stories and assist in offering practical steps towards healing and hope, ultimately growing to be the best version of themselves. In her free time, she enjoys family time, coffee dates, traveling, walking, being outside in creation, creating with art, decorating, and home organization.
Mandy DeHart, MA
I consider it a privilege to come alongside others through their journey. I have found pain to be a powerful agent of change in our lives. Despite the cause of our pain, in can be a place to deepen our understanding of who we are, where we've been and who we want to become. My hope is to come alongside you through a process of self-discovery to find solutions tailored to your specific needs that will ultimately lead to resolution, confidence, and peace. My experience includes 10+ years of pastoral counseling and 3+ years of clinical counseling. more...
I love working with individuals and families and offer a safe, empathetic environment where you can feel comfortable navigating through life's difficulties. Having spent several years working in student and young adult ministry, I am experienced in guiding young adults as they transition into adulthood and begin families of their own.

My areas of specialty include Christian counseling, working with individuals and families adjusting to transition and relationship issues, individuals suffering from anxiety and depression, and those struggling with low self-esteem.
Micah Smith, MA
Originally, from Buffalo, NY, Micah relocated to the Richmond area with her husband and three children in 2016. Micah enjoys working with adolescents and adults struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse concerns, and trauma. Micah works from a strengths-based approach that is tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual. Micah incorporates theories and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. more...
Micah believes that God has created each and every one of us with a purpose and gift. Micah collaborates with clients in a way that builds on their strengths and guides them in learning how to use the skills and resources they already have. Micah believes that everyone has a story and finds it an honor to learn about the stories of others and help them recognize their power as the author of their own story.

Making the decision to seek counseling can be a very difficult decision. Micah believes that the counseling process presents a unique opportunity for growth and healing in a safe and accepting environment.
Marilyn Hembrick, MA
Marilyn earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Liberty University and thereafter, she moved into a position as a resident in counseling. Marilyn has a Pastoral Care and Counseling diploma and a certificate in Formational Prayer in which she has utilized in her leadership roles in women ministry groups, youth mentoring programs, and as a volunteer at the YWCA Women’s shelter. Recently, Marilyn completed her training as a Certified Traumatologist. As a trauma therapist, Marilyn assists clients to get beyond the trauma and develop ways to cope with resulting emotions. more...
In counseling, Marilyn utilizes cognitive behavior therapy, strength-based approaches, and the power of God and the Holy Spirit for recovery,restoration, and reconciliation. Her passion is to help women clients, who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, family, and relationship issues, career transition, grief, forgiveness, and sexual and/or physical trauma.

In her free time, Marilyn enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her family, her church family, and friends.  Marilyn enjoys traveling, and seeking new exciting adventures to fill her life. Marilyn and her husband have lived in Mechanicsville, VA for the past 40 years and they enjoy spending time with their teenage daughter. Foremost, Marilyn is a Christian and she strongly believes that God has guided her to become a counselor to help others through their emotional pains and life disappointments. 
Joshua Fair, MA
Joshua brings a wealth of life experience to Christian Counseling Associates. Prior to entering the counseling profession Josh served 28 years in the military. His military experience ranges from enlisted submarine service to deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a cavalry officer. As a leader, he was often the first person a soldier or sailor would turn to for personal, marital or family help. His experience working with people from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds has given Josh a deep respect for how a people adapt and grow through the events of their life. more...
Joshua has a Bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University.  His diverse education combined with his broad life experiences before becoming a counselor uniquely equips him to relate to a broad range of situations and provide treatment interventions focused on the needs of the individual or couple.

Joshua’s passion is working with men and couples affected by the addiction and relationship difficulties to understand themselves and their relationships and reclaim their lives in Christ.  This passion for helping people overcome their addictions has led Joshua to develop a model of addiction and recovery that is both simple to understand and yet applicable in all life situations.  Joshua facilitates one weekly seminar each week for men with addictive sexual behaviors.  He also co-facilitates two weekly relationship seminars each week for men.
Rev. Nancy W. Lynch, M.Div, M.S,
Nancy entered the Baptist Theological Seminary Richmond (BTSR) in 2007 and was ordained into work of Christian ministry in 2010. She received a Masters of Divinity degree and Masters of Science degree in Patient Counseling at BTSR and at VCU Medical College campus. She continued her education at Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care and Liberty University and is a Certified Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. more...
Nancy has worked as a chaplain, and is now a resident counselor at Christian Counseling Associates. All these experiences have enhanced her active listening skills in assisting young adults to retirees. She has a passion for helping those who feel lost and struggle with relationship issues.

Clinically, Nancy utilizes Cognitive Behavior Theory (CBT) in considering situations causing feelings of sadness, fear, anger, or prolonged moods and habits influencing emotional and behavior reactions. She specializes in relationship issues, grief, overcoming anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.

Nancy believes there is benefit in recognizing God's love, especially when you have a personal relationship with Jesus. Her diverse broad life experiences, education, and her strong faith in God equips her to assist clients in unraveling their life events resulting in emotional sadness and brokenness. Self-wholeness and wellness are enhanced when you travel with God. Reconciliation is possible through the strength that God provides when you call on Him. Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Interns

Pet Therapist

Dr. T Flynn, CGC
My name is Dr. T Flynn. I am a therapy dog. My trainer was Amanda Nepomuceno, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and I am a proud recipient of the “Canine Good Citizen” award. more...

My clinical specialties are:

·         Grief therapy: Grief comes in many forms: sadness, guilt, anger and regret. I desire to comfort others and help them heal from grief to pursue a life of purpose and hope.

·         Mood disorders: I have an innate ability to gravitate towards those hurting. I have the gift of comforting others as they hurt by simply being there for the client to pat and love on me.

·         Marital counseling: I enjoy helping couples to gain a better understanding of each other and believe pre-marital counseling is a valuable tool to a healthy start to one’s marriage.

·         Men’s groups and outdoor workouts: I love to end my day with the guys. We work out hard and have fun and then we discuss important relationships and how to be a better communicator.

 

My off-duty activities include: chasing my sister (Lady Lee), home security surveillance, neighborhood watch program, playing ball and running in circles.

 

Some of my favorites are: chicken and rice and my hairstyle is “The Mr. T mohawk”. My best friend is Jackie Williams and we love to watch the movie: “Lady and the Tramp” together with Lady Lee.


Lady Lee Flynn
My name is Lady Lee Flynn and I am a therapy dog. I completed my obedience training course with Amanda Nepomuceno, Certified Professional Dog Trainer. more...

My clinical specialties are:

·         PTSD – veterans: I love veterans as I am a vigilant therapist and look out for my clients.

·         Women's groups: I enjoy women as a roll model and learn from them also.

·         Self-care - roll modeling: I believe we all deserve to care for ourselves in order to help us to care for others. Establishing healthy boundaries leads to a path of healthy well-being.

·         Family systems counseling: My goal as your pet therapist is to help family members to improve communication, solve family problems and create a better functioning home environment.

·         Integration of fitness and counseling: We all know the mind and body are inseparable. When one is sick (physical or emotional) the other will suffer.

 

My off-duty activities include: chasing Mr. T (my brother), tennis ball retrieval and hiking at Robious Landing. I have developed an interest in bird watching and gecko watching. At home I enjoy supervising Mike in his woodshop.

 

Some of my favorites are: Dried liver treats, hanging out with my best friend: Jackie Williams, enjoying the PBS Nature Channel and Fox News Live. My favorite hair style is “Gauchos” with a trimmed face.


Office Staff

Ila Hastings - Office Manager
lla joined Resource Guidance in the spring of 2005. She has had extensive office management and bookkeeping experience, working previously as a secretary and bookkeeper for St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Powhatan for nearly 13 years. Ila coordinates with our billing company sending all client info, payments and needed corrections or adjustments. She is responsible for bookkeeping, payroll, tax reports, record keeping needed for RGS, and is always available for questions and concerns. more...

Before her son’s birth in 1984, Ila worked in the data processing departments of some of the largest banks in the Richmond area. Born and raised in Richmond, but hailing originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ila and her husband have enjoyed the country quiet of Powhatan over the past 38 years.



Jackie Williams
Having had a variety of positions in business, computers and finances, Jackie is able to put this experience to use in her position as Office Assistant. She is on-board with the mission at CCA to provide quality services to each client, and sees her administrative duties as being a necessary part of this mission. more...



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