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.


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 obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. Kathryn has also been trained in Advanced levels of Theophostic® Prayer Ministries* which she has found to be a very effective tool that brings Christ to the forefront of healing and leads to transformation in people’s lives. Kathryn specializes in trauma and provides EMDR. She is a Certified Traumatologist and recently traveled with the Regent University Trauma Team to Nicaragua to work with populations ranging from children to the elderly addressing the crisis and trauma in their lives. In addition, Kathryn also provides corporate consulting navigating difficult situations that often require Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Crisis and trauma are a part of our lives, and Kathryn’s desire is to be able to come along side of people to help them in their present state of hurting and bring hope and healing. Kathryn has been married for twenty years and she and her husband have three teenage children. more...

Kathryn’s passion is working with people towards healing and growth that will enable them to become all that God has created them to be. Life can be messy and recovery, insight and encouragement are often needed to become healthy again. Kathryn has gained valuable life experience and counseling skills in the areas of divorce, eating disorders, addiction, mental illness, relationship issues, marital counseling, anger problems, and parenting, as well as crisis and trauma that include sexual abuse, grief and loss and post traumatic stress. Additionally, Kathryn is trained to work as a Mental Health Provider in the Collaborative Law process.

Counseling is a calling. It takes many years of education, training and clinical supervision, yet the difficulty in preparation has enabled her to experience the joy of working as a professional Christian counselor. Kathryn thanks you for giving her the privilege of walking with you through the difficulties in your 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
Donna has spent most of her life in the Richmond area where she and her husband have raised their four children and are enjoying their grandchildren. She studied religion and psychology at Carson Newman College, earned a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has done additional graduate studies at Liberty University. more...
Donna uses the tools of counseling to draw out habitual and ingrained patterns of thought, behavior, and emotions and then helps individuals and families apply the wisdom of God’s Word to their deepest life issues.

One of Donna’s specialties is providing guidance through the process of forgiveness.  Forgiveness is an essential life skill, but one that is often misunderstood.  Donna can explain what forgiveness means, what it does not mean, and why it is essential for a healthy emotional life.

Donna offers marriage and family counseling and also works with adolescents and adults who are contending with depression, anxiety, panic, abuse, grief, life transitions, divorce recovery, communication, relationship problems, or other issues.

Margaret "Peggie" Marr Bauman, LCSW
“This work always begins with a warm welcome” As a psychotherapist for over two decades, I continue to be in awe of the courage it takes to change from the “self” we have always known to the mysterious unknown “self” yearning to emerge. The process of psychological and emotional growth is always moving and humbling. 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 and attachment theory, short term problem oriented counseling, employee assistance evaluation, management consultation, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and addiction counseling into custom-designed approaches for individuals, couples, families and groups. My training also 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 supervision for advanced psychopathology of trauma and distress. more...

My understanding has been enriched by working in the energy of New Jersey and California, the tradition of Boston, the quiet of rural Vermont and now in the warmth of Virginia. I have practiced on a college campus, in community mental health, in various manufacturing, administrative and health care venues and in private practice. Although it is a privilege to counsel with people from many cultures and perspectives, my quiet Christian faith has always provided the anchor for my life. In addition to my work, I relish time spent with family, friends, new acquaintances and experiencing art, culture, nature, history and fun.

Providing psychotherapy and consultation is a privilege and my areas of interest are life transitions, midlife turbulence as it affects relationships, and the growth of the person in all dimensions.

It would be an honor to work with you if you would like to consider me your partner in the process of self-discovery, healing and in this adventure we call “life”.
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.

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 with God's perspective and fulfilling your calling are foundational for a life of peace and joy. She enjoys working with anyone who feels a need to clean out negative beliefs about self and life and to instead embrace truthful beliefs about yourself and your life and future. more...
Jackie has been trained in basic and advanced Theophostic Prayer by the International Association for Theophostic Ministry, and also in Christian Life Coaching from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute. She recently completed her Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Jackie believes that no person is so broken that they are out of God's sight, care, or reach for healing.

Jackie uses effective models in counseling, plus Theophostic and life coaching as needed and desired by clients. She leads two weekly women's groups on codependency, and is developing a group for Baby Boomers who want to get a clearer picture of what the next phase of life can be for them. Jackie also leads one-on-one workouts at RVA4 Fitness, a sister company of Christian Counseling Associates, for women wanting to tonne up and/or lose weight.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys time with friends and family, quilting, gardening, being outdoors, and creating and sharing healthy meals.
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 special needs families, missionary families and MKs, boarding schools, cross-cultural adaptation, grief and loss, trauma, suicide, self-harm, sexual abuse, depression, and personality disorders.  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 (over a long time period and through several institutions!) 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 Sunday School teacher, member of the band, and occasional preacher.  Her free time is spent watching movies and television with her family, playing sports, exercising, reading, gardening, and trying to understand and love her God...all while seeing the humor in everything and 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 22 years and enjoys spending time with her two sons as they approach their college years. She graduated from VCU with a Masters in Social Work in 2012 and interned at Resource Guidance working in group 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 and previously as a volunteer leader for Young Life, a ministry to high school students. She enjoys working with individuals who are working through life transitions or feel "stuck," and are ready for tangible tools to help them move forward and reach their life goals. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and art therapy tools, Laura works to help clients move towards overall improvement in life-management, self-awareness and well being. She employs a holistic approach looking at the whole person through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens. more...
Laura has trained under an eating disorder specialist, co-led an anxiety group and is currently working on a certificate from Regent University in Trauma. She is also working  on a certificate in Chronic Disorganization. She believes helping individuals bring order to their homes greatly reduces stress and anxiety. She can help chronically disorganized clients to better understand underlying mental health concerns contributing to the disorganization from grief, loss, ADHD, life transitions, and time management.

Laura has researched and presented to groups on several psycho educational topics such as eating disorders, positive parenting, and self-care. She is currently working on developing groups for college age students, women and relationships, and training for youth group leaders about teens in crisis. In her free time, Laura enjoys family time, coffee dates with friends, travel, board games, walking, movies and home organization. She is excited to re-join the team at RGS and to help others find healing, develop tangible coping skills, stress management, encourage and empower, and overall help a client become the best version of themselves.
Mandy DeHart, MA
Mandy has a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Urshan College, and an Associates of Arts in Theology from Urshan College. Her and her husband have served in ministry for nearly 10 years across the country. Their most recent ministry endeavor brought them back to her husband’s home town to plant a life-giving church in the West End of Richmond. more...
Prior to becoming a resident at Resource Guidance, Mandy worked as a Professional Counselor in Hartford, Connecticut where her areas of expertise included family counseling and individual counseling with teenagers, young adults, and adults.

Mandy loves working with individuals and families and offers a safe, empathetic environment where others can feel comfortable navigating through life's difficulties. Having spent several years working in young adult ministry, she is experienced in guiding young adults as they transition into adulthood and begin families of their own.  Her counseling experience includes 10+ years of pastoral counseling and 2+ years of clinical counseling.
Paola Sveter, MS
Originally from Texas, Paola has over thirteen years in the field of education as both a teacher and school counselor working at all levels, including higher education. She earned a Master's degree in School Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University and earned a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Her Bachelor's degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia College. more...
Paola believes in living each day through faith in God, and using our inner strengths to help keep life moving towards a positive future direction. She focuses on providing a safe and empathetic space for her clients to heal, learn, and grow. Her therapeutic approach comes from a strength based and systemic perspective, and includes techniques from solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. Her passion is working with families and adolescents dealing with school related problems, family dynamic issues, and communication problems. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and provides therapeutic services in both languages.

Paola is excited to join as a resident at Christian Counseling Associates, as helping others is her passion and calling in life. She is also pursuing her interest in working with students and families in school related work through her education consulting, which includes academic advising, high school planning, college and career planning, and parent education. When she isn't providing counseling services, Paola enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, cooking, reading, and researching.
Marilyn Hembrick, MA
Marilyn earned her MA in Counseling at Liberty University and thereafter, she moved into a position as a resident in counseling, along with performing administrative duties in the business office at Resource Guidance Services. Marilyn has worked numerous years in the business sector and while doing so, she married and raised a family. In addition to her business experience, 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. more...
In counseling, Marilyn utilizes cognitive behavior therapy and strength-based approaches. Assisting people in recognizing and assessing their own spirituality, prayer, and mindfulness practices are foundational to Marilyn’s therapy approach.  With that, she embraces 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 adventurous to fill her life.  Marilyn and her husband have lived in Mechanicsville, Virginia 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 given her this opportunity to become a counselor in order 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.


Pet Therapist

Dr. T
Dr. T is a therapy dog. He was trained by Amanda Nepomuceno, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and is a recipient of the “Canine Good Citizen” award. He can be seen around our main office on Wednesdays with Mike Flynn, LCSW. Dr. T also spends time at our RVA4 Fitness location in Chesterfield. He loves spending time with clients and specializes in marital counseling, grief therapy, mood disorders, and participating in groups. His main interests are playing ball, chasing his sister (who occasionally participates in women’s groups}, the neighborhood watch program, and home security. He also works as an assistant coach for the men's outdoor workout. Chicken and rice is his favorite dish, and his favorite movie is “Lady and the Tramp.” more...
Lady Lee
Lady Lee is a therapy dog, who was trained by Amanda Nepomuceno, Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She can be seen around our main office or RVA4 Fitness in Chesterfield with Mike Flynn, LCSW. She loves spending time with clients and specializes in family systems counseling, self-care, modeling integration of fitness and counseling, boundary setting/creating margins, and participating in women’s groups with her favorite family friend, Jackie Williams. Her main interests are hiking at James River park, tennis ball retrieval, bird watching, feline herding, and work flow supervision in Mike’s woodshop. Dried liver treats are her favorite snack, and her preferred dress and hair style is gauchos (summer) and pet clip (winter). Her favorite TV shows are PBS nature channel and Fox News Live. more...

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. more...

She is responsible for: bookkeeping, payroll, tax reports, record keeping needed for RGS and is always available for questions and concerns. She “rides herd” over the clinical staff.

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 the 28 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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