Meet Our Counselors

Susan Owen, LCSW, SEP, RPT-S


I consider it an honor to assist you through your process of becoming conscious of and utilizing your strengths, integrating the aspects of yourself, and discovering and revering your true Self. My goal is to provide support, encouragement, compassion, and unconditional positive regard to adults, children, adolescents, and families while guiding them to find their inner resources and true Selves so that they may heal, grow, and learn to thrive in life.  

Specialties include:  trauma resolution, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, self-care, mindfulness/spirituality, substance abuse, stress, family problems, parenting issues, child/adolescent behavioral problems, foster care/attachment issues, grief/loss, and relationship issues. 

I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Gestalt therapy, and Jungian Sandplay and dreamwork.  I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a Pathwork Teacher and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

Megan Ellis, LPC, CSAC


  My goal is to walk beside you as you navigate through life’s challenges. You have within you a well of resources that need only to be tapped into. You can reach for more, you can be more, and you can have more for you and your family.  I would like to support you as you discover the strengths, abilities, and aptitudes you already possess and the areas where you would like to grow. 

Specialties include: evaluation and treatment of anxiety, depression and post-partum, trauma, stress related disorders, substance use, bipolar, OCD, relationship issues, marriage and family problems, parental coaching, spirituality issues, grief and loss, child and adolescent behavioral disorders, self-harm and cutting, as well as other common developmental concerns across the lifespan.

Melanie Tate, LCSW


I believe that during difficult times, or just for personal exploration, it is helpful to have a caring professional with whom to reflect and learn. The focus of my work is with adolescents and adults with any of the following:  

Stress/Struggling through the stages of life,

Mood disorders (anxiety or depression),

co-occurring disorders, 

substance use disorders,

adult survivors,

trauma survivors (domestic and sexual violence)

 and individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

I use a client-centered, trauma-informed, mindfulness approach with individuals and in a group setting. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and am currently working on my certification.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from George Mason University. 

Renata Huewitt, LPC


I believe that clients are the experts of their lives and I strive to help use creative therapeutic avenues to help them meet their goals. I have experience helping children, adolescents, adults, and families address emotional and behavioral needs including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, mood disorders, social and school issues, military related issues, PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and family conflict. I provide trauma-informed care and utilize a variety of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Play Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy, Music Therapy, Family Centered Therapy, DBT skills, and Mindfulness to help build resiliency and increase protective factors in order to improve individual’s overall functioning in the community.  I have various skills and training to include trauma informed care, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Youth Resiliency training, Juvenile Competency Restoration Therapy, Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Treatment Training, Suicide Intervention Training, Mindfulness, Play and Engagement Training, and Families Systems Theory. I have also have experience working with court systems, foster care and social services, IEP/school meetings, Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) meetings, and Family Partnership Meetings (FPMs). I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. I believe counseling can be a fun and empowering journey and am excited to help facilitate that with others!

Lorin Walker, LPC


I have had several clients over the years say, “Everyone should go to counseling!” 

I agree!  We all have different stressors, wounds, and events we face throughout our lives and very rarely have a place to process. That is what I provide; a nurturing and calm environment to give you space to process what is going on around you and, ultimately, inside you. My specialty areas include working with women struggling with anxiety, burnout/exhaustion, not knowing what is wrong, and grief. My intention is to help you develop a lifestyle you desire, set boundaries to help you thrive in your relationships, and develop coping skills for stress and anger. I use a collaborative approach in which you are the expert on yourself, the one doing the work of healing and growing, I am the helper. 

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Roanoke College as well as a Master of Science in Psychology from Radford University. I have been licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to practice counseling since 2007. 

Whitney Artutis, LPC


I believe we all go through difficult times in life when we need support and someone to help us make sense of it all. I am passionate about hope, healing, and helping people rewrite their own stories. I work with both adults, teens, and children and focus on developing a genuine relationship with clients and developing self-awareness. 

I have worked with children and families for 15 years,  and have extensive experience with foster families, adoption, and children involved in the child welfare system. My other areas of speciality are: Women’s issues, postpartum mood disorders, marital/relationship problems, trauma, anxiety, depression, work concerns, and general desire for growth and wellness. 

I help clients through expressive arts techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, sandtray therapy, and narrative therapy. I received my Masters of Arts in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech and am a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Kiann Trent, MSW


 I am passionate about educating, uplifting and motivating children and adults to reach desired levels of success and self- actualization using counseling and coaching as the vehicle of change. I strive to equip individuals with knowledge, tools and resources that will assist them in making healthy and proactive choices to enhance their well-being. I approach therapy using a strengths based approach, person centered, task-centered and cognitive behavioral framework. I have extensive experience working with the school, home and community setting. My areas of specialty are; family conflict, adolescent development and wellness addressing issues to include; behavioral issues, career counseling, coping skills, life coaching, peer relationships, self -esteem, women issues and anxiety. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Counseling with a Minor in Sociology from Old Dominion University and Master of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University. My career has included crisis services, group and individual counseling, therapeutic day treatment at K-12 grade levels, substance abuse, mental health and 7 years in social work higher education. 

Summer Wimmer, MSW


 I strive to provide a supportive and calming environment for children, families and individuals. I believe my clients are experts on their own lives and have strengths within them that will assist in encouraging personal growth and development.  I understand and appreciate that each person has a unique set of strengths and I utilize a variety of assessment skills and counseling approaches to meet their needs.  

I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults who have been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, mood disorders, PTSD/trauma, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I also have experience in working with children and families involved in the child welfare system, working with children who are experiencing challenges in the educational setting, working with families who are experiencing conflict and working with children who are experiencing difficulties during transitional periods.
I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Longwood University and Master of Social Work Degree from Radford University. I am currently a Clinical Social Work Supervisee under the supervision of Susan Owen, LCSW. 

Beth Holt Wright, LCSW


Beth Holt Wright, LCSW has been a licensed psychotherapist for 20 years. She obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Richmond in 1994 and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 1997. She is one out of about 4300 clinicians worldwide recognized by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) as being fully certified in Eye Movement desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy that has a wealth of research supporting its efficacy in treating people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction, complicated grief, performance anxiety and the full spectrum of abuse and disturbing memories. Symptom reduction has been shown to be more rapid with EMDR than other therapy modalities. 

Beth is also certified in Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) and has been trained in Hakomi and other body centered therapies, dream work and mindfulness based stress reduction. No matter what brings you to therapy, Beth adheres to the principle that every client is unique and needs individualized treatment in therapy.

Kathy Lynd, LCSW


People often feel alone and overwhelmed with life stresses and struggles. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive place to talk about concerns and assist in resolving difficulties.  I have 20 years of experience and have practiced in New York State, Tennessee, and Virginia. I have experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings, with 10 years of experience working with military veterans.  Specialties include: trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, abuse including childhood abuse and domestic violence, depression, anxiety, self-care, and relationship issues.  My therapeutic approach is grounded in the psychodynamic perspective but is also holistic and integrative, meaning that elements of different theories are integrated into my practice. What works for one client may not work for another. I use the therapy tools that are best suited for each individual client and problem.  Warmth, compassion, and humor are also a part of who I am and I bring this to my work as well. 

Michaella Bailey, LPC


I believe in the inner strength of my clients and to empower them to meet their goals. I emphasize on the mind-body connection and with practice clients can change their beliefs, attitudes, emotions and behaviors. I work with my clients to believe in their strength and that they have the control to meet their goal and reach the future that they desire. 

I have worked with both children and adults in a multitude of settings in the home, school and community. I specialize assisting clients with issues with anxiety, focus skills, self-esteem, grief and loss, social issues and stress from the ages of 10 to adult. 

My clinical approach is holistic based on the need of my client and I believe in being strength based and solution- focused. I utilize a multitude of techniques to assist my clients including: play therapy techniques, DBT techniques, mindfulness, CBT and Motivational Interviewing. 

I have a Master’s Degree in School Counseling K-12 from Marywood University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY Cortland.