YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR STRUGGLES

 

Meet the Heart & Mind Team 

Empowering Connections

Jonah Kane-West

Intern

“Are you feeling trapped in limiting beliefs about yourself? Do you have difficulty maintaining rich, meaningful relationships?”

I enjoy helping individuals to grow toward a more embodied and connected way of being in the world. I am interested in an interpersonal process approach to therapy through which we can work on your goals in the context of our relationship in the here and now.

I use attachment theory as an organizing framework and believe in the power of working directly with emotion to reintegrate the parts of ourselves that have become cut off. As a longtime practitioner of yoga breathing, meditation, and mindfulness, I am open to incorporating spirituality into the work that we do together.

I am currently on track to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University and am under the supervision of Jettie Norfleet, LPC.

Maranda Buchta, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

“Are you looking to heal from grief and trauma that has been affecting your life for some time now? Are you looking to find peace and freedom from your past?”

Healing from past grief and trauma can be scary at first and I understand this. I provide support by taking the necessary time and steps that allow individuals to feel safe during the healing process. Trauma and grief can compound and healing can take time, but the process can be enjoyable and eye-opening. I work to create a comfortable environment with sincerity and patience at the individuals preferred pace to promote change.

If you are looking to begin your healing journey, I am looking forward to working alongside you. I am trained in EMDR and utilize CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic and holistic modality approaches.

Danielle Snyder, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

"Are you tired of how things are? Are you feeling powerless or helpless to fight against the past or how it makes you feel today? "

Always looking for the rug to get pulled out from under you? Expecting people to leave or that you are "too much to handle"?

Healing from painful experiences is possible. It is a process and I will be right beside you the whole way. Being a survivor means you know what to do to make it through each day. If you are motivated to feel better, let's work together to find that elusive joy and ways to thrive.

I enjoy working with teenagers and adults who are struggling with how difficult events and abusive relationships are impacting them today.

If you are going through major life changes, struggling with substance abuse or making relationships work are a challenge I want to work with you. I come alongside clients and empower them using EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic modalities and Attachment theory.

Cora Matthews, MSW

Supervisee in Social Work

"I speak play and creative healing."

I work with those struggling with anxiety, anger and other issues. I also work with survivors of domestic and sexual assault of all ages, and those directly and indirectly impacted by other traumas. While some like to process problems through talking, others benefit from different therapeutic approaches that work with the brain’s ability to process events. I use play therapy, story writing, art, music, and other creative expressions to explore ways of healing.

I am working towards my license as a clinical social worker and receiving play therapy supervision with Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT-S.

Deborah McSorley, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I believe that as humans we all need a listening ear, a new perspective or technique to handle the many challenges of modern life. I believe that you have the ability to heal from your past and develop new coping strategies for the future. I use brain-based treatment for issues like depression and anxiety and believe it is essential to healing. I work from a strengths perspective and solutions focused approach and incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, mindfulness and art into many of my sessions.

I have worked in the area of adoptions, school social work, Christian counseling, child welfare, trauma and hospital social work. I have worked extensively with the U.S. military and others in the areas of depression, anxiety and conflict resolution as well as developmental trauma. I have helped with parenting issues related to autism, ADHD and other behavioral challenges.

Becky Lehman, MA, NCC

Resident in Counseling, Intake Coordinator

“Has your life story taken a twist lately? Has the unexpected left you feeling lost or overwhelmed?”

Life is a journey full of changes and transitions which offer us constant opportunities to learn about ourselves, better respond to our circumstances, become more truly who we are, relate to others in healthy ways, and experience greater well-being.

I have many years of professional experience as a recreation therapist and enjoy working with healthcare professionals, as well as individuals with disabilities and their families. Adjustment to disability, caregiver concerns, and navigating the impacts of disability and illness on family members are areas of particular interest. I also enjoy working with clients in the areas of stress management, anxiety, grief and loss, transition and adjustment concerns, and self-esteem issues.

I offer a calm and steady presence and will come alongside you as you process your life story and experiences. I will partner with you to identify your strengths as you move towards a more hopeful, fulfilling, and meaningful future. I use a holistic approach to counseling with attention given to mind, body, and spirit. I also have training in Christian counseling and can incorporate your faith into our work together if you would like.

I am currently working towards my license in Clinical Mental Health Counseling under the supervision of Jettie Norfleet, LPC.

Jettie Norfleet, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Director

"I believe strongly in the mind-body-soul connection"

I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has an internal ability to access emotional wellness. I enjoy partnering with individuals as they navigate life transitions.I work with a variety of issues, with a main focus on anxiety, adjustment issues, relationship issues, stress management, spiritual concerns, self-harm, self-esteem/self-worth issues, as well as survivors of abuse and trauma.

I strongly believe in the mind-body-soul connection and integrate that philosophy along with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and expressive techniques. I am bilingual and offer counseling services to our Spanish speaking clients.

Tracy Werner

Intern

I believe therapy is a collaborative process. Having someone walk with you along the journey of self-discovery makes the process easier. I feel honored to work with anyone who takes the courageous step to get to the heart of their struggles, their pain, or their desire to grow as a person.

I take a holistic approach to the therapy process and believe the mind/body connection is vital to a sense of wellbeing and wholeness. I enjoy using different modalities with different clients to help each unique person find their voice in a way that is comfortable for them.

I have experience working with traumatized adolescents, but enjoy working with clients of all ages. Therapy is hard work, but the outcome can bring about the positive changes you want in your life.

I am a Counseling Intern earning my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am completing my internship with Heart and Mind.

Carly Alexander, MA

Resident in Counseling

“Looking for a better understanding of yourself or your relationship? Having trouble with managing your own self worth?”
The process of healing takes time and can sometimes be hard when going through it alone. I collaborate with individuals and walk alongside them during the journey. Helping others recognize the strengths that reside within themselves is what I enjoy.

I work collaboratively with young adults who value insight, connection and are open and honest about their needs and concerns. I utilize CBT, psychodynamic modalities and play therapy techniques with my clients.
If you are ready to begin your journey toward self healing, I am ready to walk with you.

Amanda Firestone, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

“Having difficult thoughts and feelings? Feeling overwhelmed and lost hope that life will ever change? Struggling with adoption issues?

Do you have a teen struggling to make sense of life after a difficult event or loss? LGBTQ struggles? Teens appreciate honesty and transparency. Amanda understands this and provides support in an open, honest and consistent way.

Life isn’t always easy, but with the right tools and support you can overcome any hardship. I aim to provide a safe, judgment free environment to discuss the obstacles holding you back from achieving your goals. Together we will use collaborative and unique solutions to help you prevail through any adversities you may encounter.

I have personal and professional experience in adoption and working with children, adolescents, and families with trauma histories in the home, community, and education system and I look forward to working with you.

Crystal Neville, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Practice Manager

I am passionate about helping couples achieve what they want out of their relationship and working through the struggles that exist through therapeutic techniques and practices relative to their relationship. I encourage exploration of how past traumas cause struggles in our lives and relationships.

I strongly believe in collaborating with individuals on how they wish to shape their lives and relationships based on their values.

I have training in Christian counseling, EMDR and am a certified facilitator for the PREPARE/ENRICH program.

Missy Horowitz, LPC

Tame Your Tiger Program Director

"Looking for a happier and more fulfilling life?"

If you are struggling with anxiety, relationship difficulties, you don't have to stay stuck there. There is hope for healing after difficult or traumatic experiences.

I strive to provide a calm and peaceful presence in a safe place to explore and take an active role in your life. I look forward to partnering with you to find creative solutions.

I am trained in EMDR and use other play and expressive therapies in our work together. I have training in Christian counseling and can incorporate your faith in our work if you choose to do so.

Brett Welch, CTP

Certified Trauma Practitioner, Resident in Counseling and Expressive Therapies Coordinator

"Is your child struggling with behavior issues?" "Are you left feeling like there is no one who really gets it?"

Growing up is a lifelong journey and knowing how to effectively navigate and interpret the world around us can have a huge impact on our behaviors and how we feel about ourselves. All too often, "behavior issues" are masks for feelings of frustration, hurt, sadness and unclear expectations. For children, especially, behavior is communication and listening to the underlying message is key.

Looking for a place where you and your child feel seen, heard, accepted and appreciated for who you are and who you want to become? I will help you identify strengths, build skills, manage hardships in a safe place, and move towards becoming your best self.

If you approach the counseling process with openness, patience and a desire for authenticity, we will work well as partners in meeting your goals.

I have 14 years of experience as a school counselor and have worked with children and their families to support their success in school and in life, particularly managing challenges stemming from trauma, gender identity, ADHD and ASD. I use a culturally competent, strengths-based, creative approach to counseling with hands-on techniques tailored to the individual.

I am a certified trauma practitioner and have training in Christian counseling, though I am passionate about respecting and engaging all belief systems. I am currently in my internship at Regent University completing a post-master's certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling working towards licensure under the supervision of Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT-S.

Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT-S

Executive Director, Owner

Amy is passionate about helping others heal their hearts from past hurts - through the use of research and evidence based practices infused with the latest neuroscience research. She has personal and professional experience with adoption, developmental trauma and other developmental disabilities. She is a self-proclaimed "brain geek" and continuously finds fun ways to incorporate the latest neuroscience research into evidence-based practices specializing in the effects of early trauma or neglect on the brain and the best ways to help children and teenagers heal. She is the author of "Toby the Tiger Tamer" and the developer of the Tame Your Tiger Brain Training Program.​ Amy is the 2021 Play Therapist of the Year for the state of Virginia. Additionally, Amy will hold a 2021 Endorsement from The Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health; Category III Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMHS).

Amy is not currently taking new clients. She is supervising the Heart & Mind team, providing workshops, adoptive parent coaching, and supervision for therapists for licensure as a MFT in VA, play therapist and consultations.

Insurance acceptance varies by therapist, service and medical necessity. Cash/Check/Credit Cards/Flexible Spending/Health Savings cards accepted.

 

We highly recommend you verify with your insurance company you have coverage for mental health services, your responsibility
(deductible/co-pay etc) and that the therapist you want to see is in network with your plan.