MEET THE TEAM
TALISHA GORHAM, LPC
Often healing comes from within and I provide the space and tools for you to develop your own self-awareness to begin to heal and move toward the future that you want and deserve. I am a graduate from Liberty University with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling and I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have an extensive background in working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 13 plus years. I have a passion for helping others as well as providing hope and a positive outlook toward a better future. I take an integrative approach while focusing on your strengths and needs. I will assist you in building the tools you need to be successful in overcoming life challenges and transitions. We will work together to explore and process your current feelings. Your well-being is my ultimate concern.
I believe that we all need to be heard and that no one should be silenced. Not everyone has a safe place to voice their feelings and I believe having a safe place to process feelings is a must. I believe that we should all be non judgmental no matter the circumstance(s) that one may be going through. Compassion for all is important and will help end the stigma of mental health in society. Trauma, childhood experiences, and/or life experiences as an adult can impact us but it does not define who we are or become! I believe changes can be made at any time if one is willing to work and seek help when needed. I was raised in a biracial family and believe that inclusion for all is very important. Please contact me if you are in need of help or just need a safe place to be heard.
TARA JOHNSON, LPC-R
Hello! My name is Tara Johnson, LPC-Resident in Counseling, and I am a graduate of Walden University with my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling with a minor in Forensic Counseling. In my educational and clinical journey, I have learned a variety of methods and techniques, but have found the Cognitive-Behavioral approach to be of great assistance during the therapeutic process. However, I am also aware that everyone is unique thereby requiring the addition of other therapies as warranted to my “mental health toolbox”. All theories incorporate an understanding of the need to change one’s approach to a situation even if the situation continues to exist.
Oftentimes, one’s reaction to a situation is more of a hindrance to change and growth than the situation itself; therefore, it is important to understand that the effort made while attending therapy will have a significant impact on the overall success of the therapeutic process.
Whether you have attended counseling before or if this is your first endeavor, you will find my style to be relaxed and conversational; so, ease your mind and take that first step to emotional wellness and mental stability. However, this is not to imply that counseling will not be challenging at times! The change and growth we desire in our lives and relationships can be difficult to achieve as well as maintain unless we actively work together to establish goals and create a “virtual roadmap” to assist you in not only achieving but maintaining your desired goals.
The secret to health for both mind and body is neither to mourn the past nor worry about the future but live the present moment wisely and earnestly!
JAMI SMITHSON, LPC
I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Christian counseling as well as a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I am an LPC and have experience working with a variety of populations which include but are not limited to addiction, parental coaching, adults, children, and adolescents suffering from emotional, mood, and behavioral disturbances, veterans of war, and adults dealing with anxiety/stress, burnout, depression, anger management, relationship/career/family issues, and bereavement. I possess a unique understanding of human emotions along with in depth understanding of emotion regulation especially as it relates to addiction. I recognize that we create from our past experiences to shape who we are and I take great interest in the use of creative techniques to assist those I work with in exploring their past as it relates to their present and in expressing themselves.
I have experience in private practice working with children, and adolescents suffering from emotional, mood, and behavioral disturbances, coaching parents, working with veterans, and adults dealing with anxiety/stress, burnout, depression, anger management, relationship/career/family issues, and bereavement. For two years I have had the privilege of serving those struggling with addiction at Williamsville Wellness. I served one year as a resident in counseling in the IOP and PHP programs and briefly as the interim clinical director before transferring to the Residential program where I spent the second year leading groups and individual therapy sessions.
I assist clients in liberating themselves from unhelpful patterns, painful past experiences, and negative internal dialogues that hold them back from leading a life that is meaningful, engaging, and enjoyable. I am passionate about emotion work, am client centered, and solution focused all the while providing a balance of psychoeducation and using an empathetic approach, personalized tools, and techniques. My collaborative style enables the client to feel truly understood and empowered to become their own vehicle of change. Finding the right therapist can be hard and scary for some; I am committed to supporting the client throughout the therapeutic process.
SAMANTHA MILLER, LCSW
Hello! My name is Samantha Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in social work from Mississippi State University in 2012 and my master’s degree in social work from Alabama A&M University in 2016. I have been practicing in the mental health field for three years. I specialize in individual therapy, family therapy, and play therapy. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, barriers in communication, self-esteem issues, anger management, parenting skills, and varying behavioral concerns with children/adolescents. I feel it is very important to meet individuals where they are when seeking treatment. I believe in “don’t make a plan about me without me”. Therefore, I will assist you with what you feel your needs/priorities are and would like assistance addressing. As a mental health professional, I enjoy empowering others to be their best version of themselves. It is my hope that TOGETHER we can achieve your goals.
MELISSA ROBERTS, LPC-R
Hello! My name is Melissa Roberts. I am pleased to be a part of the Therapeutic Counseling and Consulting team as a telehealth therapist ensuring accessibility and comfort from your home. I am an LPC- Resident in Counseling. I graduated in 2019 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. I graduated in 2006 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education. I have been working with children, adolescents and their families for 20+ years. I have experience working in a public school setting where I have guided children and their families both academically and emotionally. I also have experience working with children, adolescents and their families in crisis at a crisis stabilization unit, where I lead group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy.
I use a variety of modalities such as, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. I firmly believe in the interconnectedness of our feelings, thoughts and behaviors and utilize the cognitive triangle to assist in understanding the relationship of the interconnectedness. I provide assistance in understanding the ability to view an issue from multiple perspectives. I have an immense passion for providing services to help our youth and women cope with crisis, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship issues and trauma. I also have experience with women and couples faced with infertility struggles, grief and loss.
As a mental health therapist, I take pride in developing a confidential, trusting, non-judgmental, and empathetic rapport. I have a profound love for helping others and look forward to helping you. Together, we can overcome, face and cope with your challenges. I believe in you.
CASSIDY ROBINSON, LPC-R
Hello! My name is Cassidy Robinson, I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and Psychology at Randolph-Macon College and obtained my Masters of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. I am currently a Resident in Counseling working towards licensure as an LPC. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Individuals. I have experience working with individuals 18 and older dealing with addiction, depression, PTSD/trauma symptoms, abusive relationships, anxiety, life-transitions, interpersonal communication, anger management, relationships, career difficulties, personality disorders, and grief. I have worked extensively with veterans in regard to PTSD and trauma, as well as, mothers, fathers, the LGBTQIA population, college/graduate students, people dealing with addictions, and lastly, adults on the autism spectrum.
I have had the experience of working in a residential treatment facility and in a community mental health facility for both mental health difficulties and addictions. I believe that everyone has the power to heal and live a life that is meaningful to them. With the right tools and effective treatment, I have seen my past clients live their life the way they have always envisioned. My approach in the therapy room is client-centered, always making sure my client feels comfortable, heard, understood, but challenged as well. I tend to use but am not limited to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Client Centered Therapy as well as any psychoeducation that could benefit the client. I believe our past experiences whether this is childhood, teenage years, or adulthood can greatly impact our life and that the definition of “trauma or highly stressful events” varies for each individual.
Therapy can be intimidating and anxiety provoking, I ensure you I will be open, honest, and collaborative with you throughout your journey to heal. Please contact me if you are in search of a safe place to heal and grow.
ANGELA FITZGERALD, MFT RESIDENT
Greetings! My name is Angela Fitzgerald. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Virginia Union University, in Richmond Virginia. I also have a master’s degree in School Counseling from Virginia State University, in Petersburg, Virginia. Before entering the Mental Health field, I spent 20 years in public education.
In 2016, I began my career in community mental health and served as Licensed Mental Health Professional working with adults and children. I received my second master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University in 2018 and now I am a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have counseling experience with adults, children, and couples in areas to include Individual and Group Counseling, Couples Counseling, Child Behavior and Development, Grief and Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Coaching, Crisis Intervention, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotional Behavior Therapy, and using the Narrative Approach to aid others in achieving a greater well-being for themselves.
During the therapeutic process, a variety of theories, techniques and approaches are used to discuss Addiction, Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, Anger Management, Bi-Polar Disorder, Career Adjustment, Childhood Abuse, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Disorganization, Academic and Developmental challenges, Gender Transition, Grief, Health Concern Awareness, Interpersonal Relationships, LGBTQ and Nonbinary challenges, Loss, Self-Harm, Stress Management, Suicidal Ideations, Trauma, Trichotillomania, and Women’s Health Concerns.
Participating in counseling can be an overwhelming experience. Please take comfort in knowing you will receive person-centered care and services to meet your presenting needs. It is my goal to create a welcoming environment, develop a rapport that is supportive and nurturing, and to aid clients in identifying goals and objectives to achieve a greater wellbeing. I look forward to meeting you.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
SENTTRA SNOWDEN-GREGG, RESIDENT IN COUNSELING
Hello! My name is Senttra Snowden. I began my career in education with a Bachelor's in English Literature and Secondary Education from Meredith College. After spending a few years as a high school English teacher, I studied Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University receiving my Master's of Science in 2021. I am currently an LPC--Resident in Counseling.
As a clinician, I provide my clients with the space to explore the weight they are carrying using person-centered and Feminist therapy. At the core, I value collaborative relationships grounded in trust, each person’s authenticity, and an honoring of each person’s lived experiences. With Feminist therapy, we discuss intersectionality, identify development, socialization, and oppression in order to promote empowerment and cycle breaking. I enter our collective space authentically as a Black woman and invite my clients to authentically enter as themselves as well.
I also honor and value cultural healing through work with intergenerational and transgenerational trauma. This means I may journey with my clients to explore their childhood, attachment, or past traumas and the traumas of their generational culture. In addition to trauma, I assist with anxiety, depression, codependency, relationship issues, adult transitions, grief, and identity exploration.
I stand for rest. I stand for restoration. You are allowed to let go of who you think you need to be to become who are and find your way home.
SYDNEY HORTON, LPC
Hello! My name is Sydney Horton. I believe that healing is an ongoing process defined by exploring our inner most thoughts and feelings. I have experience and enjoy supporting adolescents and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma symptoms, relationship challenges, and addiction. I help my clients work through issues that are impacting their quality of life and relationships. I value supporting people in shifting their view of themselves and the world through improving self-esteem, self-worth, and interpersonal dynamics. My approach in therapy is a depth-based approach, focused on attachment theory, with exploration of how life experiences have shaped who we are and who we are becoming.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in trauma, and an educated and trained art therapist from Eastern Virginia Medical School. When needed or desired, I use creative and symbolic processes in sessions such as art therapy and dream analysis. I balance this approach with supporting you in building the skills needed to cope and manage unwanted thoughts and feelings through evidence-based practices and neuroscience supported techniques.
Taking this next step towards self-exploration and healing can be difficult and can bring up fears of the unknown. I will always honor your journey, meet you heart forward, and support your path to wholeness. I look forward to working with you and witnessing your growth.
CHELSEA LISK, LPC, CSAC
Hello! My name is Chelsea Lisk. I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling from Radford University. The meaning of healing and growth looks different for everyone. I am here to help guide you to being your best self and to help you figure out what your healing and growth journey will look like. I have a passion for helping people reach their full potential.
I have experience working with people in addiction. I am a certified substance abuse counselor. I also have experience in private practice working with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma symptoms, self-esteem issues and relationships concerns. I truly believe that healthy boundaries, healthy coping skills and a positive mindset can change a person’s life for the better.
I use a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy and a solution focused approach to help you reach your specific goals and start your path to healing. I know it can be difficult to start therapy, but I will provide an environment to help you feel comfortable as you start the therapeutic process.