Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

The clinicians at Coastal Counseling Center are licensed in their respective disciplines of LCSW, LPC, PsyD, and M.D. All clinicians at Coastal Counseling Center are committed to provide quality professional services as independent contractors. Each clinician treats a wide range of life issues and are providers for many insurance carriers, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). Our approaches are family, individual, group, and marital counseling. During the initial assessment session a treatment plan will be developed with the client to focus on the particular area of intervention that needs attention first.

Coastal Counseling Center

Sam Harris; NP (Nurse Practitioner)

Sam treats both younger and older adults. He uses his keen observation skills and humanizing approach to promote a mental wellness. Regardless of a persons’ current circumstance or level of functioning, he provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and management. Sam’s military career has helped to shape his practice through a variety of professional experiences in numerous treatment settings. He is particularly skilled in adult psychopharmacology, adult psychotherapy, combat trauma, amputee rehabilitation, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, and behavior change. Sam carefully uses medications and various psychotherapy techniques to help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Expect a friendly yet focused conversation at your initial visit with more targeted medication adjustments after that.


Sam Harris

Independent Contractors

Ronna Adler, LCSW

Mrs. Adler has provided counseling services for over three decades. She counsels children over the age of eleven as well as adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. Mrs. Adler uses individual, marital/family therapy to enable individuals and couples to communicate more effectively. Mrs. Adler specializes in Behavioral Management Issues, Depression, Grief, Anger Management Skills, PTSD, Sexual Issues, Gay and Lesbian Relationships, Parenting Skills, Substance Abuse and areas affected by Attention Deficit Disorder. Mrs. Adler uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address issues of anxiety and depression.



Maria Alavanja, MD

Dr. Alavanja is a board certified psychiatrist who has been practicing in Hampton Roads for ten years. She sees patients 16 years old and older.

Maria Alavanja

Sarah B. Anacker, Psy.D.

Dr. Anacker earned her BA degree in psychology in 2009, and her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2014. She has primarily worked with an active duty military population providing individual therapy and psychological testing in a variety of settings. She provides psychological testing services with a focus on diagnostic clarity for adult ADHD.


Mary Brantley, LCSW

Mary Brantly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families who struggle with life’s issues.

When people experience trauma or other life stressors, it is not uncommon for them to have difficulties experiencing joy in their everyday lives. Her approach to therapy is to help individuals and families make sense of what has happened to them, recognize how it continues to affect them, and to make changes that allow them to move forward to accomplish their goals. No single approach is right for every person, so she utilizes a holistic approach and designs the treatment to fit the individuals and their specific issues using a Trauma-Informed Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Strength-Based and Relational Therapy.

Mary specializes in working with clients ages 16 and up dealing with anxiety, stress, grief and loss, physical and sexual abuse, trauma, depression, anger management issues, and PTSD. She has extensive experience working with women who have difficulty in being assertive in their relationships, and developed and ran a Women’s Assertiveness Group for many years. She is also certified as a Critical Incident Debriefing counselor.


Mary Brantley

John Copeland, LPC

Mr. Copeland provides psychotherapy to teens, adults and children. He is a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. His education includes a Bachelors of Science in Education and Psychology and a Masters of Education. With over 15 years of experience, John has worked with individuals, couples, and families in various mental health settings including, in-home extensive family therapy for challenged youth, community agency, and private practice. His treatment specialties include anxiety, depression, anger management, parenting, grief and loss, PTSD and couples counseling. John is also a specialist in treating co-occurring disorders where mental health issues are treated in conjunction with substance abuse issues. John is a certified Clinical Supervisor providing clinical supervision for licensure to Clinical Therapists. He is a practitioner of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. John is known for his wisdom, warmth and humor, qualities that make him high regarded as an educator, therapist and supervisor.


John Copeland
John Copeland

Dorothy Goulart, LCSW, RPT

Ms. Goulart has been a practicing clinician for more than 25 years. She has worked with the military counseling reservist and active duty and their families. Ms. Goulart counsels children, adolescents, men and women of all ages including couples or families. Ms. Goulart is trained in brief, short-term evidence-based treatment with a specialty in trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, physical and sexual abuse. When requested, Ms. Goulart can include her exceptionally integrated study of faith and spirituality into her treatment approach. Ms. Goulart is also a registered play therapist and works with children as young as two years of age.



Judy Griffin, LCSW, BCD

Mrs. Griffin is very adept in the treatment of children, teenagers and adults. She provides marital, family and individual therapy for issues of divorce recovery, loss & grief, domestic violence, sexual abuse, ADHD, anxiety, depression and anger management problems.


Judy Griffin

Walter Johnson, LPC, CCMHC, NCC

Mr. Johnson is trained to work with individuals, couples and families, in treating mental, behavioral, emotional problems and disorders ages 13 years and older. He has a demonstrated track record of success working with clients dealing with anxiety/panic and phobia disorders, depression, grief/loss, abuse and trauma issues, marital/family and relational conflicts, adolescent behavioral problems, stress management, self esteem, OCD, PTSD, and alcohol/substance abuse. Mr. Johnson’s goal for each person he works with is to provide both symptom relief as well as personal growth.



Laura LaMonica, PMHNP-BCP

Laura LaMonica is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals aged 5 and up in the office as well as via telepsychiatry. She is particularly skilled in treating individuals suffering from anxiety, stress, loss, depression, and ADHD. Her clients can expect a kind, empathetic environment free from judgment.


Laura LaMonica
Laura LaMonica

Kerry Maldiner, LMFT

Ms. Kerry Maldiner is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist licensed in California and Virginia. Ms. Maldiner uses EMDR to address trauma, believing that past hurts are present hurts. Her specialties include working with adults who have experienced childhood sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, adjustment to life changes, grief and loss, infidelity and addictions. Ms. Maldiner has worked for over twenty years with the military and has a thorough understanding of the challenges military families face. Ms. Maldiner is passionate about the work she does and enjoys assisting people with finding balance in their busy lives and making realistic, lasting changes.


Kerry Maldiner

Janiya Phillips, LPC

Janiya is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. She believes that mental wellness equates to treating the whole person, unique to her or his cultural experience. Her work as a mental health professional ranges from helping individuals, couples and families through everyday challenges, to treating the lasting effects of trauma. Her experience includes working with adults and children with severe mental difficulties in the home, community and hospital settings. Janiya’s treatment specialties include couples/family conflict, adjustment, stress management, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, child/adolescent behavioral problems, co-occurring disorders and psychosis. She believes in empowering you with the tools for sustained emotional well-being.


Janiya Phillips

Krystin Rizzo, LPC

Krystin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who earned her BA in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota. Krystin has a background in community-based services, clinical supervision, victim advocacy and crisis intervention. She also has experience working with military families and understands the unique issues they face. Her passion is behavioral counseling for children and guiding victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or abusive relationships. Krystin utilizes an eclectic approach to come up with the best course of treatment for her clients, often a mix of a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. She will assist you in getting to the root of your problem and help you find the tools to navigate through your challenges, no matter how big or small.

Robin Shelton, LCSW

Mrs. Shelton has extensive experience providing services to military families. She provides treatment to adults, adolescents and to middle school age children. She specializes in depression, grief, sexual and physical abuse issues, as well as substance abuse addictions. She provides family and marital therapy.



Renee Skinner, LPC

Renee is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working within various environments to include, private practice, teen residential, Intensive In-home, community agency, and within the prison system. Her life experience and world travels have offered a unique understanding of multicultural issues and that there are many ways to do things the right way. It has been said that Renee is creative in her approach, warm, genuine, and relatable. She takes pride in helping you find the path to your own solutions. Renee is knowledgeable in working with trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, parenting/family problems, and life-adjustment issues. She provides services to children, adolescents, and adults, offering individual, couples, and family therapy.


Counselor Renee Skinner
Renee Skinner