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, PMHNP-BC (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.
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.
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.
Marci Bowen, PMHNP-BC
Marci Bowen is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is trained to treat across the lifespan from adolescence through adulthood. She specializes in the holistic bio-psycho-social- spiritual-cultural approach to treating clients. Through collaboration with the client
they work to achieve optimal functioning by building the therapeutic alliance and through medication management. Marci believes that she is merely a guide to help clients along their way to recovery and remission. Educating clients on diagnoses, medications, coping skills, and life management are the foundations to restoring feelings of stability.
Marci treats a variety of conditions; ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. She believes in the use of psychopharmacological interventions and psychotherapeutic interventions together to best manage conditions.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children. They are avid board/card game lovers; enjoy kayaking, movies, sporting events, and live music. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the Neuroscience Education Institute.
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.
Cynthia Burke, LCSW
Cynthia Burke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with children, adolescents and adults and provides individual, couples and family therapy. Cynthia has spent the last 10 years working with the Army and the Navy and has returned to Virginia to return to private practice. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings through out her career.
Cynthia Burke believes in the strengths based approach in working with all clients and likes the term “start where the client is” and uses that to guide her work with the people she engages. She uses a variety of modalities depending on the needs of the client, to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Trauma Informed Care and Play Therapy among others. Cynthia Burke enjoys working with a variety of clients and finding the unique strengths in each individual.
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 highly regarded as an educator, therapist and supervisor.
Dorothy Goulart, LCSW, RPT
Dr. Dorothy Goulart has more than 30 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has been treating children, adolescents, adults and their families in Virginia since 2012. As a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior clinician, Dr. Dorothy specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, stress, grief and loss. She also integrates faith and spirituality in her treatment approach when appropriate.
Dr. Dorothy is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, certified in AutPlay, a specific play therapy intervention for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism. She is trained in a variety of evidenced-based interventions that include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Solution/Brief Focused Therapy. She earned a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from Walden University in 2018.
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.
Walter Johnson, LPC
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, 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.
Anthony Miller, LCSW
Anthony is an HBCU educated Licensed Clinical Social Worker and License Master Social Worker with Coastal Counseling.
He possesses a particular interest in working with individuals who struggle managing symptoms of Affective Disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorders, and Personality Disorders. He also has experience working with children in the foster care system, to include being a foster parent educator. As well he has experience in assisting individuals cope with a variety of environmental difficulties, such as co-parenting and anger management.
Anthony utilizes a holistic and strength-based approach while creating a therapeutic environment that promotes self-worth and wellness (i.e., good health, independence, quality of life, self-sufficiency, interpersonal relationships, functioning in the social environment).
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Kensey Lyons, LPC
Kensey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over a decade of experience. She works primarily with children ages 4 and up. She has experience working with children who have been adopted or who are in foster care, children who have experienced trauma, childhood anxiety, behavioral and social concerns as well as working with families to improve relational dynamics and boundaries within the home. Kensey also has experience working with military couples and families, couples struggling with intimacy issues, and adults dealing with both acute and chronic mental health issues. Kensey has pursued extensive post-graduate training in Play Therapy techniques, Adlerian theory, and military culture and challenges faced by service members and their families. Kensey always approaches therapeutic work with clients from a holistic and client-centered perspective, firmly believing that each client is unique and requires therapy to be tailored to their specific experiences and who they are as a complete person.
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.
Josette Smith, LCSW
Josette Smith received a Master’s degree in Social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University. Josette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). She is also a Certified Professional life Coach. Josette provides treatment services for children, young adults and families using an eclectic approach based of the unique needs of each individual. Areas of expertise include:
-Substance use early intervention and relapse prevention
-Anxiety and depression
-Military life style challenges
-Grief and loss
>Relationship challenges for couples and blended families
>Children and adolescent with behavioral concerns
>Stress Management for work and life stressor
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.