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.
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.
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.
Jenelle Drake, LPC
“We will never get back the life we waste trying to be normal.” - Atticus
One of my first supervisors told me, 90% of therapy is the relationship. This has stuck with me through my years of practice and shaped the way I think about therapy. Not everything can be handled with a script when we all come from different backgrounds and develop varying perspectives. I work to get to know my clients, validating their struggles and experiencing life with them, while providing skills and sprinkling laughter and sarcasm along the way. I show my real, enthusiastic, down-to-earth, quirky self, which allows my clients to love and look forward to therapy, despite it being difficult and not always fun.
I have always been passionate about helping others; however, this passion strengthened through my time in the military from 2006-2011. This experience encouraged growth and self-confidence, leaving me with a strong interest to support and inspire teens, mentoring them to a better self-image and greater self-worth, something I greatly struggled with in my teen years. I graduated with a Master's in Psychology in 2015 after working with homeless veterans with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Very quickly, I realized that my heart still resided with helping children and adolescents. I started a position assisting severely-emotionally disturbed teens in a residential setting who were on probation or in foster care, as well as teens experiencing suicidal/homicidal ideations who were leaving mental health inpatient facilities. I have worked with teens since 2016 and love encouraging them to be the best version of their unique selves, because why would we want to be like everyone else?
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.
Dillon McCarvill, PMHNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner)
People call me Dillon and I happen to be a board-certified, licensed Psychiatric and Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and brief-psychotherapy to adults ages 18 to 64. I treat all psychiatric conditions. My specific interests include ADHD, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, and overcoming difficult life transitions.
My approach to psychiatric illness is holistic. The human brain and its influence on behavior has always been my greatest academic passion. I know that the body and mind cannot be separated. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Virginia Tech with dual-degrees in the biological sciences and psychology. While education was a great starting point, life experience quickly revealed that my true passion lies in people. I realized that I am much more interested in how I can be of service to others during times of struggle.
Through many additional years of education and psychiatric nursing experience, I am now here to serve YOU. Your input is invaluable and together we will construct a treatment plan that is agreeable to both of us. One size does not fit all. We will build a therapeutic relationship that is vital to the treatment process. You will never be rushed out the door. There will never be any judgements and there is no such thing as a silly question. If you say it, I’ll do my best to hear you. Life is a journey and I am here to help.
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.
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.
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.