Our Team

Erica Sartwell

MA, LPC, RPT-S — Owner/Clinical Director

Erica is a skilled therapist who helps her clients manage and overcome life’s problems with a gentle approach. Erica counsels children, adolescents, couples and families in need of short term or long term care. She has received training in several areas including Play Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Erica received her BA in Behavioral Sciences in Austin, Texas and she received her MA in Professional Counseling in Chicago, Illinois, becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. She later moved to Virginia and has enjoyed growing her skills and practice in the Coastal Virginia community.

Individual Therapy •  Play Therapy

Kalynn Aguirre

Practicum / Intern Student

Kalynn is a graduate student in the William & Mary Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, with a concentration on Military and Veteran Counseling. Utilizing her experience as an Air Force Intelligence officer, she has a passion for evidence-based approaches to help clients connect to their truest selves. As a registered yoga instructor, Kalynn values the use of mindfulness and acceptance in her practice. She believes that fostering inner strengths and practicing self-acceptance creates lasting resiliency. She aims to help clients see their own potential through integrating a strengths-based, solution-focused style and a willingness to meet each person where they are. Some examples of this integration include seeking out immediate tools and solutions, investigating deeper, existential concerns, and gaining clarity of individual values and beliefs. As an NBCC Military Foundation Scholar, Kalynn is committed to assisting military members and the military-affiliated community in overcoming the unique challenges that they face. She is also passionate about helping clients build the necessary skills to overcome challenges related to attachment concerns, ADHD, life transitions, and trauma along with strengthening nervous system resiliency to create a more grounded and centered life. Kalynn is also a mother to an enthusiastic little boy and some of her interests include spending time with family, traveling, working on DIY projects, arts, practicing yoga, and learning something new at every opportunity.

Becca Brown, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Becca is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Becca’s background includes individual and group counseling with children, adolescents, college students, adults and families. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including residential treatment, in-home and community settings, therapeutic day treatment, case management, counseling in a higher education setting and group private practice. Her style is warm, person-centered and strength-focused, using a theoretically eclectic approach tailored to client needs and goals. Becca welcomes adults to her practice at this time.

Individual Therapy

Megan Birmingham

Administrative Staff

Megan is originally from Florida but moved up to Virginia a little over 3 years ago. Some of her favorite hobbies include painting, going to the gym, reading, or taking long walks outside with her dog and fiancee. She is relatively new to the world of psychology but remembers how much she loved and was fascinated by it back in high school and plans on going back to school for it.

Lee Burnett, MA

Resident Counselor

Lee graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Liberty University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Belmont Abbey College and an Early Childhood Development certificate from Gaston College. She has taught preschool through middle school age children including those with special needs and those with behavioral difficulties. Her passion is working with young people and seeing them grow and finding their strengths. Lee has an extensive background in early childhood development and has been a presenter at NAEYC Conferences and was Teacher of the Year at Sherwood Elementary School. Being a mother of three teenage children, Lee can understand many of the issues that bring families to counseling. She believes counseling can serve as a safe space to begin the healing process and make positive changes for a more fulfilling life. Using strength-based and solution focused approaches Lee works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Lee is a SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) certified couple’s facilitator who can help couples start their marriage on a positive note or help married couples embrace differences and build a stronger marriage through intimacy and communication. In her free time Lee enjoys time in the mountains, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy •  Play Therapy

David Bunting, Ed.S., LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

David Bunting is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings for over twenty years. He employs an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. David believes in building upon people’s strengths in the present with solution-focused goals aimed toward contentment. Offering a holistic approach utilizing systems theory and cognitive behavioral therapy, David provides honest language, along with humor, to genuinely relate to his clients. Helping individuals interpret their beliefs about life, guiding them towards a healthier self and enhancing their relationships with others is all part of the journey. David received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in 1993 and his Master of Social Work from East Carolina University in 1995. David’s experience in school counseling led him to obtain an Educational Specialist degree from The George Washington University in 2007.

Individual Therapy

Sarah Cameron, M Ed

Resident Counselor

Sarah received her M.Ed from William and Mary and is NCC-certified. She has experience with military/veteran populations and understands the unique challenges that military life poses to servicementers and their families. She’s passionate about helping people step out of a broad range of mental health challenges that cause distress, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. Sarah utilizes an integrative approach that combines humanistic, existential, and narrative exploration with ACT and other evidence-based approaches and protocols to empower clients to more fully meet life’s challenges and move toward their fullest potential.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy

Margaret Campbell, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Margaret is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about creating a safe place for clients to develop self-awareness, process difficult emotions, implement healthy coping skills, create new patterns, accept hard truths, and break dysfunctional cycles. Margaret earned her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Regent University and is a military spouse. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, ADHD, adjustment disorder, behavioral disorders, gender and sexual identity issues, grief, trauma, spirituality issues, and relational conflicts. Margaret provides therapy through a person-centered approach where she meets each client where they are with genuine empathy and compassion. Margaret incorporates therapeutic techniques from Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy, and Existential Therapy, and Mindfulness into treatment to assist clients with positive change and healing. Margaret’s hope for all her clients is they leave sessions feeling heard, seen, and truly known.

Individual Therapy

Jordan Caruana, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jordan is a holistic counselor, taking into account one’s emotional, physical and spiritual well being when helping her clients. She utilizes a collaborative approach to therapy; which involves exploring the past and present, and draws upon traditional and creative interventions that meet her client’s needs. Jordan strongly believes that the therapeutic relationship is crucial for successful therapy, and should involve working together in a non-judgmental, and warm environment.  Jordan has a particular interest, and specialized training in working with adolescents and adults who are struggling with Attachment concerns, past or present Trauma, Gender Dysphoria, and issues involving gender and sexuality Identity. In addition she has experience helping those who are struggling due to their anxiety, depression, existential concerns, and reproductive health/ women issues. Jordan  recognizes the importance of nutrition and it’s impact on overall wellbeing, and has integrative training in nutritional / non-pharmaceutical interventions for anxiety and depression. (Ages: 12 +)

Attachment • Gender Dysphoria • Anxiety • Depression • Women’s Issues

 

Caitlin Cavanaugh, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Caitlin is a licensed counselor with a passion for joining with others in their subjective experiences to make desired changes in their lives. Caitlin earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University and completed her residency at CoVa. Caitlin applies a holistic and person-centered approach to therapy, incorporating meaning-centered existential therapy, positive psychology, CBT, and DBT interventions into treatment. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in navigating life transitions, severe behavioral and conduct issues, homelessness, depression, anxiety, gender identity, sexual identity, trauma, and relationship strain. Caitlin also has a passion for parenting support for challenging parent-child relationships and has training in Love & Logic parent training. She recognizes that by creating a safe, supportive, and collaborative therapeutic environment, clients can learn to redefine dysfunctional boundaries, to reconnect with a sense of meaning for their lives, and to ultimately make lasting changes in their lives and relationships.

Individual Therapy

Gabriella Charles

Administration

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, with conversational proficiency in Portuguese, Gabriella’s journey, from backpacking to guiding students through yoga and meditation, ignited a profound interest in Psychological studies. She is currently a Psychology student at Old Dominion University and is eager to advance her studies at the Graduate level.

Gabriella’s passions encompass the serenity of mountains and the ocean, engaging in fulfilling conversations with family and friends, strength-training, and going on runs with her dog. When she isn’t immersed in her studies or mindfulness practices, Gabriella dedicates her time as a part-time receptionist at CoVa, where she contributes in creating positive and welcoming experiences.

Individual Therapy

Sam Conlin, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Sam is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Arts in Counselor Education. Sam completed her residency to become a LPC at a private practice in Roanoke, VA, where she has worked with clients ages 2 years old and up. Her work has focused on working with children in foster care, adoptive families, and kinship families, as well as children, adolescents, and young adults with early childhood and generational trauma. Sam utilizes a person-centered approach, while also integrating systems theory, cultural competency, and trauma-aware practices. As a counselor, Sam has continued to learn and grow by engaging in trainings to become a Registered Play Therapy (RPT). She primarily utilizes child-centered play therapy with young clients as she believes play is a child’s language. Through the therapeutic alliance, Sam creates a safe environment for her clients to tap into their inner resources and resiliency to achieve their counseling goals.

Individual Therapy • Play Therapy

Kim Fisher, ATR, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School – Art Therapy and Counseling Program in 2000 and has experience working with others individually or in group settings with a variety of mental health concerns. Kimberly’s years of experience include residential and day school treatment with children and adolescents, art therapy treatment with the military, school-based art therapy groups, and group work with substance abuse and trauma. Kimberly utilizes a Client-Centered and Strengths-Based approach that may be integrated with Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Guided Imagery, and Psycho-education to foster growth and help clients meet their full potential. Kimberly carries additional training in EMDR and Yoga (RYT). She recognizes the power of the therapeutic relationship and will provide a safe, non-judgemental environment to explore thoughts, ideas and feelings. Counseling sessions will be a collaborative effort to develop effective tools and techniques to handle life challenges.

Individual Therapy • Art Therapy

Jess Hales

Practicum / Intern Student

Jess is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program of Wake Forest University. She has a passion for working with trauma and addiction, using a holistic person-centered approach that acknowledges everyone is an expert in their own life. She believes counseling can be a beneficial resource for facing any of life’s difficulties as well as building self-awareness and coping skills. Using an empathetic and personalized approach, Jess strives to provide each client with the individualized service they need for a variety of concerns. She believes in the power of incorporating mindfulness and positive thinking into daily activities. In her free time, Jess enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, and spending time outside with her partner and their three dogs.

Chelsea E Hedrick

Intern Student

Chelsea is a master’s level student in the clinical social work program at George Mason University. She received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Spanish from James Madison University. Chelsea is a member of the 2023-2024 Mason Community-Academic Partnerships in Behavioral Health (CAP-BH) program and is certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid. Most recently, she worked as a graduate social work intern at the Mason and Partners Clinic where she was able to work with an interdisciplinary team to provide integrated care for adults, children, and families. Recognizing the impact of social, cultural, and environmental factors on one’s well-being, Chelsea offers individualized support for each person’s unique needs. She thrives when she can foster a safe environment for the collaborative exploration of thoughts and emotions. Chelsea provides counseling services in both English and Spanish and has a passion for working with teens and young adults, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Together, Chelsea works with clients to process life’s challenges and explore where core beliefs originate; teaching tools which draw from her client’s strengths and empower them to take steps towards a more balanced, healthier, and happier life.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy

Mary Hull, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Mary is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Cova. She joined the team while finishing her requirements for licensure, and continues her good work helping numerous individuals through CoVa. She uses a mobilizing, solution-focused approach to crisis intervention, personal coaching, and recovery processes. Her theoretical standpoint embodies DBT and CBT principles, mindfulness, psychoeducation, philosophical inquisition, exposure/immersion therapy, graduated acceptance therapy, art as therapy, and other creative outlets to animate the mirth of self-understanding. While trying to detangle life’s serious issues, she tries to align with the client a sense of bonding, respect, empathy, perspective, direction, and (comic) relief. She believes that one of the most therapeutic things in life is a laugh.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy

Kristy Livsey, MA

Resident Counselor

Kristy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with a Forensic Specialty from Argosy University. Kristy has worked with adolescents with severe behavioral and conduct issues and a wide range of mental health concerns, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, gender-identity & expression, and strained family relationships for the past 20 years. She has worked in community based, residential and correctional settings. Kristy uses an integrative approach, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, trauma focused practices, and various other approaches to meet each client’s unique needs. Kristy considers the emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual elements of a person. She creates a safe space for her clients and understands the importance of building a trusting therapeutic relationship, which fosters the client’s resiliency and power to create meaningful change and healing. Kristy also loves spending time with her family, dancing, traveling, and always loves a good laugh.

Individual Therapy • EMDR

Heather Longoria, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Heather is a Licensed Profesional Counselor at CoVa in Virginia Beach, with a passion for connecting people with their true calling; to pursue healing, uncover hope, and to walk in freedom from life challenges! Heather counsels individuals and couples of all ages yet has a distinct passion for working with teens, young adults, women, and couples at various stages in their relationship. Heather counsels collaboratively with her client(s) through a theoretical approach grounded in Psychodynamic theory, which offers insight and understanding into life’s challenges, and CBT & DBT which offer practical tools for change. As well, Heather offers alternative holistic therapeutic methods such as the use of art, music, mindfulness/ meditation, nutrition, nature, and spirituality. Heather carries additional experience and training in School Counseling and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy

Kim McClernon, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kim believes that therapy (and life) are about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and embracing growth. She strives to treat the whole person and make therapy a personalized experience. Kim recently graduated with her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. Kim is also a professor at Tidewater Community College teaching marketing and business. She holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from Virginia Tech in Marketing Management. Kim is passionate about taking an integrative and holistic approach using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (thoughts/actions), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Art Therapy techniques. Kim believes that being person centered, relatable and having a good sense of humor connects her to her clients. She uses her past experience to enrich her empathy and motivation to serve children, teens, adults and families in the community. In her free time Kim enjoys playing tennis (a lot), traveling and spending time with her family and dog, Wilson.

Individual Therapy

Juan Milla LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Juan was born in El Salvador where at the age of 21 founded a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts. During that time Juan saw the need to become better prepared to help people with traumatic pasts and moved to the United States in 2004 to complete his degree in Counseling at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated with his masters in 2008 and has continued to reside in the Virginia Beach area since then. Since graduating in 2008, Juan has worked both full time and part time as a counselor. During this time he also became involved in a local church where he youth pastored for 7 years and has currently been senior pastor for almost four years. As a pastor, Juan has in-depth knowledge of Biblical principles that can be applied to many areas and challenges in one’s life. He also has extensive experience with trauma-related issues and utilizes approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Integration (EMI). In addition, Juan is fluent in both English and Spanish. Juan has a passion to help individuals, marriages, and families live more fulfilling and healthier lives by helping them overcome unresolved issues that hold them back or by giving them coping skills to face present challenges. He believes in providing the safest place possible for clients to share their story and explore thoughts and emotions.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy

Autum Boyer-Nemes, M.Ed, RYT

Resident in Counseling

Autum believes in empowering individuals to authentically author their own story, breaking free from predetermined patterns or cycles. She uses an integrative approach that investigates the various parts that make up who we are, including the past, trauma, and family dynamics, while create coping skills to deal with life’s current challenges. Autum enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families from various walks of life, yet has a passion for exploring women’s issues, trauma, veterans and military issues, and couples counseling. As a Navy Veteran and military spouse, Autum understands the unique challenges posed by military life and its impact on loved ones. Autum is an EMDRIA trained EMDR therapist and utilizes IFS techniques to further explore identity and sense of self. Autum supplements that work with informed DBT to create skills to cope with life’s everyday challenges. She has received level 1 training in the Gottman Method for working with couples. Autum also utilizes her experience as a yoga instructor to blend unique mindfulness practices with emotional regulation, communication, boundary setting, and self-compassion. Autum completed her Master of Education in Clinicial Mental Health Counseling at The College of William and Mary. Additionally, she received an Associate of Arts in Arabic Studies from the Defense Language Institute and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Arizona State University. In her spare time, you can find Autum outdoors, drinking coffee, traveling, or spending time with her partner and fur babies.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy

Halyn Pearson, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Halyn Pearson received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with CoVa. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and working with clients to create a safe space. Halyn’s goal is to support individuals in developing insight, expanding their coping skills, processing grief and loss, and healing unresolved trauma. She is passionate about working with individuals who seek to make meaningful changes in their lives. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults who are ready to start their journey toward becoming their best self. Maintaining an integrative approach, she incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based practices, positive psychology, play as therapy, and expressive arts. She has additional training and experience in sand tray therapy, animal assisted play therapy, EMDR and dialectical behavioral therapy. Halyn’s therapy dog, Zeke, is often available to aid sessions. It is truly special when individuals allow Halyn to be apart of their lives, and can be vulnerable with her as you walk together in the healing process, whatever that may look like for you.

Individual Therapy • Play Therapy

Kali Roomsburg

Resident in Counseling

Kali earned her M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary in Public Policy and Sociology. Kali is a member of the American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota, Phi Kappa Phi, and Counselors for Social Justice. Kali is passionate about helping people navigate mental health challenges, life stressors, and transitions, especially children and adolescents. Kali has experience working with individuals ranging in age from 4 to 75+ years old struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief, PTSD, learning disorders, low self-esteem, conduct problems, and relational issues. Kali aims to help clients explore presenting concerns from a holistic perspective that considers how one’s mental, physical, and spiritual health are interconnected. Kali utilizes an eclectic approach that combines cognitive behavioral, person-centered, solution focused, and strength-based therapeutic modalities. Additionally, she frequently incorporates play, art, games, and mindfulness into sessions. Kali aims to tailor therapy to each client’s unique needs and creates a safe, warm, empowering, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She believes it is critical to work collaboratively with clients to explore presenting concerns and develop adaptive coping strategies. Kali ultimately seeks to support clients in discovering ways to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Kali was born and raised in Virginia Beach and enjoys spending time with loved ones, going to the beach, traveling, exercising, listening to music, and trying new things in her free time.

Anaiz Rodriguez, M.Ed., LPC, RYT

Licensed Professional Counselor

Anaiz specializes in women’s issues, acculturation, and post-traumatic growth as a Spanish-speaking first-generation Cuban American counselor. Her approach is strengths-based, empowerment-focused, and fosters holistic wellness. Anaiz, a Registered Yoga Teacher, seamlessly integrates the mind-body connection and spirituality into her counseling, creating a comprehensive approach to well-being.

Individual Therapy

Alyssa Ross, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Alyssa strives to make therapy a meaningful experience through providing genuine support, safety, transparency, warmth, humor, and acceptance. She believes in meeting her clients where they are and is committed to working alongside them while developing positive coping skills to make desired life changes. Alyssa’s approach is integrative and collaborative. She implements CBT, DBT, and expressive arts into her work so that her clients can develop skills to promote a more immediate shift in mood and sense of wellness. Alyssa carries additional experience/training in EMDR, Play Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and has completed a DBT intensive program. She works with children and adults with specific interests in treatment of anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, self-esteem, and parenting concerns.

Individual Therapy • Play Therapy

Rachel Sabourin, M Ed

Resident Counselor

Rachel graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and graduated from William and Mary with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and believes that counseling is a place where therapists can overcome issues, make positive changes, and heal. Rachel is a EMDRIA trained EMDR therapist and supplements that with Informed DBT and Strengths-Based Therapy.

Individual Therapy

P. Todd Sartwell, MA, ESQ.

Owner, Operations Director

Todd received his BA in Behavioral Sciences in Austin, Texas in 1998, received his MA in Psychology in Chicago, Illinois in 2000 and his JD from Regent University in 2005. He has handled over 1000 matters and observed first hand the devestating effect conflict can have, even on the party who “wins”. As a result of that experience, he is driven to assist clients in discovering solutions through conflict resolution and coaching in relationships, employment, litigation and any other area in need of guidance or conflict resolution. He has designed a mediation program through Cova which is solution based, successful and affordable. Todd is also an owner of the Dickerson & Smith Law Group in Virginia Beach.

Mediation • Life Coaching

Stephanie Smith-Durkin, PhD, NCC

Resident Counselor

Dr. Stephanie Smith-Durkin is a former school counselor with nearly two decades of experience working with children and their families in both school and residential settings. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Masters of Science in Education with a focus in School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a PhD in Counselor Education. Each of her degrees she earned from Old Dominion University where she is a professor in the Counseling and Human Services department. There, she trains the next generation of school and clinical mental health counselors. She is also a National Certified Counselor. As a counselor, Stephanie utilizes an eclectic approach; bringing in elements from solution-focused, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy into sessions. She is person focused, not problem focused during counseling sessions and utilizes humor, art, and play as necessary. She views the counseling process as a partnership, where she works hand in hand with clients to bring about positive life changes. Outside of counseling, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her spouse and two young children as well as reading and traveling.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy •  Play Therapy

Emily Catherine Thomas

Administration

Emily Catherine graduated from Liberty University. She feels most herself when she is connecting with other people which makes her a great asset to CoVa.

David Watts, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

David Watts received his Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from University of Mary Washington, his Masters of Arts in Counseling, cum laude, and Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. David has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups regarding anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, substance use and abuse, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, gender and sexuality issues, personality disorders, developmental disorders and identity issues, spirituality/faith issues, and systemic family issues. In addition, he has worked with state and federally mandated clients. David believes change, healing, and wholeness is always possible for those willing to engage in the hard but rewarding work of therapy. He considers it an honor to partner with clients in reaching their goals.

Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy