To schedule an appointment with a JFS counselor, call 804-282-5644, ext. 239.
JFS Counseling Staff
Shannon Carey, LCSW
“I help my patients develop sustaining coping skills that build upon optimism and self-empowerment.”
Shannon works with individuals of all ages incorporating great emphasis on mindfulness training. Her focus is helping those experiencing trauma, adjustment challenges, anxiety, depression and ADHD. Her ability to inspire clients to examine life with self-awareness and positivity is invigorating and practical. Shannon received her MSW from the University of Wisconsin and has been practicing for 10 years.
Syreeta Chapman, LCSW
“I enjoy helping others find meaning and joy by expressing their individuality and creativity.”
Syreeta’s counseling approach with clients of all ages emphasizes the development of positive self-esteem. Her person-centered style inspires discovery, growth, and healing through reflective listening and encouragement. Syreeta is an interactive and engaging therapist who has helped many clients with autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, family issues, anger management and working through grief. Her philosophy is that illness becomes wellness when togetherness is a key factor. Syreeta earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been in practice for five years.
Olivia Faries, LCSW
“My empathetic approach is supportive and intentional to help each client achieve personal healing and flourish in life’s journey.”
Olivia’s background in counseling has shaped her keen ability to help clients who are experiencing current or past trauma, anxiety, depression, or difficulties with life transitions. She works with teens, adults and seniors to effectively guide all individuals to identify solution based strategies that build confidence, clarity and purpose. Olivia received her MSW from the University of North Carolina and has been practicing for over 30 years.
Dr. Sydney Fleischer, Ph.D., LCSW
“I strive to help each client find a healthy mindset and positive strategies to meet their goals.”
Sydney serves as the Director of Clinical Services at JFS and has a rich background in mental health counseling. Her practice model combines a dynamic understanding of the issues that brings the client in as well as short term problem solving strategies. Sydney received her MSW from the University of California- Berkeley, and doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sydney also serves as co-chair of the VCU/MCV Psychiatry Department’s clinical faculty and has been in practice for over 30 years.
Sonni Gittleman, LCSW
“I believe in the strength and resilience of the human spirit to achieve holistic healing.”
Sonni has extensive experience counseling young adults, new mothers, the LGBTQ community, and those coping with anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, and personal trauma. She journeys alongside her clients using empathy and respect. Sonni works to help clients reconnect with their strengths and empowerment supporting their ability to learn and grow from challenges and personal struggles. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been in practice for 25 years.
Ben Katz, LCSW
“I recognize the importance of how past and present experiences shape who we are so that we can embrace growth and change to be our best self.”
For over a decade Ben has worked with teens and young adults helping to facilitate positive identity formation and coping skills. He has a genuine passion for assisting each client through challenging transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, and chronic illness. Ben integrates a variety of evidenced-based practices when counseling clients and meets each one with compassion and understanding. He earned his MSW from the Smith College of Social Work and has been in practice for 11 years.
Ellen Glass, LCSW
“I create a safe environment with my clients to help them identify their strengths and use them for personal growth and potential.”
Ellen began her career in human resources prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She authentically connects with her clients through fostering mutual respect and open dialogue. She works with couples and individuals of all ages focusing on life transitions, relationship issues, communication and emotional trauma. She received her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been practicing for over 30 years.
Dr. Millicent McFadden, Psy.D, M.Ed, LCP, ATR
“I am an active listener who aims to help each client gain new perspectives in a supportive and honest environment.”
Dr. McFadden uses a client-centered approach to help families and individuals of all ages cope with difficult transitions and unexpected circumstances. In addition to being a clinical psychologist, she is also a Registered Art Therapist with a passion for using self-expression to work through emotional conflicts. At JFS, Dr. McFadden conducts psychological testing for intellectual and learning competencies and effectively guides her clients with solution-based strategies. She received her doctorate from The Chicago School of Psychology and has been practicing for 10 years.
Phyllis McCafferty, LCSW
“I recognize and honor the strengths of each client to maximize their journey towards achieving health and well-being.”
Phyllis has an extensive background working with individuals experiencing bipolar, schizophrenia, mood disorders and intellectual disabilities. She also counsels couples assisting them with communication and relationship issues. Phyllis received her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been practicing for 37 years.
Lynn Mosby, LCSW
“My practical approach in counseling my clients is rooted in a supportive relationship that nurtures self-growth.”
Lynn began her career working in adoption and foster care, and has a background counseling children and adolescents dealing with trauma, attachment and developmental issues. She uses a solution-based model with individuals of all ages who experience ADHD, anxiety, grief, loss and challenging transitions. Lynn received her MSW from the University of Michigan and has been practicing for 29 years.
Louise Thornton, LCSW, MA.Ed. Human Development
“My compassionate and authentic approach is highly effective in helping clients creatively problem solve to improve quality of life.”
Louise is a seasoned clinician with over 25 years of experience in outpatient counseling as well as private practice. She is trained in cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed therapy, EMDR and hypnotherapy. She has worked extensively with individuals, couples and families dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, phobias, grief, life transitions and relationship issues. Louise received her MSW from Norfolk University and a Masters in Human Development and Education from George Washington University.