JFS Counselors

Meet Our Professionals

To schedule an appointment with a JFS counselor, call 804-282-5644, ext. 239.


JFS Counseling Staff

Shannon Carey, LCSW, Counselor JFS Richmond Jewish Family Services

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, Counselor JFS Richmond Jewish Family Services

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.

Lisa Colegrove

Lisa Colegrove, LCSW

“I strive to develop a trusting relationship with clients, helping them to identify their strengths and develop positive skills, moving themselves towards a happier, healthier outcome.”

Lisa seeks to create a judgement-free environment in her work with teens, adults, and couples. She uses a variety of evidence-based practices to support clients along their journey navigating trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and other barriers to living their best life. She recognizes and values the uniqueness of each individual and works with them to find, and use, their own strengths and personal values to inform and guide their journey. Lisa received a MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been practicing for over 15 years.

Olivia Faries, LCSW, Counselor JFS Richmond Virginia VA Jewish Family Services

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.

Sydney Fleischer, JFS Jewish Family Services Richmond Virginia

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, Counselor JFS Richmond Jewish Family Services

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.

Phyllis McCafferty LCSW, Senior Clinician JFS Richmond Jewish Family Services

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.


Rose Miola, LCSW, MTS

"Listening to oneself and deciding to change one's life can be both scary and sacred. I aim to accompany clients in discovering their own solutions and trusting in their own wisdom." 

Rose collaborates with clients to support them in exploring their own personal path to wellness and healing. She works with people of all ages, and has had experience with women, sexual and relationship violence, substance abuse, trauma, children and adults in crisis, and folks in the LGBQT community. Rose favors solution focused and narrative approaches and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Rose has a Master's in Theological Studies and is open to working with individuals who want their faith and spirituality to be a part of the conversation with their mental health. She is proficient in Spanish and is open to working with Spanish-speaking clients. She received her MSW from Boston College School of Social Work and has been providing therapy for 5 years.

Lynn O. Mosby, LCSW, Counselor JFS Richmond Virginia VA Jewish Family Services

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.

Contact: Jonessa Little

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about JFS Counseling, contact our Intake Coordinator Jonessa Little at [email protected] or call 804-282-5644, ext. 234.

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