Carlita Coley is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, stress management, women’s issues and health, LGBT issues and life coaching. In her practice, Carlita strongly believes in empowering clients to connect with and articulate their own truth.
Carlita’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally at a young age. As a middle child, she was the “peacemaker” and always sought to try to understand and articulate everyone’s perspectives in order to obtain or maintain peace. A career in mental health was not something she believes she chose; it was more of calling.
Carlita had three children in a four-and-a-half-year span. She has a puppy named Maverick, who is part Chihuahua and part German Shepard, and the beach is her therapy.
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Mary Raykowitz is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, substance abuse, dependence, and addiction, bipolar disorder, stress management and women’s issues. In her practice, Mary believes all individuals have the ability to change with the appropriate assistance. With her clients’ leading the way, she helps guide them toward their most productive lives.
Mary’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed while working in a corrections facility, where she interacted with individuals who were court-ordered for treatment. This spurred her interest to become a counselor and assist people with mental health issues to improve their lives.
Mary is currently working on obtaining a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She owns two rescue chinchillas, loves to read and always has a book at hand.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Gustav Jung
Rhonda Schwindt is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering services to adult residents in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, thought and substance use disorders as well as post-traumatic stress. She also has extensive experience assisting people who are ready to quit smoking. While she enjoys working with all patient populations, she has a special interest in serving the LGBTQ community. Rhonda’s philosophy of care is deeply grounded in two fundamental principles. First, each person has the capacity for healing and possesses a unique set of strengths. Second, mental health care is not about a specific disease state or a list of criteria found inside a diagnostic manual. Rather, it is about soliciting each person’s life story and creating a collaborative plan that respects their individuality.
In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Rhonda is an associate professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing and Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has extensive experience in graduate education and has an established program of research focused on reducing the disproportionate impact of substance use disorders among those living with mental illness.
Rhonda is also a martial artist and an avid runner.
Michelle Chappell is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, her specializations include geriatric therapy, life transitions and stress management. Michelle views life as a journey which sometimes presents difficulties such as stress, anxiety and even confusion. She believes it is her mission to provide a safe and comfortable environment to explore challenges, psycho-social stressors and behaviors that prevent individuals from living and enjoying the life they deserve. As a helping professional, she is passionate about her work with individuals, families and adolescents. In her practice, Michelle utilizes a strength-based approach to assist with identifying system dynamics with emphasis on empowerment, engagement and support. With her assistance, individuals can learn to change disruptive thoughts to help create a happier and healthier version of themselves. She also uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals with problems such as depression, anxiety, panic fears, substance abuse and personality problems.
Michelle’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed during her adolescence. As a teenager, she witnessed firsthand the positive impact this type of care had in helping others. This gave her the motivation to help others herself and create strong impacts on their lives.
Michelle enjoys gardening, dancing and music. She also enjoys volunteering in her community.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” -Booker T. Washington
Glenda Housel, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are mood disorders, bipolar disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, and pregnancy and peripartum mood disorders. Glenda’s philosophy of care is simple – listen to clients, encourage them to actively participate in their care and treat them as you would want to be treated.
Glenda’s interest in mental health care began after while practicing internal medicine and realizing that she wasn’t getting enough time to get to know her patients. After getting married to a psychiatrist and spending over five years practicing general medicine, she returned to residency for psychiatry and hasn’t looked back since.
Glenda was in the Army for five and a half years as an Army doctor. She grew up in rural Nebraska and was one of the first recognized NAMI exemplary psychiatrists.
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