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.
“Statistics don’t lie, statisticians do.”
Melissa Rolfes, LPC is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adolescent and adult residents in Virginia. She has a wide range of clinical interests; however, her specializations are anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Melissa’s philosophy of care is that each of us, at our core, are good. She believes we do the best we can with what we have, and when we know better, we will do better. She believes the best therapeutic approach is to meet people where they are, without judgement or imposing her own worldview, and then the techniques and interventions flow naturally from there. She does not focus on diagnoses; instead her goal is to reduce symptoms, increase functioning, and improve quality of life.
Melissa’s interest in mental and behavioral health care began when she was six years old when her parents took her to a therapist because they were getting divorced. She remembers thinking how incredible it was that the lady got paid to color and play ping pong with her. She decided then that she would be a therapist when she grew up. Later, through a series of formative life experiences from late childhood into early adulthood, despite developing and maintaining a strong curiosity about human cognition and behavior, she lost sight of her “childish” career goals. Eventually she made it to college, and during undergraduate she studied Eastern Religion and Biopsychology. She was in love with these fields, but didn’t see a career in either of them, so she decided to get her master’s degree in counseling and pursue her LPC. Looking back, she finds it beautiful that, after taking so many detours and pitstops along the way, she landed in the general vicinity of where six-year–old Melissa hoped to be one day.
Melissa’s favorite place to be is in her kayak. She is an amateur porch gardener and in a past life helped start a microbrewery.
“And so it goes” -Kurt Vonnegut