We currently offer services at two locations: Fredericksburg and Glen Allen. Please read our profiles below to see who might be the best clinician for you.

Our Fredericksburg Team:

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Dr. Donald Bohannon, LPC

Dr. Bohannon is a Marine Corps Veteran with a heart to see individuals, couples, and families completely restored. Dr. Donald Bohannon strives to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern and action to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals, marriages and families. Dr. Bohannon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics with an emphasis in Aviation Meteorology from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Liberty University, and a Doctoral Degree from Regent University. Dr. Bohannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia. Dr. Bohannon is also a Christian Counselor providing biblical focused counseling to those seeking counseling with a Christian perspective.

Dr. Bohannon has over ten years counseling experience with a wide range of patients in a variety of treatment settings. These have included providing counseling in a free mental health clinic, community agency settings, and in outpatient facilities. Donald also has experience as a clinical supervisor and management experience in outpatient services. Donald has a broad and unique base of experience counseling children and adolescents. Areas of emphasis with children include mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. Donald also has a strong base of counseling experience working with adults in a wide variety of settings. Specialty areas include depression, bipolar disorder, general mood disorders posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. He is also experienced in the areas of premarital, marital and family therapy.

To schedule an appointment with Donald please call 540-699-0226, Extension 111 or e-mail donald@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Kristina Bonanca, LPC

I believe that everyone has a natural inclination toward positive growth and development, but that life's challenges can block forward movement. These challenges can take the form of depression, anxiety, traumatic events, losses, life transitions, difficulty controlling anger, and difficult relationships. I understand starting therapy can be an intimidating decision. My aim is to provide a comfortable, supportive, and accepting environment in which to explore difficulties, obstacles, and strengths in order to make positive change

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I specialize in working with children, teens, adults, and families. I have direct-care and supervisory experience in various levels of care including outpatient, therapeutic day treatment, and intensive in-home. I specialize in a range of concerns to include depression, trauma, anxiety, social skills, and ADHD.   

I encourage clients to be active in their therapy. I utilize a variety of techniques to work with my clients and treatment is tailored around individual's needs. I create a supportive environment for clients to help facilitate their own personal growth. I offer a variety of appointment times including evenings and weekends.

To schedule an appointment with Kristina please call 540-699-0226, Extension 102 or e-mail kristina@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Mary Ann Byrne, LPC, NCC

MaryAnn Byrne is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Board Certified Counselor with over twenty years experience working with children and adolescents. She has a background in special education and school counseling. She received her undergraduate degree in special education and early childhood education from Radford University and her Masters in Counseling from Virginia Tech. She worked as a special education teacher with children with autism and intellectual disabilities for sixteen years in Pulaski and Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Byrne worked as a School Counselor for twelve years with Stafford County Public Schools. She is a certified Olweus Bully Prevention Consultant and appeared in the Connect with Kids documentary “Silent Witness”. Ms. Byrne completed her clinical residency working in community based programs and worked for several years as a therapist with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington. She has been a presenter at many professional conferences on a variety of topics, including: bullying prevention, integration of special needs students into extra-curricular activities, children and divorce, autism in the juvenile justice system and surviving girl world.

Her focus is behavioral, cognitive-behavioral and solution focused therapy. Ms. Byrne works with children and adolescents ages six through eighteen and specializes in ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She works with parents on parenting the special needs child and siblings of children with special needs. She also serves as a Clinical Supervisor for Counselors in Residence under the Virginia Board of Counseling.

To schedule an appointment with MaryAnn please call 540-699-0226, Extension 107 or e-mail maryann@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Larry J. Colby, LPC

Larry J. Colby is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Secondary Education Teacher. Larry completed his Bachelor’s in Secondary Education with a dual major in Speech Communication and Psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 2003. He completed his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University in 2013. Larry completed his counseling internship at a sexual abuse center and a private alternative school.

Larry began his teaching career at a career center in Michigan, teaching English to struggling students. He has also taught high school AP English and ESOL in Puerto Rico and honors English, as well as inclusion classes in Virginia.

Larry has extensive experience working in residential settings, Intensive In-home Counseling, and out-patience counseling. Larry continues to provide supervision for in-home counseling and is a state approved supervisor for LPC licensure. Larry has provided staff training in verbal de-escalation, human development, communication, and understanding play therapy. Larry has been trained as an RBT for ABA therapy, Play Therapy, EMDR, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He has also been trained as a co-parenting trainer for the courts and has studied Orton-Gillingham multisensory learning and the Lindamood-Bell Language Learning theory.

Larry uses the power of connection in Play Therapy to help youth overcome obstacles in their life. He uses EMDR, solution focused, and dialectical behavioral therapy to help individuals move beyond their personal barriers in life.

Larry’s professional mission is to help struggling individuals and their family overcome personal barriers and find peace within their lives. He believes that healing requires us to set aside blame and focus on relationship building and problem solving. Larry’s personal mission statement is to empower others to find HELP in life, which stands for Health, Enlightenment, Love, and Prosperity.

Services provided include:

Play therapy for children and adolescents

EMDR for ages 10 and above

Dialectical behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy for ages 8 and above.

To schedule an appointment with Larry please call 540-699-0226, Extension 114 or e-mail larry@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Rebecca Howson-Jacobs, LPC, CSOTP

I believe therapy should be like a birdhouse- a safe place in which to seek refuge from the storm of life while you rest your soul, unburden your mind, and rebuild your strength. I strive to provide you with that respite as I help you understand your behavior, organize your mind, let go of unhealthy patterns, develop new skills, and ultimately reveal your best life. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families and thrive on helping my clients unfold their wings and fly.

I have worked in rehabilitative mental health since 2006 and have been a practicing therapist since 2013 working with cases involving anxiety, depression, compulsive disorders, life transitions, grief, abuse, sexual crimes, gender identity, and unhealthy relationships, as well as coping with chronic illness in your own life or as a caregiver. I have specialized training in sexual abuse and trauma and my mission is to break unhealthy cycles and release clients from generational baggage. In addition to therapy I am able to offer juvenile sexual risk assessments and psychosexual evaluations.

Over the years I've heard clients express that they put off seeking help because they thought their problems weren't "bad" enough, but any issue that is in any way disruptive to your well-being is worthy of help, and you are worthy of support. I look forward to helping you find your strength so that you may rise above whatever has held you back.

To schedule an appointment with Rebecca please call 540-699-0226, Extension 103 or e-mail rebecca@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Andrea McGowan, LPC

Mental health is a process, and everyone’s journey is different. Our struggles can help us grow and discover strengths we never knew we had. Sometimes, we just need a little help along the way. If you’re ready to take steps towards improved mental health and well being, I can help you in your journey! We will work together to overcome any challenges you may be facing. Sometimes being heard is the first step to healing.

I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families; children ages 7 and up, teens, and adults. I provide services for those dealing with ADHD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse & addiction, family conflict, parenting difficulties, and other behavioral issues.

To schedule an appointment with Rebecca please call 540-699-0226, Extension 108 or e-mail amcgowan@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Dr. Jeanie M. Melendez-Davidson, LCP

Dr. Melendez-Davidson is a Bilingual (English & Spanish) and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Virginia. Her background education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and both a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico.

Her clinical experience comprises providing evidence-based therapy, performing psychological assessments, and delivering workshops. Her clinical approach is based on Cognitive-Behavioral, Behavioral and Solution Focused theories. Dr. Melendez-Davidson has experience working with anxiety, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, learning disorders, conduct disorders, schizophrenia, and other conditions that may require clinical attention. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient and community centers.

Dr. Melendez-Davidson believes that every human being has the ability to learn and work towards achieving its own goals. She also believes that a supportive, trusting and nonjudgmental environment facilitates this learning process, which results in personal growth.

To schedule an appointment with Jeanie please call 540-699-0226, Extension 110 or e-mail jeanie@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Kathleen South, LCSW

Kathleen South is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 27 years of social work experience. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Kathleen has extensive experience in providing behavioral health services to individuals, families, schools in the following clinical areas: Adjustment disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Sexual Trauma, Anger issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD), Substance Abuse, Grief issues as well as Parenting, and the stressors of life. Kathleen has worked with adolescents and adults.

Kathleen has several years of experience in running an outpatient substance abuse program in South Florida as well as Virginia. She has worked with abused and neglected children in the foster care system as well as working in a hospice setting.

Kathleen had several years experience running a Preventative Adolescent Substance Abuse Program on an Army military base in Grafenwoehr, Germany. She is EMDR certified.

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Kathleen South please call 540-699-0226, Extension 117 or e-mail kathleen@resiliencecounseling.care.

Our Glen Allen Team:

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Lauren Acarino, LPC

Lauren Acarino has had a wide range of clinical and life experiences that shaped her worldview as a therapist; from private practice work focused on child and adolescent development, to her time in the US Army as an Officer in a Field Artillery combat arms unit. Lauren believes in creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient, molding her therapeutic approach to the unique needs of each individual client by using an integrative approach. Her clinical work uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and behavioral modification as a core base for treatment, integrated with a combination of various approaches such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy, psychodynamic theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness. Lauren also follows the philosophy and theoretical model of existentialism, which promotes recognizing responsibility for ones choices and behaviors and what we can control in our lives to create balance.

Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. Lauren received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany, and her Masters degree from Fordham University in Mental Health Counseling. Her career began as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in a Long Island, NY based private practice that often included children and adolescents referred by school districts for disruptive behavior, bullying or self harm. Lauren also has in depth experience with the treatment of mood disorders, adjustment disorders ADD/ADHD/ODD and family based therapy. For patients who are having difficulty in academic environments, Lauren places an emphasis on collaborating with school districts to advocate for the patient and ensure a correct diagnosis when needed.

From 2014 to 2018 Lauren served as a Field Artillery Officer in a long range rocket Battalion, fulfilling a desire to face a grueling challenge. After the Army, Lauren returned to counseling by joining a Department of Defense program that offers solution focused counseling services for the children of US Army service members. Lauren provided subject matter expertise on early childhood development and behavioral management issues for ages 2-12. She has recently relocated to the Richmond area after spending nearly four years in Fort Sill, OK and works with a full spectrum of children, adolescents and adults.

To schedule an appointment with Lauren please call 540-699-0226, Extension 109 or e-mail lauren@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Dr. Andrea Cooper, Ed.D., LPC

Dr. Cooper is an Air Force veteran with a defense industry analyst background, transitioning to work in counseling in 2000. Her counseling experience includes mental health agency, university, and private practice settings in NoVA, MD, and DC. She has graduate teaching experience and leadership roles in higher education. Her BA in Social Psychology is from Park University, MA Professional Counseling from American School of Professional Psychology/Virginia (2000), and a doctorate in Counseling, Education and Supervision from Argosy University/American School of Professional Psychology in Sarasota, FL (2008). She has recently relocated to the Richmond area, and works with adults in collaborative counseling modalities to foster self-awareness, resilience, and overall wellness. Her integrative approach incorporates aspects of CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and is informed by person-centered, psychodynamic, and existential theoretical models.

To schedule an appointment with Andrea please call 540-699-0226, Extension 106 or e-mail andrea@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Dr. Joseph Daly, LPC

You feel overwhelmed and can't handle one more thing going wrong. Your stress is through the roof and if you don't talk to someone soon, you're going to explode. You feel like you're spiraling and don't know where to turn. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Life can be full of stress and chaos. If you need someone to listen and care, then that is where I come in.

I'm Dr. Joe. I've worked in the mental health field since 2008. I provide individual, couples, and family counseling and work with all age ranges (from young children to elderly). I have worked with clients that have a wide range of issues throughout various settings (from outpatient mental health clinics to home/community based settings.)

My passion has always been helping others. Through supportive and active listening, as well as unconditional positive regard, and use of humor and trust/rapport building, I am an expert in helping others feel at ease as they process and work through issues and problematic situations. Life can be hard but I can help.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Daly please call 540-699-0226, Extension 118 or e-mail joseph@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Karl Memmer, LPC, NCC

Karl G. Memmer is the owner of Resilience Counseling & Social Skills Center and practices exclusively out of the Glen Allen office. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor. He graduated from Long Island University in 2009 with a bachelors in psychology and began working with at-risk youth during his years of undergraduate study from 2005-2009.

Mr. Memmer went on to earn his Masters Degree in School Counseling from Long Island University in 2011 and earned an additional advanced certification in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Upon graduation Mr. Memmer earned the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and was awarded the “Excellence in Counseling” award from Long Island University as he was recognized by faculty, staff and peers as demonstrating leadership and professionalism in the field of counseling during his graduate studies.

Mr. Memmer relocated to the Fredericksburg, Virginia region in 2012 where he continued his career as a school counselor in Stafford County Public Schools. During this time he also began his clinical residency at a community based mental health agency.

He completed his 4000 hours of clinical supervision and experience to earn his LPC licensure in the state of Virginia. His clinical residency provided robust experience providing high quality mental health services to at-risk youth and adults struggling with mental illness.

Mr. Memmer has continued his career over the last several years working as a clinical supervisor and clinical director at community based agencies and providing outpatient counseling and therapy services to children, teens and adults in private practice.

To schedule an appointment with Karl please call 540-699-0226, Extension 101 or e-mail info@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Robert Raborn, LPC

Rob is a Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 10 years of post-graduate field experience in Virginia. He received his B.S. from the University of Central Florida and his M.A in Clinical Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary (a CACREP Accredited Degree Program). His counseling experiences include home and school-based programs, outpatient, and clinical supervision of residents in counseling.

Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming and difficult. Deciding if counseling is even what you want or need can be just as hard. “Is this person just going to try make me re-experience painful memories? Are they going to judge me because I don’t have it all together like everyone else?” Not at all. You deserve to meet with a highly-trained professional whose genuine passion for helping will offer solutions and hope.

Or perhaps you are thinking to yourself, “Everyone looks to me and believes I have it all together, but if they only knew the truth…” You don’t have to silently carry these burdens, and you don’t have to feel alone anymore.

I work with a group of therapists who are committed to combine empathy with resilience-building. We are a practice that knows the best version of yourself exists – we just need to build the roadmap together to get there. For my career, there is no other place that I would rather be than meeting with others and working together towards a meaningful outcome.

I encourage anyone who is hurting, grieving, or struggling to just be OK to call me so we can discuss if my services are the best fit for your needs. For further details, please review my areas of expertise and issues within my realm of training.

To schedule an appointment with Rob please call 540-699-0226, Extension 104 or e-mail robert@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Alexi Holder, LCSW

Alexi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with youth, ages 3 through 14. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in 2006 and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. She has worked in a variety of capacities and mental health settings with children and families including in the home, community and school environments.

Alexi has eight years post-masters experience working as a Mobile Therapist/Behavior Specialist as well as an outpatient therapist in an elementary school setting. She has provided therapy to children on the autism spectrum as well as with those struggling with a multitude of issues including depression, anxiety, difficulties in social interactions, family discord, behavioral issues, ADHD, dealing with change, grief/loss, and trauma. Most recently, she worked as a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor in an elementary school and has experience providing guidance and consultation to parents and school staff, advocating for clients in regards to receiving and implementation of supports such as IEP and 504 plans and helping families navigate the educational system.

Seeing your child struggle is heartbreaking: you are not alone. Whether your child is having difficulty fitting in at school or dealing with a past trauma, no issue is too big or small to seek help. Partnering with a professional can provide a positive, safe environment for your child to learn and grow as well as a place where you can feel supported as a parent. Each child is unique. My goal is to develop a relationship with your child in order to better understand what approaches “click” with them. I utilize a variety of techniques to assist youth in managing their emotions and learn new skills to help them navigate the world around them, including evidenced-based play and art therapy techniques.

Life can be challenging, let’s work together to give your child the opportunity to overcome adversity and thrive!

To schedule an appointment with Alexi please call 540-699-0226, Extension 115 or e-mail alexi@resiliencecounseling.care.

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Joshua Taylor, LCSW

Joshua K. Taylor is proud to be a part of Resilience Counseling and Social Skills Center. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia, and has been certified in both Kentucky and West Virginia in the past. He graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, where he began focus on building experience with children and families.

Mr. Taylor then attended Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, graduating in 2011 with a Masters in social work. While there, he operated as the president of the Asbury MSW Student Fellowship, conducting leadership in addressing community efforts the student body was involved in. During his time with Asbury, he began to work directly with children and adolescents through after school programs in his internships with the local community mental health center. He also assisted in facilitating a summer school-based program geared toward children with both learning difficulties and emotional problems. This continued following graduation, as Mr. Taylor began to not only provide services to children and families, but also develop experience with adults and the chronically mentally ill.

In 2014, Mr. Taylor made the transition to begin fighting the opioid crisis in West Virginia. He managed a program to directly treat those with addiction issues in an outpatient medical setting, building it from its foundation to now treating about 300 adults. He gained experience in the use of medication in treating psychiatric and addiction issues and received extensive training in various therapy methods for treating clients with addiction.

After making the move to Virginia in 2016, Mr. Taylor returned to service toward children and families as an in-home counselor in the Richmond area. It was here that he greatly built his training and became much more experienced in working with families in need. Mr. Taylor has built his craft in therapy much more over the last two years, and now brings that experience to clients.

Mr. Taylor now serves as a clinician providing outpatient therapy to multiple populations, with continued interest in families, those battling with addiction, and a building focus on treating couples.

To schedule an appointment with Joshua please call 540-699-0226, Extension 105 or e-mail joshua@resiliencecounseling.care.