The Center for Christian Counseling connects well-researched interventions with Biblical counseling to provide the appropriate treatment that you need. Our therapists are licensed, or working towards licensure, with the Commonwealth of Virginia and profess faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We are committed to providing therapy that is not only clinically sound but also based on Biblical principles. We regularly discuss current research and what the Bible says about it.
Margie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the CFCC. She earned her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Southern Christian University and her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. She is a Certified Christian Conciliator from the Institute for Christian Conciliation. In addition to offering conflict counseling, Margie is a mediator specializing in cases involving business, family, interpersonal, and internal church disputes. She is also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH administrator, and uses this assessment for premarital counseling and marital enrichment clients.
Margie has experience working with grief, bereavement and terminal diagnoses, depression, anxiety, stress management, and interpersonal conflict. She also enjoys working with premarital couples and helping couples in conflict develop positive solutions to issues. She regularly works with individuals dealing with Compulsive Overeating and Emotional Eating Disorder. Margie works with individuals, families, and couples, from young adults to the elderly. She takes an eclectic approach, using the most appropriate modality required to move clients toward healing. She regularly uses Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Family Systems, Reality, and Solution-Focused therapies.
In addition to her career as a counselor Margie has worked as a training and development professional. She has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of training, curriculum design, management, and human resources. She attended Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth Universities for her undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Personnel and Labor Law, and now has over 12 years of independent consulting experience to her credit. She is a certified Myers-Briggs counselor and trainer, and has a strong background in conducting personal resource assessments.
Margie served as a deacon, women’s ministry leader, and Bible teacher in her church. She has worked on staff at Third Church, assisting the pastors with their counseling needs. Margie believes in the authority of Scripture, the work of the Holy Spirit in healing, and is committed to helping you mature in Christ through the process of counseling.
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional
Alec is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Clinical Director at the CFCC. Alec was awarded a BA in Religious Studies at The College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduating from Charleston in 1999, Alec worked as a Middle School Teacher in Independent Schools in both Baltimore Maryland, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Alec then completed his MA in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida in 2011, and then joined the CFCC staff.
Alec is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, with emphasis on applied Neuroscience for treating Anxiety, Panic, OCD, and Worry. Alec has found that Biblical truths always blend seamlessly with evidenced-based therapeutic models. As such, he utilizes an integrative approach that draws on such theories as Cognitive Behavioral, Exposure, Person Centered, Relational, and Family Systems. Alec ascribes to the theory that real and lasting change occurs, not just in addressing behaviors, but through addressing the deeper issues of the heart. He believes the redemption and forgiveness that is offered through Christ’s death, resurrection, and Christ’s anticipated return, is what ultimately provides hope. He views his role to be that of someone who journeys alongside his clients, while God speaks into their lives.
Alec has extensive experience working with such issues as:
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In addition to counseling, Alec and his wife enjoy parenting their two boys, taking walks, attending sporting events, and sharing their hospitality with friends and neighbors. Alec also serves as a Ruling Elder at Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Miriam Bott earned her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and then completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
During her time as a therapist, Miriam has worked with individuals and families in several capacities including depression and anxiety, eating disorders, marriage issues, infidelity, forgiveness, divorce, blended families, domestic violence issues and crisis pregnancy. She is also certified as a Prepare-Enrich administrator and enjoys doing premarital counseling with this assessment tool.
Working with people within the context of their family system and relationships is an important perspective Miriam utilizes in her counseling. She believes that, because God is a relational God, He uses the crucible of relationships in order to bring out sin and dysfunction in people as well as beauty and wholeness. She has seen the power of God’s redemptive work in her life and is honored to walk alongside others as they experience God’s redemption and healing in their own lives. She is confident that God has called her to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from Him (2 Corinthians 1:4). In addition to Biblical wisdom, Miriam draws from several theoretical orientations including Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused counseling theories.
In addition to counseling, Miriam is passionate about social justice and racial reconciliation and is involved in various ministries through her church, Northside Church of Richmond. She is in the trenches raising her three children and growing as a Godly wife and mother. In her downtime, she loves traveling with her husband, hanging with her community, going for runs, and playing in her worship band at church.
Valerie earned her BS in Psychology at Eastern Mennonite University and her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
In counseling, Valerie utilizes cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy and strength-based approaches. She structures her approach and therapy according to individual client’s needs and may use other therapeutic approaches when needed. She is certified in PREPARE/ENRICH, working with premarital couples as well as couples facing relational issues. She is a trained Peacemaking Coach and utilizes Family Systems therapy to help couples and families overcome relational conflicts. Valerie believes it is the power of God and His Holy Spirit who are responsible for recovery, restoration, and reconciliation.
Valerie is a generalist, assisting clients who are ages 15 years old to adult, with additional experience in helping those who are experiencing depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder. She is skilled in assisting those who have witnessed or have experienced domestic abuse and intimate partner violence. Valerie is passionate about building strong and resilient marital and familial relationships. She is strongly interested in assisting those who are seeking post-hospitalization counseling.
In her free time Valerie enjoys urban hiking, textile arts, choral music, and the blessings of family and friends.
Melanie Drake is working toward licensure as a Professional Counselor at the Center for Christian Counseling. She earned her BA in communication sciences & disorders from the University of Central Florida (2014) and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary (2019).
Melanie, in her professional training, was continually reminded that it is a wise and powerful thing to truly listen to another (Proverbs 18:13). The “bread and butter” of her work is to create space for one’s voice and story to be heard.
In counseling, Melanie integrates Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches with the goal of helping every client gain insight and pursue growth in their own lives. She believes that true healing happens when we face the hard parts of our lives or stories that may be painful or distressing and is committed to facing the hard areas alongside her clients.
Melanie has experience working with individuals, including children, adolescents, young adults, as well as adults, couples, and families facing hardships such as:
In addition to counseling, Melanie loves taking in the sunshine, practicing yoga, catching up with family and friends, and exploring new places.
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Center for Christian Counseling. She earned her BA in Biology from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and her MA in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
In meeting with clients, Sarah utilizes a holistic approach, viewing and addressing persons as whole beings, consisting of body, mind, soul, and spirit. Likewise, in her work with clients, Sarah integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and systems therapies with a desire to seek and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance as to the needs of each person. Sarah feels called to assist individuals, couples, and families in their journeys toward health and wholeness.
Sarah’s experience and range of practice include such areas as family relationships, couples counseling, childhood issues and trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. Sarah also has experience working with college students and at-risk youth and their families.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three children as well as running, reading good fiction, and making green smoothies.
Anna Williams is a Resident in Counseling, working towards her Licensed Professional Counselor license at Center for Christian Counseling. She earned a double major from William Woods University in Fulton, MO in Psychology and Equine General Studies. Anna earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She has training in Hope Focused Couples Therapy, Grief/Loss, Psychological First Aid, Trauma Informed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Career Assessments and Related Issues, and Suicide Assessment. Anna is certified through EMDRIA as a Level 1 and 2 EMDR Therapist. She also has experience working with horses and clients through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
A famous quote once said, “In order to gain empathy and understanding, one must walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Anna has empathy and understanding in the areas of grief/loss, trauma, and living with a disability as she has personal life experience in each category. Her counseling theoretical approach is based on Learning Theory and Existentialism. Anna believes people are hurting from what they have learned from experience and cannot progress forward due to a lack of hope and purpose. She uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Spiritual Meditation, and prayer to help guide clients through their journey. Anna knows that prayer is powerful, and the Holy Spirit helps guide the counseling sessions. She is welcoming to everyone who walks in for counseling; however, primarily works with age eighteen and older. Anna’s areas of specialty are as follows:
Individuals with Chronic and Terminal Illness
Individuals with Disabilities
Military, Veterans, First Responders, and all those who work in related fields
Outside of counseling, Anna enjoys exploring local parks, working horses, and enjoying the local night life. Anna also writes poetry and consults with those in need of a service animal.
Note: Anna has a service dog in office that helps negate her disability. Accommodations are made for those with fear and/or allergies.