Our Therapists

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 Satterfield


Clinical Supervisor
Executive Director

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.


Valerie Caleb


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.



Alec Kean


Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Grief
  • Panic
  • Family of Origin
  • Worry
  • Couples Therapy
  • Addictions
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Divorce

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.

Sarah Joyner


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 2 year old as well as running, reading good fiction, and making green smoothies.

Melissa Hall


Melissa Hall is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a focus on Human Services and a Bachelors of Science in Religion with a focus on Youth Ministries in 2007 from Liberty University. She was awarded her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2010 and Masters of Education in School Counseling in 2012 from Liberty University. Her certifications are in Acute Stress, Grief & Trauma, Prepare and Enrich, and Crisis & First Responders Skills.

Melissa has years of experience working at various mental health treatment centers and various mental health settings within the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County.

In Counseling, Melissa utilizes a Biblically-based approach, drawing from the Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, and Motivational Interviewing methodologies. Her approach is case-sensitive, in that she identifies each person’s concern(s) in order to determine which approach or methods will be most effective. She believes this analysis is important in order to get to the root of issues by exploring the relationship between how thoughts create feelings, which cause various behaviors.

She has done extensive work in the area of cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior modification with children, teens, families, and young adults. Mrs. Hall believes in the authority of Scripture, the work of the Holy Spirit in healing, and is committed to helping individuals mature in Christ through the process of counseling.

Additionally, Melissa likes to stay physically active in exercise and sports. She also enjoys playing with her sons and having quality time with her husband. Melissa believes that family comes first as a field of ministry and investment, since God entrusts them to us.

Miriam Bott

MA, Resident in Counseling

Miriam Bott is working towards her licensure as a Professional Counselor at the Center for Christian Counseling. She earned her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and then completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Miriam has worked with individuals and families in the counseling field in several capacities including domestic violence issues, depression, eating disorders, infidelity, anxiety, divorce, blended families, forgiveness and crisis pregnancy. She is also certified as a Prepare-Enrich administrator.

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 Family Systems theories as well as Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused counseling theories.

Aside from counseling, Miriam spends her days elbow deep in dress up, books, glitter and trucks with her two daughters and son. When she manages to get away for a few hours, she loves to explore the city with her husband. She enjoys hanging out with friends, going for a run, watching old black and white movies and playing in the worship band at church.