Here we GROW Again! We have grown and now have a team of over 20 mental health care professionals (Click RPS Staff) to meet all of our administrative and clinical team members. Want to join us? RPS has ongoing hiring of licensed mental health professionals, operations, and administrative opportunities. Submit your cover letter and resumes to Jora at email@example.com.
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Michelle Howard is a License Eligible Counselor with Rawles Psychological Services. Dr. Rawles serves as her clinical supervisor. Ms. Howard received her Master of Arts, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CACREP accredited program.
Ms. Howard conducts individual and group therapy with youth and adults at Rawles Psychological Services. Ms. Howard completed her Master’s internship at Christian Psychotherapy. During this internship, Ms. Howard provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults, presenting with a variety of mental health issues such as: attention-deficit hyperactivity, depression, bipolar, dysthymic, anxiety, cognitive, schizoaffective, and borderline personality.
Prior to pursuing a Master’s degree, Ms. Howard worked many years in financial departments of corporate settings.
Ms. Michelle Howard MA
Cynthia (Cathy) Clay is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Cynthia conducts individual and group therapy with youth and adults. She also serves as the Practice Director for Rawles Psychological Services. Cynthia has obtained her certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), which is the national licensing credential for the counseling profession
Cynthia received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CACREP accredited program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Arcadia University. During her time at Arcadia University, Cynthia lived and studied abroad in Sicily, completing her thesis on the immigration challenges facing the nation of Italy and the EU, with an emphasis on unaccompanied minors. This experienced inspired Cynthia’s interest and passion for serving and advocating for vulnerable communities and individuals impacted by trauma. It also provided Cynthia with a global, multicultural perspective, which continues to inform her work as a counselor.
Cynthia is passionate about helping youth and young adults heal from various traumas and life challenges. Out of this passion, Cynthia founded the Next Generation Youth Empowerment Group for young men and women ages 7-17. Also, Cynthia served from 2014-2017 as a Court Advocate Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for Virginia Beach.
Currently, Cynthia is pursuing her Ph.D. in Transformative Social Change to further her understanding of capacity building, advocacy, and social justice and its relevancy to helping vulnerable communities.
Before pursuing a Master’s degree in counseling, Cynthia worked many years in corporate America for one of the major insurance companies in the United States. This experience provided Cynthia with the leadership and management skills that she continues to utilize in her counseling career and advocacy work.
Ms. Cathy Clay, MA, NCC, LPC
Elissa Jarvis, PsyD, LCP, CCTP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Rawles & Associates, PLC.
Dr. Elissa Jarvis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University, and she received her Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Regent University. Dr. Jarvis completed her dissertation on the practice of cultural humility in therapy, and she is passionate about providing culturally sensitive services to individuals who often fall through the cracks of mental health care. Dr. Jarvis also serves on the pastoral care team at a local church.
Dr. Jarvis has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including a correctional facility, a group practice, and a Christian-based outpatient clinic. She also completed an APA-accredited internship at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. Dr. Jarvis is especially interested in serving adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. She has experience with providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She also offers treatment that is informed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Dr. Jarvis takes an interpersonal approach to treatment, with a special focus on individualized care that is based on research. She also offers trauma-informed and spiritually-integrated services.
Dr. Elissa Jarvis, PsyD, LCP, CCTP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Ms. Gardner is the Educational Consultant with Rawles Psychological Services. Ms. Gardner has nearly 40 years of experience in teaching students with disabilities and the provision of instructional and compliance support governing special education services. Ms. Gardner earned her doctorate degree in special education from Regent University.
Ms. Gardner has held a variety of positions in the special education departments of both Norfolk and Virginia Beach City Public school systems including Teacher of the Emotionally Disabled, Itinerant Teacher of the Emotionally Disabled/Student(s) with Autism, Building Program Specialist, Instructional Teacher Specialist, and Special Education Coordinator.
Ms. Sharon Gardner, EdD
“…in order to be a good therapist, you need to be a good listener.” (Michael Johnson)
Mr. Michael Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Rawles Psychological Services. A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Johnson served 22 years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Norfolk State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling at Regent University. Mr. Johnson is happily married to his wife of 36 years and they have 3 children.
Mr. Johnson has over eight years of counseling experience as an intensive in-home counselor and mental health skill builder working with adults with severe mental health diagnosis. He has served as a parenting coach for 3 years and over five years delivering church-based pre-marital counseling through his church. Mr. Johnson served as Director of the Healing for the Soul Counseling ministry, where he developed the ministry from the ground up.
Mr. Johnson is an ordained minister and serves as an Associate Minister at Tabernacle Worship Center in Virginia Beach. He has been in ministry since 1984, serving in the Baptist church.
He has served as Youth Pastor for eight years and Lead Teacher for Sunday School. He assists his pastor in teaching our ministers-in-training in classes designed to prepare them to be ministers of the gospel.
Mr. Michael Johnson, LPC
As a Special Education Teacher/Department Chairperson with Portsmouth Public Schools, Dr. Suggs has devoted over 25 years to the public-school system as both a leader and supervisor and she possesses a wealth of skills, knowledge, and principles of education. Her community engagement spans several agencies as a License Eligible Mental Health Professional (LMHP) where she provides mental health support services to at-risk children and their families.
Since 2014, Dr. Suggs has been an adjunct professor with Averett University. She has been instrumental in developing and writing education several courses for their Education Program. Dr. Suggs has taught several courses in the department and participated in scoring the Comprehensive Special Education Exam.
In 2013 the Portsmouth City Council appointed Dr. Suggs to serve on the TCC College Board. She serves on the Curriculum and Student Development Committee and her knowledge of curriculum and instructional strategies served the committee well. Dr. Suggs served on the board for several years until resigning to care for her elderly mother.
Dr. Laura L. Suggs
Sarah Willis, MA – Certified Substance Abuse Counselor/Resident in Counseling
Ms. Willis is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and Resident in Counseling. Ms. Willis earned her Master of Science in Counseling from Old Dominion University and her Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Ms. Willis has over 10 years of experience with providing community mental health services for adults and children with severe mental illness. She also works as a supervisor and trainer for in-home counselors. Ms. Willis is passionate about providing quality services for vulnerable populations and empowering individuals with severe mental illness to make their own healthcare decisions and gain independence.
Ms. Sarah Willis, MA ,CSAC
Sanford Martin, EdD, LCP, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified in Psychological Testing. He is an ordained pastor and has pastored and served in several churches over many years throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern, North Carolina.
Dr. Martin received his Doctorate degree in Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he was also trained in psychological and neuropsychological testing and did his seminary studies at the Liberty University Seminary. He has worked in various mental health specialties for over 40 years and was licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Professional Counselor in 1993.
Dr. Martin has specialized in therapy services regarding marital counseling, co-dependency, military issues, PTSD, and with victims of all forms of childhood abuse. He also specializes in Neuropsychological, ADHD/Autism and Mood Disorder related psychological testing with both children and adults. He primarily engages in providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and when desired incorporates a Christian component including Theophostic/ Transformational Prayer Ministry for anyone desiring Christian-oriented counseling. He has served as pastor of several churches over the years and also provides church health staff and congregational support/coaching, as well as conducting church-based marriage retreats.
Specialty Issues: Marital Issues, Co-Dependency, Sexual Abuse, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Abuse Recovery Issues, Spouse Abuse, Men’s Issues, Sexual Addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Terminal Illness, Grief and Loss, Depression, Autism, ADHD, Chronic Illness/Pain Disorders, Panic Disorders, Military Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Sexual Disorders, Learning Disabilities/Developmental Disorders, Academic Testing, Head Trauma and Strokes, Neuropsychological Disorders, Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM)
Dr. Sanford Martin,
Licensed Professional Counselor LCP
I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and individuals seeking to fulfill their personal goals. My goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment to support healing, encouragement, and growth.
Everyone has unique strengths that can we can build upon to handle challenging life circumstances such as depression, anxiety, trauma/loss, anger, and sexual violence. I value the relationship connections developed through the counseling process and I am passionate about empowering my clients to identify and build upon their strengths to reach their fullest potential.
I am a Resident in Counseling, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor that enjoys using a Person-Centered approach with other evidence-based therapeutic techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques to meet my clients’ needs.
I also have experience working with adolescents/teens, college students, and adults in both individual, group, and family settings. Sometimes in life we may experience pain and challenges that are too difficult to navigate alone.
I am an empathetic listener committed to understanding my clients’ needs and building a strong relationship so that we can collaboratively work together to bring clarity, healing, and growth. No issue is too big or too small to discuss.
Ms. Ashley Tennyson, CCMHC
Dr. Farrow earned his Bachelor of Science in General Psychology from the University of Mount Olive and received a Master of Arts degree in Community/Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University. Dr. Farrow completed his second Master of Arts and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University where he studied under the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Track. Dr. Farrow’s dissertation addressed Perceived Racism and Africultural Coping Styles as a Moderator for Psychological Distress Outcomes Among Young African American Men and Women.
Dr. Farrow trained in Clinical Psychology at a private practice in Virginia Beach and Norfolk Virginia where he developed skills in psychological and neuro-forensic evaluations, and various forms of therapy (i.e., REBT, ACT, Existential, and Psychodynamic to name a few). Dr. Farrow completed his pre-doctoral internship at Keene State College, in Keene New Hampshire. Dr. Farrow later graduated from Princeton University with a fellowship diploma in Clinical Psychology where he participated in leading small group lectures on racism and cultural-specific coping, college mental health, and other related factors.
Dr. Farrow's clinical and research interests include areas such as: social justice, social influences on health, racial trauma, cultural-specific stress and cultural specific coping to race-related issues, college student’s mental health, African American men’s issues (including depression and anxiety), neuropsychology with an interest in concussions (including post-concussive syndrome and athletes’ mental health) and other neuropsychological disorders, spiritual and religious concerns related to mental illness and psychotherapy, stress management and sleeping disorders. Dr. Farrow was a former professor of undergraduate psychology and nursing at several universities in Virginia Beach.
Dr. Farrow has served on a psychology committee to develop course curriculum, spoke on panel discussions, guess lectured at different educational institutions, held the position of lead faculty chair the health sciences department, and held a position on the board of trustees at a university in Santa Barbara California.
Daryl L. Farrow, Ph.D.
Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Old Dominion University and her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
She has spent the last 21 years of her professional career as both an educator in the public school system and qualified mental health professional. As a teacher and mental health provider, Kimberly has provided educational services and mental health support for a multitude of at-risk youth and their families.
Kimberly provides clinical supervision for intensive in home counselors and conducts professional development for counselors and teachers in areas related to social and emotional intelligence and cognitive behavioral techniques. Kimberly is motivated by a desire to provide quality services. She prides herself in her relatability and empathic approach to individual therapy sessions.
Using a client centered approach, Kimberly tailors sessions to the client’s individual needs. She seeks to support clients with setting realistic goals while inspiring an optimistic outlook to help clients develop an increased sense of confidence and a positive attitude towards life’s challenging moments.
Kimberly offers services to individuals of all ages including children, adolescents, and adults. Her experience as a secondary educator and intensive in home counselor has provided numerous years of experience working with adolescents and young adults.
Ms. Kimberly N. Norfleet
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Angelina Guanzon, MD Psychiatrist
Ashley Dyer is a License Eligible Counselor with Rawles Psychological Services since March 2021. Dr. Sanford Martin, EdD, LPC Serves as her clinical supervisor. Ashley received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University, a CACREP accredited program, in 2019. She completed her graduate practicum and internship at Christian Psychotherapy Services. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2005.
Ashley conducts individual therapy with youth beginning at age 6 and adults at Rawles Psychological Services. She has experience providing individual therapy and administering psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health concerns such as autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and trauma.
Prior to earning her master’s degree, Ashley worked in social work with homeless and at-risk populations within the non-profit sector. She also has over 10 years of experience working in school settings. Her previous experience has fueled her passion for helping others by meeting people where they are.
Ashley Dyer, M.A. – Resident in Counseling
Dr. Cornell Jones is a Doctoral of Clinical Psychology. He works under the supervision of Dr. Jarvis and Dr. Rawles. Dr. Jones conducts individual outpatient therapy and psychological evaluations for both youth and adults. Dr. Jones completed his dissertation on Theoretical Applications of Executive Behavioral Control and Emotional Distress Amongst At-Risk Youth.
Dr. Jones has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including the juvenile justice system, and community mental health. Dr. Jones served in the Unit States Navy for 8 years. Dr. Jones is interested in serving children and adults with depression, ADHD, posttraumatic, and mood disorders. Dr. Jones also services those of the LGBT and military community.
Dr. Jones has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-centered therapy, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). In addition to offering psychotherapy services, Dr. Jones conducts psychological evaluations to clarify diagnoses and determine appropriate treatment recommendations.
Dr. Cornell Jones
Doctoral of Clinical Psychology
Darice Davis is passionate about improving the psychological well-being of marginalized populations. Clinically, Darice takes a multiculturally sensitive approach and strives to demonstrate a person-centered approach with clients. Darice highly values relating in effective and meaningful ways with others. The road to improving the psychological well-being of marginalized and underserved populations requires flexibility, a strength Darice possesses. This flexibility also easily manifests when adjusting treatment goals and approaches to best meet the needs of her clients. This has been particularly beneficial in crisis and trauma-related care.
Darice aims to provide care that demonstrates ethics and cultural humility. She desires to provide a space in treatment that encourages and acknowledges clients’ individual experiences. Darice utilizes her relational and culturally sensitive skills while demonstrating evidence-based treatments.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Regent University. Darice is completing her doctoral internship with the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and graduates in August 2023 with her doctorate in clinical psychology from Regent University. Darice’s dissertation addresses Perceived Discrimination, Race-Related Stress, and Attitudes Toward Police among African Americans.
Darice Davis, M.A
Margaret Scott is a practicing board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a long history of working as a Registered Nurse for over twenty-five years. The primary focus of her care has been neonatal, pediatric, and adolescent patients as well as their families in various settings. While exploring the many specialty areas there are in nursing, she became interested in mental health.
Though pediatrics has been her preferred specialty, she holds an affinity for caring for teenagers and assisting them through the unique challenges they face as they approach adulthood. With increasing academic, athletic, and social pressures resulting in increased anxiety, depression, and impaired self-concepts, the desire is to teach teens effective coping mechanisms that will last a lifetime.
Margaret utilizes talk therapy, cognitive restructuring, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology as well as any other therapies that will benefit the emotional and mental needs of the patients she serves. There is always collaboration amongst providers to provide the best care for all patients.
Margaret strives to provide flexibility, insight, and empathy to all patients. The goal is for all patients to feel valued, empowered, and successful in solving problems as they arise to eliminate disruption in the daily routines associated with life.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner