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 with Rawles & Associates, PLC. 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 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. 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, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. She has experience with providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She also offers treatment that is informed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In addition to offering psychotherapy services, Dr. Jarvis conducts psychological evaluations to clarify diagnoses, determine appropriate recommendations, and provide education about mental health recovery.
Dr. Elissa Jarvis, PsyD, LCP, CCTP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Ms. Gardner is the Education Consultant with Rawles Psychological Services. Ms. Gardner has over 30 years of experience in special education.
Ms. Gardner has held a variety of positions in special education departments of Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems including Teacher of the Emotionally Disabled, Itinerant Teacher of the Emotionally Disabled Autistic Student, Building Program Specialist, Instructional Teacher Specialist, and Special Education Coordinator.
Ms. Gardner is presently enrolled in the Special Education, doctoral program at Regent University.
Ms. Sharon Gardner, EdS, MS
“…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 obtained 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 with a focus on CBT and neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Farrow 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/Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Farrow clinical interests include areas such as: social justice, social influences on health, couples, racial trauma, college student’s mental health, African American men’s issues (including depression and anxiety), cultural-specific stress and cultural specific coping, 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 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.
Lacey Farrow has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Lacey is currently a Virginia Resident-in-Counseling. She specializes in substance use, PTSD, general anxiety, social phobia, grief and loss, psychological assessment, tobacco cessation assessment and coaching, and group psychoeducation among other areas. Lacey is also a culturally and spiritually aware practitioner.
Adult, adolescent, and child therapy clients are welcome to work with her. She believes in motivating all her clients to identify their value, strengths, victories, and areas for further development through behavioral (REBT) and experiential emotion focused therapy (EFT). Lacey enjoys working collaboratively with clients and serves as an advocate for those clients.
Lastly, she is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Psychology with a focus on Consulting. Lacey’s training gives her the knowledge to provide leadership/executive coaching, training and development, and psychological assessment to individuals, teams, and organizations.
Ms. Lacey Farrow
Charita Selden has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Liberty University in Psychology and Professional Counseling, respectively.
Ms. Selden obtained a great deal of experience working with children with varying mental health diagnoses during her employment as a mental health technician at a residential treatment facility. She has worked with clients in both community based mental health and outpatient settings and works with adults, children, and adolescents.
Ms. Selden has a passion for and understanding of the mental health issues that may arise at any time and offers compassionate and nonjudgmental therapy to support those needs.
Ms. Charita Selden
Licensed Professional Counselor
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
Genise Binns is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in Buffalo, New York graduating from Erie County Community College with an associate's degree in nursing at 25 years old. She has since logged over thirty years of experience in various areas of patient care.
In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Genise also has an outstanding academic background at Walden University. Having successfully navigated their nursing program, she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and she is currently studying for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Her love for nursing and healthcare eventually brought her to teaching. Genise spent ten years as a Nursing Educator, Nursing Program Specialist, and Academic Advisor for learning institutions such as ECPI University, the Norfolk Community Service Board, and Fortis College.
With this combination of clinical experience, education, and her specialty as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Genise can offer a personal approach to your Medication Management needs. She is confidently prepared to provide comprehensive and quality mental health care to diverse populations.
It is her belief that finding the right strategy is key to recovery and that there is no cookie-cutter solution. Genise is dedicated to helping you achieve the quality of life you have been searching for.
Genise Binns RN, BSN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
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Angelina Guanzon, MD Psychiatrist
Brittany Smith, RN, BSN, PMHNP-BC
Brittany is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric care for patients across the lifespan.
She has a Master’s in nursing from Walden University and a Bachelor’s in science and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Norfolk State University. After completing her education Brittany gained extensive experience as a Registered Nurse working in various local hospitals.
Additionally, she has served in various medical settings, including home health, inpatient medical surgical, inpatient mental health, public health nursing, inpatient detox, outpatient mental health, case management, and community mental health services through managed care organizations.
Two years ago, she began providing inpatient mental health caring for active-duty service members.
Brittany is very driven and has always had a passion for mental health and helping those in need. As a mental health Nurse Practitioner, Brittany understands that seeking mental health services is not easy, but she is open and empathetic to helping individuals regain control of their lives and to meet their personal goals by providing person-centered care.
Brittany is honored to be affiliated with the team at Rawles Psychological Services.
Brittany Smith, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner