JFS Counselors

Meet Our Professionals

To schedule an appointment with a JFS counselor, call 804-282-5644, ext. 239.


JFS Counseling Staff

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Melissa Bunce, LCSW

My passion is working with children and their families in times of family instability and crisis. Utilizing solution-focused techniques, family systems theories, and a strengths perspective, I strive to help my clients work through their presenting issues and reach a place of calm and control.


Jessica Carty, LCSW, Counselor

I facilitate a support group called “Meeting the Parenting Challenge” for parents who have adopted. I work with clients to help them reach their parenting and family goals. In addition, I work with pregnant women as well as clients who have grief and loss issues surrounding infertility. I enjoy working with families, couples, and children, with a special focus on relationships.


Syreeta Chapman, LCSW, Counselor

I work with children, adolescents and their families through interactive activities allowing them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. I utilize play therapy techniques to communicate with children and their families, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges and to help them towards better social integration, growth and development. I am experienced in the areas of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), oppositional and defiant behavior, anger, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Sydney Fleischer, JFS Jewish Family Services Richmond Virginia

Sydney Fleischer, Ph.D., LCSW, COO, Home Care Administrator

As the Chief Operating Officer at JFS, my work is primarily program administration and development. I also provide limited consultations, assessments and counseling. I practice from a solution-focused perspective with people of all ages.


Ellen Glass, LCSW, Counselor

I work with individuals, couples and families, using a multi-theoretical approach, depending on the different types of personal difficulty and the uniqueness of each client and their situation. My focus is on the client-therapist relationship where I provide a safe environment of mutuality, respect, and acceptance. I assist clients in identifying and utilizing their strengths, and I believe each client has the ability to grow and reach his or her full potential.


David Guion, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services

I am a licensed clinical psychologist.  I work with a broad range of ages and concerns including  anxiety and depression, men’s and gender issues, relationship difficulties, career/vocational issues, and trauma. I also have specialized experience with substance abuse. In therapy I encourage a collaborative, transparent, and empathic environment. I use an integrative theoretical approach based on your situation, with an emphasis on interpersonal theory, and I draw from humanistic, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. I also conduct assessments for intellectual disability and more general mental health disability determinations.


Phyllis McCafferty, LCSW, Senior Clinician

I work with a diverse range of people, concerns, and issues. In particular I have specialized in working with persons with brain disorders/mental illnesses and with their family members helping to build affirming recovery programs. My goal is to use a therapeutic path that moves my client toward health and healing as quickly as possible. One underlying theme with all people is “to look for health and build on it.” I primarily work with adults, focusing on individual issues and couples/relationship issues. I also teach stress management workshops at JFS and for businesses.


Bracha Poliakoff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I strive to create a non-judgmental and safe environment where my clients feel comfortable talking about what is important to them. I believe in a personalized approach to therapy and draw from a number of therapeutic approaches, including interpersonal, supportive, and cognitive-behavioral, in creating a therapeutic approach that will address the unique needs and personality of the individual I am working with. I am also available to conduct psychological assessments with children, adults, and seniors.


Zena Tulchinsky, LCSW, Counselor

I work with adult individuals and couples.  I believe that talking with a therapist who has an accepting, empathic, and nonjudgmental approach is healing, and I work hard to build caring, intimate therapeutic relationships. I am an attentive, compassionate and sensitive therapist. I believe that therapy should help people to enhance their relationships with others.   I came to this county from Russia and understand, firsthand, the adjustment issues faced by immigrants. I am bilingual in English and Russian.

Contact: Cheryl Johnson

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about JFS Counseling, contact Cheryl Johnson, Client Intake Coordinator at cjohnson@jfsrichmond.org or call 804-282-5644, ext. 239.

Alternatively, you may fill out the form below.


Important Forms:   General Intake Form   •   Welcome Letter   •   Client Service Agreement   •   HIPAA Notice   •   Client Information Sheet

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