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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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David Guion, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Deborah Mazzarella, Psy.D., ABPP, Director of Psychology & Counseling Services

I am Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. I have specialized experience in severe and persistent mental illness, geropsychology, critical incident stress debriefing, recovery education and training, HIV/AIDS counseling, PTSD, and forensic psychology. I gained experience related to military issues while serving in the U.S. Navy. In a therapeutic setting, I employ a person-centered approach based on trust and respect, and guided by the client. I practice the principles of hope, empowerment, and self-determination.

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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.

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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.

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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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