Counselors

Meet the Counselors of Family Service. Our caring professionals are available to provide traditional and/or innovative approaches to meet your needs. Specialties may include play therapy, faith-integrated services, group therapy and more.

If looking to receive services from one of our counselors, please contact Intake at 540-795-4653.

Sterling L. McLaughlin

Counselor

Specialties:

  • Healthy Relationships group therapy
  • Anger Management group therapy
  • Survivors Group at Turning Point

I facilitate and co-facilitate groups of domestic abusers, survivors of abuse, anger management clientele and veterans. My primary focus is in working with adult males who perpetrate abuse in their intimate relationships, assisting them in developing healthy alternatives to violent and controlling behaviors.  In addition, I work with survivors, assisting with issues related to self-sufficiency and independence as they transition from an abusive environment.

Jane B. Hurt, LCSW
Counselor

Specialties:

  • Older adults
  • Office, home, or care facility
  • Challenges of later years
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Challenges related to being physically disabled
  • Grief/loss

I have been a therapist at Family Service since 1976 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1981. I also served as a social worker at Roanoke City Social Services and Portsmouth Social Services. I am a gerontology-specialist and work primarily with older adults. My counseling modalities include supportive psychotherapy, insight-oriented, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, reality-based, and strength based.

Avery Flory, DMin, LPC
Counselor

Specialties:

  • Adults, couples and families
  • Depression
  • Faith Integration
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Divorce/Affair recovery
  • Sexual abuse

I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) and am certified in EMDR. Since 2000, I have provided counseling services for adults, couples, families and adolescents. My desire is to meet the needs of my clients within a caring, relational environment. My hope is that each person gains greater insight into both one’s head and heart.

Sarah Harig, LPC
Clinical Program Manager, Registered Play Therapist

Specialties:

  • Children, Adolescents and Families
  • Play Therapy
  • Attachment-Focused Parenting Techniques
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Adjustment to Life Transitions
  • LGBTQ+
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Expressive Arts Interventions
  • Grief/Loss

I believe that all clients have a well of resources within them that need only to be tapped into. With the assistance of a caring professional who provides a safe nurturing environment, I believe all clients can achieve their goals using the strengths they already possess. I approach my work with children, adolescents, and families from an attachment, client-centered, and relational perspective. I draw upon various treatment modalities to help my clients explore their inner worlds in order to gain insight, develop adaptive coping strategies, and heal from life experiences from the inside-out. My prior work experience includes working with children and families in a variety of settings to include school-based therapy, intensive in-home counseling, and family therapy in the community setting. My internships involved working as a grief counselor for a hospice facility and as a clinician with students in the school setting. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and families dealing with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns. I am a Registered Play Therapist and am a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Virginia Counselors Association.

 

Donna Hatchett, LCSW

Counselor

Specialties:

  • Adults and Older Adults
  • Veteran Population
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment to Life Transitions
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

I have an MSW degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have been licensed since 1994. I have worked in a variety of public and private agencies prior to my current full-time employment working with veterans and families at Salem VAMC. I’m also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Lauren Botello, MA

Resident in Counseling

Specialties:

  • Children, Adolescents and families
  • Play Therapy
  • Attachment-focused parenting techniques
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment to life transitions

I believe counseling is an agent to help individuals discover and further develop the strengths they already possess to help them through their current season in life. I strive to create a safe and caring environment for individuals to recognize their strengths, discover hope, and begin healing. My experience includes individual and family counseling, co-facilitating prevention base programs for children and teens, community counseling, and therapeutic day treatment.

Joseph Wall, MA

Resident in Counseling; Resident in Marriage and Family Counseling
Board Certified Counselor (National Certified Counselor)
Prepare/Enrich Certified for Couples Counseling

Specialties:

  • Marriage/ Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Adult/Child Attachment Based Counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Adjustment to Life Transitions
  • Young Adults

I believe everyone is doing the best they can, and life at times gets in the way of our best lives causing  struggles that are not avoidable and need to be worked through.  I believe that how we attach to our safe people and safe places from childhood affects how we are able to cope and regulate our emotional state in  life throughout our lifespan.  When people of any age feel as if they have a lack of stability and security in their lives, the ability to optimally function is inhibited, and people therefore cannot regulate themselves, and often benefit from working with professionals to re-regulate. I strive to help adolescents, couples, and families find safe people and places in their lives to build a secure base of trust, safety, and  hope in healthy relationships with others.  My experience is in Marriage and Family Counseling, Individual Outpatient Counseling, School Based Outpatient Counseling, Community Based Counseling, Therapeutic Day Treatment in schools (Elementary through High School) , and in Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction.

Melody Harrison, LPC, CSAC

Counselor

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” Shannon L. Alder

Specialties:

  • Adults                      
  • Addictions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Skills
  • Adjustment to Life Transitions

We all face times when we can benefit from counseling and guidance to help us navigate life’s challenges and to make decisions about our life’s direction.  Often just talking with an objective listening person is the beginning of realizing the positive changes we seek.  I work collaboratively with clients to help them set personal goals and to find internal and external resources for reaching those goals.  Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and gain coping skills during challenging times in life.