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.

 

Jennifer Amateis, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Specialties:

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

My experience includes providing individual and family counseling as an Intensive In-home Clinician, mental health supports with adults, case management for children with Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention service coordination. I’m currently working towards becoming a registered play therapist.

Emily DeCarlo, LCSW
Program Manager

Specialties:

  • Children and families
  • Complex trauma
  • Sexual/domestic violence
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family systems
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-harm

I have 10 years’ experience working with women and children with complex trauma including chronic homelessness, domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect and mental health diagnoses. I worked in Washington, DC after grad school in outpatient mental health, and then worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence when moved to Richmond in 2012. After two years, moved from direct service to client services director and provided program management to Project Hope (domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention services) and Healthy Families (child abuse and neglect prevention program utilizing a home-visiting model).

 

Sterling L. McLaughlin

Program Manager

Specialties:

  • Domestic Violence Offender’s Intervention 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.

 

Bob Gose, LCSW
Counselor

Specialties:

  • Older adults
  • Office, home, or care facility
  • Challenges of later years
  • Veteran Population
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss

Prior to working at Family Service, I worked for the Bureau of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Salem for 36 years. For the greatest length of that time, I worked in the Residential Care Program and also in psychiatric services and the outpatient nursing home program. I also was employed as a psychotherapist at Total Life Counseling Inc. in Roanoke and Edgemeade of Virginia in Rocky Mount over the years. I am a gerontology-specialist and work primarily with older adults. In my career, I have interviewed terminally ill patients to facilitate their handling of grief issues related to their illnesses, organized family group programs and facilitated discharge placement of patients to families’ homes and/or referral to care facilities.

 

Sereina Paynter, LCSW
Counselor

Specialties:

  • Adolescents, adults, and families
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Communication and family issues
  • Grief/loss

I have worked with emotionally disturbed youth and families for twenty-five years. I have experience with home-based services; therapeutic day treatment and case management. I have experience with the pre-school through adolescent populations. I have experience doing parent support group for parents and guardians of youth with brain disorders. I have experience as a graduate instructor in social work at Radford University and Mary Baldwin College. I also have experience as a preschool and elementary teacher.

 

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.). 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, MS
Resident in Counseling

Specialties:

  • Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Play Therapy
  • Attachment-Focused Parenting Techniques
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss

I believe people are resilient and that, with support from a caring professional, said people can begin to heal and live a meaningful and fulfilling life. It is an honor to provide support, encouragement, compassion and unconditional positive regard while guiding people in finding their inner resources and true selves. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, families, and older adults dealing with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns. My prior experience includes providing school-based therapy, therapeutic day treatment, individual and family counseling as an Intensive In-Home Clinician and individual, family, and couples counseling as a Family Centered Therapist. My internships involved working as a grief counselor for a hospice facility and as a clinician with students in the school setting.

 

Ariana Hart, MSW
Supervisee in Social Work

Specialties:

  • Children, Adolescents, Families, Adults and Older Adults
  • Play Therapy
  • Attachment-Focused Parenting Techniques
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood and Complex Trauma
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation

My goal as a counselor is to empower and bring hope to the most vulnerable: victims of trauma, those hurting from grief, and those who are experiencing mental health and life disruption. My prior professional experience includes providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and their families through therapeutic day treatment. My internship experiences include therapeutic day treatment, Adult Protective Services: Investigation, and supervised visitation for victims of domestic violence.

 

Hannah Hopkins, MSW

Supervisee in Social Work

Specialties:

  • Children, adolescents and families
  • Play Therapy
  • Attachment-Focused Parenting Techniques
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment to Life Transitions
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

I believe in a strengths-based, client-centered approach to therapy across the lifespan. With the guidance of an empathic, supportive clinician, I believe clients can develop skills to more effectively use the internal resources and strengths that reside within them. Prior to becoming a full-time clinician, I worked as a graduate-level intern in the Counseling Department working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Additionally, I worked as a part-time Youth Development Specialist with the Teen Outreach, Positive Action, and Community Counseling programs in the Youth Development Department, where I worked with children and teens in school-based and after-school program settings. During this work, I strengthened my passion for working with clients of all ages to guide their progress through life’s challenges. I am currently a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

 

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.

 

Heather Hamed-Moore, MA

Resident in Counseling

Specialties:

  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families and Older Adults
  • Play Therapy
  • Childhood and Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Modification
  • Coping Skills
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

I believe that all people have the ability within them to heal and thrive and that my work as a counselor is to help people unlock their potential. My prior experience includes intensive in-home counseling, community-based counseling, therapeutic day treatment, school-based counseling, group counseling, and individual and family counseling. My