douglas M. Thorpe, Ph.d.,m.div

executive director & director of clinical service


  • Past President of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling

  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Certified Gottman Method Couples Counselor

  • Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, B.A. North Park College

  • Evangelical Covenant Church Minister

  • Enjoys singing, cycling, travel


Sudie Summers Althisar, M.S.

MFT in Residence


  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Capella University, B.A., University of South Carolina

  • Certified Spiritual Director, The Haden Institute

  • Retired elementary educator

  • Specializes in couples, families, adolescents, children and individuals, and spiritual direction

  • Enjoys gardening, the beach and spending time with her family and dogs


charles f. bates, m.div.

  • Certified Pastoral Counselor, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • Working toward Licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia

  • Ordained elder and clergy mentor in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church

  • Superintendent, Rappahannock River District, Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church

  • M.S. Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University of Maryland; M.Div. Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, B.A. Religious Studies, VCU, B.S. College of West Africa (Liberia), working on a Ph.D. Capella University


christopher c. bowers, m.div, csac

substance abuse specialiST

  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

  • Adolescent Specialist Endorsement

  • M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.S. University of Maryland

  • Baptist Minister

  • Enjoys photography and astronomy

donald d. denton, jr., d.min.

coordinator of assessments and publications, privacy officer

  • Director of Education

  • Coordinator, Assessments and Publications

  • Certified Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • Licensed Professional counselor

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • D.Min. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, M.Div. McCormick Theological Seminary, B.A. Trinity College

  • Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Presbyterian Minister

  • Author, Naming the Pain and Guiding the Care: the Central Tasks of Diagnosis, Religious Diagnosis in a Secular Society: A Staff for the Journey

  • Teaching Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance, University of Maryland University College

  • Enjoys outdoor activities, classical and bluegrass music, fitness and writing poetry

Kristin Long Francisco, M.Div., LCSW


  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counseling

  • Member of Postpartum Support Virginia's Professional Membership Program

  • M.S.W. Virginia Commonwealth University, M.Div. Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, B.A. College of William and Mary

  • Baptist Minister

  • Enjoys the outdoors



  • Priest- Western Rite Communities, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR)

  • Rector- Holy Trinity Parish, King William, VA

  • Former Military Chaplain

  • M.Div.- Nashotah House Seminary, 2001, M.A. Sacred Heart School of Theology, Systematic Theology, 2003, M.A. Liberty University, Professional Counseling, Projected 2019


mary fran hughes-mcintyre, d.min.

  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • D.Min. Union Theological Seminary, M.Div. Vanderbilt Divinity School, B.A. Wake Forest University

  • Religious Society of Friends Endorsement

  • Enjoys gardening, quilting, journaling and long walks in the woods

  • Gardening, stained glass, quilting, doing little things for people she cares about, and walks in the woods restore her soul.




  • Licensed Professional Counseling (L.P.C.) Resident

  • B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

  • M.A., Professional Counseling, Liberty University

  • Enjoys spending time with family, golfing, cooking, and going to the beach

w. victor maloy, d.min.

  • Certified Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • Certified, Approved Clinical Supervisor

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Certified, American Group Psychotherapy Association

  • D.Min Vanderbilt Divinity School, M.Div. Candler School of Theology Emory University, B.A. Florida State University

  • Ordained United Methodist Minister

  • Author, Reflections on the Journey and Night Musings

  • Enjoys traveling, jogging and finding homes for retired racing greyhounds


david r. mucha, m.div.

  • Certified Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • M.Div. Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, B.A. Randolph-Macon College

  • United Methodist Minister

  • Enjoys woodworking, handcrafts, golf and football tailgating

Peggy Newman, LCSW

  • B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in counseling from Bowie State University (focus on Adlerian psychology), and an M.S.W. from Norfolk State University

  • worked in Berlin, Germany for the Army Community Services and has worked closely with military families since that time

  • retired from the Community Services Board of Virginia Beach in 2011

  • previously worked for Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services in Norfolk, Va.

  • ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church (most recently in the Diocese of Southern Virginia)

  • counseling focus includes work with depression, anxiety, trauma history, crisis, hospice and substance abuse

  • works with couples, families (and children), and individuals

  • used EMDR technique in her practice for over ten years


Resident in Counseling

  • M.S. in Counseling, M.S. in Public Health

  • Specialization in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

  • Concentration in Equine-Assisted Mental Health/Certification in EAMH

  • EMDR trauma-focused therapy trained

paul w. simrell, m.div.


  • Certified Pastoral Counselor, AAPC

  • Pastor, Elpis Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • Graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary, completed advanced training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, and at the Children's Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas.

  • Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer (Prepare-Enrich is a relationship assessment and skills building program.)

  • Member of Spiritual Directors International.

  • Volunteer chaplain (20+ plus years) with the CJW Medical Center

  • Enjoys playing the piano and drawing


Meredith southwell, LSCW

L.C.S.W. Licensed clinical social worker


  • Completed pyschotherapy and spirituality residency program from Wake Forest Baptist Health, 2016.

  • M.S.W. North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University & The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013, JMSW program.

  • B.S., University of Mary Washington, 2009.

  • Trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and Prepare/Enrich (marriage and couples program)

  • Enjoys the beach, family and friends, jogging around Richmond, and listening to music.

larry wholley, m.div.

  • Certified Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors

  • M.Div. Andover Newton Theological School

  • United Church of Christ Minister

  • Enjoys pets, jogging, sports and history