The Women’s Initiative is an extraordinary place to volunteer. They offer a supportive environment, as well as excellent supervision and learning opportunities. I may be giving my time, but they give me so much more.
— TWI Clinical Volunteer

PRO BONO Therapists

Jose Bonilla, LCSW

Kelli Block

Bebe Heiner, LPC, Founder

Bebe has more than 20 years experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families.  She donates 100% of her time.  She has seen a wide range of clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse issues, and post traumatic stress disorder.  Her preferred modalities include long-term psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Britton Horne, MSW

Britton has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. While in graduate school, she completed clinical internships in school-based social work and child and adolescent psychiatry at Children's Hospital Colorado. She has experience doing home-based counseling with children and families in Colorado and Virginia. Britton uses a humanistic, person-centered approach and is passionate about working with women on empowerment and self-care.

Nealy Johnston, MS, PhD

Nealy Johnston is a licensed counselor with a specialization in depth-oriented, psychoanalytic work and trauma. Her focus is to increase client’s self-understanding and deepen insight into the emotional issues and conflicts that underlie present difficulties. This work explores unconscious thoughts and feelings, relational dynamics between therapist and patient and defensive processes that obstruct emotional awareness and issues related to sense of self and self-esteem.

Donna Kaiser, PhD

Donna is a licensed counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and board-certified art therapist with over 20 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy in a variety of settings. She has expertise in attachment-informed approaches to and is a certified practitioner of Mindfulness-based Art Therapy. Donna incorporates feminist principles into therapy and emphasizes the importance of collaboration between client and therapist in creating therapy goals.


Holly Kennedy, LPC

Holly Kennedy, LPC graduated from Boston College with a degree in Counseling Psychology, and obtained her license as a professional counselor in 2004. She began her career working with at-risk youth and families and then within the juvenile court system. Her roles have also included work as an Emergency Psychiatric Clinician in Boston and an Employee Assistance Program Coordinator at Walter Reed. She has been a pro bono therapist with The Women’s Initiative for five years and currently cofacilitates the Moms With Babies Discussion Group.


Emily has worked as a therapist for over 30 years, primarily with individual adults, and has strong crisis intervention experience. Her clinical orientation utilizes family systems, mind/body, insight approaches, as well as EMDR treatment modalities. She employs breathwork, hakomi, and Bowen Family Systems techniques. 

Christy Pagels, LPC, ATR-BC, CTT, NCC

Christy Pagels has over 10 years of experience as a counselor. She enjoys helping people make better sense of their world. She supports individuals in examining current situations and past experiences as the working on shaping their future. Her specialties are art therapy and trauma therapy. Art therapy is helpful as memories and emotions aren’t coded in words; this means it can be hard to use words to capture and communicate powerful experiences or feelings. It can even help those with no artistic skills to address issues. As a Certified Trauma Therapist, she aids individuals in processing past traumas using a visual method that can aid in getting trauma responses unstuck from one’s brain without re-experiencing the trauma.

Wendy Summer, LPC, NCC

Wendy Summer is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor who works with older teens, college students and adults of all ages. She brings nonjudgment, compassion and humor to her work as well as an appreciation for the unique abilities of each client. Wendy has a relational, wellness-based style and works with clients to tap into their own strength and inner wisdom. Her goal is to create a secure, supportive counseling relationship that allows for safe exploration of issues. Wendy is a mediator, former school counselor, and a former journalist. She incorporates AEDP, or Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, into her work ( Wendy received her counseling degrees from the University of Virginia. Her website is

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Maren Ward, LCSW

Maren has worked in the counseling field for over 20 years, spending the past 15 years focusing on crisis counseling and assessments. At The Women’s Initiative, Maren works to create a therapeutic connection between herself and the client that allows for a safe exploration of the client's challenges as well as current and past relationships while accessing and processing emotions to allow for relief, healing, insight and growth.

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Shannon Williams, LCSW

Over the past 13 years, Shannon has helped adults and children overcome challenges surrounding mental health and substance use. Since receiving her master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, she has worked as a social worker in a variety of roles, primarily within community mental health agencies. Shannon is driven by the belief that healthy changes are not only possible, but should be available to everyone.


Terry Coffey, Artist and Art curator

Terry is a calligrapher and painter from Charlottesville, Virginia, having earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida. Terry took on the study of calligraphy in the 1980’s, combining the practice with watercolor, gilding in karat gold and other techniques.  She is a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild and has also been an instructor in the art of calligraphy at Piedmont Virginia Community College as well as privately. Over the years, she has taught calligraphy both privately and at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  In recent years, she has expanded into the study and practice of oil painting and watercolor with the goal of connecting with the viewer through a dramatic sense of light and its interplay with color. Through a career as a therapist and social worker, in addition to being an artist, Terry volunteered for a time as a pro bono therapist with TWI.  As the pull to art took on greater proportions that volunteerism morphed into her current role with TWI as curator of primarily women’s art that graces the halls of the agency rotating each quarter. Terry maintains a studio at home and in downtown Charlottesville. Phone: 434-293-6583; e-mail:  website:

Katelyn Durkin, Facilitator of Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Katelyn Durkin is a lover of literature and writing. She is a doctoral student in English at the University of Virginia, where she teaches classes on essay writing and novels. Katelyn also enjoys hiking and walking dogs at Charlottesville SPCA.

Wendy M. Miller, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Career Coach