CLINICAL and Activity VOLUNTEERS

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

Vivian M. Rodríguez Archilla, PHD

Vivian is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 8 years of experience in private practice at the Center for Mind+Body Health, PLLC. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Vivian specializes in helping adults with various concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, sleep problems, pain, interpersonal conflict, and those who have difficulty coping and adjusting to a chronic illness, such as cancer. She uses evidence-based (informed by research) cognitive and behavioral techniques to improve her clients' mood and well-being. She is originally from Puerto Rico and is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Jose Bonilla, LCSW

Kelli Block

Tim Breedlove, MEd, MA, Resident Counselor

Tim has over thirty-five years of designing and managing programs that provide educational, residential, and behavioral-counseling. He received Masters degrees in Special Education and Counseling, as well as a Ph.D. from Liberty University. Over the years he has dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, as seen through his work in Special Education at various schools in central Virginia. Tim has experience with a diverse groups and a passion for helping those with disabling conditions and their families in reaching personal goals.

Linda Capacchione, LPC, CYT

Linda has over twenty years of experience in professional counseling. She received her Masters from Trinity College in Washington D.C. and has been working in various counseling positions ever since, including school guidance counseling, clinical therapy, and in a private psychotherapy practice. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an emphasis on working with nature and art therapy. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville Board of Directors. Additionally, she has a passion for art and yoga.

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.

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

EMILY LEWIs, LCSW

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. 

Rebecca Mani, LCSW

Rebecca has worked as a mental health therapist for 20 years in a variety of settings including community mental health, private practice, and in medical clinics. She specializes in treating trauma, depression and anxiety.  She is trained in EMDR and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and finds both modalities can bring about healing in the mind and the body.  She finds joy and satisfaction in assisting individuals in moving out of distress and finding a greater sense of control in their lives.

Dana Morrissey, MSW, MPH

Dana has a master’s degree in clinical social work and public health from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from UVA. Dana worked in the nonprofit sector for almost 10 years before returning to graduate school, and is now thrilled to be starting her second career in direct client services. She has experience working with clients and caregivers facing challenges related to aging, serious illness and illness survivorship -- particularly with younger adults. In her clinical work, she integrates a variety of treatment modalities, including family systems, psychodynamic theory, motivational interviewing and mindfulness.

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.

Tim Rambo, PhD, LPC

Tim helps individuals find and maintain desired change by increasing understanding and awareness of their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and how they interact. He teaches practical coping skills and guides clients in decreasing current distress related to past experiences. With a mindfulness and strength-based approach, one technique he offers, as needed, is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). He has been a licensed professional counselor since 1997.

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 (www.aedpinstitute.org). Wendy received her counseling degrees from the University of Virginia. Her website is www.charlottesvillecounseling.net.


ACTIVITY & Clinical Training VOLUNTEERS

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: terrycoffey@embarqmail.com  website: www.terrycoffey.com

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

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Elizabeth Smiley, PhD, LPC

Elizabeth Smiley, PhD, LPC, has been working in private practice in Charlottesville since 1998. She received her doctorate at UVA and now practices primarily from an IFS perspective. Smiley taught the IFS model of psychotherapy to our clinical team in the summer of 2016. Since then, she has been volunteering monthly to provide clinical consultation to therapists incorporating this modality into their practice at The Women’s Initiative.

George Worthington, Knitting Group leader

George holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. While completing his graduate degree he was inspired by a friend who knitted constantly to learn how to stitch, mainly as a way to reduce stress but also in hopes of creating some wearable pieces at the same time.  A few years have passed, and knitting remains a passion that he loves to share with others, especially now that he has become skilled.  George loves a challenge - the more complicated a pattern is, the better!  George is originally from Charlottesville, and recently returned to look after the family farm after living in Europe, Asia and Australia for many years.