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Our Team

At Light Counseling, our integrated team of administrative and clinical professionals are here to support our clients on their therapy journey. Our team aims to develop authentic relationships and utilize research-based therapies to bring about healing in a safe and supportive environment through a professional, confidential, and distinctively Christian approach. We make it our purpose to walk alongside our clients or their loved one by providing the help they need to bring about changes that heal. We take pride in incorporating God’s truth in the helping process.

Licensed Clinicians

All licensed clinicians that work at Light Counseling are actively licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our licensed team includes Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologists (LCP), and a Psychiatrist.

Amy Feigel, MA, LPC

Amy Feigel, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

About Amy

Amy Feigel is a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor and former California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Amy received her pre and post-graduate education from Liberty University and has nearly 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families.

She has served as a Social Worker for Child Protective Services, a Group Facilitator working with sexual abuse survivors through Parents United International, a Mental Health Clinician providing outpatient counseling for at-risk youth, the Director of Member Care for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the Director of the Extraordinary Women organization and as a private practice therapist. Amy is currently employed full-time as a therapist at Light Counseling, part-time as an Adjunct Faculty Professor with Liberty University Online, and is also a Special Assistant to the President of the AACC.

As a past recipient of the Servant Leadership Award from the IBPPC, Amy has experience in conducting numerous workshops that provide local communities with mental health education, in-service psycho-education to teaching professionals, and continuing education training for members of the AACC on a variety of topics such as: eating disorders, teen suicide/cutting/self-injury/physical and sexual abuse/depression, anxiety/stress, women’s issues, social networking, and the online generation.

Daniel Sullivan, MA, LPC

Daniel Sullivan, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

About Dan

Daniel Sullivan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working in the Lynchburg, VA area since 1999.  Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, NC, and his master’s degree from Liberty University.  He also has 3 years of advanced training in Strategic Family Therapy and has experience dealing with a variety of individual issues including autism spectrum disorders. 

Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, he worked as a CPS investigator for NC. Dept. of Social Services and as a Production Trainer in a sheltered workshop for adults with a variety of disabilities.  Daniel is the father of 7 grown children and has been married for over 3 decades.  He enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, weight lifting, cycling; essentially most physical activities especially if outside.  Daniel is originally from New Jersey but decided to relocate South while attending college.

Doris Demato, Phd., LPC

Doris Demato, Phd., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

About Doris

Dr. Doris DeMato brings over twenty years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor to Light Counseling. She earned her doctoral degree in counseling from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

She has extensive experience working with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many of Dr. DeMato’s clients navigate feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, phase of life problems, interpersonal conflicts, and family of origin concerns that have become overwhelming and are impacting work and relationships. Together, she and her clients co-create practical strategies and coping skills that are tailored to each one’s life journey. Dr. DeMato works with adults of all ages across the life-span.

The first priority Dr. DeMato has in starting with new clients is to ensure that they feel safe, heard, and like an equal partner in the therapeutic process. As a seasoned telehealth provider, she also offers the convenience of remote sessions to help make therapy a core component of one’s self-care calendar. The therapeutic approach Dr. DeMato takes with her clients is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is a proven approach to changing thinking patterns and behaviors in a limited number of sessions.

An experienced clinician, Dr. DeMato also is a counselor educator. In a recent interview, she was invited to share her approach to treating women with anxiety that will be included in a video to accompany a college textbook. She also holds a Postgraduate Professional License in Virginia as a school counselor. Dr. DeMato has had articles published in both the Professional School Counseling journal and the Virginia Counselors journal. Some of her interests outside of work include visiting historical sites, watching archeological digs near where she lives, reading mystery novels and biographies, growing hydroponic herbs and vegetables, cooking, and walking. Dr. DeMato is very active in her church which has a homeless shelter, food program, and an emergency relief program.

Dr. DeMato believes that healing and growth occur within a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. Taking the first step to come for counseling is a step of strength and courage. Dr. DeMato looks forward to meeting you and working together to help you resolve whatever you may be facing in your life at this time.

Jonathan Durst, MA, LPC

Jonathan Durst, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

About Jon

Jonathan Durst has more than 20 years of experience as a people helper focusing on serving individuals, families, and organizations. He received his formal education from St. John’s University in Psychology and from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Pastoral Counseling.  He is currently licensed in New York as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) and in Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.).  Jonathan has served his local church as a youth and an associate pastor prior to his profession in counseling.  Early in his career, he had experiences working in several capacities of community mental healthcare in a wide variety of settings.  He developed his outpatient counseling experience working at EMERGE Ministries in Akron, Ohio.  Jonathan has since worked as a supervisor and clinical director, developed satellite counseling centers, partnered and consulted with churches and organizations, helped train future Christian counselors as an adjunct instructor, provided leadership and mental health training internationally, and has served on a few national mental healthcare committees. Most recently, before coming to Light Counseling, Jonathan was the founder and CEO of Bedrock Counseling Ministries, a Christian outpatient counseling clinic located in Syracuse, New York.  It was out of his faith and obedience to God that Jonathan and his family relocated to Virginia for this next chapter of serving others. 

Jonathan’s number one ministry is to his family.  He strives to love God with all of his heart and is continually broken by both God’s goodness and His direction.  He is blessed and honored to be married to Carmen and they have 3 children; Alicia, Matthew, and Gabriela. 

Linda Rogers, MA, LPC

Linda Rogers, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor (WY)

About Linda

Hi! I spent the first part of my adult life in the arts and entertainment world as a business owner where we produced costumes, props, and special effects make-up mostly for TV commercials and print ads. We also dabbled in off-Broadway productions and point-of-purchase advertising.

As a second career, I felt a calling to use my personal experiences to help others that have histories of childhood and adult adverse experiences. I attended Liberty University for my undergrad and Masters degrees because I wanted to learn from a Christian viewpoint. Seeking more information I enrolled in a research Ph.D. program for Health Psychology and am in the dissertation phase. This is a study about how the brain affects the body and the body affects the brain. Learning about neurology, the vagus nerve, and cognitive processing is a passion of mine along with putting that information to use helping others.

My approach to therapy is person centered, where I learn what the client’s goals are in a therapeutic session. When that is known I use a variety of therapies that include Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Reality, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical CBT, Art and Play, Meditation, and a few interventions taken from other therapies to achieve the client’s goals.

I will see those clients 15 and over on an individual basis and those 14 and younger in sessions with caregivers/parents. The therapeutic sessions are about reviewing what the client has worked on during the week(s) and receiving new information pertaining to their goals to study and work on until the next session.

I look forward to working with you on your goal(s).

 

Lynnette Shadoan, MA, LPC, LMFT

Lynnette Shadoan, MA, LPC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

About Lynnette

Lynnette has worked at Light Counseling since March 1999 where she served as the Executive Director until she and her husband moved to Lexington Kentucky. She continues to work full-time for Light Counseling by providing telehealth services and considers this “the best of both worlds” since she can live near family and still work for the counseling practice that she loves! 

Her clinical areas of practice include adults, adolescents, and college-age individuals. Her main focus is on women’s issues, codependency issues, marriage counseling, and family conflict resolution. She treats a wide variety of clinical problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, grief, and phase of life issues. Her therapeutic approach is insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, along with family systems, with a biblical perspective. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Lynnette was voted number one Counselor in Lynchburg in Our Health magazine’s “Best Bedside Manner” edition, which she counts among the greatest honors of her career.  

As a former basketball player at the University of Kentucky, she and her husband are now season ticket holders and enjoy attending the games at her beloved alma mater. She also has one cat and one dog and is a big animal lover!  

J. Mark Shadoan, Ed.D, LCSW

J. Mark Shadoan, Ed.D, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Martha Meadows, MA, LCSW

Martha Meadows, MA, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Matthew Scott, MA, LMFT

Matthew Scott, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

About Matt

Matthew has had over 18 years experience collectively working in Clinical Settings, Residential Treatment Facilities, Home Visiting Programs, Outpatient Hospital Mental Health Facilities and Christian Based Counseling Services.

As a Mental Health professional, he has had over 10 years experience specifically in clinical settings working in both Outpatient and Chrisitan based counseling services. Matthew co-lead a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program for Adolescents and Adults working for an Outpatient Mental Health Facility in NY State for 2 years. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. He also has experience practicing in a Chrisitan Based Counseling Center based out of a Baptist Church in Upstate NY where his Father was the Senior Pastor for 24 years. He was able to see first hand as a Pastor’s son the impact healthy relationships can have on others’ overall functioning through radical genuineness, acceptance, validation and being non-judgemental with those you work with.

Matthew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and works with Individuals, Families , Adolescents, Children and Couples. Matthew works closely with clients to address issues related to depression, anxiety, marital issues or conflict, relationship issues, parent child relationships, parenting issues, stress, trauma/abuse, addictions, mood dysregulation, post traumatic stress disorder, codependency, anger and maladaptive thinking. As an MFT, he works systemically which means he considers his clients’ lives and the problems they present in therapy through a biopsychosocial lens. This means taking into account their mind, their body, and their relationships, and how all of these things affect each other. MFT’S believe we are shaped by where we come from and that informs so much of what we do in other relationships. Matthew utilizes various methods such as CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Insight Oriented, Psychodynamics and Family Systems approaches to help clients reach and achieve their best self and work towards their life worth living goals.

 

Licenses & Certifications

● Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Virginia)

● Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (New York)

● Intensively Trained DBT Therapist

L. PAUL BERNARD, PHD., LPC

L. PAUL BERNARD, PHD., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

About Paul

Dr. L. Paul Bernard has more than 20 years of experience in clinical counseling, church ministry, public education, and university teaching, and supervision. He was the Founding Pastor and Senior Pastor of TEN27 Church for over 12 years, a school counselor, a licensed mental health professional, and a professor at Azusa Pacific University, Liberty University and Bethel University.

As a mental health professional, Dr. Bernard has worked in schools as a credentialed school counselor. He also experienced first-hand the depth of love and sacrifice of the foster care provider as the biological child of foster parents. This foundational experience established a core practice model for helping others who navigate through the child welfare and dependency system.

Dr. Bernard is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and works with individuals and families who desire a transformed life, working with adolescents and adults who deal with past issues such as overcoming self-destructive behavior, depression, managing stress, peer pressure, marital conflict, and relationship issues. He helps individuals find tools for unlocking their performance and to produce change…authentic change. He has extensive experience helping parents and teenagers to improve their relationship by showing mutual respect, developing better communication skills, and resolving conflicts. His research and experience include working with trauma, abuse, and attachment need as well as preventing burnout both personally and professionally.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC – California)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S – Virginia)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Clinical Certified Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
  • School Counseling (California)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified
Robert Sitler, PSYD, LCP

Robert Sitler, PSYD, LCP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Stephanie Trahant, MA, LPC

Stephanie Trahant, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Resident and Supervisee Clinicians

Resident and Supervisee are pre-licensed clinicians who are fulfilling their residency requirement to obtain licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As per the credentialing bodies for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), a substantial residency period of post-graduate work is required before applying for licensure.

During this residency, the resident/supervisee operates under the direct supervision of a licensed clinician (that possesses the licensure they are pursuing) to review provided care, treatment approaches, and provide coaching opportunities.

Ben Eager, MA, LMHC-R

Ben Eager, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

About Ben

Ben is a Licensed Resident in Counseling. He has experience in multiple residentials and psychiatric units working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. He believes that counseling is a journey and adventure to learn more about ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. His main theoretical orientation is existentialism which focuses on where we find our meaning and our existence in life. When we find our meaning, it gives us motivation and purpose to change. He has experience with individuals, families, and groups.

When he is not counseling, he is riding horses, playing disc golf, drinking coffee, spending time with his wife, and doing any outdoor activity.

Carolina Gayfield, MA, LMHC-R, NCC

Carolina Gayfield, MA, LMHC-R, NCC

Resident in Counseling

About Carolina

Carolina is a Licensed Resident in Counseling who is passionate about providing hope, compassion, and helpful strategies to clients experiencing difficult circumstances in their lives. She believes that counseling can bring positive changes in an individual’s life and try to help minimize barriers to receiving mental health services. Carolina speaks fluent Spanish and hopes to meet the mental health needs of the Spanish and Latino communities.
Her experience involves providing individual counseling to adolescents, teenagers, young adults, adults, and working with couples and families.

When she isn’t counseling, you can find her either running, with a cup of coffee in my hand, or spending time with her daughter and husband.

Dustin Beaty, MA, LMHC-R

Dustin Beaty, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

About Dustin

Dustin is a Licensed Resident in Counseling who has worked with adults, adolescents, and couples in outpatient and residential settings on issues including sexual addiction, marriage and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma. He earned his B.S. in Religious Studies and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.

Before entering the mental health field, Dustin worked as a professional musician and United States Marine. He has enjoyed a decade of marriage to his high school sweetheart, and these days their three young kids keep them happily busy.

Justin Cook, MA, LMHC-R

Justin Cook, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

About Justin

Justin is a Licensed Resident in Counseling with over 10 years of experience working in various roles in the mental health field.

He completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. He has experience in working with children and adults with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorders. He has also spent a great deal of his career working as a crisis counselor.

Justin is a proponent of a holistic approach to well-being. He engages in person-centered therapy and utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques to help his clients. He has a passion for helping people make positive decisions and helping them find their purpose in their life journey.
In his free time, you’ll find Justin outside training for Spartan Obstacle Course races, hiking, fishing, and cooking.

Kecia Guerra, MA, LMHC-R

Kecia Guerra, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

About Kecia

Kecia received her pre and post-graduate education from Liberty University. She is a wife and mother of five. Kecia has previously served as a Preschool Teacher, a Healthcare Office Administrator, a Foster Parent, a Stay-at-Home Mom, a Therapeutic Day Specialist with children in the schools, a Mental Health Skill Building Clinician with adults and an Outpatient Therapist, serving all ages. She is a Licensed Resident in Counseling as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and pursues continuing education and supervision in these areas.

Kecia utilizes a person-centered, strength-based approach to therapy and enjoys incorporating aspects of art therapy, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other modalities as appropriate to the needs of the client.

Kecia has come alongside those struggling with issues such as abuse, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, life transitions, adjusting to change, stress management, trauma, adoption issues, foster care issues, aging and geriatric issues, agoraphobia, anger, attachment issues, body image, caregiver issues, child and adolescent issues, domestic violence, fertility issues, pregnancy and childbirth, pregnancy loss, loss of a child, perinatal depression and anxiety, health issues, hoarding, impulsivity, seasonal affective disorder, self-care issues, spiritual concerns and feelings of worthlessness.

Kecia acknowledges the courage it takes to reach out when you are hurting. Those first steps to wellness can feel lonely and overwhelming. You no longer have to feel alone, reach out! Clients have mentioned to Kecia that it is an amazing sense of relief to finally be able to talk to someone who will hold space for them and listen. Kecia offers a genuine desire to create a compassionate, safe space where her clients feel heard, validated and encouraged during their healing process. Kecia is ready to come alongside you in your journey to finding restored hope, healing and a sound mind.

Laura Holmes, MA, LMHC-R

Laura Holmes, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

About Laura

Laura is a counseling resident who received her bachelor degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has certifications in Life Coaching, Biblical Counseling and Stress & Trauma Care. She has experience as a Parent Coach teaching Attachment Theory to parents to aid in healthy child development. She also has a specialization in Trauma (which includes Crisis, Grief, PTSD, Sexual Trauma, and Domestic Violence).

Laura is also certified to administer the PREPARE (pre – Marriage Counseling) and ENRICH (Marriage Counseling) inventories, which include assessment and skill building.
Laura understands that people need to respond to unexpected changes and challenges in life and seek counseling as a safe empathetic place for healing and restoration. She realizes that every client is unique and that different tools and methods are imperative for each individual. She greatly enjoys facilitating self-exploration and personal growth in her clients. She believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is an integral part of the path toward hope and restoration
She has experience working with marital issues, pre-marital couples, depression, anxiety, co-dependency, grief, life transitions, stress management, unresolved childhood issues and spiritual conflict. She also has experience as a Grief Share facilitator.

While she lives based on the principles of the Christian faith, she is equipped to work with clients from various spiritual backgrounds and incorporate spirituality as requested by the client.
Laura has been married to the love of her life for 34 years. They are empty nesters who greatly enjoy the beach, bike riding, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Linda Rogers, MA, LMHC-R

Linda Rogers, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

Zach Clinton, MA, LMHC-R

Zach Clinton, MA, LMHC-R

Resident in Counseling

About Zach

Zach Clinton, M.A. (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) is a resident counselor here at Light Counseling. He is also a doctoral student in Counselor Education & Supervision at Liberty University. A former Division 1 college baseball player and now chaplain of the Liberty University Baseball team, Zach is recognized as a growing authority and voice on performance and mental health for today’s generations. He also currently works and serves at the American Association of Christian Counselors, Host of the Built Different Podcast, and President & Host of the Ignite Men’s Ministry.

Zach loves working with and speaking into the lives of the next generation as he has a passion for helping them build self-esteem, emotion regulation, leadership qualities, and perspective shifts. He has dedicated his life to reminding people that no matter how dark, difficult, or painful life can be, they are never out of the fight! Zach is also thrilled to have recently married his wife, Evelyn Jane!

Graduate Intern & Practicum Students

Evan Tyler

Evan Tyler

Graduate Student Trainee (Intern)

Initia Walker

Initia Walker

Graduate Student Trainee (Practicum)

Administrative Services

The success of our practice is not only dependent upon the quality of care provided by our providers, but also on the support services provided by our administrative team. At Light Counseling, we want all of our clients to have an exceptional client experience by ensuring that our intake, billing, and client relations processes are confidential, caring, and seamless so our clients may focus their entire attention on their therapy.

Jonathan Durst, MA, LPC

Jonathan Durst, MA, LPC

Clinical Director

Josh Hartle, BS

Josh Hartle, BS

Business Director

Karl Benzio, MD

Karl Benzio, MD

Medical Director - Board Certified Psychiatrist

L. Paul Bernard, PhD, LPC

L. Paul Bernard, PhD, LPC

Clinical Training Program Director

Mark Mayfield, PhD, LPC, BCC

Mark Mayfield, PhD, LPC, BCC

Director of National Development and Advancement

Mercy Connors, PhD, LPC

Mercy Connors, PhD, LPC

Clinical Compliance Officer

Taylor

Taylor

Office Manager

Sarah

Sarah

Intake Specialist

Levi

Levi

Intake Specialist

Amarachi

Amarachi

Receptionist

Chance

Chance

Receptionist

Monica

Monica

Receptionist