Meet the Staff

Mark Shadoan, Ed.D., LCSW

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Mark Shadoan

Dr. J. Mark Shadoan has worked as a Christian counselor since 1983. To visit his personal website click here!  He received his Bachelor’s of Social Work from James Madison University in 1978. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, earning a Master’s In Social Work, with a specialization with families and children. He completed an additional specialization in School Social Work. He was licensed as a clinical social worker in 1988. In 2006, the University of Sarasota awarded him a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology. His dissertation was on the incorporation of contemplative prayer in Christian counseling. Dr. Shadoan does workshops on this topic and has been a workshop speaker on the use of contemplative prayer at the American Association of Christian Counseling’s 2001 and 2007 World Conference. He co-authored AACC’s Christian Counselor’s Treatment Planner with his wife, and has authored or co authored articles for various AACC publications. You can go to his website contemplativefocusedprayer.com to read his articles on the topic and see a fascinating interview with a man who received significant personal healing from contemplative prayer.

Dr. Shadoan is the Clinical Director of Light Counseling, and works with all ages of clients. He provides marriage and family counseling, plus individual counseling with adults, adolescents and children. Specialty areas include anxiety disorders, ADHD, adjustment to disability, depressive disorders, trauma due to abuse, and military service. Other services such as relationship, parenting or ADHD coaching, workshops, and clinical supervision and consultation for pastors and applicants for clinical licensure can be arranged.

Dr. Shadoan has been a committed Christian since 1974, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church. He has been married to Lynnette Shadoan, LPC, since 1994.

Lynnette L. Shadoan, M.A., LPC, LMFT

Lynnette Shadoan

Lynnette Shadoan

Lynnette L. Shadoan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, where she played basketball for the Lady Kats and was co-captain of the team her senior year. She worked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for several years, where she found herself counseling with jr. high, high school, and even college students on an informal basis. This is when she felt God’s guidance into a counseling ministry. She attended Liberty University and obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling, and shortly thereafter began working for the Rapha Treatment Center, which was a Christian, in-patient treatment program. She worked for Rapha for several years and eventually was promoted to the position of Director. After the unit closed, she worked in private practice for a Christian counseling agency in Richmond, VA. She served at the pleasure of Governors Allen and Gilmore for two terms (8 years) on the Board of Counseling, where she chaired the Discipline Committee. She and her husband relocated to Lynchburg, VA in 1999 and have been in private practice since that time at Light Counseling, where she is also the executive director. 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, eating disorders and phase of life issues. Her therapeutic approach is insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, along with family systems, with a biblical perspective. Lynnette was a Charter member for the American Association of Christian Counseling and is also certified by the International Board of Christian Counselors.

Amy Feigel, M.A., LPC, LMFT, BCPCC

Amy Feigel

Amy Feigel

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.

Amy’s areas of specialty include: eating disorders, child/adolescent issues, relationship issues, sexual abuse, suicide, cutting/self-harm and depression. She carefully utilizes techniques and concepts found in Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Client Centered Therapy.

As a Follower of Christ, Wife of one and Mother of two, her main passion is to see those hurting find true wholeness and healing that comes only through a relationship with Him.

Doris Demato, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Doris Demato

Doris DeMato, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her doctorate degree in counseling from Virginia Tech. Dr. DeMato also is a school counselor with over 20 years of experience in working with children and adolescents. At Light Counseling she works with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, phase of life issues, and interpersonal conflicts. In her work with children and adolescents, Dr. DeMato specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, loss and grief, and adjustment concerns related to parental separation and divorce.

Dan Sullivan, M.A., LPC

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan, age 50, is the father of 7 children and the husband of Kathleen. Dan has been in the counseling field since 1999 and has been licensed in the state of Virginia since 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Atlantic Christian College and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Dan has been a Christian since he was 18 years old. His early training in the human services field pertained to working with adult mentally retarded, mentally ill and physically handicapped clients in a sheltered workshop setting. He also has 7 years experience as a social worker with the Dept. of Social Services in North Carolina. Prior to coming to Light Counseling, Inc., Dan worked with another private agency doing intensive in-home therapy. At that practice, Dan was specifically trained in Strategic Family Therapy.

Since joining Light Counseling, Inc. Dan describes himself as a problem focused Biblical Counselor. By this he means that he believes that people come to counseling seeking assistance with a problem or set of problems, and it is the counselor’s responsibility to help the client(s) resolve the problem(s) as quickly as possible. Dan views the Bible as the inspired word of God and as such it holds the key to living life successfully. In practice, Dan considers himself a generalist, who works with all age groups and most presenting problems. Particular areas of interest include: marital problems, family problems, oppositional-defiant children, ADHD, school problems, grief and loss, depression, adjustment problems, behavior management, anxiety disorders, and resolving problems related to past traumas. Dan’s goal in working with all his clients is not simply to bring symptom resolution, but to assist them in their journey such that they can live healthy, joyful, God-pleasing lives.

Robert Sitler, Ph.D. LCP

Robert Sitler, Ph.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works at Light Counseling on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. During the day, he serves as the psychologist for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital. He has been with Centra Health since 1992. At Light, Dr. Sitler splits his time evenly between adolescents and adults, with modalities of individual, marital, and family therapy. He works with patients with mood disorders such a depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders such as posttraumatic stress and generalized anxiety disorders, and the various adjustment disorders. He also performs psychological evaluations. Dr. Sitler received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1992 where he was trained in psychodynamic and cognitive- behavioral therapies. He completed his internship at Malcolm Bliss, St. Louis. Undergraduate years were at the University of Louisville and Wheaton College. He is married with two daughters. He greatly enjoys dragging them off to crew him at ultra marathons, with the goal of racing on every continent. He can be reached at 434-384-1594.

Elaine Johnson-Snyder, M.A., LPC

Elaine Johnson Christian Counselor At Light Counseling

Elaine Snyder

Elaine is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Counseling with a minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has been working in the mental health field for over 16 years and her experience includes serving diverse populations in the public sector, including individuals with serious mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. She also worked with at-risk youth and families as an intensive in-home clinician for 4 years before beginning her career as an outpatient counselor.

Elaine has a passion to bring hope and healing to individuals and families who are hurting from life’s difficulties. Her gentle and sensitive style of connecting provides a safe setting where clients can feel a sense of acceptance and hope. Her particular areas of interest include: relational and personal growth issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, shame, trauma, and problems caused from a chaotic childhood, whether they are a result of alcohol or other addictions, mental illness, or emotional instability. She also works with children and families who are trying to adjust to divorce, relocation, or other major changes.

Elaine has been a Christian for over 40 years, attended a variety of churches around the U.S. and other countries. Drawing upon her broad range of experiences, she desires to help people reach spiritual and emotional maturity by resolving issues that hinder growth. She is comfortable with a combination of therapeutic approaches, including attachment theory and client-centered therapy. Elaine is a member of AACC, ACA, and The Association for Play Therapy. She is also a New Life Ministries Network Provider.

Dr. Robert Shaw (D.Min., M.A., M.Div., L.P.C., N.B.C.C.)

Robert Shaw

Dr. Robert B. Shaw, Jr. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and North Carolina, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. He is also an ordained minister, serving as an elder and pastor in churches for over 25 years, most recently in North Carolina, counseling in the church settings and adult education. He has also been a middle school and high school teacher and athletic coach in both the public and private school environments. Dr. Shaw has spent the last several years counseling military personnel and their families near FT. Bragg, NC and specializes in trauma related issues, addictions, depression, anxiety disorders, life adjustment issues, loss and grief, counseling church leaders and pastors, and adolescents and adults. Dr. Shaw is a unique prophetic voice in the Kingdom caring for hurting people, and serves as an adjunct professor for a Christian College, an author, and a conference speaker. Dr. Shaw has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Wagner College, New York; a Master of Divinity Degree from Christian International Theological School, Florida; a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Virginia; and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Formational Counseling, a practical theology, from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio; and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counseling. Dr. Shaw and his wife, Lorinda, have been married since 1978, and have raised five children together. He is also loves running, sports, and spending time with family.

 

Josephine Olson (M.A., LPC., Registered Play Therapist).

Josephine Olson

Josephine Olson, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Registered Play Therapist (Association for Play Therapy). To visit Josephine’s personal website just click here!  Josephine (Josie) received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Liberty University and her MA in Community and School Counseling from Regent University.   She has conducted play therapy sessions in her work as a clinician in an agency setting, in-home setting, and residential treatment facility as well as during her time as a school counselor.  She also enjoys incorporating play therapy in a group setting and has conducted anger management, ADHD, divorce, and deployment groups.  She has also facilitated grief and loss groups in her volunteer work with Kid’s Haven as well as Filial Therapy groups at Miriam’s House and YWCA.  She has found play therapy to be effective with children struggling with a variety of social, developmental and trauma-related issues.  She has specifically worked ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­with children diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and children struggling with grief and loss, suicidal ideation, and children in the foster system.  She has most recently authored “The Therapeutic Powers of Play: Promoting Healing and Resilience in Children” for Christian Counseling Today and had the privilege of presenting her work at AACC’s 2013 World Conference.  She also teaches on a part-time basis in Liberty University’s MA School Counseling program as an instructor practitioner.  She is an active member in good standing of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Association for Play Therapy, Virginia Counselor’s Association, Virginia Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Virginia Association for Specialists in Group Work.   She resides in Forest with her husband Erik and two girls.

Fern Sutton, M.A., LPC

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Fern Sutton

Fern Sutton is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Virginia and Tennessee. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Arts  in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. Fern currently serves as an adjunct professor at Liberty University and has served as an adjunct at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University teaching psychology and counseling. She is also on staff at Bethesda Workshops and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

At Light Counseling her clinical areas of practice include adults, college students, and adolescents experiencing problems with adjustments, depression, anxiety,  marital and family difficulties, and codependency. Fern specializes in treating sex addiction by working with both the addict and the spouse of the addict. She has a passion for helping hurting people find hope and healing in the Lord.