Mark Shadoan, Ed.D., LCSW
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. He has been married to Lynnette Shadoan, LPC, LMFT, since 1994.
Lynnette L. Shadoan, M.A., LPC, LMFT
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.
Lynnette has 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, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, grief, 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. In 2017 Lynnette was voted number one Counselor in Lynchburg in Our Health magazine’s “Best Of” edition.
Amy Feigel, M.A., LPC, LMFT, BCPCC
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.
Brittney George, LPC
Born and raised in South Carolina, Brittney moved to Virginia to attend college back in 2006. It was here that she met her sweetheart, got married, and nestled her heart in Central Virginia. In the 12 year span that Lynchburg has been her home, Brittney has had three children, achieved her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and completed her residency for licensure. 2019 brought about the closure of her residency period and she has been minted as a licensed professional.
In her 8 years as a counselor, she has had the immense privilege of working with the entire lifespan. This has enabled her to grow daily as both advocate and guide in a variety of environments: outpatient, inpatient, community-based, and academic settings.
Her passion, however, involves working with children and their families. Her use of Play serves as a constant motivator with this age group; she is currently pursuing her Registered Play Therapy credential. She and her husband work passionately for their community; where they have their hands in nonprofit work, the local church, and maternal mental health. Brittney is a poet and a lover of words; having put out her first book of poetry in memory of her father back in 2017.
Her methods as a therapist are multifaceted, but has roots in treating a person holistically. She is a firm believer in God and in each person being fashioned according to His image; carrying both beauty and the resiliency to fulfill their purpose, use their pain, and overcome any obstacle.
Doris DeMato, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT
Doris DeMato, Ph. D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, master’s degree from Lynchburg College, and a doctorate in counseling from Virginia Tech. Dr. DeMato also is a Virginia licensed School Counselor with over 20 years of experience.
At Light Counseling she works with adults and with children ages 8 to 12. Dr. DeMato specializes in anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phase of life issues, depression, career and work-related concerns, family and relational problems, and grief and loss. Treatment modalities she uses are evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and insight-oriented therapy. Dr. DeMato considers herself to be open, warm, and direct as a counselor. She also believes that her experience in both private practice and the school setting uniquely enables her to work effectively with diverse groups and concerns.
Dan Sullivan, M.A., LPC
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 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 extensive personal and professional experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
Elaine has a strong desire to bring hope and healing to individuals who are hurting from life’s difficulties. Her particular areas of interest include: relational health, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, and problems caused from a chaotic childhood. She has been trained by relationship coach and author/speaker, Leslie Vernick, to work with women who are in or have been in emotionally destructive relationships. Elaine also specializes in helping women heal from the wounds of sexual betrayal, including pornography and emotional affairs. Another one of her passions is working with the challenges that often occur between adult children and their parents.
Her therapeutic approach is based on attachment theory as well as cognitive behavior therapy. She has completed basic training in EMDR to help individuals who suffer from the affects of trauma. Elaine is a member of AACC, ACA, and is a New Life Ministries Network Counselor. She is also an approved clinical supervisor by the Virginia Board of Counseling.
Fern Sutton, M.A., LPC
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.
Martha Meadows, M.S.W
Greetings! I am Martha Meadows and I hail to you from Richmond, VA. I was born and reared in Forest, VA. I have an eldest brother, and I am the middle of two sisters. I grew up in a strong Christian family and was named after and strongly influenced by an aunt who was a minister and pastor that inspired me to have a deep love and reverence for God. As a child I enjoyed Sunday School and choir, and later as an adult I paid it forward as a Youth Advisor.
I attended New London Academy, and played basketball at Jefferson Forest High School serving as center. It was my joy and concentrated effort to excel in gathering rebounds to help my team. At this juncture in life, I really understood the importance of teamwork and aiding, assisting, facilitating, supporting, and cooperating with other people, God’s master creation. To me there’s no greater achievement or ambition in this temporal life.
This ideology propelled me further at Virginia State University where I majored in Social Work and became a licensed clinical social worker. Desiring to master my craft, I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a master’s degree in Social Work.
For 30 years, I was under the challenging and fulfilling employment of Henrico Mental Health Services as a clinical case manager and clinician. I took my responsibilities very seriously and pledged to rise to the occasion diligently problem solving and seeking the most appropriate resolutions for a vast population of clients ranging from ages 14-80.
As I look back over my career, there is a resounding personal sense of satisfaction. I believe I have embarked upon and fulfilled my life’s mission from the Master to be an uplifting, encouraging, and comforting drum major of guidance and support to my clients. Personal counseling has been my life’s work, and the legacy I wish to proudly leave to my fellow man and brothers and sisters in Christ.
It is my goal to utilize my sum total of positive experiences like a lit flickering candle to illuminate a client’s pathway while providing human warmth, understanding, and compassion to foster each client’s security, well-being, and personal prosperity.
Josie Olsen, LPC, Play Therapist
My name is Josie Olson and I am a counselor with over 10 years of experience and am privileged to offer quality care to diverse children and families representing communities across Virginia. As a Registered Play Therapy- Supervisor, EMDRIA level 1 trained professional, and a Nationally Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, I have the opportunity to employ evidence-based intervention skills to foster lasting change in children and their families promoting wellness and optimal functioning. I also treat many generational trauma related disorders and difficulties; my training as a Certified Traumatologist has inspired me to infuse trauma-sensitive principles into my interventions, promoting healing and resilience in my counseling. As a Christian counselor, I also integrate biblical principles to foster grace and truth into my practice. I live in Forest with my husband Erik of 17 years and our 2 beautiful daughters, Gabrielle, 16, and Gianna, 13.
Stephanie Trahant, M.A., LPC
Stephanie is new to Light Counseling and to Virginia. Even though she grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she moved to Morrison, Colorado, for graduate school and never looked back. She fell in love with the mountains and culture of the West. Stephanie stayed in Colorado earning an M.A. in Biblical Counseling in 1998 from Colorado Christian University, her LPC license in 2002, and some decent snow-skiing skills. In 2017 her family moved to Forest, Virginia, and in 2020 she became a licensed therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As a counselor, Stephanie considers her approach to be eclectic and existential, and her main desire is to listen well and help clients by keeping an ear open to where the Holy Spirit is moving and leading. She is passionate about connecting people to God, themselves, their loved ones, and the world around them. Stephanie considers it a privilege to work with adults and adolescents. In addition, she has a special interest in counseling women grieving after an abortion, missionaries, and military service members or spouses.
Stephanie has been married for 21 years and is rearing two teenage girls and two teenage boy dogs. Her joys include watching her daughters in marching band, dance, and lacrosse; reading and writing; sports, the outdoors, and swing dancing; Brian Regan; and hearing stories of how God is at work in people’s lives.