About Us

In the autumn of 2015, Cheryl Beaudoin-Stehlin and Todd Stehlin formed the Center for Counseling and Growth, PLC.  Our first clients were seen in February of 2016 and, since that time, our Center’s therapists have been able to meet the needs of clients ages 5-75 years who have a variety of mental health issues.  Opening the Center for Counseling and Growth was a natural progression for Cheryl and Todd after working a combined 40+ years in the counseling profession.  From the beginning, our goal has been to serve the mental health needs of our community by offering evening and Saturday hours, as well as accepting a variety of insurances, including Virginia Medicaid.  We believe in the importance of treating all of our clients and community partners with dignity, respect, and professional courtesy.  

Cheryl Beaudoin-Stehlin, MS, LPC, NCC is the Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Growth, PLC.  Cheryl earned a Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Shippensburg University in 1991 and a certification in School Counseling from Millersville University in 1994. She has been a National Certified Counselor since 1991 and a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1997.  In addition, Cheryl earned her doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University in 2011.

Cheryl has provided therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings.  She has worked with military families and soldiers on an Army base, provided crisis counseling services to clients through a hospital crisis program, and supported positive change in families as an in-home therapist.  Cheryl has also provided brief, solution-focused counseling services to middle and high school students, in the school setting, since 1995.  Finally, Cheryl has provided outpatient counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Cheryl specializes in assisting adolescents, adults and families in meeting their personal or professional goals through the therapeutic process. She uses a variety of techniques to assist her clients in learning how to successfully manage their symptoms related to depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief/loss, mood disorders, family conflict, and school/employment issues as they work toward a restored state of well-being.  She believes in a client-centered, goal-driven approach to counseling. Therefore, the goals and needs of her clients always drive the therapeutic process.

Cheryl is a trainer for the Prevention of Adult Sexual Misconduct in Schools, as well as Threat Assessment in Schools.  She is experienced in working with school teams to evaluate their overall effectiveness and to address conflict/discord on the teams. She was listed as an approved facilitator of team maintenance (effectiveness) meetings in Pennsylvania.  Finally, she has led crisis responses in schools related to the serious injury or death of school community members since 1991. 

Todd Stehlin, MBA, MA, LPC Is the Director of Operations and Finance at the Center for Counseling and Growth, PLC. Todd earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University (formerly American School of Professional Psychology) in 2007 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Shenandoah University in 2012. Todd is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia.  Todd has provided counseling services in a diverse range of settings to include community based, outpatient, and residential programs since 1999.  Todd has experience working with a wide range of mental health topics with children, adolescents, adults, and families.   In addition to working with individuals and families, Todd has experience facilitating group therapy services focusing on severe mental health issues.  Todd uses a solution focused and client centered approach to help his client’s achieve their self-identified goals.

Janice Fristad, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, ACSW.  Janice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters of Social Work from West Virginia University, where she focused on gerontology studies.  In addition, Janice received credentials from the National Association of Social Workers in advanced case management and social work practice and leadership. Janice has previously worked in in community mental health, hospice and home health settings.  Janice works with children, adults, and couples.  Her work focuses on meeting the treatment goals of patients.  Janice specializes in working with patients who have adjustment difficulties to medical changes, and grief and loss issues.  She often will incorporate mindfulness practices during her sessions.  

Rackell “Kim” Beckwith, MA, Resident in Counseling.  Kim earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Kim’s passion for the helping relationship has led her to work with a diverse group of clients ranging from elementary age to senior adult.  Kim has worked with clients who present with various disorders such as Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Substance Related Disorders, and Personality Disorders.  With a driving desire to help others, Kim volunteers on a monthly basis by providing psychoeducation to the local community.  As Kim engages in the therapeutic relationship, whether through individual or group therapy, she draws from various modalities; but primarily embraces Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to collaboratively help clients get to the place of healthy functioning. 

Kelly Camp, MA, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Kelly earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University.  She works with individuals of all ages to address the unique challenges that arise during any stage in life; however, she has a special interest in working with clients who are struggling with pre-marital, marital, couple, or family issues.  Kelly implements a person-centered approach when working with her clients.  In counseling, she draws from a variety of theories and therapies, including Family Systems theory, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, relaxation therapies, Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), and expressive therapies.  Kelly has experience working with individuals who have experienced intense traumas, as well as clients who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, self-harm, ADHD, domestic violence, Autism Spectrum disorder, school issues, and family conflict.  Her goal is to create a welcoming, comfortable counseling setting where individuals may safely explore their unique issues and concerns.

Denise McKaig-Phillips, MS, CRC, Resident in CounselingDenise earned a dual Master's degree in Rehabilitation and School Counseling from Syracuse University in 2003.  She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, as well as a Virginia Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Provider.  She works part-time at the Center for Counseling and Growth, and  full time as a middle school counselor.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate (Ed.D) in educational administration from Shenandoah University.
Denise has provided support to children and families in New York and Virginia for over 25 years in a variety of settings, including educational settings from Pre-K through college level, homes, community-based agencies, and hospitals. She has provided intensive in home counseling services, and she has served as a volunteer domestic violence/rape crisis counselor.  When working with adults and children, Denise provides a solution-focused eclectic approach so that her clients may become aware of who they are and how they would like for their lives to be.  She has experience working with a variety of disorders, including ADHD, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, grief, and depression.  Denise is a published author/writer who provides community organizations and professional organizations with topic presentations focused on specific areas of interest within the community.  

Catherine Patterson, MSEd, Resident in Counseling. Cathy earned a Master of Science (MS) degree in counselor education from Old Dominion University. She has provided therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and adults through outpatient individual and group therapy. Cathy’s experiences have involved working with clients who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, stress, grief/loss, and mood disorders. Her special interests include assisting clients who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as those who have been affected by trauma.  She often uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques when working with her clients; however, she employs a variety of therapeutic strategies to meet the individualized needs of each client. Cathy believes in meeting her clients where they are in life. She enjoys helping people.  Therefore, in addition to her residency in counseling, Cathy has volunteered at Blue Ridge Hospice and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.  

Candace Thompson, M.S., NCC, Resident in Counseling. Candace earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and has experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Candace enjoys working with many diverse populations and uses an existential-integrative approach, emphasizing client-centered and meaning-centered therapy. She uses art, music, and bibliotherapy in individualized sessions with adolescents and adults. Candace also enjoys working with young clients and their parents/guardians in adjusting to changing family dynamics and school-related concerns. Her passion for life extends to her hobbies as an outdoor enthusiast and adventurer. Candace can help you achieve your therapy goals and improve overall well-being.