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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Our Behavioral Health Services

Joshua Bradley, PSY.D

Joshua Bradley, PSY.D

Director of Behavioral Health Services – Dr. Bradley is a licensed clinical psychologist. Originally from Peterstown, West Virginia, he earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Psychology degrees from Radford University. His doctoral program focused on preparing practitioners to work in rural communities. He completed his doctoral internship at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He has worked in various settings to include primary care, university student counseling, community mental health, career counseling, and inpatient crisis stabilization.

Dr. Bradley is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. He and his wife Desiree’ live in Hillsville. He enjoys fishing, vegetable gardening, and exploring nature.

Anna Vandevender Wright, PSY.D

Anna Vandevender Wright, PSY.D

Dr. Vandevender Wright is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is originally from Smoot, West Virginia. She earned her Doctor of Psychology from Radford University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, in Huntington, West Virginia. Her training experiences have included outpatient addiction services, university student counseling, inpatient psychiatric care, and primary care settings. Dr. Vandevender Wright has experience providing individual and group therapy services and completing psychological assessments with children and adults. She enjoys working with children and adults.

Dr. Vandevender Wright is a member of the American Psychological Association. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, crocheting, traveling, and trying new recipes.

Zetta Bowles, PSY. D.

Zetta Bowles, PSY. D.

Dr. Zetta Bowles is a licensed Clinical Psychologist from Greenbrier County, West Virginia. She attended Berea College for her undergraduate work in psychology and women’s studies. She has a Masters Degree from East Carolina University and a Doctorate from Radford University. Trained as a generalist, she has experience in a variety of settings including two psychiatric hospitals, a homeless shelter, a domestic violence center, two college counseling centers, a nursing home, and several outpatient clinics. Striving to have both deep roots in her cultural identity and an open mind that welcomes diversity and innovation, Zetta is passionate about Appalachian values and social justice. In her work, she works hard to create a safe, therapeutic space for all her clients and especially for those folks who feel they struggle to “fit” into traditional rural roles – including LGBTQ+, religious/ethnic/racial minorities.

Zetta lives in Patrick County with her husband, a vivacious kiddo, two yellow dogs, and an persistent stray cat who insisted on becoming part of the family. She enjoys gardening, cooking, nature, keeping chickens, knitting, music, books, nerdy podcasts, planning parties, sewing, and all sorts of messy crafting. Her name rhymes with “Jetta” although she won’t be mad if you don’t get it quite right.

Jeremiah Burkhart, Psy.D

Jeremiah Burkhart, Psy.D

Dr. Burkhart is currently a licensed psychologist and is originally from Mt. Juliet, TN. He completed his undergraduate degree in Child/Family Studies and Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University. He earned his Doctor of Psychology degree from Radford University and completed his doctoral internship with AspenPointe Health Services in Colorado Springs, CO. His training has included experiences in rural primary care, mobile crisis evaluation, a VA Medical Center working with geriatrics, and a community mental health center. Dr. Burkhart is trained to work with individuals across the life span and enjoys helping individuals pursue more meaningful and fulfilling lives through active and reflective approaches.
Dr. Burkhart is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He lives in Floyd County with his wife and enjoys woodworking, hiking, yard work, strength training, and being active in his local congregation.

Emily Blalock, M.S.N., PMHNP-BC

Emily Blalock, M.S.N., PMHNP-BC

Emily is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, specializing in behavioral health management, for ages 8 and up at all TACH sites. In obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing at East Tennessee State University, she focused her studies in mental health to include illnesses, treatment, support, and prevention. She brings professional expertise as well as personal experiences throughout her nursing career in caring for her patients today. Her passionate practicing goal is to empower patients through a mutually shared decision-making process in a safe space. Current professional involvement includes membership with American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and Virginia Nurses Association. 

 

Being born and raised in the Appalachian Highlands, she still considers it home to this day. Emily appreciates the natural beauty of the land and the unique culture of the community and people. In her free time, she likes hiking, kayaking, photography, music, and spending time with loved ones. 

Christy Hensley, LCSW

Christy Hensley, LCSW

Christy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her undergraduate degree at Ferrum College and Master of Social Work in Clinical and Macro Practice, with a concentration in the field of Global Practice, at Boston College. Her training & clinical work have included working within the U.S as well as India and Romania with adults, children, the geriatric population, and minority populations. She has experience in various settings including community mental health, hospice and home health, oncology, domestic violence, homeless shelters, school based, international adoption, international women’s empowerment, and disaster response. Christy also enjoys helping individuals to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives and prioritizes creating a safe, therapeutic space. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Christy lives in Floyd and enjoys traveling, gardening, photography, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Victor Rivera, M.S., LPC

Victor Rivera, M.S., LPC

My name is Victor Rivera.  I was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, and was raised in Barranquitas, PR.  I moved to Franklin County Va during my high school years- where I graduated.  I attended Virginia Western Community College, and I finished my Bachelor’s at Ferrum College; with a focus on Criminal Justice.  Along the way, I was offered and opportunity to work in community mental health in Roanoke and Franklin County.  Eventually, becoming the Director of the Franklin County and Henry County Areas.  Mental Health, and helping those in need, became my passion, and I decided to pursue a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2013.  It became very apparent that counseling and therapeutic interventions were pursuits that truly fulfilled me, and I’ve been working to focus more on those skills and services.  I look forward to continue on this journey and to continue to expand upon my counseling skills.

 

I live in Roanoke with my wife and daughter.  During my free time, I enjoy time with my family, playing music, drawing/painting, fitness and golf.

The Behavioral Health Service offers assistance when habits, behaviors, stress, worry, or emotional concerns about physical or other life problems are interfering with your daily life and/or overall health. The behavioral health provider (BHP) works with your doctor to help you address these issues.  If indicated we also have case managers who work closely with patients on meeting their healthcare goals and connecting to community resources.

The BHP has training in the behavioral management of health problems. Together, the BHP and your doctor can consider the physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of your health concerns and help determine a course of action that will work best for you. Our BHP’s are licensed mental health professionals.The services provided by the BHP are just another part of your overall health care intended to target and enhance your overall well-being and health. Documentation of your appointment and recommendations from the BHP will be written in your medical record.

Communications with your BHP may not be entirely confidential. Your BHP will make every effort to protect your privacy. However, like all providers, they may have to report information regarding child abuse or neglect or share information regarding those at risk to harm self or others.

The BHP may decide that you need more intensive services beyond what can be provided in the primary care setting. If so, the BHP will discuss this with you and your provider and provide the appropriate referrals.

In addition to individual behavioral health treatment we also offer:

  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Group Therapy
  • Wellness Classes

You can expect the BHP to ask you specific questions about your physical symptoms, the emotional concerns you are experiencing, your behaviors, and how all of these might be related. An initial appointment is usually 45 minutes and follow-up appointments are typically 30 - 45 minutes.

You may be asked to complete some questionnaires to assist with assessing symptoms.

The Behavioral Health Providers (BHP’s) are Licensed Behavioral Health Providers and doctoral psychology students with specialty training work as members of the primary care team. This team approach allows us to consider physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of health.

The BHP can help you develop skills to effectively manager emotional and behavioral difficulties such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief

The BHP can also help you reduce symptoms associated with various chronic medical conditions, or help you cope better with conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome