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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 has worked in various settings to include primary care, university student counseling, community mental health, career counseling, and inpatient crisis stabilization. He is a generalist – helping all ages and patient concerns – but especially enjoys working with folks who are having trouble making sense of their place in the world or finding a sense of purpose.

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. Anna 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. Her professional passions include helping folks recover from traumatic life experiences, creating welcoming spaces for LGBTQ folks to live their fullest lives, and supporting folks in their pursuit of whole health and self-knowledge. Dr. Vandevender Wright commonly uses techniques informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She values life-long learning and is currently being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to better serve her patients. When it comes down to it in the therapy room, she believes that people need to feel comfortable and safe, even in moments where the truth is painful or the way to healing is a little hazy. She strives to remember that humans (including folks that sit in the therapist chair) take time to grow and make changes. She’s willing to sit with her patients while they navigate the healing process for themselves and often describes herself as someone’s “headlights” in this process. And if you find that she isn’t your favorite “flavor” or the best fit, she won’t take it personally, as she believes therapy is best when you’re working with someone who is a good fit for you.

Dr. Vandevender Wright helps to train predoctoral psychology students and supervises them while they are on site. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Collaborative Family Healthcare 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 master’s 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, an unbelievably needy black pup, a blind (but not at all needy) elderly dog, and a 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 a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is originally from Tennessee where he completed his undergraduate training (B.S. in Child/Family Studies) and graduate training (M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) at Freed-Hardeman University. He came to love southwest VA by way of Radford University (Doctor of Psychology). His training has included experiences in rural primary care, mobile crisis evaluation, a VA Medical Center working with geriatrics, and community mental health centers.

After spending a year in Colorado for internship he and his wife returned to the NRV after falling in love with Floyd Co. He also accepted a direct commission with the U.S. Army Reserves in 2020 and serves at the rank of Captain. He began his professional studies thinking he wanted to serve in ministry and soon realized that the services provided through the behavioral health professions accomplished a similar goal of helping individuals live their best life, full of meaning and purpose.

Dr. Burkhart is trained to work with individuals across the life span. He enjoys helping patients find ways to cope with the stressors of life and desires that each of his patients grow in a better understanding of themselves. He enjoys many physical activities, including hiking, yard work, woodworking, and weight training. He attempts to pour the same level of dedication into his clinical work that he does his faith, his family, his military service, and hobbies.

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 originally from Franklin County. Christy has a gentle presence, creating a space in which folks can feel safe & heard/listened to. She enjoys helping others to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives whether in relationships, work, or a multitude of other ways. Christy hopes each person is always able to know their inherent worth and helps folks navigate through challenges whether past or present to create a greater sense of health and wellbeing. Christy works as a generalist with training in EMDR treatment for trauma and has extensive experience assisting others at end of life and with terminal illnesses. She also has experience in community mental health, hospice and home health, oncology, domestic violence, homeless shelters, school-based, international adoption, international women’s empowerment, and disaster response. Christy 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 is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Christy lives in Floyd and enjoys traveling, gardening, photography, being outdoors, animals, cooking, and appreciating the little things.

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 an 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 continuing on this journey and continuing to expand upon my counseling skills.  Though I view myself as a generalist, some of my specializations and experiences include: LGBTQ, Hispanic/Latino, African American, Men’s Issues, Obesity, Parenting, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harming, Sports Performance, Stress, Transgender

Feel free to contact me! I speak both, Spanish and English. I believe the foundation of counseling is empathy and positive client regard, and will always work towards a positive outcome. Counseling is a safe space that is free of judgment, and it is the core of my approach with all clients.

 

Hola. Mi nombre es Víctor. A los 15 años, me emigré a Virignia de Puerto Rico. En los EU me gradué con Bachiderato en Justicia Criminal. También me gradué con Maestria en Consejería de Salud Mental. Mi experiencia incluye más de 10 años proveyendo servicios de salud mental en la comunidad. Mi fundación es ayudar a otros, y asistirles a mejorar su vida. Mi enfoques incluyen ansiedad, depresión, trauma y más. También tengo experiencia como emigrante, y tengo la fundación para ayudar a otros que tienen dificultades con la experiencia Latina en los Estados Unidos.

Mis especialidades son CBT y PCT. Mi fundación como terapeuta es el bienestar del cliente, y proveerle sesiones que lo(a) hagan sertirse cómodo(a), seguro(a), y libre de juicio. Como terapeuta, yo quiero ayudarle a crecer y entenderse mejor emocionalmente. La terapia es el lugar dónde usted puede desarrollar las destrezas para lograr sus metas.

Yo le proveeré un lugar donde puede sentirse seguro/a. Soy su compañero durante su sesión y servicios. Mi objetivo como terapeuta es ayudarle a mejorar su vida.

Pam Hylton

Pam Hylton

Pam Hylton is a licensed professional counselor from Stuart, Virginia. Her educational background includes degrees and certificates from Virginia Tech, Radford University, and James Madison University.  As an adverse childhood experiences survivor, Pam is passionate about helping children and families overcome obstacles.  After working the 12 Steps in 1998, Pam has supported others in confronting and managing unhealthy habits for over twenty years.  She has worked with children, adolescents, young adults and their families who find themselves in stressful settings such as detox, rehab, juvenile detention, jail, hospitals, and public schools.  During the therapy process, Pam assists clients in discovering their strengths, building a support system, exploring spirituality, and developing a healthy lifestyle in order to holistically address their needs.

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