Meet the Clinical Team

Ashley Fayak, MS, NCC

Resident in Counseling, Clinician II

Hi! My name is Ashley Fayak. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy from Capital University. After I graduated, I went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I have also had extensive training in play therapy techniques from Old Dominion University. I have utilized this modality and well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused CBT with children, adolescents and adults. I work(ed) with children, adolescents, and adults who have a range of issues including: court mandated services for behavioral and emotional issues, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I have co-facilitated and led men and women’s domestic violence groups. I also have worked with children who have experienced trauma and adults who experienced trauma in their childhood.

Muriah Fox, MS, NCC

Resident in Counseling, Intensive In-Home Clinical Supervisor

Muriah Fox graduated Suma Cum Lade from Capella University in September 2016 with Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Muriah is approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Resident in Counseling and is also a National Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Muriah also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ashford University in 2012. Muriah is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Virginia Counselor’s Association. Muriah is a military spouse and grew up in Washington State.  Muriah has a passion for working with children and has previously held positions as a domestic violence victim advocate, a therapeutic day treatment counselor and most currently, an intensive in home clinical supervisor.

Erin Freeman, LPC

Licensed Clinician

Hi, I’m Erin!  I began working in the mental health field over ten years ago after completing my Bachelor’s Degree at James Madison University.  I worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and cooccurring disorders providing direct service, case management, and resource coordination prior to pursuing my Master’s Degree at Old Dominion University.  Upon completion of my Master’s Degree I most prominently worked with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and clients experiencing PTSD, personality disorders, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders.  I also have extensive experience in crisis intervention to include serving as a member of a sexual assault response team, intervening with suicidal and homicidal clients, and completing assessments for inpatient treatment.  I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor working with children, adolescents, and adults.  I utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques coupled with a holistic therapeutic perspective focused on each person achieving their personal version of a healthy lifestyle.  My passion is helping people find peace and healing through their individualized journeys.

Michelle McCarthy, MA

Resident in Counseling, Clinician I

My name is Michelle McCarthy and I am currently a Resident in Counseling, working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I have worked with children in the education and mental health settings for over five years and after obtaining my undergraduate degree from Regent University, decided to pursue and complete a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Throughout the completion of this degree, I gained experience working with a variety of populations, including the homeless and low-income population in need of supportive care and court ordered clients in need of rehabilitation. I have also gained experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families using a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family, and group therapy sessions. I have training in many areas including play therapy, trauma intervention, suicide intervention, and substance abuse treatment. Since completing my Master’s Degree from Regent University, I have worked with adults who struggle with a variety of mental health related issues including depression, anxiety and mood disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Additionally, I have worked with children ranging from toddlers to teenagers who struggle with behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, and developmental delays.

Angely Morales, MS, NCC

Resident in Counseling, Clinician I

Hello, my name is Angie. I have a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University.  I am currently a Resident in Counseling working towards licensure under supervision towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am trained in and have a certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health illnesses and life concerns as a social worker and counselor.

I have experience working with children and adolescents who are or where in foster care or state care. I have worked with youth who are struggling with family separation, family conflict, being bullied, and bullying behaviors.  When working with children and adolescents I enjoy taking an interactive approach to engage them in therapy. I have experience working with clients with anxiety, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, sexual identity issues, self-esteem issues, and trauma.  I have worked with clients who struggle to develop and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and partners due to abandonment issues, poor boundaries, poor self-esteem and trauma.

My DBT training has prepared me to work with clients who have a history of suicidal behaviors, self-harm, and who struggle with coping with life stressors in constructive ways.

My goal in therapy is assisting clients with striving towards a “life worth living” by working alongside clients to establish attainable goals and develop positive coping skills.

Ashanti Newkirk, MA

Resident in Counseling, Clinician I

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount University in Fine Arts and Psychology. Post graduation I worked for Norfolk Public Schools, with children classified as emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and at-risk. Where I acquired a passion for promoting stability in home, school, and community environments and supporting emotional and mental wellbeing. In pursuit of this effort I received my Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Hampton University. I have worked as a Therapeutic Day Treatment counselor with primary through secondary school, providing services to youth diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, and trauma-related disorders. I also have experience working with families experiencing homelessness and young adults coping with adjustment disorders, anxiety, and self-injury. I am currently completing my Residency to obtain Licensure as a Professional Counselor.