Each clinician at Chesapeake Psychological has been selected for the unique, specialty knowledge and experience that he or she brings to client care. Our psychotherapy and psychiatry services are staffed by an experienced team ensuring that clients receive care from providers with the most advanced education and training in their fields.
Randy A. Rhoad, M.A., Psy.D.
Dr. Randy A. Rhoad, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has been practicing in the Tidewater, Virginia area for over twenty years. He achieved a Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 1986, and practiced as a School Psychologist from 1987 to 1992, providing psycho-educational evaluations, counseling and consultative services to children and school personnel. Licensed as a Professional Counselor in 1991, he worked as a therapist at the Pines Residential Treatment Center in Portsmouth, Virginia from 1992 to 1994, providing individual and group psychotherapy to children and adolescents. Dr. Rhoad began working in private practice after attaining his Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree from Regent University in 1999. Dr. Rhoad founded Chesapeake Psychological Associates in 2001 where he currently provides psychological evaluations - Disability Determination, Forensic, ADHD, and general psychological functioning - as well as psychotherapeutic counseling to treat children, adolescents, and adults presenting with psychological and emotional problems (e.g., Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, relationship problems, and situational stressors).
Amanda Rhodes, M.D.
Dr. Amanda Rhodes is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults. She completed her training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She went on to complete her psychiatry residency training at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Rhodes served three years Active Duty Naval Service at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth as an attending Psychiatrist and Director of the ECT Treatment Progam. She has practiced in the community as a Private Practitioner for the past nine years. Her special interests include the treatment of women (pregnancy through menopause), depression, anxiety, bipolar and adult ADHD.
Elizabeth Kamin, M.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Kamin is a board certified general psychiatrist. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School doctor of medicine and psychiatry residency training programs. She has practiced at Western Tidewater Community Services Board in Suffolk and most recently in private practice in Virginia Beach. Her areas of interested include perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress issues. Her practice encompasses older adolescents with ADD/ADHD, anxiety and depression.
Xavier Belcher, M.D.
Dr. Xavier Belcher is a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of young children and adults. He completed his medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Medical College of Virginia) and psychiatric training at Wake Forest Baptist Health. He has experience in providing inpatient psychiatric services to diverse populations at Bon Secour’s Maryview Medical Center and treating patients on an outpatient basis. Professional interests include first episode psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, depression and anxiety.
Dr. Belcher can see children, adolescents, and adults. He treats individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, Autism Spectrum disorder and others.
Adenyi Alatise, M.D., FAPA
Dr. Adeniyi Alatise is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA. Dr. Alatise subspecialized in Addiction Psychiatry and completed his Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship training at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH. He is also a Board certified Addiction Psychiatrist. He is serving in the US Navy and is currently stationed in Portsmouth, Va. His special interests include the treatment of Substance Related and Addictive Disorders, Transcultural Psychiatry, Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorder, Depressive Illness, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders.
Laura R. DeWitz, PA-C, MHS
Laura DeWitz, a Board Certified Physician Assistant, has been practicing in the Tidewater, Virginia area for over fifteen years. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Biology from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1996, and a Master of Health Science Degree, Physician Assistant Studies, from Duke University in 2001. She has worked in both private and military Family Practice for over 15 years providing care for adolescents and adults presenting with psychological and emotional concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADD/ADHD.
Frank R. Kara, PA-C, MPA
Frank Kara, a Board Certified Physician Assistant, specializes in the outpatient treatment of depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is a 2014 graduate from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA with a Master of Physician Assistant degree. He has previously earned a Master of Business Administration degree through the University of West Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics degree through the University of Colorado. He served more than 20 years in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and retired from active service as a Commander.
Lynette Widgeon-Hammonds, L.C.S.W.
Lynette is a Licensed Clinial Social Worker for the past 24 years and a Board Certified Christian Counselor. She specializes in treating children (6 and older) and adults in individual and/or family therapy. She works with individuals experiencing conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the effects from Sexual Abuse.
Through the use of communication, cognitive-behavioral, family systems and specific trauma related techniques such as EMDR, she had assisted patients in overcoming a variety of problematic situations and distressing symptoms.
Mary Ann Kearley, Clinical Nurse Specialist, L.P.C.
Mary Ann Kearley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health providing individual and couples counseling for those experiencing depression and anxiety related symptoms, stress related disorders, complications of life threatening illnesses, pain management, death and bereavement. Her background is in public health and community mental health, and she has had a private counseling practice since 1988. Mary Ann has pursued her interest in mind*body*spirit connections with specialized training in Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the MBSR program, palliative and hospice training, and the Expressive Arts. Her approach to the therapy process is individualized to the client with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral approaches and she recognizes the opportunity for growth and change a crisis can provide. She is a nursing graduate of Seattle University and has her Masters in Counseling from Old Dominion University.
Julie Campbell, Psy.D.
Dr. Julie Campbell, a Liscensed Clinical Psychologist, has been practicing in the Hampton Roads area for eight years. Dr. Campbell completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at West Virginia University of Parkersburg. After finishing her Bachelor of Arts Degree, she went on to get her Master of Arts Degree in Psychology at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Dr. Campbell then worked in the mental health field for almost 2 years before going on to achieve her Doctor of Psychology degree at Regent University. She completed her internship at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Togus, ME, focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, General Neuropsychology, Geropsychology, and completed an off site rotation emphasizing the psychological evaluation of childern at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center of Maine. Dr. Campbell then completed her residency at Eden Family Institute where she obtained training in Dialectic Behavior Therapy. She also completed additional training in psychological assessment and therapy. Dr. Campbell is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Dr. Campbell works with individual and adults in the areas of Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues, Military Issues, Grief and Loss Issues, Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders, and Christian Counseling. Dr. Campbell's main modes of therapy are Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy.
Mark Witherspoon, Psy.D.
Dr. Mark Witherspoon, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been actively involved in the mental health field for 38 years in Virginia and North Carolina. His experience has been acquired across a variety of inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment settings serving adults, adolescents and children. Dr. Witherspoon received the Doctor of Psychology degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia and completed his residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institue and State University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Radford College. Dr. Witherspoon's area of clincal practice include cognitive and personality assessment as well as applying cognitive-behavioral approaches for the treatment of mood disorders. Utilizing his experience, he often draws from his knowlege of the principles of applied behavioral analysis and neuropsychology to inform and augment assessment and treatment formulations. Prior to joining Chesapeake Psychological Associates, Dr. Witherspoon served as Psychology Director at Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. He and his wife Judy currently reside in the Chesapeake area.
Emilio Cortes, Psy.D.
Dr. Emilio Cortes, Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the State of Virginia and Pureto Rico. He completed his Doctoral in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Pureto Rico. Dr. Cortes was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. He was initially licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Puerto Rico. He worked as part of the treatment team with Partial Hospitalization Program for San Juan Capestrano Psychiatric Hospital conducting Group Therapy sessions. In addition, he worked as part of a Psychiatric Private Practice Group doing individual therapy. Dr. Cortes has been working in the Hampton Roads area since 2010. He has mainly been working with an adult (18+) population performing Individual, Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy.
Arnold Unterbach, L.C.S.W.
Mr. Unterbach is a certified addictions counselor who works with individuals addressing their concerns with alcohol and substance use, as well in treating adults and adolescents presenting with depression, anxiety, and general problems in affecting a psychologically healthy lifestyle. Sessions are specific to meeting your needs wherever you currently are in your recovery process. He provides support in a safe, non judgmental and healing environment. His approach is compassionate, interactive, and supportive. Arnie believes that individual counseling sessions are critical to the recovery process and will support you as you explore the hurdles that are holding you back from the life you want to live.
Beth Johnston-Sabat, M.A., L.P.C.
Beth Johnston-Sabat, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a National Certified Counselor. She studied Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. She also has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University. Beth's broad experience in the counseling field has provided her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people from various backgrounds and symptom presentation. Beth has studied and sought supervision to work with innovative trauma treatments such as Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), as well as hypnotherapy. She is also a Prepare/Enrich certified therapist to help both pre-married couples and married couples with challenges in relationships.
Sandra L. Borden L.C.S.W.
Sandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years experience helping adults achieve health and wholeness. She has had advanced training through Liberty University in Christian Counseling, Stress and Trauma and Addictions. She also has 8 years experience leading a Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training group for adults. She specializes in working with adults with PTSD, Borderline life Personality Disorder, Addictions, Abuse and Trauma issues, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and life transitions. She is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors and The National Association of Christian Social Workers.
Jean Crawford, Ed.D.
Dr. Jean Crawford Ed.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Marriage & Family Therapist. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Crawford has the ability to address and treat Anxiety, Depression, PTSD & Trauma, Grief & Loss, Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse. Her work with individuals and couples involves interpersonal communication which she taught as adjunct faculty for Old Dominion University and also as the counselor for the various health care programs at the Sentara College of Health Sciences. Her style is a blend of traditional psychology with a basis in Depth Psychology (Jungian) and Expressive Arts (Guided Imagery and Music; Helen Bonny Method in which she is a Fellow) and Energy Psychology strategies that engage the whole person. Her Holistic approach to counseling also incorporates principles of Health and Well Being. Dr. Crawford practices Yoga, loves to dance, listen to music and swim in the ocean.
Nilima Nirmul, Psy.D.
Dr. Nirmul is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the individual treatment of adolescent and adult clients. Dr. Nirmul has over 13 years of experience in providing psychodynamic counseling in the Chesapeake area. She also has experience in conducting mental health evaluations in her role as a Independent Examiner to the Norfolk and Virginia Beach courts. Dr. Nirmul completed her undergraduate training at Tufts University in the Boston area, and her graduate training at Widener University in the Philadelphia area. She lives in Chesapeake with her husband of 20 years and their 3 children. She enjoys working with women's issues, middle school and high school adjustment issues, identity issues and employs an eclectic mixture of therapeutic approaches in order to tailor her work to best suit her individual client's needs.
Peggy Lidstrom, L.C.S.W.
Peggy has been providing substance abuse treatment for 25 years. She is trained in EMDR which is a powerful tool to confront trauma. She has expertise in treatment of individuals who have dual diagnosis (substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. She had developed and directed many community based programs including two intensive outpatient programs for chemical dependency. She is a Substance Abuse Professional for DOT and Substance Abuse Expert for Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Wendy Coffield, Ph.D.
Dr. Coffield is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing in the Tidewater, Virginia area for over thirty years. She graduated from the State University of NY at Stony Brook, with honors, and also has a Master's degree in Cognitive Development from the University of Rochester, and a Master's degree and a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. She specializes in working with adults with symptoms of depression and anxiety, and issues related to everyday life adjustments, relationship problems, and transitions.
Marlene Judith Adams, M.S., L.P.C.,LMFT
Marlene is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice for over 30 years. She enjoys helping people develop their full potential, experience growth and find personal fullfillment. She has helped many individuals, couples and families gain a better understanding of how to set goals, communicate more effectively and develop a deeper understanding of how to maximize their potential. Marlene specializes in women's issues, couples therapy, depression, anxiety, stress management and abuse recovery. She is also a holistically oriented and open to exploring spiritual issues if the client so desires.
Mathias C. Soucek, M.A., M.S., Psy.D.
Doctoral Resident in Clinical Psycholgy
Mathias graduated with both a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech University. He completed his Doctoral training at Regent University, and specializes in psychological assessment and evaluations.
Christina Brown, M.S., LPC, ATR, CSOTP
Christina is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider who has been practicing in Portsmouth, VA for several years. Her experience includes providing individual, family, and group therapy to children and adolescents in a residential setting, as well as working with adult registered sex offenders in an outpatient setting. Christina graduated with an Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Studio Artsfrom Tidewater Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Regent University, and dual Master's Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She utilizes a holistic, eclectic approach to tailor therapy to meet her client’s needs and level of comfort. As both a counselor and an art therapist, she employs both traditional counseling ("talk therapy") as well as image-making and the creative process to support healing, transformation, wellness, and growth. Counseling is individualized and may use any of the following approaches, but not limited to: motivational interviewing, positive psychology, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, solution focused, DBT. Her interests include: Art therapy, psychotherapy, and sex offender treatment. Her specialty areas include sexually abusive behaviors, trauma, depression, anxiety, neurodevelopmental disorders, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders, and paraphilic disorders.
Elizabeth McGinnis, LPC, LMFT
Elizabeth McGinnis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked as a counselor in the Hampton Roads area for more than 30 years helping adult individuals and couples realize hope, healing, and growth that lead to healthier more fulfilling lives. Elizabeth has years of experience in working with the military and military families. She specializes in couples’ therapy, domestic abuse recovery, anger management, relationship issues, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, women’s issues, and concerns related to the stress of life. If requested, Elizabeth is happy to work with clients who want to include matters of the Christian faith and life into the counseling experience.
Arlene L. Brown, Psy. D.
Dr. Brown is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Brown earned a Masters in Urban Administration from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia before earning Masters and Doctor of Clinical Psychology degrees from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She completed her clinical training at Hillside Family of Agencies: Crestwood Children’s Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Brown entered the mental health field after working for several years with emotionally troubled children and adolescents, and in therapeutic foster care. She decided to help individuals develop more satisfying relationships, assist with the obstacles they encounter in life, and guide them toward making the changes they desire to accomplish their goals. Over the years since earning her terminal degree, she has developed a diverse experience, treating a wide variety of issues; including child & adolescent concerns, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and trauma.