Who We are
Holistic Therapy Modalities
Emotionally Focused Therapy
PHD · LPC · LMHC · NCC · ACS
If you are reading this what you really want to know is:
Can I really help you?
Do I know what I’m doing?
It was ironic because it’s not at all how I work with my clients or how I am in the world. I’m warm and probably too friendly. I want you to read this and get an idea of who I am and if we’ll work well together, not just list the things I’ve done (though you can click here for that information).
I AM NOT THE SMILE AND NOD THERAPIST.
I roll up my sleeves and jump in the deep end with you. I know you are the expert on you, but I have a great BS detector. I’ll call you on your stuff.
We’ll laugh (a lot).
After twenty five years in this field I’m unshockable. I’m not afraid to talk about anything you need to talk about. Sex? Money? Let’s get it all out; there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
And to answer the very first question: Yes, I do know what I’m doing. I love what I do and I’m am good at it.
If you would like to read the resume stuff, you can do that here.
PhD · MDiv · Col (USAF, Ret.) · APR
YOU’VE PROBABLY BEEN TOLD ABOUT WORK-LIFE BALANCE BUT NOT TOO MUCH ABOUT HOW TO ACTUALLY HAVE IT WITH A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP.
I can help you with that.
I believe that a healthy work-life balance starts with you. But do you know what’s going on other than juggling, defending, explaining and escaping all the demands, needs, pleas, and wants? What if you could find out more about the way you think, feel, and relate?
My background includes over 30 years’ experience as a trainer, professor, consultant and advocate for people facing crisis. Whether that crisis has been personal, professional, technological, or relational, I’ve found creative and innovative solutions that have made the difference in people’s lives. Amid all the challenges and deadlines, I learned that most of us just want someone to listen to us, help us sort priorities, examine alternatives and empower us to choose a life that makes sense within your own dreams, values, and longing. My experience has mostly centered on professionals, leaders and innovators–whether men or women, young or seasoned. One thing’s constant; few are comfortable with talking about their feelings, or their fears or their uncertainties. I understand.
We’ll start by taking inventory: what have you lived through, what do you believe about yourself, others, and life in general? We do this quickly using the best inventories and assessments. After all, you came for help, right? Consider me your advocate. I have a passion for collaborative decision-making, not for telling you what to do. There are enough self-help books already! Gathering the pieces of your experiences, your expertise and your exasperation, we’ll learn how to interact with them so that you’ll come away from our time together with the basic life skills that can help you flourish in the chaotic and unpredictable world we face.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST, Specializing in Chronic Illness
My name is Angel and I know the emotional exhaustion, the isolation, the highs and lows of being a mother, a partner, a caregiver, a friend and watch your loved one suffer. I am passionate about letting people know they are not alone in this process and that there is hope for tomorrow. There is support for you and your loved one. Feel empowered just enough to reach for help and know that you’ll be in capable hands. Here you’ll find resources and tools to feel competent for the path ahead.
With over 15 years’ experience in behavioral health and long-term care services, I get it. I am currently a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy and have worked in numerous community and hospital-based setting which include diverse populations. Although, I have found my most treasured experiences to be with families and individuals grappling with chronic medical, mental health and developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is mired in the daily tasks of caring for a loved one with a chronic condition or are you facing the sobering consequences of a recent or lifelong diagnosis, then let’s get started today. Together we can tackle the unexpected detours ahead and with confidence.
RESIDENT THERAPIST (R-LPC) AND RELATIONSHIP SPECIALIST
Through my extensive EFT training I am committed to building a collaborative therapeutic relationship where I support and guide you in obtaining the life you wish to have. I do this by providing empathic and accepting support which creates a comfortable, emotionally safe and honest space.
I am passionate about relationships. All of my work and education have provided me with the knowledge and skills to support individuals and couples through this journey of connection in relationships. All of my work here at The Relationship Center is around helping people have a better connection with their emotions to better connect to their loved ones. Let me help you enhance your connections today.
Master of Arts in Counseling, Couple, and Family Therapy, University of Colorado, Denver
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wayne State University
Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Graduate and post graduate training in cultural responsiveness, attachment, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and affairs
- Online Distance Counseling (Telecounseling)
- Cross-Cultural Couples
- Military Couples
A Virginia native, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. She is currently studying through the University of Denver to become an Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner. Prior to joining our team, Rebecca has extensive training providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults on a hospital psychiatric unit as well as counseling individuals in college counseling centers, non-profit organizations, and now, private practice.
Specializing in treating individual’s with trauma-related, mood, and personality disorders, she is highly skilled in working with adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Rebecca utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as her primary treatment modalities. Dedicated to educating clients to be informed-consumers of the treatment they receive, she provides medication management and collaboration with physicians to ensure clients receive the best care possible.
Rebecca offers flexible office hours and can meet evenings and weekends as well as offer discounts to college students. If you are interested in learning more about equine-assisted therapy and would like to integrate this into your treatment, would like to learn more about services or to schedule an appointment, call 757-788-2800 (extension 503).
Reverend Dr. Steven R. Gupton
Workshop Facilitator and Relationship Consultant
My name is Steve and I’d be honored to partner with you as you work through these things. I’m a full-time pastor and have been for over twenty-five years. My training includes a Master of Divinity degree along with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, my passion is helping people with their intimate relationships. I’ve completed the Gottman Training and the Externship in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) at the Washington/Baltimore Center for EFT. My education and training have provided incredible experiences of self-discovery and awareness that I hope will help you on your journey.
As much as I have enjoyed the education and training I’ve received over the years, (I truly love learning and growing!), I enjoy using my gifts to assist people as they work through difficult issues and try to answer important questions. I am a gifted listener. With care and sensitivity, I articulate what I hear and perceive in order to aid you in your journey. I am familiar with shame, guilt, heartbreak, betrayal, burnout, and broken-ness that comes from so many experiences of life. We are all human, and we all need love, acceptance and validation. Compassion, faith and wisdom are the dynamics at work in me as I walk along side you in your journey.
I look forward to hearing from you!
SENIOR CLINICAL ASSOCIATE
I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. Many of us have been affected by addiction, either personally, through our children, in close family or intimate relationships. Addiction is a family disease and the tentacles of its destruction can often leave us perplexed, exhausted or in despair. I have over 10 years of experience in the conceptual and practical application of the disease and recovery model of addiction. With mindfulness, self-discovery and the experience, strength and hope only gained through personal experience you do not have to go it alone, I can help!
If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I can provide a non-judgmental safe place to take that next step.
I am passionate about my work with individuals and families to create warm, genuine and supportive relationships to build or rebuild existing views of reality and become that wholly full and fully whole person you have been or wish to be. I want to help you to feel empowered and relevant where you feel trapped or voiceless. As a Qualified Mental Health Professional I have worked extensively to help people learn mindful and practical skills to manage moods anxiety, depression, loss and interpersonal development.
I am skilled in prevention, intervention and treatment of mood management, improving communication and relationship skills, substance abuse, self-esteem and confidence creation utilizing evidenced based approaches, supports and road mapping. I am driven through my work with individuals and families as they learn to manage distressing thoughts, emotions and behaviors leading to feelings of loss of control of their path. Together, we can define or sometimes redefine the journey to freedom through creative rejuvenation and choice!
You can expect me to be non-judgmental, strengths based, and empathetic to whatever you are experiencing. I will help you to make sense of your world in a meaningful and lasting way.
Lynne Rifkin Shine
CLINICIAN (LMHC, CRC)
Lynne has been practicing personal counseling since 1984. A graduate of Boston University where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, Lynne founded Audubon Counseling in Western New York in 1994 to provide expert counseling services to adults and families. Her private practice has continued to grow thanks to direct referrals from physicians, attorneys, businesses, schools and peer counselors. For the past two decades has been a featured speaker at seminars as well as in the local media for her expertise on numerous counseling topics.
Lynne has extensive experience counseling couples of all ages and stages from engaged couples to revitalizing long-term relationships. She works with same-sex couples, mood and anxiety disorders, and sexual dysfunction or dissatisfaction. She regularly works with two-career couples, affairs, betrayals, and trust problems. She supports couples through structuring a separation, planned reconciliation, co-parenting, and collaborative divorce. Her clients report that Lynne’s direct and practical approach along wither great sense of humor has helped them greatly improve their relationships with themselves and others.