About Old Towne Counseling

Old Towne Counseling Services was founded in 1998 with the goal of meeting the needs of and participating in the community. Our professional team of Licensed therapists possess the educational, clinical training and life experiences to be able to meet your needs.

Old Towne Counseling Services is dedicated to providing mental health counseling services to children, teens, individuals, families and couples. As a practice we approach therapy from a holistic and solution focused perspective and additionally the vast experience of our therapists allows them to provide the particular strategies and interventions that will meet your needs and expectations.

About Old Towne Counseling

Old Towne Counseling Services was founded in 1998 with the goal of meeting the needs of and participating in the community. Our professional team of Licensed therapists possess the educational, clinical training and life experiences to be able to meet your needs.

Old Towne Counseling Services is dedicated to providing mental health counseling services to children, teens, individuals, families and couples. As a practice we approach therapy from a holistic and solution focused perspective and additionally the vast experience of our therapists allows them to provide the particular strategies and interventions that will meet your needs and expectations.

Our Staff

Jeri Lewis, LPC – Director/Counselor

Jeri Lewis is founder and owner of Old Towne Counseling Services, LLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She earned her Masters Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and she continued her post graduate education at The Johns Hopkins University. Jeri’s experience of over 20 years has been diverse. She has been working in the mental health field since 1991 with a variety of experience in the public and private sectors. She is skilled in working with a wide variety of issues which include stress, depression, anxiety and those who are experiencing difficulty adjusting to changes in their lives and relationships. She also has extensive experience working with families, couples, individuals, adolescents and children.

Olivia Reinchenbacker, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

It is my joy and passion to help my clients achieve mental wellness. I practice psychiatry from a patient-centered perspective that addresses your unique life circumstances to help guide you in attaining health on your terms. My primary objective is always to provide you with as much education as possible so that you feel empowered and capable of working with me to determine the best treatment plan for your life.

While my principal role is to manage psychiatric medications, I believe in holistic care and address all aspects of my clients’ health. I work hard to provide my patients with high quality care, which involves not only staying up to date on new research and treatments, but also providing an environment where you feel comfortable, respected, and accepted.

I enjoy caring for children and adults (ages 6 and up) who have a variety of diagnoses including, but certainly not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD. I am particularly passionate about working with women throughout the lifespan, and have focused much of my additional learning on issues specific to women’s mental healthcare, including special training on perinatal mental health. I am an active member of Postpartum Support International and provide care for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including perinatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.Olivia Reinchenbacker, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B

Mary Butler, LCSW – Counselor

Mary is a clinical social worker licensed in the State of Virginia. She graduated from Norfolk State University with her MSW in 1980 and had post-graduate work at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, DC. She comes to Old Towne Counseling Services with 30 years experience working in various settings including United Way, Children’s Hospital and private practice. She has extensive experience in working on issues including chronic illnesses, childhood cancer, military life and consequences of childhood abuse and neglect.

Mary works with individuals, families and older adults using a strength-based approach. She helps the client discover those aspects of him- or herself that can help to overcome the difficult moments of life. Challenges in life relating to grief, loss, depression, and relationship difficulties are of particular interest to her. She works with the client to improve conditions at work, in the home and in the wider community.

Susann Schwarz, LPC – Counselor

Susann-Nicole Schwarz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an approved Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as Massachusetts.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology, and Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at American International College in Springfield Massachusetts.  She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in settings such as addiction rehabs, jails, crisis stabilization units, and outpatient services.  She uses a wide variety of therapeutic approaches based on the individual needs of her clients to facilitate growth and change.  She enjoys working with difficult and resistant clients and is very direct in her approach.  She has considerable knowledge in the field of addiction and very much enjoys working with clients that struggle in that area.

Nidhi Tewari, LCSW

Nidhi Tewari, LCSW is a trauma-focused, licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience helping children, adolescents, and adults to heal from PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other challenges.  Nidhi is Level I and II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained, and she utilizes this evidence-based technique to unlock her clients’ innate healing abilities, which in turn provides them with relief from emotional difficulties.  Nidhi is well-versed in several other evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy.

Nidhi has worked in a variety of practice settings, including private practice, outpatient clinics, community service boards (CSBs), high schools, and hospitals, and she uses her experience and specialized training to provide the highest quality, individualized care to each of her clients. She is always invested in her clients’ success, and she focuses on the strengths in each person with whom she works.  Her genuinely compassionate, humorous, and approachable demeanor allows her to quickly build and maintain rapport with her clients and their families, and she believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is at the core of progress.  Nidhi understands that change takes courage and strength, and she feels honored to walk alongside her clients in their journey towards healing.
Patricia Wilkinson, LCSW, SAP – Counselor

I come to the practice of mental health counseling through personal experiences shaped by the necessity of flexibility and change. My family followed my dad’s corporate career through multiple states and an overseas assignment. My high school years were spent in Ireland and my brother and I had the privilege of being among a small handful of American students at an Irish school. Those years in particular have influenced my understanding of the effect of culture on the development of beliefs, the capacity of people to adapt to change and the appreciation of views other than my own.

I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work in 1976. My professional life has included experience in the not-for-profit world and now with over 20 years in clinical experience. My areas of interest include working with individuals, couples and families facing substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, work difficulties, chronic disease and life transition issues.   Of personal interest to me is the positive ways in which animals can assist in the healing process.

I am a long term resident of Virginia and my home is always shared with several dogs and cats. Outdoor activities and traveling with my family are an essential part of my life. I volunteer weekly with Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center in Toano, Virginia where I am continually amazed at the resilience of people overcoming challenges and the healing energy of animals.

Diana Boutté, RN,MSN, PMHNP-BC

Diana Boutté MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Diana comes to Old Towne Counseling with over 10 years of healthcare experience. She began her career in health care by working as a Certified Nursing Assistant with geriatric patients in a long-term care facility. Diana has worked as a Registered Nurse in various roles in the inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Diana has an outstanding academic background that includes two Bachelor’s Degrees (a BS in Psychology and a BS in Nursing from Old Dominion University) and two Master’s Degrees (a MS in Nursing Leadership & Administration from Old Dominion University and a MS from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Virginia Commonwealth University).

Diana’s primary clinical focus is caring for clients age 6 and up with mental health disorders including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental disorders (including autism spectrum) and posttraumatic stress disorder. Diana completes psychiatric evaluations and provides medication management to patients throughout the lifespan, utilizing evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.

Diana’s goals are to provide patient-centered care and restore and increase patient stability and well-being. She believes it is important to build trust and develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, and does this by working collaboratively with them. Diana is determined to provide support and be attentive to each patient’s needs. Utilizing a holistic and biopsychosocial approach when developing treatment plans, Diana focuses on treating patients from a clinical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, cultural and genetic perspective. For interested patients of all ages, Diana offers genetic testing that identifies psychiatric medications that are most compatible with the client’s body. For more information on this genetic testing, please contact her directly, or visit genesight.com/patients/

In her free time, Diana enjoys spending time outdoors with her children and Husband, watching football, cooking and crafting. Diana is committed to providing patients with compassionate, personalized, high-quality care.

Mrs. Boutté provides individualized care to each patient and currently is not accepting insurance. Her services are reimbursable as Health Saving Expenditures (HSA).

Margaret (Peggy) Blaylock, LCSW, CSAC – Counselor

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters in Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. My counseling experience includes working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and loss, addictive behaviors and substance abuse. I provide therapy for individuals, couples and adolescence with difficulties in such areas as communication problems, processing grief, major life events, parenting and anger management.

We all need a safe environment and someone to talk to who will really listen. My goal is to provide that for you. I approach therapy from a nonjudgmental and person-centered perspective. My desire is to guide and support you in identifying what needs to change, discovering your potential to change and assist you in developing healthy coping skills. The therapies I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Strengths Based and Trauma Informed. I look forward to beginning this journey with you.

Sheri Phuong, LCSW – Counselor
Sheri Phuong is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in various settings. Sheri has worked in residential programs, community-based settings, crisis stabilization and outpatient therapy. In her approach to therapy she works with the client and oftentimes their family to help find solutions to a myriad of challenges faced in life. She uses her training as a clinical social worker to help children, adolescents, families, and individuals connect to community supports and utilize strengths to become as self-reliant as possible and overcome challenges. Sheri utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches based on the individual needs of the client to include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, solution-focused brief therapy, and family systems therapy. She works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, anger, and other various challenges to help improve self-awareness, manage emotions, overcome trauma, cope with life stressors, and/or create a healthy balance. She works with children and families to help with defiance, anger, truancy, social skills, communication skills, cohesion, and/or reducing family conflict. She especially enjoys working with pre-teens, teens, young adults, and families. Sheri feels it is essential to the therapeutic process to have a comfortable, trusting relationship and finding a therapist who is the “right fit” for the client.
Caitlyn Berry, Psychiatry Assistant
Dr. Priscilla Wright , Psy D., LPC, NCC – Counselor

My name is Priscilla Wright and I have worked in the Human Services Field for 10 years. I am a licensed professional counselor. I began by working as a Special Education Teacher in Richmond,VA. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and their families by providing services that were person centered and emphasized the individual rather than the diagnosis. Given this I obtained my Masters in Counseling from Virginia State University. Since that time I have worked with adults and children in a wide range of settings. I am passionate about helping children and adults reach their maximum potential through a strengths based approach. It will be my pleasure to work with you in increasing your quality of life.

William (Bill) Butler, LCSW – Counselor
Mr. Butler graduated from the US Naval Academy and became a Navy helicopter pilot. After his honorable discharge, he served as Administrator of a substance abuse program in Virginia Beach for four years. He received his Master of Social Work from Norfolk State University in 1979 and was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 1983. He has had a career in social work since then that includes both clinical and managerial responsibilities. He worked as Executive Director of Catholic Family Services in Portsmouth, Virginia, and then as Chief of Services of the Navy Family Service Centers of Hampton Roads. He was in private clinical practice for 12 years. He was Clinical Manager of the behavioral health subcontract within TRICARE, Vice President of Provider Relations for Value Options, a national behavioral healthcare firm, and managed the children’s mental health clinic for the City of Virginia Beach CSB for ten years. After he retired, he went back into part time clinical practice in Virginia Beach. He and his wife moved to Mechanicsville in 2013 to be near their children and grandchildren. Mr. Butler works with families, couples, individual adults and adolescents. Especially when a child has the problem, he prefers to see the whole family. Presenting problems can include depression, anxiety, life transition and military lifestyle issues, acting out behavior in children and adolescents, and many others. The focus is on the solution to the problem, which means goal-setting and re-orienting one’s life direction. The problem can then be left behind as one becomes enthusiastic about change.
Lauren Roseman, LCSW – Counselor
Lauren Roseman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field since 2004. Lauren earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lauren has served in several different positions in the mental health field, including foster care case manager, community mental health counselor, and outpatient therapist. She has provided outreach to elementary and middle schools and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Lauren has received training in many areas including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, solution-focused therapy, and group therapy. Lauren’s areas of clinical interest include depression, substance abuse, ADHD, behavioral challenges, anxiety, and anger issues. Lauren focuses on client strengths and works with the client to develop positive and achievable goals and effective coping skills in order to improve quality of life.
Mary Beth Baker, LCSW – Counselor

Mary Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of professional experience in the field since earning her Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002.  During that time she has worked both in public and private settings, inpatient (both residential and acute care) as well as outpatient. Mary Beth specializes in treating children and adolescents, providing trauma informed care to individuals and their families. She provides a whole-person, strengths-based approach to treatment.  Mary Beth draws from a myriad of therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, techniques of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, both non-directive and directive Play Therapy, Sand Tray, and Social Skills Training.  Mary Beth is a Certified Autism Specialist, and uses sensory tools and techniques of play therapy to assist in meeting the unique needs of this population. She recognizes that the relationship and therapeutic rapport established between client and clinician is the single best predictor of success in treatment.

Counselor in Residence:

OTC is pleased to offer the services of our Residents in Counseling. A “Resident in Counseling” is an approved status by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Health Professionals for an individual to pursue clinical experiences under the regulations that govern the practice of Professional Counseling. Such individual is required to complete certain number of clinical hours as part of the process of seeking licensure in Virginia.

Our Residents work under the direct supervision of Peggy Blaylock, LCSW.

Residents provide services on a fee for service basis. The fee is based upon a sliding scale. Upon scheduling an appointment the sliding scale fee will be determined based upon income and the number of people in a household.

This option works well for clients who may not have insurance, or they can’t afford to use their insurance. Others choose this option because they are on a limited budget. If interested in this option please contact us at 804 398 8401 and specifically ask about our Resident Counselor services.

Valerie McDonnell, MSW - Counselor in Residence

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with my Masters degree in Clinical Social Work in 2014. Presently I am working towards obtaining my license to be a clinical social worker. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. My passions include working with women issues as well as with children and adults who have experienced trauma from abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. I also enjoy working with clients from various cultural backgrounds and those in the LGBT community.

My experience with children and adolescents includes providing in home therapy and play therapy. Additionally, I co-facilitated a grief counseling group while volunteering at Full Circle Grief Center consisting of elementary aged children who had recently lost a close relative or family friend.

My experience working with adults includes working at The Salvation Army providing case management services to adults who were in need of emergency financial aid and food assistance. I also worked at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) providing counseling services to adults with anxiety, depression, serious mental illnesses, substance abuse, and trauma-related disorders such as PTSD. Additionally I co-facilitated a group at RBHA for women with substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

I am very excited about the opportunity to get to know you and work alongside you to develop a plan that will help you maximize your well-being. I believe that all of us have the potential to live a meaningful life and that each person has innate strengths and resources available to them that can be tapped into with the help of a supportive therapist.

Valerie Cobb and Suzanne Smith, Front Office Coordinators
Deanna Devine, Office Manager/Billing Specialist

Careers with Old Towne Counseling Services

OTC is always interested in meeting caring and skilled clinicians who are interested in joining an established private practice.  If you are interested and think that OTC may be the right fit for you, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Current Job Openings

Licensed Clinicians
Psychiatrist: Full or part time
PMHNP: full or part time

Mail, email, or fax letter of interest and resume to:

 Old Towne Counseling Services
Attn: Jeri Lewis
7489 Right Flank Rd. #330
Mechanicsville, VA 23116  FAX: 804-789 8881  oldtowne@otcounseling.com
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