ARROW Project Staff
Sabrina L. Burress, Executive Director
Charles Shepard, Clinical Director
Sabrina L. Burress. MA, Resident in Counseling • Co-founder, Executive Director
I am a native of Staunton, Va where I currently live and work. I have worked in myriad settings since beginning my professional journey in 2001. And spent a great deal of my early adulthood trying to figure out =exactly what being a career professional would mean to me. In 2011 I made a significant shift from working in the business administration sector to thriving in the human services sector. This was such a profoundly affirming transition in my professional journey. As I felt like it took me back to the roots of concepts that had always been important to me: Ideas of activism, advocacy, collaboration, and innovation that are core components to providing comprehensive mental health services.
Over the past 7 years I have become a more determined, compassionate, person-centered leader and mental health professional with diverse leadership experiences in community- and family-focused mental health. In professional and personal development, I honor the importance of connections between community engagement, strengths-based learning, and a more holistic approach to needs-based client supports. As a clinician this shows up through a family-systems approach, with specific interest in attachment-focused treatment, and utilization of more behaviorally based methods as appropriate for the client.
Charles F. Shepard, LPC, NCC • Co-founder, Clinical Director
Since arriving in the Shenandoah Valley in 2009, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children individually and in family therapy. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and I spent my first 7 1/2 years as a resident in counseling and professional counselor learning Structural Family Therapy in the style of Dr. Salvador Minuchin from Drs. Steve Greenstein, David Waters, and Gretchen Wilhelm. I apply my training in family-systems, attachment, and behavioral theory to my work with individuals and families affected by a variety of mental health-related concerns. I am particularly interested in helping individuals and families who are dealing with issues specific to LGBTQQIA identity.
Beyond the counseling room, I also provide clinical supervision for counselors in training and post-graduate residents in counseling. I have taught counseling-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Mary Baldwin University. You can read more about services I provide and my approach here.