Who We Are

ARROW Project Staff

Sabrina L. Burress, Executive Director

Charles Shepard, Clinical Director

Meet ARROW’s Student Staff Team and Board of Advisors


Executive Bios

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.

Updated 1/23/2019