ARROW Project Staff
Sabrina L. Burress, Executive Director
Charles Shepard, Clinical Director
Sabrina L Burress. M.A. 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 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, Mississippi, and I spent my first 7 and a half 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 easing the suffering and promoting the well being of individuals and families affected by a variety of mental health-related concerns, such as atypical neurodevelopment (e.g., autism and ADHD), severe abuse and neglect, and major depression. I am committed to staying abreast of and contributing to advances in the field of professional counseling, and, starting in the summer of 2017, I began work toward a Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision at James Madison University.
I serve on the board of directors for the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership (SVAP) and have been an extern for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT). Other areas of interest and practice include working with LGBTQQIA-identified individuals and their families. I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Virginia Counseling Association (VCA), the Central Valley Counselors Association (CVCA), the Virginia Association for Couples and Family Counseling (VACFC), and the Virginia Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangender Issues in Counseling (VA-ALGBTIC)