Who We Are
The Arrow Project is made up of a group of hardworking professionals and volunteers that strive to bring mental health awareness and support to the SAW Region of Virginia. Our staff is comprised of our Executive Director Sabrina L. Burress, our Clinical Director Charles Shepard, our student staff team, and a board of advisors.
Sabrina L. Burress. MA, Resident in Counseling •
Co-founder, Executive Director
A native of Staunton, Virginia, I felt the draw to come back home after having worked in a myriad of places since the start of her professional journey in 2001. It wasn’t until 2011 that I felt called to make the change from working in the business administration sector to the human services sector. This transition was a profoundly affirming decision within my professional career. This change brought me back to the roots of concepts deeply important to me: Ideas of activism, advocacy, collaboration, and innovation, which are the core components to providing comprehensive mental health services.
In the following years I have become 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 holistic approach to needs-based client support. As a clinician this shows up through my family-systems approach, with specific interest in attachment-focused treatment. Additionally, I utilize 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. After earning a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, I spent his 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.
Volunteers and Student Staff Team
Board of Advisors
ARROW’s volunteers and student staff team are a vital part of our day to day functions. From Graduate Student assistants to Licensed clinical social worker volunteers, our team helps us on our mission to deliver mental health resources to Staunton and beyond.
The ARROW Board of Advisors consists of members of the community, some of whom are in the health care profession and some of whom are not, but feel strongly about ARROW’s mission. The Board helps support and guide the ARROW Project in all concerns, creating a strong and stable environment, through which the best care can be offered.