MEET OUR COUNSELORS

Our commitment at Hill City Counseling and Consulting is to honor God and show compassionate and professional care to every client. All counselors are active in their local faith communities and are gifted in serving those who are struggling with personal, relational, or spiritual issues. All HCCC Residents and Graduate Interns provide counseling services under the on-site clinical supervision of Drs. David or Suzanne Mikkelson.

David P. Mikkelson, Ph.D., M.Div.
David P. Mikkelson, Ph.D., M.Div.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Director of Supervision
Fees: $110/session, Insurance Accepted

Dr. David P. Mikkelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor who brings many years of leadership experience to HCCC. He grew up in a military family and served as a Marine Corps artillery officer for 11 years and then as an Army chaplain for 18 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2013. David has been counseling for over 25 years, first as a pastor and later as a trained clinician. He enjoys living and working at the intersection of faith and science, helping people achieve their counseling goals through sound clinical methods that also respect and incorporate a client’s faith commitments. As a military chaplain, he actively protected every person’s right to choose and practice his or her religion, and he is dedicated to respecting the faith commitments of each person. Over the years, David has gained expertise in helping with marriage and family issues, healing from adultery, parenting, communication, spiritual issues, and clinical supervision. He also has many years of experience helping military couples address the unique pressures and challenges of military life.

David holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University (1984), a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (1995), an M.S. in Counseling Psychology in 2002, and has been a licensed clinician since 2008. He also earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2015. He has trained and supervised more than 50 pastors, residents, and interns, and has been training AAMFT supervisors since 2010. He has been a clinical trainer and conference presenter across the U.S. and in Europe on various topics, and has authored several articles and a book chapter. He and his wife Suzanne have been married for 36 years and have three married sons and four grandsons. David enjoys reading history, hiking, kayaking, and traveling the world.

Suzanne E. Mikkelson, Ph.D.
Suzanne E. Mikkelson, Ph.D.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Director
Fees: $110/session, Insurance Accepted

Dr. Suzanne E. Mikkelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She has over 25 years of counseling and supervisory experience in both agency settings and private practice. She has extensive experience with military service members and their families. She has a deep admiration for the perseverance and commitment clients bring to the counseling process. Suzanne is highly collaborative in her approach with clients and respects clients’ wisdom in the counseling journey and their right to choose how to move forward in their lives. She has cultivated clinical expertise in such areas as trauma recovery, adultery recovery, military and veteran issues, parenting, couple and family issues, spiritual issues, and clinical supervision.

Suzanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University (1984), a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary (1995), and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University (2015). Suzanne is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy. She provides training and certification in EMDR to clinicians locally and around the U.S. who wish to improve their expertise in EMDR. Suzanne speaks nationally and internationally on PTSD, military issues, and ethics, and she has published articles on these topics. She has served on university faculty teaching graduate courses in marriage and family therapy theories and interventions, ethics, professional orientation, and clinical internship.  She also served as the director for the master’s program in marriage and family counseling for Liberty University.  Suzanne has completed many clinical trainings including Gottman Method (Level 2), Parenting with Love and Logic, SYMBIS, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Couple Communication, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, Prepare/Enrich, and EMDR (Approved Consultant and Trainer).

Suzanne has been married to her husband, David, a retired U.S. Army chaplain, since 1984 and is a native of North Carolina. They are blessed to have three adult sons who are all married, and four wonderful grandchildren. In addition to spending unhurried time with the Lord, Suzanne enjoys connecting with family and friends, hiking in the mountains, and international travel.

Kaitlyn Carney, M.A.
Kaitlyn Carney, M.A.Licensed Professional Counselor
Fees: $110/session
Insurance Accepted

Kaitlyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her counseling experience includes group and individual therapy within an inpatient hospitalization setting, working with children and teenagers in a crisis management program in an agency setting, and outpatient therapy at a church counseling center. Her experience has created a passion for people facing crises and stressful situations leading to feelings of being overwhelmed and hopeless. Kaitlyn’s approach to counseling involves helping each individual identify their sources of hope and strength, acknowledging the resilience that they have in their journey to move forward.

Kaitlyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University (2015) and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University (2017). She is a National Certified Counselor through the NBCC. Kaitlyn employs a holistic approach to counseling, identifying each client’s emotional, mental, and spiritual needs on their journey through counseling.

In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, running, reading, and enjoying any delicious dessert.

Olivia Acree, M.A.
Olivia Acree, M.A. Licensed Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy
Fees: $35/session

Olivia began her counseling experience in 2015 when she volunteered with an equine-assisted learning program that aided team-building and healthy trauma processing. Her love for the profession grew in 2016 as she worked under a team of psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors who mentored and encouraged her as a clinician. She has experience with in-home services and outpatient counseling through her work in a local church counseling center where she saw individuals, couples, and families. Her counseling with these groups of clients included rebuilding broken relationships, processing trauma, and creating family unity using teamwork and appropriate boundaries.

Olivia holds a B.A in Psychology and Religion from Ashland University (2016) and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University (2020). She is Gottman Level 1 and Prepare/Enrich certified, adding further competence to counseling couples. Her personal and educational experiences have cultivated her love for relationships of all kinds, including one’s relationship with the Lord. She considers counseling her ministry, so regardless of her client’s background, she aims to provide genuine dedication and care.

When not in session, Olivia enjoys journaling, music, hiking with her husband, and spending time with both of their large families. Most recently, she and her husband enjoy training their new additions to the family. Their puppies, Kettles and Murphy, are named after two Medal of Honor Winners in hopes that they would be as loyal to them as those men were to their country.

Kelly Carapezza, M.A.
Kelly Carapezza, M.A.Licensed Resident in Counseling
Fees: $35/session

Kelly graduated from Liberty University in May 2018 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health. Currently, Kelly is a Resident in Counseling in Virginia, and is working towards obtaining licensure as an LPC. Her counseling experience includes therapeutic services for at-risk children and youth in downtown Lynchburg, outpatient therapy in a church counseling center and in a community agency, and day treatment counseling for at-risk youth at a local agency. Kelly strives to provide practical and research-based care for those who are interested in partnering with her in the therapeutic process.

Kelly is a certified and trained facilitator in Prepare-Enrich, a marital counseling program, designed to improve marriage and relationship skills. Kelly is also certified in the Love & Logic parenting program. Kelly is trained in EMDR and offers this highly effective intervention to her clients. Kelly is available to provide counseling for clients age 4 and up. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys figure skating, oil painting, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Kelly is pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Capella University. She has presented professionally to a variety of groups including the Virginia Counselors Association, Virginia Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and American Association of Christian Counselors. Kelly greatly enjoys writing and has contributed various academic publications to the Virginia Counselors Association. Kelly also serves as a Graduate Student Representative on the Virginia Association of Counselor Education and Supervision executive board. She is in the process of training her German Shepherd to become a certified therapy animal through Pet Partners.

Khalil Karl, M.A.
Khalil Karl, M.A. Licensed Resident in Counseling
Fees: $35/session

Khalil graduated from Liberty University in December 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is now a Resident in Counseling and working toward earning his license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). As a Christian, Khalil is committed to incorporating evidence-based counseling methods that uphold each client’s faith and promote important biblical truths such as unconditional love, grace, and understanding. Khalil believes in an approach to counseling that is unique to each person, and he works alongside individuals and couples collaboratively to help them reach their goals.

Khalil has three years of counseling experience including therapeutic services for children, youth, and families. He values a structural family approach to counseling that provides individuals, couples, and families with a supportive environment where they can effectively achieve individual and relational healing. He has had many opportunities to work with family conflict and an array of diagnoses including ADHD, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, disruptive mood dysregulation, and bipolar. Khalil sees counseling as a proactive, restorative, and/or preventative process, and hopes anyone considering seeking help for life’s challenges will feel accepted to do so.

In his spare time, Khalil enjoys creative arts as well as challenging himself through activities such as ultrarunning and backpacking.

Ellie Karle, M.A.
Ellie Karle, M.A.Licensed Resident in Counseling
Fees: $35/session

Ellie Karle graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in August 2019. She is a Resident in Counseling in Virginia, working towards licensure as a professional counselor. Her clinical experience includes counseling college-age to middle-age adults for issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as family of origin issues and relationship transitions such as divorce and new relationships. Ellie has enjoyed working with clients from various cultural backgrounds, and she places a high value on understanding how client experiences affect their needs and comfort in the counseling relationship. She views it as a sacred honor to walk with clients through their emotional pain, hear their stories, and meet them at their “stuck points” and partner with them to move forward.

During her studies, Ellie discovered a passion for the science and beauty of helping relationships. She believes that God designed humans to connect with one another and that healthy relationships are the most powerful mechanism for healing and growth. She sees faith and science as mutually complementary, and believes such integration enables her to be a more effective counselor. Ellie is passionate about helping clients resolve past and present struggles in relationships with others and themselves, building more authentic and meaningful connections. She likewise desires to empower clients to overcome obstacles in their lives, and to courageously value who they are while also growing into who they want to be.

In her spare time, Ellie loves hiking and exploring the outdoors, as well as reading, experimenting with creative recipes, and volunteering with the kids at her church.

Stephanie Messerly, M.A.
Stephanie Messerly, M.A. Licensed Resident in Counseling Licensed Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy
Fees: $35/session

Stephanie Messerly graduated from Liberty University in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She is currently a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Resident in Counseling, pursuing dual licensure as an LPC and LMFT. Stephanie has been very active in serving our community in many ways: in-home services with autistic children, internships with women and children at a domestic violence shelter, a community food pantry, and a suicide prevention screening program for middle and high school youth. Early in her undergraduate studies, Stephanie recognized a desire to provide care to people who are hurting. This desire brought opportunities to serve children, adolescents, and their families through group and family counseling at Virginia Baptist Hospital’s psychiatric unit, and experience with adults and geriatric patients on the inpatient psychiatric units. In addition to the hospital, Stephanie has had the privilege of counseling individuals, couples, and families through two local outpatient counseling centers, including here at Hill City Counseling.

Stephanie is passionate about walking alongside clients through the process of counseling to help restore marriages, families, and other interpersonal relationships. She desires to be a therapist who connects with clients by leaning into their hurts, fears, and uncertainties, while also celebrating their victories, strengths, and passions. Stephanie has experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, traumatic events, marital strain, and family stressors. She is a certified facilitator in SYMBIS, Prepare/Enrich, and Gottman Level I, which are effective programs to prepare and improve relationship skills.  Stephanie is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

When she is not sitting in the counselor seat, Stephanie enjoys hiking, taking pictures, reading, and time with friends and family. Through her local church, she enjoys leading a young adult life group where she helps cultivate community, intimacy, and spiritual growth.

Joseph Strasshofer, M.A.
Joseph Strasshofer, M.A.Licensed Resident in Counseling
Fees: $35/session

Joseph graduated from Liberty University in August of 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently a Resident in Counseling in Virginia working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Joseph is committed to educating others and assisting them in living healthier lives. Joseph’s compassionate, person-centered approach to counseling provides individuals with a safe and supportive environment where they can work toward healing. As a Christian, he is passionate about incorporating biblical truths with therapeutic interventions to help individuals as they encounter life’s challenges. Joseph values the opportunity to be present with others and provide them with support, encouragement, and direction as they experience unbelief, fear, relationship issues, grief, and career decisions.

Joseph has three years of clinical experience working at community-based agencies in the city of Lynchburg. He has provided services for adults with mood disorders and has worked with children and adolescents that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, conduct disorders, depression, and anxiety. His primary clinical expertise is with children and adolescents of various cultures that have experienced crisis or trauma. He has assisted in the development of a crisis program for at-risk youth with a local agency and has begun providing crisis intervention and outpatient counseling services in Lynchburg City and Campbell County schools. He is available to provide counseling for individuals ages 4 and up.

In his free time, Joseph enjoys reading, running, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Greer Brieaddy, M.A.
Greer Brieaddy, M.A. Graduate Intern in Marriage and Family Counseling
Fees: $20/session

Greer holds a B.S. in Psychology from Regent University (2018) and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. Greer plans to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) once she graduates. Greer is a certified SYMBIS assessment facilitator for working with both engaged and married couples. She counsels from a family systems model and works to promote insight and healthy patterns that benefit both families and individuals.

During her time at Regent University, Greer worked in the Office of Residence Life for three years as both a Resident Assistant and a Resident Director. She oversaw the wellbeing of hundreds of students in both a mentor and disciplinarian capacity. In both positions, she provided counsel to residents dealing with anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide. Greer has experience responding to incidences of domestic violence, attempted suicide, and medical emergencies. Greer has also trained other Resident Assistants in crisis response and conflict resolution.

Greer also has a heart for individuals with special needs and has worked with children with Down Syndrome. She has helped reinforce life skills and coping mechanisms learned in therapy. She has found this population to be wonderful people to work with. Greer is passionate about helping others live holistically healthy lives. She believes the Lord has called her to instill hope and demonstrate grace even in the darkest of circumstances. The Lord makes beauty from ashes, and that is Greer’s desire for every person who steps in her office: for them to see God’s redemption in their story.

In addition to these professional qualifications, Greer enjoys eating Falafel in Israel, anything related to Star Wars, folding warm laundry, and doing puzzles.

Maddison Stewart, B.A.
Maddison Stewart, B.A.Graduate Intern in Marriage and Family Counseling
Fees: $20/session

Maddison holds a B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University (2017) and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. Maddison plans to pursue licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist once she graduates. Maddison is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, and enjoys working with couples to build, renew, or restore their relationship. As a Christian, she values incorporating biblical truths with evidence-based counseling methods in order to work collaboratively with individuals to help them reach their goals. Maddison is passionate about fostering a warm, safe environment where clients feel comfortable processing their life experiences, emotional pain, and struggles.

Maddison has experience supporting individuals with disabilities as an Employment Specialist by helping them find and maintain competitive employment within the community. She has provided services for individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. Maddison has experience teaching life skills and coping mechanisms to these individuals, as well as advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Additionally, Maddison has served as a volunteer youth ministry leader for multiple years, working in a mentorship role with adolescents. Throughout these experiences, Maddison has humbly learned the sacred honor of walking alongside individuals who are trying to navigate the difficulties and traumas of life. She believes in meeting people where they are and allowing God to use her in order to display His absolute love, grace, and understanding.

In her free time, Maddison can be found hiking, camping, reading a good book, watering her plants, baking lemon-flavored desserts, and spending time with her family and friends.