Staff

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Alicia Meyer, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Meyer has devoted the last decade of her career to the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and their families.  She has held positions as the Director of Mental Health at multiple Child Advocacy Centers and is the founder of Alicia's Place.


Education

Bachelor's degree from Brown University

Master's degree from the Catholic University of America (CUA)

Doctorate from the Catholic University of America (CUA)

Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)


Certifications:

National TF-CBT Trainer

Level 1 PCIT Trainer (ongoing)


Specializations:

Child abuse

Violence against women

Military trauma

Anxiety disorders

Healthy parenting practices

Parent-child relationship building

Forensic assessment

Expert witness testimony

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Ridjie Chery, Psy.D.

Dr. Ridjie Chery, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in individual, family, and group psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She treats clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems, such as anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems. Dr. Chery obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) before seeking her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP), Argosy Northern Virginia.  Prior to obtaining her PsyD, Dr. Chery was employed in the group home setting, working with individuals with an intellectual disability (ID). This experience led to her interest in working with the ID population in therapy and influenced her dissertation research (Early Assessment of Young Children at Risk for Mild Intellectual Disability: Implications for Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis, and Services). 

Dr. Chery completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Community Counseling Center of Mercer County (Hermitage, Pennsylvania), where she gained experience with a variety of therapeutic orientations (cognitive-behavioral therapy/CBT, interpersonal therapy, person-centered therapy, play therapy, dialectical behavior therapy/DBT, and family systems). She is trained in and seeking certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Dr. Chery is currently in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Chesapeake, VA where she integrates a wide range of holistic (focus of treatment on the whole person, not just the obvious symptoms) orientations and techniques (art and music therapy, guided imagery, mindfulness awareness/meditation, and breath therapy) that can provide every client with an individualized experience. She believes that there is a strong connection between the mind, body, and spirit (meaningful purpose in life), which leads to healing and overall wellness.  Additionally, Dr. Chery is trained in administering psychological assessments, including intellectual functioning (IQ), personality assessment, behavioral assessment, academic achievement, vocational, pre-employment screenings for police officers, and pre-adoption evaluations.  

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Annie Levin, Psy.D.

Annie Levin, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a passion for and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced traumatic events. She also works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and behavior management difficulties. Dr. Levin obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William in Mary before seeking her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP), Argosy Northern Virginia.  Prior to obtaining her PsyD, Dr. Levin held positions at ChildHelp USA, a youth residential treatment facility for maltreated and at-risk youth in Virginia; the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) in Washington, DC; the Tree House Child Assessment Center in Maryland; and the Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center in New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Levin worked in several teaching assistant positions at ASPP, including classes in assessment, diversity, and psychodynamic therapy. Dr. Levin is trained in and seeking certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She also has interests in integrating complementary therapeutic modalities, such as the use of art, music, or animal-assisted therapy. Dr. Levin has been practicing at Alicia’s Place since July 2018.

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Jessica Lunsford, M.A.

 Jessica Lunsford serves as the Executive Assistant of Alicia's Place as well as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).  Jessica is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church with a passion for justice and a heart for helping others. She spent 15 years doing children and youth ministry in various church settings.  This background makes her an exceptional counselor for children, teens and families. She is trained in the areas of TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy), family therapy, grief counseling, and faith-based pastoral counseling. Jessica is from Big Stone Gap, VA, She received her B.S. in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a Master's of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She lives in Chesapeake with her husband, three children and one pet ball python.