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Joshua Keene, M.S., LMFT (Owner)
I was born and raised in Louisiana, but have fallen in love with the beauty of both the landscape and people of the valley. I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2015 in both Florida and Virginia. I graduated in 2009 from Harding University with a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy, but learned the value of families in my life from personal experience and this has greatly affected my approach to therapy. I love Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s approach to life as well as to therapy: “I want to speak to people in the caring voice of a father such that they know they are worthy.” This quote describes in detail my approach to the therapeutic relationship.
I was introduced to the positive impact that counseling can have on family’s lives when I worked for a non-profit organization in Louisiana called the Center for Children and Families in Northeast Louisiana. In 2007, I started my Masters work at Harding University. I am a systems-based therapist, hoping to impact the family overall into a healthy self-sustaining system. I utilize Core Model in helping others work through trauma and Structural Family Therapy to help identify key themes within the family system that can bring healing and help strengthen the relationships in the family. I love working with marriages, as it gives me an opportunity to walk with and support people as they make intentional changes in their lives in order to experience a truly unconditional loving relationship with one another.
I have thought long and hard about what I could do to help as many people as possible, which has led me to be very intentional with the training I have sought. I have been overseas helping with missions in South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. I have been working with missionaries overseas to assist them in working through conflicts, strengthen marriages, and process any trauma that they may have experienced during their time on (or off) the field. My heart pulls towards the missionary kids that are having such tremendous difficulties with reentry after their time on the mission field is complete.
In addition to the above, I am trained to supervise other MFT’s to assist them toward licensure.
Tasso Counseling has been a long time dream of mine and Heather’s in order to meet people in the place that they are to love and support them in their time of need. It is so exciting to see how God will continue to help us as we work to help others. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Michele Comer, Resident In Counseling
Hello! My name is Michele Comer and I live in the Valley with my husband of 29 years Sean. We have two daughter’s 21 and 18. I am a Licensed Resident Counselor in the office and graduated with honors from Liberty University’s Master of Professional Counseling program in August of 2019. I love teens and young adults and have been working with them for the past 17 years as a youth leader and lay counselor. My journey to professional counseling began while I was working with and listening to the struggles of these young adults. I quickly realized I wanted to learn how to better help and equip them with the tools they needed to achieve peace, healing, and wholeness.
I am fascinated with the new research emerging in the field of neuroscience and I enjoy applying that knowledge as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Narrative Therapy when working with teens and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, identity/orientation issues, and relationship difficulties of all kinds. In addition, I am also seeking training and certification in Crisis and Trauma Counseling. I am so excited to be a part of Tasso Counseling and the work that we are doing here and will do in the future. I believe that God has sent us to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners freed.~ Isaiah 61:1
Mandy Mays, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Hello, my name is Mandy! I have been living in Virginia for almost a decade, but I often still say that I’m a Jersey girl at heart, which is where I was raised for most of my childhood. I found my way to Virginia when I went to Liberty University for my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and later went on to finish my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty, as well. My husband and I moved to the area after college and are now raising our sweet, baby boy here (and our crazy 3 dogs)!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been working in the field since 2017. A lot of my experience has been working with children, adolescents, and families with a specific focus on crisis work. I believe in tailoring my approach to what works best for each client that I see, so I like to use a combination of different approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, narrative therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and parts work (IFS). I always love and encourage feedback so we can find what works for you!
I remember learning in graduate school that all therapists should go to therapy so that they can experience what it’s like to be in the client’s shoes, and I absolutely agree. Showing up to counseling is often incredibly scary and feels uncomfortable to be vulnerable with a stranger. I would be honored to walk beside you in this process, knowing how overwhelming it can feel at times. Galations 6:2 speaks about carrying each other’s burdens and I think that this represents counseling beautifully: you don’t have to walk through the struggles alone. If you are ready to tackle some of the challenges that you are facing and are needing a safe, non-judgmental, Jesus-loving place to do that- I am ready when you are!
Scott Schmidt, MDiv, MAMFT
Resident of Marriage & Family Therapy
- Born in Roanoke (grew up in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, & Yorktown)
- 8 years active duty in the U.S. Army after high school
- 2 master’s degrees – Pastoral Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy
- 12 Years serving churches, couples, and families in Virginia & Pennsylvania
- 4 years seeing clients in a formal therapy setting like Tasso Counseling
I was born in Virginia, I grew up in Virginia, I married in Virginia, and I am thankful that our family returned to Virginia in 2021 after living and working out of state for 10 years. I enjoy walking alongside couples and family members as they work on partner, marriage and blended family issues. Since most clients experience their concerns or issues in the context of interacting with other people, I prefer to meet with the as many people as possible so we can reduce the amount of time we need to meet for sessions. But I wholeheartedly understand that individuals need some time on their own before we invite others to future sessions.
I am comfortable and prepared to address issues of abuse, addiction, anger, anxiety, couple/partner concerns (e.g. – faith, money, sex, kids, & communication) depression, drug abuse, faith/church issues, grief, premarital or marital enrichment, parenting/co-parenting, and spirituality. I am trained to look at the big picture of the entire family system and help others take more intentional steps in life. I look forward to jumping in to the thick of it and then working myself out of a job after you gain a better understanding of your particular perspective.