Staff Bio’s

Christopher Doyle, MA, LPC, LCPC is a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of Maryland and the founder and clinical director of Northern Virginia Christian Counseling, specializing in the integration of psychology and theology in counseling. Christopher is the author of several books, and has been published in Issues in Law & Medicine and the Journal of Human Sexuality along with many print and online outlets, including Townhall, World Net Daily, The Christian Post, Barbwire, CNS News, and Lifezette. Christopher has been interviewed in hundreds of media outlets, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including The Dr. Oz. Show, Fox News Radio, National Public Radio, American Family Radio, and the Christian Broadcasting Network. 

His work has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Associated Press, ABC/Fusion, NBC News, AOL, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, World Magazine, Atlantic Magazine, National Catholic Register, and many more. Christopher earned his master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Grove City College. He is a married, father of five children, and a member of Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville, Virginia.

Nina F. Angeles, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor in the commonwealth of Virginia. Her desire in counseling is to help individuals overcome the hurt and pain of the past to improve their quality of life in the present. She works with individuals and couples struggling with abandonment, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, shame, grief and loss, and trauma. Nina’s counseling practice is based on the Lord Jesus Christ’s promise, as state in Isaiah 61: 1-3 where He said He turns ashes into beauty, and exchanges grief and despair for His joy and praise. Nina has a master’s degree from Marymount University and is a National Certified Counselor.

Anthony J. Flores, MS, CT is a graduate of Divine Mercy University and a Resident in Counseling in Virginia. He holds the belief that the counseling room is a sacred space in which God dwells and heals, and that as a counselor, Anthony has been called to walk alongside others in their brokenness and moments of challenge, treating each client as a divine appointment. Anthony has been specially trained in an integrated model of contemporary psychology and Catholic/Christian anthropology and theology. He is a Certified Facilitator/Instructor and Clinical Traumatologist with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, and has extensive deployment and field experience responding to traumatized persons in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.

Anthony believes in utilizing a holistic approach to treatment, addressing client welfare in body, mind, and soul by using a variety of techniques and modalities best suited for each client. Anthony received a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University, a Catholic university located in Arlington, Virginia. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University, located near his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan.

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Deborah Vara is a licensed, resident-in-counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She graduated from Walden University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In Deborah’s previous career, she worked for 16 years in government contracting. After several life altering events, she decided to make a change to help people. Deborah integrates christian values and principles into her sessions, and believes GOD’s purpose for each individual emerges at different times in one’s life. She believes making the decision to attend counseling is an individual choice and can also be frightening.  


The main therapeutic approaches used in her counseling sessions are Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotion-Focused, Internal Family Systems, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing  (EMDR). She enjoys working with adults, couples, teen and college age clients suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem, communication, marital and premarital issues.  She is married, a mother of one child and boxer puppy, and lives in Northern Virginia.  Deborah enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, horseback riding, hiking, and knitting.  She attends a Non Denominational Christian church in Haymarket, Virginia.

Mike Lessard, M.A. is a Christian, a Retired Executive, and a U.S. Army retired veteran, who himself struggled with psychological wellness. Mike, like many other people who struggle with mental health, was reluctant to seek help because he feared the stigma often associated with psychological wellness. Eventually, Mike received counseling which led him to his passion to de-stigmatize counseling (especially for executives, first responders, and Christians) and help others by becoming a professional counselor in residence.

Mike knows that taking the first step to receive therapy is the biggest step. His life verse is 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Thus, his mantra and model for therapy is: “Clear Mind Soft Heart Iron Spirit” . . . a recipe for recovery. Mike believes client relationship tenets such as: confidentiality, no judgement, flexible times to accommodate sessions, and client-centered expectations. He believes all these are are pivotal to successful therapeutic outcomes.


Vincent Terreri, M.S., CT is a resident-in-counseling under the supervision of Florinda Reid. Vincent has a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Divine Mercy University. He spent nine months of clinical residency working with children and adolescents in crisis. Formerly a teacher and school administrator, Vincent has been married for 26 years and has six children of his own, aged 15 – 25. He has worked with children and adolescents since 1995 in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Vincent’s theoretical orientation is primarily client-centered, influenced by Bowen’s family systems theory, Bowlby’s attachment theory, Frankl’s existentialist work, and Axline’s wonderful attention to honoring the subjective experiences of her child clients. 

He incorporates principles of Internal Family Systems theory into other modalities to honor the positive contributions that each of us already has in our life to accomplish healthy change. Vincent works with children as young as four, adolescents, teens, adults, and families. Vincent is a Certified Traumatologist, holds a Level 2 EMDR certificate, and is currently registered with the Virginia Department of Health Professionals as a QMHPT.

Maggie Maxwell, MA is a licensed resident-in- counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She believes that the relationship between counselor and client is essential to the healing work of therapy. Maggie brings authenticity and personal warmth into her work as a counselor and seeks to provide a compassionate refuge for her clients to share their stories. In her sessions, she offers a strengths-based approach to building resiliency and imparts solution-focused skills for lifelong personal development. Her work includes serving individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, relational stress, spiritual suffering, and chronic pain or health conditions, including postpartum and maternal counseling. She has worked in the mental health field 

through school settings, hospitals, counseling clinics, and in-home therapy programs with people from every age and walk of life. Maggie understands that the work of healing affects all aspects of an individual; she addresses the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical ways that personal growth may develop in therapy. She integrates multiple therapeutic modalities into her sessions, including attachment-based, narrative, solution-focused, and REBT/CBT techniques. Maggie completed her master’s degree in education and human development through George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Benedictine College. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.