About Us

Chris Carson, LCSW

Contact Information:

Phone: (804) 651-3941
Email: chris@cypresscounseling.com

I received a Bachelor's degree in recreation therapy and facilitated experiential therapy with children and adolescents for over ten years before graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master's in Clinical Social Work. I completed two intensive clinical internships and provided three years of psychotherapy with victims of domestic and sexual violence before becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Virginia. I am now in private practice and work with individuals, couples, and groups using a humanistic approach to establish rapport and connecting to clients. I have specific training and experience providing experiential and dynamic psychotherapy that assists clients in accessing their emotional truth with the support and guidance of the therapeutic relationship. I encourage clients to look at the past as being present, occurring in the here and now moment with me. I hope to inspire clients to get curious, become aware, and accept themselves. I believe that it is this acceptance that can assist clients to have clarity to explore their natural gifts and gain a fresh new perspective of themselves and what they want in their relationships, work, health, sexuality, family and spirituality. I work with clients to begin to trust their inner voice and own their power to create the life they want. My practice is also influenced by Buddhist Meditation, Mandalas and Wilderness Survival and Adventures. My specific areas of interest are working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, and women and men experiencing a change or transition in their health, career or relationship. I also enjoy helping to strengthen the bond between couples and families—especially the mother and daughter relationship. However, I enjoy working with any adult seeking growth, wholeness, and perspective. I offer both short and long-term therapy and mentoring support based on your specific needs and goals.


McKenzie Casad, LCSW

Contact Information:

Phone: (757) 553-2780
Email: mckenzie@cypresscounseling.com

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and after years of working in State and non-profit agencies, I am now in private practice as a psychotherapist working with adults, couples, adolescents, and children, with a special interest in exploring infancy and early years. I have clinical experience with trauma, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, postpartum depression, and birth trauma. I also enjoy group processes and conduct group psychotherapy.  My practice is guided by Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Theory, with a particular emphasis on relational work. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies, I completed my Master's Degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration. I received a Post-Graduate Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention and completed two years of post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. I have completed a post-graduate certificate in Infant and Young Child Observational Studies, which includes an in-depth examination of children's emotional world from birth to 4 years of age, as well as the developing mother-infant relationship.  I am currently a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the New York Freudian Institute and am taking psychoanalytic cases in my practice. Psychoanalytic treatment can be a wonderful opportunity to engage in a greater depth of processing and self-reflection.  I am a member of Postpartum Support International and a co-coordinator in Virginia.



Dr. Anne Herrera, Psy.D.

Contact Information:

Phone: (631) 766-5554

Email: Anne@cypresscounseling.com

I studied undergraduate psychology at Skidmore College and then in graduate school at the University of Denver. Through various practica at substance abuse clinics, university counseling centers, rape crisis centers, and eating disorders treatment programs, I was able to further develop my interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment, substance abuse, and women's issues. I completed a pre-doctoral internship and then an advanced residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in their University Counseling Services where I received specialized training in substance abuse, sex assault/domestic violence, and group psychotherapy. I have had the wonderful opportunity to supervise practicum students in the Counseling Psychology program, as well as provide training and didactics in substance abuse and domestic violence. I strive to be integrative and client-centered in my approach, drawing primarily from psychodynamic, relational-cultural, and mindfulness/acceptance theories. I value a safe, supportive therapeutic environment where we can work together to help you achieve healing, insight, and change. I specialize in post-partum and pregnancy issues, substance abuse, adult children of addicts, domestic violence and family trauma, LGBTQ issues, and welcome adult referrals of all kinds.





Julie Samitt, LCSW

Contact Information:

Phone: (804) 767-0111
Email: Julie@cypresscounseling.com

I am an LCSW with a master’s degree from VCU School of Social Work and post graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington D.C. I am in private practice and affiliated with a local non-profit agency, the YWCA of Richmond, and in both places my work is with adults, adolescents and families.

My clinical experience is concentrated in understanding issues of trauma, anxiety and addiction. I have a special interest in working with individuals experiencing eating disorders and have extensive training, experience and relationships with community partners pertaining to eating disorders and their accompanying labyrinth of thoughts, feelings and challenges. My work with clients with eating disorders is concentrated on issues of body image, food, power and sexuality.

In my work with all clients, as a foundation, I look with my clients at how their early relationships are impacting current relationships and come to understand with them information below the surface of consciousness. From there, we work together toward awareness, insight and behavioral change.

I also teach clinical practice to graduate students as an adjunct professor in the MSW program at VCU School of Social Work. This work combines nicely with my private practice work, helping me to stay at the forefront of dynamic new approaches in helping my clients navigate emotional health and well-being.

Much of my practice is influenced by the impact of mindfulness practices, like yoga, on the brain’s experience of trauma and the client’s relationship to spirituality in its many forms. Some of my work with clients, who are inclined, is done with horses (unmounted) at a local barn, using the horse as a reflection of the person’s inner world. This work assists clients in reclaiming their body’s innate wisdom.


I offer short and long term psychotherapy to individuals and families.