Michelle Howard,M.A. – Resident in Counseling
Michelle Howard is a License Eligible Counselor with Rawles Psychological Services. Dr. Rawles serves as her clinical supervisor. Ms. Howard received her Master of Arts, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CACREP accredited program. Ms. Howard conducts individual and group therapy with youth and adults at Rawles Psychological Services. Ms. Howard completed her Master’s internship at Christian Psychotherapy. During this internship, Ms. Howard provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults, presenting with a variety of mental health issues such as: attention-deficit hyperactivity, depression, bipolar, dysthymic, anxiety, cognitive, schizoaffective, and borderline personality. Prior to pursuing a Master’s degree, Ms. Howard worked many years in financial departments of corporate settings.
Sharon Gardner, EdS, M.S. –Educational Consultant
Ms. Gardner is the Education Consultant with Rawles Psychological Services. Ms. Gardner has over 30 years of experience in special education. Ms. Gardner has held a variety of positions in special education departments of Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems including: Teacher of the Emotionally Disabled, Itinerant Teacher of the Emotionally Disabled Autistic Student, Building Program Specialist, Instructional Teacher Specialist, and Special Education Coordinator. Ms. Gardner is presently enrolled in the Special Education, doctoral program at Regent University.
Ms. Cynthia “Cathy” Clay, M.A., NCC
Cynthia Clay is a License Eligible Counselor with Rawles & Associates, PLC. Cynthia has obtained her certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) the national licensing credential for the counseling industry. She also serves as the Practice Administrator. Cynthia received her bachelor’s degree from Arcadia University, and her Master of Arts, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CACREP accredited program. During her time at Arcadia University, Cynthia lived and studied abroad in Sicily, completing her thesis on the immigration challenges facing the nation of Italy and the EU, with an emphasis on unaccompanied minors. This experience provided Cynthia with a global, multicultural perspective, which continues to inform her work as a counselor. Cynthia conducts individual and group therapy with youth and adults at Rawles & Associates, PLC. She is also the developer of the Boys to Men, Empowerment Group for young men ages 7-17. Prior to pursuing a Master’s degree in counseling, Cynthia worked many years in corporate America for one of the major insurance companies in the United States. This experience provided Cynthia with the leadership and management skills that she continues to utilize in her counseling career. Cynthia is a strong advocate for children and from 2014-2017, she served as a Court Advocate Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for Virginia Beach.
Tracie Romero ,M.A. – Resident in Counseling
Tracie Romero is a resident in counseling with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University, Virginia Beach, VA. She and her spouse are both military veterans. Tracie has an extensive background in military culture and understands the importance of confidentiality. Tracie is certified in Psychological First Aid, Grief and Loss, and Sexual Trauma. She is experienced in working with all populations with varying severities of mental health concerns. Tracie enjoys helping individuals, couples and families who may be dealing with maladaptive coping skills, anxiety, depression, sexual assault, or trauma. Tracie’s therapeutic style is to meet the individual where they are utilizing: Psychoanalysis, Behavior therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or a Humanistic approach. Tracie’s belief is “whether our journey is short or extensive, my hope is to assist you in gaining insight and peace in life”.