Clinical Staff

Michael S. Weissman, PhD Clinical Director
Specialties: Individual Adult Psychotherapy, Family,
Marital, Psychological Testing
Education:  Princeton University, 1970.
University of Massachusetts, 1974, PhD
Past President, Tidewater Academy of Clinical Psychologists
Past President, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists
Listed in National Register of  Health Care Providers in Psychology.
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science,
adjunct faculty, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Churchland and Norfolk offices.


Barbara B. Forbes MS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
Licensed Professional Counselor
Old Dominion University, MS, Psychology, 1976
Works with: Adults, Couples, Families, Groups. In private practice at Churchland Psychological Center, Churchland office, since 1989.
Specialties: Depression and anxiety; adult survivors of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; substance abuse; weight/overeating concerns;
overspending behaviors; relationship “addictions,” (codependency).
Helps couples understand how their individual histories impact the marital relationship.
Provides counseling and support for couples considering separation and/or divorce.
Work-related concerns, stress management, women’s issues,
as well as issues related to loss and grief.
From a military family herself, she provides mental
health services to members of the military and their families.
Provider with Military One Source, Coast Guard EAP,
as well as most other insurances and EAPs.

Jody Alperin, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Specialties: Individual Psychotherapy with Adults
Couples and Marital Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychological Testing
Oberlin College, BA (1990)
Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology, PsyD (1995)


Patricia Signor, LCSW, in practice since 1995.
BS in Psychology (Honors), Russell Sage College, Troy, NY. MSW
State University of New York, Albany, NY.
Treatment methods include: Cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, psychodynamic, supportive, grief therapy, and play therapy.
Problems Addressed: mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, grief and loss, psychosis, personality disorders.
Population served: Adults, children and adolescents for individual, family, and couples counseling.   Accept most insurances and EAP programs.
Availability: Churchland, day, evenings, and weekends.

Thomas J. Scott MS, MSW, LCSW
Forty years of clinical experience with
adult and adolescent individual and family therapy.
Primarily a cognitive-behavioral therapist
with the capacity to provide online services.
Accepts most insurances
and employee assistance programs.
Hours: Churchland, Mon., Tue., 8 AM – 7 PM
Great Bridge, Wed., 8 AM – 6 PM; Thu., 8 AM – 7 PM

Sara Litt, LCSW, Licensed Cllinical Social Worker
Education: University of Virginia, BA (1998)
Columbia University, MSSW (2001)
Specialties: Individual and Family Therapy,
Depression, Anxiety, Grief,
Stress Management, Couples Counseling
Availability: Churchland Office, Tue., Thu., 9 AM – 5 PM.
Norfolk Office, Mon., Wed. 8 AM – 1 PM.

Catherine D. Smithson, LCSW
Worked in the mental health field since 1981 in inpatient
facilities, outpatient community service and private practice.
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Grief; Family, Marital and Couple Issues, Stress Management, Trauma Survivors, Experience with Gay and Lesbian Couples. Works primarily with adults and older teens.
Availability: Churchland, Thursdays and Fridays.
Accepts most insurances and employee assistance programs.

Susan M. Asprey, LCSW, CSAC
Member, National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers, and Psi Chi.
Education: Master of Social Work, Norfolk State University, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology,  Old Dominion University, 1984.
Mental health provider since 1986.
Acknowledged in Who’s Who for her expertise in the treatment of military families, personality disorders, and depressive disorders. Trained in dialectical behavior therapy for treatment of PTSD dual diagnosis and multiple addictions. Addresses multiple facts of life – mental, physical, psychological, and social. Provides treatment for adults and adolescents.
Specialties: Substance Abuse, Multiple Addictions, PTSD, Stress Disorders, Anxiety.
Provides individual, marital/couple, family and group therapy.
Certified member National Certified Social Work Supervisors to provide supervision for graduates from master’s programs in social work for licensure.
Availability: Churchland; flexible hours per client need.

Frank Gripka, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, practicing since 1973
Education: Southern Illinois University, PhD
Specialties: Individual therapy with adults and adolescents,
Marital Therapy, Depression, Phobias,
Stress, Sexual Abuse, Co-Dependency, Weight Issues.

Cheryl Cox
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specialties: Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy.
Credentialed as Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
Paneled provider with most major insurance companies.
Availability: Norfolk office

Cecelia F. Soscia, LCSW, ACSW
Middlebury College, University of Virginia, BA,
Religious Studies, 1985
Virginia Commonwealth University,  MSW, Child-Family Welfare, 1990
Many hours of training/supervision in play therapy, experiential work, and psychodrama.
Worked in various mental health capacities since 1991: Therapeutic Outdoor Group Programs, Family In-Home Services, Crisis Intervention, Inpatient Treatment Facilities, Alternative Behavioral Day School, and Private Practice. Her work is guided by a Holistic perspective to health, healing & growth. Provides therapy primarily to children, teens, and families. Also works with women and couples.
BioPsychoSocial framework and cultural/spiritual sensitivity,
addresses emotions, behaviors and stress associated with:
Childhood diagnoses (ADHD, ASD, Giftedness, LD, etc.)
Adolescent transitions and anxiety/mood issues
Adult life stages and effects of divorce, abuse, trauma, deployment, grief/loss.
Availability: Va. Beach, flexible hrs per client need.
Accepts self-pay, most insurances and EAPs.

Linda Lewter, LPC
Over 10 years experience working with children,
adolescents, and their families.
Specialties: Domestic Violence, Sexual Trauma,
Sexual Identity Issues, Depression, Anxiety
Relationship Issues, Family Dynamics.
Education: Master’s in Counseling,
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 2005.

Muriel M. Ricker, MS, LMFT,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: Villanova University,
MS in Counseling
Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic,
post-graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy
Specialties: 20 years work with children of divorce. Provides Co-Parenting for divorcing parents to help them learn skills as they raise their children in separate homes.
Her recently published book, When the Walls Come Tumbling Down, guides families through the divorce process. Marital Therapy. Treats children and female adolescents experiencing high anxiety and developmental problems. Proficient in using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Aaron G. Shames, Ph.D, LPC  Aaron Shames

Licensed Professional Counselor
providing psychotherapy for individuals,
couples and families focusing on life transitions
from adolescence through adulthood.
Treatment for mood disorders, grief reactions,
alcohol/drug abuse and dependency;
abuse/trauma recovery, resolving relationship problems,
and LGBTQ issues. Availability: Norfolk.


Paul F Dell, PhD, ABPP
Treatment of posttraumatic and dissociative disorders; Consultation/Supervision for therapists learning to diagnose and treat dissociative identity disorder
Education:Pennsylvania State University, BS, 1970
University of Texas, PhD, 1977
University of Texas Medical Branch, Fellowship in Family Therapy, 1978
National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Member
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Past President
Author: 2 books and 75 articles. Availability: Norfolk office

Denise Keeley LCSW
Education: Norfolk State University
Old Dominion University
Member of National Association of Social Workers
Specialties: Individual and family therapy for adult and young adults. I am a clinical social worker with a medical background. I provide psychotherapy for those with depression, anxiety and medical illnesses. I have experience working with transgender clients including providing psychotherapy, providing written documentation for those seeking referrals to medical doctors for hormone therapy and for those pursuing surgical transition.
Availability: Day and evening appointments available as well as Saturday appointments.

Malka Rudin, LCSW
Education: Mercy College, BS in Behavioral ​Science (2006), New York University, MS in Social Work (2008)
Malka has been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and Virginia and has worked in many clinical settings. She has been extensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Sandplay Therapy and brings a wide range of skills and expertise to her therapy sessions. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults and treats each client with patience, respect and compassion. Some diagnoses and issues Malka works with include ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, self esteem, grief/loss and relationship issues. Malka works with individuals, couples and families at both our Norfolk and Churchland offices. She accepts self-pay and is a provider with most major insurance companies.

Michael Sullivan, Ph.D.
University of Oregon, Ph.D., M.A. Boston College, B.A.
License: State of Virginia licensed clinical psychologist
I bring years of wide-ranging experience to work with my clients. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with a variety of clients over the years. I have been a consultant and workshop presenter. I have taught college-level courses and I am a published author. My private practice focuses on therapy with adultsand couples. I believe every client and his or her situation is unique. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. I use EMDR, cognitive-behavioral, solution-oriented, or other approaches as they fit clients’ needs. I also use plain old common sense and humor in liberal doses. I consider therapy a joint effort, a partnership, a “We’re working on this together” experience.
Specialties: trauma, anxiety and depression, chronic pain

How To Contact Us

Churchland Psychological Center
3101 American Legion Road, Suite 21B
Chesapeake, VA 23321
(757) 483-3404 (for all offices)
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