For years we have been in business, supplying the LGBTQIA community of Virginia with the ideal choice in counseling and therapy. With our 150 combined years of clinical experience, we have worked with thousands of men and women, who wish to learn how to cope with current afflictions, make profound life improvements, improve relationships, alter behaviors, and achieve a general feeling of exceptional self-worth. It is our ultimate goals are to help you better understand yourself and what you want out of life.
Our company was started by Dr. Sadie Sheafe, Ph.D., a licensed psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, board-certified diplomate in clinical sexology, and Board Certified diplomat in social work. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 26 years as a researcher, therapist, speaker, and educator. Under her guidance, we have been able to provide the information that all of our clients need to get the most out of life.
Our Clinical Staff:
Sadie F. Sheafe, Ph.D., LCSW, ABS Dip, BCD
Dr. Sadie Sheafe, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst, Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, Board Certified Diplomate in Social Work and Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Sexology. Dr Sheafe has been working in the field of mental health for over 33 years as a therapist, researcher, educator and speaker; both here in the United States and in Europe with the Multinational Readiness Center & 7th Army, USSAR, Bitburg, Munich and Baumholder Germany. Dr Sheafe has personally worked with over twenty-thousand men and women and children (both military and civilian) of all nationalities, creeds, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Sheafe is the Chief Executive Officer of DQS Communications Healthcare Group, which serves hundreds of clients in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia and surrounding regions.
Chief Executive Officer
Presently she is the acting primary provider for military-sexual-trauma victims and the Director of Substance Abuse Treatment in Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and the former lead supervisory social worker in mental health and behavioral sciences. Dr. Sheafe is also an Adjunct Professor in the MSW/PhD Program at Norfolk State University. She was appointed in June 2008 by the former Mayor, James W. Holley III, to the Behavioral Healthcare Services Advisory Board for the city of Portsmouth, Virginia; in 2009 she was elected Chairman-Of-The-Board and was reelected to that position for the past five years by the City Council Board of Directors. Dr Sheafe sat on the Virginia State Board for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) where she represented over 3800 social workers from the seven cities in Hampton Roads to the legislature in Washington.
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LaBarbara Williams, LCSWLa Barbara Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 17 years to include working in the capacity of life skills counselor, outreach/outpatient therapist, in-home Counselor, and clinical supervisor. La Barbara obtained a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work and her Master's degree of Social Work from Norfolk State University's Social Work program graduating with honors. She has been employed with the Hampton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 2009 where she has been employed as a Suicide Prevention Case Manager providing clinical therapeutic interventions to assist high risk individuals and their families who cope with the psychosocial stressors related to this damaging mental ailment. She has currently been working in the capacity of Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist since 2014 where she provides clinical supportive services to Veterans involved in the Justice system. La Barbara is know ledgeable in developing individualized treatment & assessment plans, diagnosis, behavioral & discharge plans. She is ardent about her vocation as a counselor and therapist and takes gratification in empowering those who strive to enrich their lives through therapeutic intervention.
Melba ‘Bettye’ Tregellas, MSW, LCSWMelba “Bettye” Tregellas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an American Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) which is recognized in all 50 states. She obtained her Baccalaureate degree (BA) in sociology from Louisiana State University and Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Tulane University, both in New Orleans. Bettye moved to Virginia after Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital was launching an outpatient program for psychiatric care and substance abuse and sought out her services. She was employed at the world famous Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore where she worked at COMDAP, the psychiatric and substance abuse unit. Bettye has been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse for over 30 years. She has personally worked with thousands of men, women and children of all nationalities, creeds, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is one of the original contractors here at DQS Healthcare Group from its inception. She is the consummate professional specializing in women’s issues, substance abuse; depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bi-Polar and other mental health issues. Bettye is passionate about her work as a clinician and takes pride in empowering those who strive for wellness.
Felicia Powell, MSW, LCSWFelicia Powell, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. She obtained her Baccalaureate and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Norfolk State University. For the last ten years she has provided individual, family and group counseling; as well as psychotherapy, and psycho-education to individuals in need. Felicia’s forte is conducting assessments of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness, dependence on substances and other high-risk diagnoses. She is the former Co-Chair of the Social Work Education Committee, SCI Safety and Security Committee and the SCI Education Committee for the VA Medical Center here in Virginia. She is considered and expert at assessing at-risk factors and development of preliminary disposition plans for her clients, whether they are juveniles, adolescents, families, couples or individuals. The consummate professional, we are very lucky to have Felicia as part of our team here at DQS.
Dr. Douglas Muller, Ph.D., LCSW, LPC, LMFT, CSACDr. Douglas J Muller, PhD, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and a certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC). He has earned a MA in Social Work, MA in Correctional Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Urban Services/Counseling. He began his drug and alcohol counseling while in the Air Force and continued in the field after retirement; providing treatment services both at inpatient and out-patient settings. He has worked at the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board providing counseling and therapy for the serious mentally ill homeless population; and later entered private practice as a marriage and family therapist and counselor.
Dr. Muller, PhD is an assistant professor at Hampton University in the Graduate Counseling Program teaching counseling and psychology courses as well as providing supervision for internship/practicum students as well as providing supervision for LPC and CSAC licensure. He currently is in private practice part-time specializing in: drug/alcohol, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and marriage & family therapy. He also volunteers at the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center with individuals and families with symptoms of PTSD.
Dr. Earle Williams, II, Psy.DDr. Earle Williams, II, Psy.D., is a Christian clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience. Born in Newport News, Virginia, Dr. Williams moved to Boston, Massachusetts, as a child with his parents. Here he earned a Doctor of Psychology-Clinical degree from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. After relocating back to Virginia in 1987, Dr. Williams started working at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. First, he served as a staff psychologist. In 1988 Dr. Williams moved up to senior psychologist where he was responsible for the Intermediate Intensive Care Program. He then was promoted to Acting Director of Psychology and Supervisory Psychologist before leaving to open his private practice.
At the University of Virginia, Dr. Williams earned a certification in Forensic Psychology with advanced training in forensic evaluation from the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. Dr. Williams taught as an adjunct faculty professor at The College of William and Mary.
As a consultant to The Barry Robinson Child and Family Guidance Clinic, Dr. Williams performed psychological testing and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. After leaving here he worked as a consulting psychologist at Christian Psychotherapy Services in Virginia Beach. In his private practice, he offered forensic evaluations on criminal defendants for Circuit Court as well as Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in various cities in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
For WAVY-TV 10, an NBC affiliate, Dr. Williams has illustrated different personality constellations of criminals as a criminal profiler. He appears on the Health-Watchers program describing various psychological conditions and points of interests such as Bullying Behaviors of Adolescents and Positive Psychology.
Dr. Williams, a member of The Association of Black Psychologists and past member of The American Association of Christian Counselors is the author of two books: Psychology from Scripture and 100 Facts of Life. He has also written seven training manuals relating to various behavioral disorders and instructed numerous workshops for private and public organizations in the United States and Canada. Dr. Williams and his wife Maxine have two children, Toureia and Earle III.
Jerry C. Anderson, B.A. Criminal Justice, B.A. SociologyJerry Anderson attended Pikeville College in Kentucky on a full football scholarship. He earned double Baccalaureate degrees in both Criminal Justice and Sociology. Jerry has been an advocate for young men in the Human Service Field for nine years. Since 2005 he has worked for the city of Newport News as a Juvenile Counselor. Jerry provides his knowledge, skills, and abilities to help incarcerated juvenile offenders re-enter society successfully and avoid recidivism within the penal system. He is a consummate professional at directing the daily activities of juvenile residents by utilizing sound, acceptable behavioral management principles and utilizing verbal redirection and positive reinforcement. Additionally, Jerry provides skills management to adults suffering from chronic mental health concerns and provides intensive counseling through group and individual counseling. In his spare time Jerry is an assistant coach of one of Hampton Roads High School football teams. He is ardent about his life’s work as a Juvenile Mental Health counselor and takes gratification in empowering youth who desire to alter the course of their lives for the better.
Van Buren Mitchell, MSWVan Buren Mitchell II is a graduate of Norfolk State University where he earned his Bachelors of Art in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Masters in Social Work. He has been a champion for youth and families in the Human Service Field for twenty years. He is employed as an intensive in home counselor and juvenile probation officer assisting countless families along the way. Van has conducted youth /adult groups and utilized his affable nature and humor to convey his message. He is qualified in many areas of Mental Health but his passion is children, adolescents and young adults. Van has also enjoyed his time as a volunteer coaching youth sports. The relationships with these youth have spanned until adulthood. Van is the founder and president of Bravado basketball summer league, held annually for the past nine years for all youth. The organization is run on a shoe string budget with no cost for the participant. He has also volunteered his time as a Motivational Speaker for youth and adults on array of topics including education, gangs, academics, delinquency, music and peer association. Van is passionate about his life’s work as a Mental Health counselor and therapist and takes pleasure in empowering those who strive to make their life better.
Cindy Stanford, LCSW, MSW, QMHPCindy is a transpersonal social worker/clinician that employs a holistic and therapeutic approach aimed at integrating the six aspects of life which aid in the discovery of one's authentic self and highest potential. Utilizing the sacred wisdom of the mind, body, spirit and heart she provides life coaching, consulting services, life skills training for teens (8 week program), as well as mental and behavioral health counseling services. Her distinct goal is to help those who are experiencing existential and spiritual unrest reach a point of mental, physical and spiritual health so that they may triumph perceived limitations and old beliefs and become the person they were meant to be. Other services and or tools incorporated within her practice include spirituality, relaxation techniques, increasing intuition, drumming for healing, mindfulness, meditation, guided visualization, healing touch, creative/expressive art and embodied/soul writing). Cindy is a doctoral student at Sofia University; she received a BA both in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and a MSW from Norfolk State University.
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Nina Franklin, BSW, MSWNina Franklin, MSW has been practicing as a Social Worker for five years. She received her Bachelors of Social Work in 2008 and her Masters of Social Work in 2012. Nina is an alumnus of Norfolk State University. She has had the opportunity to work with an array of populations such as; Mental Health adults/adolescents/children, Homeless families, Domestic Violence in women, at-risk adolescent, and infant and toddlers with developmental delay and disabilities. She currently holds her Early Intervention Certification in which she is able to provide early interventions for infant and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. Nina started off with DQS as a graduate intern and was hired on a year later as a therapist. She has been providing individual, family, and group therapy to persons for about two years with emphasis on working with at-risk adolescents. Nina is passionate about her work as a therapist and takes pride in empowering those who strive for excellence.
Reginald D. Herod, MSWReginald D. Herod is a retired United States Navy veteran. Reggie, as he is affectionately called, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a native of Chicago, Ill, and has been living in Hampton Roads for over ten years. Reggie has been a motivator for the youth here in the Hampton Roads community and also a volunteer assistant football coach in the AAU league. Reggie is a graduate of Norfolk State University where he was awarded his Masters in Social Work. He attained his Bachelors of Science in Adult Education from Southern Illinois University. His three biggest strengths are, first, the ability to understand the problems and needs of the individuals he provides therapy for; second, he can assess, recommend and develop care packages to aid in improvement of the quality of life of the individuals entrusted to his care, and finally, Reggie is thoroughly committed and dedicated to his life’s work as a behavioral health therapist and social worker. Reggie practices cognitive based therapy for adults and adolescents. His ultimate goal is to explore others viewpoints in an effort to resolve their still un-resolved issues. We are very happy to welcome Reginald Herod to the DQS family of therapist and counselors. We know that he will provide his clients new insight and perspectives that they might otherwise have not discovered.
QMHP C-ANaeemah Young is a doctoral candidate at Walden University in the Clinical Psychology Program. She received her Master of Science in 2009 at Walden University and her Bachelors of Science in 2006 in Psychology and Human Service Counseling at Old Dominion University. Naeemah is an alumnus of Old Dominion University. She has had the opportunity to work with an array of populations such as; Mental Health adults/adolescents/children, domestic violence children and adults, and at-risk adolescent and adults. Naeemah started off with DQS as a graduate intern and was hired on a year later as a therapist and currently the program director for mental health skill building program at DQS. She has been providing individual, family, and group therapy to persons for about two years with emphasis on working with at-risk adolescents. Naeemah is passionate about her work as a therapist and takes pride in empowering those who strive for excellence. Naeemah passion is helping others and this why she enjoys working in this field.
Marybeth Gingrich, MSWMarybeth Gingrich is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University in the field of Social Work with a Specialization in Family Studies. Marybeth is a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). She is a graduate with a Masters in Social Work from Norfolk State University. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate Degree in Social Science. Marybeth has clinical experience with adults, juveniles and adolescents. She is a dedicated Mental/Behavioral Health Therapist and Clinician. She provides and encourages the use of any and all community resources. Marybeth utilizes cognitive behavioral/processing therapy and enjoys empowering her clients through new discoveries about oneself to obtain personal fulfillment and happiness.
Shannon Jenile Robinson, MSWShannon Jenile Robinson is a holistic social worker/clinician that utilizes Strengths perspective, Mindfulness Based –Cognitive Therapy, and eclectic therapeutic interventions that inspires growth, sparks inner healing, and fosters self-actualization. During the therapeutic process, the individual will be able to express his or her true self and true needs without judgement. Shannon encourages as well as promotes healing in all four aspects of the individual and/or group. She focuses on assessing from a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual perspective which directs treatment that addresses all four primary components of the individual/group. She believes that treatment must be person-centered with a strong emphasis on cultural sensitivity as well as cultural competency. Shannon continues to advocate for eastern practices of: artistic, musical, written, and other methods of self-release that encourages internal healing. She invites you to experience the full therapeutic process that is tailored to you. Shannon J. Robinson is a United States Navy veteran that obtained her Bachelors of Art in Sociology with a minor in Psychology on May 2012 from St. Leo University; and later graduated from Norfolk State University with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration on May 2016. She currently works for the City of Portsmouth, full-time, providing services to various populations that include, but not limited to the following: Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Co-Occurring, and Severe Mental Illnesses. Her passion is to assist others find healing from within, community of choice, and/or their Higher Power. Shannon welcomes you to find your highest self in every session.
Tania C. Glenn
DISTRICT OFFICE MANAGERTania Glenn brings an extensive background in business management and proven leadership to DQS. She joined our team in 2013. Her experiences includes business planning, setting and implementing strategic goals, creating and managing budgets, operations, restructuring, and human resources; to include recruiting, onboarding, training, development of training/policy and procedural manuals, staff evaluations, yearly reviews, and the development of organizational charts. Tania has a degree in Healthcare Administration, and is pursuing her degree in healthcare information technology. She is passionate and committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of others; helping them to reach their maximum potential. She is very skilled in working with insurance companies and helping clients understand and access their insurance benefits. She is available to help our clients schedule appointments and answer any questions related to the business area of our practice. Tania has a personable presence in our office and does an excellent job in helping our clients feel comfortable seeking counseling services.
Monica Hall-McLellan, BSW, MSW, QMHP C-AMonica Hall-McLellan, BSW, MSW, QMHP C-A, obtained her Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University with a specialization in military families. Monica’s career spans 20 years as she has worked in the field of mental health in various agencies including The Pines Residential Treatment Center, The Barry Robinson Center, Carpe Diem of Virginia, The Institute for Family Centered Services, First Home Care and was even a Deputy Sheriff with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Department. Monica is currently a clinical social worker for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter (CHKD) where she specializes in children diagnosed with Endocrinology and Neurology Disorders. Monica was chosen to serve on the transgender workgroup at CHKD where she will assist with providing services to children transitioning. Monica’s training in CBT as well as TF-CBT has allowed her the ability to decrease recidivism allowing her patients to become successful in the community.
Monica currently provides individual counseling with DQS Communication Healthcare Group, where she specializes in reaching at risk adolescents. During her time as a student intern, we noticed her ability to capture and broaden the strengths of our youth and she has provided them with the tools to effectively deal with stress and trauma.
Additionally, as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Monica has managed to provide community service and social justice while promoting excellence to those in need. As a member of the NASW, Monica continues to strive for excellence which allows her the ability to provide the best care for her patients by continuously learning new treatment modalities and alternative interventions. Monica is a wonderful asset to this profession as she continues to learn with supervision for licensure towards her LCSW. There are no limits to this consummate professional, and we are happy to have her as a part of our team.