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Jennifer Bondurant

Jennifer Bondurant

Jennifer Bondurant

Director of the Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
jbondurant@randolphcollege.edu
B.S., Roanoke College; M.A., Marymount University

Jennifer Bondurant is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been in the Behavioral Health field since 2002. Jennifer has a B.S. in Psychology from Roanoke College and a M.A. in Community Counseling from Marymount University. She began her career with the Fairfax County-Falls Church Community Services Board and focused her clinical energy on families impacted by Domestic Violence. She moved back to Lynchburg in 2007 and worked under the clinical supervision of Dr. Stephen Greenstein and immersed herself in the practice of using the Family Systems model. She joined Horizon Behavioral Health in 2011 and held various roles until she transitioned to her new role at Randolph College in August 2018. Jennifer has completed training to obtain certification as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider and is passionate about teaching students how to improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and ADHD by focusing on the importance of diet, sleep, and exercise.

Dylan Elliott

Dylan Elliott

Dylan Elliott

Resident in Counseling (LMHP-R)
delliott@randolphcollege.edu
B.S., M.Ed., University of Lynchburg

Dylan received his B.S in Psychology and Business Administration as well as his M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Lynchburg. Outside of working in the Counseling Center, he is also is a psychology lab instructor at the University of Lynchburg. He enjoys bringing research and creative solutions from his courses into his counseling work. His previous experience includes providing counseling services to high school and community college students. Dylan is interested in a wide variety of issues including relationship issues, anxiety, stress management, communication skills, and creative intervention strategies.

Nicole Chalmers

Nicole Chalmers photo

Nicole Chalmers

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
nchalmers@randolphcollege.edu
B.S., Lynchburg College; M.A., Liberty University

Nicole Chalmers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in the Behavioral Health field for the past twenty years.  Nicole holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Lynchburg College and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  She began her career with Central Virginia Community Service Board (now Horizon Behavioral Health) in Lynchburg, Virginia following her undergraduate studies providing services aimed at keeping at-risk youth in their home.  Nicole continued to realize the positive outcomes and benefits of Intensive In-home work and seized the opportunity to give back to her hometown of Danville, VA and began work with The Madeline Center in 2006.  During her time, she served under many titles to include: Regional Director, Director of Intensive-In Home Services and Assistant Clinical Director. After completing her residency under Jon Winder, she decided to switch her focus and became Residential Manager for Horizon Behavioral Intermediate Care Facilities (Timothy/Bethany Homes, Powell/Pearson Homes).  During her tenure she successfully opened two forever homes for individuals living at the Central Virginia Training Center for most of their lives, giving them the opportunity to live, work and interact within a community setting.  Nicole decided to return to the mental health field to prepare for her rigorous licensure exam and next 4 years was spent running crisis level programs to include: Crisis Stabilization, Crisis Intervention and Intensive-In Home Services.  There was always a desire to bridge the ever-growing gap between schools and mental health; Nicole was afforded the perfect opportunity to work for Campbell County Schools as Licensed Professional Counselor in 2015, where she continues to serve on a full-time basis.  Nicole is currently a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Nationally Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Christian Rothlisberger

Christian Rothlisberger

Graduate Student Intern
crothlisberger@randolphcollege.edu
B.S., Christopher Newport University; Candidate for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Lynchburg

Christian (he/him) is a counseling intern currently earning a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Lynchburg. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Christopher Newport University. Before working at Randolph College Counseling Center, Christian was an ABA therapist helping children with autism cope with unique life challenges. He has also worked with community leaders to assist and educate geriatric adults living with Alzheimer’s and their families. By doing this, he strives to foster a sense of trust, belonging, and individuality with each person he meets. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his cat, Charlotte, and playing guitar. Christian is passionate about working with undergraduate and graduate students as they learn how to navigate the stressors of student life. He strives to help students develop lifelong skills they can apply to all their future endeavors, both pre-and post-graduation through compassionate, personalized, and collaborative therapeutic relationships. Upon graduating from his program, he intends to work as a college counselor.

 

LaShanta Smith

LaShanta Smith

Resident in Counseling (LMHP-R)
lsmith@randolphcollege.edu
B.A., Randolph-Macon Women’s College; M.Ed., University of Lynchburg

LaShanta is a Licensed Mental Health Profession and Resident in Counseling. LaShanta has been in the Behavioral Health field since 2005. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (Randolph College) and M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Lynchburg. LaShanta began her career working with families in their homes providing intensive services and crisis stabilization services. Since then LaShanta has provided services in the school and residential settings. Her most recent role was a program director at Kids’ Haven: A Center for Grieving Children, where she provided grief and loss support to the youth, their families, and the community. LaShanta’s therapeutic approach is meeting the client where they are and working with them to get them where they would like to be. LaShanta utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, as well as solution-focused interventions, trauma-informed, and person-centered approach throughout the therapeutic process.

Taryn Zimont

Taryn Zimont

Taryn Zimont

Resident in Counseling (LMHP-R)
tzimont@randolphcollege.edu
B.S., M.A., Liberty University

Taryn Zimont (she/her) is a Resident in Counseling, working towards licensure to become a fully and independently licensed professional counselor. Taryn holds a B.S. in Psychology, with a clinical/research concentration and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Liberty University. Taryn has worked in the mental health field since 2013, beginning with her work for the New York Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) STRIVE program, where she specialized in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and other developmental and learning disabilities. She then moved back to Virginia where she has worked in a variety of settings to include community outpatient counseling and private practice, providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Taryn has also worked in school-based settings to provide counseling services to at-risk children, adolescents and families in Campbell County.

Throughout her career, Taryn has focused much of her clinical work with folks who have experienced trauma, and she has completed training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Taryn also enjoys working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and grief & loss. Taryn holds a special interest in working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with spiritual/religious trauma and faith transitions, and seeks to be an ally to all marginalized people groups.

Taryn typically utilizes a trauma-informed, person-centered approach to the therapeutic process, also utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, mindfulness-based techniques, and identity development interventions. She seeks to foster feelings of safety, trust, and empowerment for those with whom she sits.

 

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