Our Counselors


Keith has worked with families, children, parents and individuals for more than 25 years in the field of mental health logging more than 70,000 clinical hours of experience.  He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University.  He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc. and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of seminars and workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships.  He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct parenting paradigm with their children.

He also serves as the Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian Classical school in Roanoke, VA.  Keith is a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage.  His primary focus is helping others better understand how a Christian Worldview, not psychology, should be the primary influence in parenting and relationships today.

Keith is an avid outdoorsman and is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaching high school basketball.  He and his wife Lynnie have been married for 21 years and enjoy raising their two teenagers.


​Steve has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families.  He received a Bachelors degree from Virginia Tech in Sports Management and a Masters degree from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. He is currently the Vice-President of Total Life Counseling, Inc. and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist.

Steve uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral, reality and brief therapies to counsel adults, adolescents and families. His areas of special interest include managing anxiety and depression, parenting, and relational skills. Steve seeks to equip people to build confidence, set and enforce boundaries, achieve life goals and foster communication in relationships.

Steve is a former youth pastor and enjoys consulting and speaking at seminars and workshops.  He remains active with the youth in his local church and High School and also coaches youth recreation baseball.

Steve is married and has three children; two boys and a girl.  He enjoys participating in a variety of outdoor sporting activities, in addition to archery and shooting competitions.​


Althea received a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts  in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Althea Dent Brown primarily uses cognitive-behavioral, brief and solution focused therapies and techniques to counsel adults, adolescents and groups. Althea uses her relational style to create an atmosphere that is comfortable and accepting. Althea seeks to come alongside the client and help manage issues that can cause one to feel stuck, overwhelmed or paralyzed.  Her areas of focus are life transitions, stress, anxiety/panic, depression, postpartum depression, school anxiety, obsessive thinking, spousal divorce/separation adjustment, perfectionism and grief. Althea enjoys empowering people to grow toward a more productive and gratifying life. Althea also provides career, academic and life coaching.

Althea conducts workshops, seminars for companies and community organizations. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Virginia Western Community College.

Althea enjoys spending time with her family including her four adult children and adorable grandson. Althea loves to learn, play volleyball, spend time with her family and has recently rediscovered reading for pleasure.


Chuck Rife has 35 years of counseling experience. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Bible College, an Education Specialist degree from Lynchburg College, a Master of Arts from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. He is licensed as a professional counselor and marriage/family therapist by the state of Virginia.

Chuck works with individuals, couples, and families, treating emotional, behavioral, and relationship problems. His clinical expertise includes treating depression, anxiety, panic, anger, grief/loss, substance abuse, addictive behaviors, abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional). He leads groups for codependency, addictive/compulsive behaviors, and adult children of dysfunctional families.

Chuck and his wife, Eileen, conduct marriage seminars in the states and overseas, host a blog and website. They coauthored several books together including Sex as God Designed It.  Chuck also serves as an online adjunct professor in the behavioral sciences department for Liberty University.

Chuck has been married to Eileen for 39 years. They have three married daughters, all serving the Lord around the world in full-time mission work. They have seven grandchildren. Chuck enjoys golfing, skating, an occasional Bed & Breakfast outing with Eileen, and playing with the grands.


Dave founded Total Life Counseling, Inc. and has supervised many in the licensure process. Dave received a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University. He has graduate studies in counseling from Syracuse University and Virginia Tech. Dave is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dave counsels ages 15 and older, using biblical insights as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy, reality therapy and systemic family therapy to address individual, marriage and family concerns. Dave helps people thrive instead of just survive, unload the burdens of the past and find hope for the future

With Drs. Brown and Snyder, Dave taught the Mental Health course at University of Virginia and co-authored the Textbook for Mental Health. He served with Medical Ministry International. His material is translated into several languages.

Dave is active in his church and has taught a Bible study for 27 years. He is married to Carolyn and they have four children and nine grandchildren. They enjoy their family, friendships, boating, sailing, golfing and oil painting.


Jen Brothers holds a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish from James Madison University.  She holds certificates from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Jen works with individuals, couples, families, and groups to develop increased self-awareness, resiliency, and tools to navigate difficult conversations, strengthen relationships, and disrupt maladaptive patterns of thought and behavior. She focuses on discovering the root cause of distressing symptoms such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship struggles in order to supplant these with healthier thoughts and behaviors.

Jen also works with churches and organizations to strengthen systemic capacity for navigating conflict and change. She offers workshops, classes, retreats, and coaching sessions on a consulting basis. Offerings are tailored to fit a church or organization’s need following an initial free consultation.


Lorin Walker received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Roanoke College as well as a Master of Science in Psychology from Radford University. She has been licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to practice counseling since 2007.

Lorin has worked with a diverse population of clients throughout her practice and most commonly works with women struggling with anxiety, burnout/exhaustion, trauma, and the loss of a loved one. Lorin offers a nurturing and calm environment to provide more diligent support during life’s trials, often following a person-centered approach.  From a more practical standpoint, she helps individuals develop balanced lifestyle goals, personal boundaries, and coping skills for stress and anger from a cognitive-behavioral approach. Lorin uses a collaborative style in which you are the expert on yourself, the one doing the work of healing and growing, she is the helper.

Lorin is married and has two dogs and a cat. She enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, reading, ballroom dancing, and spending time with loved ones.


Martha received her Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clemson University. She is licensed by the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and National Board Certified.

Martha’s clinical specialties are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief and loss, phase of life issues, marital and family conflicts, and survivors of trauma and sexual abuse. Martha also enjoys conducting workshops and retreats on related topics in her specialties.

Martha walks alongside clients through painful times in their lives and provides a safe environment where she listens, teaches and encourages people.

She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach in her counseling techniques and treatment plans. Through valuable therapy, a client may adjust to situations they cannot change, heal from past hurts and wounds, apply healthy coping skills and restore relationships.

Gentle Shepherd Hospice has Martha facilitate adult and children’s grief support groups at her office for the community. In addition to these regular groups, Martha has developed and facilitates Camp Braveheart, a Christ-centered camp for youth who are grieving the death of a loved one.

ERIC GUTIERREZ, M.A., Resident in Counseling

Eric obtained a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2012. Over the course of that time he completed an internship and practicum at Total Life Counseling, Inc. which included work in its Partial Day Psychiatric treatment program.

Eric enjoys helping people grow in maturity during difficult seasons of life to be overcomers through God’s grace. Eric’s therapeutic orientation is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems. An eclectic usage of other therapy models such as Adlerian and person-centered therapies are utilized as well. His main areas of client focus include youth, marriage and family, and personal growth.

Eric Gutierrez served as an Associate Pastor in Roanoke for 11 years. He has worked at a private day school in Roanoke helping children with emotional disorders (grades K -12). Eric serves as Director of Recruitment and Advancement for Roanoke Valley Christian Schools.

Eric and his wife Jennifer have been blessed with five children. His interests are learning new building skills for projects around the house, coaching in local Upward Leagues, speaking at churches on a variety of topics, and spending time with family.

JILLIAN MCCAY, M.A. Ed., Resident in Counseling

Jillian obtained a Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Liberty University and a Master of Education in Counseling from Virginia Tech.  She is currently working toward being licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been approved by the Board of Counseling to practice as a resident since 2013. 

Jillian has most enjoyed supporting individuals experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, stress, and simply needing to express thoughts and feelings. She works with children, teens, and adults and makes use of a variety of techniques all with the focus of providing a supportive and nonjudgmental relationship to encourage meaningful exploration and personal discovery. Jillian hopes to aid each person to find the freedom that comes with discovering their own uniqueness and aligning that with the balance of truth in their lives.

Jillian also works in a foster care agency in the community as a mentor and provides training for children and families.

Jillian loves to travel and finds joy in adventures outside. Her three dogs keep her busy along with anything creative, spending time with loved ones, and learning. If interested in finding out more, visit her website  or click here to follow her on Facebook.

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