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Mental Health Treatment Team | Fairfax Station, VA

Amy Brown, MA

National Director of Operations
Mental Health

After completing her Master's degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University, Amy Brown began working to help individuals and families find healing and hope. Ms. Brown came to Discovery's Resilience with extensive experience managing various eating disorder programs as well as behavioral health facilities. Under Ms. Brown's leadership, Discovery's Resilience's substance abuse and mental health programs have flourished and Ms. Brown now oversees numerous mental health and substance abuse programs throughout southern Virginia. Ms. Brown feels very deeply about the contribution she is making to improve the quality of life for adolescents and their families. One of the things that attracted Ms. Brown to Discovery's Resilience was the shared commitment to providing the best quality of care to each patient and his or her family.

Nichomi Higgins, MFT

Assistant Director of Operations

Nichomi Higgins is the Program Director and Primary therapist at Center for Discovery La Habra. Generally speaking, Nichomi’s education and experience working in both eating disorder treatment, community counseling and domestic violence and abuse has been an integral part of her work as a marriage and family therapist. As a result she considers herself to be an attentive, culturally sensitive and empathic clinician, who is dedicated to considering all of the biopsychosocial factors that may impact a client and family’s emotional and interpersonal wellbeing. Nichomi is truly passionate about her work and believes that despite its challenges, recovery is possible.

Nichomi earned her Master of Science degree in family therapy from Mercer University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and considers herself a Georgia peach at heart! Her professional areas of interests include: eating disorder treatment and the process of achieving recovery, identity negotiation/development, grief and loss, family communication patterns as well as struggles concerning faith and spirituality.

Angela Conner, LPC

Program Director

Angela Conner, LPC brings over 13 years of combined education and clinical experience as the Program Director at Fairfax Station/Burke lake Resilience Program for Center for Discovery. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Following this, Angela furthered her education, receiving her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Argosy University in Arlington, VA and then went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. 

Throughout her journey, Angela has dedicated herself to working with children, adolescents, and their families with mental health and co-occurring disorders in a variety of community settings.  Prior to Center for Discovery, Angela has gained experience working in the in-home setting, therapeutic day treatment, foster care setting, outpatient, and judicial setting with court-involved youth.  In addition, Angela has built various professional relationships within the Northern Virginia area.  Angela is passionate about working with diverse populations and building a strong therapeutic rapport and alliance with clients and all that are involved.  Angela is well-versed in cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, solution-focused, and play therapy and has experience working with a broad range of issues to include crisis intervention, PTSD, grief and loss, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use, and family intervention.  Angela is passionate about the works she does and enjoys watching seeds which are planted grow. In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, cleaning, and traveling.

Tara Pellecchia, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian

Tara is a Registered Dietitian who truly believes in the healing power of food, and is passionate about helping others become their best selves through good nutrition. Tara began her career studying psychology at Clemson University, and worked in the mental health field for eight years providing therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents with special needs. Inspired by personal health experiences and a lifelong love of food and cooking, Tara pursued her Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Drexel University and completed a ten-month dietetic internship, with an emphasis on medical nutrition therapy, through the Sodexo Dietetic Internship program in Philadelphia. As an intern working in both inpatient and outpatient care settings, Tara was able to directly observe and appreciate the significant impact of nutrition on a person’s health and wellbeing. As the Dietitian at Fairfax Station for Center for Discovery’s Resilience program, Tara aims to inspire and support clients on their path of recovery, and help them develop healthy behaviors and attitudes towards food and eating to promote long-term success.

Samantha Wright, MA, Resident in Counseling

Primary Therapist

Samantha Wright is a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery Resilience in Fairfax Station Virginia.  In 2010, Samantha received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Romance Languages from Dartmouth College.  After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she worked in a variety of settings including conducting fMRI research on the amygdala and pre-frontal cortex, working at a residential drug treatment center, working with foster youth, and as a counselor at CFD - La Jolla.  Samantha received her Master's at the University of San Diego and obtained her LPC licensure in California after working at an outpatient clinic in San Diego, specializing in severe and persistent mental illness.  Samantha has extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and has spent most of her career working with children, adolescents, and young adults.  

Donald Denton, M.Ed, QMHPc, Resident in Counseling

Primary Therapist

Donald Denton is a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery Resilience in Fairfax Station Virginia.  In 2010, Donald received his Bachelor of Science in psychology from Emory & Henry College in South Western Virginia.  After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked for a residential facility as a counselor.  Donald then went on to provide intensive in-home counseling for families who's children were at risk of out of home placement.  Donald also has experience providing applied behavioral analysis informed therapy for individuals with developmental delays and/or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as providing individual therapy in an outpatient setting.  Donald received his Masters of Education in Professional Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College in spring 2015.  After earning his M.Ed., Donald has been working towards his license (LPC) and has completed his residency hours.  Donald has extensive training and experience in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, ABA, and structured family therapy.  Donald uses an eclectic approach to therapy which emphasizing the importance of trauma informed care, person-centered treatment and finding solutions.  

Anteah Jones, M.S.

Facility Manager

Anteah Jones, M.S., has been the Facility Manager with Fairfax Station/ Burke lake Resilience Program for Center for Discovery for the last year.  Overall, Teah has 5 years of experience in the mental health field. She has a passion for smooth operations and cleanliness of the facility.  In her spare time, Teah enjoys cleaning and listening to music.