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Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, CEO
Board Diplomate-Fellow

Hello, I am Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, co-owner of Alliance Therapy Center LLC.  I am a licensed clinician with over 25 years of experience.  I graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a BS is social work and psychology, a Masters in social work from Catholic University, Washington D.C., and a Doctorate Degree in Education Counseling from Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  I attended the Harvard University School of Business for Executive Leadership, and have provided a full life spectrum of clinical and academic services. Currently, I provide life spectrum services, but specialize in co-occuring and trauma related issues. Please read our homepage for further alliance with my practice of work.
Eric J. Woodard, COO
Eric J. Woodard is Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Alliance Therapy Center, LLC. Eric is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps with a specific calling to veterans with PTSD. He has worked in the D.C. Department of Corrections, Stafford County Sherriff’s Office, and is a highly decorated retiree after 25 years of service from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. Eric earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from George Mason University, Master’s of Science Degree in Counterterrorism from Rochester Institute of Technology of NY, and is a certified Moral Reconation Therapy Counselor. Eric teaches criminal justice as an adjunct professor at local universities, as well as, developing current correctional designs under patent. Eric’s personnel management, data collection, training, and organizational development provides for a well -managed practice with capacity to respond to the changing environment. “Semper Fidelis.”




Kelly Carter, LPC

Kelly Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 15 years experience in the field. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Messiah College and graduate degree from George Mason University. Kelly has worked in nonprofit, local government and private practice settings during her career utilizing her strength-based approach to meet the needs of diverse populations. Kelly works with children, teens and adults in individual, group and family sessions. She offers a variety of skills to address concerns related to ADHD and behavioral concerns as well as depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma and emotional concerns. Kelly also provides for relational and family concerns and provides Christian counseling to those interested in addressing their spirituality in counseling. Kelly offers several skills sets such as anger management, behavior management/emotion regulation, social skills, interpersonal relationships, communication, healthy families and organizational skills. For children and teens, she employs a cognitive-behavioral, learning and activity-based approach matching the developmental stage of the client.  For adults, she utilizes a cognitive-behavioral, person-centered and solution-focused approach touching on the strengths of each individual. 


Vera Peyton, MBA, CSAC

I am Vera C. Peyton, M.B.A., CSAC. I am a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over 30 years of experience. My areas of specialty are Substance Abuse Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Pharmacology Addictions, Family Services, & Mindfulness in Recovery. My Master of Business skills highly accent my daily marketing of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. 



Mark Reeves, LCSW

Having and undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mary Washington and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth, I feel very fortunate to work with individuals, couples, and families in my hometown of Fredericksburg, VA.  I have been Licensed and Practicing at my current location since 2002.



Dr. Athena Staik, Ph.D, LMFT

Relationship consultant, author, educator & licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. Athena Staik uses cutting edge tools, neuroscience and recent findings on the brain and intimate relations to help clients break free of a wide range of issues, to include depression, anxiety, infidelity, codependency, addictions, addictive love patterns, reactivity and other emotional issues.
For over 10 years, Dr. Athena Staik has studied the brain, the neuroscience of attachments, and cutting edge tools for accelerated success and human change. With a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy, and an MA and BA in psychology, her work is influenced by a wide range of psychological models, with an emphasis on positive, strengths-based approaches. As a relationship expert, emotional intelligence coach, and master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming, Dr. Staik’s passion is to awaken the best in life and relationship. She is known for her gift for tapping into clients’ strengths, inspiring others to make transformative change, and her strong blend of compassion, kindness & willingness to consistently stand in truth.
Athena Staik, Ph.D. is developer of Conscious-Love™ Transformations, a synthesis of evidence-based psychological interventions, experiential approaches, and the latest findings on the brain, neuroscience and intimate relationships. Dr. Staik is currently in private practice in Fredericksburg, VA, and writing her book, Safe Enough to Love™: Breaking Free of Addictive Love in Couple Relationships. For information, comments or questions, or to schedule an appointment or workshop, visit her website at




Marlyn Goins-McCants, LCSW




Marlyn Goins-McCants is a licensed behavioral health clinician and manager with over 25 years of experience in the social work profession. She is experienced in multiple fields including, addictions, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, family and community services and health care at the local, state and national levels.  She is experience as a Military Family Life Counselor, assigned to Military installations in the US and Japan. She has also provided individual, group and family counseling services to service members and their families. She has also provided psycho education, presentations etc. to assist military families, worked with existing military family support programs to complement the services provided to service members and their families. She was instrumental in establishing Victoria Transcultural Center, a mental health agency, which   provided intensive in home and outpatient counseling services specializing in working with Latino and   African American families. She has worked as a supervised Clinical Director, LCSW, and LPC supervisor. She has also served as Child and Family technical expert lead with a team contracting with Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Provided support for approximately 17 service providers and organizations that were awarded grants through the Pregnant and Post-Partum women's grant program. She has worked with the Department of Juvenile Service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to serve on the Department executive management team and assist in the continued effort to transform Juvenile Justice in the State in efforts to obtain national correctional accreditation.


Marcella Rummel, LMFT
Marcella Rummel has had over 40 years of diverse experience in the mental health field. She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 1997 and has continued to devote her time to help and improve the lives of others. 
During sessions with her clients, Marcella Rummel maintains a holistic approach that focuses on body, soul, and spirit wherein she combines both Biblical and psychological principles. The combination of Christian values and psychotherapy is very effective with many diverse circumstances ranging from individual and marriage therapy to family counseling. 
Marcella is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). The membership with this professional organization allows her to gain the best insight to help best support her clients and use that insight in all of her sessions.

















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