Our Staff

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Kara Chevlin, LPC, CAMS-II

Program Director

I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with my MA in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. Starting in the field, my passion began with helping those with substance use disorders. I became involved in group work for adolescent males in a local correctional facility and anger management services. I obtained my certification as a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS-II) in order to apply those skills to others areas of practice.  I went on to work in private practice with adults and children suffering from serious persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders, as well as working with adults with intellectual disabilities as a behavior intervention specialist, providing direct therapeutic services in group homes. It was in these roles I spent my time enjoying and developing my approaches to treatment through cognitive behavioral therapy with emphasis on mindfulness and the role that our overall health plays in our mental health. Once becoming an Assistant Director, providing oversight to vast number of group homes for a nonprofit that supports adults with intellectual disabilities, I was able to truly appreciate the larger role I could play in improving the lives of the clients, while also utilizing my clinical skills. I’m excited to have the opportunity to combine all of my knowledge and skills to work with NCG in continuing to provide quality mental health services to those that rely on us during their greatest times of need!

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Pat Contreras, Psy.D., LMFT, QMHP-C, QMHP-A

Mobile Crisis Clinical Supervisor

I am a bilingual (English & Spanish) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 25 years of clinical experience working with individuals and families across settings, with specialty in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, psychosis, and loss and grief. I hold a Masters degree in Clinical and Family Psychology and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) and have extensive experience applying multidisciplinary treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Gestalt Therapy (TG), Motivational Interviewing, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy, Cerebral Integration Technique (TIC), and Brain Gym among others. I have been with CR2 since it was founded in 2014 and aim to provide the highest quality of care in a safe and compassionate space to assist individuals to become the best versions of themselves.

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Lonnica Darden, MSW, MA, LCSW, LICSW

Mobile Crisis Clinical Supervisor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work and Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and Public Administration. I've been part of the CR2 team since August 2020. Prior to CR2, I spent 8+ years in the behavioral health field. I've worked at the state and local level in the areas of child welfare, inpatient crisis stabilization, victim advocacy, GAL, public schools, and community based programs (IIH, MHSS, FFT and Outpatient). I've worked in a supervisory role since 2018. 

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Constance Paris, BSW, MSW, LCSW

Mobile Crisis Clinical Supervisor

I joined CR2 after returning to VA from GA.  I have been in the Atlanta GA area since 2004. While in Atlanta I obtained my MSW from Clark Atlanta HBCU and went on to get my L.C.S.W. In Atlanta, I worked throughout the hospital systems and community specializing in acute crisis stabilization. I have also worked in case management and social work for the hospital system and emergency  department. 

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Suchana Shrestha, MA, LPC 

Mobile Crisis Clinical Supervisor

I graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a Masters in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling. The field of counseling intrigued me as I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my Undergraduate degree of Psychology and Social Work. I have worked as an Outpatient Therapist, Intensive In-home therapist, ABA therapist, and Group therapist. I joined CR2 in 2018, and since then I have been captivated by the at-risk population and realized how scarce immediate mental health providers are for any population. I mostly utilize CBT, but include Integrative Therapy as needed. I believe we are a lifelong learner, so I aim on training myself and specializing in various field within mental health. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia. I am fluent in Hindi and Nepali.

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Tiffani Chamblin, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work

Administrative Supervisor

I am a supervisee in social work working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I completed my Master's in Social Work at University of Southern California with a concentration in children and family studies in 2019. I started my mental health career as a mental health skill builder working with adults in the community. My passion has always been to utilize my skills to assist others with achieving their goals and navigating through life with a mental health diagnosis. I started my career at National Counseling Group working as a mobile crisis counselor at CR2 in November 2020, working my way up to Administrative Supervisor as of January 2022. I have experience working with kids, adolescents, and adults with autism, anxiety, depression, and behavioral diagnoses, as well as trauma-based diagnoses.