Meet Our Outpatient Team
Family Focus, Inc. does accept many insurance plans. Please contact us to learn more about services and if our provider is in-network with your insurance.
Patricia Harris, NCC, LPC, LMFT, CSOTP
Pat is a board-certified counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has over 30 years of experience working in the mental health care field. Pat began her career working with adolescents in a residential facility and currently provides clinical supervision to other mental health professionals and sees individuals and couples for outpatient counseling. Pat’s approach to therapy is a collaborative one with her clients. She works on improving communication and reducing conflict in relationships. Pat helps clients with stress management, grief and loss issues, depression, and anxiety. Pat also works with women who have a history of trauma, including abuse and neglect.
Pat currently works with couples and individuals 18 and older.
Melissa Hale, MSN, RN, AGPNP-C
Melissa is an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 year’s total experience in the nursing field where she has worked in various settings. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she worked in various roles as an RN, starting out as a critical care RN on a surgical step-down unit at St. Mary’s, then as a Nurse Navigator, totaling 8 years’ service for the Bon Secours Health System. In 2013 Melissa moved to Corpus Christi, TX, where she worked as a Care Transition Coach for CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital and as an RN for a Home Health agency. In 2016 after a move to Tuscaloosa, AL she worked on the Medical ICU at DCH Hospital.
When Melissa began her career as a Nurse Practitioner, she chose the field of Mental Health with the desire to make a difference; working in the mental health population quickly became her passion. Prior to joining Family Focus, Inc. in 2020, Melissa worked in a private outpatient psychiatric practice serving teen, adult, and geriatric populations.
Melissa has a special interest in patients with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and ADHD.
Please email for information on Melissa's schedule or availability.
Kelly Shephard, PMHNP
NOW Scheduling New Patient Appointments
for Psychiatric Evaluations & Treatment
Kelly is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a special interest in working with adults experiencing life disruptions from anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, and some mood disorders. She received her Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing from South University. After graduating from nursing school, Kelly was an ER nurse for 8 years, where she experienced firsthand the gap between medical and psychiatric care, and how the mind/body connection is often ignored. These gaps encouraged her to pursue her PMHNP degree. Kelly received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.
Kelly's treatment philosophy is holistic and collaborative. She will work with you to formulate a safe and effective treatment plan that is unique to your experiences and mental wellness goals in a welcoming and compassionate environment. Her goal for every patient is to achieve optimal mental wellness and resiliency to overcome life's challenges.
Thank you for considering Kelly as a resource during this time in your life. She looks forward to working with you to reclaim your wellness.
Email for more info!
Jessica Beach, LCSW
Jessica Beach and her family moved to Richmond in August 2017 and fell in love with the area. She grew up in Long Island, New York and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Stony Brook University. Jessica and her family spent 10 years living in sunny Florida where she worked in a community mental health agency. She received her LCSW during this time and had the privilege of working with a diverse population.
Jessica is a licensed clinical social worker who is experienced in working with adolescents, adults, and families. She has experience and interest in working with individuals, families and couples who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic illness, relationship challenges, and parenting issues. Jessica also works with individuals who have experienced grief and loss and provides trauma counseling for individuals who have more persistent unresolved concerns, including veterans and active duty service members.
Jessica believes that we all have struggles that can benefit from support from time to time. Using Strengths Perspective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and emotion regulation skills, Jessica has seen individuals resolve specific issues and feel more prepared to address future life challenges. Jessica also believes that as social beings we ultimately heal and grow when provided the tools, support and encouragement needed.
Michael Beach, LCSW
Meet Michael Beach, LCSW
Michael is a licensed clinical social worker experienced with helping individuals seeking to change their lives. Michael has helped individuals to better manage their struggles with self-esteem, communication, depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges. Michael has also worked with individuals to effectively process the lingering effects of past events.
Michael believes that we all have struggles that can benefit from support from time to time. Using Strengths Perspective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and emotion regulation skills, Michael has seen individuals resolve specific issues and feel more prepared to address future life challenges. As social beings, Michael believes that we ultimately heal and grow when we are provided the skills and encouragement needed.
Michael is currently accepting clients 14 and older.
Elizabeth Lahendro, LPC, PSC
"We don't have to do it all alone. We were never meant to." - Brene Brown
Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 5 years of experience working with school-aged kids and teens, young adults, and families. Her goal is to provide compassionate support and to create a safe, relaxed space to work through challenges, identify strengths, and promote resilience using cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness-based interventions.
Elizabeth has experience helping clients and families manage stressors and deal with struggles related to anxiety, depression, behavioral and emotional issues, trauma, self-esteem, grief, and relational problems.
Dr. Brandon Williams, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Brandon Williams is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides assessments and therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Williams has expertise in the assessment of general psychological, forensic (psychosexual, competency), attachment and bonding, substance abuse, pre-bariatric surgery, parental fitness, and worker’s compensation evaluations. Dr. Williams provides therapy to individuals of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, various addictions, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, and bipolar disorder.
Since 2006, Dr. Williams has worked in diverse clinical settings, including a residential substance abuse treatment facility, university counseling center, community services board, regional jail, state psychiatric hospital, public hospital, juvenile correctional facility, and private practice. Dr. Williams’ approach to therapy is eclectic and tailored to the individual, with heavy influences from solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories.
Dr. Williams received his PhD in clinical health psychology from Virginia State University and his Master of Public Health (concentration in Health Systems Management) from Tulane University. Dr. Williams completed his clinical psychology internship at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance.
Dr. Williams lives in Richmond with his wife and children. He joined Family Focus in 2019 and is only accepting clients for psychological assessments.