Meet OUR TEAM
Kimberly Milam, LPC, NCC, BCN
Founder & Owner
As a veteran, I understand the impact trauma can have on an individual, family members, and friends. I specialize in working with women and young females who are or have struggled with traumatic events, anxiety, and depression. I served in the Army for 21 years. During my service, I started working to help victims of sexual assault. I knew immediately this was my life’s calling! I retired from the Army in 2010 and earned my MA in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Arlington, VA, in 2012. From 2011-2012, I completed my practicum and internship working with adults who had substance abuse issues and co-occurring conditions.
From 2013 - 2017, I worked as a resident in counseling for Prince William County, where I provided intensive in-home therapy for at-risk youth and their family members. I received my Virginia licensure in 2016 and founded Neurofeedback Therapeutic Solutions in 2017. Here at Neurofeedback Therapeutic Solutions, I employee individuals with a wide variety of skills to help clients who have a traumatic background or are struggling with impulse control and other behavioral issues.
The overall vision and goal is to offer a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions to help clients reach their goals and change their lives.
Therapeutic interventions include talk-therapy (CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Theory), Neurotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, Hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) - Tapping, Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture).
Rachel Walls, LCSW
I received my Master's in Social Work from Tulane University in 2011. I received a certificate in Disaster Mental Health from the Institute for Psychosocial Health and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 Hr). I am currently licensed to practice clinical social work in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
During my post-graduate training, I was selected to travel to India with a group of social workers to study Post-Traumatic Stress, international non-profit development and the resiliency of Tibetan refugees. This experience sparked my interest in Eastern philosophies of healing. I now view individuals in a holistic manner, working with them to maintain a balance between mind, spirit, and body.
My other professional experiences include working as a program director and consultant for several non-profit agencies in Southern California. I also worked as a part of a research team for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. I have worked extensively with adults in crisis, assisting them as they navigate the impact of trauma. I enjoy creating programs, workshops, and support groups. I believe having a supportive community is a vital component of healing. I provide psychotherapy to men and women, couples, and families.
Other areas of specialized interest and training include assisting military members and veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. I use a variety of treatment modalities which include: Mind-Body Medicine (MBM), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Family Systems Therapy (Bowen), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Seeking Safety. Regardless of the treatment modality, my approach is strengths-based. My sessions may begin with breath-work and if requested by the client, may include Yoga Nidra and meditation.
Victoria Otchere, M.A.,
Resident in Counseling
I completed my first master’s degree in 2003 at Virginia Tech. I worked at a residential treatment center for adolescent males in New Jersey. There, I discovered my true passion for working with at-risk youth and their families. While functioning as a Clinical Coordinator and utilizing the Structural Family Therapy (SFT) framework, I specialized in working with adolescent sexual offenders as well as those suffering from ongoing anger management issues, including dually diagnosed youth. It is this experience where I recognized the importance of treating both the individual and the family. I believe everybody has the capacity to change and it is the role of the therapist to support people in recognizing what they are capable of accomplishing.
After four years in New Jersey, I made the decision to return home to Virginia to be closer to family. I continued my clinical career in Washington, D.C., working for a nonprofit for at-risk youth. During my seven years at this agency, I provided therapeutic services to adjudicated youth and their families, in addition to directing programs targeted at rehabilitation. In addition to overseeing the programs designed to support the juvenile justice system, I directed a homeless shelter for young adults, trained other directors in Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and participated in the writing grant proposals, and program development and implementation.
For the last five years, I have worked as a Therapist, providing home-based services to youth and their families. With a passion for the field, I made the decision to return to school to continue to pursue my education. I graduated with a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2017. I am working towards licensure as a resident in counseling. I bring my passion for working with at risk youth, their families, and those who have a history of trauma to my continued residency working at Neurofeedback Therapeutic Solutions.
Danijela Nardelli, M.A.,
Resident in Counseling
I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University in 2017. I am a Resident in Counseling working towards my licensure under the supervision of Kimberly Milam, LPC, NCC, BCN. My primary focus is working with adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and developmental trauma. I am coming to mental health counseling as a career changer from software systems engineering because after 20 years in the tech field I felt strongly that my true interest and value are in helping people overcome their mental health challenges. I started my graduate program in 2014 and graduated in 2017.
During my practicum and internship in 2016 and 2017, I worked in community mental health settings and a substance use treatment facility. I started my residency in 2018 working both as a talk therapist and a neurofeedback clinician. As a mental health counselor, my primary interest is to help people heal from their traumatic experiences whether it is a “small t” or “capital T” trauma. Trauma stays in the body and can manifest as many mental health issues including anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Both traditional talk therapy and Neurotherapy can provide relief from mental health symptoms because of a person's innate ability to progress towards healing. Our brain is equipped with neuroplasticity and our mind is capable of changing its problematic thinking and feeling patterns. Therefore change happens both through our body and our mind
As a first-generation American who came to the United States from Croatia, I am very much interested in multigenerational culture blending and other acculturation challenges. In my approach, I use a variety of therapeutic strategies including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Neurotherapy.
I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC). I stay up to date with the current research in order to be in the best place to provide evidence-based approaches in my work with clients. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, trying new recipes and decoupage!
Brendon Cunningham, M.S.W.
Supervisee in Social Work
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work from George Mason University. I am a part-time mental health counselor here at NFBTS. Before coming here, I gained clinical experience at a full-service residential treatment facility that serves adolescent boys and girls and at the Emergency Services Department within a Community Services Board.
At the residential treatment facility, I treated individuals who have experienced trauma, been physically/sexually abused, and those with a dual diagnosis. I also led group therapy sessions on the topics of anger management, drug abuse, and the given rights/responsibilities when turning 18 years old. While at the community services board I conducted comprehensive and respectful interventions to those experiencing a crisis related to mental health. These emergency evaluations were done to determine if the client needed immediate psychiatric admission or could benefit from out-patient treatment.
My experiences at these institutions reinforced my belief that a person’s mental health is often the result of previous interactions between biological, psychological, and social factors. The therapies I use are evidence-based and consist of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. Aside from treating trauma, I have experience in treating symptoms related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, and broken relationships.
I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and am currently working towards my licensure. Outside of NFBTS, I spend time with my family and play wheelchair rugby.
Deborah Vara, M.A.,
Resident in Counseling
I am a native of Northern Virginia. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Kansas State University and worked in the government field for 17 years. After ten years of working in jobs that did not fit my passion, as well as several life-altering events, I decided to venture back to school for counseling. In May 2019, I graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.
My passion is to help guide clients through their obstacles in life. I have worked with a variety of client populations, including adults, adolescents, couples, and families. Also, I have worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, bipolar, grief, trauma, career change, divorce, adjustment issues, self-esteem, and marital difficulties. The main theories I use in counseling are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exercising, hiking, trail riding, and reading a good book. I bring a lot of personal experience to Neurofeedback Solutions and hope to challenge, guide, and inspire you to achieve your goals and healing. I am currently working towards licensure in professional counseling under the clinical supervision of Kimberly Milam, LPC.
Carmen Kimball, M.A.,
Resident in Counseling
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Counseling and Development from George Mason University. My clinical mental health counseling practice includes individual and group work with those struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, autism spectrum disorder, bereavement, chronic illness, bipolar disorder, trauma-related disorders as well as other mental health issues. I take an integrative approach to counseling that is rooted in awareness and understanding of the mind-body continuum - an essential factor in the design and facilitation of treatment tailored to best suit the needs and goals of each Client. I am a culturally competent counselor, native Spanish speaker and provide counseling services in English and Spanish.
From 2016 – 2019 I worked as a Research Assistant with the Physiological and Behavioral Neuroscience in Juveniles Lab at the Krasnow Institute; during this time I collected and analyzed data as well as presented and published neuroscience research related to learning and memory. I was employed as an Academic Coach with Learning Services at George Mason University during my final year of graduate school wherein I worked with students to help them find balance between their academic and personal lives as well as facilitated a variety of workshops to support student well-being and academic performance. In 2018, I earned certification from the Department of Justice to teach Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Mental Health Professionals about the neurobiology of trauma. I also facilitate a variety of neuroscience-based trainings and lectures for students, faculty and staff at Universities, as well as mental and physical health professionals around the world as an NBCC Certified Continuing Education Provider.
I am a current member of the American Counseling Association, Society for Neuroscience, Fairfax County Trauma Informed Community Network and Virginia Neuroscience Initiative. I volunteer with Hopecam – a nonprofit organization that helps mitigate negative effects of social isolation experienced by children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illness since 2016.
Overall, it is my mission as a counselor to assist you in learning more about who you are, aid you in the discovery of who you want to be and to help guide you on the journey toward self-actualization.