Meet Our Therapists

Dr James Lassiter

James F. Lassiter Ph.D., ABPP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I have devoted my career to providing exceptional professional mental health services, including the training and supervision of the professionals that serve our communities through our group practice. As an expert in diagnostics, assessment and many psychotherapeutic techniques, I have sought the very best and talented clinicians to serve our clients at Lassiter and Associates. With prior experiences as a psychoanalyst, a professor of clinical psychology, and personality development for early childhood as well as middle and secondary grade levels, I have also established several mental health organizations primarily focused on meeting the mental health stresses our social environments create.

I settled with my family in Hampton roads in 2003 to discover a fascinating regional melting pot for families from all over the world; as a licensed independent practitioner since 1979 in New York, I was well prepared to establish a new private practice (2005) versed in serving children, adults and families from a variety of cultures (especially the military). Today, Lassiter and Associates Psychological Services provides the most advanced assessment and intervention strategies with three convenient locations in Virginia Beach, Suffolk, and Hampton. We also offer a variety of time-limited psycho-educational groups for personal healing, growth and self-care dealing with such topics as mindfulness based and spiritual strategies for stress, cognitive and evidenced based behavior management techniques, foster-parenting, parent support for children with ADHD and autism, relationship building and conflict resolution/bullying.

With 37 years experience and a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology), I also mentor and provide supervision for mental health practitioners meeting licensure requirements. As a former professor of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University (Garden City, New York), I provide on-the- job post-graduate training for mental health practitioners that require hands-on supervision in clinical settings (externships, internships and practica rotations). Additionally, I specialize in therapeutic hypnosis, energy psychology methods (EMDR and Thought Field Therapy), cognitive-behavioral techniques, trauma focused and analytically oriented therapies and psychological testing.

My day-to-day mission is to assure our clients the quality mental health services most needed for our communities.

Professional Training:

  • New York Licensure 1979
  • Virginia Licensure 2005
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, 1977
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology 2004
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology 1997
  • Postdoctoral Diploma in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis 1987
  • EMDR Institute 1998
  • New York Ericksonian Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis 1998


Dr. Anneli Barrios, Ph.D.

As a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, I specialize in learning disabilities, developmental delays, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, and anxiety. I conduct comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children which are noninvasive and consist of paper and pencil tests. This evaluation assesses all areas, including IQ, school achievement, language, visuomotor and fine motor functioning, memory, attention/concentration, problem-solving, decision making, and social-emotional development.

During a session, I work at your child’s pace and use several shorter sessions, based on your child’s needs. A typical evaluation is completed in 1-2 sessions. After the evaluation, I will personally score the tests and write a comprehensive report outlining the results, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. A report typically takes one to two weeks, and I will also provide verbal feedback. This report provides us valuable information to help you make positive decisions for your child.

Professional Training:

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (APA-Accredited)
  • M.A. in Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology,Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A. in Christian Leadership, Graduate School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.S. in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude),Valparaiso University


Venitta Johnson, MSW, LCSW

I provide supportive counseling to individuals from ages “3 to 300”. My therapeutic philosophy is modeled after Plato’s quote “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” I believe in challenges instead of problems and that sometimes you just need to talk. You need to talk to someone who is objective, warm, accepting, and who will listen with unconditional positive regard. Perhaps your friends and family have given you an indication that they are tired of listening to your challenges… that’s where I come in.

I am passionate about counseling those who are experiencing mood disorders, trauma, women’s issues, African-American issues, LBGTQi issues, substance use disorders and chronic illness. I am available evening and weekends for your convenience.

My treatment is strategically eclectic and diverse. I utilize Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Non-directive Play Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to assist you in becoming your best self.

Specializing in:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Chronic Illness
  • Coping Skills
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Racial Identity
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues

Deena Terrell, LCSW

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20+ years’ experience in the field, my passion is to offer a safe place to explore issues that may be creating barriers and/or challenges for individuals and families.

Utilizing various evidence-based therapeutic approaches and understanding that not everyone will respond to every therapeutic style, I consider myself a therapist who integrates a bio-psychosocial and client-centered approach into the diagnosing and treatment of individuals.  I am a firm believer that everyone deserves an opportunity to live a healthier and happier life regardless of past experiences.

I have had the opportunity to successfully work in a multitude of setting throughout New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Virginia.  Currently I consult with medical providers, physicians, case management coordinators and insurance providers on caring for and transitioning individuals through a holistic approach; that may include referring individuals out to community services and programs.

I enjoy adding humor to treatment when appropriate and believe that every session opens the door to opportunities.  With such vast experience, my approach to treatment is simply to meet each client where they are while helping them transition through goals and objectives which they are essential in creating.  If you’re ready for change, I am ready to take this journey with you. I do not promise it will be easy, but I do assure you that it will be worth the time you invest. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Professional Training/Experience Include:

Trauma Informed Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy – Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy (SFBT)

Spiritual Counseling

Crisis Management

Tele-behavioral and Mental Health

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH-NCQA)

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)

Mentally Ill and Chemically Addicted Counseling (MICA)

Substance Abuse – Wellness Recovery Action Plan (Wrap)

Waiver Services – Early Intervention (EI) & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 

Certification in the following:

VA Early Intervention – Provider (EI-LCSW/Active)

VA Early Intervention Case Manager (EI-CM/Active)

NY Early Intervention –Ongoing Coordinator (EI-OSC/Active)

NY Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC/Active)

NJ School Social Work/Active (CSSW/Active)

National Medical and Behavioral Case Manager (ACM/Active)

Licensed in the following States:

New Jersey- LSW/LCSW (Active/Pending)

New York- LMSW/LCSW (Active/Pending)

Virginia – LCSW, LMHP (Active)

Georgia – LMSW (Inactive)

Angello Madison, Sr., LPC

Since I have worked in a wide variety of settings in community mental health, correctional institutions, mobile crises, and drug and alcohol facilities, I consider myself a general practitioner offering my clients support for their specific needs. As a general practitioner, my clients include pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults and families, as well as those in the LBGTQ community.

I employ a combination of cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and existential approaches in treatment and consider myself very culturally competent and sensitive as a therapist. Currently my clients are those with Psychotic Disorders, but I equally enjoy working with those with mood and anxiety disorders.


  • Master’s Degree, Professional Counseling, Carlow University

Latoya “Nicole” Edwards, LCSW

I have worked as a psychotherapist for the past 6 years, and have worked in the mental health and dual diagnosis field for the last 10. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have worked in several mental health and substance abuse treatment settings including outpatient and inpatient settings as well as private practice.  As a psychotherapist, I believe our lives are made up of several different relationships. When there is dysfunction, chaos, tension, and communication barriers in those relationships, psychotherapy can help. The goal is to gain self-awareness and examine the triggers of the problem. Once we identify those triggers, we can then work on coping with the problem. I believe in providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. My goal is to help my patients identify and understand barriers to personal growth and success within themselves in relation to others.

I use a dynamic approach based primarily on the Cognitive Behavioral perspective as well as utilizing Client-Centered and Mindfulness perspectives that offers not only symptom relief, but also a means to improve emotional connections to the individual and others. I am dedicated to serving individuals of all populations (ages 8- 108+) and offer a proven track record of quality, ethical, and compassionate work.

My specializations include the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Military Personnel and Their Families
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Co-occurring Disorders and/or Substance Use Disorders
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Christian and Spiritual Counseling,
  • Employment Conflict
  • Racial Issues and African American Issues,
  • Women’s Issues
  • LBGTQ Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Child Conflict/Behavioral Issues
  • Individual, couples, family, and group therapy

Professional Training & Experience

Trauma Informed Therapy, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy – (TF-CBT), Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy (SFBT), Spiritual Counseling, Crisis Management, Couples Counseling, and Motivational Interviewing (MI), EMDR, and CPT.

Masters in Social Work, Norfolk State University