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Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services

At Richmond Creative Counseling, we believe that a team-approach is often the best for providing comprehensive care that considers all of the variables that contribute to the issues you wish to address. We recognize the challenges many of our clients face in trying to access Psychiatric services and being faced with long wait-lists, long wait times, and inconsistent collaboration between treatment providers. We offer in-house Psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults that are provided by licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners with over 30 collective years of experience working in the mental health field. We currently accept Anthem, Optima, Optum/United, Aetna, Magellan, and Cigna products for Psychiatric Services.

About Lauren Connelly, PMHNP-BC:


Lauren (she/her) is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children, adolescents, and adults.  She uses a collaborative and holistic approach to develop a personalized treatment plan for each client and emphasizes the importance of shared decision-making and client education.  Lauren believes medication management is just one part of successful psychiatric care, and also encourages therapy, self-care, and the development of coping strategies as important components in achieving whole health and well-being. 

Lauren received both her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia.  Lauren has experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry as well as community mental health.  She treats all general psychiatric issues, with a clinical focus on Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and Schizoaffective Disorder.  Along with the rest of our staff at RCC, Lauren provides LGBTQ+ competent and affirming care.

About Furdous Eltahir, PMHNP-BC:

Furdous she/her) is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who utilizes a holistic and recovery approach to care that stems from the understanding that overall wellness comes from mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. In addition to medication management, she aims to support you through your journey and personalized goals while providing education on various complementary interventions such as therapy, mindfulness, stress management, exercise, and sleep hygiene.

Furdous works with children, adolescents, and adults, and treats a wide variety of psychiatric disorders with a primary interest in addiction, trauma, psychosis, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Furdous has over 6 years of psychiatric nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology & Nursing, as well as her Master's of Science in Nursing, from Virginia Commonwealth University.

About Ashley Garcia, PMHNP:

Ashley (she/her) is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with substantial training in Functional Medicine. She received her Master's of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia and has experience working in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Ashley works with children, adolescents, and adults. She treats all general psychiatric issues including, but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Perinatal Mood Disorders, ASD, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management. Ashley enjoys supporting her clients in exploring the underlying root causes of symptoms which often involves a careful examination of physical, emotional, and psychological factors. Ashley is well versed in the relationship between food and mood and supports her clients in exploring natural, integrative approaches to improved mental health. Ashley currently accepts Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, Magellan, Optum/United, and Optima products.

About Lindsay Hawkins, PMHNP-BC:

Lindsay (she/her) is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with children, adolescents, and adults. Lindsay is a generalist who is comfortable working with most mental health clinical issues, including, but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder, and ADHD. She is also comfortable treating Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Substance Use Disorders and Addiction issues and works to collaborate closely with other treatment providers. Lindsay completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. She has spent the past 10 years working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Along with the rest of our staff at RCC, Lindsay is LGBTQ competent and affirming. She currently accepts Anthem, Cigna , Optima, Aetna, Optum/United, and Magellan products.

About Lauren Woolfolk, PMHNP:


Lauren (she/her) has more than 14 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse working with children and adolescents in a hospital setting. She obtained her MSN at the University of Virginia and became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed her clinicals in both a crisis stabilization unit and in an outpatient psychiatric setting, treating children, adolescents, and adults. She is able to prescribe and treat many psychiatric issues, including, but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Panic Disorder. She enjoys working with members of the LGBTQ community as a Certified Transgender Care Provider and is currently completing her training and supervision hours to become a Registered Play Therapist. Lauren currently accepts all Anthem BC/BS products, Cigna, Aetna, Optima, Magellan, Optum/United. She is able to treat children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric needs.