Our Team

We are committed to helping you live your best life and find hope, progress, and happiness.

Our Therapists and Providers

All of our therapists are educated and experienced professional counselors, licensed to practice in the state of Virginia.

Sharon Shavit, LCSW

Sharon is the founder and owner of Exhale Behavioral Health. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, a Masters of Social Work from Aurora University, and more than 20 years of experience working with clients.

Sharon specializes in anxiety and depression in adolescents and adults. Sharon works from a place of compassion with an authentic investment in the lives and well being of her clients. Building on the strengths that you already have, she will help you work through your challenges and ultimately support you to achieve your goals. Sharon has helped people in a variety of life situations. She enjoyed “sitting” beside her clients and together identifying the issues and what goals to work on.

Sharon enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples and has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders, family issues, relationship issues, and OCD. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Talk Therapy.

Articles written by Sharon:

“When people walk into the practice, I want them to feel comfortable and at home. Exhale is a safe space and no judgment zone.”

Brenda Johnston, DNP, PMHNP

Brenda is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from George Mason University, a Master’s of Nursing Degree and Post Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Shenandoah University (SU). Brenda graduated from (SU) with a Nursing Degree in 1985 and has a background in Emergency and Forensic Nursing and psychiatry. She has been practicing as a PMHNP since 2008.

“Mind and body are intertwined, and this connection is revealed in our personal stories. By listening to an individual’s story, I can incorporate a shared decision-making approach to treatment. This approach requires me as the provider to consider each patient’s preferences, values, and experiences when creating an individualized plan of care. Patients set their treatment goals, and we work together to achieve success.”

Michael Ellis, MSW, LCSW

Michael is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry and a Masters of Social Work. He has 3 years of experience working as a therapist specializing in child, family, and marriage counseling.

Michael lives Winchester, VA with his wife and five children, ages 13, 9, 7, and twin 5-year-olds. He has a background working as a Pastor and in law enforcement, working with teens and families to navigate the judicial system in Winchester, VA from 2005-2016. He also helped organize and lead a fatherhood group from 2013-2015 in the community. As a therapist, Michael enjoys helping others find a sense of peace and purpose in their lives.

Michael practices with a focus on Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. “I want to show everyone love and acceptance and help them reach a positive and purposeful place in life regardless of their age, race, gender, social identification, gender identification, or social status,” says Michael.

“Growing up, I have had role models that have shaped my morals and my desire to help others in the same manner.”

Kacie Martin, LCSW

Kacie is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Social Work from Radford University, and 8 years of experience working as a therapist.

Eva Brown, LCSW

Eva is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Behavior from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA, a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and 27 years of experience working as a therapist.

Eva is originally from Saltsjöbaden, Sweden. She came to the United States by herself in her late teens, and now lives in Winchester, VA, with her husband and 6.5-year-old German Shepherd and Standard Poodle mix Buster. What Eva enjoys most about being a therapist is getting to know her clients and finding ways to best support and validate them. She believes that a good therapeutic relationship rests on a mutual learning process. “Every patient I have worked with has in one way or another, all with their unique story to tell, helped me sharpen my professional curiosity and broadened my clinical frames of reference”, says Eva.

As a therapist, Eva is approachable and compassionate. She meets her clients where they are, offering calm guidance to help them reach their goals. She treats young adults and adults, specializing in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and trauma.

Articles written by Eva:

“It’s remarkable to be with clients and see their transformation to become more of the person they already were, but couldn’t see, hear or feel.”

Rachel Connell, LCSW

Rachel is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master of Social Work from West Virginia University, and 8 years of experience working as a therapist.

Rachel is a collaborator who works with her clients to reveal strengths already within them. She has a background in addressing anxiety, depression, trauma, and improving interpersonal relationships.

“I really enjoy seeing people grow.”

Patrick Clinton, LPC

Patrick is a licensed professional counselor with a degree in Clinical Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and more than 30 years of experience as a therapist and clinician.

Patrick uses a solution-focused approach to guide his clients in identifying their strengths, changing their thinking, and altering their behavior. His approach with his clients is both laid back and effective, making him a sought-out therapist.

Patrick specializes in helping adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety and depression.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

April Lubkemann

April is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She has 20 years of experience working as a therapist with both adolescents and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, and with life adjustments.

“I believe that selecting a therapist with whom you feel comfortable is essential to your treatment success. My therapeutic approach draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to offer treatment that will be tailored to you and to your specific needs”.