The Cascade Group

Phone: (540) 951-4800
Fax: (540) 951-3081
Bonita Brigman, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT
During my Masters training I made the decision to pursue a career as a therapist because I wanted to work with people to improve their everyday lives. It is far too easy for any of us to get stuck in a difficult place in life. We want our relationships to be happier. We want to do well at school or work. We need support when the tasks of life such as choosing the right partner, raising children or caring for an aging parent becomes overwhelming. We grieve when we are faced with loss and change. We may become depressed or anxious trying to figure out which choice is best for us in life. I enjoy working with clients to meet these challenges.

Dr. Brigman is co-founder of The Cascade Group.  She is a native of Martinsville, Virginia and first attended Virginia Tech in 1970.  She obtained her M.A. in Sociology from East Carolina University with a specialty in Behavioral Marital Therapy in 1982.  She returned to Virginia Tech for her doctoral studies in Marriage and Family Therapy which she completed in 1986.  Dr. Brigman worked at St. Albans Carilion Psychiatric Hospital in Radford, Virginia as a Family Therapist and an Eating Disorder Specialist for ten years while working in private practice.  She established The Cascade Group in the Fall of 2002 with her husband and colleague, Joseph McVoy.  Dr. Brigman is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently writing a text entitled, Child Onset Eating Disorders: The Work of Hilde Bruch and Children.

Dr. Brigman enjoys music, movies, walking, sailing, and time with her family.

Her expertise is in the following areas:
-Depression and grief
-Eating Disorders
-Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
-Women's Issues

I received my undergraduate in Psychology at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia and my Masters Degree in Counseling from Radford University. My goal as a therapist is to help clients tap into their inner strengths and learn skills to handle the problems and situations that have led them to seek counseling. As the Director of Career services and staff therapist for a college, I assisted students who were struggling with challenges and uncertainties at that stage of their lives. As an in-home therapist I learned the importance of family dynamics. As a licensed professional counselor for a community agency, I served a wide variety of people of all ages facing difficulties in their home and work environments. In my private practice, I tailor my therapy approach to provide the most effective support. I will be working with individual adults. I am Christian by faith and respectful of all faiths.

I have extensive knowledge and experience in treating:
-stress and anxiety
-anger problems
-adjustment disorders
-parenting issues/concerns
-grief and bereavement

I enjoy hiking and biking the byways of Virginia and West Virginia, cooking--especially trying out a variety of soups, going to live music events and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Jennifer S. Price, MSW, LCSW

I began my education at New River Community College in 1989. My husband was in the Army, so we moved several times. We lived in Germany for three years where I worked with Army Community Services and became involved in various activities such as the Family Support Group and Protestant Women of the Chapel. We then moved to Kansas where I completed my Bachelor's in Psychology in 1998 at Kansas State University. We returned to Southwest Virginia and I completed the Masters of Social Work program at Radford University in 2000. I worked for the Court Services Unit in Pulaski for six years after graduation. At the time, juvenile probation was more focused on family therapy in addition to accountability. After leaving the CSU, I worked for New River Valley Community Services in Pulaski and Blacksburg. While there I worked at Pulaski Elementary School as a school-based counselor, at the clinics providing outpatient counseling to children and families, and for the last three years I supervised In-Home Services. I also worked with two specialized programs which provide intensive services to higher-needs families with NRVCS. For two of these years I worked part-time with Adult and Child Family Counseling in Dublin. I joined The Cascade Group in June of 2014 and am very excited to be here.

 ​Much of the work I have done is focused on children, adolescents and families with a variety of strengths and needs. I have worked a great deal with anger management, behavioral change, substance abuse, self-injury, family violence, school struggles and interpersonal relationships. My counseling philosophy is generally solution-focused with people setting their own pace for treatment. I frequently use cognitive behavioral strategies to teach ways to adapt thought processes, interpretation of events, and objectivity in situations. I encourage people to take responsibility for their own change with the support and education provided by therapy.

Our adult daughter lives in the area and we have three pound puppies that run the house. I enjoy gardening, visiting with friends and family, shopping, playing silly online games, watching movies, camping and being in nature.

Joseph McVoy, Ph.D., LPC
I entered this field, in my thirties, as a client and not as a therapist, because I was disappointed with the help that I had received. Although my counselor was very supportive, he offered no direct guidance as to how to carry out the change that I needed. This frustration led me to explore the possibility of going into the counseling field. It seemed overwhelming to even consider at that time. Thankfully, I left my old career and entered graduate school. As a result of my own experience, I now see myself as having the responsibility to both motivate you and provide you with the tools necessary to accomplish your goals. At the same time, I am also the source of encouragement and support as you face the uncertainty of change.

Dr. McVoy is a co-founder of The Cascade Group.  A native of Pensacola, Florida, he obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Kenyon College.  He returned to college in his thirties to obtain his M.S. in Family Therapy and Child Development from East Carolina University.  Subsequently, Dr. McVoy came to Blacksburg in 1985 to obtain his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy.  His interest in the causes and effects of being overweight led him to research adolescent obesity as his dissertation topic.

The New River Valley appealed to Dr. McVoy so much that he remained in the area once his doctoral education had concluded.  He initially worked as St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital where he developed a family therapy program.  At St. Albans, Dr. Mcvoy became interested in eating disorders and initiated an eating disorders treatment program.  This interest in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa led him to present to other professionals throughout the United States on eating disorder and obesity issues.

Dr. McVoy left his hospital affiliation in 1996 to concentrate on working in private practice.  This led to the establishment of The Cascade Group in 2002.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. McVoy has developed specialized knowledge in a number of areas:
-Depression and Mood Disorder
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
-Eating related Disorders
-Relationship Issues


Vicki L. Wells, M.S., LPC
Counseling and Therapy
Office Manager
​Jennifer is involved in bookkeeeping, following up on claims, and making sure the day to day experience of our office runs smoothly.
Administrative Assistant
Peggy has worked in the healthcare field for twenty seven years. Peggy works the evening shift and can assist you with scheduling appointments.
Administrative Assistant​
Kelsey spends most of her day at our front desk, taking phone calls and welcoming patients. She also calls insurance companies to verify your benefits, co-pays, and authorizations. 
​Administrative Assistant
Gail is in charge of our electronic billing and following up on unpaid claims. You may not see her often, but she is making sure your claims will be paid in a timely manner.
Lisa Z. Goatley, M.S., LPC
As a therapist, my goal is to help transform the lives of hurting people. In the process of life, we can often become depressed, anxious, engage in compulsive behaviors, or find ourselves controlled by addiction. Many of us grew up in families in which we were abused, mistreated, or did not have our needs met in some way. We may have had life experiences which left us traumatized. Often, we struggle in our marriages and families. We may have experienced loss and cannot find our way toward living again. As a therapist, I have had the privilege of walking the path toward healing with my clients. I utilize a client-centered approach to help you embark on the process of change. 

Lisa Goatley, LPC, is originally from Blacksburg, VA. She received her Bachelor's degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech in 1986. She later received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland in 1989. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been a therapist for twenty-three years. She first worked in community mental health in Mississippi and later practiced with a hospital in an outpatient setting. During this time, she was also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at Mississippi State University. Lisa was in private practice in Mississippi for five years before returning to Blacksburg in 2004. She worked in community mental health in Blacksburg prior to joining The Cascade Group.

Lisa's areas of expertise include:
-Couples and family therapy
-Depression and mood disorders
-Anxiety and stress
-Abuse and trauma
-Grief and loss
-Substance use
Rebecca M. Hope, LCSW

I grew up in Buffalo, NY but have never enjoyed the cold and snow! That is the reason I ended up in Southwest Virginia. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the State University of New York at Geneseo and after I graduated, I moved to Massachusetts for several years to get some great experience working in a behavioral treatment center for children and adolescents. Massachusetts was still too cold so when I decided to apply to graduate school, I applied to universities in the south only! I chose to attend the Master of Social Work program at Radford University and graduated in 2003. 

I began working at New River Valley Community Services as an in-home clinician with children, adolescents, and families. For the past six years, I have served as a school-based clinician in a Montgomery County elementary school, working intensely with children with various mental health and behavioral issues. I have a special interest in grief counseling, trauma, and attachment disorders and really enjoy using play therapy to help children express things that they might not be able to put into words.

My husband and I have two young boys, a cat, and a dog, all of whom keep us very busy! I enjoy traveling, shopping, spending time with friends and family, and reading.

Lisa M. Johnson, LCSW

I gravitated towards this field at a very young age starting as an intern in high school at a local services building in my hometown of upstate New York. I immediately became inspired to help support those who were underserved due to trauma exposure, or lack of resources, guidance, and support. I am a firm believer that everyone deserves access to counseling services and the chance to explore and take control of the problems of their lives, listen to their emotions, and be strong participants in making sure their own needs are met. I will journey alongside you to encourage you to utilize and recognize the strengths you have within yourself to make a change.

    Lisa completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Plattsburgh State University of New York and immediately following pursued a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the State University of New York at Binghamton. The core of her experiences involve work with children and families. She has worked in the school system, participated in adventure based outdoor counseling programs with adults and children, and spent 7 years working in a Community Services Board setting in Williamsburg VA. There she provided Intensive In-Home counseling to children at risk and later went on to provide mental health and substance abuse assessments and services to adults before relocating to the Blacksburg area. She now enjoys working with youth as well as adults. Her special interest is in empowering men and women, young and old, whom have suffered from a chaotic upbringing and are working to break those cycles in their own families and relationships.

Areas of knowledge for Lisa include:
- Children 
- Adolescents 
- College students
- Older adults
- Individual and family therapy
- Anxiety and stress
- Mood Disorders/ Depression
- Phase of life issues
- Trauma

    In my free time I share a love for the outdoors, nature, and showing compassion to animals. I enjoy staying active; swimming, running, and hiking.

​ Brittany A. Howell, LPC

My journey towards the field of mental health unintentionally began during my experience teaching in a Montgomery County Elementary School when it became evident that mental health difficulties are a significant barrier in achieving academic, social and emotional success. I was drawn towards helping kids navigate their unique interpersonal, relational and emotional challenges. As I pursued my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Radford University, I gained experience in working with child and adult populations through my positions as a Case Manager, Parent Coach, School-Based Clinician, Mental Health Liaison at a local health clinic and eventually Supervisor of School Based services in Radford City and Pulaski County Public Schools. I particularly enjoy, and am passionate about providing support to individuals struggling with life changes and transitions, as well as parents who may be experiencing difficulties or uncertainties in navigating their child’s unique challenges. 

I am a native of Blacksburg, a wife of an Engineer and mother to two sweet little girls; a toddler and an infant born in March. I have a propensity to use imagery and metaphors to explain ideas and concepts. I am rather enthusiastic and expressive when I get the opportunity to talk about the ways in which relationships, anxiety, depression and other life circumstances operate within our lives. I prioritize helping those who have shown the courage to seek out counseling support, to feel comfortable and have a positive experience within the counseling setting.