Our Wellness Team

At Stella Maris Counseling & Wellness our counselors have diverse backgrounds and professional focuses to provide well rounded expertise to our clients. Whether it is an individual or family need, our team of counselors are able to help. If you are contacting us for the first time, we encourage you to call or email us to see which counselor is best matched for you. This compatability will be  based on your need of counseling experience, availability, and other matching factors. Also feel free to read our counselor biographies below to learn about our counselors and their backgrounds. 
Meet The Team
Susan Melnyk is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts, with double majors in Psychology and Sociology. After college, she attended Old Dominion University and graduated in 2003 with a Master of Science in Psychology. Susan recently graduated as an Education Specialist from the Mental Health counseling program at Old Dominion University.

Susan is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Honor Society; the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) Foundation and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Susan began working in the counseling/healthcare profession in 2004 as a long-term care social worker. She began working as an outpatient counselor in 2013 when she began her practicum and internship at Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia.

Susan’s areas of interest include body image concerns and eating disorders. She has three resultant publications in academic journals from research on body image she completed during her Master’s program. She has worked as a long-term care Social Worker and enjoys working with the geriatric population and end of life concerns. Susan developed and facilitated a psychoeducational support group for young women with body-image and self-esteem concerns and has a true passion for working with children and adolescents. She is also comfortable working to help parents participate in cooperative parenting.
Susan Melnyk, M.S.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor 
Anna’s counseling interests are working with couples, families, and children to help with relationship adjustments and difficulties. She is experienced in counseling individuals through life stage transitions and the family implications that result from them. Anna has a thorough understanding of counseling military members and their family members before, during, and after family separations/ deployments/ transitions. Counseling children, adolescents, and parents through difficult life stages is a strength. Anna employs strength based cognitive counseling techniques and positive psychology when appropriate.​​​

Anna is a Licensed Professsional Counselor and graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Professional Counseling with High Distinction. Anna is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) with Marriage and Family Membership and Military Counseling Initiative Divisional Memberships.

Anna has volunteered at numerous military spouse support organizations and held classes for new parents in adjusting to life with a new baby. She has been actively involved in coaching and counseling children and adolescents. Anna has also been the Athletic Director at a local Catholic School helping facilitate positive sports participation for athletes and a positive experience for the parents. Anna has significant experience in helping children, adolescents, and adults to discover effective ways of navigating through school and athletic challenges.
Anna Huddleston, M.A.
Laura received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Old Dominion University in 2013, cum laude. During her undergraduate, she was a member of Psi Chi, a psychology honors society, and a research assistant in the Center for Advanced Statistical Analysis of Health Behaviors. Research focused on risky heath behavior antecedents and intervention for adolescents and young adults.​​​​

Recently, she completed her master’s degree in counseling education from Old Dominion University in 2016, magna cum laude. She currently counsels in both outpatient and school settings. Her integrative approach to client concerns includes cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, mindfulness skills, and motivational interviewing.  
Laura Pace, M.A.
Resident in Counseling