Our Counselors



Susie Walden is the Managing Partner for Journey to Hope and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She graduated with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling/Marital and Family Therapy from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Susie also has a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of West Florida.  Susie has finished her coursework for the doctoral program in the PhD Professional Counseling track at Liberty University. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on Decision Based Forgiveness. Susie has completed a Doctoral Level Certification in Trauma therapy, representing 12 semester hours at the doctoral level, focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Combat Related Stress, Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence and Disaster Mental Health. Susie is an ordained minister and her experience includes serving as a Youth and Children's Pastor for twelve years in Hawaii, Florida and Georgia. Susie joined the staff of Stafford Crossing Community Church in Fredericksburg, VA as a Counselor in their Care and Counseling ministry in 2007. Additionally, Susie founded Journey to Hope Counseling in December, 2010.

Susie is married to Andy, and they have two sons, Matthew and Drew, two wonderful daughters-in-
law, Jessie and Becca, and one incredible surprise of a granddaughter, Mackenzie. Susie and Andy are adoptive parents 'of the heart' to exchange students from all over the world. Susie and Andy also have a family of Golden Retrievers that are part of the family: Gabe and Izzie, their son, Romeo, and Romeo’s daughter, Bella. There are times when Susie will use her Goldens in therapy with clients.


Susie has traveled to India three times, doing both individual and group counseling at the centers there as well as training and teaching workshops and just sharing the love of Christ with the students and leaders of Bombay Teen Challenge. She has headed up the XChange4life program between Bombay Teen Challenge and Stafford Crossing Community Church. Susie also endorses the work of Teen Challenge of Fredericksburg, and the Beauty for Ashes Women and Childrens Home, and believes that Journey to Hope must always have a focus on those trying to break the cycles of addiction, lifestyle habits and hangups. Susie is also passionate about ministry to 'the least of these' in our world, and serves faithfully each month feeding the homeless in our community through the New Generation Homeless Ministry in downtown Fredericksburg. 

Susie's Life Verse:

Beauty for Ashes "He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord's favor has come,and with it, the day of God's anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair." Isaiah 61:1-3

Message from Susie:

There are things that we face in this life that are just too big; that overwhelm us or derail our journey, and it is in those times that I pray that God could join us for a season to journey together and work towards healing brokenness, towards recovery, towards finding hope again in each new day.



Carlie Galla is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Carlie completed her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling, with a concentration of working with children and adolescents, in 2012 at Slippery Rock University. Prior to receiving her masters degree, she attended the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Bible.

Since completing her studies, Carlie has had experience working with children and their families as a Family Based Therapist to assist in addressing communication and relationship needs. Carlie has also worked in community mental health for the past three years as an outpatient therapist, providing services to children, teens, adults, and families with a wide variety of diagnoses and needs including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, PTSD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, anger management, self esteem, social skills, behavioral, parent training, and adjustment disorders. 

Carlie and her husband Shawn Galla reside in Stafford, Virginia with their two cats and enjoy serving their community and worshiping at Lifepoint Church. In 2006, God called Carlie "to see broken people restored" and since then she has been striving to incorporate her passion for Christ's healing and excellence in counseling skills to complete this vision. 



Lyndsay Itoh is a counselor-in-training to become a Licensed professional Counselor (LPC). She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Part of that training includes an Internship experience, which she is completing here at Journey to Hope Counseling.  Her clinical supervisor is Susie Walden, who is the Managing Partner of Journey to Hope Counseling. Lyndsay also has a Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology, with an emphasis on attachment, from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Willamette University in Salem, OR.

Lyndsay’s background includes working in the field of domestic violence as a victim advocate as well as program administrator for the volunteer program of the San Diego Family Justice Center, which provides more than 25 on-site services to survivors of domestic violence. Lyndsay has also worked within the prison system as an intern for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, Turning Point, in Portland, OR.

Lyndsay and her husband reside in Stafford, Virginia with their three children, Elizabeth, Ashlyn, and Logan and their shepherd, Brody. She and her family joined Stafford Crossing Community Church in 2012 and have enjoyed becoming part of the Stafford Crossing family through involvement in Kids Crossing and hosting a bible study group. Lyndsay has spent most of her career in the counseling field and is grateful and honored to take the next step into the role she’s felt God’s calling to as a licensed  professional counselor.  

If you are interested in working in a Christian counseling practice like Journey to Hope, and you have a minimum of a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, Professional Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy, please click on this link for more information.