Therapist Bios

Britt Cowart, LCSW

Britt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2000.

Britt has over 23 years of experience providing counseling and case management services to children, adults, and families in school settings as a school social worker, in the home, and in agency settings. She has also acted as Clinical Director for an In-home Services Program as well as developed new programs, collaborated and served on multiple interdisciplinary teams, and supervised other counselors in the mental health field. Britt has facilitated child and adult groups for over 25 years in various settings to include schools, courts, and mental health agencies on a variety of  issues to include parenting, communication and values, grief and loss, siblings with disabilities, and other psychosocial topics and education.

Britt began facilitating groups for Full Circle in 2009 and joined the staff in 2012 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Britt supports and consults with individuals and families seeking grief support through Full Circle as well as supports other professionals with consultations related to grief.  Britt provides  support and guidance while meeting with all parents/guardians who participate in the Hands on Healing Program and Family Grief Group.  She is also a part of the long-term case management team that provides follow-up and support to all Full Circle Families.

Britt helps others through using strength based approaches and integrates various treatment therapies to best meet the needs and goals of her Clients.  She provides emotional support and guidance to adults and young adults specifically, focusing on grief to include adjustment issues and significant life changes in order to address grief needs due to loss through trauma, illness or accident.  She aims to empower her clients to create space, balance, time, and strength to address their grief needs.


Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT

Allyson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Virginia, Master of Counselor Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed post-graduate work in counseling psychology, bereavement, and traumatic grief.

Allyson is a Licensed School Counselor (preK-12) and she worked as an elementary school counselor for three years. She has worked with grieving children and families for 17 years, has facilitated numerous counseling groups for children who were dealing with the death of a loved one, and has developed curriculum for bereavement counseling groups and remembrance programs. Her passion revolves around community bereavement education and she has presented on grief and loss at numerous professional conferences and educational trainings. Allyson founded Full Circle Grief Center in 2008 and she serves as the President and Executive Director of the organization.

Allyson has a Certification in Thanatology (CT) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), is a Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider, and has completed the Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training for Perinatal Death. She also is a trainer for the Trauma and Resilience Basics Training, an educational program designed to help build trauma informed communities.

Allyson enjoys working with children ages 3-18 who are anticipating the death of a loved one or who have experienced the death of someone significant to them.  She uses art and various forms of creative expression in her practice to help children and teens identify feelings, learn coping skills, and find ways to remember or honor their loved one.


Melissa Powell-Weaver, LCSW

Melissa Weaver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years experience in the helping profession.  Her experience includes working with a wide range of professional organizations and is known best for her work with those experiencing symptoms related to grief, anxiety, and panic.

In addition, Melissa has had ongoing experience working with couples, families, and those impacted by life threatening and chronic illnesses. Melissa currently facilitates psycho-educational groups, through Full Circle, for individuals who have experienced a traumatic loss and is a Professor at VCU School of Social Work.

When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for non-profit organizations, and living life in the moment.


Stacia Lee Macklin, LCSW

Stacia has a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Buffalo, the State University of New York. She has been licensed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1997 and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 1998.

Stacia has over 20 years of experience providing counseling services to children, adults, and families who have experienced loss, trauma, crises, or adversity. She has experience providing clinical supervision and training to other social work and counseling professionals, and experience in program administration including quality improvement, new program development, and collaboration with community agencies and providers. She began working at Full Circle in 2011 as a Hands on Healing group leader and became the Clinical Director in 2012. Stacia manages Full Circle’s Hands On Healing and Overdose Loss programs, provides long term case management and support to these members and families, and supervises group leaders.

Through strength-based and culturally sensitive approaches, Stacia actively supports others during various stages of their grief journey.  She often utilizes solution focused and family systems approaches when serving individuals and families.  Stacia assists parents as they raise grieving children while also grieving themselves.  She supports these caregivers in exploring grief across developmental stages, identifying strategies for improving parent-child communication, and finding time for self-care and self-reflection.  Stacia appreciates the unique challenges that multigenerational and extended families may face on their grief journeys including grandparents who are now raising their grandchildren following a loss.    She previously led a young adult grief group at Full Circle and has experience helping young adults aged 18-24 process their grief during this critical stage in their lives.


Carrie Schaeffer, LCSW

Carrie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia as well as a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.  She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011.

Before coming to Full Circle Carrie spent 12 years in Oncology Social Work working with adults with a cancer diagnosis.  In this setting she counseled individuals who were newly diagnosed with cancer as well as patients and family members who were coping with the anticipatory grief of a terminal illness.  Carrie also ran groups for women with metastatic breast cancer and family caregivers.

Carrie began facilitating adult groups for Full Circle in 2015 and joined the Full Circle staff in 2017 as the Perinatal Bereavement Services Manager working with parents who have lost an infant or late-term pregnancy. Carrie’s specialty areas includes perinatal loss, maternal loss, chronic/terminal illness, anticipatory grief.

In her free time, Carrie loves to cook, read, laugh with friends and most of all spend time with her husband, three children and dog.