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Dawn brings each person the hope of new beginnings. We choose to continue living as we have ...or we can choose to seek a new path that may improve the quality of our existence.

If you seek to alter behavior that is detracting from your well being, let us provide illumination for your journey.

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We provide outpatient cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments to assist you in finding that path.

Our practice is firmly committed to delivering assistance through time proven methods.

Our commitment is to improve the quality and variety of therapeutic and educational services to our clients. We strive to build a collaborative environment where each person is valued, respected, and actively involved in their personal growth.

For your convenience, early morning and evening appointments are available.

Call 828‑350‑1177 and talk to us if you would like help dealing with any of the following issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Excessive worry
  • Phobias
  • Assertiveness training
  • Social anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management
  • Trichotillomania
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Compulsive skin picking
  • Weight loss
  • Psychosexual counseling
  • Chronic pain


Call for a consultation: 828‑350‑1177
Diana Orem, PH.D.

Diana Orem, PH.D.

…is a licensed psychologist in the state of North Carolina. Dr. Orem is trained to treat a variety of behavioral and psychological difficulties using evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions.
She sees individuals (primarily adults/ teenagers) and couples and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Her therapy style is direct, collaborative, and strength-based. 

To refer a patient to Dr. Orem or to schedule an appointment you may call our office at 828‑350‑1177 or eMail her directly at dOrem@behaviortherapist.com.

For more information regarding Dr. Orem’s background and interests, click here.

Dr. Haley Elder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC will soon be offering an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

This program will consist of both group and individual components and will use the most effective evidence-based therapy for treating this disorder, specifically Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

There will also be opportunities for support and guidance for loved ones of clients participating in the program.

For more information on the CBT Center’s IOP for OCD, please click HERE or contact Dr. Haley Elder, Director of IOP, at 828-350-1177, ext. 111.

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a new treatment that targets over-controlled behavior. It has been used to treat some of the rigid responses and emotional inhibition thought to underlie many treatment-resistant conditions.

Who is the Treatment For?

Patients who have a diagnosis of Chronic Depression, Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Avoidant, Paranoid and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

A growing evidence base:

RO-DBT is now practised in the UK, Europe, and North America, and is increasingly recognised as effective for patients who exhibit emotional over-control.

Current skills classes:

Mondays from 12pm to 2:00pm

(Note: participants must meet with Trent Codd first to determine suitability for the program – eMail or phone 828‑350‑1177)

More info here

Our continuous goal:

  • Optimizing human potential
  • Increasing quality of life
  • Maximizing engagement with life and values.

Services for Adults, Adolescent & Children

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Marital counseling
  • Consulting services
  • Clinical case consultation
  • Clinical supervision

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