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R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S.
…is the president and founder of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC, P.A.
He specializes in evidence-based practice and has extensive training and experience with several empirically-supported therapies including Beckian Cognitive Therapy, and Clinical Behavior Analytic approaches such as Goldiamond’s Constructional/Non-linear Functional Analytic Approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT).
He treats a broad range of clinical concerns, but has particular interest and specialization in the treatment of disorders of over-control (e.g., chronic depression, Misophonia, etc.) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and OC-Spectrum Disorders including Tourette’s Syndrome, Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling disorder) and Excoriation Disorder (chronic skin picking). He works with children, adolescents and adults.
He completed his M.A. and Ed.S. degrees in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Florida and an internship at UF’s Shands hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. He also completed a Certificate of Graduate Study in Alcohol and Drug Studies at USC’s School of Public Health and graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of North Texas. He trained at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and is a graduate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation’s and the National Tourette Syndrome Association’s Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Training Institutes (BTTIs).
Trent is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and maintains professional membership in the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
He is the author of Teaching and Supervising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
He is not accepting patients at this time.
Download R. Trent Codd, III Curriculum Vitae here
Jenny Martin, LCSW
Jenny Martin completed a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for over ten years. She works with adults with anxiety and mood disorders, anticipatory grief and loss, and difficulties with adjustment to life stressors.
Jenny is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She works to create an individualized, safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere. She approaches each client with warmth, empathy, and respect.
Jenny practices out of the West Asheville office, please call 828-232-8934 to schedule an appointment.
Traci Talbot, LCSW
Traci is a native of North Carolina. She pursued graduate studies at Western Carolina University and received her Master’s of Social Work in 2015. She has experience working in the hospital setting serving patients in the role of case manager and discharge planner. She has also worked in the outpatient community mental health setting serving children, adolescents, and adults throughout the life span. Traci also has experience facilitating school-based therapy for children in both the day treatment and outpatient settings. She has a special interest in working with individuals with a trauma history. She also has experience with behavioral treatments for those with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or oppositional defiant diagnosis (ODD).
Traci aims to provide compassionate non-judgmental support to individuals, families, couples, and children.
Traci will be taking telehealth appointments, please call 828-350-1177 to schedule!
Scott Hubener, MA, LCMHC
Scott completed his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Prior to receiving his degree, Scott worked with clients in a variety of settings including residential, day programs, and community based settings. Scott is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and National Certified Counselor.
Scott utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Scott also uses other evidenced-based interventions including Motivational Interviewing (MI) and mindfulness-based practices. Scott is a registered yoga instructor, RYT 200. He is passionate about working with clients struggling with trauma related disorders, depression, anxiety and life transitions.
Scott is based in the West Asheville office. Please call 828-232-8934 to schedule an appointment.
Erin Jones, M.A., LCMHC, NCC
Ginger (Cary) Nichols, Administrative Assistant
Ginger joined us in 2020 and works in our West Asheville office but schedules clients for all locations and supports the team with their administrative needs! She has lived in Asheville since 1995 after leaving the USAF, and she spends her spare time on stage with local theatres as a semi-professional actress. Ginger can be contacted at email@example.com
Leslie Badalucca, LCMHC, LCASA
… Received her master’s degree from Walden University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor.
Leslie comes to the CBT Center with significant clinical experience treating the sequela of physical and sexual abuse as well as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. She has partnered with children, adolescents, adults, and their families in the outpatient, school-based, and Intensive In-Home areas of mental health service areas. She offers the following treatments to her clients: Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Leslie works with children, teens, adults, and families.
Leslie practices out of the West Asheville location on New Leicester Highway.
Please call 828-232-8934 to schedule an appointment.
Karlene Marino, Administrative Assistant
Karlene is new to Asheville and has really enjoyed experiencing the four seasons as opposed to the hot Florida weather year-round. Her and her husband love visiting the Biltmore, as well as all the beautiful waterfalls and scenery here in North Carolina. She loves most outdoor activities, as well as cooking and baking.
Karlene works out of our East Asheville office and can schedule for any location. She can be reached at 828-350-1177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandee Distefano, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A, TF-CBT Certified
Brandee treats children, adolescents, and adults across a range of clinical concerns, with a particular focus on mood, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders, trichotillomania, as well as OCD treatments. In addition, she works comfortably with clients who would appreciate the delivery of CBT within the context of their spiritual/religious worldview.
She obtained a BA in Psychology from UNCA in 2010, and her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College in 2015. Brandee interned with an Adolescent Day Treatment Program, using Positive Peer Culture, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI). Following these internships, Brandee worked as a middle school day treatment therapist for three years primarily treating adolescents having diagnoses of oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and autism spectrum disorder. While working in the day treatment setting Brandee obtained specialized training in the treatment of childhood trauma, completing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) training through NC’s Child Treatment Program. She is certified on NC’s roster of TF-CBT practitioners.
Brandee is gifted in her ability to connect with both adolescents and adults, create therapeutic rapport and engage her clients in treatment. She is an expert in helping clients to recognize their strengths and reminding them of their positive attributes while working toward solution focused goals. Brandee feels truly blessed to be able to show up as a positive, caring presence that clients can count on as they reframe difficulties into opportunities.
Brandee is a mother of two (ages 13yrs and 20yrs). She lives in Black Mountain, NC. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with friends.
Brandee practices out of the East Asheville office, please call (828) 350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Haley Elder, Ph.D., Clinical Director
…is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in empirically-based cognitive and behavioral treatments for anxiety and mood disorders.
She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University in Queens, New York and has worked in a variety of settings, including partial hospitalization programs, outpatient clinics, and a college counseling center. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan where she gained expertise treating anxiety and depression in adults using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
Most recently, her interests have focused on the treatment of adults with obsessive-compulsive spectrum and other anxiety disorders at the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Long Island, New York, using cognitive-behavioral and exposure and response prevention (ERP) frameworks.
Dr. Elder joined the staff of the CBT Center in 2014.
You can eMail Dr. Elder at email@example.com or call (828) 350-1177. She practices out of the East Asheville office.
John Ludgate, PhD
…is a licensed psychologist, who has worked as a psychotherapist for almost 30 years. He specializes in treating mood, anxiety, and psychosexual disorders. He trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy under Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy, obtaining a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He subsequently became Assistant Director of Training at Dr. Beck’s Center. In the early 1990’s Dr. Ludgate was a Research Clinical Psychologist at the University of Oxford in England and served as cognitive therapist in several outcome studies of panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia and hypochondriasis.
In 1988 he published the book Relapse Prevention in Emotional Disorders, and was co-editor with Beck and others of Inpatient Cognitive Therapy published by Guilford in 1990. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters in the field of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression. He has presented many seminars and workshops on cognitive behavioral approaches, both nationally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is licensed in North Carolina.
Erin Shadle, LCSW
…is a licensed clinical social worker who joined the CBT Center in 2013. Erin is the program director for the Behavioral Sleep Solutions program. She specializes in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to treat sleep disorders. She is also well-versed in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma.
Erin received her Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, she tailored her studies to focus on providing care to those experiencing the effects of mental illness including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and trauma related disorders with an emphasis on the impact of spirituality on a person’s resiliency. Erin has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient, community based, and residential treatment programs.
Erin uses cognitive-behavioral therapy along with a non-judgmental client centered approach that centers around empowerment, education, and support.
- Member, Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine
- Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
- Member, National Association of Social Workers
You can eMail Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Byham, LCSW
Jeff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeff and his family recently relocated to the Asheville area and are loving the beautiful scenery and weather.
Jeff has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in various settings including in-home treatment, inpatient psychiatric units, school-based therapy, employee assistance programs, and outpatient mental health clinics. He utilizes evidenced-based treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and structural family therapy. Using a caring and non-judgmental approach, Jeff strives to foster a strong rapport and connection with each client in order to promote growth and positive change.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and son, playing guitar, and doing yard work.
Jeff practices out of the East Asheville office. Please call (828) 350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Kelley Joyner, Operations Manager
Kelley joined us in 2018 and currently works remotely from her home town of Seattle, WA. She handles marketing efforts, internal employee affairs such as on boarding, payroll and insurance, and also makes sure our offices are running at their best capacities day-to-day to provide the best form of care to our clients. In her spare time she enjoys her dogs, cats, and spending time with her fiancé planning their wedding!
If you need to contact Kelley for any reason, please email email@example.com
Carolyn Smith, LCSW
Carolyn Smith was born and raised in North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993 with a BA in psychology, she had careers in social services, public libraries, and the legal field, before going back to school in mid-life to pursue her true calling. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2014 with a Masters of Social Work. Carolyn has worked with clients in inpatient mental health settings, emergency rooms, as well as hospice, and has extensive experience working with addiction. Carolyn worked for several years counseling Veterans and their families, and understands the unique challenges they face.
Carolyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and uses evidence-based practices like CBT and motivational interviewing in her work with clients. She treats adults and has particular interest in helping her clients work through issues of stress, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Carolyn also enjoys helping clients, when appropriate, incorporate their faith or spiritual beliefs in therapy. She approaches her clients with caring compassion and non-judgment and believes everyone can build resilience and experience growth.
Monica Grambusch, LCMHC, LCAS
Monica Grambusch received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling in 2013 after a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Troy University. She is fully licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS).
Monica focuses is on depression, anxiety, self-image, substance abuse issues in all ranges of recovery, PTSD, and with military families. She has extensive experience dealing with military families, deployments, and dynamics with military related issues, including working with the VA and Veterans Court.
She works dynamically with her clients, assessing for what their needs are with regards to treatment modality. Her primary focus is typically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but she also utilizes; Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques. Monica’s main focus is to provide a team based environment, working together on the client goals and providing a supportive environment to reach those goals.
Monica works with individuals 12 years old and up, couples and families. Her primary location is the Fayetteville center on Meed Court. Please call (828) 350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Ashley Toler, MA, LPA
Ashley obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University in 2011. Since this time she has worked with children, adults, groups, and families in a variety of settings including office and school based outpatient, intensive in-home, school based day treatment, and a primary care pediatric office.
She utilizes evidence based therapies such as Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). She is also trained in Trauma Focused CBT (TFCBT). She has extensive experience supporting individuals and families experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, grief and loss, life changes, disruptive and impulse control disorders, conduct disorders, ADHD, and OCD treatments.
Ashley will be practicing out of the Waynesville office. Please call 828-350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Shannon Sypert, MSW, LCSW
Shannon received her Bachelor of Social Work from Jacksonville State University in 2002 and her Master of Social Work from Florida State University in 2006. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in both Wyoming and North Carolina. Her post graduate experience has involved working in both medical social work as well as mental health and substance abuse treatment. She has provided social work services to hospice and dialysis patients and their families. She has also worked in adolescent residential treatment, community mental health, and in-home therapy services. During her career she has worked with clients of all ages.
Her professional interests include treatment and study of trauma, Serious Emotional Disturbance and Severe Persistent Mental Illness as well as suicide prevention. In treating clients, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She has experience working with clients living with mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, dual diagnoses, personality disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She strongly believes in partnering with clients to identify needs and develop achievable goals that lead positive outcomes.
Shannon is currently scheduling new patients out of our Waynesville location. Please call 828-350-1177 to schedule!
Samantha Edwards, MS/EdS, LCMHC
Sam obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011 and her Masters of Science and Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Couples and Family Counseling from UNC Greensboro in 2013. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and senior adults in a variety of settings, including office and school-based outpatient clinics, a primary care pediatric office, community and home settings, and inpatient adult and senior psychiatric units. She has a special interest in working with children, adolescents and their families.
Sam has a strong interest in treating trauma and developing resiliency, and in family systems work. Sam uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed treatment. She is certified on North Carolina’s roster of TF-CBT practitioners, and has training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and play therapy. She has experience working with individuals living with mood disorders, personality disorders, dual diagnoses (substance use, concurrent developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as concurrent physical health conditions). She also has experience with behavioral treatments for those with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Oppositional Defiant Disorder diagnosis (ODD). She also has experience supporting individuals who identify/are exploring LGBTQI+ identities, and works to practice cultural humility.
In her free time, Sam enjoys cooking, reading, jogging and hiking.
Sam practices our of our Waynesville location as well as telehealth, if you’d like to schedule with her, please call 828-232-8934.
Jason Anderson, LCSW
Jason is a licensed clinical social worker who has been providing psychotherapy for individuals and families since 2012. He received a master’s degree in social work from California State University in Sacramento in 2005 and relocated to North Carolina in 2010. Jason specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has been trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Eco Systems and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has provided these services for individuals and families in outpatient settings, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, intensive therapeutic foster care and in-home family therapy.
Jason’s therapeutic skills and research have focused generally on adults and teens who struggle with substance use, self harm, suicidal ideation as well as those managing intense and distressing emotions. He has provided effective treatment for clients diagnosed with mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder) and personality disorders. His work with children includes assisting families with managing behaviors associated with ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. Jason has provided therapy for families who are looking for help with communication, understanding and accepting family member roles and identifying family values and goals.
Jason practices out of the Charlotte area to provide services for adults, children and families He is currently taking new clients. Please call 828-350-1177 to schedule!
Tammy Young, MSW, LCSW
Tammy was born and raised in Kentucky and arrived in North Carolina in 1989. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Kentucky, her Masters in Social Work in 2002 from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2005. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked with all ages in a variety of cultural settings and has spent time counseling in elementary and middle schools. For the past several years, Tammy has worked in hospital settings, in areas including the emergency department, inpatient psychiatric units, and structured outpatient programs. In these roles, Tammy has provided individual, couples’, family, and group therapy. She uses a variety of modalities for treatment, including CBT, DBT, motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Seeking Safety, and others.
Tammy is passionate about an individual’s right to self-determination in any type of treatment setting and hopes to foster development of self-advocacy skills throughout the therapeutic process. She has an integrated approach to encompass physical, psychological, emotions, and spiritual needs.
Tammy is a mother to 2 adult children, and Oliver, her 2-year-old long-haired chihuahua.
Tammy will be practicing out of the Fletcher location in August. Please call 828-350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Alexis B. Ressler, M.S., M.Ed., APRN, PMHNP
After a career as a Division I scholar-athlete, Alexis has devoted herself to outpatient psychiatric and neurological practice specializing in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders in a cognitive behavioral therapy setting as well as dementia care for patients and their families. When she is not seeing patients she is training for and participating in Ironman competitions around the world. She is also a Captain in the Army Reserves and represented the United States at the 2015 Military World Games in Korea. She and her family are excited to be in Western North Carolina after relocating from Northern Vermont.
Now scheduling new clients! Call (828) 350-1177 for more information.
Benjamin O’Brien, M.S., LCMHCA
Ben is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) dedicated to working with clients to address and improve mental health concerns. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University.
Ben welcomes and affirms all expressions of identity. He uses a variety of evidence-based practices that are specially tailored for each individual’s experience, gifts and challenges. These approaches include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, solution-focused, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Ben believes in creative collaboration to allow clients space for developing new coping strategies and better problem-solving skills.
In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking, backpacking, gardening, cooking, running with his dog, and spending time with family and friends.
Ben practices out of the Fletcher office. Please call (828) 350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Aaron McGinley, LCMHC
Aaron is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and works with children, adolescents, and adults. Comfortable working with folks from all walks of life, he is most seasoned working with parents and co-parenting concerns, adolescents, those who have ADHD, Autism, Giftedness, Video Gaming Addiction Young Adults, Men’s issues, co-parenting issues, anxiety, and social skill concerns.
Aaron obtained a BS in Psychology/Integrative Studies from University of Scranton in 2004, with a focus on behavioral science. After a colorful in human services that included work at a therapeutic summer camp, residential treatment centers, parent workshops, school and community program development In home therapy teams, social skill instructor, and even work as a dating coach, Aaron returned to school to become a licensed clinician. Since then, he has worked in residential care, school-based outpatient care, community-based work, and in small private practices.
Aaron quickly connects with those that feel like outsiders in their worlds, as well as the family members and friends that support them. He welcomes gentle humor into therapy and believes in attending to wholistic wellness as an important component of setting up opportunities for good therapeutic work to occur. In much of his work, Aaron approaches work through the Cognitive Behavioral framework, and also includes use of motivational interviewing. parenting skills and psychological education.
Aaron lives in Western North Carolina with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, wordplay and trivia games, and pretending he knows how to do home improvement.
Aaron will be taking clients out of the Fletcher location, please call (828) 398-0390 to schedule!
Jessica Booth, LMFT, LCAS-A
Jessica Booth, LMFT, LCAS-A is an experienced psychotherapist who treats every member of the family. She is a full-time, integrated member of the CPCH team and works with patients individually, as a couple, as a family, or in a support group. Jessica is available to work with individually with both patients seeing a psychiatrist for medications and patients who do not currently need psychiatric medications.
At CPCH, Jessica specializes in: couples relationships, discernment therapy (in regards to divorce), family therapy, children with Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. She also works with individuals, specializing in: phase of life issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and substance abuse. Jessica also helps to coach and support individuals through difficult challenges in life such as a loss of a job, grieving the loss of a loved one, or even adjusting to being a new mom.
Jessica is a North Carolina native from Sanford, NC. She received her Bachelor’s degree at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through East Carolina University. Jessica is a fully licensed Marriage and Family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and she continues to learn and study new research to hone her therapeutic skills and ensure that she is providing effective, cutting-edge psychotherapy services for all of her clients.
Kassi Hooper, PMHNP – BC
Before starting my undergraduate career at UNC-Chapel Hill, I always knew that I wanted to pursue nursing. It was not until I started my undergraduate nursing studies that I saw the significant need for psychiatric-mental health providers and services, particularly related to the frequency at which this patient population is overlooked and the stigmatization this population often experiences within our healthcare system. This combined with witnessing loved ones enduring mental illness sparked the drive within me to care for individuals within the psychiatric-mental health population.
Kassi Hooper is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats individuals throughout the lifespan. She is a part-time member of the CPCH team and works individually with patients.
At CPCH, she treats depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and other mental health problems. She has served patients from North Carolina in an array of settings: state psychiatric facilities, private practice, and telepsychiatric.
Kassi is a North Carolina native from Winston-Salem. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After several years of experience as a psychiatric-mental health registered nurse, she went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.
Kassi’s goal is to provide patient-centered care that is collaborative, compassionate, and evidenced-base to assist clients in obtaining their highest quality of life. Her treatment approaches include medication management, psychoeducation, dialectical behavioral therapy, and supportive psychotherapy.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- MindPath Care Centers at Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare, PLLC (Cary, NC) – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (PMHNP-BC): 2019-20
- UNC Medical Center (Chapel Hill, NC) – Clinical Nurse: 2016-2019
- Central Regional Hospital (Butner, NC) – Clinical Nurse: 2013-15
- J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center (Butner, NC) – Clinical Nurse: 2012-13
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND LICENSES:
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners: 2020- present
- International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: 2018- present
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Alpha Chapter: 2016-present
- North Carolina Nurses Association: 2012- present
- American Nurses Association: 2012- present
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association: 2011- present
- Sigma Alpha Lambda, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapter: 2007-10
- North Carolina Nurse Practitioner License: 2019- present
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Board Certification (PMHNP-BC): 2019- present
- North Carolina Registered Nurse License: 2010- present
Elisabeth Hargrove, MPH, LCSW
Elisabeth Hargrove, MPH, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience with a diverse client population in the Triangle area. Elisabeth’s passion is helping clients find their inner strength and resiliency. Her approach is warm, collaborative and non-judgmental. She uses short-term solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques to address a range of concerns including anxiety, depression and anger management. Elisabeth has experience working with young children, teens and adults around family issues, behavioral concerns and trauma. She speaks Spanish and has many years of experience working with and advocating for the local Latino community.
Elisabeth believes that life is worth living and that each of us has inherent worth and dignity. She finds it a privilege to help clients uncover their own strength and optimism about life. Life is hard. It can help to have a safe place to bring feelings of stress however they manifest: anxiety, depression, disordered eating, insomnia or chronic health conditions. Elisabeth has experience in Behavioral Health Integration and is keenly aware of the relationship between mental and physical health.
Elisabeth has lived in the Triangle for 30 years, having graduated with a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an M.P.H. and an M.S.W. from UNC Chapel Hill. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, being outside in nature, listening to music and practicing meditation.
To schedule with Elisabeth, please call 919-636-5240.
Quinn McFall, LCMHC, LCAS
I believe that the most important aspect of counseling is the relationship developed between the client and myself. I focus on the client as a holistic person. Looking at all aspects of one’s life (family, career, health, spirituality, etc.) and how those important factors impact the whole person. Nothing is more important to the outcome of therapy than the absolute positive regard I have towards those I assist. I believe that regardless of why one seeks emotional guidance, we all want to be reassured that we will be treated with respect and dignity. That is a promise I make to each and every person I counsel.
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and substance abuse. I utilize evidence based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement to help people resolve concerns and improve their quality of life. I’m dedicated to physical wellness to assist in stress management and strengthening self-esteem and self-worth.
I am a native to the gulf coast of Florida but have been in the triangle for 18 years. I received my undergraduate degree from Sewanee; The University of the South, in Tennessee, and my graduate degree from East Carolina University, in Rehabilitation Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling. I am fully licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. The field of psychotherapy is always evolving which is why I continually attend continuing education courses and follow new trends in the field to better serve my clients.
Lauren Cardwell, MSW, LCSWA
Lauren Cardwell, MSW, LCSWA is a clinical therapist with CHCP. She believes that being a human is hard and messy, but that people have the capability to be resilient. She is passionate about helping others make positive changes in their own timing. Her approach to therapy is strengths-based and a collaborative experience between her and her clients. Her goal of therapy is to help clients feel seen and heard in their experiences. She utilizes Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is trauma-focused. She is LBGTQ+ affirming and works with individuals, children, adults, couples, and families.
Lauren has experience working with a diverse group of people in inpatient settings including newborns and families, children, adults, and those at end of life. She has a special interest in people experiencing chronic illness, grief and loss, medical professional burn out, perinatal and postpartum depression, and the special needs population. She is also able to work with people who have experienced trauma.
Lauren is originally from the state of Michigan and moved to North Carolina in 2018. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Cornerstone University and a Master’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University with a focus on individuals and families. In her free time, she likes to hike outside with her husband and black lab, Bentley. She also enjoys cooking, music, board games, and spending time with family.
Olivia Meadows, PMHNP-BC
Olivia Meadows, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a primary focus of helping individuals, ages 13-65, who are struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
Olivia is originally from a small town in Maine. Olivia worked as a travel nurse which led her to her new home base in North Carolina where she has spent the last 2 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Olivia practiced as psychiatric registered nurse for 4 years and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University with a specialization in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.
With Olivia’s patient-centered care approach, her goal is to truly understand you, your concerns, and your struggles. She will make recommendations, but you and Olivia can work together to find the best treatment plan that works for you. Olivia will empathize with you and carefully listen to your struggles allowing your treatment plan to be strategically determined based on your current situation along with your future goals. Olivia specializes in medication management, psychoeducation, individual psychotherapy, along with helping you to make those much-needed lifestyle adjustments such as a healthy diet, exercise, and improved quality of sleep, in order to maximize your mental health treatment goals.
Olivia is currently accepting new client at the Chapel Hill office, please call (919) 636-5240 to schedule!
Tony Wall, Patient Care Coordinator
Tony is a North Carolina native with over 20 years in the service industry. He attended Durham Technical College where he received a degree in Business Administration in 1991. He enjoys serving his community in numeral church outreach programs which includes feeding the homeless and clothing give aways. Tony is very involved in his church community and serves on the Trustee board. Tony joined the CPCH team in October 2013. He came in the medical field with an abundance of care and compassion for others. He can be found multi-tasking with greeting on the phones, talking to patients, coordinating intakes and handling patient billing issues. Tony became involved in the Psychiatry field because he experienced past issues with family and friends who struggled with opioid addiction and wanted to some way help and give back. Tony is a die-hard NC State fan and will be happy to discuss stats with you anytime. To reach Tony please call 919-636-5240 option #2.
Melissa Barnes, Office Manager
Melissa is a North Carolina native and warmly opens the lines of communication with clients. With over 20 years in both public and private sectors, Melissa has experience in team building, professional development, and customer service. Melissa attended Liberty University and is listed on the President’s list at Durham Technical Community College, where she continues to work towards her educational goals in Health Information Technology and Executive Business Administration. When Melissa is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Jenny Betancourt, LCMHC, CTMH, CCTP
Jenny Betancourt is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of North Carolina and Florida. She obtained her Master of Science Degree with a specialization in Mental Health & Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology/Sociology from Florida International University. Jenny has rendered therapeutic services to many populations including but not limited to Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Geriatrics. Her experience began working with at-risk youth and continued via non-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing accessible clinical services to individuals and families from low economic status. In 2011 she transitioned into Larkin Community Hospital, where she served as a Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Program Director for the North Miami Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program. These programs offered intensive therapy to the co-occurring diagnosis population suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Jenny has provided clinical services such as individual & group therapy in both the Spanish and English languages. Moreover, she served as an educator for the Graduate Medical Education Program at Larkin Hospital, providing lectures such as the “Introduction to Psychotherapy” to all Psychiatric Medical Residents.
Jenny also served as the direct Clinical Consultant and Project Manager for the Vice President of Behavioral Health at Larkin Hospital in South Miami. She was selected amongst various clinicians to serve in the capacity of Faculty for the Mental Health Judicial Court; Crisis Intervention Training Program offered to officers at large in Miami, Florida. Currently, Jenny renders psychotherapy services and serves as a Qualified Supervisor for the State of Florida Mental Health Counseling Interns. Jenny also offers educational clinical consulting to organizations/corporations at large who seek to innovate leadership in the workplace by integrating mental health educational lectures, workshops, and discussions. Jenny’s experience includes but is not limited to federal probation and court-referred clients, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, common mental health problems associated with eating disorders, gender and orientation, relationship issues, and the like. Jenny’s clinical intervention of choice is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors while mutually improving emotional regulation and the development of personal effective coping strategies that solve the current presenting problem. Moreover, Jenny believes in the vital importance of establishing rapport with her clients by building an empathetic & trusting relationship that focuses on the “here and now” moment to secure a successful therapeutic outcome.
Jenny is a certified Telemental Health Provider (CTMH) and a certified Clinical Trauma therapist (CCTP).
To schedule a teletherapy appointment with Jenny, please call 828-350-1177.
Matthew Popielarczyk, LCMHC
Matthew completed his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. He has worked with clients in a variety of settings including the Emergency Room, Partial Hospitalization Program, and community mental health.
Matthew has experience working with adults and adolescents with concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, mood and personality disorders, confidence/self-esteem, trauma, grief/loss, and substance/alcohol abuse. He also has a passion supporting clients struggling with gender identity and sexual orientation concerns to navigate associated challenges.
Matthew incorporates evidence-based techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with a focus on maladaptive attachment, helping clients to uncover and clear negative beliefs developed from memories and previous traumatic experiences.
Matthew works with adults, adolescents (age 14-19), couples, and families.
Matthew practices out of the West Asheville location on New Leicester Highway.
Please call 828-232-8934 to schedule an appointment.
Matthew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose Neugroschel, LCSW
Rose is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and in the District of Columbia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from James Madison University and a Master of Social Work Degree from the Catholic University of America.
Rose has worked in the mental health field for over 6 years in various settings including residential programs, an outpatient mental health clinic, the Intensive Care Unit evaluating patients for liver transplants, and in employee assistance. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions to treat mood, anxiety and substance use disorders, solutions-focused therapy, motivational interviewing to assist clients who may struggle with addiction, and psychosomatic interventions with clients with a trauma history. Rose is passionate about helping clients with the cognitive-behavioral aspects of weight loss, and assisting these clients in finding alternative approaches to binge eating and other disordered eating habits, as well as helping adolescents and young adults navigate difficult life transitions. Rose takes a non-judgmental stance and aims to create a safe space for her clients using her genuineness and innate curiosity to hear her client’s stories.
In her free time, Rose likes to strength train and spends much of her time hiking or in the gym.
Rose will be open for telehealth clients immediately, and will eventually be practicing out of the East Asheville office. Please call 828-350-1177 to schedule!
Joanna Wisotsky, PA-C
Joanna is a Board Certified PA practicing medicine for the past 21 years. For the past 5 years Joanna has focused exclusively on treating children and adults for various psychiatric illnesses with medication management. Joanna has also had experience working in Neurology, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Reproductive Endocrinology and Eating Disorders.
Joanna received her PA degree from Pace University, Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. She has an undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Syracuse University. Joanna is a member of The American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as The Association of PA’s in Psychiatry.
Joanna enjoys working with both children and adults, ages 6 and older. She is easy to talk to, a good listener and wants to help people feel better so they can live their best lives. She truly believes that a combination of medication and therapy can be very effective.
Joanna will work with you to find the best treatment plan to help you feel your best.
Joanna is originally from NY. She has enjoyed living with her husband and 3 children in Charlotte, NC for the past 14 years.
Joanna will be seeing patients via telepsychiatry, please call 828-350-1177 to schedule!
Ashley Hosey, LPA
Ashley is a Licensed Psychological Associate. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2015 and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University in 2019. Since this time, she has worked with children, adults, groups, and families in a variety of settings, including substance abuse inpatient facilities, Assertive Community Treatment Team serving clients with severe and persistent mental illness, and mobile crisis work.
Ashley treats a broad range of clinical concerns, but has particular interests in working with individuals experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and domestic violence. She utilizes evidenced-based treatment modalities including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. Ashley’s goal is to foster a strong, egalitarian relationship with each of her clients in order to promote growth and work through challenging situations. Ashley offers a non-judgemental safe space to each of her clients and utilizes many elements of positive psychology to also empower and build resilience in clients.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys weight training and practicing her culinary skills.
Ashley will be seeing clients out of the East Asheville office, please call 828-350-1177 to schedule!
Jordan Espersen, PMHNP-BC
Jordan Espersen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats those across the lifespan. She has a background in trauma-related disorders, depression, and personality disorders, but enjoys helping individuals who may struggle with any mental health disorder.
Jordan is originally from Birmingham, AL where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She worked as a Registered Nurse for five years before obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing degree with a specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is new to North Carolina and is excited for this new chapter!
Jordan’s believes in patient-centered care, not only trusting her own knowledge but using the patient’s opinions and goals to mediate care in hopes to overall improve the individual’s daily life. She feels that involving the individual who seeks care with every decision will bring the individual closer to their goals, improve how they feel overall, and improve the outcome of care. She feels the importance of improving the individual’s overall health thus improves their mental health. She promotes healthy eating, exercise, and calming techniques such as meditation and yoga. Her treatment approach includes medication management, psychotherapy, and psychoeducation in hopes to best treat the mental health disorder one may struggle with.
Bethany Lindemuth, LCSW
Bethany Lindemuth, LCSW is an experienced clinical social worker who has worked in the counseling field for 20 years. She uses a compassionate and strengths-based approach to empower individuals, adolescents, and families to adapt to challenges and personal life issues. Mental and physical health are directly linked, and Bethany helps to assist with improving overall wellness.
Bethany specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and adjustment to life changes. She also works with individuals dealing with disordered eating, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma and PTSD, agoraphobia, trichotillomania, chronic pain, borderline personality disorder, and conflict in relationships. Treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.
Bethany recently moved to the Triangle with a desire to experience the culture and opportunities that are available here. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. With a focus on education, she continues to take classes and learn about new treatments and approaches to assist people with living more fulfilling lives.
Dianne Rountree, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Dianne Rountree, MA, LCMHCA, NCC is a North Carolina native who has been working in the mental health field for over 9 years. She has direct experience working with clients in outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential settings. She also has worked extensively facilitating groups and conducting individual counseling. Dianne has counseled clients from diverse backgrounds struggling with various mental health issues. Dianne found her passion for working in the mental health field while working with at-risk youth at Coastal Horizons. While obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology, at UNC-Wilmington, she completed an internship at the Chrysalis Center who specialize in working with clients with eating disorders. Upon graduation, she continued working with clients with eating disorders at Carolina House and Veritas Collaborative. Dianne decided to further her education to increase her ability to positively impact and facilitate her client’s recovery by pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. While working towards her graduate degree, Dianne completed an internship at Pasadena Villa Outpatient facility. During her internship she worked with clients struggling with mood, personality, psychotic, and co-occurring autism spectrum disorders.
Dianne provides individual serves to adults and teens challenged with symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, and trauma related experiences.
Dianne believes in using an individualist holistic approach with clients. When working with clients she utilizes an integrated approach to best meet the individual needs of her clients. She mainly employs aspects from Person-Centered Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. This integrative counseling approach strives to balance mindful awareness, a genuine and empathic relationship with the client, and a collaborative effort at identifying what changes a client can make to minimize emotional and behavioral disturbances. Dianne believes that people have the skills, competencies, beliefs, values, and abilities that will help them reduce the influence of problems in their lives. It is the therapist’s job to enable clients to thrive on their own. By learning how to self-evaluate and by developing their own abilities to meet difficult thought processes and situations with awareness, acceptance, and kindness, clients will be able to make the changes that will allow them to live a satisfying and fulfilling life with less suffering.
Amanda, Admin Assistant
Amanda is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and has several years of experience as an administrative assistant. Before her time at CPCH, she worked as an admin assistant for a doctor in Boston. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho, Amanda understands the importance of mental health and the value of receiving counseling. She is passionate about helping others, and is always ready to listen to patients’ concerns and help them solve problems when needed. Her goal is to treat all patients with kindness and respect. She is also uses her skills of organization, prioritizing tasks, and working efficiently to ensure the office runs smoothly. Amanda is here to schedule appointments, answer phone calls, and greet patients as they enter the office. When Amanda is not working, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Tom Lawless, LCMHC
Tom works with adolescents 16 and older, adults, and couples who would like assistance with mood disorders (anxiety, depression, panic disorder), stress management, occupational and career development, self-esteem and self-confidence, LGBTQ+, and related issues, grief and loss, trauma (including early life experience), academic issues, procrastination, sexuality, spirituality, substance abuse, relationship, life transitions, and self-actualization. Tom works with all individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or handicap.
Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia (2001) and is licensed as Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of North Carolina (License # 9717). Tom has more than fifteen years of post-graduate clinical experience working with culturally diverse populations focusing on older adolescence and adults.
Tom uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy, which incorporates multiple evidence-based treatments of well-researched, established, and respected counseling techniques to create a framework in which to bring about change. This framework includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Anger Management, and Positive Psychology. The integration of these approaches allows Tom to create individualized approaches that fit the uniqueness of each person’s experience in order to promote living a more satisfying life.
This strength-based approach encourages clients to explore barriers to success and identify negative beliefs. He empowers each client by highlighting successful issue resolution as evidence of the innate capacity for achievement and self-determination while cultivating the creation of a new positive narrative to boost self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and vitality.
Tom is passionate about cultivating hope and resilience in individuals whose lives have been impacted by emotional distress, mental illness, as well as working with those in search of self-actualization. His ability to communicate unconditional acceptance, openness, caring, and warmth is based on his fundamental belief that each person has inherent value and this way of being allows Tom to provide true relationship-centered care.
Tom practices out of the East Asheville office, please call (828) 350-1177 to schedule an appointment.
Hunter Walker, MSW, LCSWA
Hunter Walker, MSW, LCSWA is a clinical social worker who is passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their most fulfilling and purposeful life. Hunter utilizes a strength-based approach while working with individuals, couples, and families. She stands firmly on the belief that every client has valuable strengths. One of Hunter’s goals as a therapist is to highlight the client’s strengths and utilize them throughout their therapeutic journey! Hunter has experience working with various life issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, substance use disorders, trauma, grief, ADHD, and life transitions. Clients can always expect a warm, empathetic, and highly collaborative therapeutic relationship with Hunter. She aims to offer the safest and most comfortable environment throughout her client’s experience in therapy.
Hunter strives to continue learning new information related to therapy and the social work field to provide her clients with the most up-to-date approaches and techniques.
Hunter earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Meredith College and a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University. She grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Go Heels!) and has lived there nearly her entire life. She loves to spend time with friends and family, taking trips to the beach, reading, and being active outdoors!
Adriana Walsh, LCMHCA
My approach to therapy is warm, collaborative, and centered on your unique life experience. I strive to support you in building understanding and compassion for yourself so that you can move through your life with intention. We all encounter difficulties in our lives, and yet with the right tools and support, these difficulties can be a powerful catalyst for growth, learning, and meaningful change. I firmly believe that you are the expert of your own experience, and my role is to listen deeply and collaborate with you to decide what you’d like to focus on in therapy. Together, we will create a supportive and trusting relationship in which we explore your values and strengths, honor your struggles, and celebrate your joys and accomplishments – all in the service of helping you lead a life that feels authentic and meaningful to you.
Some of my areas of focus include anxiety and stress, grief and loss, life transitions/adjustment, identity exploration, self-esteem, chronic illness, and trauma. I have experience working with adult survivors of interpersonal trauma, including sexual assault and abuse. I draw from a variety of methods, including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness. Depending on a client’s interest, I have also enjoyed bringing in creative or expressive modalities, such as music or writing, to enhance our therapeutic process.
My work is grounded in identity affirming, anti-oppression, and trauma-informed perspectives. All parts of you are welcome here, just as you are. No matter what you may be experiencing, I consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with you on your healing journey.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I received my BA in Music from Grinnell College before going on to receive my MA in Counseling from Wake Forest University. I am originally from the state of Maine and moved to North Carolina in 2018. In my free time I enjoy playing and listening to music, being in nature, spending time with friends and family, and trying my hand at various creative projects.
Sarah Lewis, MSW, LCSW
I am excited to have recently joined the CPCH team as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience in a variety of diverse settings, originally serving complex, multi-dimensional clinical needs in the Bay Area of California. I believe that social justice and cultural humility are integral to a strengths-based perspective, and I value the power of authenticity, transparency, and levity during the therapeutic process. It is important to be able to experience moments of joy and laughter, especially when navigating the difficult times in life!
My therapeutic style is open, affirming, and direct, with approaches including CBT, DBT skills building, Acceptance and Commitment, Solution-Focused, Compassion-Oriented, and Psychodynamic therapies within a relational lens; I enjoy utilizing elements of Expressive Arts Therapy and mindfulness and have prior certification in Trauma-Focused CBT. My community mental health work in San Francisco supported adults who were unhoused and managing psychiatric, medical, and substance use issues alongside complex and chronic trauma. After a shift to address mental health needs through an earlier intervention lens, I was honored to work with many amazingly resilient Transitional Age Youth (18-21) who were surviving the foster care and juvenile justice systems of Oakland, and working to address the impacts of complex, intergenerational, and community trauma as they moved towards autonomy as adults. An LBGTQIA+ advocate, I believe in the power of community healing, and affirming, safe environments for self-expression and personal growth. I enjoy serving a diversity of clinical needs including depression and anxiety (general and social), panic, mood, and personality disorders, life transitions, relationship issues, exploration of identity and intersectionality, grief and loss, compassion fatigue, and trauma.
Prior to graduating from the Smith College School for Social Work MSW program in 2006, my creative side of life was filled with joyous innovation as a choreographer for a radical social justice performance art collective in Chapel Hill/Durham, and upon moving to California I was elated to continue this creative journey as a choreographer/performer within radical social justice community in Oakland. I spend as much time as possible riding and taking care of horses, and I enjoy finding beautiful places for paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, and adventuring in general. I truly believe that we all possess the strengths and resilience to face life’s challenges with the integrity of spirit and compassion for self and others, and I’m honored to walk beside clients in their journeys of actualizing life goals and healing.
Adrienne Emery-Ramirez, PMHNP-BC
Adrienne Emery-Ramirez, PMHNP-BC is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has enjoyed working with a variety of patients, including numerous mental health diagnoses as well as substance use disorders. She works with ages across the lifespan and enjoys helping patients navigate and optimize their mental health to reach their best sense of self.
Adrienne started out her academic accomplishments with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and went on to earn a Masters Certificate in Life Coaching from John F. Kennedy University. Adrienne then earned her BSN from Samuel Merritt University in San Francisco, California. Finally, subsequent to working both in medical-surgical and psychiatric inpatient settings as a registered nurse, she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating as a PMHNP-BC.
Adrienne brings a warm client-centered approach to her practice. Based on the goals of her clients, she appreciates tailoring each care plan to their individual needs and goals. Incorporating aspects of CBT, mindfulness, coaching, positive psychology, and medication management, Adrienne works collaboratively with her patients to achieve their goals and live intentionally!
Katherine Palmgren, PMHNP-BC
Note: Katherine will begin seeing clients January 2022
Katherine Palmgren is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats individuals throughout the lifespan. She is a full-time member of the Charlotte office offering telepsychiatry.
Katherine is a North Carolina native who recently returned to the Carolinas from Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. After several years of experience as a psychiatric-mental health registered nurse, she went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.
Katherine’s plan is to deliver individualized care that is caring, collaborative, and evidenced-based to improve individuals mental health and quality of life. Her lifelong passion is to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the community through advocacy and education. Her treatment approaches include medication management, psychoeducation, and brief supportive psychotherapy.
Katherine is married and lives with her husband and chocolate Labrador. She enjoys reading, baking, and pottery.
Lynette Davis, LCMHC
My name is Lynette and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in NC. I have ten years’ experience in mental health counseling, trauma therapy, group and family therapy and parenting issues. I specialize in empowering individuals that may be struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and past and present trauma/abuse.
My main therapy approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which primarily uses strategies and coping skills rather than talk therapy as the predominant intervention. Secondary to CBT, I use Positive Psychology, and Psychodynamic therapy both of which use talk therapy, but there again, are mainly made up of learning and applying strategies and coping skills. In my experience, a great deal of healing and change come from awareness of how your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and actions influence each other, along with developing patterns that cause distress. To help change unhelpful perspectives and mindsets, I use research based interventions including writing, brief exposure to fears, mindfulness, and guided meditation to facilitate healing. I include spirituality and solution focused therapy, along with other treatment vehicles and have seen good progress with many clients. I use interventions based on the Client’s personality and needs.
I am humbled that Clients want my help, and I offer empathy, a nonjudgmental presence, and compassion to assist Clients to gain awareness reaching their full potential. I call myself “your cheerleader” offering a strong therapeutic relationship to promote your healing and change. Please know that I schedule my clients initially so you will not see many openings on my calendar but be assured, there are openings.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with Transition , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , , Life Purpose, Men’s Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Narcissism with loved ones , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Trichotillomania , Visually Impaired , Women’s Issues , and Workplace Issues.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Trauma-Focused Therapy