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50+ United Health/Optum therapists in North Carolina

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Mikayla Franklin, M.A., LCMHC

(she/her)

Mikayla Franklin, M.A., LCMHC profile image
LCMHC
13 years of experience
Virtual
Are you having trouble expressing your feelings, putting YOU first or navigating life’s many challenges? Are you figuring out you cant pour from an empty cup? Life is life'ing and you may be feeling stuck and your ready for change? I see you and im here to help! As a Black Millennial therapist, who is also a military spouse, I am passionate about providing relatable therapy to BIPOC , LGBTQIA+ ,Millennials and Military families.

LaTonia Curtiss

(she/her)

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LCSW
21 years of experience
Virtual
​Do you struggle with feeling bad about yourself, and developing and maintaining healthy relationships with others? Do you feel down, depressed, feeling you let yourself or others down? Do you experience feelings of anxiety, stress, or trauma? Are these concerns impacting you at home, work, or other places? Seeking therapy can be scary, however, you have made the right descision. I believe individuals are the "experts on themselves" and possess the ability to make the desired positive change in their lives. In the session, we will utilize a Person Center Approach consisting of meeting the individual were they are, actively listening, providing support, encouragement, and validation, as well as utilizing Evidence -Based Treatment Modalities and Psychoeducation. Together, we will work collabratively to treat the whole person and empower the person to find their way forward.

Christine Smith

(she/her)

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LMFT
7 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
2896 Highway 24...
138 mi
Do you recall a time when you felt truly seen, truly heard? That is the foundation of how I connect with my clients. My perspective of therapy begins with genuine connection, through which my clients feel not only safe, but also understood, validated, and nurtured. My strengths-based approach to therapy encourages growth, development, and healing by first recognizing the positive internal resources clients already possess and building on them to enable clients to reach their goals. I am here to listen and not to judge. I view problems as problems, not people as problems. Using evidence-based practices that align with these concepts, clients can build self-awareness and skills that they may apply between sessions so that they are active partners in their progress. We collaborate on solutions and clear pathways to reach those solutions. I am in this line of work because of a strong desire to help others live their lives as the best versions od themselves.

Kayla Brehm

(she/her)

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LCSW
8 years of experience
Virtual
Hello there! Thank you for investing your time in getting to know me better and exploring how I can provide support. Acknowledging the need for assistance can be a daunting step, and finding the right starting point can be overwhelming. I hope that my profile will offer some insight, but please don't hesitate to reach out. We can arrange a phone or video call to delve deeper into the possibilities of our collaboration. Your well-being is important, and I'm here to assist you on this path. My mission is to empower individuals in cultivating balance, becoming more present in their daily lives, discovering joy and comfort, and fostering security in themselves, their relationships, and life itself. Our collaborative journey together involves identifying what's not working for you, while also tapping into your inner strengths and personal resources to restore balance in your life. My approach is holistic, encompassing the needs of both your mind and body. Whether you're grappling with overwhelming stress or trauma, relationship challenges, or recurring anxiety and depression, remember that seeking therapy is a courageous step forward. You deserve a secure environment to heal and grow. In our sessions, I'll approach you with empathy and evidence-based techniques, empowering you to overcome the obstacles and patterns that may be hindering your happiness and well-being.

Adriana Londono, LCSW, LCAS, CCS-I

(she/her)

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LCSW
4 years of experience
Challenging
Empowering
Virtual
Hello! I'm so glad you're here! My name is Adriana, and I am a therapist who specializes in creating a safe space for individuals to be their true, authentic selves. As someone who is passionate about helping others, I understand how challenging it can be to navigate the complexities of life, especially in leadership roles, caregiving roles, as a mother, or as a fellow therapist. That's why I'm here to help. With years of experience in the field, I have developed a unique approach to therapy that incorporates mindfulness techniques, stress management, and strategies for creating balance in your life. I believe that everyone deserves to feel empowered and supported, and I am committed to helping you achieve your goals. Self-care is crucial, and I am here to help you find ways to incorporate it into your daily life. Whether you need to process a difficult experience or just need someone to talk to, I am here for you. I am dedicated to creating a judgment-free space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions openly and honestly. So if you're looking for a therapist who truly cares about your well-being, please don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can work towards achieving your goals and creating a life that feels fulfilling and meaningful.

Clover McKinney

(she/her)

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LCSW
6 years of experience
Virtual
Hello! My name is Clover and I am a licensed clinical therapist and addiction specialist in the state of North Carolina and I use she/her pronouns. I look forward to the opportunity of learning and working together as part of our therapeutic process. I enjoy working with folks who are gender diverse and members of the LGBTQIA+ community who experience unique stressors and conflicts with their day-to-day lives. I also love working with folks who struggle with substance use either in addition to other life stressors or on its own. I started my clinical work with addiction and grew as a therapist and person to see people from a whole-person perspective. Our difficulties, conflicts, our stressors do not define us for who we are and when they prevent or delay us from becoming our authentic selves is where the therapeutic process blossoms. As a person who identifies as gender diverse, I have lived through many difficult life circumstances where I have learned and grown as a person. I have first-hand navigated through complex systems and emotionally wrought situations to become my authentic self and continue to do so. I believe everybody is always in a constant process of growing into our best selves and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you along this process too.

Karen Patterson

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LCSW
26 years of experience
Virtual
I am Karen Patterson, a licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina with 26 years of Clinical experience. I believe that you are the expert on your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started. During our therapy sessions, you will learn new things, including lessons about emotions, thoughts, coping skills, facing fears and more. We will be developing a plan of action and setting goals. Each session is essentially a problem-solving session while exploring your thoughts and feelings. I will be able to interpret the information you give and show empathy as I look at your situation from your perspective to understand your experience. I am an active listener and provide a safe and calm environment so you can move closer to having the life you wish to work toward accomplishing.

Jay Robichaud

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LCSW
23 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
1873 Pisgah Hig...
210 mi
Hi! My name is Jay and through personalized treatment, I help individuals access authentic emotional awareness and guide them toward true healing, I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who has been providing mental health services directly to people for over 20 years. In addition, I was working in the mental health field for 3 years before earning my Masters's Degree in Social Work, making it 27 years in the profession of directly helping others. I have worked successfully with clients of all ages who presented with a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, stress, ADHD, relationship issues, struggles with parenting, substance use and abuse, career and job issues as well as survivors of trauma such as abuse and neglect. My therapy style tends to be warm, supportive, flexible, relaxed and can easily be adaptable to whatever you feel is important to you. I treat everyone with the utmost respect and consider myself to be very compassionate towards others. My approach tends to be eclectic and is a blend of several styles, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, humanism, strengths-based and mindfulness, with unconditional support serving as the common foundation. I know that it takes courage and strength to look inwards and consider making a shift in any part of your life and I appreciate your willingness to do so, and it's important to know that you do not have to do it alone. I would welcome and greatly appreciate the opportunity to help you meet your specific needs and improve your life experience. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Shelia Leese-Roberts

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LCSW
25 years of experience
Virtual
I strongly feel that to help a person, the person must feel comfortable, truly heard, understood, and valued. My role is to help foster a safe, non-judgmental, and empowering space that can help guide you to reach your goals. I am a licensed clinical social worker. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma. Some of the people with whom I have worked are looking to make a specific change and are looking for support, others are struggling with challenging symptoms and are looking for relief, others are having difficulties managing emotions or maintaining relationships. My approach is trauma-informed, client-centered, collaborative, creative, and adaptive. I use an integrated and holistic approach so that therapy is unique to each individual and their needs. I pull from and utilize various evidence-based therapeutic modalities when working with individuals; including: EMDR, TF-CBT, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Cognitive Processing (CPT), PE, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), solution focused and strengths-based perspectives, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Using a private and secure virtual platform. Adult individual, couples or family sessions are welcomed. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheria Morgan

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LCSW
9 years of experience
Virtual
Hello, my name is Cheria. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina with 9 years of experience. I believe that every individual has the answers they need within themselves, and my role is to support and guide them toward discovering their solutions. My approach is client-centered, meaning that I prioritize the needs and goals of my clients above all else. My ultimate goal is to help you become the best version of yourself, and I am committed to working with you every step of the way. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, anger management, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

Mark Gough

(he/him)

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LCMHC
27 years of experience
Virtual
My practice over the past 25 years as an LCMHC has allowed me to help people of diverse backgrounds overcome a variety of life's challenges. I help people by meeting with them, learning about their problems and discovering ways for them to feel more at ease. The most common issues that I help people with involve their moods (for example sadness, worrying, anger or stress) and with their relationships. All types of people come to see me; people just like you who have hit a bump in the road and want to help themselves feel better again. I've focused on adults, couples and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, controlling anger, family conflict, substance abuse, and behavioral issues. If you're looking for someone to help, I'd welcome your call!

Dulcie Garrett

(she/her)

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LCMHC
25 years of experience
Virtual
Hello, I’m Dulcie. Have you been struggling and wondering why it’s so hard to feel happy, have a positive outlook, and accomplish the goals you have for your life? Are feelings of disappointment, confusion, and failure contributing to problems with your emotional health and relationships? Do you feel like nothing will ever change so what’s the point in trying? Well, let me tell you why, you are worth it and it’s never too late to invest in YOU! I have many years of experience counseling great people just like you, working together to navigate life’s obstacles, find common sense solutions, and help guide and support you during life transitions. If you allow me to go on this journey of change with you, I will focus on a person-centered approach where your needs, goals, and objectives will be the roadmap for our work together. I will use evidence-based treatment techniques, largely based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you identify and change patterns in thinking and behavior that may be contributing to your current dissatisfaction. But perhaps even more important than the therapeutic approach employed, I will endeavor to build a relationship with you by being present, genuine, honest, and compassionate. I have learned that the outcomes my clients achieve are often a reflection of the strength of our therapeutic relationship. So, are you ready to partner with me as you endeavor to overcome the situations, relationship challenges, or symptoms that seem to be barriers between you and your best life? If so, I am committed to walking with you on your journey.

Stephen Pleasant

(he/him)

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LCSW
23 years of experience
Virtual
Hello, my name is Stephen Pleasant, and I'm a psychotherapist for men. Why therapy for men? Well, because sometimes a man just needs a pork shoulder to cry on. That being said, I will also work with women as well. It’s a recognized human tendency for men to get “stuck” in their lives and to end up “settling” for the status quo when deep down they know they are capable of a great deal more. Here’s the truth; You are never “stuck” with your present circumstances. The Game of Life is a psychological and spiritual journey and winning at this game requires you to change your play and learn to think differently and do things in a new way. I help men break out from being “stuck” in life, resigned to producing results that are disappointing to them and others. My goal is to see transformative progress in men’s confidence, clarity, and self-expression, so that they may gain the fuller personal and work life they thought was beyond them.

Juanita Pettaway,LCSW

(she/her)

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LCSW
8 years of experience
Empowering
Solution oriented
Virtual
I have been known as the "Self-Empowering" therapist and the "Green Couch" therapist. My gift of exhortation has made me aware that I have the ability to speak hope and accountability into a person's life for them to choose their area of growth at the pace they choose, thus becoming the "Self-Empowering" therapist. My Clinical Specialty Areas: Depression, Anxiety, Holistic Treatment & Christian Counseling. My background in business and community work, along with clinical therapy, has allowed me to identify the need for "Green Couch therapy" as entrepreneurs and business owners are on the rise but have difficulty separating their self-worth from their business profit, or their mental health interferes with business productivity. I am a creative clinician to work with, thus making me open-minded to hearing your story and working at a pace that is comfortable to you. Most of my clients have stayed with me on average for 1.5 years because I allow them to feel validated and yet uncomfortable at times for them to be able to GROW.

Erin McAdams

(she/her)

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LCMHC
21 years of experience
Virtual
Would you like to create space for work/ life balance? Would it be helpful to learn more about the connection between your behaviors, feelings, and thoughts? Are you ready to talk about coping strategies- both those that work and learn new ones? I work collaboratively with individuals and families to manage stressors, feelings of stress and anxiety, and cope with addictions. I help clients develop coping strategies that may challenge past thoughts and behaviors but lead toward the accomplishment of goals. Sometimes, it is simply reminding ourselves of what worked before and getting back on track and other times, it is about learning something never practiced before.

Jennifer N Alfonso

Jennifer N Alfonso profile image
LCMHC
4 years of experience
Virtual
Hey! Hola! I'm Jennifer Alfonso, a Bilingual Mental Health counselor licensed in North Carolina. -Soy Jennifer Alfonso, una consejera de salud mental bilingüe con licencia en Carolina del Norte. My major specialty is working with grief, whether it be the loss of a loved one, a job, a dream, or one's own self-esteem. I am a passionate and understanding therapist who values each person's unique strengths and goals. My approach is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and personal values. I have experience working with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, and trauma. I believe in the power of creating a strong therapeutic alliance in order to achieve positive results. My own journey as an individual has provided me with compassion, empathy, and understanding of mental health. I am also committed to continuing my education and emphasizing the importance of self-care. I believe in creating a safe environment for individuals to openly and honestly express their thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, I am excited about being part of the Grow Therapy team and am truly dedicated to helping you move towards the life you desire and deserve. I look forward to meeting you!

Carolyn Miller

(she/her)

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LCSW
13 years of experience
Virtual
Hi! My name is Carolyn and I absolutely LOVE my role in the Wilmington community as a Social Work clinician! I have lived in Southeastern North Carolina for 23 years, contributing to the academic growth of special needs children in the community followed by improving the mental health of our healthcare workers and others in the community. I currently own and run several businesses across the state of North Carolina. Along with my counseling practice, I run a private homeschool, a vacation rental, and an online writing businesses. I am enrolled in a Doctorate program for Social Work through Barry University in Moiami Shores, and I have had my private practice full time for 10 years and thoroughly enjoy each day in my work! Online therapy has been a great resource for me to reach folks outside of my local community.

Veronica Mial

(she/her)

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LCSW
10 years of experience
Virtual
Whoever thought you could feel so alone in a world so big? While we all face similar problems, the impact can be so different. Hello! My name is Veronica Mial, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in North Carolina. Over the past ten years, I have worked with individuals and families within vulnerable populations including but not limited to those who have faced issues such as homelessness, addiction, and other trauma. Whether you are dealing with transition and change in life, struggling with implementing boundaries, or other common issues such as self-doubt, depression, or anxiety, my goal is to work with you to identify the sources of these feelings and determine a course of action to best address these issues. I am here to provide a safe space and a fresh perspective for individuals who are open to a person-centered approach. I believe in being intentional with our therapeutic approaches to ensure that it is specific and unique to your individual needs. My goal is to not make any decisions for you but to work with you and provide the necessary tools and support to help you navigate through this thing called life.

Julissa Edwards

(she/her)

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LCMHC
8 years of experience
Virtual
Hi there, My name is Julissa. Are you feeling less like yourself lately? Are you lacking confidence in yourself? Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by the demands of life, struggling with making confident decisions for yourself and/or your loved ones, or experiencing anxiety, stress, and unease, I am here to help. As a holistic therapist, coach, and spiritual guide, I am uniquely positioned to support individuals who are seeking an easier transition into their new phase of life. If you are ready to embark on a journey of personal and spiritual growth, I invite you to schedule a session with me today. Together, we can work to help you thrive once again, while breaking down generational traumas, and connect to your inner wisdom and spiritual purpose. I'm proud of you for seeking out support at this time and I am so excited to get you back to a healthier version of you. See you soon!

Jimmeal Peterson

(she/her)

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LCSW
10 years of experience
Virtual
If you are here, that means you are thinking about yourself in a very attentive way! You have decided to make yourself a priority and I am so glad for the space that you're currently in! I have over a decade of experience guiding individuals and couples through life-altering and transitional events. I earned both my BSW and MSW from Florida State University. I am dedicated to providing my clients with the support and guidance needed on their journey toward improved mental health and well-being.

Debbie Esque, LCMHC

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LCMHC
25 years of experience
Virtual
Hi, my name is Debbie. Are you struggling with anxiety, fear, depression, anger, disappointment, trauma or difficult relationships? I have worked with all ages and walks of life in my 25 years of experience. As a seasoned therapist. I believe that a successful outcome of therapy goals begins with a harmonious relationship with the client. This begins with a clear understanding of the needs and desires of the client. My approach is to have a kind, caring and sensitive demeanor, yet, direct and firm as needed to achieve success. I strive to listen well and give appropriate feedback. I attribute my successful record as a therapist to having the education, knowledge, work experience, and confidence to work with each client and consider it a privilege to work with each one. I would be honored to work with you.

Erin Cooley-Gross

(she/her)

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LCMHC
9 years of experience
Virtual
Hey, I'm Erin, and I love being a mental health counselor. I started my career as a preschool teacher, determined to save the world one child at a time. My father, the original Cooley, was a social worker who inspired my love of working with and helping people. Wanting to make a greater impact on the success of children and families, I pursued a Masters in Counseling. This began my journey into the world of mental health and it has truly been a journey of purpose for me. I tell my clients that I am a "geek" for counseling and I am always absorbing new information about the mental health field. I have been working as a trauma-informed therapist for many years. I am trained/certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and, more recently, EMDR. I take into account the whole person, understanding that many factors make up health. I am creative in utilizing many modalities to help you achieve your goals with your mental health and overall well-being. I deeply believe in the natural desire for each person to reach wholeness and believe you are the expert of yourself. I desire to guide, support and challenge you to reach your fullest, actualized self.

Makeda Bostwick LPC LCMHC NCC BC-TMH

Makeda Bostwick LPC LCMHC NCC BC-TMH profile image
LCMHC
12 years of experience
Open-minded
Warm
Empowering
Virtual
Do you feel pulled in different directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health balanced? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help you manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll address the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I integrate both cognitive and behavioral techniques to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself. Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the habits holding you back. Let's work together!

Kathleen Kellum

(she/they)

Kathleen	Kellum profile image
LCMHC
23 years of experience
Virtual
I received my Ph.D. in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Iowa in 2009. I also received a Master of Divinity degree with courses in pastoral care and counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995. I have approximately 25 years of counseling-related work experience in a variety of settings (college, schools, and community mental health settings). In addition, I have taught counseling courses in graduate mental health programs. I have worked with a variety of populations including children, adolescents, college students, and adults at various life stages, as well as couples, families, and groups. I am also trained to conduct a variety of assessments for learning disabilities, ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders, and vocational/career interests.

Cynthia A Bailey, PhD, ABN

(she/her)

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PhD
30 years of experience
Virtual
Hi there! A lot of people think therapy is a one-sided conversation, with little opportunity to experience each other as real people. My clients know that I am as real as it gets! I want to help you achieve your goals, learn more about yourself, and understand how your mind and brain work. While progressing along this path, you will enjoy the process of learning about yourself and perceiving yourself in new ways. My experience is that therapy doesn't need to be painful. I know it can be intimidating to call a therapist, but I hope you will call me and see how I can help you. My background is in neuropsychology, so I enjoy helping people understand how their brains work, in order to find the best way to manage anxiety, depression, and just plain dealing with life!

John M Swails LMFT, CDBT, MS

(he/him)

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LMFT
20 years of experience
Virtual
John Swails is an ordained minister, a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Marine Corp Veteran, with military mental-health practice experience addressing traumatic stress, separation, family grief, and relationship issues, and civilian experience addressing physical and sexual abuse, single-mothers with dual diagnosed children, and group therapy for middle-school and teens to develop resiliency. As a therapist, John utilizes proven DBT, Strategic, CBT-Family, Solution-Focused, and other systemic techniques to address individual, couple, and family issues. As a minister John is sensitive to the beliefs of the client and is ready to explore spiritual solutions to any issue.

Mary Beth Johnson

(she/her)

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LMFT
3 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
331 South Washi...
145 mi
Do you find yourself tired of having other people's worldviews and judgments imposed upon you? Do you feel that no matter how hard you try, nothing you do is ever enough? It is my goal to provide a safe space where clients can truly be themselves without fear of judgment. As a result, I do not believe in a one size fits all approach to therapy. I work to tailor each session to fit the needs of the person/persons in front of me. I work with couples and families to help them find peace and stability in their relationships. I also have extensive experience working with children and teenagers, having worked with them in various settings and roles. These experiences enable me to consider every aspect of their life, and how they affect the child and teen's well being and mental health. I am honored to work with my clients, and do not take the responsibility lightly. During our sessions I will offer compassion, hope and ways to deal with the issues you are facing.

Cloie Schessl

(she/her)

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LCSW
3 years of experience
Virtual
To feel fulfilled and truly happy in life, we need to take care of ourselves from the inside out, and this is what I help my clients do in their therapy sessions. I am passionate about supporting my clients to help them achieve their mental health goals and live a more positive and rewarding life. I help clients to re-discover their mental and emotional strength and to persevere through life's unexpected challenges. Therapy is a collaborative effort, and I look forward to working together as a team to help you reach the full potential that you have always envisioned in your life. I have worked in a variety of settings such as outpatient therapy, community mental health, nonprofit, private practice, inpatient psychiatry, and school settings. I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults of different backgrounds, ethnicities and lifestyles. I offer a non-judgmental and person-centered environment for clients to explore areas of their life that they would like to bring about change and work through mental health concerns. I will help you work through past, present and future challenges you wish to overcome. Contact me today to start the journey of improving your life and meeting your goals!

Betsy Filli

(she/her)

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LCMHC
15 years of experience
Virtual
Hi, I’m Betsy! I’m so glad you’re here! I’m an intuitive psychotherapist, expressive arts facilitator, and artist. YOU are here for a reason and being called to pay attention to a deep desire or need in your life. Perhaps it’s healing an old wound, addressing a challenge, expressing yourself, or learning to listen to your inner voice. I’ve been there and can help serve as a guide on your journey! I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back on track. We'll use a holistic approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and soul. I also integrate guided meditation, intention setting, intuitive art making, creative visualization, and therapeutic writing to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself. Intuitive development and guidance are also provided upon request. Whether you're dealing with mental health concerns, or relationship issues, or interested in creative ways to develop a better relationship with your inner voice (aka - your intuition), I'm here to help! Seeking therapy can be scary, but you're making the right choice. YOU deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and provide techniques to help you overcome barriers holding you back. Let's work together!

Kera Johannes

(she/her)

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LCSW
20 years of experience
Virtual
Do you want to go to see a clear and distinct before and after therapy? Partnering with you to discover/rediscover your strengths is part of what we will do together. Life, at any age, can be challenged by anxiety, depression, changes, relationships, work/career issues, marital conflict, religious trauma, identity and more. Through inner exploration, removing the blockages that build up over time, we will work together to get you, your relationship, and areas of life... unstuck.

Joy Close

(she/her)

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LCSW
27 years of experience
Virtual
Hello there, my name is Joy. I think it is wonderful that you have decided to try therapy. Deciding to come to therapy is a big decision and takes courage. My passion is for individual psychotherapy. People come to work with me on issues such as depression, anxiety, grief/loss, life transitions and relationship concerns. I have expertise in each of these problems and feel that it is an honor to be invited to accompany my patients on this part of their journey. I am passionate about social justice, my work and making the world a better place. I am an anti-racist, anti-sexist, and LGBTQIA+ affirming clinician.

Leann Zouberi

(she/her)

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LCSW
10 years of experience
Warm
Virtual
Hello and welcome to my Grow Therapy Profile. I’m Leann and I look forward to meeting you. Are you struggling just to make it through the day? Do you feel like life has taken its toll on you and each day just takes much more strength and motivation than you have to give? I am passionate about working with adult clients who are coping with depression and anxiety. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with active licenses in Connecticut, California, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. I have experience with teenagers coping with social problems, depression, bipolar, and the struggles of living through that life stage. I have been trained in a few different trauma treatments including trauma-focused CBT, and I am experienced at working with individuals with high-functioning autism. I have been working in the field for the last 10 years and am eager to be your anchor and offer you a new sense of hope.

Wanda Kellyman, M.S., M.Ed., NCC, PLLC

(she/her)

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LCMHC
7 years of experience
Virtual
Hello, I am Wanda Kellyman, a dedicated and highly qualified professional specializing in mental health and personal development. My extensive qualifications include being a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Life Coach, and Mindfulness Practitioner. With these credentials, I've honed my expertise in providing transformative therapy and guidance to individuals seeking personal growth and healing. My therapeutic approach is rooted in holism and strength-based principles. I understand that each person is a complex being with interconnected aspects of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Rather than focusing solely on problems or deficits, I empower my clients by highlighting their innate strengths and resources, helping them effectively navigate life's challenges. To create a more engaging and dynamic therapeutic process, I integrate various forms of creative expression into my sessions. Through poetry, art, music, meditation, and movement, I encourage clients to explore and communicate their inner emotions and thoughts. This creative dimension not only fosters self-expression but also deepens self-awareness and introspection, leading to profound personal insights and growth. By harmonizing my certifications, experiences, and passion for holistic well-being, I strive to cultivate a supportive and compassionate environment where individuals can flourish and embark on their unique journeys of self-discovery and transformation. I firmly believe in the immense potential within each person to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life, and I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding them on that empowering path toward mental and emotional well-being. The overarching theme of my approach can be summarized in three words: Engagement, Empowerment, and Bliss. Through engagement in creative and reflective processes, clients find the power to empower themselves and ultimately achieve a state of blissful well-being.

Leslie Stover

(she/her)

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LCSW
6 years of experience
Virtual
Is life overwhelming for you and you are not sure how to deal with it? Is your past impacting how you are functioning in your daily life? Have you found yourself in need of someone with whom you can talk without feeling judged? I am passionate about assisting each individual with developing their strengths and effective coping skills to promote a healthier lifestyle. My name is Leslie Stover, I am a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina. I am a proud graduate of Howard University's Social Work program. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and family issues. With 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients improve their lives and overcome challenging moments. I believe that you are the expert on your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

Candace Fritts

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LCSW
10 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
1307 Farm Branc...
94 mi
Candace “NIX” Fritts is a licensed Zumba instructor, yoga instructor and Licensed Clinical social worker. She has been teaching Zumba over 5 years and has utilized her passion for healing and helping others as a therapist over the past decade. “NIX” specializes in and has a passion for cultural diversity, gender identity/LGBTQIA+ issues, equality, relationship/marital issues, depression, anxiety, and Trauma. She defines "empathy" as her number one skill and superpower. In addition “NIX” is a huge advocate and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. She is also a member NAACP and the Black political caucus of Cabarrus County. NIX also encourages health and wellness with a belief that healing can be achieved in various ways. Fun Fact: NIX was once a contestant on “Lets make a Deal”

Carla Gray

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LCMHC
20 years of experience
Virtual
About me I am licensed in North Carolina with 20 years of professional work experienced in clinical counseling. I am working on my doctoral research in psychology. My background include trauma work, severe anxiety and depression, couples work, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, self-esteem work, grief work, sleep disorders, and chronic medical illness. I have worked with all ages. Also, I am a therapist who can meet you where you are, give you immediate ways to begin your journey to a healthier you. I practice cognitive-behavior techniques and will set measurable goals in therapy, providing tips for healthy coping techniques. My history: I grew up in Waynesville, NC so I am a mountain girl. For now, I live near Charlotte, NC with my husband and 16-year-old son. We have a 7-acre working horse farm that we share with my retired showhorse, three rescue dogs, and a rescue cat. I am a two-time breast cancer survivor and my research for my doctorate is about breast cancer survivors and mental health, specifically PTSD, post-traumatic growth, and quality of life. I hope to empower you to have the quality of life that you deserve. "We will never live this day again - so let's make it a great one." -unknown author

Felicia Johnson

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LCSW
15 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
351 Wagoner Dri...
47 mi
Do you keep thinking life is not supposed to be this hard or relationships/marriage/parenting is not supposed to be this much of a struggle? I just had my baby but I don't know why I am so sad. Do you have the constant thoughts I should be further in my career goals or my purpose in life while balancing life responsibilities? My goal is to help with life's struggles and teach people how to manage feelings, and symptoms of depression and anxiety. I work with women in the workforce to balance work, life, stress, and relationship stress, I am the least nonjudgmental person you ever will meet but use evidence-based treatment to help you reach your therapy goals.

Aimee Finegan

(she/her)

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LMFT
6 years of experience
Virtual
Do you feel like you are spinning in circles, trying to grow but nothing is helping? I love working with people who are struggling with life and want to find a healthier way of being in the world, in your relationships, at work, and in all aspects of life. I balance managing current problems with getting at the root of where these problems are stemming from and processing those so that you can grow into the person you want to be. I blend the symptoms shown by your emotions, thoughts and your body to create a unique approach for you. I integrate mindfulness, cognitive approaches, somatic therapy and if needed, EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) to help you navigate past what is holding you back. My main focus at first is to create a safe place for you, where you feel comfortable addressing issues. It is so scary to start therapy, and I want it to feel as easy as possible for you. I am always open to questions and adapting to what would serve you best.

Meghan McNamara, LCSW

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LCSW
21 years of experience
Virtual
Max Ehrmann’s poem, Desiderata reads “you are a child of the universe and have a right to be here. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul”. The poem’s sentiment resonates with my counseling philosophy and approach. If you have been struggling with a new medical diagnosis, grieving the loss of a loved one or are overwhelmed in your role as a caretaker consider reaching out. I would be honored to assist you on your healing journey. With over 20 years of experience as a therapist and as a clinical social worker in the medical field, I can help you embrace those aspects of yourself that calls for your attention and compassion. Providing a space where you can express whatever is in your heart that needs to be acknowledged, learned from and ultimately let go. Cultivating awareness as the foundation for healing, our sessions together will honor your innate wisdom, helping to create a path towards what you are most desiring.

Luis F. Puertas

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LCMHC
6 years of experience
Virtual
As a dedicated Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a strong academic foundation from Florida International University in Miami, FL, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise in helping individuals facing challenges related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, family issues, and adjustment disorders. My professional journey has led me to work with diverse individuals and families, encompassing various cultural backgrounds and complex dynamics. Utilizing evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, emotional focused couples therapy, and family dynamics, I am committed to providing comprehensive and effective support. I firmly believe in the inherent capacity of every individual to foster personal growth and discover meaning in their lives. My approach emphasizes the essential elements of structure, discipline, and self-compassion, serving as cornerstones for therapeutic progress. If you've reached this point, you possess the resilience and determination to move forward in your journey toward greater well-being and fulfillment. I am here to guide and support you on this path to empowerment and positive change.

Kellie Person, LCMHC

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LCMHC
10 years of experience
Virtual
Welcome!! I’m Kellie! Beginning therapy is often the first step to a needed chance in our lives. Congratulations on taking that step! My goal is to provide comfort, guidance, and support to those who may feel overwhelmed by life stressors. There are many things and factors that may contribute to us not feeling or showing up as our best selves. Together, we can identify those experiences and begin to work on creating more balance. With your input, we will identify the best approach to help heal your mind, body and spirit! In my experience, once we begin to adjust our thoughts, the rest of the body follows. You may be dealing with anxiety, periods of depression, life stressors, or family cycles that seem difficult to break. Whatever the case may be, I’m here to help! With a positive approach and your willingness, it is possible to change your future! My goal is to not only help you learn to cope, but to heal the parts of you that you consider to be broken.

Ashley Butt

(she/her)

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LCSW
23 years of experience
Virtual
Do you feel like you are unnoticed, invisible or not listened to? Maybe you feel like you don't fit in, that no one understands your experience, or perhaps you don't feel anything at all. Many people come to sessions overwhelmed by the demands of life and feel stress as a result of expectations they worry they are unable to meet. Some clients carry the weight of the world, while others struggle with feeling like they don't belong. Many clients have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships with themselves and/or others. As a professional therapist, I am here to support and guide you with humor, grace, empathy and compassion on your journey towards healing and contentment. If you value direct feedback, compassionate challenges, and wholehearted encouragement, then let's get started today. Contact me for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation now!

Ginnovia Dumas

(she/her)

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LCMHC
3 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
2444 Commerce R...
114 mi
Are you tired of being stuck in a vicious cycle of depression, anxiety, and stress? My name is Ginnovia (Gigi) Dumas. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor offering sessions to individuals for anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, and trauma. As a Navy veteran, I also have a passion to work with military-connected individuals. I work with tweens, adolescents, and adults. I am committed to providing individualized treatment for each client, using evidence-based interventions and approaches. My goal as a therapist is to help erase the stigma attached to mental health while providing an affirming, inclusive, and safe space for processing and healing.

Stephanie McGee LCMHC/LCAS-A

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LCMHC
20 years of experience
Virtual
We often face challenges in our lives that cause us to shift and sometimes lose focus of ourselves and what is important to us. It is my privilege to be that compassionate and listening ear to provide support, encouragement, and tools to navigate these trying times. The ultimate goal is to provide a safe, unbiased, and nonjudgmental therapy experience to help you to feel empowered and heard. Whilst working with individuals, children, and families of all ages, races, and walks of life is a dream come true. I am here to serve! I am here for you! I am here to offer support, guidance, and the tools to ensure that the goals which you have set for yourself can be attained. I look forward to the opportunity to partner with you as we work through life’s unexpected challenges.

Kelli Cryer, LCMHC

(she/her)

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LCMHC
12 years of experience
Virtual
Greetings, My name is Kelli Cryer and i am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina. Let’s be honest, the ebbs and flows of life can sometimes derail us and at other times, we find that we excel. The journey forward isn’t always clear and is often met with obstacles that feel insurmountable. As a therapist, I strive towards working together in a collaborative effort to cultivate an environment where clients grow in their security to express themselves, BOTH authentically AND freely. My counseling practice has included experience working with system-involved youth, couples, families, working professionals, college students, and community partners. One of the hardest parts of the journey is showing up. Let’s work toward liberating yourself until you are the empowered you again! Feel free to contact me via email or phone to schedule a consultation. I look forward to the possibility of joining you on your journey.

Jearilyn Singleton

(she/her)

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LMFT
9 years of experience
Virtual
I enjoy working with clients of all ages. I mostly enjoy working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. Whether you're struggling with work, school, relationships, family, or behavioral concerns...I am here to work with you. I am here to walk alongside and empower you to live your fullest life and be your highest, healthiest self.

Debbie Fritts

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LCMHC
13 years of experience
Virtual
Hi, My name is Debbie! Do you ever feel the light has gone out and you are navigating alone and in the dark? Does life seem to have no meaning and purpose? Do you struggle to get out of bed? Has something happened in your life that has caused you to question yourself and everything around you? Find Hope Here – Let’s work together to find a brighter tomorrow. Life can be miserable at times but it shows great insight on your part to reach out for help. By doing this you have completed the first step. Being willing to accept, change, and adapt to your new situation, can be daunting and scary but I want to walk this journey with you. You are worth it and deserve a better life with consistency, growth and a little fun! I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with 13-plus years of phone counseling experience related to grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, and life transition related to postpartum depression, new careers, retirement, divorce, disabilities, and the aging process. Experience also includes building and maintaining relationships in a healthy way. I want to walk this journey with you providing empathy, education, and a non-judgmental safe place for you to share your thoughts and feelings. We will move at your pace because we cannot rush grief. Thank you for allowing me to share your life and its many detours.

Cindy Stober

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LCMHC
25 years of experience
Virtual
Hi, my name is Cynthia Stober and I go by Cindy. thank you for stopping by my profile and what I can tell you about myself is I will always be honest with you and I will work with you to find solutions. I will meet with you and we will discuss what type of interventions may work for you I am skilled and experienced. I will be utilizing Person-Centered and strengths-based therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I will learn about you and what happened to you. I will listen and help you in setting your goals and design a plan that is individualized specifically for you. I specialize in treating people who suffer from addiction disorders, depression, anxiety, shame and guilt, anger, and more. I hope you read something that sparked your interest and you will reach out to me to explore if I might be someone you are interested in working with. Peace and hope to you!

Tonya Bunch

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LCSW
6 years of experience
Virtual
Hi there, I'm Tonya. Do you find yourself struggling with day-to-day life? Are you having a hard time with your relationships, work/life balance, and health? Is it challenging to be kind and loving to yourself? I help high performers, emotional suffering, and trauma survivors to manage burnout, and learn emotion regulation, mindfulness, and recovery in trauma. Together we will work to identify what is working and what is not working for you to help balance your life. We will use a person-centered approach to your mind, body, spirit and environment. I love using strength-based and mindfulness to help you learn that you have the coping skills to manage your struggles. Whether you are seeking help for anxiety, depression, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help. Seeking therapy is scary and taking the first step is the hardest. I am here to support you nonjudgmentally, no matter the issue. You are making the right choice. I give you the space and time to build a therapeutic relationship to reach your goals. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I will meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the hangups and habits that have been holding you back. Let's work together!

Rose A. Stevenson

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LCMHC
7 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
120 North James...
63 mi
Hi there, I'm Rose. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate different activities to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself. Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues, or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the hangups and habits holding you back. Let's work together!

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