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Therapists

Alida S. Mason, LCSW, LCMHC

Alida Mason is a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, awarded from the North Carolina Social Work Board and the North Carolina Counselor Board. She is the founder and co-owner of The Haymount Institute for Psychological Services, with three locations serving Fayetteville, Hope Mills, and Raeford North Carolina. She has 30+ years of experience in cognitive behavioral interventions for a multitude of psychological and social environment health conditions. Her specialties include women’s issues, couples therapy, terminal illness coping / bereavement for adults and children, post traumatic stress interventions for military families /Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, and personal growth strategies for women. Training includes family constellation work, clinical hypnosis, bipolar disorder management, and marital conflict disintegration intervention. Alida has devoted a great number of hours to community involvement through public speaking engagements involving women’s diversity issues, family advocacy and weight loss seminars. The Haymount Institute has earned its distinction in private practice through the delivery of professional services and is nationally recognized by the Association of Psychology Post Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).


Jason Branch, MSW, LCSWA

Jason Branch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. He received his bachelor’s degree in in Social Work in 2017, and his master’s in Social Work in 2019. Both from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. While completing his master’s degree, Jason gained clinical experience at Counseling and Psychological Services on the campus of North Carolina at Pembroke providing individual and group counseling, crisis management, and prevention education to the campus community.

Jason enjoys working with a variety of populations including adolescents, adults, and families. Jason’s passion is rooted in the primary mission of the social work profession to enhance human well-being and empower clients to be the best version of themselves that they can.

Jason’s therapeutic approach includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Strengths Perspective, and Motivational Interviewing. He provides counseling for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, college-specific adjustments, self-esteem, substance use, and other mental health concerns.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Gandhi


Kari Bustillos, LCMHC, NCC

Kari Bustillos is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology for The University of Maryland University College. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University.

Kari enjoys working with adults (individual or couples) with a wide range of personal challenges and psychological issues. She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to promote emotional wellness and resolve internal conflict. She provides a safe nonjudgmental environment to explore troubling issues, gain insight into problems, and develop new and healthy ways of coping with personal struggles.

Mandie Cauley, LCSWA

Mandi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She grew up in eastern North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh, Tampa, and Charlotte, most recently settling down in rural Harnett County with her husband and their dog. She earned her Master of Social Work from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in substance abuse counseling in route to earning advanced credentials in providing substance use services.

Mandi’s graduate-level internship experience includes outpatient behavioral health within a certified community behavioral health center (CCBHC) where she conducted clinical assessments and provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with substance use, mental health, and/or intellectual/developmental disorders. Mandi has gained progressive human services and behavioral health work experience over the past seven years in case management, social services, and most recently with inpatient behavioral health patients.

Mandi enjoys working with clients of all ages, with an emphasis on mood disorders, substance use, and other psychiatric conditions. She has a passion for building cooperative professional relationships to help empower clients to develop positive self-esteem and healthy coping skills.

Mandi utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches depending on the needs and preferences of each client. She frequently uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and Seeking Safety modalities in her practice.


 

Ki Byung Chae, PhD, LCMHCA, NCC

Ki Chae earned his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a cognate in family counseling from the College of William and Mary. He completed a graduate certificate program in substance abuse counseling from East Carolina University. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Ki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Ki has presented at national and state conferences and is the author of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on counselor education and mental health.His clinical experience includes providing family counseling and psychotherapy in university and community mental health settings and serving as the director of a non-profit family counseling center in Vienna, VA. He has received education and training in a wide variety of therapeutic modalities and uses active interventions in counseling sessions to help clients in experiencing profound change. He resides in Fayetteville, NC with his wife and three children.


   

John ‘Tyler’ Chapman, LCSWA

John “Tyler” Chapman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina Pembroke and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mars Hill University. While attending University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Tyler gained experience in providing individual and group therapy as well as facilitating support groups for children and adolescents who struggled with physical, verbal, and sexual aggression.

Tyler enjoys working with a variety of populations including the LGBTQ community, later adolescents, couples, families, and members of the Armed Forces. He has maintained compassion to empower clients to be the best version of themselves that they can.

Tyler believes that an eclectic approach to providing therapy is what helps people to achieve their inner greatness. By utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, System-Perspective, and Strengths Perspective he will engage clients in what manner that best meets their needs. Tyler provides a safe, confidential, and empowering space for people from all walks of life. In Tyler’s approach, he engages client’s past to help each client see for themselves why their experiences can affect their present moment.


Amy Cox, MAEd, LCMHCA, NCC

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in English: Theatre Arts and her Master’s of Arts in Education in Professional School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, as well as a graduate certificate in Advanced School Counseling for Post-Secondary Success from UNCP. She is a current student at NC State University, pursuing her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education. 
Amy is a licensed Professional School Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (formerly Licensed Professional Counselor Associate), and Nationally Certified Counselor. She is an active member of the American School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, and the North Carolina School Counselor Association. She has presented research at state-level conferences and is a current elementary school counselor.
 
She will work with you to determine the best approach to meet your goals. Her approach is integrative from a variety of theories and techniques. It is largely grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and creative approaches including bibliotherapy, talk therapy, and play. Particularly with younger clients, she recognizes that play and behavior are communication and she works to adapt her services as needed. While she works with clients of all ages, her interests include children and adolescents, anxiety disorders, and serving LGBTQ+ populations

 

April Colkmire-Keen, NCC, LCMHC

April is a Nationally Certified and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. April holds the therapeutic relationship that exists between therapist and client in the highest regard, believing that a trust-filled relationship is the foundation for healing and change. The theoretical approach utilized in therapy is determined by the client and their needs, and may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, and Client-Centered Play Therapy.  April works with individuals of all ages, specializing in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, mood disorders, grief, adjustment issues, anger management, low self-esteem, sexual and physical abuse, and addiction. Faith-based counseling is also available upon request.


 

Laura Disney, LCSW

Laura Disney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Laura has her bachelor’s degree in dairy science from Virginia Tech.  After interning at a therapeutic farm, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in social work from The University of Maryland.

Laura has experience working in animal-assisted therapeutic settings including on a therapeutic farm with youth-at-risk, and with service dogs in training and wounded warriors.  Laura gained clinical experience working with students in an elementary-middle school, working with service members and their families at a military hospital, and working with adults in a community mental health center.  Laura enjoys working with a variety of populations, primarily ages 17+, to include individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, those identifying within the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and their families, individuals facing legal challenges, and individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  Laura has provided effective individual and group treatment for a variety of diagnoses such as trauma, mood, psychotic, and personality disorders, as well as dual diagnoses.

Laura uses treatment modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.  Operating with a strength-based and systems-based approach, Laura collaborates with each client to provide evidence-based treatment for their individual needs and goals.  Laura strives to create a warm, safe, empathic atmosphere to support her clients in overcoming barriers and making positive changes.  Understanding that mental health is just one piece of total wellness, Laura welcomes interdisciplinary involvement to promote overall well being.


 

Katherine Fouty, LCSW

Katherine Fouty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s of Social Work, specializing in Couples’ and Family Therapy. While at the University of Michigan, she completed her internship at Dawn Farms a juvenile, substance abuse clinic, providing individual, group, and family services, using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

After graduation, Katherine focused on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder providing Behavioral Therapy to military families. She has since worked with individuals and families in China and the Czech Republic. Katherine uses a person-centered approach and other evidence based practices to help her clients discover internal strengths, supports, and solutions.


 

Elizabeth ‘Carol’ Franco, LCSW

Carol Franco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC at Charlotte and a  Master of Social Work from East Carolina University.  She enjoys working with a wide range of individuals.  Her specialties included ADHD, anxiety, BiPolar, Depression, family, Martial and/or couples and psychotic disorders.


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Sarah Honald, LCSWA

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University. Her graduate-level internship experience includes mobile crisis intervention response within the Greater Atlanta region. She has served people from diverse backgrounds and cultures by assessing strengths, needs, and support to help clients remain within the community while gaining increased functioning and quality of life.

Sarah enjoys working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of issues and challenges. Her passion is to help facilitate self-awareness, promote positive change, new coping strategies, and optimal functioning based on each person’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges.

Sarah utilizes a strength-based, person-centered approach guided by best practices and clients’ input and feedback. She strives to foster a safe and supportive environment which empowers the client to increase insight, self-awareness and cultivate more productive ways of coping. Sarah believes that active collaboration between client and therapist is critical to developing a plan based on the individual needs and goals of the client. Some of the modalities used during therapy include Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Dialectal Behavioral therapies, among others.

Sarah recently relocated to the Fayetteville area from Atlanta, Georgia. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring all the activities North Carolina has to offer. Sarah’s prior military experience provides insight into the unique needs and challenges of the service member and veteran populations, and their families.


 

Shannon Gemma-Marr, LCMHC

Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Campbell University. Shannon has been in the counseling profession for the last 18 years and has experience in various settings including: nonprofit, state agency, outpatient/private practice, and the school system. Her specialties and professional interests include: crisis & trauma, child abuse & sexual assaults, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, life transitions & stress, coping skills and anger management.  She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds to provide clients a safe, confidential place to work through life’s challenges. Her approach to counseling is integrative and tailored to meet the treatment needs of each client. Goals often include: managing and overcoming anxiety and stress; surviving and processing grief and loss, managing life transitions and adjustments; improving mood and overcoming depression; enhancing self-esteem; improving relationships; improving emotional and behavioral issues.


 

Christy Horne, LCSW

Christy Horne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (license #C010384). She earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University in 2014 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Human Services from Peace College in 2011. Her graduate level internship experience includes working in a non-profit community mental health agency where she conducted cognitive behavior therapy groups, and working with college students at NC State University providing alcohol screenings, assessments, and intervention.

Christy’s professional history includes providing therapy in a private practice setting, working in the field of eating disorders at a residential treatment center, providing in-home therapy and housing case management with adults who were formerly homeless and living with a persistent mental illness, and outpatient therapy and psychological assessments with adults at a non-profit community mental health agency.

She enjoys working with adults, teens, and adolescents  who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, family dynamics, anger, relationship concerns, school/work stressors, and unhealthy communication patterns.

She uses a variety of therapies, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior therapy techniques.

When not at work, Christy enjoys being in nature as much as possible, hiking our local state parks, yoga, Carolina basketball, and spending time with friends and family.

Ana Huerta Lopez, LMFTA

Ana is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. She earned her masters in Fargo, ND from North Dakota State University (NDSU). She completed her practicum at NDSU’s Family Therapy Center and her internship at The Village Family Service Center in Moorhead, MN. Her graduate program trained her to think critically about the systems that challenge and empower people’s lives, and how to integrate these systemic relationships into her therapy work.

During her master’s program (and a year of a doctoral program), she worked extensively with the LGBTQ community and also served families/couples, young adults, and women. Ana has helped many rise up from the grips of anxiety/depression (shame/guilt), and believe more fully in their own self-worth. She’s often witnessed her clients re-claiming their truths and seeing the strength and resiliency within their own journeyed lives. Through her community work in Flagstaff, AZ and Las Vegas, NV she gained greater insight into the lives of those (youth and adults) affected by trauma. Ana has given her time to serve vulnerable and disadvantaged communities such as Latinos (Latinxs) and low-income families.

Ana is highly skilled in Narrative Therapy and works alongside people to bring to life stories filled with self-love, perseverance, courage, and hope. She is also trained in Solution-Focused therapy and Play Therapy, and specifically, EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy) and Relational Accountability for couples. She brings a spirit of compassion into her work, while also hoping to create a dignifying experience for all involved. Ana is hopeful about continuing her work with LGBTQ individuals and families, and the Latino (Latinx) community. She is passionate about serving women, couples, youth and their families, and providing therapy in Spanish.

Ana es bilingüe y tiene su asociada licencia en terapia de matrimonio y familia. Obtuvo su maestría en Fargo, ND de la Universidad Estatal de Dakota del Norte (North Dakota State University, NDSU). Completó su práctica en el Centro De Terapia Para Familias (Family  Therapy Center) en NDSU y su internado en el Pueblo de Terapia Para Familias (The Village Family Center) en Moorhead, MN. Su programa de postgrado la entrenó para pensar críticamente sobre los sistemas que desafían y apoderan las vidas de personas, y cómo integrar estas relaciones sistémicas en su trabajo de terapia.

Durante su programa de maestría (y un año de un programa de doctorado), trabajó extensamente con la comunidad LGBTQ y también sirvió familias/parejas, adultos jóvenes y mujeres. Ana ha ayudado a muchos levantarse de las garras de la ansiedad/depresión (vergüenza/remordimiento) y a creer más plenamente en su propio valor. Numerosa veces Ana a sido testigo de sus clientes reclamando sus vidas con fortaleza y dures. A través de su trabajo comunitario en Flagstaff, Arizona y Las Vegas, NV ella obtuvo gran percepción de la vida de los (jóvenes y adultos) afectados por trauma.

Ana es muy hábil en la Terapia Narrativa y trabaja al lados de sus clientes para dar vida a historias llenos de amor, perseverancia, valor y esperanza. Ella trae un espíritu de compasión entre su trabajo, al mismo tiempo creando una experiencia digna para todos comprometidos. Ana también esta entrenada en Terapia Enfocada en Soluciones y Terapia de Juegos, y específicamente, Terapia Enfocada Emocionalmente y Responsabilidad Relacional cuando trabajando con parejas. Ella tiene la esperanza de que seguía trabajando con individuos y familias LGBTQ, y hacer terapia en español. Ana es apasionada de servir a mujeres, parejas, jóvenes y sus familias, y a la comunidad latina (Latinx).


Marva Johnson, LCMHC

Marva Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  She received her master’s degree in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy) from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino CA and her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC.  Marva is a published author of “Marriage Ain’t A Fairytale”, Breast Cancer Survivor and has over 20 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field and five of those years working with homeless veterans on Skid Row (Los Angeles, CA) and getting them reconnected with their families.  She has worked with individuals, couples, families, adolescents; civilians, veterans and active-duty soldiers.

Marva specialize in working with individuals, couples and families experiencing relational and communication difficulties. She uses a variety of therapies, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior therapy techniques. Many clients may want to incorporate their faith into therapy, Christian Counseling is one of her passions. Marva offers a warm and empathetic personality and can help you to understand your situation, cope and move through productively.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  -Maya Angelou


Walter Johnson, LCSWA, LCASA

Walter S. A. Johnson III is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University, his MBA from Purdue University and his MSW from Fayetteville State University. He developed an interest for mental health while assisting with managing a mental health company in Clinton, NC. While completing his MSW, he worked with adults with substance use disorders at Elite Care Services and later worked with Veterans at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center with the Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

Additionally, Walter worked with Daymark in Sanford, NC where he was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is typically used to help individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, individuals who are at times suicidal and/or have difficulty with emotion regulation. He has experience working with clients with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Conduct Disorders, Anger Management, Co-Occurring challenges and challenges related to substances, using several evidence-based therapies, to include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). He understands it is a major step to come to therapy and considers it especially important to build rapport and attempt to make his clients feel welcomed.


Ellen M. Johnston, MA, C.A.G.S, LCMHC

Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 27 years of clinical counseling experience in Arizona until 2017, when she joined family in Fayetteville, NC to practice. She earned her Master’s in Counseling and (C.A.G.S) Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Assumption College in Worcester Massachusetts in 1986 after completing her Bachelor’s in psychology and philosophy from Boston State College. Her professional career began with program development of Supported Employment for the seriously mentally person in New Hampshire. She was given a National Distinguished Service Award in 1987 for this work in the field of medical and vocational rehabilitation. Then in 1994, pursued her passion for counseling in Arizona to join family and friends.

Ellen is a person who really enjoys working with people to help them to get through life’s challenges. She is holistic, client centered, which puts her focus on what the client needs, also strength based, and collaborative with her approach to therapy. Her goal is to help people reach a place of stability and well equipped with coping skills for both present and future challenges.

Ellen works with ages children 5+, teens, adults, and older adults. Her specialties include Child Family Treatment (CFT), treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Bipolar Disorders, ADHD, children’s behavioral issues and Christian Faith based preferences. She is also sensitive to individual culture, and co-occurring substance disorders.


Elizabeth Keltner, LCSWA

Elizabeth Keltner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2016. She gained clinical experience in Pennsylvania working with low-income families doing community development and solution-focused therapy using a practical and compassionate approach. She received her master’s in Social Work in 2019 from Walden University.  She enjoys incorporating play and art therapy elements into her work with both children and adults. She has used journaling and story-writing tools in therapy and has facilitated an art therapy group for military families, encouraging mothers, fathers, and children in their relationships with each other through transition. She also has experience as a career counselor.

Elizabeth has experience working with children, middle schoolers, adults, and families. She provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment to explore inner conflict, understand one’s own life narrative, and address current needs and stressors. She works with individuals facing different challenges including depression, anxiety, adjustment, trauma, emotional regulation and other troubling issues.

Elizabeth has received training on emotion-focused therapy, attachment theory, and solutions-focused therapy, which she draws from in her therapeutic approach She has also practiced elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a way of working with individuals on emotional regulation and has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Elizabeth offers a spiritual life emphasis to any clients who desire this aspect to be incorporated into therapy.

Elizabeth believes every person has value and a unique purpose and that people are empowered by understanding and owning their own story. Her goal is to come alongside clients as they embrace their own stories, showing empathy for their experiences, and helping them find their own personal meaning and hope for the future.


Anais Mendieta, LCSWA

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Ursula Merritt, LCSW, LCASA

Ursula J. Merritt graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate for The State of North Carolina.

Ursula’s experience involves working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with mental health, behavioral health, and developmental disabilities. Ursula has worked in the mental health field since 2008 in various roles with Cumberland and Robeson County in The Department of Social Services, The School System, and The Juvenile Justice System. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, mood disorders, family/relationship conflict, anger management, parenting, and substance abuse. Ursula is skilled at teaching coping, calming, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. She is a friendly and approachable therapist with a talent for making people feel at ease. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds to overcome behavioral and emotional issues and to achieve personal growth.

Ursula’s approach to counseling involves helping to identify strengths, and develop self-awareness. Her practice builds on a belief that each individual’s needs are unique and should receive confidential care within a comfortable and safe environment. Her primary theoretical orientation is Person-Centered therapy. She feels the basic concept of this approach, which includes unconditional positive regard and empathy, is essential in the therapeutic relationship. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Faith-based Therapy are among other treatment modalities that Ursula also utilizes.


 

Sarah Mulhaul, LCSW

Sarah received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her studies focused on treatment for Families and Children with a minor in Military Social Work.

Sarah enjoys working with a broad spectrum of individuals from ages 4 to later adulthood. Her specialty includes treatment of PTSD, trauma related disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and adults through evidence based practices including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy.


Morgan Okorn, LCSWA

Morgan Okorn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While attending Southern Connecticut State University, Morgan gained experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy for children and adolescents who struggle with serious emotional, behavioral, psychological, and social issues.

With a strengths-based perspective, Morgan utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy, as well as aspects of Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and other empirically-supported approaches. She believes that with hope, along with the ability to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, people are free to experience positive change.

Though much of Morgan’s training and experience has been focused in treating children and adolescents, she welcomes and cherishes the diversity of individuals of all ages, genders, and walks of life.

 

Martha Quattlebaum, LCSWA

Martha Quattlebaum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She completed her practicum at the Fayetteville V.A. Medical Center where she gained experience providing therapeutic services to veterans in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program. She was able to help individuals to gain the tools to effectively treat their substance use disorders along with depression, anxiety, anger management, stress and relational conflict through individual and group psychotherapy.

In addition, Martha has experience working with children and adolescents with mental health, behavioral, and learning disabilities in the Public Schools of North Carolina. She has helped children, adolescents, and families to gain the necessary tools to effectively deal with challenges through developing a variety of skills including, but not limited to communication, coping, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and conflict resolution skills.

Martha utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches to therapy including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based Therapy, and Seeking Safety modalities. Martha works with children ages 5 +, teens, and adults with mental health and substance use disorders to empower them to live their best lives. She believes that with the proper tools every individual has the ability to become the best version of themselves, and to reach their maximum potential in life.

 


 

Kayla Reese, LCSWA

Kayla Reese is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate specializing in children, adolescent, and family counseling. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fayetteville State University with a concentration in Child and Family Services and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from American University, with a minor in Sociology. While completing her master’s degree, Kayla gained experience working with children and adolescents at Cape Fear Valley as well as with the Cumberland County Guardian ad Litem and Family Court.

Working from a strengths-based perspective, Kayla utilizes a variety of evidenced-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Systems Theories to support children and their families. She provides a safe and supportive space for clients to explore life issues, develop coping strategies, increase self-awareness, and realize personal goals.

Through a collaborative and individualized approach, Kayla empowers clients to take an active role in the healing process.


 

April Seabrook, LCSWA

April Seabrooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Bachelors of Social Work from Methodist University. Her graduate level internship experience includes working in a veteran medical center with mental health crisis, where she conducted cognitive behavior therapy groups, problem solving groups, grief/loss groups, and worked with veterans in providing biopsychosocial assessments, family meetings, and intervention.

April’s professional history includes advocating for women experiencing domestic violence through shelter advocacy, advocating for children through the Guardian ad Lithem program, case management with adults who are homeless and living with a mental health illness or substance use disorders.

April’s competencies include working with children, adolescents, teens, and adults.  April specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment concerns, mood disorders, family dynamics, grief, anger management, relationship concerns, school or work stressors, unhealthy communication patterns, emotional and physical abuse, low self-esteem, and weight loss.

April enjoys working with diversity populations, which include individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, those identifying within the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and their families, individuals experiencing challenges, and individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

April utilizes a variety of therapies including: Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior therapy techniques.

April’s approach comes from the evidence-based strengths perspective as well as a systems-based approach.  April and the client work together to form the client’s personalized treatment plan, that addresses the needs and the goals of the client.

When not at work, April loves being in her flower beds, gardening, and having her toes in the sand at the ocean!


 

Kristen Sessoms, M.A.Ed., NCC, LCMHC, LCAS-A

Kristen is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist-Associate. She received her Masters of Arts in Education with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She completed her practicum and internship at Methodist University at the Center for Personal Development in which she gained experience working with men and women ages 18 and up in both the individual and group setting. Kristen takes a strengths-based approach to counseling, utilizing Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy and other evidence-based approaches to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for the client. Her specialties include working with individuals (ages 13 and up) with substance use issues, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, anger management, coping skills, life transitions, peer relationships, self-esteem, sleep/insomnia, suicide ideation, sexuality, gender issues, and self-harm.


Karen Soutullo, LCMHC

Karen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (B.A. Psychology) and Fayetteville Stated University (M.A Psychology) and completed her internship at the Haymount Institute. Karen works with children, adolescents, teenagers and adults in individual, family and marital sessions. She works with clients at different stages of life, with diverse backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation. Karen uses empirically supported methods of therapeutic interventions including REBT, DBT, relaxation techniques, and play therapy interventions with a foundation of person centered therapy


 

Elizabeth A. Williams, LCMHC, NCC

Elizabeth (Beth) Williams is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for the State of North Carolina. She has 10 years of counseling experience with children and adults. Her specialties include working with children (and their parents) with substance use issues, self-esteem issues, suicidal ideation, sexual and gender identity issues. She also has experience in working with children with disorders such Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, and PTSD. She enjoys working with people – men and women – who struggle with Depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, PTSD, and is comfortable with using faith based counseling upon the request of her clients. . She believes in helping her clients recognized the strengths they have and seeks to help them build on those strengths. She states that therapy is a collaborative work between the therapist and the client to where the client feels empowered to take control over their life. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and enjoys being involved in her community through serving others in a local church.


Renee Wilson, LCMHC, LCASA

Renee Wilson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. She received a Master of Art Degree in Professional Counseling and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Renee is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Organizational/Industrial Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Renee hails from an extensive military background. She is a daughter, a wife, and a proud veteran of the United States Army. She is currently pursuing certification as a Yoga teacher with Hayat Yoga Studios in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Renee embraces working with culturally diverse populations. Renee is skilled in working with children, adolescents, adults (individuals or couples), families, and the military. Renee utilizes evidence-based modalities including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy. Additionally, Renee has been certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.
Renee successfully conducts individual, family, couple, and group therapy in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, mood disorders, parenting, relationship conflicts, and PTSD. Renee’s therapy sessions include implementation of healthy coping and problem-solving skills, development of self-awareness and critical thinking, and learning effective communication techniques. Renee inspires all clients to take an active role in the healing process.


 

Holly Van Dyke, MSW, LCSW

Holly is a Licensed School Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with NC. She has gained a wealth of experience addressing numerous mental health diagnoses and stressors that can impact a child’s education.  She has 10 years of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults within the mental health community.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University, her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. While completing her masters degree, Holly gained clinical experience at the UNCP student services center, Southeastern Regional Medical Center (psychiatric inpatient unit), and at a local substance abuse clinic providing individual and group therapy.

Holly’s specialties and experience include working with the military population, PTSD, Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Impulse-Control, Mood Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, self-harm, gender-identity, and life transitions. She uses a variety of treatment approaches such as CBT, family systems, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy.


Stephanie White, LMFT

Stephanie White is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with clinical expertise developed in educational, nonprofit and governmental sectors.. She received her master’s degree from Amridge University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University. She has an extensive background in providing individual and family counseling for those in at-risk and disadvantaged communities, along with facilitating group, family and conjoint sessions. She has experience providing Play Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children in foster and adoptive settings. In addition, she provides treatment for symptoms of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, attentional deficits, maladaptive adjustment and high-risk/crisis behaviors. She specializes in the use of Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy and also provides DBT informed therapy to address symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. In her work with students, she has developed skill in assisting with recovery from trauma and emotionally adjusting to factors related to various disabilities. She seeks to empower children and families to reach their academic, relational and behavioral health goals.

Stephanie’s treatment style is rooted in a systemic perspective, influenced by nearly a decade of interdisciplinary work alongside community leaders, social workers, psychiatrists, and educators. She believes that individual health is influenced by the environment and healthy individuals can in turn positively impact their own environments. She uses “goodness of fit” intervention strategies and strives to provide person-centered treatment that addresses internal belief systems. Stephanie’s own lifetime experience within military environments as a military child, military member with 10 years honorable service, and now a military spouse uniquely suits her to adequately address the biopsychosocial needs of our veteran community. A faith-based approach is available for those who wish to have it.