Stephanie Scott, MEd, LCMHCS, NCC - Practice Director
Through the therapeutic relationship and process, we will create achievable goals that you as the client would like to work on. Utilizing a Person-Centered approach, the focus of each session will be on you and what your needs are. I use a variety of approaches to help each person feel like their treatment is catered to them. I provide school and office-based therapy in Craven, Pamlico, and Jones Counties. I am also able to provide clinical supervision for those who are provisionally licensed. I completed my Phd coursework for Advanced Studies of Human Behavior and I completed my master's degree in 2009 in Community Counseling.
I have over 11 years of experience working with children, adults, families, and adolescents involved with DJJ, DSS, family discord, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) therapist. A good working relationship between a therapist and client begins with rapport and trust.
Janae Perry, BA - Administrative Assistant
Janae joined our team during COVID-19 and is typically the first person someone speaks to when they contact PCFT. She quickly jumped into to assist PCFT, our clients and our therapists during this unusual experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and she is currently working towards her Master's in Healthcare Management at Strayer University.
Ms. Vickie is originally from New Bern, NC. She attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. After 34 years of living all over the U.S. and overseas, Vickie returned to New Bern in 2013. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in medical offices and her passion for helping others. In her spare time Vickie enjoys reading, playing the piano and hunting for sea glass!
Callie Polaski - Administrative Assistant
I am a lifelong resident of Pamlico County (my accent doesn't allow me to hide it!) In 2021, I graduated from Pamlico Community College where I obtained my associates in applied science, a diploma in medical office administration and several certifications that have been obtained over the course of 2 yrs related to medical office. In addition to this job I have 2 others. One being the program director assistant of a rehabilitation company and running my own crafting business. I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children, playing with my Cricut (crafts), attending church activities, cooking, cats, and making people smile. I intend for my role here at PCFT to be used in helping others in the community by making them feel comfortable when reaching out to us.
Dacia Terry, MA, LMFT - Clinical Director Intern
From my experiences as a veteran, wife, daughter, mother, and a licensed marriage & family therapist, I have a great appreciation for the healing that can occur when life's difficulties are confronted and understood in the context of relationships. Research shows that more progress is made when individuals have natural supports involved in their treatment. These supports may come in the form of family members, friends, significant others, coworkers, or another professional in your life.
I have been trained as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapist and have a wide range of experience in working with children, adolescents, couples, individuals, families, and veterans. It is my goal to help clients get to the root of their problems, find solutions, and build lasting relationships with friends and families.
Amy Bowers, MA, LCMHC
PCFT has the pleasure of working with the wonderful Amy Bowers, MS, LCMHC. Amy is an outstanding therapist who is going into her 9th year of providing school-based therapy. She is currently clinically licensed in North Carolina and West Virginia. Amy has a multitude of experiences in working with children, teens and families with a variety of mental health and behavioral needs. She is currently our Arapahoe Charter School (ACS) school based therapy.
Amber Britt, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
I have experience providing school-based therapy to middle and high school students, as well as providing outpatient therapy to clients of all ages. My theoretical orientation is rooted in person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, with an emphasis on mindfulness and the mind/body connection. While I do believe it is important to tailor the therapeutic experience to fit each individual, the core of my approach is always oriented around non-judgment, compassion, and empathy. I strive to provide each client with a sense of security and support as they learn how to better understand their inner world and validate their unique existence. I have a passion for helping teens and young adults address difficulties related to identity, self-esteem, trauma, depression, and anxiety, and I am LGBTQ+ affirming. I earned my MS in Counselor Education from East Carolina University. I’m a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of NC and I am a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Jessica Bryant, MSW, LCSWA
Jessica Bryant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. Jessica’s vast working experience includes teaching, outpatient therapy (individuals/families, adolescents, teens, young adults, I/DD and geriatric populations), school-based therapy, care management, Department of Public Safety, Intensive In-Home and ACTT. Jessica currently offers outpatient/school-based therapy to individuals with concerns such as behavioral/mental health, family/relationship and substance use. Jessica uses a person-centered theoretical approach. She believes everyone should have a safe and healing place to unpack their emotions and challenges.
Ms. Bryant obtained the Master of Social Work Degree from North Carolina Central University, the Master of Education with a Specialization in Teacher Leadership from the University of Phoenix and the Bachelor of Psychology and Criminal Justice Degrees from North Carolina Central University. Jessica is a current PhD in Social Work candidate with the joint program of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is a field instructor for college students pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, psychology, counseling, and human services.
Valentina Burrola, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A
Val Burrola is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Northwestern College in Iowa and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health concerns and substance use, specifically those experiencing a crisis. Val enjoys working with diverse populations, meeting individuals where they are at, and supporting them in achieving their desired goals.
Lindsay Connell, MS, LMFTA
My mission when it comes to therapy is to help you become the person you are striving to be by using both a Person-Centered and Systems approach. I believe that therapy should be led by the client and focused on the client's needs, while also acknowledging how relationships interact to shape the client's self and worldview. In May of 2020, I completed my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, I work with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families from a variety of different backgrounds. I have experience with those who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, grief, family life transitions, common couple issues, LGBTQ community, and domestic violence. If you are ready to jump into your therapy journey, I would love to walk with you to help accomplish your goals and build lasting relationships with those you feel connected to.
Andrea "Andie" Davis, MA, LCMHCA
My name is Andrea, but most people call me Andie. I am newly licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA), but I am not new to the healthcare field. I have worked as an administrative assistant for the last 6 years in a primary care office. I graduated from East Carolina University with my Bachelors in Psychology as well as my Bachelors in Religious Studies. I attended and graduated from Liberty University where I earned my Master’s in Professional Counseling. I concentrated in Christian Studies while at ECU as well as Liberty. I also am not new to Pamlico Child and Family Therapy (PCFT). I interned at PCFT where I worked with clients of different ages, races, religions and genders. I have also worked with clients who have a variety of diagnoses, which includes but is not limited to anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma etc. My therapeutic approach mainly stems from client centered and narrative therapy. This means that the client and I work together to determine goals as well as a treatment plan that the client determines will be beneficial to them. The use of narrative therapy is to have the client tell their story of their personal journey to help the client make more sense of the relationships they are a part of, as well as the world around them.
Noella Dowers, MS, MS, CHAD, LCMHC
I have a Master of Science in the field of Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy (CHAD), attained in May 2003 from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and have worked in the Mental Health field for over 18 years. I have experience working with individuals, families, children, couples and in group settings. I am experienced in many areas of counseling. However, I have spent most of my counseling career working with children and adolescents. I have experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Model, Play Therapy, Behavior Modification, Psychoeducation, Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Crisis Management. I currently provide the following services: individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy. My theoretical style is a person- centered approach. I believe trust is an essential part of the therapy, and it is developed over the course of the therapeutic relationship. As a counselor, I will facilitate a safe trusting relationship by listening, being forth coming, authentic, nonjudgmental and empathetic. As your counselor, my role is to help you learn effective skills that build on your own strengths, define attainable and achievable goals and recognize options that are available to you. My goal is to serve you in a respectful, professional, honest and caring manner.
Rachel Gernert, MS, LMFTA
My purpose in therapy is to assist my clients in their journey towards becoming the person they want to be. By using Systems theories and building the relationships around you, we will work as a team towards the goals you set for yourself. I completed my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2021. This training highlighted the importance of connection and developing a strong support system for my clients to help in their healing process. As a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, I work with adolescents, individuals, couples, and families of varying backgrounds and identities. I have experience working with people struggling with depression and anxiety, couple issues, family life transitions, trauma, PTSD, gender identity, and the LGBTQ community. If you feel ready to begin this healing process, I would be happy to join your team to build lasting change and strong relationships.
Jenifer Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Are you feeling stuck? Sometimes things happen. When things happen, a lot of feelings can come up. The little things we boxed up, pushed down, ignored, and swept under the rug are suddenly a problem. Jen has worked with people of all ages - children, adolescents, adults, and veterans with a variety of mental health and substance use issues. She takes a trauma-informed approach. What does that mean? That means Jen will be authentic and honest with you. Let you know you’re not alone. Work with you to restore your empowerment, voice, and choice about what direction you want to go. Jen works with clients to move the focus from problem to solution and to identify options and choices that support healing and growth. Jen is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which is a great option for kids and teens. She’s also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is helpful for folks who have experienced symptoms of anxiety and PTSD. You’re not a diagnosis. You’re a person.
Russell Meyers, MA, LCAS, LCMHCA
After years in sales and sales management, Russell was becoming disenchanted with the sales/business world. So when he, and his wife, Cindy, were called to foster children through their local DSS and at the same time found himself leading a biblical counseling group of homeless men from a local homeless shelter, he found himself in need of more education to understand and help these broken children and adults. Russell chose to return to college to further his knowledge of mental health disorders and treatment theories; so that he might be able to better help these children and adults heal from their broken states. He first got a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling and followed with another Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. These degrees were followed with North Carolina Licenses as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA).
During the time Russell was earning his Master’s Degrees, he was a foster/adoptive parent, worked with the homeless through his church, was a volunteer counselor at a start-up residential addiction recovery ministry, and did his internship at a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) recovery program. Russell finally began his counseling career at a local MAT recovery program. Since that time Russell has worked with adults and children in the community with an Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT), a Mobile Crisis Management (MCM) Team, and the Behavior Assessment Department at a local hospital emergency department.
Russell is excited to further his career working with children and adults by helping them recognize their negative behaviors, finding solutions to reduce their poor behaviors, and in-turn helps them avoid negative consequences both they and their loved ones are experiencing.
Shari Sias, Ph.D, LCMHC
I have over 30 years of experience addressing mental health, substance use, and family/relationship concerns. I believe my role as a counselor is to assist individuals in identifying their personal goals, values, and solutions that help promote optimal growth/mental health. I work with children, adolescents, and adults on an outpatient basis.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed School Counselor. I hold a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the College of William & Mary; an M.Ed. in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel; and a B.A. in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Marshall University.
Russell Snipes, MSW, LCSW
A therapeutic relationship is a relationship like any other. From the outset, I hope to cultivate an alliance with my clients based on trust, strong communication, and shared goals. My manner is casual but my approach is intentional and individual, based on each client's needs.
I have worked with clients dealing with a broad range of difficulties and diagnoses including depression, anxiety, family and relationship problems, role and identity conflict, substance use, and myriad other struggles.
If you are feeling hopeless, angry, afraid, uncertain, or confused, reach out. Get help. Everyone experiences periods of discomfort in life, but it need not be overwhelming or borne alone.