Meet Our Team

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Stephanie Scott, MEd, LCMHC, NCC - Practice Director

I use several techniques and theories to help build a relationship and assist in working on goals previously decided on. The focus of each session should be on the client and what the client's needs are, therefore utilizing a Person-Centered approach. We will create achievable goals that you as the client want to work on and create different tasks to obtain during sessions. I use a variety of approaches to help each person feel like their treatment is catered to them; not every approach is effective for everyone. I provide school and office-based therapy in Craven, Pamlico, and Jones Counties. 

I completed my master's degree in 2009 in Community Counseling. I have worked with children, adults, families, and adolescents involved with DJJ, DSS, issues with substance use, family discord, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. I have over eight years of experience working in school and office settings. 

A good working relationship between a therapist and client begins with rapport and trust. When working with survivors of trauma, I use a sensory-based approach. I have successfully completed my course work in becoming a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) and trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).

 

 

Dacia Terry, MA, LMFT - Assistant Clinical Director

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Michelle Tennant, MS, NCC, LCMHCA

Drawing from my experiences living in culturally diverse communities across the globe, I strive to create a safe space in which your values and beliefs form the foundation of our therapeutic relationship. By pairing your interests, preferences, and strengths with my background in modalities such as CBT, DBT, CPT, ACT, and expressive arts therapy, we’ll work together to craft an approach that works for you. No matter what’s going on in your life that’s led you to seek therapy, we can figure this out together. You don’t have to do it alone.

My clinical specialties include trauma and abuse, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, mood disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders. I have a special interest in working with survivors of intimate partner abuse in all its forms, including male survivors of female-perpetrated domestic abuse.

 

 

Amy Bowers, MA, LCMHC - Not Pictured

Ashleigh Brown, PMHNP - Not Pictured 

Jessica Bryant, MSW, LCSWA - Not Pictured

Noella Dowers, MS, LCMHCA - Not Pictured 

 

 

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