Jefferson Team

Amy Gardner MA, LMFT, LCAS

I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over ten years, and specialize in work with couples, families, children, teens, adoption competency, and addiction. I work from a strengths-based approach, and see my clients as the experts in their own lives, with my role being that of a mentor or coach.  Within this partnership, I believe that people can grow and develop to their full potential within their family and societal roles and as individuals. I truly enjoy my work,  and feel that it is an honor to be welcomed into the lives of others in such an intimate and meaningful way.

 

Jami Cantrell MA, LCMHC

I am a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Master of Arts in Community Mental Health Counseling. I have been trained in Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Theraplay. In addition to treating clients of all ages for emotional and behavioral issues, I have experience working as a college counselor and group facilitator for a Batterer’s Intervention Program.  I serve a variety of clients varying in age and needs while specializing in children and adolescents, victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and clients with PTSD.

Dakota Smith MSW, LCSWA

I received my Master's in Social Work at Widener University. Since my time working in the mental health field, I have realized my interest is working with children and adults from all walks of life. I believe that it is important to have a holistic approach which treats the mind and body. In addition, I believe in the importance of forming healthy relationships with individuals and families in an effort to help them develop their full potential and healthy relationships with others.  I operate from a Strength Based approach that builds on and identifies the skills that one already has. I also use aspects of  Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  My ultimate goal as a therapist is to help clients reach their goals and to find happiness within themselves. 

Morganne Foley MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

I graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and continued to complete a Masters of Social Work at Appalachian State University. I work with clients from a person-centered approach, emphasizing the client as the expert of their life. I work with clients with substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and various other mental health conditions. My primary area of practice involves the interrelationship of substance use and trauma. I work with clients involved within the criminal justice system and court systems, and have for several years. The foundation of my social work practice is derived from experience in crisis services and the ability to help clients prioritize needs. My framework is within Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, with a strengths based and cognitive behavioral perspective. I am in this field to help clients prioritize themselves, view experiences from alternative perspectives, and attain personal goals.

Elizabeth Coleman, EdD, LCMHC, NCC, NBCT

I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.) and Appalachian State University (M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.) I have worked in the field of counseling for 9 years as a school counselor, college counselor, and private practice clinician.  I work with clients using person-centered, cognitive behavior therapy to help them recognize their strengths and abilities to overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and improve relationships. I specialize in working with young adolescents and teenagers as they navigate critical life transitions. My dissertation, which focuses on student transitions to middle school, can be read here.  I also advocate for the role of counselors as mental health professionals in public education and speak on related subjects. 

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