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Wilkesboro Team

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   Jodi Province MA, LCMHCS, NCC

    Licensed in NC and VA.

    I am a graduate of Appalachian State University      with experience in the treatment of young children,    adolescents, and adults. I am a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with histories of trauma and/or abuse.  As a clinician, I assist families in strengthening their relationships, developing secure attachments, improving coping skills, and enhancing children’s growth and self esteem using models such as Theraplay(R) Principle Techniques, TFCBT, and EMDR. I am also a Rostered North Carolina Child Treatment Program therapist.

Deb Wages MA, LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH

I am a graduate of University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology and graduate of Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.   I am trained and/or certified in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities which include: Trauma-focused Cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), and trauma informed play therapy.  I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples who have emotional and/or behavioral challenges and I practice within a strength-based, person-centered supportive approach.  As a clinician, I work in collaboration with the client to build confidence, end generational cycles, and learn coping strategies to enhance all areas of their lives.  My aim is to help individuals learn how to relate to others in a healthy way and offer compassionate care for the emotionally wounded.

Leslie Smart MS, M.Div, LCMHC

I received my Master of Divinity from Andrews Seminary and my Master of Science in Community Counseling from Western University. I have had additional chaplaincy training from NC Baptist Hospital, as well as Systems training and supervision from Westgate Center (Converse College, SC).

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I use a variety of modalities to assist each person in enhancing their resiliency, and gaining new skills. I believe building a relationship with each client sets the foundation for progress in the healing journey. 

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Elizabeth Coleman, EdD, LCMHC, NCC, NBCT

I'm 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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LuAnn Horton MA, LCMHC

I have well over 20 years’ experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.  I believe there is a solution for every problem and I am honored to participate with you in your healing journey.  I utilize motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and can focus on trauma recovery as needed.  I utilize a person-centered approach to therapy, which creates an environment for positive regard, genuineness, and empathetic understanding.

Donaiel Allen LCMHCA, NCC

I received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College, North Carolina.  I have worked in Mental Health Services for 15 years serving adolescents, adults, and families.  I have a background working in Integrated Behavioral Health through Community Mental Health and Non-Profits organizations.  My theoretical approach to counseling is grounded in teachings centered around Existential Counseling, Person Centered, Solution Focused Brief Therapy; and evidence-based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), also, Mindfulness Based Interventions. I use interventions that are the best fit for an individuals’ need and preference. I have facilitated Group Therapy and psychoeducation for addiction/recovery, in both institutional and community settings; Women’s Empowerment, Youth, Faith and Spirituality, and Crisis/Safety groups.

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Vassa Falls MS, LCMHC

Vassa earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Appalachian State University, and a double Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology and Counseling from Capella University. He has experience in group and individual treatment. He has worked in residential treatment with Brynn Marr Hospital and mobile crisis with Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center, as well as outpatient counseling with CG Counseling and Consulting. Vassa Falls has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. He practices cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, trauma focused care, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, and narrative therapy (because everyone deserves to be the hero of their own life).

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David Seamon LCSW-A, LCAS-A


I earned my Bachelor of Social Work from Appalachian State University and my Master of Social Work from East Tennessee State University. As a practitioner I specialize in the intersection of Trauma, particularly developmental and complex trauma, and substance use disorders. I have experience
working with mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, as well as OCD, eating disorders, and struggles with identity. When working with client’s I use a person-centered approach as I believe you are the only expert on you. Other theoretical basis includes Gestalt therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy,
and Somatic Experiencing.

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Karina Link MSW, LCSWA

I am an NC native who graduated with a Bachelor's in Social Work from Appalachian State University. I decided to continue my education and complete the advanced standing program again through Appalachian State a year later in order to obtain my Master's degree.

I have a focus on individuals and families and have gained my experience when interning with human service agencies, as well as an alternative elementary school. I have worked with clients with varying diagnoses such as, but not limited to, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and Grief. I like to focus on empowering the client and have developed a strengths-based perspective when working with individuals and families. I chose this field because I want to spend my future advocating for at-risk populations to receive the resources and care they deserve.

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Kimberly Pennell, MA, LCMHC, NCC, CCMHC graduated from NC State with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and received a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She holds certifications from the National Board of Certified Counselors as a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Gaining experience in working with adults, children, and families from all walks of life throughout the years has allowed her to develop knowledge of the needs and struggles of various populations experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, gender issues, adjustment issues, conduct disorders, and behavioral issues.  She employs evidence based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavior Modification in individual, family, and group settings.

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Josh Pinkerton, MA LCMHCA

I received my Bachelor of Christian Studies from California Baptist University and a Master of Clinical Counseling, as well as a Master of Divinity, from Columbia International University. As a counselor I specialize in helping my clients confront unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors, as well as establish new ways of living and thinking that support mental and emotional wellness. My primary goal is to help you reach your goals, and to put me out of a job! I have worked with a wide range of mood, personality, behavior, and cognitive disorders, and very much appreciate getting to know clients from every background, culture, and belief. I mostly use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) approaches, incorporating positivity, humor, and hope.

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Nancy Wood, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor- Associate, NCC.

 

I have worked in mental health for 41 years and have worked for Wilkes County Schools for 12 years.  I utilize Cognitive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy, Art and Play therapy, Supportive Counseling, Family Therapy, and other treatments to help my clients on their journey to better mental health. Motivational Interviewing is my natural style and I use coping strategies as tools for helping clients build their own coping skills for their life journey. I am a widow and a mother of 8 adopted children whom I love and devote my life to. Three of my children are special needs and I love working with others who have special needs as well as individuals who are looking to have less anxiety, stress and process the traumas and events life has presented. 

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Beulah Coley, LCSW

 

I incorporate both family and individual counseling with teens and children over age 5.  Some of my areas of interest include working with those who are living with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, mood disorders, including Bipolar Disorder, family dysfunction, and codependency. I also enjoy working with parents and provide a culturally-attuned environment for those within the LGBTQIA+ community. 

I understand the therapeutic relationship to be the foundation of therapeutic growth. I also believe that a client’s personal commitment to “doing the work” a necessary catalyst for change. If you’re struggling to make this commitment, we will work together to help you establish a sense of your own personal power and agency to promote the growth you are striving for. 

Depending on your needs, I can incorporate a variety of techniques and interventions within your sessions, always obtaining feedback about what is helpful for you. I am trained in practicing the following modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also often utilize practices based in Mindfulness and Attachment Theory.

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