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About Our Professionals

Dr. Tia Crooms, PhD, MA, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in couples, family therapy, and relational work. I am also an Approved AAMFT Supervisor, assisting in training future MFT professionals.

With over seven years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine and currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education at North Carolina State University, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are pre-marital therapy, marriage enrichment, and family therapy.

I am an interactive, therapist whose primary therapeutic methods include Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Gestalt Therapy. My therapeutic approach is a strength-based approach providing support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges attuning to the emotional, social and spiritual aspects of one's life. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each person to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education
PhD Counseling & Counselor Education, North Carolina State University 
MA Marriage & Family Therapy, Mercer University School of Medicine
BA Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

License, Certifications & Awards
Approved AAMFT Supervisor
LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, #1476
Completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator
Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator


Additional Trainings
Person Centered Thinking
System of Care
Motivational Interviewing


Professional Activities and Memberships 
Public Relations Chair, NC Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (NCAMFT)
Clinical member of American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
NC Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (NCAMFT)-board member
Nu Sigma Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota: Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society (CSI)

Dr. Gwendolyn Roberts, PhD, MA, LPC

I am currently completing my PhD at North Carolina State University in Counselor Education. I received my M.Ed degree at Clemson University and have been providing therapy services since 2001. I was fully licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2009. I have extensive experience working with individuals and groups. I specialize in working with those who have been sexually abused. I have successfully worked with young children, adolescents and teens with behavioral and adjustment problems. I can also provide clinical assessments. Therapeutic theories used in session include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Reality Theory, Psychoanalytic, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Education
PhD Counseling & Counselor Education 

M.Ed, Clemson University

License, Certificates, Awards
LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
NBCC (National Board Certified Counselor)

Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator
Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator

Additional Training
1-2-3 Magic Trainer (Effective Discipline for Children 2-12)
1-2-3 Magic Trainer for Teachers

Professional Activities and Memberships
ACA (American Counseling Association)


Chelsea Long, MS, LMFT 

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I feel honored to be able to provide therapy for individuals, couples, and families working through a variety of life's challenges or who want to grow personally, spiritually, or relationally. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am trained to help with a wide variety of mental health needs, including relationship issues, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, anger management, trauma, and grief. I also specialize in working with child/parent relationships and stepfamilies. My priority is to create a safe, non-judgmental space, where each person feels heard and respected. Through exploring the past and gaining new insight, my goal as a therapist is to help empower you to create change that you are capable of making. I aim to walk alongside you to overcome current challenges and create the life you want to live. I believe it is important to focus on where you want to go and what goals you want to achieve, while understanding where you have come from and how that has led to where you are now. I believe that each person has unique gifts and abilities, and it is those distinguished qualities that will be utilized in therapy to help you achieve your aspirations.

Education
BA Psychology with a Minor in Child Development and Family Relations, East Carolina University 2010
MS Marriage & Family Therapy, East Carolina University 2012

License, Certifications, & Trainings
LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, #1580
Person Centered Thinking
System of Care
Motivational Interviewing
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Professional Activities and Memberships
Clinical Member of American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
NC Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (NCAMFT)


P. Christine Smith, MA, LMFT

As a marriage and family therapist, I work with individuals, couples and families to help them meet goals, resolve challenges, and move to more comfortable ways of functioning. I work from the perspective of growth and development, and the solving of challenges by identifying and changing ineffective patterns and styles of interaction to more effective, productive, and comfortable ones.  The primary therapeutic methods from which I address clients’ concerns include Bowenian (a personal growth and development model), symbolic-experiential, structural family therapy, and strategic therapy.  For couple therapy, I find Gottman interventions to be relatable and effective.  My background has enabled me to develop a broad worldview and depth of perspective, and throughout my careers I have worked with people of all ages and varied backgrounds.

Education

In process - PhD, General Psychology, expected approximately 2019 – Northcentral University

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy – Northcentral University

BS, Psychology

Certificate in Positive Psychology Strengths-Based Coaching, MentorCoach 

Certificate in Positive Psychology Strengths-Based Coaching, MentorCoach

License, Certifications, & Trainings

North Carolina Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, License No. 11034A

Professional Activities and Memberships
Delta Kappa, Iota Chapter, International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society

Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)  

Colleen M. Kenny, MACP, LMFT

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), my philosophy of therapy is holistic, meaning I approach the “whole” person and the “whole” system—body, mind, and heart and one’s relationship to self and others. My therapeutic orientation and approach is based on a systemic and integrative perspective. I am by nature and training a systemic thinker, meaning I view all life as a relationship and each individual within the relationship is an integral participant in the “whole” system. As an Integrative therapist, I also view the system based on the individual’s relationship to their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, physiology and spiritual dimensions. When any relationship is out of balance, it is the result of many factors and patterns, learned and/or acquired, which can be further explored in therapy.

As a LMFT, I have received pre and post-graduate training, working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children and families who are in need of relational and/or mental health services. I draw from multiple therapeutic modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, coping, stress and mindfulness skills, substance abuse, communication and parenting skills, trauma-focused therapy, healthy sexuality, existential and psychophysiology. My experience is broad and diverse, providing quality care for individuals living with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma—current or past, substance abuse, chronic or terminal illness, phase of life, and much more. 

Education

MA—Marriage and Family Therapy, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2007

BS—Sociology, State University of New York at Empire State College, 1998

AAS—Human Services, Hudson Valley Community College, 1996

License, Certifications, & Trainings

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, NC License # 1697                          

Transpersonal

Family Systems                                                                                                  

Mindfulness

Biofeedback                                                                                                        

Somatic (body) Awareness

Hakomi                                                                                                              

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Psychodrama with Psychosynthesis                                                                  

Gestalt

Professional Activities and Memberships

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NCAMFT)

National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI)

Kim Morris, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 23 years experience working with adults, families and children in a variety of settings.  I have grown most as a therapist through my experiences as in a school setting, community mental health, and military settings.  Living in Eastern NC, I have had the privilege to learn from and work with military families. 

I received my B.A. at Duke University and my Master of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill. I currently serve as a Resilience Trainer, where I work one to one with military couples and families.  Through a strengths and evidence based approach, I help them develop additional tools to navigate the challenges, separations, and transitions that come with military life.           

As a partner in helping others meet their therapy goals, I focus on an individual’s strengths,  the therapeutic relationship and evidence-based practices.  I also believe in using, when relevant, humor, spirituality, art, writing, relaxation training, and mindfulness techniques to optimize a client’s treatment outcomes.  Lastly, I have witnessed individuals thrive when connected to self and others.  I believe it is important to identify internal and external resources – character strengths, health care, family support, educational tools, financial assistance, leisure activities, and faith-based services – to optimize your functioning.  I see it as my duty to promote these connections and continue to learn about resources and treatments that work for individuals and families. 

Education 
BA Sociology, Duke University
MSW University of North Carolina School of Social Work at Chapel Hill

License, Certifications & Affiliations 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, NC Social Work & Certification Board, #C002923, 1997-Present
Certified Clinical Supervisor, NC National Association of Social Work Certification,  2013-Present Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW), 1992-Present                                       

Additional Trainings 
Cognitive Behavioral Training, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Training, Family Psychoeducation, Illness Management & Recovery, Mindfulness Training, Motivational Interviewing, Parent Training, Prolonged Exposure, Resilience Training

 

Stephanie Drennan, MS, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate.  I have experience working with individuals, families, and couples navigating a variety of life’s obstacles. I have approximately 10 years of experience in the field of human services overall, with a background in case management for 7 years and 3 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist.  I have worked as a therapist in school settings, outpatient settings, as well as, community based settings.  I have experience with a wide array of mental health needs including anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma.  I utilize a humanistic and experiential approach with my clients.  I have empathy and understanding for where my clients have come from and what they are currently experiencing.  My aim is to work with my clients to reach their goals and to help my clients with making the changes that they desire to see.

Education

AA Psychology, Tulsa Community College

BS Human Development & Family Sciences (focus- Children & Families), Oklahoma State University

MS Behavioral Sciences (focus- Marriage and Family Therapy), Cameron University

License, Certifications, & Trainings

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Person Centered Thinking

Motivational Interviewing

Professional Activities and Memberships

Member of American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)

NC Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (NCAMFT)

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Amina Ahmad, M. A NCC., LPCA

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I recently moved to NC from the DC area where I was working toward licensure. I have worked in variety of settings, from the public school system to a multitude of community counseling centers. My diverse experiences include career counseling, leading empowerment groups, and one-on-one therapy involving clinical depression and anxiety. My passion for counseling derives from my immersion in various cultures and the resulting challenges associated with assimilation. I am a military spouse, my husband is a pilot in the United States Marine Corps giving me a strong connection to the local military community. My other interests include working with children and multicultural populations. My approach entails techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, play therapy and expressive arts. 

Education

Post Masters Counseling Licensure Certificate-George Mason University, 2008

MA Counseling, George Washington University, DC 2007

BA Psychology, Michigan State University, 2003

License, Certifications and Awards

Licensed Professional Counseling Associate LPCA # A13615

NBCC (National Board Certified Counselor) License #262505

Received Clemmont E. Vontress Cross-Cultural Award 

Professional Activities and Membership

ACA (American Counseling Association) 

Chi Sigma Iota (International Honor Society of Professional Counseling)

American School Counseling Association

Languages spoken fluently, other than English

Urdu and Hindi.

 



 

 

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