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About Our Professionals

Tia Crooms, 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.

BA Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA Marriage & Family Therapy, Mercer University School of Medicine
PhD candidate, North Carolina State University (expected completion 2016)

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)

Gwendolyn Roberts, 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.

M.Ed, Clemson University
PhD Counselor Education, NC State University (expected completion 2014)

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)

Tyisha Teel, BS, QPPE 

I have a BS in Social Sciences from Campbell University. I have worked with families and children of all backgrounds in areas of job readiness, housing, budgeting, home-ownership, education, and parenting since 1997. In 2001, I completed the NC Family Development Credential for Family Workers. I received credentials as a North Carolina Qualified Professional Parent Educator in 2012. I am also a certified MAPP Trainer (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting), and a full-time social worker. I have facilited various workshops and seminars for churches, small groups, private and public agencies. I am also a parent of two beautiful children.

BS Social Sciences, Campbell University

License, Certificates, Awards
Certified North Carolina Qualified Professional Parent Educator
Certified MAPP Trainer (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting)

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

Professional Activities and Memberships
North Carolina Parenting Education Network-member

Chelsea Westbrook, 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.

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, MS, LMFTA 

I have a BS in psychology from University of Phoenix and a certificate in Positive Psychology strengths-based coaching, both of which I completed after I enjoyed a first career as a newspaper reporter. I am currently completing my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, with expected completion in 2015, and I am progressing through the internship process. As a life coach and job/career coach, I focus on individuals’ strengths and values to guide them through the process of change, to obtain their goals, and to become the best possible version of themselves.  My philosophy is that sometimes in life, people become stuck as they attempt to make transitions or to achieve new heights, and they simply need a boost or to view the situation from an alternate perspective. I help them to focus on completing smaller, individual tasks in ways that honor who they are, while they pursue the overall larger goal. 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.

BS Psychology, University of Phoenix
Certificate in Coaching, MentorCoach
MS Marriage & Family Therapy

Professional Activities and Memberships
Delta Kappa, Iota Chapter, International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society
Student Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)     

Colleen Kenny, MACP, LMFT

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) my philosophy of therapy is Holistic—the whole person. My therapeutic approach is based on a systemic and integrative perspective—incorporating traditional and nontraditional modalities.  Traditional modalities I generally use are cognitive behavioral therapy and nontraditional modalities are psychobiology with mindfulness. These integrative modalities are used to manage and heal your physiological responses (heart rate, breath, terror, fight/flight response, etc.) while managing your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  What science and spirituality have shown, and continue to prove, “All” healing takes place only in the present moment.  

My education and experience is diverse, providing quality care for individuals, couples and families living with, and managing, symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma—as adult or child, alcoholism, chronic or terminal illness, existential angst, phase of life challenges, and more. 

MA-Marriage and Family Therapy, Institure of Transpersonal Psychology, 2007 Certificate in Coaching, MentorCoach
BS-Sociology, State of Univeristy of New York at Empire State College, 1998
AAS-Human Services, Hudson Valley Community Collage, 1996

License, Certifcations, & Trainings
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, NC License # 1697
Family Systems      
Somatic (body) Awareness
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Psychodrama with Psychosynthesis

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)





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