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Couples & Family
Relationship Issues
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Fears
Personal Growth
Parenting Support
Stress Management

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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.

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, LCMHC

I completed 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 Clinical Mental Health 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.

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)

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.


I n 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)

Sheresa Elliot, BSW, MSW, LCSW, LCAS(A)

I strive to understand how environments impact a persons behaviors and help them to address the emotional challenges and mental barriers. With individual work, I believe all individuals have the capacity to develop healthy coping skills to address traumas or life transitions. I work with individuals to explore how trauma, life changes, relationships and stressors impact a person's behavior. I use a reflective approach to challenge clients' reflective capacity and ability to explore how experiences shape their perceptions. I also incorporate strengths-based approaches into practice to support individuals in identifying natural supports, unique skills and talents to cope with traumas or concerns in a healthy way. 

My primary therapy models are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)  Due to the unique needs and circumstances of every individual, I will attempt different methods of therapy based on those needs. If a particular technique or style of therapy is beyond my scope of clinical experience, I will refer to a therapist that is more fitting for those needs.


Bachelors in Social Work, Winston Salem State University, 2010

Masters in Social Work, East Carolina University, 2018


Child Parent Psychotherapy, 2021

Licensed Clinical Social Work #P012703

Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist- Associate

Professional Organizations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Phi Alpha Honor Society

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