All our clinicians are licensed to practice in North Carolina. We are committed to the requirements to continue our education and professional development. We abide by the ethical guidelines of our respective professions. Additionally, we give time and attention to our personal lives.
(**Please note we do not have any physicians on our staff and do not prescribe medication.)
Rachel Milbourn, MSW, LCSWA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who specializes in childhood mental health including developmental trauma and behavioral and mood disorders. Rachel is a former educator with over 20 years of experience working with children and families in the public school, private school, and mental health settings. She is focused on assisting children and families to develop practical strategies that improve family functioning and promote social and academic success. She works with children (5+), families, adolescents, young adults (up to 25), and adults and children with Autism. Rachel is passionate about fostering hope and resilience from adversity. Rachel is married and has two teenage children.
Megan Baron, MACC, LPCA is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate, with a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Megan works with teens, adults and children. Megan has experience working with children 5+, using Play Therapy to meet their unique therapy needs. She offers an empathetic and fun space for children to understand and express their emotions. Megan is also passionate about helping young women and teen girls discover their inner strength. Her experience includes working with women ages 13+ facing concerns with relational and family issues, anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions and self-esteem. Megan engages a person's strengths by using Solution-Focused and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She believes the counseling process is one of self-discovery and creates a supportive and safe environment for clients to work through their concerns to find holistic healing.
Anna Seiple, MACC, LPCA is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who enjoys working with both individuals and couples. She graduated magna cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a master's degree in Christian Counseling. She is also completing a degree in Biblical Studies. Before her time in seminary, Anna served in campus ministry for five years. She enjoys working with children (6+), adolescents, and adults who are journeying through various emotional and behavioral struggles. She also loves working with couples at any stage in their relationship, able to provide both pre-marital and marital counseling. She is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator and also enjoys utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples. She is passionate about providing a safe environment for individuals and/or couples and is committed to working with her clients toward wholeness and healing.
Rhoda Keefer, PGCE, MA, LPCA is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate and has a MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University, England and taught in a variety of school settings both in the UK, USA and Asia. Prior to joining Carolinas Counseling, she served with Overseas Missionary Fellowship and Wycliffe Bible Translators for over 15 years. She had the privilege of counseling cross-cultural Christian workers and their families who were serving throughout Asia. Rhoda enjoys working with children, adolescents, individuals and couples. She has experience working with anxiety and depression, relationship issues, self-harm, grief and loss. Rhoda loves to help parents connect better with their children by providing parenting and family therapy. She loves to help children understand and express their feelings in more productive ways through play therapy.
Bryan Franklin, MACC, LPCA is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate who works with adult individuals, families, couples and teenage boys ages 12+. With more than 20 years in the corporate world, Bryan is distinctively qualified to work with executives to improve work life balance, rebuild career damaged relationships, navigate life transitions, and temper perfectionism/workaholic tendencies. Bryan is passionate about helping couples rebuild trust as they work through infidelity, improve communication, learn constructive conflict resolution skills, and love each other more effectively. He also enjoys working with couples and blended families to grow into their new parenting roles. Bryan works well with fathers and couples who are suffering grief, working through chronic pain or cancer, and those who have lost babies or children.
Barbara Givens, MA, LMFT, MHDL is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in working with couples seeking engagement counseling, marriage enrichment, and affair recovery. Barbara has training and experience through her first master's degree in Human Development and Learning in helping individuals navigate challenges related to life stage changes and exploration of identity development through life transitions. Her experience also includes assisting clients dealing with issues related to grief, depression, and anxiety with an integration of several approaches including systems, narrative, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused theories. Barbara is committed to helping her clients heal, grow and know the joy and strength available through God's unconditional love and acceptance. She has been married for 36 years and is mom to two young adult children.
Jennifer Parsons, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist that loves working with families of all kinds at various developmental stages. She also has experience working with children ages 3 and up, women with depression and anxiety, and cross-cultural counseling. Jennifer received an MA in Marriage and Family therapy from Bethel Seminary in San Diego, CA that integrated theology and psychology. She has additional training in play therapy, cross-cultural counseling and emotionally focused therapy. She uses family systems theory and attachment theory with cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused interventions. In light of her training and experience, Jennifer finds working with the nuclear family to be most beneficial for bringing change whether it be behavioral problems or relationship struggles. She works to create a safe, compassionate environment for individuals to create more intimate relationships.
Amanda Cherry, MA, LPC, NCC is a licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She specializes in helping adults who struggle with difficult life transitions, high stress/crisis, conflict, depression, anxiety as well as women's issues. Amanda's has expertise in treating addictions, both substance and process addictions. Amanda is a person-centered/CBT therapist that approaches each client with empathy and compassion while providing a welcoming space for individuals to feel validated and empowered. She is a provider of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and works with clients living with past trauma or present distress due to past memories that leave negative emotions, beliefs and physical sensations. Amanda has been married for over 30 years with 3 adult children.
Kristina Franklin, MACC, LPC, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She specializes in working with couples to improve communication skills, resolve conflict and rebuild marriages after an affair. Her unique and extensive experience is in working with law-enforcement officers, rescue workers, military personnel and their families. Kristina works with anxiety and panic disorders as well as grief and loss. She is also comfortable helping people work through cancer. She has degrees in both counseling and theology.
Michelle Martin Hurlbert, MACC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and provides therapy for adolescents, adults and couples. Michelle has a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has worked in various settings: crisis management, outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. Michelle has specialized training in abuse issues, dissociative disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and complex trauma. She utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D). Michelle engages her clients in a therapeutic relationship, helping them make sense of their life’s narrative by integrating psychological truths within a biblical framework. She primarily treats anxiety, depression, grief and loss, theological questions, relational and intimacy problems, sexual and physical abuse, trauma and infertility.
Mike Prasse, MACC, LPC is a licensed professional counselor specializing in marital, pre-marital counseling, ADHD and sexual abuse/trauma recovery. His expertise includes parenting, anxiety, OCD, depression, spiritual direction/theological concerns, sexual abuse/trauma recovery, life and career direction, creative problem solving and men's issues. He works with teens, adults, couples and families. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Read Mike's blog for insights and help with counseling related issues.
Donna Kanipe, MACC, LMFT, LPC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated summa cum laude with an MACC from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She works with couples, adults, and adolescents. Donna’s experience includes counseling pre-marital couples, conflicted couples, abuse victims, divorce care, women grieving betrayals (affairs, sex addiction), anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, depression, grief, and adjustment after life-altering accidents/medical conditions. Her specialty includes using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples and families move from a conflicted relationship to a more nurturing emotional bond. She also incorporates EFT when working with trauma survivors (sexual, physical abuse, etc.) and divorce recovery. Donna believes clients are resilient and capable of new beginnings so she aims to draw out individual and couple strengths. She is passionate about helping women who feel small rediscover their identity and fostering strong emotional bonds in families. Donna married in 1994 and is raising two adolescent children with her best friend and husband of 23 years.
Kate Leggett, LPC, MA, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA in Community Counseling from Regent University. Kate has experience working in a Honduran orphanage, hospital, community-based, and private practice settings. She specializes in working with children ages 4+, adolescents, adults, couples, and families on an array of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, spirituality, relationship concerns, sexual addiction and behavioral concerns utilizing an emotionally focused cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Her passion is reestablishing the sanctity of the family unit through creating a safe and trusting environment for individuals and families to holistically move towards a place of growth and lasting healing.
Steven Clemons, Jr., MAMFC, LMFT, LPC is a licensed professional counselor as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist. He received his masters in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Steven works with adolescents (age 12 and above) and adults. He specializes in many different life challenges including life-transitions, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, study skills, depression, anger, distorted self-image, spiritual problems, death and dying, grief and loss, co-dependency, trauma, and adolescent’s, men’s, and women’s issues. He utilizes multiple research-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Structural Family Systems, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a form of trauma counseling. He enjoys integrating theology and spirituality into his counseling as desired by clients and their preferences.
Chris McCarthy, PhD, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. His specialties include working with individuals of all ages with anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, and relational issues. Chris sees a lot of children, teens, & families for anxiety and behavioral issues, couples for relational issues, and individuals for anxiety and depression issues. His dissertation was in couple communication and he’s co-authored an anxiety program for children which sells world-wide called, Turnaround: Turning Fear into Freedom. Chris is a member of the IOCDF and frequent guest on NBC's Charlotte Today. He’s known around the office as the laughing therapist because he makes his clients laugh while at the same time helping them work through their issues. He has a PhD and 3 Masters degrees in: Counseling, Theology and Christian Education. He was married in 1993 and has 3 children. Read his child anxiety blog here
Chad Kraska, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological assessment, including educational and personality evaluations for children, teens and adults. He also provides psychotherapy with expertise in the areas of: Asperger's Disorder, ADHD, anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, depression, spiritual direction/theological concerns, men's issues and career/life direction. He works with children, adolescents, adults, marriages and families. Dr. Kraska earned his M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and completed an APA accredited clinical internship at The Devereux Foundation, Mapleton Campus. To find out more view his website here.
Patti McMillan, MEd, LPC, a licensed professional counselor, joined the group after working in agency, school, and university settings. She specializes in therapy for children and adolescents. Her experience leads her to focus on anxiety, depression and women's issues. Additionally she offers educational and psychological assessment. Patti is a founding partner of Carolinas Counseling Group
Linda McGrew, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor and enjoys working with adults on individual and marital issues. Special areas of interest include women struggling with life changes and spiritual development. She has graduate degrees in both counseling and theological studies. She is passionate about integrating the Christian Faith with the care of the soul. Linda also enjoys facilitating groups and speaking at local events. Linda is a founding partner of Carolinas Counseling Group. Linda's husband is pastor of Grace Covenant Church where she serves with him.
David A Russ, PhD is a licensed psychologist and health services provider. He began practicing in 1985. He specializes and limits his practice to helping individuals of any age with anxiety including; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, emetophobia, social anxiety, phobias, separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related issues. He has advanced training in treating OCD. He uses CBT and in particular, exposure and response prevention as the primary treatment modality. Dr. Russ is co-creator of an innovative and effective treatment program for children with anxiety called Turnaround: Turning Fear into Freedom. He is co-author of More Than Me, published by NavPress. Dr. Russ's Vita is available here.
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