Alex Lowrie- LCSWA

As a clinician, Alex hopes to foster an empathetic and nonjudgmental environment in which her clients can process past experiences and build healthy coping skills to become their most authentic selves. Alex is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate with experience providing care to persons of many different ages, genders, sexual identities, religions, and ethnicities. Her expertise is working with teen and young adult survivors of sexual, physical, and emotional traumas. She is also well versed in treating folks with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addictive behaviors, difficult life transitions, and those within or aged out of the foster care system. Identifying as LGBTQQIAA+ herself, Alex is passionate about providing folks of all genders and identities a safe place to land and become confident in their identity.

Alex is committed to providing a person-centered approach focused on her clients’ strengths and values. She aims to equip her clients with concrete coping skills, often utilizing hands-on projects through which her clients can feel empowered in creating their own tools for self-soothing or coping, while leaving the office with something tangible to use in the future. Some of her favorite things to make with clients are sensory or ‘galaxy’ jars, coping cards, fidget toys, mandalas, and weighted lap blankets.

Alex has training and experience with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), art therapy, and Mindfulness. She is certified in Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART), a cognitive behavioral therapy approach to managing addictive behaviors, and has a graduate certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy. Alex incorporates grounding and mindfulness practices into her work, and strives to help explain the relationship between our feelings and our physiological manifestations through somatic psychoeducation. Generally, Alex’s approach is to pull relevant pieces from several different modalities to best fit the needs of the client.

Antonio Richey LCSWA

As a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate, Antonio believes everyone has an innate ability to ignite their own healing process. He believes that thoughts are the language of the brain while feelings and sensations are the language of the body. The two of these, in coherence, can create an unlimited blissful experience that every human being can tap into.

Antonio is a lifelong learner and studies this beautifully, evidence supported dynamic so that he can provide the highest quality of therapy for his clients. His approaches include somatically informed approaches, applied behavior therapy (ABA), play therapy, body-mind psychotherapy techniques, mindfulness based cognitive therapy & trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Antonio has experience providing services for children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults in a variety of backgrounds including hospitals, communities, tele-health, and schools. He treats anxiety, depression, and PTSD. He has experience providing applied behavior therapy services for children diagnosed with Autism in both home and clinic settings. Each experience has offered him the privilege to understand human behavior from many perspectives, gaining insight with each experience and he looks forward to bringing this experience into the outpatient setting.
 

Antonio facilitates a nurturing environment helping clients explore how to manage difficulties with confidence in the service of creating balance in the autonomic nervous system.

Brittany Graham – LCSW

Brittany believes in the intrinsic power of each individual and strives to support the client with their unique hopes, desires, and or needs. Working through a strengths-based lens, Brittany empowers clients to recognize, manifest, and affect change or create more functional thoughts, behaviors, coping skills, or patterns. Brittany partners with each client to create a non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment that fosters expansion, growth, understanding, and release.

As a licensed clinical social worker and a registered yoga teacher, Brittany recognizes the importance of honoring and understanding the mind-body connection, thus incorporating more traditional psychotherapy with somatic and mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions. Brittany utilizes various modalities to meet each client’s unique needs, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and coping methods from within the EMDR model. Brittany also has extensive training and experience using the EcoSystemic Structural Family Therapy model and is Triple P Parent Training certified.

Brittany has experience supporting individuals at all levels of care experiencing acute and persistent distress, disease, discomfort, and trauma. Brittany works with children of all ages experiencing anxiety, stress, or who have been impacted by trauma. In addition to working with children and adolescents individually, Brittany believes the partnership between parent(s) or caregiver(s) and herself is imperative to provide the best therapeutic interventions.

Brittany strives to continue educating herself regarding the best and culturally competent therapeutic interventions to support diverse populations. Brittany is committed to her role as an ally to, and advocate for, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, immigrants, and folks with disabilities.

Nora Judeh, LCMHCA

NoraNora is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate. She has experience providing services in a community setting to diverse populations with a passion in helping them discover the best versions of themselves they can be. This passion follows a humanistic approach to wellness, emphasizing considering the whole individual while stressing concepts like free will, self-efficacy, and self-actualization.

Promoting the strengths and uniqueness that are brought into sessions, Nora is eager to empower her clients through a person-centered and empathic approach. Her experience ranges from providing services to individuals, couples, and families coming from different walks of life and backgrounds that walk into session with an array of concerns, including anxiety, depression, life changes, family/relationship concerns and trauma. Nora believes that no two people are exactly alike, which is why she tailors her sessions to the specific needs and values that her clients bring into therapy. She does this by utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches including Somatic Experiencing (SE), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based, and the Gottman Method, all while looking through a trauma-informed lens.

Understanding that everyone who is coming into therapy has different needs and concerns, Nora works to provide a safe and trusting environment in an effort for clients to feel free to share their experiences without fear of judgement or backlash. That is why maintaining a culturally-informed focus to her therapeutic relationships is one of Nora’s top priorities as a therapist.

Nora’s direct contact information:

nora@nccenterforresiliency.com

Kelly Caniglia, LCMHC, CCTP

Kelly Caniglia is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Kelly works with adults offering individual therapy. Though Kelly has a specialty in working with trauma, PTSD, and CPTSD, she very much enjoys working with a range of clients assisting with anxiety, mood disorders, Depression, ADHD, life stressors, LGBTQ issues, relationship concerns and helping individuals find their path. Kelly takes pride in working from a positive perspective, allying with clients, helping them find their strengths and move toward empowering themselves within their own lives. Kelly approaches therapy through several different modalities, but had specialty training in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Model, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Brainspotting. Kelly has further expertise in treating Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder, and takes great pride in serving on the board of An Infinite Mind, a national organization focused on education and advocating for individuals living with DID. Kelly received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2006 and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in 2013. Kelly started her career working in intensive in home assisting children and families with behavioral concerns and substance abuse. Prior to joining North Carolina Center for Resiliency, Kelly has been working with Psychiatric and Psychological Associates of Durham. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her dogs and her partner. She is also a painter, photographer and artist. She avidly enjoys theater and being onstage as well as behind the scenes, and focuses on soaking in all of life’s experiences.

Jackie Cook, LCSWA

Jackie believes that our bodies and hearts hold the answers to everything we need, sometimes we just need the courage and support to listen to what lies within. Jackie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and 200 Hr Yoga Teacher supporting those with past trauma, depression, anxiety, difficulty with self-esteem, disordered eating, and anyone who needs a safe space to process difficult experiences. For the last 8 years, she has worked with adolescents, adults, and families in clinical and community settings as a social worker.

Jackie aims to provide a warm, conversational, safe space for exploring what was, is, and will be. She believes in finding the balance between acceptance, self-compassion, challenge, and change. She has training in Internal Family Systems, somatic-oriented therapies, with a focus on trauma integration, attachment wound healing, and nervous system regulation. She is committed to anti-racist self-study, learning, and practice. She celebrates diversity in bodies, cultures, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and ability.

Jackie’s direct contact information:

jackie@nccenterforresiliency.com

Jessica Leistikow – LCMHCA

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, and she is trained to support teens and adults with diverse mental health needs, including anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, adjustment to illness (chronic illness and cancer), self esteem, identity exploration, and life transitions. Jessica values the unique stories and strengths clients bring into therapy. She is committed to cultivating a space that is affirming toward folks of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, body sizes, and cultural backgrounds by welcoming discussion of similarities and differences between counselor and client identities throughout therapy and engaging in ongoing education related to serving diverse populations. In counseling, Jessica seeks to create a collaborative and nonjudgmental space by building a genuine relationship with you that centers your voice, experiences, and values.
Jessica adapts her counseling approach to be culturally responsive and meet clients’ individual needs. She tends to integrate a trauma informed and somatically informed approach with IFS (Internal Family Systems), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Jessica is also trained in practicing as an Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders (ERED) informed therapist.

As a therapist, Jessica’s work is grounded in respect for the resilience that each person naturally possesses. She hopes to support you in exploring your strengths and utilizing them for growth and healing. Through giving attention to body and mind, Jessica seeks to join you in discovering increased connection to yourself and others.

Jessica’s direct contact information:

jessica@nccenterforresiliency.com

Chelsea Westbrook, MS, LMFT

Chelsea is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She is trained to help with a wide variety of mental health needs, including relationship issues, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, trauma, and grief. Her therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. She feels 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.

Additionally, Chelsea is certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and specializes in working with child/caregiver relationships. She is passionate about working with the 0-5 year old population and the adults that care for them.

Chelsea’s priority is to create a safe, non-judgmental space, where each person feels heard and respected. Through exploring the past and gaining new insight, her goal as a therapist is to help empower you to create change that you are capable of making. She believes 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. 

Chelsea’s direct contact information:

chelsea@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 800A

Christine Northrup, MSW, LCSW

Christine is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive training in Somatic and relational therapeutic intervention. With a background in theatre arts education, she is passionate about embodiment and expression in therapy and values these processes as tools for individual exploration and social justice. Christine studies Somatic Experiencing and Embodied Recovery extensively and works consistently to learn and implement best practices in serving diverse populations including the LGBTQQ2SIAP+ community. Additionally, she has completed intensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Christine has experience treating individuals with Eating Disorders and body image issues at all levels of care. Working through a Health at Every Size lens, she has particular interest and training in the intersection of eating disorders, trauma and sensory processing issues, inviting individuals to arrive in and effectively embody their bodies. She also treats attachment trauma and a variety of other traumas as well as anxiety and depression. She is also passionate about helping clients to navigate a variety of life changes and struggles, including those associated with learning difficulties and the education system. Christine works with older teens, emerging adults and adults. She also sees parents surrounding parenting individuals with eating disorders and difficult life transitions. She believes wholeheartedly in the resiliency of the human spirit which drives her work with clients.

 

Christine’s direct contact information:

christine@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 800A

Kate Sullivan, MS, LCMHCA, CRC

Kate believes that everyone has the ability to find power within themselves to create a life that works best for them. As a licensed professional counselor associate and a certified rehabilitation counselor, Kate will walk beside her clients as they grapple with difficult questions in order to create a more fulfilling, peaceful life. Kate specializes in working with teenagers and adults with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, bipolar disorder, dissociative episodes and life transitions.

Kate approaches therapy from an intersectional feminist perspective. While the word “feminism” can draw mixed reactions from some, Kate believes that every individual’s story and experiences are valid and that a person’s environment is an important consideration when working to improve their mental health. Kate uses mindfulness and grounding techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, and person centered therapy to help her clients learn how to navigate their worlds in effective and meaningful ways.

Kate considers herself an ally to people of color, the LGBTQAA+ community, those with disabilities, immigrants, and individuals of all faiths. She strives to create a safe space for individuals of all backgrounds to explore challenging topics and is dedicated to walking beside her clients with humility as they navigate therapy.

Kate’s direct contact information:

kate@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 1100D

Haley Rognstad, MS, CRC, LCMHCA

Haley is a licensed therapist and Certified Level 1 PACT clinician. She is passionate about assisting her clients in unlocking their inner wisdom and striving for balance in their lives. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds. She provides individual therapy as well as couples and family counseling. Haley has experience assisting individuals in managing a variety of behavioral and emotional concerns including trauma, chronic pain, difficult life transitions, anxiety, depression, substance use, stress management, self-esteem, grief, and LGBTQIA+ specific stressors. She utilizes several therapeutic modalities including Somatic Experiencing (SE), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Haley has a holistic and person-centered therapeutic style and aims to build genuine connections with the individuals she works with. She brings an authentic and nonjudgemental presence into sessions and creates a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment. Haley strives to incorporate creativity and gentle humor into every session as she believes that therapy can be both fun and challenging. She is devoted to assisting clients in feeling grounded and centered in all areas of their lives. Haley works to support individuals in achieving their goals, cultivating meaningful relationships, and improving their quality of life.

 

Haley’s direct contact information:

haley@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 800A

Hannah Cartner, MA, LCMHCA, ATR-BC

Hannah is a licensed counselor and a board certified art therapist. She believes in a holistic and person-centered approach to therapy. Hannah’s training in both art therapy and traditional talk therapy provide a unique lens to processing life experiences. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and identities. Hannah has experience partnering with individuals managing mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, trauma, difficult life experiences and transitions, and stress related conditions. She is currently level one Embodied Recovery certified and has a passion for working with those in care giving and mental health roles.

Hannah is committed to providing a gentle and authentic presence for her clients and creating a partnership towards healing. She believes in the power of creative expression, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and somatic experiencing to connect body, mind, and heart. Hannah is committed to partnering with her clients to reach their personal goals of mental and emotional well-being.

Hannah’s direct contact information:

hannah@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 1100D

Anyelle “Ellie” De León, MA, LCMHC

Ellie is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Triple P certified parenting provider. She is passionate about working with clients of all ages, and particularly adolescents and young adults embarking on the task of identity formation. Ellie has experience providing care to individuals and families from many walks of life and it is important to her that her clients feel safe and valued. Ellie relishes in providing inclusive and affirming services to communities of color, and LGBTQQIA+, immigrant, and spiritual communities.

Ellie believes in person-centered principles of empowering and unconditionally holding people in positive regard. She strives to be relational and to tailor therapeutic approaches to each individual, adapting based on what works. Her approach is warm, practical, and geared toward meaningful action based on a client’s values. She has training and experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. She integrates grounding and mindfulness into sessions, bringing awareness to the wisdom held within our bodies. Ellie is experienced in serving individuals who have interpersonal trauma or grief as part of their history, as well those dealing as anxiety, depression, adjustment to difficult transitions, acculturation, parenting concerns, personality disorders, and actively managed psychosis.

Additionally, Ellie is bilingual and is able to provide therapy in English or Spanish. She is originally from the Dominican Republic, and identifies as Afro-Latina.

Ellie’s direct contact information:

ellie@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 1100D

Carolyn Rifkin, MS, LCAS-A, LCMHC

Carolyn works with individuals, couples, and families. Her approach is integrative, but grounded in a humanistic framework, believing strongly in the individual’s innate capacity to heal and the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship. She believes that therapy begins with a good relationship and fit between counselor and client and works hard to establish trust and safety early on.

She studies holistic approaches to treating a variety of mental health struggles including mood disorders, addiction and the impacts of traumatic experiences.  She also has experience treating substance and alcohol use disorder and is supportive of multiple avenues to recovery including a 12-step framework.

Her work is based in several forms of counseling, including solutions-focused therapy, emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She has also received training in EMDR and Brainspotting, two techniques to access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and other psychological pain. This mix of individualized talk therapy and deep internal reprocessing makes for powerful healing.

Carolyn is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCAS-A), and is completing training in becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

Carolyn’s direct contact information:

carolyn@nccenterforresiliency.com

Unit 1100D