Hello, my name is Debra Martin. I specialize in Child-Centered Play Therapy. As a play therapist, I work with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, and behavioral concerns. These issues can be related to life stressors, such as family adjustments, trauma, ADD/ADHD symptoms, and developmental life stages. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents in individual therapy as well as working with parents and teachers to find solutions to behavioral concerns at school and in the home.
Additionally, I have significant experience counseling women of all ages.
I utilize a Person-Centered approach to counseling while integrating modalities based on clients needs. Navigating life can be emotionally exhausting.. It is an honor for you and/or your child to consider me joining you in this journey of life and emotional healing
Graduate from Liberty University with an M.A,. in Licensed Professional Counseling
Graduate UNC-Charlotte in Psychology and a minor in Social Work
Gottman Level I Certification
Receiving supervision towards certification as Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
Description of practice: At Pathways to Growth Counseling, our first priority is to extend deep respect, care and acceptance to each individual client. Your story matters and we feel it to be an honor and privilege for you to share your story with us. It is our goal to foster an atmosphere of warmth, safety, compassion and non-judgment as a means to create space for your healing and growth. Pathways to Growth Counseling provides support, empathy and affirmation coupled with the necessary challenges, techniques and tools to help you move forward; uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.
Practice type: Group private practice
Insurance accepted (if yes, what companies): BCBS and self-pay
Description of self/services for directory: My education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and am also currently pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist. I have experience working in community-based agencies as well as office settings, providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults.
Before beginning graduate school, I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve on a mission team in Argentina for two years. Through this experience, I gained a greater appreciation for a beautiful country and a deeper understanding of other cultures. I also speak Spanish and enjoy working with Latino families.
Throughout graduate school, I completed an internship at a pregnancy resource center, providing crisis counseling and facilitating a program focused on parenting skills training. As a mother to two young children I love helping others on their journey through pregnancy and the postpartum stage. Motherhood is a huge blessing but also comes with many challenges. I have a passion for walking alongside other mothers as they encounter both the joys and frustrations of parenting.
When requested by the client, I seek to help others develop a deeper understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their circumstances. While my counseling orientation is based on a Christian worldview, I also utilize other approaches to therapy based upon client need. I have received training in play therapy and utilize this approach when counseling preschool and elementary age children. I have always loved art and often use creative approaches with all ages. It is my goals to work with you, wherever you are, and help you experience a new sense of peace and hope.
Areas that match your field of specialization (i.e. anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, etc.): children, adolescents, families, and adult women. Anxiety, depression, divorce/separation, family conflict, parenting, self-esteem, school issues, relationship issues, peer relationships, pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum, life transitions
Jim Katsoudas MACC, LPCA
Thank you for considering me as your counselor. I consider is an honor when my clients share their life with me and allow me to enter into the areas of their life that they find difficult. As a Surehope counselor I believe in creating an atmosphere that is conducive for healing. A safe and friendly place where my clients feel free to honestly express themselves, and work through the problems they face.
I specialize in working with men and the many issues they may face, such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, anger, career and job changes, pornography, sexual addiction, sexual identity issues and problematic sexual behaviors. I also specialize in counseling male teen, ages 14 -18.
In addition, I enjoy counseling women who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. I enjoy counseling couples for premarital counseling and couples for marital counseling. Lastly, I also provide career counseling, helping clients find direction for their vocations in life. As a Christian Counselor, I am available to assist people spiritually and theologically with problems and questions they may have about their spiritual life and the Christian Faith.
I earned my Masters in Christian Counseling degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. My undergraduate work was done at Columbia International University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Church Ministries.
During my Master’s program, I had an opportunity to work with geriatric population in an assisted living facility, and as an intern in a wellness center providing counseling to individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor I worked for fourteen years as a Pastoral Counselor for a nonprofit organization and working extensively with men dealing with problematic sexual behaviors and relational problems.
As a counselor I employ an eclectic approach in counseling using a variety of methods and modalities such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Experiential Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I am also a Certified Prepare & Enrich Facilitator. These are well-established and researched methods of counseling that are widely respected as being effective. As a Christian Counselor I believe in a holistic approach of understanding human life, and offering a compassionate approach to understanding ourselves spiritually.
I am married to my best friend, my wife Teri and she and I are “proudly owned” by our feline Gracie.
Description of practice: Therapists at Agape Christian Counseling in Charlotte provide professional counseling from a Christian perspective for all ages and types of issues.
Practice type: Nonprofit group practice
Insurance accepted (if yes, what companies): We will work with you to help file for out-of-network benefits.
Description of self/services for directory:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) at Agape Christian Counseling. I view counseling as a safe place in which we will work as a team to create the change that will help you through your struggles. I can help you process your emotions and learn coping skills in order to create healthy ways of thinking and new habits that will be beneficial in your life.
My areas of interest include grief and loss, depression, anxiety, stress, family issues, and a variety of other issues relating to life and/or mental health. I see both teenagers and adults. I use an integrative perspective in counseling, drawing mainly from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy, family systems, and gestalt therapy.
Although I am a therapist at Agape Christian Counseling, not all of my clients are Christians or want to incorporate spirituality into therapy. This is completely up to each client and their own unique preferences. I can offer the incorporation of spirituality and Christian beliefs in my counseling sessions at your request.
If you are going through a hard time or if you are struggling emotionally, professional counseling may be the best way to help you live the life you want to live. I would be honored to come alongside you to help you through this tough time.
Areas that match your field of specialization (i.e. anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, etc.):
Anxiety, depression, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, family issues, divorce, life transitions, peer relationships, school issues, self-esteem, stress, addiction, trauma, and codependency.
MARY MOUSSA SHEA MS, LMFT
Welcome! It is such a privilege to be invited into the lives of the families that come into my office! Whether you have been referred or are looking for the right therapist, I’m happy to provide answers to your questions.
I specialize in child therapy and pre-teens (along with their families) who are experiencing anxiety, family stress, changes in family structure due to death or divorce, grief/loss, trauma symptoms, ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, and difficulties adjusting to developmental changes. I also love to work with parents to help them build healthy communication skills with their children, manage difficult behaviors, and foster a strong attachment relationship. In order to help children reach their fullest potential, I use Play Therapy, as well as elements of Expressive Arts Therapy during sessions. These help to creatively expand the boundaries of the mind and provide a non-threatening environment for children to make sense of their inner world. To understand more about why we play, click here.
In addition to child therapy, I am also passionate about working with multicultural issues, including family stress as a result of immigration, language barriers/communication, etc. I also enjoy working with families and adults experiencing life changes, relationship stress, and self-image issues. I believe that each individual, child, and family is unique—because of this, I integrate different models to fit each client. In particular, I use play therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Narrative Therapy, all evidence-based practices. I believe in treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit, and integrate faith and spirituality into therapy to the extent that it is comfortable to you. I learn a great deal from you as my client and see it as a privilege to be invited into your life. I approach therapy with compassion, playfulness, and openness and respect your courageous decision to pursue therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) here at SureHope Counseling and Training Center. My education background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. I am currently receiving supervision toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). My background and training includes clinical experience at Pregnancy Resource Center, a county agency for teens and families engaging in family therapy and parenting groups, eating disorder treatment, as well as volunteer experiences with DivorceCare for Kids.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions! I look forward to working with you.
Charlotte, NC, USA
I have a Masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, am a Licensed Professional Counselor in NC, and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through IITAP. I see adult individuals and couples with relationship issues. I offer an intensive weekly therapy group for partners of individuals struggling with sexual addiction/compulsivity.
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