Meet Our Team

 
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Nichole Appleby, msw, lcsw

Nichole graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master of Social Work (MSW). Nichole has worked in assisted living facilities, the school system and with children who have experienced trauma. She has also been trained in Dignity Therapy, an evidence based intervention designed for persons facing the end of life; she was trained with 49 other select individuals in November 2012 at the first Dignity Therapy Training in the United States. Nichole has also been trained as a “Why Try” facilitator, an evidence based dropout prevention program designed for children in the school system. While receiving her MSW, Nichole interned at International Social Services- USA Branch in Baltimore, MD; International Social Services is the only agency of its kind in the United States; ISS-USA promotes the best interest of children and families separated by international borders. Additionally, Nichole is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT clinician and is a rostered clinician with the NC Child Treatment Program in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked extensively with children who have experienced trauma, as well as being rostered in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and trained in Alternative for Families- A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Nichole works in collaboration with the NC Child Treatment Program to provide consultation to new trainees in TF-CBT.

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Elizabeth Stephens. msw, lcsw

Elizabeth graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and from Tulane University with a Master of Social Work (MSW). Elizabeth has worked with individuals in psychiatric care, with Intensive In Home Services, providing home based behavioral health services, and with children who have experienced trauma. Elizabeth has experience with adults and children in inpatient psychiatric settings, including work at Broughton Hospital, Holly Hill Hospital and River Oaks Hospital in New Orleans. While working in inpatient psychiatric settings Elizabeth conducted psychosocial assessments, facilitated groups, provided individual and family crisis stabilization and assisted in discharge planning. As an Intensive In Home Team Leader, Elizabeth provided treatment for youth who are at risk for out of home placement and their families and provided administrative and clinical supervision to the team. Elizabeth has worked extensively with children and families who have experienced trauma and is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT clinician and is a rostered clinician with the NC Child Treatment Program in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as being rostered in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and trained in Alternative for Families- A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). . Elizabeth is also working in collaboration with the NC Child Treatment Program to provide consulting to new trainees in TF-CBT.

 
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Melinda Clontz, MSW, LCSW

Melinda graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and from East Carolina University with a Master of Social Work (MSW). Melinda has experience providing treatment to adults in an inpatient treatment facility. She has worked as a Medical Social Worker in Hospice and in various hospital settings. Melinda has provided group counseling to adults with borderline personality disorder using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and worked with adults experiencing a range of emotional and mental health issues. She has been trained by Vann Joines, PhD at the Southeast Institute in Redecision Therapy, a therapeutic intervention targeting a wide range of emotional and mental health issues and has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Melinda is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT clinician and is a rostered clinician with the NC Child Treatment Program in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has been featured in Duke Magazine for her work with TF-CBT. Melinda is also rostered in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She is also working in collaboration with the NC Child Treatment Program to provide consultation to new trainees in TF-CBT. She has extensive experience in treating families and children affected by trauma. Melinda is also experienced in providing clinical supervision to provisionally licensed social workers.

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Rachel Hammer, MA, LPC

Rachel graduated from High Point University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations and Studio Art. She received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2013 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Since 2017, Rachel has been contracted by Lincoln County for clients of the Child Advocacy Center. She has previously worked as a day treatment and outpatient therapist, and interned as a therapist with Cornerstone Counseling Center in Hickory, NC. Rachel participated as a teaching parent with Catawba County Department of Social Services for four years. Rachel is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and has an advanced certification in Christian counseling. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, making art, being outdoors, going to church, and spending time with her dogs.


 
 
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Sarah Perdue

Sarah Perdue is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Sarah is currently the referral and intake specialist at Live N Joy Counseling Services. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends and family, drawing and graphic design, traveling and going to the movies.