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Durham Office Clinicians

CAROLYN MILLER

Ms. Carolyn Miller works with teens and adults with all diagnoses. Her approach includes helping clients self-reflect as they navigate their very complex stories. She also works with clients to identify their innate autonomy and use that as a platform for meaningful goal-making. It is in this process of self-reflection, identifying personal strengths, and learning to respond with those strengths that clients are able to experience personal growth.

JAZMYN JONES

Ms. Jazmyn Jones has worked with teens in multiple settings including private practice, an autism treatment center, schools, social settings, and at-risk school programs. She works with adolescents in social settings and helps them to develop and implement life skills. Ms. Jones helps teens and their families to establish boundaries, build a sense of independence, and work on family dynamics. She works with the range of presenting problems children experience, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety, social issues, and behavioral disorders, to name a few.

ANNA KULL

Ms. Anna Kull specializes in working with adolescents and young adults. She enjoys helping adolescents set and achieve their goals, develop self-compassion, and learn coping strategies. Anna has provided mental health services to teens experiencing a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, social isolation, learning difficulties, self-harming behavior, identity challenges, marginalization, and difficult to change behaviors such as substance use and lack of motivation. She works collaboratively with caregivers throughout the therapeutic process to share resources and provide strategies to assist with parenting during this developmental stage. Anna recognizes that seeking support takes strength and she strives to create a welcoming and safe environment. With a background in social justice advocacy, Anna is LGBTQIA+ friendly and incorporates an awareness of oppression and social justice into her work as relevant.

SAGAN KING

Dr. Sagan King recognizes adolescence is characterized by various changes and obstacles that may require additional assistance to navigate. Her experience has included addressing the variety of issues teens struggle with on a daily basis. As such, Dr. King strives to foster an environment that is non-judgmental and empathic, and values developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship with each teen that can aid in growth and change. Furthermore, she focuses on providing supportive psychotherapy as well as helping adolescents develop coping skills to deal with stressors, skills to improve communication with others, strategies to establish boundaries, gain insight, and exploration of their personal values. Dr. King finds creative and unique ways for adolescents to process their emotions and effectively express themselves while incorporating empirically-based treatments, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for emotion regulation, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She generally has no difficulty establishing and maintaining rapport with teens and helping them engage in the therapeutic process. Dr. King has a passion for working with adolescents and began her career focused on helping children and teens in the juvenile justice system. Her extensive experience working with teens spans from private practice, school environments, hospitals, and correctional settings. Her background includes working with children with a variety of presentations, including behavior difficulties, social skills problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, disabilities, at-risk children, and the spectrum of challenges we face during adolescence. In addition to therapy, Dr. King enjoys using psychological and educational assessment to help adolescents and their families better understand the child’s strengths and how to best serve their learning style.

MEAGHAN BRACKIN

Meaghan’s primary passion is working with teens and adolescents struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and identity development, and relationship difficulties. She takes an empowering and nonjudgmental approach to give adolescents a space to work through their problems, identify their strengths, and develop positive habits. She also specializes in working with teens struggling with severe mental illnesses.

DEJA BUCKNER, M.A.

Ms. Deja Buckner enjoys working with adolescents as well as young adults. Her work has involved helping adolescents develop a positive self-image, build self-esteem, learn coping mechanisms, navigate healthy social and familial relationships, manage learning disabilities, as well as career planning and transitioning to independence. She has worked with adolescents that struggle with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, and more. Ms. Buckner enjoys working with adolescents as they navigate through the delicate teenage years by assisting them in creating a strong sense of self and identity, define their core values, set long-term goals, and provide a foundation of therapeutic skills they can use for a lifetime.

ERICA PRITZKER, PSY.D.

Dr. Erica Pritzker recognizes adolescence is characterized by various changes and obstacles that may require additional assistance to navigate. Her experience has included addressing the variety of issues teens struggle with. As such, Dr. Pritzker strives to foster an environment that is non-judgmental and empathic and values developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship with each teen that aids in growth and change. Furthermore, she focuses on providing supportive psychotherapy as well as helping adolescents develop coping skills to deal with stressors, skills to improve communication, strategies to establish boundaries, and exploration of their values. Dr. Pritzker finds creative and unique ways for adolescents to process their emotions and effectively express themselves while incorporating empirically-based treatments, such as ACT and CBT. Her broad smile and friendly demeanor make her a favorite among teens, and help them connect with her and engage in the therapy process. Dr. Pritzker has a passion for working with adolescents and began her career focused on helping children and families, working as a school psychologist before also becoming a clinical psychologist. Her extensive experience working with teens spans private practice, the school environment, and hospital programs. Her background includes working with children with a variety of presentations, including behavior difficulties, social skills problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, and the spectrum of childhood issues. In addition, she has worked with special needs (i.e., autism spectrum and emotional-behavioral disturbance), AD/HD and learning disabilities, and at-risk children. In addition to therapy, Dr. Pritzker enjoys using psychological and educational assessment to help adolescents and their families better understand the child’s strengths and how to best serve their learning style.

SOPHIA WALDER-HOGE, PSY.D.

Dr. Sophia Walder-Hoge has worked with teens and their families in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools, hospitals/medical facilities, and community mental health settings. She has provided individual therapy with adolescents and families with a variety of challenges, including interpersonal and relational difficulties, parenting, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She has extensive experience working with teens and families experiencing major life transitions, behavioral/conduct issues, parenting concerns, AD/HD and developmental disorders, including autism spectrum. She has also conducted group therapy for teens for social skills training. Dr. Walder-Hoge has a special interest in working with teens and families with managing recent or ongoing medical concerns and supporting autonomy and identity exploration. Dr. Walder-Hoge believes that it is crucial to engage with teens in an accessible, fun, and respectful manner. She brings a sense of curiosity and acceptance that helps teens and families feel comfortable and facilitates addressing difficult topics. Dr. Walder-Hoge believes in the importance of a collaborative approach that includes family and parents, but also wishes to respect the need for a separate space for teens to feel safe and understood. She utilizes a variety of approaches, including cognitive-behavior therapy, to support adaptive coping, problem-solving skills, self-regulation, and interpersonal functioning. She is particularly attentive to communication, healthy boundaries, and family functioning, in addition to addressing the multitude of changes that accompany adolescence. 

MS. HOPE VENETTA

Ms. Hope Venetta works with all diagnoses in therapy with teens. In her therapy work, she combines her passion for building self-esteem and self-acceptance with the structure of goal setting and steady movement toward goals. Ms. Venetta believes everyone has the ability to create a vision of the change they want in their lives, and take steps to make that vision reality. It is her belief that the most effective change happens when there is a therapeutic alliance of mutual trust and respect between the therapist and clients. Some of her special interests are trauma work, including the mind-body connection, racial identity issues with African Americans, and career counseling. When a specific problem is plaguing a family, Ms. Hope Venetta helps families work on their relationships and communication patterns. Her approach regards the family, as a whole, as a living organism that is more than the sum of its individual members. It is her belief that the most effective change happens when there is a therapeutic alliance of mutual trust and respect between the therapist and all clients. Ms. Venetta seeks to help families analyze the process of family interaction and communication as a whole while offering a safe environment. Not taking sides with specific members is a part of this. In session, Ms. Venetta helps family members become more conscious of patterns or structures that had been previously taken for granted. For individuals seeking to restructure severely dysfunctional families, Ms. Venetta offers individualized therapy in preparation for family therapy.

RAE ANN HAMILTON, LPA

Rae Ann Hamilton enjoys working with tweens and teens (ages 10 and older). Issues she has training and experience in with young people include: anxiety, depression, Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning difficulties, social problems, anger management, self- esteem, giftedness, and life transitions such as from high school to college. Mrs. Hamilton incorporates several therapeutic approaches in

JEFF FISCHER, PH.D

Dr. Jeff Fischer has worked with teenagers and young adults on issues pertaining to separation and individuation, identity formation, and academic and career decision making. He recognizes that adolescence and early adulthood is a time of great change which can be stressful for both families and individuals. His approach is developmental in nature, with particular emphasis placed on supporting parents in helping adolescents learn key life skills, explore options, and make informed decisions. In addition to addressing the array of issues teens face, Dr. Fischer also has experience working with ADD/ADHD and with substance abuse issues impacting both families and younger populations.

COLLEEN HAMILTON, PSY.D.

Dr. Colleen Hamilton has a passion for working with teenagers and their families. Her background includes working with adolescents with a variety of presentations, including: behavior difficulties; social skills problems; depression; general, school, social and test anxiety; AD/HD; ASD; learning disabilities; trauma; self-image and self-esteem, identity development, and the spectrum of adolescent issues. For teens dealing with trauma she utilizes her specialized training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, Dr. Hamilton has worked with special needs (i.e., autism spectrum and emotional-behavioral disturbance) and at-risk teens (i.e., teens involved in delinquent behaviors). Her experience with teenagers also includes career development for older teens. In her individual therapy with adolescents she demonstrates respect for the teen while guiding them in the development of new skills, behaviors and/or in mood regulation. Adolescence can be a hard transition for both teenagers and parents, and Dr. Hamilton can help the family navigate this time in family therapy. Dr. Hamilton utilizes various approaches such as psycho-education and improved listening and expression to help foster communication between teenagers and parents. She has assisted teens and parents in creating structure and a daily routine, teaching problem solving skills, conflict resolution skills, boundary setting, how to support a member with a mental illness, how to have a healthy argument, and how to have fun as a family. With over 15 years of experience specializing in kids and families, she has a wide array of tools to help teens and families.

LINDSEY OHLER, PSY.D.

Dr. Ohler enjoys working with teenagers and their families. Her work has involved helping adolescents develop a sense of identify and personal mission, manage boundaries with friends and family, understand and cope with emotions, and transition to independence. She has worked with adolescents that struggle with depression, social skills deficits, anxiety, substance abuse, self-injurious behavior and disordered eating.

TINA LEPAGE, PSY.D.

From the very beginning of her career, Dr. Lepage has been focusing on children and families; whereas most psychologists have an undergraduate that is, like their doctorate, in psychology, Dr. Lepage has an undergraduate in Child Development & Family Relationships. Her many years of specialization in child development and families make her highly sought out by parents seeking help for their child. Dr. Lepage has

Raleigh Office Clinicians

HEIDI LECOUNT

Adolescent years can be a challenging transition between being a child and becoming an adult. Heidi works with adolescents to identify their values and strengths, which are underlying currents of the work she does with this population. Helping teens to find their voice, develop positive coping strategies, and learn communication skills to use with their family and peers is part of the therapeutic process. With her many years of working with emerging adults, Heidi also encourages adolescents to envision their future and set practical goals for themselves, whether it be attending college, community college, or learning a trade. Each adolescent is a unique individual – therapy can help them become the best versions of themselves for today and beyond.

MELISSA HUEMMER

Melissa has worked with adolescents for over 25 years in individual, family, day treatment and inpatient settings. She adapts a non-judgmental, relationship-based approach with the goal of connecting to the adolescent so they can be honest with her and themselves about what they are feeling. She incorporates parent and family work as well for an effective systems-focused approach. With children and teens of all ages, Melissa provides therapy for a broad array of childhood issues such as depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, school anxiety and refusal, gender identity, bullying, trauma and abuse, sibling rivalry, parent-child relationship rifts, oppositional behavior, conduct issues, academic struggles, attention deficit, healthy lifestyle choices, and supportive therapy for life changes such as moving or divorce or grief. Teenagers are experiencing changes on multiple levels and often can’t find the words to express their thoughts; Melissa helps them be able to do this. Therapy with teens includes art, music, nature and other activities to facilitate communication.

CHERYL COHEN, LCSW

Cheryl Cohen has worked with adolescents for over 25 years. Cheryl’s undergraduate degree is in family systems, and in graduate school she maintained a family systems perspective. Cheryl has a non -judgmental, non-condemning, relationship-based approach. She believes it is the connection between clinician and client that determines outcomes.

ALEXANDRA MAESTRE, PSY.D.

Dr. Alexandra Maestre works with teenagers and families to improve behaviors, emotional functioning, learning, and social-emotional outcomes. Through a systematic, problem-solving approach, she seeks to understand the source of unique difficulties and address the system as well as improve coping skills to improve understanding of behaviors, distress tolerance for the teen and family, acceptance of diagnoses/challenges, and emotional regulation to facilitate more positive outcomes for children and families. Dr. Maestre helps adolescents learn adaptive coping skills which can be used throughout their lives in various circumstances and settings. Teens will find new ways of understanding their own behaviors and those of others, and parents will learn how to support growth so changes can be sustained.

Chapel Hill Office Clinicians

STEPHEN MESSER, PH.D.

Dr. Messer has extensive training and experience working with adolescents in a multitude of settings, from home and school settings, to academic medical center inpatient units and specialty outpatient clinics. He understands the many potential sources of stressors and difficulties confronting young people and strives to learn more with each additional client and family, as well through his commitment to life-long professional education.

KEVIN METZ, PSY.D.

With extensive experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings, Dr. Kevin Metz is intimately familiar with the challenges facing teenagers and their families today. Dr. Metz understands that the teenage years can be complex and difficult times for teens and their families, and has helped guide many clients through this transitional period. Dr. Metz has a creative, skillful and supportive way of b

Telehealth Online Office Clinicians

Adolescent Telehealth

Melissa has worked with adolescents for over 25 years in individual, family, day treatment and inpatient settings. She adapts a non-judgmental, relationship-based approach with the goal of connecting to the adolescent so they can be honest with her and themselves about what they are feeling. She incorporates parent and family work as well for an effective systems-focused approach. With children and teens of all ages, Melissa provides therapy for a broad array of childhood issues such as depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, school anxiety and refusal, gender identity, bullying, trauma and abuse, sibling rivalry, parent-child relationship rifts, oppositional behavior, conduct issues, academic struggles, attention deficit, healthy lifestyle choices, and supportive therapy for life changes such as moving or divorce or grief. Teenagers are experiencing changes on multiple levels and often can’t find the words to express their thoughts; Melissa helps them be able to do this. Therapy with teens includes art, music, nature and other activities to facilitate communication.

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