Adolescent and Family Therapists

Durham Chapel Hill Raleigh

Durham Office

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.

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

JAMILA PARKER, PSY.D.

Dr. Parker 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 text anxiety; AD/HD; 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.

BLAKELY MULDER, PH.D.

Being a teenager means getting caught in the middle between childhood and adulthood. It’s a constant tangle of emotions, relationship changes, and self-discovery. As an adolescent and family therapist, Dr. Blakely Mulder is passionate about helping teens and their families navigate the choppy waters of the teen years. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to help teens understand how their thoughts and feelings impact their behaviors, and how to counteract self-defeating mindsets that get them down. Dr. Mulder works with teens on building confidence, coping, self-regulation, and problem-solving skills. She helps ensure teens and their parents communicate and work together to facilitate the teen’s emerging adulthood. Dr. Mulder is a Licensed School Psychologist and previously provided counseling in a therapeutic high school program for teens whose mental health conditions interfered with their academic success. She particularly enjoys working with teens with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and acting-out behaviors.

LESA BRIDGES, LCSW, ED.D. (ABD)

With adolescents, Ms. Bridges understands the unique challenges and varying developmental stages of concern, including autonomy, physical and emotional changes, and strained parent-teen relationships. She works with the adolescent to identify the area(s) of focus, as well as considering systems at large, such as parents, educational institutions, and social groups. With children and teens of all ages, Ms. Bridges provides therapy for the broad array of childhood issues, such as depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, school anxiety and refusal, sibling rivalry, parent-child relationship rifts, oppositional behavior, conduct issues, academic struggles, learning differences, attention deficit, autism spectrum, healthy lifestyle (weight management and movement), and supportive therapy for life changes such as moving or divorce.

ERIN PIECHOCINSKI, PSY.D.

Dr. Piechocinski has worked with adolescents presenting with different areas of clinical focus. With adolescents Dr. Piechocinski understands the unique challenges and varying developmental stages of concern, including autonomy, physical and emotional changes, and strained parent-teen relationships. Dr. Piechocinski works with the adolescent to identify the area(s) of focus, as well as considering systems at large, such as parents, educational institutions, and social groups. She creates a space teens can feel heard and understood, while challenging them to make positive change, teaching new skills, and supporting them along the way.

CHRIS TUFTS, ED.S.

Ms. Tufts has worked with adolescents and families to improve learning and social-emotional outcomes for over 20 years. 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 child and family, acceptance of diagnoses/challenges, and emotional regulation to facilitate more positive outcomes for children and families. Ms. Tufts helps clients learn adaptive coping skills which can be used throughout their lives in various circumstances and settings. Clients will find new ways of understanding their own behaviors and those of others.

BRIANNA CUTHRELL, LCSWA, CAC

Ms. Cuthrell enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families. Her work has involved working in private practice, K-12 educational settings, community mental health, and in-home services. Ms. Cuthrell provides a safe and positive space for clients to identify and understand their emotions and identify and utilize coping strategies. She has worked with adolescents who struggle with depression, social skills deficits, anxiety, substance abuse, boundary setting, effective communication and self-injurious behavior.

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

Matthew Varley, Ph.D.

Dr. Varley has worked with adolescents and families in diverse settings, including an intensive outpatient program for young people with developmental disorders and a clinic for adjudicated juveniles. Like adults, adolescents often begin therapy with the basic needs to feel connected to a clinician, heard, and understood. They typically have emerging skills in verbal expression and may still rely at times on play-related interactions, such as games, and other behaviors to communicate.

BAILEY COLE, PH.D.

Dr. Bailey Cole recognizes adolescence is characterized by various changes and obstacles that may require additional assistance to navigate. His experience has included addressing the variety of issues teens struggle with. As such, Dr. Cole 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, he 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. Cole 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. In addition to therapy, Dr. Cole enjoys using psychological assessment to help adolescents and their families better understand the child’s strengths and how to best serve their learning style.


Chapel Hill Office

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

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.


Raleigh Office