Child and Family Psychologists

Durham Chapel Hill

Durham Office

JAMILA PARKER, PSY.D.

Dr. Parker has a passion for working with children and began her career focused on helping children and families. Her extensive experience working with children spans private practice, the school environment, and community enrichment 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.

LINDSEY OHLER, PSY.D.

Dr. Lindsey Ohler has worked with children and their families across multiple settings including private practice, inpatient treatment facility, an autism treatment center, and the juvenile court system. She enjoys working across the spectrum of childhood disorders including social skills deficits, behavioral problems, anxiety of all forms, depression, and self-injurious behaviors. She values understanding th

CHERYL COHEN, LCSW

Cheryl Cohen’s experience working with children, parents and families spans 25 years. She is well versed in attachment theory parenting as well as general parenting from a positive learning opportunity and natural consequences aspect.

COLLEEN HAMILTON, PSY.D.

Dr. Colleen Hamilton is a clinical and child psychologist, with her training focused on work with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in children, and has a wide variety of experience working with children and their families. Dr. Hamilton’s fun and creative spirit as a child therapist makes her uniquely skilled at engaging children in the process! She is well versed in a variety of approaches that engage children to include play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and body movement 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 her work including Client-Centered, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Insight-Oriented (Psychodynamic), Behavior Management, and Psychoeducation, depending on the individual’s presenting issues. Mrs. Hamilton considers it a privilege to assist courageous young people in their journey to improve their lives.

BLAKELY MULDER, PH.D.

Ms. Blakely Mulder’s goal is to help children develop the skills and understanding they need to express themselves in a healthy way and cope with life’s challenges. She uses play, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral therapies to understand children’s perspectives and teach them new skills. Ms. Mulder develops children’s ability to identify and voice their emotions, cope with challenging situations, and communicate their needs in a productive way. Ms. Mulder also teaches children perspective-taking and social skills. As a Licensed School Psychologist, Ms. Mulder has experience providing therapy to children whose mental health and/or behavior impact them both at home and at school. She is adept at collaborating with parents and teachers to provide children with consistent support across settings. She has specialized training and experience in working with children with Autism, disabilities, and trauma histories. When working with children, Ms. Mulder loves to make therapy fun by incorporating games, drawings, and hands-on activities.

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

Ms. Bridges has worked with children of all ages presenting with different areas of clinical focus. She primarily uses play therapy as a mode for treatment with young children, incorporating parent and family work as well for an effective systems-focused approach. She has a particular interest in coordinating her therapeutic interventions with families and schools, in order to best serve the child in the two settings where they spend the majority of their time. For several years, Ms. Bridges has also been involved in the evaluation and treatment of sexualized youth and their families. A strong advocate for children and families, she has created and implemented treatment plans and advocated for children and families who are dealing with obstacles at home, in the school system, the court system, and the community. 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.

Ms. Tufts has worked with children 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.

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.

Matthew Varley, Ph.D.

Dr. Varley has worked with children and families in diverse settings, including an intensive outpatient program for young people with developmental disorders and a clinic for adjudicated juveniles. Like adults, children often begin therapy with the basic needs to feel connected to a clinician, heard, and understood. Compared to grown-ups, children typically have fewer skills in verbal expression, so they rely more on play and other behaviors to communicate. Children may require time and experience to understand what therapy is and how it may be helpful for them.

BAILEY COLE, PH.D.

Children and families have been an area of interest for Dr. Bailey Cole throughout his career. He has worked with clients across an array of ages in his clinical work, addressing the variety of problems children and families experience. In individual therapy, Dr. Cole works to build self-reliance among youth through problem solving and skill-building. Working at a pace and developmental level that best fits each unique child, he strives to help children reach their fullest potential. In family therapy Dr. Cole coaches all family members on improved listening and understanding, effective communication skills, and joint problem-solving. In addition to therapy, Dr. Cole enjoys using psychological assessment to help children and their families better understand the child’s strengths and how to best serve their learning style.


Chapel Hill Office

STEPHEN MESSER, PH.D.

Dr. Messer has extensive training and experience working with school-aged children in a multitude of settings, from Head Start classes to academic medical center inpatient units and specialty outpatient clinics.

Raleigh Office