Meet Our Staff

Jake Jake Ottman is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) who works with individual adolescents, adults, and couples. He has experience utilizing cognitive-based approaches in the treatment of depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, and OCD. Jake's approach to individual therapy is calming and introspective, and he believes that the therapeutic setting offers a space for the people he works with to discover greater clarity and insight. This awareness, when coupled with values-driven action, can help clients achieve their goals and enrich their day-to-day lives. Jake utilizes a variety of approaches including ACT, CBT, and MBSR.

In his work with couples, he finds that couples experiencing painful disconnection or unhealthy levels of conflict benefit immensely from the opportunity to see different perspectives on their problems, recognize their own contributions to the relational disfunction, and create new, healthier ways of being together. Jake adapts to each couple’s unique needs by drawing from Gottman, Relational Life, and Emotional Focused Therapy modalities.

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GM Gabriella Drouillard-Moser  is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate.  She works with individual adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups.  Gabriella works with all couples (LGBTQIAP affirming) in all phases of their relationship to bridge the gap in communication that can result in a fractured marriage or relationship.  She also specializes in group therapy, especially in treating addiction. Gabriella believes that group therapy can be incredibly influential in recovery especially for adolescents.  Gabriella also offers career counseling from the lens of a counselor and the lens of a woman who was in the business sector for her first career.  Gabriella uses a wide variety of interventions including cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, strength based, family systems and attachment therapies as well as Gottman. She believes in meeting a client where they are and using the treatment best fit for that individual. Gabriella is also open to integrate spirituality into counseling sessions upon client request. 

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Melissa Griswold    Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who works primarily with adults and young adults and graduated with her Bachelors and Master’s Degree at Appalachian State University in Social Work with a concentration in Individuals and Families. Her specialties lie in treating depression, anxiety, grief, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, unhealthy eating patterns and self image, trauma, life changes and transitions. Melissa utilizes multiple therapy interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness Training, Attachment Theory, trauma informed care and grief counseling in dynamic capacities to address each client’s individual needs. She is also fully certified in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Her experience ranges from working as a school based therapist to serving nursing homes and assisted living facilities, offering unique perspectives in each.

Self discovery is a helpful tool in developing a relationship with therapist and yourself as well as understanding your relationship with others. Journaling, personality tests, and exploring causes for thought processes can be helpful in identifying and honoring your true self. Melissa also has experience with the importance of health and nutrition as a factor in mental health. Her approach includes utilizing neuroscience and updated research to encourage better self understanding and increase practical coping skills. She fosters a warm, open hearted therapy experience to work along side of patients to identify social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and personal goals that break down barriers to achieving healing and joy.

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Josh Josh Gutierrez    works with adolescents and adults dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, and addictions. He feels that the therapeutic process should be client-led and that a person should be empowered by a collaborative therapeutic relationship to make their own decisions in life. He gravitates towards Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the Strengths-Based Approach, as well as Mindfulness Therapy to help clients find their way.  

Josh can be contacted at [email protected].

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 Tanya Depetris  We would like to welcome back Tanya Depetris our awesome 2022 Graduating Intern. Tanya is now a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHCA) who works with teens age 15 and up, adults, couples, and families. Tanya has worked with individuals who have mental health diagnoses such as depression, stress and trauma related disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as with individuals, families, and couples who are experiencing interpersonal or intrapersonal difficulties. She has experience with individual, family, and couples counseling. Tanya brings empathy, compassion, and a growth mindset to the counseling relationship. She believes that all clients are capable of change and is passionate about helping her clients challenge themselves to become the best version of themselves.

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Jessica Jessica Young    is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina who works with children ages 4 and up, teens, and adults. She has enjoyed working mainly with children, adolescents, and families. She has specific experience with family systems, trauma, and crisis, which she addresses through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, and art therapy. Her work has given her the chance to help adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, self-harm, and several other challenges. Jessica also provides parenting support for families with children who have behavioral concerns, as well as individual therapy to young children.   

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Elena Elena Ahrenholz   is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, #C014964). She works with adults experiencing PTSD, OCD and eating disorders in addition to ADHD, stressful life transitions, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. She is trained in basic EMDR and level one brainspotting. She draws upon concepts from dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, internal family systems and acceptance and commitment therapy. She enjoys integrating clients’ spirituality into sessions upon their request, and witnessing clients finding inner resources they never knew they possessed, in order to draw meaning from pain.  

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img Tina Chu   is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of North Carolina who works with children, adolescents, and adults, ages 7-21, incorporating family counseling as needed.  She enjoys working alongside each individual to navigate through the various struggles that life may bring. She is supportive and empathetic to the needs of all of her clients and understands that everyone is unique and different in their own way. She meets each individual where they are and at a pace that is comfortable for them. She believes the most important part of the therapeutic process is establishing a strong relationship, built on trust and honesty. Tina has experience working with those who have difficulties with a wide range of symptoms related but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, life changes, school problems, and defiance. Her approach is person-centered and strengths-based. She focuses on self-empowerment towards healing and resilience. Tina utilizes components of CBT, DBT, MI, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Music and Art Therapy in her sessions.   

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TD Mark Chrisinger  is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). He provides individual therapy for ages 16 and up and works primarily with clients experiencing anxiety, mood dysregulation, and post-traumatic stress. Mark’s work is founded in mindfulness practice, polyvagal theory, psychodynamic theory, and person-centered theory. He sees therapy as a gentle, client-paced process of increasing awareness and tolerance of mental-emotional experience and stimulating new wellness-promoting behaviors. Mark is trained in brains potting, which he uses in the treatment of trauma. He is also certified in the Safe and Sound Protocol, an acoustic therapy used in the treatment of ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, trauma, and sensory processing sensitivity. He is interested in working more with neurodiverse clients and clients with diverse gender and sexual identities. Mark is registered with the South Carolina Board of Counselors as a Telehealth Registered Professional Counselor (registrant #TLC 323 PC),  which allows him to provide behavorial health services to residents of South Carolina. His registrant information with the board can be found here:  

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RN Robyn Noftle  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina and works with adolescents and adults, ages 12 and up, at Lewisville Family Counseling.  Robyn has experience working with individuals with a variety of mental and emotional issues, including: anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, maternal mental health, life changes,  school/work problems, self-harm,  and relationship issues.  She primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but also pulls from other approaches such as solution-focused therapy, systems theory, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches.  

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TD Anne-Hampton Harden  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in North Carolina who works with children, adolescents, and adults, ages 10 and older. Anne-Hampton is originally from Virginia, then completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Georgia before moving to Winston Salem in 2014. She then received her Master of Social Work degree from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2021. While in the social work program, Anne-Hampton completed two internships, one working with the foster care unit of a local children’s home, and the second working as an outpatient counselor for a public agency, where she discovered her passion for counseling. During this internship, she gained experience working with both adolescents and adults, assessing for trauma, and working with disenfranchised populations.

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img Lakisha Henry-Simmons is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. She works with kids who struggle with academic concerns, social and emotional needs, general anxiety, testing anxiety, ADHD, ADD, mental illness, suicide ideation, self-esteem, sexual & cultural identity, bullying, family dynamic changes due to death, grief, and loss as well as additional trauma. She also has experience in credit counseling and recovery. Lakisha is enthusiastic about working with adolescents, teens, young adults, families, and couples who need support in the areas of trauma and getting their lives on the right path. She believes that each client is different, so their plan of care will be tailored to their counseling needs. Lakisha strongly believes in the power and benefits of counseling as it pertains to wellness, growth, health, mindfulness & meditation, so she will encourage her clients as they journey into the healthiest versions of themselves.

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img Kayla Caruso is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) with clinical experience treating both addiction and mental health conditions in the group and individual setting. She has counseled clients through major life events and transitions, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, and relationship struggles. Kayla takes a holistic approach to health and addresses the physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of life that affect the overall wellness of a person. In her free time Kayla likes to be involved in her community, spend time with family, and play Bunco with friends.

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NR Nkecha Rucker   is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina.  She serves clients from 12 years of age to adults in individual and group settings.  She works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, trauma, and grief.  Her primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy.  She brings many years of experience in the field of education as a Special Education Teacher, Instructional Coach and Professional Development Specialist, and specializes in secondary/post-secondary transitions (academic and mental health) and learning disabilities.  Nkecha believes in servant leadership and reflective practice.  She has a passion for supporting others in their journey towards self-discovery and leading more purposeful and meaningful lives.   

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KC Kervins Clement   is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate in North Carolina.  He sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  He is currently working towards his PhD at UNCG. Kervins has experience working with a variety of mental and emotional challenges, such as addiction, relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, and family conflict.  He also specializes in Sex and Love Addiction.  Kervins has a passion for helping individuals and couples live their best lives.  Counseling can be one step towards creating that full, authentic life, and Kervins would love to join you on that journey.  Kervins is not currently accepting new clients.   

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EC Emily Compton    is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina who works with children age 8 and up, teens, and adults.  Emily is passionate about working with individuals who have eating disorders. She has an eclectic therapeutic style and pulls from a variety of evidence-based practices including dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and family based therapy. Upon graduating from graduate school, Emily began working with individuals who have a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and various psychotic disorders. Emily has also worked with individuals who have physical and developmental disabilities and their families. Emily believes in a collaborative and strengths-based approach to treatment and enjoys helping patients to describe their experiences in a unique and non-judgmental manner as they move toward recovery. Emily is not taking new clients at this time.  

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Ben Ben Bentley    is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with more than 30 years of experience of providing therapy, support and encouragement. He enjoys working with ages 14 and up providing individual, family and group therapy. Ben provides services to individuals struggling with various issues including substance use and addiction, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma. Ben utilizes client centered, non-judgmental practical approaches to help individuals make progress toward their goals and recovery. His approach often includes aspects of Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and family systems theory. Ben is trained in Brain Spotting for treating traumatic experiences. He typically provides both in-person and telehealth therapeutic services.

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JL Jennifer Locklear    founded Lewisville Family Counseling, PLLC in January 2012 and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. Jennifer is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients including children ages 6 and up, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups.  Among her areas of expertise are cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety; yoga for emotional health, breathing, and meditation; mindfulness; Gottman method couples counseling; substance abuse and addiction; grief counseling; parenting support; and counseling for behavioral issues.  Jennifer also has an interest in spirituality and, if a client chooses, can integrate spirituality into the counseling experience. Jennifer is not taking new clients at this time.  

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img Abbey Lefko is a graduate student intern studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. She is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Associate (LCMHCA). She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UNC
Charlotte in 2019. Abbey’s approach to counseling is person-centered in nature. She believes that
the client is the expert on themselves and it is her job to help them use that expert knowledge to
improve their well-being and achieve their goals. She focuses on being genuine and
compassionate in sessions while collaborating with clients to find the answers they are seeking.
Abbey sees both teens and adults. She has experience working with a wide variety of mental
health concerns, as well as specialized knowledge and training working with eating disorders.
Abbey is passionate about her work as a counselor and strives to create a safe and
non-judgmental environment where her clients can feel accepted and supported as they work
toward becoming the best version of themselves.

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img Asia Pepper is a graduate counseling intern working toward her licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA). She is completing her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. Asia works from a collaborative, humanistic approach, focusing on aspects of Existentialism, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while being mindful of cultural, ethnic, and economic factors. Areas of clinical interest include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, sexuality and gender, and self-esteem. Asia understands that every person has a unique story that shapes their experiences. Because of this, it is her core belief everyone should have a safe and healing place tailored to their specific needs to work through life's difficulties while facilitating healing and growth.

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img Kate Washburn is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate student at Wake Forest University completing her practicum at Lewisville Family Counseling. She is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA). Kate also has experience working as a middle and high school Spanish teacher and academic coach. She embraces the resilience of human beings, taking a person-centered, empathetic, and developmentally-minded approach to counseling. Kate incorporates concepts from Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work with clients. She supports clients ages 11 and older as they work towards a more balanced and meaningful life, aiming to provide holistic and culturally sensitive care. Clients can expect acceptance, warmth, and a safe environment for exploration when working with Kate.

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KF Kim Freeman   works as Lewisville Family Counseling's Office Manager.  Kim brings over 30 years of medical experience to our practice.  Kim works closely with our clients and counselors and is happy to help answer any questions you may have.  

Kim can be contacted at [email protected] or at 336-945-0137.

DH Denise Hunt    is Lewisville Family Counseling's Insurance Specialist. Denise partners with our counselors and clients to work through the complexities of health insurance. Whether you are a current client or are exploring counseling options, if you have questions about your insurance coverage, Denise can work with you to help you understand the process and determine what your health insurance says about your coverage.  

Denise can be contacted at [email protected].


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