How We Help
We offer a diverse range of expertise, but believe the most important component of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. Without this respectful and trusting relationship, even the best methods will be ineffective. Therefore, we strive to provide a nurturing environment for each client through respect, acceptance, and understanding. From this foundation our therapists use their knowledge and techniques to guide each client toward his/her goals.
Kathleen is the owner and manager of Southeast Child & Family Guidance. After putting herself through undergraduate and graduate school working as a restaurant server, legal secretary, and paralegal; she is prepared for the hard work it takes to run a business. With twenty plus years experience working as a psychotherapist in various private practices, Kathleen brings the best of what she’s learned to Southeast Child and Family Guidance.
Diane received her BA in Liberal Studies from California State University-San Bernardino where she specialized in elementary education. She has an interest in accounting and finance, and is a vital part of our practice. Diane is a dedicated self-starter and has an eye for detail. She takes care of accounts receivables, accounts payables and insurance claims; and is the person for our clients to touch base with regarding any financial or insurance questions.
Dorothy has a BA in Small Business Management with a minor in Child Development from Ferris State University. She has worked in various customer service and sales positions. Dorothy handles administrative duties in the office. She is also our contact person for doctors offices and guidance counselors looking to make referrals for their clients.
Nancy Nicholas earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter and editor of weekly, community newspapers in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts before relocating with her family to the Waxhaw area. While raising her two daughters and son, Nancy volunteered at their schools and extracurricular activities as well as The Hospitality House of Charlotte, which provides housing to families with loved ones in nearby hospitals. She aids our clients in verifying insurance benefits and connecting them to the right therapist as well as other clerical tasks and marketing strategies.
- Kathleen M. Bready, M.Ed., LCMHC
- Eden Bozza, MSW, LCSW
- Glenda Brazell, MSW, LCSW
- Kristin Fisher, M.Ed,. LCMHC
- Rhonda Hauge LCSW, ATR
- Teri Hipp, MA, LCMHC
- Larry Liebgold, MA, CGP, LCMHC
- Shannon McDonough , MSW, LCSW
- Angie Miller, M.S., LCMHC
- Connie Perkins, MSW, LCSW
- Jenna Perusek, MS, LCMHC
- Anne Velasco, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Kathleen earned her master of education degree from the University of North Florida in 1995. She specialized in mental health counseling, and participated in two practicum programs. One focused on biofeedback, stress management, and wellness promotion; and the other focused on sexual abuse with both victims and perpetrators. Since graduate school, Kathleen has worked in residential treatment facilities and hospitals, but she has spent most of her time working in private practices. Over the years she has narrowed her focus to specialize in three areas: anxiety and stress management, teens and parents, and couples. Kathleen uses emotionally focused therapy when working with couples and families and is working toward her certification in this. When working with clients who suffer with anxiety she uses cognitive processing therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy, and relaxation therapy. This therapist is not currently taking new clients.
Eden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience, earning her master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in 1989. Her work focuses on women’s issues, maternal mental health, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and self-worth. She works with adolescents and adults, utilizing therapeutic techniques based upon the individualized needs of the client.
Glenda earned her masters of social work degree from Louisiana State University. She has been a licensed clinical social worker for over 25 years. Her work has focused on children as young as three, adolescents, and adults. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and person centered therapy in her practice. She is also a certified youth trauma treatment professional.
She has treated anxiety, ADHD, depression, trauma, grief, and LGBT and transgender issues.
Kristin Fisher received her masters degree in Counseling and Development from George Mason University, and has more than 10 years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, employee assistance programs, residential and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs. Her approach is holistic in that she believes addressing all parts of ourselves, mind, body and spirit, are essential for optimal mental health. She works from a strength-based perspective to focus on internal strengths and believes the trust connection developed in the therapeutic relationship is essential to growth. In her theoretical approach, she integrates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Personal Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness. Areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, parenting, grief, addictions, women’s issues, life balance, and self worth issues. She has specialized training in Mindfulness, relaxation therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Teri earned her master of arts degree in Human Development Counseling in 1992 from Bradley University and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT- 200). Teri has more than 15 years experience helping children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings. As a certified TF-CBT therapist, she has extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma. She has worked in residential treatment programs with young victims of sexual abuse, and to reunify families by empowering parents and improving communication and coping skills. She has a strong background in developmental psychology and utilizes this in working with children and adolescents as they work through transitions. Teri also counsels couples, incorporating emotionally focused therapy during sessions as she works toward certification in this therapeutic model. After completing her yoga teacher training in 2007, Teri began incorporating yoga as a treatment modality in group and individual settings. Most recently, Teri has concentrated on utilizing yoga in helping women who struggle with anxiety, and in helping teens who struggle with body image.
Larry has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2005. He earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University in Colorado. Larry has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, is a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Larry uses his years of training and experience to help individuals, and couples, identify and remove the road blocks to satisfying lives and relationships. Larry uses patient and compassionate connection as the pathway to discovery and change. Larry is an active member of the American Group Psychotherapist Association and the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples.
Shannon earned her master of social work degree from the University of South Carolina in 1996. She has been a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina since May, 1998. While attending graduate school, she worked with hospice facilitating the grief/loss therapy program. She later counseled troubled youth in a children’s home. Shannon has since worked extensively with adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. She works individually with adolescents and adults, as well as couples. Shannon has facilitated group sessions to address depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. She specializes in dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy. This therapist is not currently taking new clients.
Angie earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from The University of Central Missouri, formerly Central Missouri State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the states of North Carolina and Illinois. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal Trainer. Angie specializes in integrative health and wellness. She has more than seven years experience working in mental health, including school counseling, private practice, and employee assistance counseling. Additionally, she speaks at global health and fitness conferences on topics including emotional resilience, behavior change, and mindfulness, and she has experience teaching Stress Management at the university level. Angie’s mission is to create a supportive therapeutic alliance with her clients using a strengths-based approach to treatment. One where hardships and challenges facilitate personal growth and clients feel empowered to make positive meaningful change. Her theoretical orientation includes techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and walk therapy. Angie specializes in anxiety, depression, managing stress, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions, parenting concerns, women’s issues (young adult, midlife, body image, and self-esteem), caregiver concerns, and gender dysphoria.
Connie is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 28 years of experience working in hospital and school settings. Connie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University in 1987 and her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University in 1990. Connie completed a Social Work Fellowship in psychotherapy at the Yale Child Study Center in 1991. Connie works with children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families addressing anxiety, depression, adjustment and behavioral issues related to chronic illness and school problems. Connie conducts individual, parent-child/family, and group therapy. Connie uses neurologically informed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is working toward certification in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and as a Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional for children, adolescents and adults
Jenna earned a master of science degree in counseling and psychology from Troy University in 2016. She is a client centered counselor with a passion to help empower individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and tools to work through their presenting problems. Jenna is skilled in building a therapeutic alliance with her clients and creating a safe, judgment-free atmosphere with the hope that they are able to openly explore their thoughts and feelings. She has experience working with individuals from various backgrounds in an outpatient setting. She enjoys working with adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship issues, substance abuse, and various life challenges. She believes in the power of knowledge’s ability to impact healing and frequently applies psychoeducation into treatment. Jenna is a strength-based therapist and her overall theoretical orientation is integrative and commonly includes utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as behavioral and solution-focused techniques.
Before earning her master of social work degree in 2010, Anne earned her master of art degree in sociology in 1999, and worked in educational research until 2008. She received both degrees from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She began a job in social work at a community mental health center before joining us at Southeast Child and Family Guidance. Anne is a licensed clinical social worker and is a licensed chemical addictions specialist-associate, working with adolescents and adults. Having taught women’s studies at the university level and having focused on men’s issues in her MSW capstone, she has a special interest in gender issues. She provides treatment and support to help clients modify problem behaviors, and to recover from addiction and other mental health issues. Anne enjoys working with individuals as well as facilitating groups. She has training in dialectical behavioral therapy, and specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapist is not currently taking new clients.