Meet The Team
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Kathleen Bready, M.Ed., LCMHC, QS
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 25-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 Monroe, BA
Nancy Nicholas, BA
Lorraine Berkowitz, BBA
Lorraine Berkowitz earned her bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from Hofstra University and worked for 15 years for several retailers on Long Island before relocating with her family to the Waxhaw area. While raising her son and daughter, Lorraine volunteered at their schools and extracurricular activities, as well as currently volunteers on several committees serving her neighborhood HOA. She aids our clients connecting them to the right therapist in verifying insurance benefits and as well as other clerical tasks and record keeping.
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Kathleen M. Bready, M.Ed., LCMHC, QS
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.
Kathleen is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Coventry PPO, Humana Military/TriCare, Medcost, United HealthCare.
This therapist is not taking new clients at this time.
Emily Abernathy, MSW, LCSW
Emily is a licensed clinical social worker who has been a therapist since 2017. She earned her master’s degree at UNC Chapel Hill’s nationally ranked School of Social Work and has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, also earned at UNC Chapel Hill.
Emily loves to help children, adolescents, and adults transform from feeling overwhelmed and stuck to feeling calm, capable, and confident to be themselves. She especially loves treating children, using age-appropriate approaches including play therapy, talk therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients learn coping skills, resolve trauma, break free from problematic symptoms and patterns, and confidently manage stress and difficult emotions. Her preferred modality is EMDR, which she loves to combine with play therapy and sand tray therapy. She holds an EMDR Sandtray Specialist Level 1 certification from Agate Institute. Emily also treats anxiety, depression, trauma, overwhelming stress, difficulty managing emotions, adjustment difficulties, self-esteem problems, and motivation challenges.
Before becoming a therapist, Emily loved working with children and families as an elementary school teacher. Her experience as a teacher has given her a unique understanding of the intersection of the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic factors which affect school-age children.
Emily is in network with the following insurances: United HealthCare. She is in the process of becoming in network with other insurance companies and in the meantime is offering self-pay rates.
Tolu Ayoola, MSW, LCSWA
Tolu is a licensed clinical social worker associate, having received her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and her masters from Walden University.
She has more than 15 years of experience working in the areas of child welfare, mental and behavioral health and community services. Tolu enjoys working with adolescents and teens creating programs and activities to help them manage behavioral and environmental challenges. Drawing on her years helping children and their families in residential and community settings, Tolu works with children with behavioral issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-worth and changes in family dynamics. She also supports families in managing conflicts by developing coping strategies. She utilizes various therapeutic skills, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to support each individualized need.
Tolu is married with three children. She loves to travel, cook and read novels.
Tolu is in-network with the following insurances: BCBS, Cigna and Medcost insurances.
Tania Bialeck, MS, LCMHC
Tania Bialeck graduated with her bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in biology from Loyola University New Orleans before pursuing a master of arts in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She worked as a school counselor in Charlotte before deciding to venture into outpatient therapy.
Tania is bilingual; working with both English and Spanish-speaking clients and families. While she has experience with clients of all ages, assisting them with a variety of conditions and diagnoses, Tania will be working primarily with adults at Southeast Child & Family Guidance. Tania takes a systemic, holistic approach to counseling which helps individuals gauge, reassess and make changes to their overall lifestyle. Certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), she is able to assist clients who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives in finding a balance between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Tania has three beautiful boys to whom she dedicates her time outside work. She is also passionate about real estate. You can often find Tania at the ballpark cheering on her sons during a baseball game. When time is available, Tania loves to attend cardio dance at the gym and catch up with girlfriends.
Tania is in network with the following insurances: CBHA, United HealthCare. She is in the process of becoming in network with other insurance companies and in the meantime is offering self-pay rates.
Eden Bozza, MSW, LCSW
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.
Eden is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Humana Military/TriCare, Medcost, United HealthCare.
Juliene Cook, MS, LCMHC
Juliene earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Canisius College in Buffalo NY in 1999. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor as well as a licensed school counselor. With more than 20 years experience as a middle school counselor, she specializes in working with children (ages 10+) and adolescents. Juliene also offers individual counseling services for adults. Her therapeutic basis is from the Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral approach. She believes that everyone has the innate ability to overcome obstacles and challenges presented in their lives. She believes that by establishing goals with the client and their family, and through the use of specific counseling interventions, clients gain an increase in self-awareness, self-regulation and self-worth. She is also a Therapy Dogs International Handler and may employ the use of her 7-pound Yorkipoo, Chloe to assist in the therapy process, when necessary. Juliene is also able to guide parents to access appropriate school interventions and support plans (IEP and Section 504).
Juliene is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Medcost and United HealthCare.
Amy David, MSW, LCSW
Amy is compassionate and believes in the innate worth of every person. She enjoys helping teens and adults work through challenges and towards a sense of inner calm. She provides nonjudgmental and empathetic support.
Amy earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and her B.A. in Psychology and Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Amy’s experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker includes supporting individuals through anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment to life transitions, adoption, and relationship issues. She is married and has 3 children, her youngest having been born in South Korea and joined her family through adoption as an infant. She loves to learn, travel, walk, read, do yoga, and to spend time with her family and friends.
Amy is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Medcost and United HealthCare.
This therapist is not scheduling new clients.
Ashley Elsaesser MS.Ed, LCMHC
Ashley is a licensed clinical mental health counselor as well as a licensed school counselor who earned her master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY). With more than seven years of experience as a School Counselor, she specializes in working with children ages six and older. She also offers individual counseling services for adults up to age 39. Ashley believes in embracing her client’s inner strengths to promote growth and positive healing. Through a client-centered approach, she utilizes solution focused and cognitive behavioral counseling techniques to meet her client’s needs. She also specializes in the use of play therapy techniques with her younger clients to develop rapport and promote change. Her approach has helped her clients to develop positive coping strategies for anxiety, ADD/ADHD, depression, trauma, family dynamic changes and various presenting concerns. She also guides parents to access appropriate school interventions and support plans (IEP and Section 504) when necessary.
Ashley is in network with the following insurances: Aetna (OON), BCBS, Bright Health, Cigna/Evernorth, CBHA, Humana Military/TriCare, Medcost and United HealthCare.
Kristin Fisher, M.Ed., LCMHC
Kristin Fisher received her master’s 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. Kristin also offers Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
Kristin is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, Bright Health, BCBS, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Humana Military/TriCare, Medcost, United HealthCare.
Rhonda Hauge, LCSW, ATR
Rhonda is a licensed clinical social worker and registered art therapist with more than 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings including a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment facility, schools and private practices. Before earning a master of social work degree from Fordham University in 1991, Rhonda earned her masters of art therapy degree from State College University at Buffalo in New York in 1985. Rhonda works with children, adolescents, adults and families addressing a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment issues, grief, and self-worth issues. She utilizes an array of modalities including trauma focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, insight oriented therapy, mindfulness, art therapy, and play therapy. Rhonda has also conducted group therapy for trauma and anxiety issues.
Rhonda is in-network with the following insurances: Aetna, Beacon, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Humana Military/TriCare (OON), Medcost, United HealthCare.
This therapist is not taking new clients at this time.
Teri Hipp, MA, LCMHC
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.
Teri is in-network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Coventry PPO, Medcost, United HealthCare.
Alexandra Lagunas, MSW, LCSW
Alexandra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her master’s in social work degree from Aurora University in 2017. While attending graduate school, she worked with adolescents who experienced trauma from physical and sexual abuse. Post graduate, Alexandra worked at a rape crisis center providing advocacy services and crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault of all ages. Alexandra has also worked with adults in a medical setting providing behavioral health services. These work settings helped her gain skills in empowering clients, meeting clients where they are at, and overall providing clients with support during difficult times. Alexandra strives to create a safe and warm space for all her clients to share, while providing support and listening without judgement. Alexandra works with adolescents, adults, and seniors who are struggling with depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA+, grief/loss, women’s issues, and trauma from sexual assault/ harassment. Alexandra provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. She is bi-lingual, speaking English as well as Spanish.
Alexandra is in-network with the following insurances: BCBS, Aetna, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Medcost and United HealthCare.
This therapist is not scheduling new clients.
Larry Liebgold, MA, CGP, LCMHC
Larry has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and his master’s 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.
Larry is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Medcost, United HealthCare, VA-CCN.
Shannon McDonough, MSW, LCSW
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.
Shannon is in-network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, Cigna/Evernorth, Coventry PPO, Humana Military/Tricare (OON), Medcost, United HealthCare.
This therapist is not scheduling new clients at this time.
Sandra Rice, MS, LCMHC
Sandra earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2014 with a specialization in trauma and has more than 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. Sandra is a rostered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) clinician and has extensive training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics from The Child trauma Academy. Sandra has experience in a variety of settings including a psychiatric treatment facility and day treatment for children and adolescents with significant trauma histories and has worked as a therapist in community, home, school and private practice settings. Sandra has worked with domestic violence shelters, child advocacy centers and resource centers for victims of sexual assault or abuse. Sandra has focused on treating depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mood, personality and adjustment disorders and works with adults, children and families.
Sandra is in network with Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA/Evernorth, Cigna, Humana Military/TriCare, Medcost and United HealthCare insurances.
Jennifer Thompson-Solis MSW, LCSW
Jennifer earned her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Bakersfield. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both North Carolina and California. With more than 12 years of experience in the behavioral health field, she has been supporting individual and families navigate unexpected life changes, traumatic events, grief and loss, and relationship difficulties. She has experience working with specialty populations such as foster youth, incarcerated individuals, co-occurring disorders, and acute crisis situations. Jennifer also has supervisor experience, including supervising a children’s outpatient clinic and being a field practicum supervisor for Master of Social Work Students. Jennifer previously represented a California Behavioral Health Department as an expert and liaison for the Early Childhood Council of Kern, the Homeless Collaborative, and the Zero Suicide Task Force.
Jennifer’s goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental, and comfortable space for all people to navigate life’s challenges drawing on their strengths and skills. Therapy is a great tool that can help make the inevitable ups and downs in life manageable.
Jennifer is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, CBHA, Medcost, and United HealthCare.
Anne Velasco, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
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.
Anne is in network with the following insurances: Aetna, BCBS, Bright Health, CBHA, Cigna/Evernorth, Coventry PPO, Humana Military/TriCare, Medcost and United HealthCare.