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Emily Sinning Sewell MSW, LCSW

Emily Sinning Sewell received her Master’s of Social Work from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in May of 2010. Emily graduated with Honors from her graduate program with a 4.0 GPA and received a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Studies. Emily was awarded the Outstanding MSW Graduate Award upon graduation due to excellence in academics, dedication and service to the community, and active role within the university system. She is a fully licensed clinical social worker and a member of the national association of social workers.  She is also active with the North Carolina Association of Play Therapy.

Emily completed her internship with RHA services in New Bern, NC in which she worked with their Mobile Crisis Management Team and Intensive In-Home Services. Emily spent several years working with the REAL Crisis Center in Greenville, NC as a Certified Volunteer Crisis Counselor, Rape Victim Advocate/Companion, and active member of their Board of Directors.  Emily was also awarded with their prestigious Volunteer of the Year award in 2009. Through the REAL Crisis Center, Emily became certified through the Stewards of Children in child sexual abuse prevention in 2009 and certified in ASIST-applied suicide intervention skills training in 2008. Prior to graduate school and volunteering with REAL crisis, Emily received her Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology from East Carolina University in December of 2007, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Emily has been with CCNC as a psychotherapist conducting evaluations and therapy-individual, couples and family-since June 2010.

Emily’s practice focuses primarily around family dynamics, substance abuse, trauma, grief, depression, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Emily enjoys working with children, teens, and adults and often utilizes creative approaches to therapy, including play techniques, psychoeducation, relaxation training and role playing.

H. Dawn Wrenn, LPC

Dawn Wrenn earned her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2010, and her Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University in 2011. Prior to her graduate school, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a provisionally Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Dawn is also recognized as a Certified Trauma Specialist by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and a Qualified Professional Parenting Educator by The North Carolina Parent Educator’s Network. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Dawn’s background includes both in-patient and outpatient counseling with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as parent education and early childhood development. She has been recognized for volunteer work with military families. Additionally, she was a volunteer victim advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her training includes specialized training through the EMDR Institute in EMDR.

Anne Johnson, LPC

Anne Johnson received her Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling from Webster University in 2008. She is a licensed professional counselor and is a member of the American counseling association. She has previous work experience providing individual, family and group therapy services to acute inpatient populations while working at Brynn Marr hospital and outpatient populations in community mental health and the crisis/detox facility. She treats individuals and families with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Susan L. Rutherford, LCSW

Susan Rutherford received her Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1988.  Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY.  Ms. Susan has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1991.  Ms. Susan has been with CCNC since the start of the practice 10 years ago.  She brings to the practice over 30 years of experience in direct psychiatric care.  She has experience in providing care in the private practice setting, inpatient acute care, partial hospitalization, group home setting and adolescent residential care.  Ms. Susan specializes in treating individuals and families with mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety issues, loss and grief, domestic violence and relationship issues.

When she is not working, Susan enjoys going to the beach, boating and spending time with her family and pets.  Although not from this area, Ms. Susan considers the Crystal Coast to be her home.

Timothy W. Campbell, LCSW

Timothy W. Campbell received his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been awarded the status of Diplomat in Clinical Social Work by the National Association of Social Work Competence Certification Commission. Mr. Tim has more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field. He has held positions such as Director of Training for the National Ft. Bragg Child Mental Health Project; Director of Field Education for the School of Social Work at East Carolina University; Clinical Specialist with North Carolina’s first Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Program and has served as Director of Psychotherapy Services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Mr. Tim has specialized training in the areas of post traumatic stress, military family issues, marital problems, depression, bipolar disorders, asperger’s disorder, anxiety issues, and the treatment of adult and adolescent sexual abuse victims.

Lee Walker, PhD

Dr. Lee Walker received his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He has held a number of positions including Director of Child and Adolescent Services at the Cumberland County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, Director of Psychology at the Wake County Mental Health Center, field supervisor for the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill, Clinical Director at Wake Family Services, Mental Health Consultant for Kittrell Job Corp Center, and an adjunct faculty member for both North Carolina State University and Webster University. He has served as a psychological consultant to numerous local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, Dr. Walker maintained a private practice in Cary, NC from 1984 until in 2008. Dr. Walker is also certified by the Council for the National Register of Health Services Providers, holds a Diplomat from the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty in Couples and Family Counseling.  Dr. Walker’s areas of expertise include child, adolescent, marital and family relationships, post traumatic stress disorder, habit disorders, and depression and anxiety.

Vonda Gardner, LCSW

Vonda Gardner has been a practicing clinician for 10 years. After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology she began working at Duplin General Hospital on the Psychiatric Unit. After completing the Master’s Program at East Carolina University, Vonda began work at Pender Memorial Hospital as the Director of Social Services. In 1999 Vonda returned to Duplin County with Duplin Sampson Mental Health Center (now Eastpointe) as a child and adolescent therapist. In 2002 Vonda was in private practice in Wilmington for 5 years before coming to CCNC in March 2008. While Ms. Vonda treats patients of all ages, she specializes in the treatment of PTSD in children and adults and in working with complicated families.

Donna Brown, LCSW

Donna Brown received her Master’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in 1990.  She is a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor through the National Association of Social Workers.  She grew up in Eastern North Carolina as a Military dependent and has first- hand knowledge of the challenges facing military families. She practices outpatient therapy with groups, families, and individuals seeking improved functioning and coping.  She began her career working in the domestic violence field, and has experience providing inpatient care on a geriatric psychiatric unit.  She spent 13 years in the field providing services to hospice patients and their families from the time of admission through death.  She has a unique understanding of loss, and can guide others through the journey of grief and bereavement.   She is also adept at helping and supporting those coping with mood and anxiety disorders, and PTSD.

Christy Harness, LCSW

Christy Harness received her Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina in May 2011. Christy graduated with honors from her graduate program receiving a degree with distinction, Summa Cum Laude.  She has been credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2013. Christy completed her graduate internship at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital and C.I.R.C. She provided mental health counseling for active duty military personnel and their families. Christy facilitated psychoeducational groups in the psychiatric ward utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy. She also co-facilitated groups for the outpatient crisis prevention program. During her undergraduate internship, Christy worked at the Onslow County Health Department as a Maternity Care Coordinator.

Christy has been with CCNC since 2011 where she has experience with outpatient, inpatient, and emergency room care. Christy has held the position of Director of Telemedicine Services at CCNC since 2013, facilitating and providing psychiatric services for emergency departments across the state of North Carolina via telemedicine. Her background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with special interest in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, marital issues, familial issues/communication, and trauma.

Tanya J. Hopkins, MBA, MA, LPC

Ms. Tanya is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology in 2007 from the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL.   She trained in the college counseling center, hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings as well as volunteering as a counselor for sexual assault survivors and on a suicide hotline before joining CCNC in 2010.  Additionally, she holds a Masters of Business Administration degree she earned in 2000 from Franklin University in Columbus, OH and currently serves as the Corporate Responsibility Officer for the practice.

Ms. Tanya enjoys treating all ages with special interest in children.  She is trained to work with all mental health issues and has special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and LGBTQI issues. Ms. Tanya’s theoretical orientation revolves around identifying the strengths within her patients; Solution Focused Therapy. The patients’ intrapersonal strengths, along with a warm therapeutic alliance and genuine empathy are what she believes to be most beneficial to patients.  Ms. Tanya is trained and competent in other types of psychotherapies including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy.

Ms. Tanya is originally from central Ohio.  She likes spending time with family and friends, playing with her pet, volunteering, and traveling in her spare time.

RaShauna Bethea, MA, LPC

RaShauna Bethea received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University of South Carolina in 2011.  Her emphasis in the master’s program was Professional Mental Health Counseling.  She is a licensed Professional Counselor Associate and is a member of The North Carolina Counseling Association, The North Carolina Mental Health Counselor Association and The North Carolina Association for Assessment in Counseling.

She completed her practicum and internship training in a private practice setting.  She conducted assessments and provided therapy to individuals (adolescents and adults) dealing with depression, anxiety, work and career issues, attention disorders, adolescent behavior issues and adjustment disorders, etc.  She has led and observed group therapy in clinical and community settings.  Through internships, education, and work experience, RaShauna has five years of experience working in the human services field and has been employed with CCNC since December of 2011.

She enjoys working with children, teens and adults utilizing a variety of approaches to help her clients, depending on their individual needs.

Brittany Tillman, LMFT

Brittany Tillman earned her Master of Arts degree in Family Therapy from Saint Louis University in August 2013. She is an associate-level licensed marriage and family therapist. Prior to graduate school, she attained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at Winston-Salem State University. She completed her internship with Queen of Peace Center in Saint Louis, MO, which specialized in substance abuse treatment for women, children, and their families. During her internship, she provided individual and group therapy to women in recovery, along with family therapy, parent education sessions, and dynamic work with adolescent clients. Brittany’s practice focuses around family dynamics, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. Brittany is also passionate about military families, and having grown up in one, has unique insight into the challenges military families face. Her greatest reward as a therapist is helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope.

Leah Callahan, LPC-A

In 2015, Ms. Callahan was awarded her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. During her graduate training, Ms. Callahan worked as an intern on a volunteer basis at a charity organization assisting individuals who were homeless and lower socioeconomic populations, providing group psychotherapy for individuals in recovery from substance abuse issues and psychosocial assessments. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Callahan advocated for the homeless population as a part of a city-wide outreach program and completed a qualitative research project for homeless persons seeking employment. She completed her practicum during the summer of 2015 at a community agency, where she facilitated psycho-educational groups and provided individual counseling services. Ms. Callahan completed her internship at Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center in the fall of 2015, where she co-facilitated group therapy for individuals in recovery for substance abuse and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them improve their social skills. Additionally, Ms. Callahan completed comprehensive clinical assessments for new patients.

Ms. Callahan enjoys meeting patients where they currently are and improving their mental health from a holistic viewpoint, which takes into account the entire personhood of the patient, as well as individual strengths. Ms. Callahan is experienced in treating children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual psychotherapy, group counseling, and psycho-educational groups. Ms. Callahan enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnoses and issues, including Anxiety, Adjustment Disorder, Mood Disorders, Autism, and Substance Use Disorders. Additionally, Ms. Callahan has experience and a strong interest in working with issues associated with sexual abuse, trauma, loss, domestic violence, anger, parenting, career development, acculturation, and resilience in military populations.

Ms. Callahan is a member of the American Counseling Association, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina, and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Dimitra Nipper, MS, LPC-A

Dimitra Nipper received her Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in August 2013. Prior to graduate school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC).  She has over 10 years of experience in the human services field.

During her undergraduate, she worked as a volunteer intern with women who were pregnant and HIV positive. She was responsible for oversight and programming and provided personal and compassionate client focused treatment while building trust and instilling confidence in the women to meet expected goals. Dimitra has been with CCNC since 2012, where she also completed her practicum and internship under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor. During her practicum and internship, she found an interest for group therapy with children with various disorders to include Mood Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression and Anxiety Disorder to help in their development of social skills and anger management using cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy.

During her time with CCNC she has maintained an active role in completing comprehensive intake assessments in an array of settings to include outpatient as well as inpatient and emergency room settings throughout areas in North Carolina as part of the Tele psychiatry Initiative.  Her background includes working with children, adolescents, families and adults utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches such as solution focused, cognitive behavioral and reality therapy and play therapy. She has experience working with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, loss, trauma, grief, social skills and relationship issues. Being a spouse of a military member, she also has experience and insight into the challenges that are unique to military families and the military community.

Mary Sharp, LCSW

Mary Sharp received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1995. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in an interdisciplinary program in human resources and society and a minor in psychology. Mary has been a licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998. Before coming to CCNC Mary provided individual and group therapeutic services to students at

Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while coordinating multicultural, diversity and social justice services and training to doctoral and master level students and staff. Before the university she worked as an emergency room social worker. Prior to receiving her degree Mary worked in several domestic violence/sexual assault programs and safe homes, as advocate, counselor, safe home coordinator and family services supervisor. Mary Sharp has extensive experience working with families and children via an infant mental health home based program and later addressing at risk children and their families affected by HIV and substance abuse. Mary has served in early childhood development programs as well, and is experienced in assessing for behavioral health issues. She has extensive experience in crisis response and debriefing. Mary Sharp has been trained in trauma treatment (EMDR) and has experience addressing stresses related to racial, gender and sexual identity social injustice. Ms. Sharp’s background is in working with a wide range of ages and needs, in group work, cognitive behavior, anxiety and stress reduction, mood disorders, autistic spectrum challenges, depression grief and loss along with self-compassion, strength and resource development.

Jessica Aycock, LCSW-A

Jessica Aycock received her Masters of Social Work from University of Southern California in 2015. She is an Associate Licensed Clinical Social Worker and member of the National Association of Social Workers. Prior to joining CCNC, she completed her graduate internships working with trauma survivors at Promise Place in New Bern and military members through Hope for the Warriors on Camp Lejeune. Having grown up in a military family, she has extensive knoweldge on the unique stressors placed on military families, particularly spouses and children. She works with all ages and needs, including depression, anxiety and relationship issues.

Patricia Ann Scott, LCSW

Patricia Scott received her Masters of Social Work from University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas in 2013. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Patricia has over fifteen years of experience in the Human Services Field and has worked with adults, children and families throughout her career. Patricia has spent over ten years of her career working with families overcoming abuse and violence issues as a case worker at a safe shelter, coordinating prevention services for a military community and providing therapy for families engaged in the foster care system due to domestic violence. During her time as a Clinical Social Work Associate in Kansas Patricia provided in home therapy to families reuniting after living in foster care. After moving to North Carolina as a military spouse she worked as a Clinical Social Worker at an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital and joined the team at CCNC in June 2016.

Patricia has a special interest in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and employs a holistic approach to provide therapy and psycho-education to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Patricia’s theoretical orientation includes a focus on strengths in an effort to reduce the potential for harm and enhance hope and resilience to solve the problems bring people to treatment. Patricia’s practice focuses on individual disorders such as trauma, grief, depression, anxiety and mood disorders and relational issues such as family violence, communication issues, marital issues and parenting issues.