Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center
200 Tarpon Trail
Jacksonville, NC 28546
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.
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 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.
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.
Susan L. Rutherford, 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.
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.
Timothy W. Campbell, LCSW
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Brittany Tillman, LMFT-A
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.
RaShauna Bethea, MA, LPCA
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. 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.
Kelly Comstock, LCSW-A
Kelly Comstock earned her Masters of Social Work from
George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and is a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker Associate. During her undergraduate career she served as a counselor for
the Oxford Community Counseling and Crisis Center hotline with training in
suicide prevention. Kelly completed a graduate internship with Fort Belvoir
Community Hospital's Adult outpatient unit in Fort Belvoir, Virginia providing
individual and group therapy to active duty military personnel and their
Kelly also completed a
graduate internship with Woodbine Rehabilitation and Health Care providing care
coordination services to individuals requiring short term rehabilitation and
long term nursing care. Kelly has been
with CCNC since 2014 where she has held the position of psychiatric intake
specialist, completing clinical assessments for individuals seeking outpatient
treatment and for emergency departments across the state of North Carolina via
telemedicine. Her background includes working with children, adolescents, and
adults with concerns including mood disorders, anxiety, loss, trauma, and
Keyana Williams, M. ED., LPC-A
Keyana Williams earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina State University in 2014. She is a provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Prior to graduate school, she attained a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Rhodes College. During her undergraduate career she was a Peer Counselor at the Rhodes College Women’s Center, which specialized in rape crisis counseling and suicide prevention. She has previous work experience in providing individual and group therapy with community mental health patients, including adults, adolescents and children. During her graduate study, Keyana focused on multicultural identity development, expressive and strengths based therapies, and gender concerns in counseling. During her graduate career, she provided art therapy services to refugee clients in Carrboro and Durham North Carolina while working with the Art Therapy Institute of North Carolina. During this time, she conducted art therapy groups with children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Keyana utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach including interpersonal, solutions focused, and cognitive behavioral techniques. She has experience working with a multitude of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, identity concerns, social skills, and autism.
Jessica E Murphy, MA, LPC, NCC
Jess Murphy received her Master’s of Arts in Counseling with
an Emphasis in Marriage and Family from Webster University located in Myrtle
Beach, SC, in August of 2009. During graduate school, Jess completed three
internships. One internship was with the City of Myrtle Beach’s EAP program
where she assisted first responders with crisis intervention and suicide
assessments. The other internships included the Fayetteville Family Life
Center, which is a faith-based counseling practice under the supervision of Dr.
Jerry Powell, LPC-S, LMFT. Prior to receiving her graduate degree, she received
her Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in
2000, where she also played varsity field hockey. Jess also attended George
Washington University in 2003 where she received her Paralegal certification.
Jess Murphy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally
Certified Counselor and is also a member of the American Counseling Association
(ACA) and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina
(LPCANC). Ms. Murphy has practiced in the mental health field since 2007
working as a Family Resource Specialist with an agency that specializes in
working with therapeutic foster children. She also has experience with
Multi-Systemic, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Dialectical
Behavioral treatment therapies and also has basic training in EMDR. Ms. Murphy
will complete Part II of her EMDR training in May 2016. In addition, Jess
subcontracted with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) through the
Preservation of the Force and Family initiative; providing in-home therapy to
families in need. Most recently, she worked as a Military Family Life Counselor
(MFLC) in two schools (Kindergarten through 5th grade) located in
Harnett County, NC.
Ms. Murphy provides professional counseling services to
individuals, couples and families. She has experience with intensive in-home
treatment programs; serving as a team leader, clinical supervisor and program
director. She has also worked in an outpatient setting; working with children
as young as four years old and extending through adulthood. Jess has worked
extensively with military service members and their families; specializing in depression,
anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD/ADD, Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD),
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), grief, chronic illness and trauma. She
also works with parents to give support and guidance regarding children who are
exhibiting defiant behaviors. Ms. Murphy is endeavoring to learn more about
autism in order to incorporate that into her practice as well.
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
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 Frances 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.
has been trained in trauma treatment (EMDR) and has experience addressing stresses related to racial,
gender and sexual identity social injustice. Ms. Sharps 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