Meet The Therapists

Union Family Services contracts with the following clinicians:

Olivia Sessions, LCMHCA

Accepting new clients
(Unavailable for Medicare)

My name is Olivia Sessions and I am an LMHCA and a Trauma-Certified Professional. I achieved my Master’s degree in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and have four years of experience working in clinical and institutional settings. My work thus far has been focused on offender rehabilitation, counseling domestic violence survivors, and a work with a variety of individuals, couples, and families of many ages and stages, and varied walks of life. I have a special place in my heart for individuals and families in hospice care, and those experiencing grief and loss.

In working with my clients, I use a combination of Client-Centered, CBT, Psychodynamic, and Reality Therapies to help them begin to better understand themselves and the areas of their lives which they find problematic. I understand that my role as a counselor is not as a teacher or an authority, but as a guide who will walk alongside the clients under my care.

My therapeutic style is warm, inquisitive, and understanding, and I believe that counseling is for everyone. It is my priority to meet you wherever you may be and to work with you towards sustainable goals based on your values and concerns.

Kimberleigh Hagar, LCSW

Accepting new clients

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 6 years of experience providing counseling to individuals and families. I earned my Master of Social Work degree through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a focus on mental health. I am trained in and have experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in both individual and group treatment settings. I find DBT skills incredibly useful for many people in their attempt to cope with daily life. Mindfulness is a large part of my work.  Mindfulness helps individuals become more aware of their emotions and experiences, both inside and out. It’s the first step in recognizing and creating change in our lives. In my counseling practice, I am knowledgeable about and apply client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and trauma-informed approaches. I have provided counseling services to individuals struggling with general life stress, relationship difficulties, stage of life issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem/self-identity challenges.

 

I believe that counseling is a beneficial tool for growth and healing.  Counseling offers the opportunity for one to feel a genuine, authentic connection with another human. This therapeutic relationship is a chance for you to be heard and validated in your experiences.  This is a necessary step in the healing journey. We may go through similar experiences, but we all take different paths to get there. As your counselor, I support you in recognizing experiences that contributed to where you are now, and I will explore with you where your path goes next. My counseling style is focused on you and your goals. Together, we can work toward helping you feel greater life satisfaction.

Kandace Graves, LCMHC

Accepting new clients
(Unavailable for Medicare)

“To get thru the hardest journey, we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” As your counselor my aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment where we can collaborate and work together at your own pace to help you reach your goals. Sometimes our past hurts and thoughts come with us like a friend we’ve told to “get lost”, however everywhere we look it’s there. If the past continues to be in your present I can help. If you have difficulty expressing your thoughts and emotions, I can help. If you’re stuck, I can help. All it takes is one phone call.

I have experience working with children, families and families of divorce, couples, and assisted with improving parenting techniques. I also have experience with individuals who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. I use a plethora of techniques geared toward the individual’s learning style and pace.

Learning about oneself is the HARDEST thing in life to accomplish…why? My opinion, there are so many things we don’t want to face. You DON’T have to face it alone. I am here to be a support as we embark on this journey of self discovery and healing.

Chantal Collette, LCSW

Accepting new clients

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) with a BA in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). I have extensive experience working with adults diagnosed with a chronic illness. I specialize in treating anxiety and depression using principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques.

Working with individuals diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), I supported and assisted clients through the confusion, anxiety, and depression that can come from being diagnosed with a chronic illness. I also helped individuals diagnosed with ESRD in modifying their eating habits, coping with their food cravings, and adjusting to being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. These experiences have given me unique understanding of the interplay between physical symptoms and emotional functioning.

I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment that allows you to face and overcome the root cause of your difficulties. My therapeutic style is from a strengths based perspective in which I focus on the unique abilities that each person has. Focusing on your unique qualities allows us to create positive change in your life. I believe in a cooperative therapeutic relationship in which each of us are part of a team working together to reach your goals and help you build a life centered around your personal values.

Lisa Miller, LCSMHC Intern

(980) 224-2138
Accepting new clients
(No insurance, reduced fee)

My name is Lisa Miller and I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern from Liberty University. I have also earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kentucky.

Whether you are seeking healing or personal growth, I am dedicated to fostering a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment. We will work collaboratively to find your strengths and build on your best qualities to improve resilience and work toward positive change.

I incorporate an integrative approach to therapy individualized to the client including cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based, and person-centered approaches. I am also a Certified SYMBIS Facilitator who offers premarital counseling.

My professional interests include helping adults navigate through challenging life transitions (relationships, marriage, divorce, motherhood, career, and retirement) as well as those seeking help to overcome depression and anxiety.

Stefanie Goldman, LCSW

Not accepting new clients

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #C009564) having earned my Masters in Social Work (MSW) from University of North Carolina, Charlotte with a concentration in individual and family counseling. My twenty years of experience is with adolescents and adults in a variety of community, outpatient and residential settings. I specialize in trauma work and symptoms of anxiety and depression. I strive to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship based on self-determination, acceptance, and encouragement. I provide a safe place to explore the issues that may be causing distress. Together we will determine goals to address the root of the problem for lasting change. I will support you in your choices without judgement. I believe in providing a warm, nurturing environment that will allow you to explore who you are and become who you want to be.

Lisa Paden, LCMHCS

Accepting new clients
(Unavailable for Medicare)

 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, and have been in private practice in psychotherapy for over 25 years. I have a diverse background and range of experiences, which equip me to approach the individual person from a mind-body-soul perspective. My Christian-based counseling as well as traditional individual, marital and family counseling, gives a balanced approach.

For over 30 years I have had a variety of work experience in the college classroom as well as in personal and professional guidance. Prior to moving to Charlotte, I served as the Director of Counseling Services at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. I am a frequent guest on local radio and television programs.

I am passionate about helping individuals of all ages cope with life challenges and traumas. I desire to empower people and help them attain the tools they need to fulfill their dreams and live a fully enriched life.