Meet The Therapists

Union Family Services contracts with the following clinicians:

Stefanie Goldman, LCSW
(704) 750-5216

Self-Pay, Healthy Blue, BCBSNC

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.

Kimberleigh Hagar, LCSW
(847) 447-2919

Works with adults seeking individual therapy.

BCBS, Medcost, Self-Pay

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience working with adults in individual therapy. 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 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and use that along with mindfulness as the foundation of my practice. 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. I provide individual counseling services to adults struggling with general life stress, relationship difficulties, stage of life issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem/self-identity challenges, and sexuality/gender-identity issues. I am in-network with BlueCross BlueShield and Medcost.

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.


Lindsay Hicks, LCMHCA
(704) 931-8371

I work with adults seeking individual therapy. I work with adolescents ages 12 and up.

BCBS, Healthy Blue, Aetna, Cigna and, Self-Pay

Lindsay received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!!) in Psychology in 2005 and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling in 2017 from Grand Canyon University.  While getting her Master’s Degree, she was also working towards becoming a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC) and is currently a CADC, as well as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate.

Lindsay believes in a holistic approach to therapy, including how gut health affects mental health, specifically anxiety and depression.  In addition to working with anxiety and depression, Lindsay enjoys working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives, and would like to focus on religious trauma.

Lindsay’s previous experience includes working in drug treatment facilities, community settings, outpatient treatment facilities, inpatient treatment facilities, and correctional facilities.  Lindsay uses a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy, as well as person-centered therapy, and uses techniques such as active listening, motivational interviewing, and unconditional positive regard.

When not counseling, she is spending time with her niece and nephew, or her two dogs, Walter and Nola, who are her fur children.


Lisa Paden, LCMHCS
(704) 776-0220

I work with Adults seeking individual and /or couples family therapy. I work with adolescents ages 12 and up.

BCBSNC, MedCost, EAP, Self-Pay, Healthy Blue


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.

Diane "Tripp" Tripp LCMHCA


Accepting new clients in person (Boone, NC) and via telehealth

BCBS, Healthy Blue, Aetna, Cigna and self pay

  • Masters in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University, a nationally accredited school that adheres to the Council for the Accreditation of Counselors standards of practice and counselor preparation for field work.
  • Certification in Brainspotting Levels 1, 2, and Trauma Expansion training from the Pacific Coast Trauma Center.
  • Certification in Psychological First Aid through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network/National Center for PTSD.
  • Completion of Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.
  • My counseling experience is in crisis intervention and trauma, child/adolescent and family, individual counseling and group counseling.

My philosophy is that all clients are unique and must have an inclusive and accepting environment where they can grow socially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I believe that my role as a counselor is to create a non-judgmental space that allows clients to have autonomy, allowing curiosity of self to help direct therapy goals. It is my desire to create the type of mutually respectful atmosphere that makes room for clients to be active participants in change, improve communication, and increase self-awareness. I provide a safe environment where clients are invited to share ideas, take risks, and feel heard -and sometimes challenged- in the way they currently experience life. I incorporate hands-on learning to individual and group work with a holistic approach. I will bring consistency, dedication, and warmth to my job in the hope that I may inspire and encourage these traits in my clients.

“People are not problems to be solved. They are mysteries to be explored”. EH Peterson