Meet The Therapists

Union Family Services contracts with the following clinicians:

Olivia Sessions, LCMHCA

oscounselinginfo@gmail.com
(704) 781-8940
Accepting new clients: BCBS, Cardinal, Medicaid, Self-Pay

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 five 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.

Lisa Paden, LCMHCS

lisa.paden@unionfamilyservices.com

Accepting new clients: BCBS, MedCost, EAP, Self-Pay

 

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.

Lisa Miller, LCSMHC Intern

lsmith199@liberty.edu
(980) 224-2138
Accepting new clients: Self-Pay (Reduced Rate)

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.

Kimberleigh Hagar, LCSW

khagar@secure.mindfullybalancedtherapy.com
(847) 447-2919

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 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 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. In my counseling practice, I am knowledgeable about and apply client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and trauma-informed approaches. I provide 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, Medcost, and Aetna.

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.

Contact me by phone (847) 447-2919 or email khagar@secure.mindfullybalancedtherapy.com

 

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.

Chantal Collette, LCSW

chantal.collette@unionfamilyservices.com
(704) 742-2178

Do you feel like you’ve lost yourself or your purpose due to a recent life event? Maybe it’s going to college, getting married or divorced, dealing with a sport’s injury, changing careers, retirement, or struggling with the death of a loved one. I understand that at times, we can feel like we are interlopers looking for our place in this world.

I value human connectedness and I enjoy working with people who are struggling to find their purpose, strengths, or identifying their overall compass or “North.” I celebrate the uniqueness in each and have experience working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, recent life change or event, including bereavement. I assist people throughout their journey into discovering who they are and finding meaning in their lives. I work with individuals in finding their own path, while being mindful that many paths exist.

I am mindful of incorporating the whole self into my practice, both the physical and emotional. I incorporate breath work, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), promote physical movement, and working with each person’s values. I am currently licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Please call me at 704-742-2178 or email chantal.collette@unionfamilyservices.com.