Meet The Therapists

Union Family Services contracts with the following clinicians:

Olivia Sessions, LCMHCA
(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

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
(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
(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


Stefanie Goldman, LCSW

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
(704) 742-2178

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years’ experience. Having previously worked as a dialysis social worker, I have extensive experience working with adults diagnosed with chronic illness and have a better understanding how one’s physical symptoms can affect one’s mental well-being. I have experience treating grief, depression, anxiety, and life transitions, such as retirement, change in employment, moving/relocating, or breakups. I understand how life transitions and change can be difficult and frightening and I work with you to feel empowered as you navigate through them. I use mindfulness principles along with Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) in my practice which are both designed to help you feel more in control of your thoughts and become more comfortable managing your feelings. My therapeutic style is from a strengths-based perspective in which together we will explore your unique abilities and ways to use them to create positive changes in your life that align with your values.

I am currently licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. For more information do not hesitate to reach out to me.