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
(704) 931-8371

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.

Kimberleigh Hagar, LCSW
(847) 447-2919

Works with adults seeking individual therapy.

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, 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
(704) 931-8371


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

Works with individual adults through the life span.

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

Maddie Berryhill, Intern

(704) 931-8371

I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am accepting clients for in-person sessions and telehealth.

My name is Maddie Berryhill and I am an intern with Liberty University. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wingate University. I am currently studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. I am passionate about helping individuals of all ages but I have a special place in my heart for young adults, adolescents and children. My goal is to meet you where are you and work with you as you discover who you want to be. In working with my clients, I hope to help provide a better understanding of who you are as a whole as well as your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I strive to establish a safe environment where you feel empowered to use to the tools you already have and the tools you may learn in order to enable you to live your most enriched life.