Licensed Counselors

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Tammy Maxey, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CEDS
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, 
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist


Owner, Founder
**Currently not accepting new clients**


 

My desire is working with each client in a non-judgmental manner as they strive to overcome their difficulties and working together toward an authentic life. My approach is assisting clients in discovering and expressing their gifts, talents and desires through the creation of self-compassion, while providing hope and support for their goals.

 

My approach, training and experience is based on evidenced based practices and include a combination of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, (ACT). This eclectic approach allows for you to learn practical coping skills to assist you in addressing your immediate concerns, as well as therapies to aide in your long term growth toward your goals. 

 

These approaches have been found to be effective in coping with a wide range of issues including Eating Disorders and other process Addictions, Substance Abuse, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders and Trauma.

 

I graduated from Capella University with Distinction in 2012 earning a Masters Degree in Addiction Counseling. I have obtained the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), the Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) credentials and certifications for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Traumatic Stress Studies from JRI in Boston, MA.

Additionally, I have experienced working at various levels of care, including a hospital crisis stabilization unit, residential programs, psychiatric and medical case management, contract agency employment and private practice. These opportunities have allowed me to gain a wide variety of experience in a multitude of behavioral health issues.

 

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

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Ali Davis, MA, LCMHC, LMHC, QS
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor

Counselor

 

I am honored to walk with individuals and families on their journey to find hope, a fresh perspective, and new paths to achieve their goals. Helping to navigate life changes is my specialty. My approach is warm and direct and I utilize a tailored approach of cognitive and dialectical behavioral interventions to assist clients struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. 

 

My background includes work in the medical field, teaching and experience in community mental health, intensive outpatient programs, residential settings, and private practice. I completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with honors at Argosy University and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. 

 

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Originating from Florida, I am drawn to the outdoors here in WNC and love all things nature. I love riding my motorcycle, hiking, swimming, boating and taking our dogs wherever we can! 

Let’s journey together into a powerful change!

Associations:

  • Aerospace Medical Association

  • American Counseling Association

  • North Carolina Counseling Association

  • NC Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

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Angela Buchanan, LCSW-A, LCAS
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist 
Counselor

Life is full, complicated, amazing and sometimes we get a curve ball thrown our way. Though each of us possess the tools and wisdom of healing, it is during those curve balls that we need an aide to point out our strength and resilience. As a counselor, I see myself as the aide with the bag of tools to help. You decide where we go, what you want out of counseling, and choose what tools you will use. Those times may come from parenting, substance use, hurting those we love, burn out, anxiety, transition, not being able to be who we fully are, and questioning life.

I am person centered. My practice is driven on this belief - you are not the issue, diagnosis, problem. You are unique and have value. I am passionate about working with those who have been harmed and/or harmed others in abusive relationships. I also like to work with those who fill the voids with substances, over work, people, etc...

It is about learning that we can be strong in those broken cracked places. The Japanese use the art of mending broken pottery with lacquer resin laced with gold or silver, which brings strength and beauty to those broken cracked places. I invite you to allow me to be your aide in the journey of strength, resilience and beauty.

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Dustin Nisley, MSW, LCSW-A
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate
Counselor

Has life ever kicked you down and as you were trying to recover from the setback, it felt as though no matter what you did or do, you just can't seem to get back up again? Thoughts and feelings of 'being stuck' ever cross your mind? As we go through life, it can be easy to look for things to blame our struggles on, and as we continue to build these expectations, it's as if we were never in control in the first place! Shifting thoughts, feelings, and perspectives about certain events that happen to us can be an extraordinary challenge; a process that can sometimes take many weeks, months, or even years. And that's okay!

 

We can't always get through some of those challenges alone, so finding a therapist may be an important step on your new adventure of processing and healing. As a therapist, I am here to help guide you on your journey of shifting perspectives on your understanding of life, relationships, trauma, and everything else in between. This is done in a safe, non-judgmental environment where you get to take the reins! My professional mantra is that I will never ask you to do or participate in something I haven't done, or I am not willing to do myself, because what would the point of that be, am I right?

 

I come to the field with a Master's Degree in Social Work from Indiana University with a concentration in mental health and substance misuse. I have approximately 10 years of experience working with children and their families who have struggled with many crises in their lives, and half of that time dedicated to families who have experienced domestic violence. I am trained in several treatment modalities which include: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I am a person-centered, strengths based, and solution focused clinician and I look forward to assisting you in creating the path to healing that works best for you. 

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Tina Okpych, MA.Ed., LCMHC-A
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, Licensed School Counselor
Counselor

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults as they navigate their way through challenging life experiences. I am committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment where clients are able to develop a better understanding of themselves and their world. I feel it is imperative to form relationships built on trust, and believe that real progress can only be achieved when such a relationship exists.

I have over 15 years experience working with children, teens, and families in the school setting. My goal is to provide clients with tools that will help to empower and instill confidence in themselves. I use an integrative approach utilizing a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered, and Play Therapy modalities. I take into account family background, attachment history, and behavioral related patterns to create a holistic understanding of the individual. I am continuing specialized training in play therapy, allowing me to facilitate therapeutic change based on a child’s appropriate developmental level. I believe that the counseling relationship works best when the counselor and client work together to establish measurable, clear goals, and create a targeted treatment plan in order for the client to become empowered through the counseling process.

 

I completed my Masters in School Counseling at Lenoir Rhyne University, and am currently pursuing certification as a Play Therapist.

Administrative Team

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Christian Maxey
Practice Manager

Christian currently serves as the Practice Manager of Hendersonville Counseling, responsible for client intake, referrals, and daily operations of the practice. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University, and is currently pursuing his Master of Education with a focus in Student Affairs. 

When he's not working, you'll find him playing tennis on the closest court, or enjoying a weekend at the nearest beach!

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Victoria Benson
Insurance, Billing, and Practice Consultant
Victory Mental Health Consulting

Victoria is the owner of Victory Mental Health Consulting (VMHC). Prior to the creation of her business, her background was in Finance and Profitability for large worldwide corporations. She developed a love of making companies profitable and more efficient, but found that the global companies were so massive in size, she couldn't see how her efforts helped transform individual lives. VMHC began in 2013 with a lot of faith, few clients, humble beginnings, and a passion to help small businesses grow and function efficiently on a more personal level. She focused her skill-set towards a field she is passionate about: Mental Health, as she believes in and knows the importance of what practitioners do. She has since had the honor of meeting mental health clinicians from all over the US and she enjoys watching their practices grow and become profitable.

When she's not working, she can be found discussing the fascinating world of Sociology, hanging out with her two children, chasing after her puppy warrior, Xena, or watching the newest series released on Netflix.