Tammy Maxey, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CEDS

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, 
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Owner, Founder

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!

Ali Davis, MA, LCMHC, LMHC, QS

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor

Counselor

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Angela Buchanan, LCSW-A, LCAS

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist 

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

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.

Michael Tui II, MSCP, LCMHC, NCC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Counselor

Life can be such a challenge especially if we find ourselves walking our path alone. On this journey, my hope is to help guide and provide skill training that will help you increase confidence, self-worth, and self-empowerment. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control and we just want to make sense of it all or best manage our emotions.

 

My approach to counseling is person-centered, family systems, and attachment-focused allowing individuals to explore their inner-self, healing mind, body, and soul. My training and the modalities I use are evidence-based and successful in aiding the healing process for individuals and families who are striving to regain their lives back. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT/TF-CBT), Theraplay (children/adolescents 5-18 yrs old), Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Family Systems including Bowenian, Solution-focused, ISF, and Gottman. I have a passion for supporting couples to achieve their goals in life and build healthy families. I also have much experience working with our youth as they strive to adjust to the many challenges and transitions of life. 

 

I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University with an emphasis in family and marriage counseling. I am credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in NC, a Marriage and Family Therapist in Hawaii, and a National Certified Counselor. My background includes work as a law enforcement officer, intense work in a residential setting for teens, clinical work at a women’s shelter, volunteer work at Native Hawaiian non-profits, volunteer work as a pastoral counselor, and youth and men’s group leader. I also have enjoyed opportunities to serve and support our local first responders as a crisis intervention counselor. 

 

I would love to be your support and guide as we navigate through this world of twists, turns, ups, and downs.

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. 

Christian Maxey

 

 Practice Manager

Christian serves as our Practice Manager, handling billing, insurance, intake, and scheduling. Christian holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Management from Drexel University.