Victoria Rush has been counseling for 13 years, and licensed for 11 years as an LPC. Also holds the NCC, a national board certification for counselors. Over 30 years working with the military in several capacities, as a spouse, FRG leader, Victim Advocate, and Financial Counselor. A graduate of Campbell University with a BS in Psychology, and Webster University with a MA in Counseling. Completed a dual emphases, Marriage and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. Trained to conduct EMDR therapy, one of the leading trauma treatments for PTSD and other mental health disorders. I encourage my clients to strive for personal growth and awareness. Try to make peace with what you cannot change. Achieve a sense of calm and regain control over your life. If you struggle with anger, be aware remaining angry is a choice. Learn assertiveness and boundary setting versus aggressiveness. Working part-time currently, seeing clients Tuesday and Thursday late afternoons.
Alina Contino, Psy.D.
Alina Contino, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in North Carolina. Dr. Contino also retains licensure in the State of Alabama and a certification as a Health Services Provider (HSP-P) Professional in North Carolina. She is a bilingual practitioner who speaks and writes in both English and Spanish, and has worked with a variety of diverse populations in the United States as well as Internationally. She worked for 5 years within the Department of Justice for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, in the states of Indiana, Georgia, and South Carolina, treating and supervising many challenging cases of a mental health nature. She also completed most of her clinical training in community mental health agencies where she provided and conducted psychotherapy and testing to adult individuals and adolescents. Her treatment orientations of choice constitute: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT and IPTA). Within her career, she has mainly treated forensic populations and adult individuals dealing with major mental illness and personality disorders to include PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and issues of an interpersonal nature such as loss, trauma and familial and personal conflict.
Taylar Duffy, LCSW
Greetings, my name is Sam Burnette, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and I have over 25 years of counseling experience. I have enjoyed counseling with Military families for the last 6 years, and I love to help individuals and couples with communication, relationship, grief and loss issues as well as stress and anger management.
I typically utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my sessions, and will draw from other well documented therapies as needed. I look forward to working with you in addressing your concerns.
John Bensinger, LPC
Anne Malena, LCSW
I know that making the decision to contact a therapist can be difficult for some and my goal is to make the process as welcoming as possible. I work in an extremely relaxed, informal manner. You will find that our therapy sessions most resemble a warm conversation in a soothing office setting. The types of therapies I use help people overcome irrational, dysfunctional, and unhealthy thought process that tend to add to and prolong emotional strain, trauma, and tension due to a stressful life incident. I specialize in working with military families, individuals and couples. I have an extensive background in military family life and have a passion working with the military population. Amber is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for trauma reprocessing. She also is trained in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) for trauma processing.
My other areas of specialty include: Christian Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Military adjustments and struggles, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse, Anger and Stress Management, Parent/Child or Partner Relational Problems.
Cassandra L. Burney is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing at Southeastern Community College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and then a Master of Science Degree in Nursing at South University. She is a deeply empathetic and compassionate nurse with 13 years in the healthcare industry. She is equipped with skills necessary for caring and managing various patient populations. She is detail-oriented, organized, and observant at all times. She is also very loyal and cooperative with a passion to help others.
Anne Malena received her MSW from University of Maine in 2007. Her main areas of interest include PTSD and other military related life issues.
I received my first professional credential (a certification) in 1993, and earned a license when it was first available in Pennsylvania in 2002 and still maintain those actively. I have since been licensed and/or certified in four additional states including an LPC and LCAS in North Carolina. I have worked with both women and men as young as age six, and as mature as age 94. I have experience with individuals, children, adolescents, and families. I am comfortable working with thought disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, the autism spectrum, PTSD, complex trauma and its effects along with other stimulus on mood disturbance throughout the life span. I have worked extensively with addictive disorders by themselves and disorders that occur co-morbidly from the use of drugs and alcohol in combination with mood, thought, personality issues and other disorders. I have also worked with forensic populations and their intersection with the legal system. I am a ten-year veteran of the Navy, and as such, hope to bring that experience as context to work with Military Families in the local area. It could be no greater honor than to be permitted to assist others in unburdening themselves of the concerns that create disturbance in mood and other aspects of the whole person. I am grateful to be allowed to continue that work here.
Spring Lake Counseling
Sam Burnette, LPC
Mrs. Stevenson earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree for Sociology from East Carolina University and a Master of Social Work at Fayetteville State University. She is Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Swanzetta has been treating patients for over 6 years. She will treat ages 8 and up specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Loss and Grief, Adjustment Issues, Anger Management, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, Christian Counseling, Fertility Issues, and Military Family Life Issues.
As a spouse of a military retiree and mother, Swanzetta understands the challenges that military families face daily. Whether it be marital issues, stresses of parenting, or difficulty with achieving personal growth; she’s available to help. Her warm smile and friendly personality make building a rapport easy. She provides a nonjudgmental, safe, and inviting environment in which she’s able to guide and support you through the therapeutic process. During that time, you will be encouraged to change thoughts and behaviors that prevent growth and goal achievement. She understands that life can be overwhelming. Feelings of fear, sadness, or disappointment can get you off course. Psychotherapy can help you get on a path of happiness and fulfillment. Mrs. Stevenson earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree for Sociology from East Carolina University and a Master of Social Work at Fayetteville State University. She is Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Swanzetta has been treating patients for over 6 years. She will treat ages 8 and up specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Loss and Grief, Adjustment Issues, Anger Management, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, Christian Counseling, Fertility Issues, and Military Family Life Issues.
Adrian Fabrikant is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Florida. He is bilingual (Spanish and English) with over 16 years of counseling experience dealing with a variety of disorders and mental health issues. Mr. Fabrikant received his Bachelors of Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and his Masters of Psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology. Mr. Fabrikant has extensive training and experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families. Adrian’s specialties include Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD/ ADD, depression, family conflict, couples issues, OCD and severe anxiety.
“My focus is to assist children, adolescents and families to build positive relationships through enhancing self-esteem, improving social skills, and reducing family and peer conflicts. Giving children, parents, couples and individuals tools to maneuver through the daily issues that arise is something that I find invaluable in sessions.”
Cassandra Burney, FNP-BC
Swanzetta Stevenson, LCSW
Amy Fuhs is a LPC who has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field working in residential setting, foster care and as a Qualified Professional. Amy obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1996 and graduated from Webster University with her Masters degree in 2009 and obtained her LPC-A in 2010 and her LPC in 2014 in the state of North Carolina.
Amy works primarily with, adults, couples and adolescents. Amy has a heart for the Military and working with Military families. Amy has years of experience in working with those in alternative lifestyles and is a kink aware professional. Amy also deals with such issues as depression, anxiety, anger management and relationship issues.
Amy also is currently conducting research in childbirth after loss and trauma.
I am a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor. My theoretical orientation is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is an evidence-based practice that emphasizes the concepts of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, as well as emotional regulation techniques. I utilize my practice in DBT to conceptualize common themes inherent in young women and girls and inspire them to engage in their own thought-provoking, spiritually motivating, and empowering journeys. Amongst some of my greatest accomplishments include several self help publications including but not limited to my best selling book "Sacred Journey to Ladyhood, A Woman's guide through her Write of Passage." I have also been featured on a documentary on "Fatal Attraction" where I provided expert testimony about the implications of sexual and physical violence for women.
Victoria Rush, LPC
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I am a graduate from East Carolina University with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in social work. I have experience working with personality disorders and have been trained in DBT, an evidence based therapy treating those with borderline personality disorder. I also have experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, conduct disorders, and substance abuse effecting both adults and adolescents. I am trained in TFCBT which is an evidence based practice to treat children and adolescents who have been effected by trauma. I strive to have a working therapeutic relationship with my clients and like to make my sessions feel safe and comfortable. It is important to me to make a difference the best way I can in my clients lives! I strive to have a working therapeutic relationship with my clients and like to make my sessions feel safe and comfortable. It is important to me to make a difference the best way I can in my clients lives!
Spring Lake Counseling Center's mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis. We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our own family members.
We are a full-service mental health practice of dedicated, experienced counselors and nurse practitioner who believe in working with our clients to maintain and improve their mental health. We work together to serve your entire family for all of your mental health needs in all stages of life. Our counselors believe in providing comprehensive treatment plans to our clients in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We also believe in educating our clients as we work with them to achieve the best mental state possible.
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