About Us

 

Hello there!  My name is Candace, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis from Walden University in 2015. My experience as a counselor includes 5 years of providing services to the population of children and adults along with providing services to adults with severe mental health diagnoses ( i.e., Schizophrenia). I currently provide the following services: individual therapy and family therapy. I use an eclectic approach which includes  mindfulness, play therapy, and art therapy. I enjoy incorporating  hobbies and interests into the therapeutic relationship such as gaming, cooking, and exercising to help build rapport along with producing a positive outcome.

Discovering our truth can be difficult and a challenge. At times, we just need some additional support to help us get through daily challenges. Take a moment and think about what you can do to take more control of your situation. By reading this and thinking about what you can do; you have already taken your first step in discovering your truth. If you are ready to take the next step and explore how to discover your truth, please call and make an appointment. Let’s explore and discover your truth, together.

“You were born with wings why prefer to crawl through life?” – Rumi

 

 

Ms. Mckoy earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Campbell University. She has almost 10 years of counseling experience. Ms. Mckoy has extensive training in the area Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic techniques. She engages in evidence based treatment for all ages and genders. Ms. Mckoy also has extensive training in childhood mental disorders such as ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorders. She also provides faith-based counseling to individuals who identify spirituality as an important aspect of their lives. Within her practice she provides effective treatment for  a variety of psychiatric conditions and social-emotional distress, including mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), anxiety disorders (obsessive-compulsive/panic/phobic disorders), adjustments-related disorders, and other forms of psychological distress associated with medical conditions. Ms. Mckoy is also certified in TF-CBT.

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Victoria Rush is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor; also hold the NCC, a national board certification for counselors. (Over 35 years working with the military). A graduate of Campbell University with a BS in Psychology, and Webster University with a MA in Counseling. Completed requirements for a dual emphases of Marriage and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. Clients are encouraged 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 Wednesday late afternoons. 

Cassandra Burney, FNP-BC

Swanzetta Stevenson, LCSW

Sabrina Rodway, LPC

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Candace Melvin, LCMHC


 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.

Margaret McKoy, LCMHC

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) and RTM (Resolution of Traumatic Memories) 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.  

 

Victoria Rush, LPC

Sam Burnette, LPC

Connie Omari

LPC, NCC

Jovan McLeod, affectionately known as Jo, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Board-Certified Counselor with 12 years of clinical experience in the mental health field.  Jo has provided behavioral health care services across a spectrum of populations in a variety of settings to include: a residential psychiatric rehabilitation treatment facility, the Department of Corrections, the family court system, Drug and Young Adult Court, military installations, schools, outpatient and community mental health, as well as private practice. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill in working with culturally diverse populations, but has a special penchant for military families, as she grew up an Air Force brat and currently lives the military lifestyle with her husband of 19 years, four children, and two fur babies.

Jo is a teaching counselor who draws from her background in Education, utilizing a plethora of best practice counseling approaches that are evidence based, and empirically and ethically sound.  She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Positive Psychology. However, she often takes an eclectic approach to therapy combining different theoretical orientations and treatment modalities in order to meet the dynamic needs of her clients. She strives to create a safe, relaxed, judgment-free space in which clients feel inclined to share, discuss, plan and actualize. She describes therapy as, “the two of us on a boat: you are the captain steering the ship and I am the passenger navigating when needed”. Wherever you are on your journey, she is willing to join you in exploring the possibilities, taking your first step and reaching your desired destination.  

Jo earned a master's degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and has a degree in Education from Grambling State University and an active NC state teaching certificate. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children age 10+ who are experiencing any of the following: military issues; anxiety; depression; adjustment/transition issues; women’s issues; personality disorders; mood disorders; stress; anger; parent/child relationship issues; social skills challenges; marital/family issues; ADHD;/ADD;  addictions; grief/bereavement and Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).

Dr. Ronnie Martin, Ph.D. LPC


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.

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Amber Kennedy

LPC Supervisor

Jovan McLeod, LCMHC

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! 

Alina Contino, Psy.D.

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. 

Amy Fuhs

LPC

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.

John Bensinger, LPC 

Taylar Duffy, LCSW

Call Us:  910-339-9375

Spring Lake Counseling

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.


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. 


To schedule an appointment, please call: +1.910.339.9375. 


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.