ABOUT US
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Attention Clients:

The way we live today is ever-changing, therefore, the way we are caring for our clients is as well. We can now provide Telehealth options that are secure and HIPAA compliant through phone or video conferencing.

Almost one of every two individuals in North Carolina who need mental health services are not being reached. Our professional resources and vision of integrated care offers hope to those who do not currently receive assistance. Part of our vision involves walking alongside clients on their therapeutic journey with a deep level of compassionate care.

The need for therapy is critical and we believe the process of finding wholeness through counseling changes lives, families, and whole communities.  The staff of NHCW believes in the dignity of each human life and feels it is essential for those who can help to step in and offer hope. This is why we do what we do.

 

OUR SERVICES
Mental Health Counseling
NHCW mental health counselors provide therapy tailored to each individual’s needs. We combine traditional therapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates an efficient path for change and problem resolution.
Trauma Counseling
Psychological Trauma is a type of damage to the mind that may occur as a result of a distressing event.  This Stress can consist of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual aspects of a person’s psyche, and often greatly affects the people around them.  Trauma is usually, but not always, the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved.  Signs of Trauma aren’t always visible or immediate. An individual may not be fully aware of their trauma’s negative manifestations, even years or decades later.  Seeking counseling for Trauma is a healthy solution to resolve a burden that we are not naturally equipped to handle.  Trauma Counseling helps to discover and resolve the root of the issue.
Marriage & Family Counseling
Being a part of a family can be difficult, whether you’re  a couple or a member of a larger household.  There can easily be breakdowns in communication due to disagreements or life-changing situations and it can be difficult for a family unit to recover.  NHCW works to bring change through effective communication and problem solving so each person can be heard and acknowledged, leading to stronger bonds and a more harmonious home.
Child & Adolescent therapy
Child and Adolescent Therapy helps kids and teens who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. NHCW feels that communication is a basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s emotions, emotional expression, and behaviors. For children, playing, pretending, and creating are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.

The relationship that develops between the therapist and the child is a crucial way to help the child feel safe and understood. This solidifies trust and makes it easier for the child to express feelings while receiving support and then learning to understand themselves and ultimately changing their behavior.

Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Counselors serve clients of any or no religious affiliation by integrating the client’s spiritual beliefs and practices with therapeutic process. A pastoral counselor can provide the guidance, skill, and therapeutic relationship needed to promote psychological and spiritual growth towards becoming whole.
Play Therapy
Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based counseling practice used to treat a variety of mental health concerns and helps children to better express their emotions, demonstrate self-control and responsibility, show respect for themselves and others, increase self-esteem, and become problem-solvers.
EMDR
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Maternal Health

Maternal Mental Health conditions are the most common complication during the perinatal timeframe of pregnancy through the first year of postpartum. New and expectant mothers experience many changes physically and emotionally. One in five moms experience physical and mental health struggles which may include Baby Blues, Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy & Postpartum Generalized Anxiety, Pregnancy & Postpartum OCD, Birth-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Birth Loss and Grief, and Postpartum Psychosis. Allowing a mental health professional to guide you as you explore and process the complexities of Maternal Mental Health can lead to life changing healing and wholeness for the mother, baby, and family.

Groups

Play Therapy

Express Yourself: Creative Arts Group for Self-Esteem.  A group for children to process the ups and downs of life in a playful and artistic way while focusing on self-esteem, self-worth, and feelings of connection with others.

THE TEAM
Laura Gundel
Mental Health Counselor

LCMHC

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People who seek help through the stresses and traumas of life instead of succumbing to them are the bravest people I know. Although therapy may not feel courageous, at some point, we all need the presence and compassionate care of someone committed to our healing process. This is my passion.

I work with courageous people who choose to move toward wholeness while continuing to live and care for the responsibilities of their lives. A large part of my work is devoted to helping men, women, and children work through traumatic experiences in the present and those remembered from the past.

My interests in therapy include: Adult and child individual/couples counseling, relationship and parenting concerns, grief and loss, transitions, depression and anxiety, and questions about spirituality and religion. I practice Person-Centered Therapy with inclusive elements of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Gestalt, and Experiential Family Therapies. I find clients respond differently to elements from all therapies, and I believe it is important to offer an eclectic approach rather than restrict therapy to one specific path.

Elizabeth Nichols
Mental Health Counselor

LCMHC

 

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At times, we all get sidetracked or overwhelmed and feel like life has become out of control. We begin to believe that we will never be the whole person we were created to become. This is why I became a therapist. I am committed to traveling with clients on their path toward freedom, healing, and wholeness.

Although the choice to engage in counseling can be intimidating, the benefits can be life-changing. I have worked with a wide array of clients from children to geriatric populations and focus on the process of moving through life’s difficulties toward positive change.

Every client has counseling needs that are unique, therefore I use several different integrative therapeutic approaches that stem from attachment theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and a person-centered theory of counseling.

Matthew beal
Mental Health Counselor

LCMHC

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I consider it an honor to walk with people on their healing journey. Our work can focus on trauma, grief, anxiety, relationship issues, or self-improvement. Whether your counseling needs seem small or at times overwhelming, if you are thinking about therapy, congratulations! Every step requires strength and I appreciate your courage.

I am dedicated to working with you in a way that respects your faith commitments including your convictions, doubts, and questions. Additionally, I respect characteristics of your personal identity such as gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality. All of these aspects can affect your relationships and sense of well-being.

My approach to psychotherapy is integrative, drawing from positive, person-centered, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. My goal is to help you identify what thriving means for you, and to help you find and use the tools you need to arrive at that place.

nidia Bermudez
mental health counselor

lcswa

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Aquellos que dan los pasos para pedir ayuda para procesar lo que está ocurriendo en sus vidas, muestran fuerza. Esto puede permitir que la persona desarrolle la capacidad de recuperación necesaria para superar cualquier dificultad en la vida. Creo firmemente que la forma en que damos forma a nuestros pensamientos afecta nuestros sentimientos y comportamientos. Mi esperanza es que através de la terapia pueda equiparse con las herramientas que necesita para navegar con éxito por la vida. Me convertí en terapeuta porque me motiva la pasión por ayudar a los demás. He trabajado con varias poblaciones de clientes, incluidos niños en hogares transiciónales, adultos en la la área de salud mental y comportamiento, y personas mayores. Mis especialidades incluyen ansiedad, autoestima, depresión, trastorno bipolar, y la comunidad Latina.

Nací en Bogotá, Colombia y ser un inmigrante bilingüe me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre la importancia de la salud mental. La terapia cognitiva-conductual, la terapia centrada en la persona y la terapia centrada en soluciones son mis teorías prinicipales de práctica. Tengo una gran pasión por la defensa de la salud mental con el objetivo de acabar con el estigma asociado con ir a terapia.

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Those who take the steps towards asking for help to process what is occurring in their life display strength. This can allow the individual to build the resiliency needed to conquer any difficulties in life. I strongly believe that the way we shape our thoughts impacts our feelings and behaviors. My hope is that through therapy you may become equipped with the tools you need to navigate successfully through life. I became a therapist because I am fueled by a passion for helping others. I have worked with several client populations including children in foster care, adults in the behavioral health setting, and seniors. My specialties include anxiety, self-esteem, depression, bipolar, the Latinx community, and Spanish speaking.

I was born in Bogota, Colombia and being a bilingual immigrant has given me a unique perspective on the importance of mental health. Cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, and solution focused therapy are my main theories of practice. I have a strong passion for mental health advocacy with the goal of ending the stigma associated with going to therapy.

Jenna Brown
Mental Health Counselor

LCMHCA

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“Play is a child’s language and the toys are their words.”

Often, children have depleted their own problem solving tools, and they misbehave, or may act out at home, with friends, or at school. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. By confronting problems in the clinical Play Therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play Therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns.

I have experience working with children in both the school setting and in Play Therapy rooms. My passion is working with children through Play Therapy and I would be honored to work with your child.

Amanda Carr

Mental Health Counselor

LCMHCA

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“I AM NOT AFRAID OF STORMS, FOR I AM LEARNING HOW TO SAIL MY SHIP.”

 – Louisa May Alcott

Counseling can be viewed as a journey, filled with both challenges and opportunities for self-discovery. My objective as your counselor is to equip you with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to navigate through your own storm. I focus on helping clients engage their resilience, realize their capabilities, and feel empowered to reach their own goals. 

My approach is personalized around each client’s needs, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy. I work with children, adolescents, and parents who have various counseling needs such as anxiety, self-esteem, stress, life transitions, and executive-functioning struggles. My time teaching Special Needs individuals means I have extensive experience working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Specific Learning Disabilities, Epilepsy, and developmental delays.

I have two Master’s Degrees from Arkansas State University; one in Special Education and one in School Counseling. With both Masters and my 15+ years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults, I aim to support individuals throughout their life’s journey.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, children, and friends, paddleboarding and kayaking on the lake, and cheering on my Michigan Wolverines!

Elizabeth CarrigaN
Mental Health Counselor

LCSW

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Therapy is a journey to healing oneself from the inside out. I’m honored to walk alongside clients on their unique paths.

Each person’s hurts are unique to them and their situation. Therefore, I tailor therapy to meet the individual person’s needs. I am a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and have found this evidence-based practice to be highly effective for people suffering from trauma (past or recent), depression, and anxiety. Other evidence-based practices I utilize include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and person centered therapy.

I provide a safe space, therapeutic support, and my experience with skills training in therapy sessions. I believe the answers and peace you’re searching for are within your power and together we’ll work to reveal them.

This is why therapy is so important.

Lastly, I believe the practice of mindfulness is essential in finding the balance between healing and living fully today. Therefore, I incorporate mindfulness skills into the therapeutic process. I hope if you’re hurting in any way you can take a step of faith and let us help you find your path of healing.

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo

collytte cederstrom

Mental Health Counselor

LCMHCA

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Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness but the ability to be present in the darkness, knowing that the light will come again. If you don’t know where to start, the good news is you do not have to do it alone; I would be honored to help you along this healing therapy journey. The foundation of any therapeutic relationship is trust and my aim is to foster trust by being consistent, honest, and nonjudgmental. From this foundation, we can explore the obstacles keeping you from the better life you aspire to and are capable of living. My aim is to provide a collaborative environment. Together, we will develop skills and build up your therapy toolbox so you are prepared for your future.

I see each person as unique and strive to provide an approach tailored to your concerns and encourage feedback in order to ensure treatment effectiveness. I work from a strength-based approach, highlighting and praising your strengths while challenging and encouraging you to develop your limitations. I adhere to the Cognitive Behavioral theoretical orientation, utilizing aspects of Acceptance based interventions. I became a therapist because I have seen many people suffer in silence and I decided I wanted to encourage, advocate for, and support anyone that courageously reaches out and I commit to sticking by your side to do that for you. 

I obtained my Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina- Aiken. I have worked with clients who have  a diverse range of issues including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other addictions, stress, career transitions, organizational skills, assertiveness skills, social skill deficits, and interpersonal and relationship issues. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, going on the lake, and reading romantic fiction novels.

Jasmine goode

Mental Health Counselor

LCMHCA

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My passion for counseling started when one of my loved ones was diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. Seeing a family member suffer on a daily basis made me want to help other individuals facing similar struggles. I hope to guide and support you through the challenges that you may be facing. My role is to assist you in reaching your therapy goals by providing non-judgmental support and helping to facilitate your journey.

I believe that each individual is unique and has different life experiences. Therefore, my therapeutic approach may vary depending on each client’s individual needs. I use Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, and Strength-Based theories. I also include mindfulness techniques to help clients feel more relaxed and grounded. I work with adolescents and adults with varying issues including anxiety, depression, trauma-related issues, life transitions, grief, relational issues, self-esteem, self-worth, stress, peer relationships, and other life stressors.

I graduated from Winthrop University with a Masters of Education in Counseling and Development with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, dancing, traveling to new places, and trying new restaurants. I look forward to collaborating with you on your therapy journey.

ASHYA KENNEDY
Mental Health Counselor

LCMHCA

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During stressful life moments, it is normal to feel as if you need extra support or someone to hold a space for you while you work through those challenges. Seeking counseling is the first step toward healing. Together, I hope we can build a collaborative and safe relationship that will support and encourage you as you move towards positive changes.

I believe every client is unique and I tailor my counseling approach to best match your therapy needs. I believe in the mind-body connection and incorporate mindfulness practices.

I work with children, adolescents, and adults with varying issues including trauma. I would be honored to be a part of your journey and to provide a safe, non-judgmental and supportive place for you to heal and grow.

AVA SZAFRANSKI

Mental Health Counselor

LCMHCA

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Children naturally communicate through the language of play. By speaking in a way children intuitively understand, play therapy creates safe and inviting spaces for children to process through their experiences. I specialize in providing play therapy for children ages 3-12 who are impacted by anxiety, depression, trauma, family changes, and life transitions, which is accompanied by parental support training and sessions. Play therapy can help enhance your child’s self-esteem, self regulation, understanding and healthy expression of emotions, establishing limits and safety, and developing a sense of control and mastery over life’s challenges. I believe that all behavior communicates emotion and we can work together to understand and modify your child’s maladaptive behaviors. Children are vulnerable yet resilient and the foundation created in therapy can have a positive impact across the rest of your child’s life. 

My interest in working with children began when I was five and helped as assistant teacher in my mother’s classroom which has grown into a lifelong passion. I have previous experience as a Preschool Teacher, a Clinical Research Specialist at the Duke Center for Autism, a Counseling Intern in the behavioral health unit of a hospital, and Play Therapy Intern in a private practice setting. I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a concentration in Play Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When I’m not in the playroom, I enjoy visiting the beach, watching comedies with my husband, and playing with my dog, Jenkins.

valerie moore

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified

PMHNP – BC

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Every person deserves to live their best life in their own way. When past or present stressors come, additional support may be beneficial. I believe in the individualized treatment plan, providing thorough and compassionate care to meet your specific medication needs. Studies have shown improved patient outcomes when using medication in the treatment of many mental health conditions.

I have been a nurse in the healthcare field for over 25 years. Caring for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients has been my passion and privilege. I have served as a Faith Community Nurse and student mentor, and have seen the vital importance of providing support, education, and compassion to members of our community.

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Appalachian University and Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. I have a Masters of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from East Carolina University and am Board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. My background in nursing has included Home Health care, the Operating Room, Psychiatry, and administrative support.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Mike, and my two teenagers. My hobbies include cooking, reading, and music. I look forward to working with you to meet your medication management needs.

Katie Johnson

Medical Administrative Assistant

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Katie joined New Hope Counseling and Wellness as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2021. In 2015, she completed her Associates degree while obtaining a Certified Medical Assistant licensure from Gaston College. This program provided her credentialing through the American Association of Medical Assistants. 

Since graduating, Katie has worked in several medical office environments where she gained experience in an administrative capacity providing customer service. She enjoys a positive client interaction which will serve our community to better overall mental health and wellness. Katie brings her gifts of attention to detail, scheduling, medical billing, and problem solving. Katie has recently returned to the workforce after being a Stay-at-Home Mom and is excited to use both her clinical and administrative skills to fill her many roles at New Hope Counseling & Wellness. During her free time, she loves to be outdoors or on a new adventure with her family.

Rachel McIntosh
Executive Assistant / Intake Coordinator
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Rachel joined New Hope Counseling and Wellness as an Administrative Assistant in 2018. She graduated from Meredith College in 2011 with a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Marketing.  Her work experience includes Business Management, Marketing, and Sales. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys yoga, traveling locally and abroad, and spending time with two and four-legged friends alike.
jordan neels

Project Manager / Executive Assistant

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Jordan joined New Hope Counseling and Wellness in the spring of 2020.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication from Eastern Washington University and extensive experience in digital marketing, technical writing, and administration. Originally from the west coast, Jordan enjoys phone calls with her family and friends back home, exploring the city with her community here in Charlotte, watching Gilmore Girls, and traveling both near and far to discover new places. Go Seattle Seahawks!
Robert Nichols
Business Manager
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Robert joined the New Hope Counseling and Wellness team as the Business Manager in September of 2019. He graduated from Lander University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing. He has over 20 years of combined experience in business administration, management, and customer service. Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and children as well as reading, exercising, music, and sports. Go Tigers!
EVENTS
Mental Health Counseling
NHCW mental health counselors provide therapy tailored to each individual’s needs. We combine traditional therapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates an efficient path for change and problem resolution.
Trauma Counseling
Marriage & Family Counseling
Being a part of a family can be difficult, whether you’re  a couple or a member of a larger household.  There can easily be breakdowns in communication due to disagreements or life-changing situations and it can be difficult for a family unit to recover.  NHCW works to bring change through effective communication and problem solving so each person can be heard and acknowledged, leading to stronger bonds and a more harmonious home.
Child & Adolescent therapy
Child and Adolescent Therapy helps kids and teens who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. NHCW feels that communication is a basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s emotions, emotional expression, and behaviors. For children, playing, pretending, and creating are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.

The relationship that develops between the therapist and the child is a crucial way to help the child feel safe and understood. This solidifies trust and makes it easier for the child to express feelings while receiving support and then learning to understand themselves and ultimately changing their behavior.

Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse Therapy helps to motivate the individual dealing with addiction to find inner joy and peace by developing personal relapse prevention plans, coping skills for triggers, and working through past experiences and learned behaviors that might have prompted the cycle of addiction to begin. It also can be used to provide support for families.  At times, being part of an addiction support system can feel like riding a roller-coaster of emotions. Counseling can help the family establish safe and healthy boundaries while loving the individual recovering from addiction.
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Counselors serve clients of any or no religious affiliation by integrating the client’s spiritual beliefs and practices with therapeutic process. A pastoral counselor can provide the guidance, skill, and therapeutic relationship needed to promote psychological and spiritual growth towards becoming whole.
Play Therapy
Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based counseling practice used to treat a variety of mental health concerns and helps children to better express their emotions, demonstrate self-control and responsibility, show respect for themselves and others, increase self-esteem, and become problem-solvers.

New Hope Counseling and Wellness

609 S. New Hope Road, Suite 102,
Gastonia, NC 28053,

Telephone: +01 704-208-1865
FAX: +01 704-208-1865

We seek to provide a safe, nonjudgmental place where clients can explore personal issues and talk openly about their thoughts and feelings. We respect the unique makeup of each person, including background, beliefs, values, life experiences and counseling needs.

 

New Hope Counseling and Wellness
609 S. New Hope Road
Suite 102
Gastonia, NC 28053

 

Telephone: +01 704-208-1865
FAX: +01 704-208-1865