I am a therapist, consultant, teacher and mother.

I am a licensed therapist and owner of Whole Family Therapy. I have 20 years of experience working with children and families in the education and wellness field. I am a Master’s level graduate from Lenoir Rhyne University. My focus and passion are supporting children and families with issues that arise around life transitions through Individual therapy and/or Co-Parenting Counseling.

In my practice I specialize in working with teens and preteens and Co-Parenting counseling. I work with teens and preteens who need support with anxiety, depression, grief around divorce, low self-esteem and trauma. Creating a therapeutic environment where your teen feels safe to share, feel seen, and learn new life skills to help create space between emotions and reactions creating an overall happier relationship with their life.

Co-Parenting Counseling can help create a parenting relationship that has a sense of ease about it. I love working with divorced or separated parents working to build a healthy relationship around parenting that supports your child and each person involved. This is often not an easy place to get to without support. I can be that support.

My therapeutic approach is person centered with a combination of evidence-based practice, CBT,motivational interviewing,  mindfulness, somatic awareness, and art therapy with an attachment based trauma informed lens.

Jeffie Cilano MA, LCMHCA, NCC

  jeffiecilano@wholefamilytherapy.center

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I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina.

I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University – Asheville with Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. I have 15 years of professional experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families in various treatment settings. I am passionate about promoting wellness for the whole family, as children and parents together navigate the challenges of childhood and parenthood.

I specialize in counseling for children (ages 2-12) addressing mental health concerns related to anger, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, disruptive behaviors, interpersonal conflicts, and intellectual/developmental disabilities. I also specialize in counseling for parents and caregivers addressing concerns related to co-parenting, behavior management, and strained family relationships. I utilize a variety of theoretical approaches including Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, and Play Therapy.

Sharon Collins, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

  sharoncollins@wholefamilytherapy.center

pronouns: she, her, hers

I am a creative and passionate therapist and human.

I attended Lenoir-Rhyne University – Asheville and graduated from their Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, since then I have become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. Throughout my time in graduate school and since then, I have served children, adolescents, adults, and families in several mental health settings, from in home, to school-based, and both in-patient and outpatient therapy.

I strongly believe in creating a relationship in which one can feel safe and supported, in order to help facilitate growth. In addition, I utilize evidence-based treatments to help foster, educate, nurture and empower clients of all ages to shift their relationship with mental health.

I specialize in working with clients and families, who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. Day-to-day, clients that I work with can find themselves struggling with many of the following: low-self esteem/worth; behavioral outbursts; grief, anxiety and depression; feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness; emotional dis-regulation and impulsive ways of coping; and, overall confusion about how to carry forward. It is not uncommon for families and individuals to feel that they do not know where to start or where to go to get the support they need for their child or self. I love working with clients to help bridge this gap of support. I see individual clients, as well as work with family units, as a team. I teach clients and parents from a behavioral lens, hold space for support and processing, and collaborate to continue to allow for positive change. I hope to meet clients where they are and help them expand upon their opportunities as they continue to better understand and identify their own experiences in this world.

My therapeutic approach integrates person-centered therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. When possible, I also utilize mindfulness, somatic work, and expressive art therapy to help with multi-modal processing and overall, engagement during treatment.

Kyrie Schmit, MA, LCMHCA

  kyrieschmit@wholefamilytherapy.center

pronouns: she, her, hers

Together we will work towards self-acceptance and self-awareness.

I have a humanistic and client-centered approach. I view the counseling relationship as a collaboration between myself and you. Together we will work towards self-acceptance and self-awareness by dealing with issues such as moods, attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors that may be standing in the way of happiness and contentment in your life.

I use an integrative method including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, reality therapy, positive psychotherapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness training with a mind-body-and-soul model.
I have experience working with adults in individual and group setting. Treatment is centered on emotions, behaviors, relationships, personal and family issues, as well as addiction.

Christie Dillard, MS, LCMHC

  christiedillard@wholefamilytherapy.center

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Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, Certified Health Coach, and educator.

I currently hold a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a concentration in Christian Counseling, and Early Childhood Education. In addition, I am also a Certified Health Coach. I have over 20 years of experience working with children and families in many different capacities and for the past two years, I have been providing counseling services through the MyHealthyLife™ Chronic Condition Management program at Mission Health Systems as a Care Manager.

My goal is to always create a safe, comfortable, accepting environment allowing for your growth, self-discovery, self-awareness and self-acceptance. My general counseling approach is a mixture of Person-Centered Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Existential Therapy.

However, I have a great interest in and draw many techniques from other theoretical approaches to meet the specific needs of my clients. I work with individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds on issues including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, life change, work and/or relationship challenges, grief and loss, chronic condition management, foster care and adoption, as well as other mental health and life concerns.

Carole Ramsey, MA, LCMHCA

pronouns: she, her, hers

I am a dynamic and open-minded therapist.

I attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a Masters of Social Work and have since become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. My past experiences include working in the extension of foster care program of Palm Beach County, Florida, higher education counseling centers, and community mental health programs. Through this work, I found myself drawn to the teenage/transition to adulthood population. 

I specialize in working with children, teens and young adults undergoing major life changes and the mental health concerns that often arise such as anxiety, depression, trauma and/or grief. Additionally, I enjoy working with adults facing relationship troubles, spiritual issues, trauma and everyday life stressors. Through our work together, we can increase your capacity to face these challenges with sustainable solutions. I strive to create a space where you feel safe, heard and understood.
I have completed training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I utilize interventions from various modalities including Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Attachment Based Therapy. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist, committed to anti-racism, and value your inherent dignity and worth as a human.

Savanna Sweeting LCSWA

pronouns: she, her, hers

I am a dynamic and open-minded therapist.

I attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a Masters of Social Work and have since become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. My past experiences include working in the extension of foster care program of Palm Beach County, Florida, higher education counseling centers, and community mental health programs. Through this work, I found myself drawn to the teenage/transition to adulthood population.

I specialize in working with children, teens and young adults undergoing major life changes and the mental health concerns that often arise such as anxiety, depression, trauma and/or grief. Additionally, I enjoy working with adults facing relationship troubles, spiritual issues, trauma and everyday life stressors. Through our work together, we can increase your capacity to face these challenges with sustainable solutions. I strive to create a space where you feel safe, heard and understood.

I have completed training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I utilize interventions from various modalities including Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Attachment Based Therapy.

Savanna Sweeting LCSWA

pronouns: she, her, hers