ABOUT US

ADDITIONAL PROVIDERS

Dr. Qu’Nesha Sawyer

 

Dr. Qu’Nesha Sawyer, PhD, M.S., LCMHC, LCAS, NCC (Director of Clinical Operations)

Dr. Qu’Nesha Sawyer (she/her/hers), grew up in Eastern North Carolina and currently resides in Bay Area California. Qu’Nesha is a graduate from East Carolina University with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling & Administration. She also obtained her M.S. in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling (2014) from East Carolina University and B.A. in Psychology (2012) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Qu’Nesha is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Dr. Sawyer began counseling in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Sherra’ Watkins as a Behavioral Health Specialist for a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in the treatment of persons living with different infections in Eastern North Carolina. She is an experienced individual, couple, and family therapist. She specializes in perinatal mental health concerns, depression and anxiety, chronic diseases and disability, relationship or marriage counseling, substance abuse counseling, and career or vocational counseling.

Populations:  Ages 18+

Therapy/Research Interests:

• Perinatal Mental Health * Reproductive Health
• African/African Ancestry Maternal Health/Mental Health
• Persons Living with HIV/AIDS * Pregnant Women Living with HIV/AIDS
• Preconception Care * Pregnancy: Substance Use Concerns & Grief & Loss
• Persons Who Identify as LGBTQIA
• Intersections of: Chronic Diseases, Cancer & Death & Dying

Hobbies:  Reading, Running, Binge watching a Hulu or Netflix original, and Being a Birth Doula

Angela Clay, MSW, LCSW-A

 

Angela Clay, MSW, LCSW-A (Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate)

Mrs. Angela Clay (she/her/hers), grew up in Charlotte, NC and currently lives in Charlotte NC. Angela is a graduate from Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2018 & Masters of Social Work Advanced Standing in 2020. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate.

Angela began working in the mental health field in 2003 as a Behavioral Specialist Technician for Charlotte Mecklenburg school system. She began providing supportive services and counseling in May 2020 to homeless women and children living in transitional housing. She is an experienced individual, couple, and family therapist. 

Angela works with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral, relationships, self-esteem, coping skills, stress, peer relationships and mental health issues. I offer a safe, friendly, non-judgement environment. Everything is confidential, which allows the client to freely share their thoughts and feelings. My psychotherapy approach while working with you will include Solution Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Illness Management and Recovery, Seeking Safety, Problem Solving and Task-Centered.

Populations:  Ages 18+

Therapy/Research Interests:

  • Young Adults & Adults
  • African American Mental Health
  • Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD
  • Trauma

Hobbies:  Journaling, Singing, Play Writing, and Acting

Tori Thomas, LCMHC, LCAS

 

Tori Thomas, MS, LCMHC, LCAS (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor)

Arthur Ashe said it best, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”. This short phrase is loaded with a powerful message. Sometimes we don’t have all the answers. Actually, often times we don’t have all the answers, yet there’s usually a resource there to help you navigate through tough situations. I want to be that resource for you. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), as well as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS). Over the past five years, I have learned that my therapeutic style has helped change the lives of children/youth, adolescents, young adults, “the strong one”, “the angry one”, the one who feels unheard, and anyone who has a desire and willingness to change.

 The therapeutic relationship is just as important as any other relationship you have. Principles such as trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, honesty, and healthy communication are all necessary in this journey. With my approach, I strive to meet you where you are. Though therapy can be challenging for many, my hope is that you are willing to stretch yourself to evolve into the best version of you. I use a host of therapeutic methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered therapies, Motivational Interviewing (MI), hands on interventions, mindfulness, journaling, humanistic therapy, family/systems therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, addictions counseling, and I provide appropriate homework assignments as needed.

Desire for change is not enough. One has to be willing to create a partnership in their therapeutic journey. I’m here to walk with you every step of the way. We will begin with an assessment to assess your needs, and to discuss the presenting problem. After which, we collectively develop a treatment plan to create a tailored roadmap to produce growth & positive change. If at any point the roadmap we have set is no longer beneficial, we will come back to the table and make necessary adjustments. You deserve to live the life you want to live. I want to see you win!

Populations:  Ages 12+ 
   
Therapy/Research Interests:
  • Adolescents, Young Adults & Adults
  • African American Mental Health
  • Family relationships and dynamics
  • Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD
  • Mental Health Education/Training
  • Persons infected & affected with HIV/AIDS
  • Substance Abuse
Hobbies: Hip Hop dancing, poetry, journaling, coloring, singing off key!

Christina Bynum

 

Christina Bynum (Therapist Intern)

Christina Bynum was born and raised in Greenville North Carolina. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently an intern in the Master of Social Work Program at Walden University.

Christina is currently an Investigation’s Consultant with Department of Health and Human Services. She has over 14 years of social work experience conducting maltreatment reports and serving children and families. She is versatile and well-versed in crisis management, case management, and working with disadvantaged individuals, including special-needs populations and emancipated youth. 

Christina holds memberships with professional associations which include Phi Alpha Honors Society, National Society of leadership and Success, Golden Key International Honors Society, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. 

 

Brittny Lassiter, LCSWA

 

Brittny Lassiter, LCSW-A (Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate)

Brittny Lassiter was born in Bronx New York and raised in Durham North Carolina. She is a three-time graduate from North Carolina Central University with two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Family Consumer Science, and her master’s in social work. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and an Eastern Star. She is a mother of a 15-year-old boy and takes pride in being a full time Basketball mom. She is family oriented and loves to travel. Brittny loves providing therapeutic services utilizing CBT and Motivational Interviewing techniques and is actively working towards becoming fully licensed.

Populations:  Ages 14+ 

Therapy/Research Interests:
  • Adolescents, Young Adults & Adults, Couples
  • African American Mental Health
  • Family relationships and dynamics
  • Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD
  • Mental Health Education/Training

    Ray Sawyer

     

    Ray Sawyer (Life Coach)

    Ray Sawyer (he/him/his), grew up in Northeastern North Carolina and currently resides in Bay Area California. Ray is a graduate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Health (2013). He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and completed a Fulbright fellowship in South Korea. He also served as chapter president for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Ray is a trained Coach through the Co-Active Training Institute, and currently works at Google. Throughout his career, Ray has focused on raising the stories of historically underrepresented communities. This included teaching a self-designed curriculum about American culture to Korean high school students, growing a development program for incoming college students historically underrepresented in technology, and championing inclusive engagement as a member of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board of Directors.

     As a Life Coach, he believes in empathetic partnership, knowing we all have greatness inside, even if we don’t know how to get it out yet. You can expect him to listen calmly yet enthusiastically—without judgement but with curiosity. He’ll ask the challenging questions—and keep asking them so you can unlock what lies beneath. To be clear, he’s less focused on your problems and more focused on helping you create the impact you desire in your career, your personal life, or the world. His hope is for you to leave each conversation better than before. You are the expert in your life. Ray’s role is to draw out that expertise and journey with you as you put it into action.

    Populations:  Ages 18+

    Hobbies: Bowling, Basketball, Spoken Word, Financial Literacy, Cultural Immersion

     

    Jaqueline Brown

     

    Jaqueline (Jay) Brown (Spiritual-Based Life Coach)

    Jacqueline Y. Brown – affectionately known as Coach Jay – is a long-time resident of Charlotte, NC, but was raised in Manhattan, NY.  She is a follower of Christ, a wife, a mother, and a student of life.  A graduate of the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Coach Jay holds a Dual Bachelors’ Degrees in Psychology and Sociology (1998, 2001), has completed Masters’ Level Coursework in Sociopsychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2003), is a Certified Mediator through the City of Charlotte’s Dispute Settlement Program (2008), a Certified Records Analyst (ICRA 2018), and received her Professional Coaching Certification from the – Internationally recognized and International Coach Federation Certified – Catalyst Coach Academy (2020). 

    In 2018, she began providing Spirit-Based Life Coaching services to individuals and small groups. Coach Jay believes that God in His infinite wisdom created each and every one of us with the internal tools needed to live a whole and fulfilled life.  The journey that is life is designed to challenge us to identify, awaken, solidify, and engage those tools.   Coaching Clients should expect Coach Jay’s coaching style to reflect this belief, while respecting the spiritual precepts of each client. 

    Her wholeness approach operates under the assumption that each of us is more than the sum of our parts (body, soul, and spirit), our experiences, our choices, and our beliefs.  We are each whole beings, all of whom have had experiences that have made us feel broken, but they did not break us.  There is so much to learn from the “parts” and so much to gain from using them to create balance and wholeness in our lives.  

    Coach Jay’s coaching specialty areas include:

    Specialty Areas:

    • Relational (family and professional)
    • LGBTQIA+ (advocacy, acceptance, and reconciliation)
    • Maturation (emotional, physical, and relational)
    • Grief (death, dying, and acceptance)
    Spiritual Wholeness

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    If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction, feel free to contact us for a FREE 15-minute consultation.

    We look forward to working with you to help you achieve wellness and healing. Please call or email us for an individual, couples, or family therapy and/or coaching, or  training & consultation services today.

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