April Harris-Britt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham since 2003. She received her doctorate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to providing child, adolescent, adult, and family therapy, Dr. Harris-Britt conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, comprehensive child custody evaluations, civil guardian ad litem evaluations, and parental competency evaluations. Specific areas of expertise include trauma and violence, adoption and attachment, medically fragile children, divorce transitions, ADHD and learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and multicultural issues.
Dr. Harris-Britt utilizes a systems approach to wellness that incorporates developmental, psychological, and social strengths in assessment and treatment. She is trained in many evidence-based models, including Trauma-focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR. Dr. Harris-Britt is often contacted by families, attorneys, and the courts to provide intensive intervention services for families engaged in high-conflict custody disputes, including coparenting and reunification therapy. She provides services as a Parent Coordinator.
Dr. Harris-Britt is licensed in the states of NC and VA. She maintains a faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Fielding Graduate University, where she is actively engaged in teaching and research. Some of her work has been featured on CNN, in Newsweek, on local television and radio news programs, and in the New York Times Bestseller, NurtureShock. She is currently a member of the Board for the Center for Cooperative Parenting and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interests (BAPPI) for the American Psychological Association (APA).
Robin H. Exum-Calhoun, Ph.D. received her BA degree from Dartmouth College and she earned both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from New York University. She has always had an interest in working with families. Her clinical training included work with children, adolescents, adults and family therapy along with psychological assessment.
Dr. Exum-Calhoun’s mission is to improve the lives of the families with whom she works. Truly embracing the notion that “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” she seeks to work with all members of the “Village” who might be involved in supporting members of a family. She utilizes a variety of techniques to improve individual functioning and strengthen family relations. Treatment modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, solution focused therapy and EMDR are used to help clients cope with a variety of clinical syndromes including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, disorders often experienced by children, and family problems. She also works with couples seeking to strengthen their relationships recognizing that the couple is the foundation of the family unit. Dr. Exum-Calhoun’s clinical interests include: child and adolescent development, parenting, the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, women’s issues and the intersection of spiritually and clinical practice. Dr. Exum-Calhoun is a Christian and also incorporates spirituality into her psychological practice for individuals interested in treatment of this nature.
Dr. Exum-Calhoun uses her experience working in the School Psychology field to advise and advocate for parents seeking to improve their children’s educational experience. She provides psychoeducational assessment to help parents gain a better understanding of their child’s educational and emotional needs.
Dr. Exum-Calhoun’s professional work has also included teaching psychology at the undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral levels at several universities including New York University, The College of Saint Elizabeth, and Saint Augustine’s College. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Undergraduate Studies at Capella University.
Robert Fields, MA, LPA is a Licensed Psychological Associate who received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at East Carolina University and his Master's degree in Psychology with a Clinical concentration at North Carolina Central University. Robert has worked with clients of all ages and specializes in working with teens, young adults, and families. Robert's clinical interests include anger management, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, oppositional defiant and conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, and stress management. Robert emphasizes a holistic approach that is both research and practice-driven.
Keshawna Solomon, MA, LPA is a Licensed Psychological Associate. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and African American studies. She completed her Master's in Psychology with a Clinical Concentration, from North Carolina Central University. She has 7 years of experience working with adults who have Autism through Division TEACCH at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ms. Solomon conducts psychological evaluations, psycho-educational testing, developmental assessments, and consultations with schools. She also provides therapy to young children and adolescents, largely utilizing play therapy techniques. Her areas of clinical interest include trauma, anger management, and family systems. Her research interests include racial socialization, parental involvement, achievement motivation, and how these issues are related to academic outcomes in minority children. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the North Carolina Psychological Association.
Cynthia D. Jones, MS, LPCS received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California Irvine and her Master’s degree in Counseling from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Licensed since 1998, she has been active in the field of mental health for over 20 years. In her clinical practice, she provides counseling to a wide range of clients (from teens to older adults, individuals, couples, and families) who are experiencing difficulties in the areas of behavioral health issues (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, attention deficit disorder, sleep disorders) and life adjustment complications (grief, loss, divorce, work transitions). She also offers virtual reality technology methods to treat specific phobias, including fear of flying, public speaking, heights, and storms. Cynthia works from a holistic model of helping and incorporates the teachings of Carl Rogers (PCT –Person Centered Therapy), Aaron Beck (CBT- Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR - Mind Based Stress Reduction), Marsha Linehan (DBT- Dialectic Behavioral Therapy), and Victor Frankl (Logotherapy – Guidance in exploring and establishing meaning in one’s life). Cynthia recently retired from Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences after 24 years in order to focus on her private practice. She also offers clinical supervision to those seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina.
Geoffrey Zeger, ACSW, LCSW, provides counseling and psychotherapy to children, adults, couples and families. He received his Masters of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Licensed since 1992, Geoff has worked with a wide range of clients with a variety of presenting needs. His focus is working with children (attention difficulties, self-harm, acting out, teenage and childhood depression and anxiety, and incorporating step-parents into families). Geoff's prior experience includes work with juvenile sex offenders, Willie M. children, Director of a Crisis Team, work with a mental health team at Ground Zero (9-11), and out-of-state work with soldiers returning from Iraq.
Kira Royal, MA obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed her Master's in Psychology with a Clinical Concentration, from North Carolina Central University. Currently, she is an applicant with the North Carolina Psychology Board to obtain her License as a Psychological Associate. Mrs. Royal conducts individual therapy, psycho-educational testing, clinical assessments, and psychological evaluations. Her professional interests include individual and group counseling relating to trauma and family systems. Her research interests include parental involvement, social support, parental stress, and how these factors impact child behavioral outcomes for minority children. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the North Carolina Psychological Association.
Michelle Byars, BA, CYT has a great passion for transforming barriers into bridges towards success. She helps clients, who include children, adolescents and adults, improve their health, social relationships and life skills through two services: Developmental Therapy and Life Coaching.
As a Developmental Therapist, Michelle works with children with issues including anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder to build skills and increase physical, behavioral, and cognitive success. As a Life Coach, she provides adolescents and adults with guidance and skill building founded in human needs psychology, neurolinguistics, diplomacy, and organizational psychology.
Michelle has trained in a variety of modalities including developmental movement, Theraplay, yoga, mindfulness, functional neurology, psychology, and coaching. Her educational background includes a BA degree in Psychology, certification in the Functional Neurology of Childhood Developmental Disorders, and certification as a yoga teacher for children, children with special needs, and adults. She is also the creator of Move to Grow, a movement based therapeutic program that has been successfully improving the lives of children for over seven years.
Jessie Johnson, MS, CRC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with emotional and behavioral concerns. She also conducts psychological evaluations and psycho-educational testing for both children and adults. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and earned a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her graduate clinical practicum and internship experiences, Ms. Johnson provided outpatient therapy at NC Neuropsychiatry and at New Leaf Behavioral Health. She has also received Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training while working with autistic children, and training in Reality Therapy while leading therapeutic activities at a residential treatment center for adolescents. Ms. Johnson believes that counseling is a collaborative process of change, and utilizes evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and interactive play therapy to help her clients achieve their goals. Her areas of clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and intellectual disabilities. She is also interested in parenting issues, attachment, and postpartum depression, and has developed an educational website for counseling professionals to facilitate awareness and identification of issues related to postpartum depression. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association.
Diane Paces-Wiles, MSW, LCSW, earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on work with children and families. She completed her training at the UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic and the Wakebrook Pediatric Behavior Clinic.
Diane has a passion for helping children and adolescents develop positive lifelong coping skills and supporting adult clients through significant life transitions. Particular areas of interest include ADHD, high-functioning autism, anxiety, depression, and trauma, including issues of infertility and pregnancy loss. In her work with families, Diane focuses on empowering parents to create environments of mutual respect and communication, assisting families to navigate high-conflict divorce, and repairing relational issues, including offering reunification therapy. She is a certified Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider and has completed training in Overcoming Barriers (Family Intensive Intervention).
Working from a psychodynamic framework, Diane draws from a variety of modalities including trauma-informed therapy, play therapy, expressive therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. She is currently working toward certification in Somatic Experiencing, a psycho-biological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress.
Diane has been a guest lecturer at UNC School of Social Work and other venues, speaking on topics including play therapy, assessment of children, positive parenting, managing challenging behaviors, and non-profit marketing.
Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS-A is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from North Carolina State University with a Masters degree in Social Work.
Mr. Dawes has provided clinical care in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community settings. Drawing from a person-centered and an attachment perspective, Mr. Dawes offers a variety of modalities including: mindfulness based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. He enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. He is passionate about assisting adolescents, adults, couples and families in navigating relationship difficulties, trauma, depression, anxiety, and addiction. His clinical interests include family systems theory, sexual orientation (GLBTQ+) and gender identity issues. Additionally, Mr. Dawes has experience working with the Veterans and their families. He is also quite active in the community and currently serves as the Vice President of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work.
Sarah Rabiner Eisensmith, Med, MSW, LCSWA provides counseling to children, families, and adults. A life-long Durham resident, she earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on work with children, adolescents, and families. She has instructional and clinical experience in the educational context through work in traditional and alternative schools in Wake and Durham County Public Schools, as well as in other area public, private, and charter schools. Sarah holds a Master’s in Education from Lesley University.
Sarah practices a collaborative and strengths-based approach to wellness in service of what each client hopes to achieve through therapy. Her clinical areas of interest include challenges related to life adjustment, family conflict, school, anger management, self-esteem, interpersonal relationship problems, work stress, depression, anxiety, and grief. Sarah is currently pursuing her passion for research that promotes social justice as a doctoral student in social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sarah enjoys spending time with family, hosting dinner parties, and exploring North Carolina and beyond whenever possible!
Trenton Owens, MSCP, LPCA earned his Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where he focused on working with youth and adults who identified as LGBTQIA+ and adults living with HIV/AIDS. He completed training at Persad Center, Inc., the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center serving the LGBTQIA+ and HIV/AIDS communities. Trent is currently completing a PhD at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He has received clinical training at AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness as well as in the university counseling center at Wake Forest University. Trent’s current research is focused on internalized stigma in transgender and gender diverse populations, implicit bias in diagnosing older adults, and the utilization of archetypal imagery for emotional health and spiritual awareness.
Trent utilizes psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic principles in his practice. He believes the relationship between counselor and client is an integral part of the therapeutic process. Trent provides counseling to a wide range of clients (children to older adults), with varying abilities, on a vast number of issues including, but not limited to, trauma, severe mental illness, adjustments, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, body acceptance, sexuality, anxiety, and acute stress. He is particularly passionate about working with, and advocating for, underserved groups. He has experience working with youth on the autism spectrum and those impacted by anxiety, depression, familial adjustments, ADHD, life transitions, and many other life circumstances. He has keen interest in working with men of color on issues such as masculinity, sexuality, and identity. Trent also provides a safe and affirming space for sexual and gender minorities to explore issues related to identity development, coping, acceptance, and gender transition.
Trent offers psychological evaluations on a limited basis. He also offers consultation services for employers dedicated to creating an inclusive work space for employees.