Therapists and Counselors

Adrienne Michelle Smith, LMFT | Durham Therapist

Adrienne Michelle Smith, LMFT

Adrienne Michelle, LMFT, is a leading LGBT therapist in the mental health field. She received her Marriage and Family Therapy degree with a specialization in Sex Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. Her passion comes from a background in sex education, where the community’s representation has been very limited; thus, she strives to continuously advocate for…

Allison Simpson, LCSW | Durham Therapist

Allison Simpson, MSW, LCSW

Ms. Simpson earned her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University in Washington, DC.  She previously worked as a social worker at the National Center for Children and Families, and as a counselor at The Children’s Guild, in Washington, DC, where she was awarded the Brave Heart Medal. She recently earned her Health Coaching…

Amparo Penny, LPC | Asheville Counselor

Amparo Penny, MA, LPC

Ms. Penny joined Carolina Partners in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from N.C. State University and her Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling from North Carolina Central University. She has previously worked as a counselor for Triumph, LLC, Wake County Human Services, Easter Seals UCP and Holly Hill Hospital. Ms. Penny provides…

Andrea Stubbs, MSW, LCSW | Durham Therapist

Andrea Stubbs, MSW, LCSW

Andrea Stubbs earned her Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. She has experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of ages. She also worked to assist and educate families who needed help adapting to a diagnosis, and/or gathering resources for an illness. Ms. Stubbs currently treats ages…

Ashley Finch, LCSW | Wilson Therapist

Ashley Finch, MSW, LCSW

Ms. Finch received her BA and MSW from North Carolina State University and is CPI and BLS certified. Ms. Finch has previously worked at Johnston Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit and Women’s Center of Wake County. She currently practices at the Wilson Psychiatric Associates clinic in Wilson, NC treating ages 18 and up for…

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Beth Embleton, MSW, LCSWA

Beth received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill and enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Living and working in a neighborhood undergoing community-driven change focused Beth’s interests in social action, human development, and communication toward pursuing her Master of Social Work. Beth’s professional interests include: attachment, trauma, fertility, peri- and post-natal depression, and family…

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Beth Shulman, MS, LPC, NCC

Ms. Shulman earned her MS degree in Counseling in 1998 from UNC-Greensboro. She completed a year’s internship at Duke University Personal Assistance Service as an Employee Assistance Counselor, before establishing her private psychotherapy practice. Ms. Shulman has been involved in Triangle-wide community outreach for many years, offering services and support to underserved members of the…

Brittany S. Brinson, LPC, NCC | Raleigh Counseling

Brittney S. Brinson, LPC, NCC

Brittney Brinson earned her M.Ed in Counselor Education from the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She has experience rehabilitating both children and adults, especially those with developmental and physical disabilities. Ms. Brinson worked as an overnight service manager – offering both regular and crisis counseling to in-house residents over the telephone. From providing…

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Byalinah Shakir-Burgess, LPC, MA

Byalinah Shakir-Burgess received her Masters from North Carolina Central University. She’s had an impactful, far-reaching, and varied career, with experience working as a social worker, family counselor, lead teaching parent, in-home counselor, and the program director for a teen crisis shelter in Raleigh, NC. She is passionately devoted to improving people’s lives by helping them…

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Catherine Grant Peoples, MSW, LCSW

Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, and her Master of Social Work from Indiana University. Catherine has worked in the mental health field as an Outpatient Therapist, a Behavioral Health Specialist, and a Psychiatric Social Worker. She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy,…

Christy Ellis, LCSW | Raleigh Therapist

Christy Ellis, LCSW

Ms. Ellis received her BSW and MSW from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has previously practiced as a therapist at Holly Hill Hospital, and is professionally trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Ms. Ellis currently treats ages 25 and up at the Raleigh…

Cyrese Moore, LCSW | Asheville Therapist

Cyrese Moore, LCSW

Cyrese Moore earned her Advanced Standing Masters in Social Work at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. For over a decade, Ms. Moore has provided her services to both children and adults alike. She has experience with professional assessments, clinical planning/case management, parental education, and more. Ms. Moore has a plethora of experience not…

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