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De'Lisa Hill
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(919) 629-3854

De’Lisa Hill

MA, LPC, NCC, BCPC, TCMHC
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
4819 Emperor Blvd Suite 400
Durham, North Carolina 27703

I work with individuals, couples, and families to provide therapy, counseling, consulting, and coaching services. I offer compassion, warmth, and objectivity to every client I see.

Clients in my office are accepted for who they are, and I give each person I see encouragement to grow in their self-awareness so they can thrive within their community. Creating a safe space where anyone can revive their soul (Emotions, Will, and Mind), I work together with my clients to rebuild or strengthen person, family, or social foundations, to put life’s challenges into perspective, and to advance toward life goals. I particularly love working with adolescents, adults, and couples.

I blend Systems Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral, Cognitive Restructuring, and Motivational Interviewing as a foundational approach of how I work with my clients. I offer Christian Counseling, Couples and Marriage Therapy, Life and Executive Coaching, and Consultation.

Each of my clients has the ability to overcome their life’s difficulties. I am honored to be their facilitator within the therapeutic relationship. I challenge unhealthy thinking, give objective guidance, and offer support.

Age Groups Seen:
  • 13-17
  • 18-63
  • 63-Up
Helps with...
  • Adolescents
  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Single Life
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • Tricare
  • Military One Source/Beacon
  • Health Options
  • BCBS of NC
  • Aetna

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Leah Leynor
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(919) 629-3854

Leah Leynor

LMFTA, LMBT, CH, MA,
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
140 Preston Executive Drive, Suite 100L
Cary, NC 27513

I became a therapist because I wanted to make an impact on my community. Throughout my career, I have worked to maintain strong interpersonal relationships and help people achieve their goals. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in marketing and financial services in the World Trade Center. But, I knew I wanted to do more than help businesses make more money. So, I decided to change careers. That was one week before 9/11. That decision saved my life. It served as a horrifying reminder that life is short, too short to waste on a path that is not fulfilling your passions. Avoiding that tragic event allowed me to go on to pursue my true purpose in life: raising a family and becoming a therapist. Now in my private practice, I offer children, teens, families and individuals the compassionate, accepting support and guidance they need to create the confident, fulfilling lives they want.

Being parent of two boys who have ADHD led me to my work with kids and teens. I have also worked as a preschool teacher for many years. I know firsthand how challenging being a parent can be, and how painful it is to watch your child struggle. I also know from watching my kids and the children I work with flourish that with some guidance, education and skill building, it is possible for your child to succeed and for you all to form a closer bond within the family unit.

I also work with individual adults who are struggling with issues related to anxiety and depression. I know, both personally and professionally, there are times when we truly need guidance and support to clarify and overcome obstacles. My prior years of experience as a licensed massage and body work therapist taught me how deeply interconnected the mind and body are. Whatever you may be facing, my approach to therapy intends to heal your whole person – mind, body and spirit.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I wanted to help people to feel safe and comfortable while embracing their true selves. It is humbling to walk with someone on their life journey as they seek to not only understand themselves but improve their lives.

What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?

Clients that have an open mind set and are personally motivated for change. Also, clients who have a good sense of humor.

What do you like most about working with clients?

Watching someone grow and change. I too like hearing different viewpoints. There are times a client will say something I had not thought of before. Also, when a client has an “ah ha” moment, it is the most amazing moment to witness.

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

Often, I have found people get stuck to due fear or not knowing another way out of the issue. Getting someone unstuck depends on the individual client. Some work best with options presented or exploring different viewpoints while others move forward with a more directive approach.

Can you tell me about a difficult client/case? What were the challenges and how were you able to help your client?

I treated a minor child with special needs who had been through trauma. Due to the special needs diagnosis, it was challenging to communicate with the client in a “typical” fashion. By allowing the client to lead at their own pace, I was able to forge a comfortable and trusting therapeutic relationship with the client that allowed them to express themselves to the best of their ability.

What's the best part of your day?

When a client says “Thank you” or “ That was helpful to me.” It helps me know that we are moving towards reaching their personal goals.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

No, I am eclectic. I adjust to my client’s needs and personality.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

How difficult it would be to not accept a gift from a client! For ethical reasons, I do not accept gifts from clients, however it is still an uncomfortable feeling to turn the gift down as I do not wish to hurt their feelings are injure the therapeutic relationship.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

That every client has inherent strengths that they can access to assist them with their issues/concerns. I also try to teach many of my client’s relaxation skills.

What type of clients do you work best with?

I work best with clients who are open to thinking outside of the box. From experience, those are the clients that seem to find me anyway.

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

That depends. Everyone is an individual and as such progress at different rates.

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

Please see #11

How might you counsel a client who is struggling during a divorce or breakup?

It depends on the circumstances, however I strive to make the client feel comfortable and safe while taking a nonjudgmental stance to explore the client’s feelings about their relationship and relationships with others in general.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?

I would take a comprehensive assessment of the client’s past and go from there. Since the client may not feel safe I would also strive to form a strong therapeutic relationship.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?

First take a comprehensive clinical assessment and then make appropriate recommendations that may include a psychiatric evaluation/meds as deemed appropriate.

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

First, I would assess the client’s concerns and then work with them to find appropriate resources/referrals (based on their needs and situation) as I do not often treat eating disorders.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing shame and guilt?

I work with the client to explore their feelings around shame and guilt as well as relational patterns that typically bring those feelings about. I will also normalize the client’s feelings as guilt and shame may be felt by many individuals from time to time.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

First, I would assess the client for their current addiction status, then I would refer them to an appropriate resource as I do not typically treat addictions (ie. alcohol or substance abuse).

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

I collaborate with the client on times when they may not have felt lonely or isolated. I then discuss with the client how applicable those situations are now and/or if they can be recreated or revisited. I also will assess the client for symptoms of anxiety and depression as potential contributing factors in addition to frequency and duration of symptoms.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

That one can dramatically change their lives if they are motivated and persist while faced with almost impossible circumstances.

What is one thing that surprised you when you began your career as a therapist?

The stigma that is sometimes associated with mental health.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

An intake session as well as an exploration of their concerns and goals. Also, a collaboration on how we may best work together.

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

It’s normal to be nervous, most people are uncertain about sharing intimate details of their lives with someone they do not know well. I also let thank them for sharing their story with me.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Look for someone who you feel comfortable with and who creates a safe and non judgmental experience.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

They are able to recognize a change or that they have different viewpoint than before.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

Yes. I believe they can. It is up to the therapist to point out gently when that may be happening

What can a client do to prepare for his/her first counseling appointment?

Complete their intake paperwork from my website and request their free 30 min consultation with me via in person or phone if that would be helpful.

When working with couples, what is the most common challenge you see?

Couples have a tendency to interrupt each other and eye roll. This does not allow for either party to be respected or heard.

When a relationship has experienced infidelity/adultery, does it ever recover?

It can yes, however this depends on the individuals involved. Some couples will recover some will not.

When a couple attends counseling, how long does it take for the couple’s relationship to experience improvement?

It depends on the individuals involved in the relationship and their motivation and commitment to change.

When counseling a couple, what’s your goal for the first session?

Assess their presenting concerns, but also assess how they interact with one another. What they say and what is observed is sometimes different.

Age Groups Seen:
  • 6-12
  • 13-17
  • 18-63
  • 63-Up
Helps with...
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Adolescents
  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s
  • Blended Family
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief / Loss
  • Impulsivity
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity / Affair
  • Life Coaching
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Terri Kiser
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(919) 424-6045

Terri Lankford

LPC, NCC, LCAS
Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 1
5 1 1
reviews.
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
10520 Little Brier Creek Lane Ste 205
Raleigh, NC 27617

Terri has always put a strong emphasis in her practice of overall wellness of mind & body which she has found to be a great fit with the holistic approach that often meets today’s client’s needs. Terri’s approach to therapy is to create a partnership with the client where they can interact in a nonjudgmental environment and feel safe, as well as supported, while working to improve understanding, communication, and overall quality of life. Terri understands that not only can day to day life sometimes feel like it's getting the best of us, but also that it can be difficult to take the steps to make changes in our lives. She would like to help others take more control of their life experiences, feel more confident and free, and truly live their lives. Terri understands that no two people are the same and uses a combination of various therapy models, as well as fitness and lifestyle solutions, to help others strive improve their daily routine, problem solve, and to uncover and obtain their true desires. Terri believes that anyone has control over their own lives and knows themselves best, but would like to assist in providing others with the tools and skills to feel more freedom, increase motivation, be inspired, and take care of themselves. Terri’s goal is to help others overcome negativity, increase positive communication, and acknowledge & overcome their fears to get out of that “stuck” feeling we sometimes experience in our own minds, in our lives, and in our relationships with others. Terri looks forward to the opportunity to do so and finds it a privilege to be welcomed into those lives that she can assist.

Helps with...
  • Anxiety
  • Personal Growth
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Couples Issues
  • Infidelity/Affair
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Codependency
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
  • Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Coaching
  • Nutrition
  • Single Life
  • Stress
  • Weight Management
  • Women’s Issues
Payment Options...
  • Out of Network Insurance
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

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Terri Kiser

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Stephen Sutton
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Stephen Sutton

LPC
Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 1
5 1 1
reviews.
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
4106 Arckelton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27612

For over 14 years, I have gained experience as a professional counselor serving adults, children and families for a broad range of personal issues in an array of environments, and I now use this experience to provide individual, family and couples therapy in the comfort and privacy of my home. During your sessions with me, you can expect to be offered support, insight and guidance with a balance of practical and intuitive skills. I seek to shape my services in response to the particular individuality, expressed needs and defined goals of each client I am working with at the time. Areas/issues I commonly help with generally include self-growth, consultation and strategies, relationships, personal healing, parenting skills, independent self-esteem, healthy life boundaries, lifestyle and various aspects of communication. Understanding, acceptance, fulfillment, confidence, resolution and peace are just some of the core personal aspects that you may attain as we progress in our interaction. In the process, your potential and strengths can also be identified and better utilized for your ultimate benefit.

From my professional training, work experiences and personal interests, I have developed a diverse way of helping that can range from realistic to spiritual, depending on your identified needs. One of the most significant and powerful experiences I often find myself helping my clients with is in creating a comfortably healing and trusting relationship with themselves that allows them to better know and be their truest Self with more clarity, benefiting many other areas of their lives. This can also help in finding meaning and purpose in the increasingly confusing and challenging changes of today's transforming world/reality. Having long had special interests in human potential and consciousness, I aim for you to become skilled, empowered and enlightened."

Counselor Interview Questions:

What made you want to become a therapist?

I became a therapist because I had reached a point in my own personal growth where I wanted to choose a purpose with the most fulfilling meaning possible for me in my deepening relationship with life.  Doing therapy has given me this through the direct interactive experience of helping others likewise find what is most fulfilling for themselves. True health and growth inside oneself effects their world and the world in general like nothing else.  My work with others helps me feel like I am interacting with life in both a noticeably practical and truly spiritual way.

What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?

For me, it’s
more of a question of what clients I would not enjoy working with, and the simplest answer would be those who do not genuinely choose to participate in therapy.  The inner attitude and choice to do therapy, above and beyond the actual process, hugely influences the outcome, often before it even formally starts but sometimes afterward as well.  Much of the "work" clients expect they might be doing in therapy involves the choice to even be there--to try.

What's do you like most about working with clients?

Experiencing their persistence in learning to trust themselves, especially if they start out seemingly lost and hopeless.  This is a powerful thing to even witness and feel, every time.

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

Fundamentally, I find that many people get ‘’stuck’’ from the difficulty in adequately accepting and valuing their true Self in the present (spiritually, mentally, emotionally, behaviorally).  It is a most challenging, yet empowering, level of experience to look at.  Many people get stuck by attaching themselves to unfulfilling beliefs, feelings, people and things that they strongly identify with, consciously or not, that reflect self-promotion and/or self-rejection.  I help people in this type of situation to see how they can more consciously choose how to be in their lives from greater awareness of and interaction with their true Self.  They form or renew a relationship with their Self. This helps them find out more what they really want and accept who they really are in the present.  It also instills trust in themselves that is more lasting.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

That simple trust between my clients and myself in the therapy relationship would be just as essential and powerful as it was in the beginning.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

Self-acceptance and Self-value, in the present.

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

It varies. I have short-term, mid-term and long-term as well as returning clients.

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

Usually in the first or second session.  Committed long-term issues/clients can involve more gradual change.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

Usually some self-paced review of their presenting issues, initial processing and discussion and then our mutual clarification of their therapy goals.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Take your time, talk to several therapist candidates and trust your intuition.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

When they feel that their goals are independently experienced and consistently maintained when we discuss progress.

What can a client do to prepare for his/her first counseling appointment?

Personally, they might want to review what they are experiencing and they want out of the session.  Otherwise, my intake process is simple and short. They could also contact me with any questions.

Helps with...
  • Anxiety
  • Personal Growth
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Couples Issues
  • Infidelity/Affair
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Codependency
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
  • Adolescents
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Betsy Pedersen
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Betsy Pedersen

PhD, MSW
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
1502 West NC HWY 54 Suite 603
Durham, NC 27707

For nearly 40 years, I have provided caring, non-judgmental mental health services for adults. I love working with senior citizens and adults.

I treat clients who face depression, anxiety, women’s issues, and life transitions. I also provide crisis intervention and co-manage medical condition with healthcare providers.

My work experience includes crisis and medical settings, outpatient mental health clinics, and short-term and long-term mentally ill emergency room patients. For over twenty years, I have provided care and taught at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in psychiatry and family medicine.

I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other appropriate methods, depending upon each client’s needs.

Helps with...
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Women’s Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • BCBS Blue Value
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Empire BlueCross
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Supplemental Plans

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Thriveworks Associates
1013 Bullard Ct #102
Raleigh, NC 27615

Tel : (919) 424-6045

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8AM-9PM
Sat-Sun: 8AM-5PM

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