Thriveworks South Charlotte Providers
3315 Springbank Ln #300, Charlotte, NC 28226
Kim Matone, LPCA, Owner
Kim is Co-Owner, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College and a bachelor's degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia.
Kim is experienced working with teens, adults, families, and groups. Kim treats clients with concerns including Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Parenting Concerns, Co-Dependency and Marital Conflict. She uses a client-centered approach, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused therapy. She often integrates creative and experiential techniques such as art and music into her therapy.
As a Prevention Consultant, Kim works with schools, community centers, treatment centers, and other organizations facilitating classes on substance abuse prevention, bullying, self-esteem, parenting, and many other topics. She is a believer in group work and facilitates both Thrivegirls and Couples Thrive in Recovery.
Kim looks forward to establishing relationships with trust, respect, and empathy. She will “meet each client where they are at,” and will work on providing a safe, warm, and respectful environment.
Emilie Diesen, LPC
Emilie obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gonzaga University in WA (1999). She attended Lesley University in Cambridge, MA (2005) for graduate school, earning her masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington state where she began her career. Since moving to this area in January 2019, she has obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor license ( #15019) in North Carolina. She is also a member of the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association (AMHCA).
Emilie is committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space for her clients to feel truly seen and heard. She sees her role as helping clients peel back the layers of self-limiting beliefs, emotional blocks, and other barriers that can keep them from discovering their authentic selves, and ultimately leading the lives they truly desire. Her primary areas of focus include anxiety, depression, stress-management, trauma, relationship issues, attachment-related issues, parenting concerns, and women’s issues (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum issues, menopause). She generally works with individuals ages 12 years through older adulthood.
She has an active direct counseling style which combines genuine empathic listening with therapeutic challenges and splashes of humor. She combines insight oriented therapy with more pragmatic skills training (self-care skills, relaxation training, conflict-resolution and communication skills, etc). Depending on the individual’s needs, she incorporates a variety of evidence-based practices including Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).
She has been working in private practice since 2010. In her early work in social services, she worked with women and children in a domestic violence shelter, an outpatient mental health hospital, a college counseling center in Massachusetts and later two community mental health clinics in Washington state.
Bill Futtersak, PhD
Bill Futtersak, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at Thriveworks South Charlotte. He has been a practicing psychologist for more than 25 years. Bill received his B.A. from Brandeis University and earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University on Long Island. He is a specialist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has dedicated his career to helping clients of all ages overcome a variety of individual, family, work, and school related challenges. Formerly the founder and director of Long Island Anxiety Care, Bill also served as director of the Dual Diagnosis Program at Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, NY, where he developed and oversaw a treatment program blending CBT with 12-Step Recovery for men and women with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Working from a CBT perspective, Bill provides a therapy environment that is highly interactive. He provides lots of feedback, support, and practical direction to help his clients increase their confidence and move forward toward their personal goals. Bill places particular emphasis on helping children and adults reduce worries and overcome fears and anxieties so that they can lead richer and more social lives. He has special interests in helping clients with fears about driving, flying, public speaking, and socializing and treats couples from the perspective that overcoming fear will lead to more closeness and intimacy in relationships. Bill also has passions for educating clients and their family members about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and for helping individuals reduce self-defeating behaviors and make lifestyle changes to improve their health.
Bill is the parent of three children and is new to the Charlotte area. He believes strongly that counseling should be readily accessible to people when they need it and recognizes that each of us, no matter the outside image we project, will probably need this type of help for ourselves or for a family member at some point in our lives.
Robin Marks, LPCA
Robin Marks is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the State of North Carolina and has been licensed by two other states throughout her career. She earned a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree from American University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Robin’s work with clients is guided by Existential Therapy, focusing on how the therapy relationship can help clients gain self-awareness, while frequently interweaving Cognitive-Behavioral (action-oriented) exercises and Person-Centered principals, including unconditional acceptance.
Robin has worked in higher education, agency and community settings, With 10+ years of career counseling and mental health experience, Robin specializes in working with adults and young adults with career concerns, those who are considering adoption as an option for starting or growing a family, as well as those with Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety and Depression.
Karen Matson, LCSW
Karen Sumner-Matson has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1993. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Using a client-centered approach, Karen treats all age groups with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, ADHD, abuse/trauma, addictions, parenting issues, and couples treatment.
Karen utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Brief Solution-Oriented Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She is a creative counselor with experience using Play Therapy and Art especially with children and teens. She works to empower her clients and to help them develop the tools to overcome obstacles.
Patricia Stewart, LPC
Patricia Stewart is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. She received a Masters Degree in Educational Studies from Duquesne University and a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
With over 15 years of experience working in community mental health and private practice, she uses traditional and non-traditional approaches to therapy. Theoretical concepts of Humanistic, Interpersonal, CBT, Contemplative and Positive Psychology are applied. A part of her philosophical and therapeutic approach includes components of Yoga, guided imagery, and mindfulness.
Patricia is a strong believer in the power of the mind-body connection. Self-awareness, awareness of our thoughts and perceptions, moods, bodies, and actions all help to shape and color our experiences of the world and how we walk through it. She will provide a safe, compassionate, and fully supported space for self-exploration.
Patricia considers herself a champion for marginalized and under-served populations! She strives to eliminate barriers and stigmas related to mental illness.
Clients served: ages 16-through the adult lifespan. Areas addressed include mood disorders, trauma, abuse, LGBTQ, grief, relationship difficulties, cultural issues, and life stress.
Outside of work I enjoy cooking, outside adventures, traveling and dancing.
Daniel Stillwell, PhD, LMFT
Daniel Stillwell is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) at the South Charlotte branch of Thriveworks. He holds an LMFT in North Carolina and Illinois, as well as being a nationally credentialled (AAMFT) MFT supervisor. After receiving his masters in MFT from Louisville Seminary, he went on to earn a PhD in Family Therapy from Saint Louis University. He has practiced on and off since 2008, spending several years also as a professor of MFT for different universities. His passion for client care is a great match for Thriveworks and he is delighted to be a part of the team.
Daniel’s clinical expertise is firmly rooted in his relational work. His client load is primarily couples, but also sees individuals, adult families, or late adolescents in therapy. Even when seeing individual clients, Daniel has a keen eye for how the interactions and dynamics between people are brought into those sessions as well. He believes that change is more pervasive and lasts longer when the change is integrated into the relationships clients hold dear. He has found particular effectiveness with high-achieving people and people who access their spiritual (not just Christian) side. He works with clients to empower them to be able to empower themselves and those in their lives.
A vital part of Daniel’s practice is his commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. He has extensive training on the different dimensions and issues associated with sexuality and gender, and is able to compassionately come alongside people in their coming out processes, or even in their more “standard” relational issues, knowing that Daniel is not going to be judging or unduly elevating the queer dimensions beyond their scope. This also means he is fluent and practiced at working with the poly/kink community, regardless of structure or lack of hierarchy. These relational and family structures are prime for relational therapy, even if it is simply wanting to move from getting by to thriving. Everyone deserves a chance to have someone empower them to create the changes they want for themselves and their loved ones.
Mackenzie Gaines, Counselor Intern
Mackenzie is a graduate counseling student at Wake Forest University, obtaining a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is receiving internship supervision at Thriveworks from Kim Matone and Dr. Blair Hamel to further develop her counseling skills. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Furman University and has prior experience as a health coach, working with adults of all ages to overcome health-related physical and emotional difficulties. Furthermore, she has over 9 years of experience working with children and adolescents as a head coach for Girls on the Run and a nanny. Her education and experience provide a foundation for her holistic approach to counseling. At this point in her training she uses client-centered, cognitive behavioral, strength-based, and mindfulness techniques to empower clients and help them reach their goals. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys running and spending as much time outdoors and with family and friends as possible.
Due to Mackenzie being an intern there is a reduced fee for Mackenzie's services. Please inquire when scheduling.