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About Us

Natalie R. Atwell, EdD, LCMHCS, BCPCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 1)

Dr. Atwell has been in the counseling field since 2005 after receiving her Masters Degree in Education and Counseling from the Liberty University.

Dr. Atwell also earned her Doctorate of Education in Family Care and Counseling at Liberty University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS #7482) in the state of North Carolina and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC #1184) and can incorporate this specialty with her clients. In addition to managing an office and seeing clients, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching counseling classes at Liberty University.

Dr. Atwell views counseling as a collaborative effort in which she will assist each client in gathering information, exploring various issues, and changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the desired direction. Although her counseling style is eclectic, she tends to use a cognitive-behavioral, client-centered approach in conjunction with reality-based and solution focused applications.

Change does not come easy, but she will aid in encouraging clients towards making those important steps towards change.  Dr. Atwell believes that the client has a strong responsibility in the process as well. It takes work to grow, and the client must be prepared for this journey.

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Professional Memberships:
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC); NC Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCANC).

 

Referral Networks:
Natalie is a part of the Christian Counseling Network (CCN) and the Focus on the Family referral network.

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Natalie R. Atwell, EdD, LCMHCS, BCPCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 1)

Dr. Atwell has been in the counseling field since 2005 after receiving her Masters Degree in Education and Counseling from the Liberty University.

Dr. Atwell also earned her Doctorate of Education in Family Care and Counseling at Liberty University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS #7482) in the state of North Carolina and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC #1184) and can incorporate this specialty with her clients. In addition to managing an office and seeing clients, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching counseling classes at Liberty University.

Dr. Atwell views counseling as a collaborative effort in which she will assist each client in gathering information, exploring various issues, and changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the desired direction. Although her counseling style is eclectic, she tends to use a cognitive-behavioral, client-centered approach in conjunction with reality-based and solution focused applications.

Change does not come easy, but she will aid in encouraging clients towards making those important steps towards change.  Dr. Atwell believes that the client has a strong responsibility in the process as well. It takes work to grow, and the client must be prepared for this journey.

Professional Memberships:
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC); NC Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCANC).

 

Referral Networks:
Natalie is a part of the Christian Counseling Network (CCN) and the Focus on the Family referral network.

Jenna Little, MA, LCMHC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 2)

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina (LCMHC# 12286)

Jenna received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jenna received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014. Jenna is a member of Chi Sigma Iota Professional and Academic Honors Society, American Counseling Association and North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.

Prior to counseling Jenna worked 6 years as a social worker at a rehabilitation facility. Jenna began her counseling career in 2016, serving Cabarrus and Rowan counties Jenna has worked with a wide range of individuals including children as young as three up to adults. Jenna has worked with couples and individuals in marriage counseling. She also works with middle and high school students on self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills. Jenna is a certified facilitator of the Triple P Positive Parenting program to assist parents in their relationships with their children. Jenna is a dementia specialist and has a passion for working with the elderly and their caregivers.

Jenna’s counseling techniques are based on client needs. Jenna typically uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, client-centered therapy, reality therapy, Christian based therapy and solution-focused therapy. Jenna’s counseling style is based on the goal of assisting the client in reaching their personal therapy goals. Jenna strives on developing a trusting and positive therapeutic relationship with each and every client.

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Jenna Little, MA, LCMHC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 2)

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina (LCMHC# 12286)

Jenna received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jenna received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014. Jenna is a member of Chi Sigma Iota Professional and Academic Honors Society, American Counseling Association and North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.

Prior to counseling Jenna worked 6 years as a social worker at a rehabilitation facility. Jenna began her counseling career in 2016, serving Cabarrus and Rowan counties Jenna has worked with a wide range of individuals including children as young as three up to adults. Jenna has worked with couples and individuals in marriage counseling. She also works with middle and high school students on self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills. Jenna is a certified facilitator of the Triple P Positive Parenting program to assist parents in their relationships with their children. Jenna is a dementia specialist and has a passion for working with the elderly and their caregivers.

Jenna’s counseling techniques are based on client needs. Jenna typically uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, client-centered therapy, reality therapy, Christian based therapy and solution-focused therapy. Jenna’s counseling style is based on the goal of assisting the client in reaching their personal therapy goals. Jenna strives on developing a trusting and positive therapeutic relationship with each and every client.

Rachel Berg, MA, LCMHC, NCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 3)

Rachel received her Masters of Arts in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC #13452) in the state of North Carolina and a Nationally Certified Counselor (#277115). Rachel enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and children by integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Triple P – Positive Parenting/Family Support Program, EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, and Play/Sand Tray Therapy.

Challenges and obstacles begin for all of us often during childhood. We learn about healthy relationships, self respect, balancing our emotions, and dealing with distressful situations. Sometimes this can be a bit unclear and we grow up feeling detached from our emotions or unsure how to cope with our very strong feelings. We are then stuck in our emotional mind and unclear of what we really want in life. Together, we can increase your emotional regulation skills, mindfulness tools, and distress tolerance so you can begin to see the future you desire and move forward.

Rachel believes in the power of connection. Maybe your intuition is telling you something but you are finding yourself stuck. You recognize you need to make a change but you are not quite sure what that change needs to be. You are just as important as everyone else and once you connect with the power within yourself, you will see how resilient you truly are. Then you will be able to move forward with the tools to communicate, problem solve, think, connect with others, and feel in the way you desire. If in office sessions are a barrier, Rachel provides secure Telehealth sessions online as an option. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, nature, hiking, walking her dog, physical fitness, and traveling!

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Rachel Berg, MA, LCMHC, NCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 3)

Rachel received her Masters of Arts in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC #13452) in the state of North Carolina and a Nationally Certified Counselor (#277115). Rachel enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and children by integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Triple P – Positive Parenting/Family Support Program, EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, and Play/Sand Tray Therapy.

Challenges and obstacles begin for all of us often during childhood. We learn about healthy relationships, self respect, balancing our emotions, and dealing with distressful situations. Sometimes this can be a bit unclear and we grow up feeling detached from our emotions or unsure how to cope with our very strong feelings. We are then stuck in our emotional mind and unclear of what we really want in life. Together, we can increase your emotional regulation skills, mindfulness tools, and distress tolerance so you can begin to see the future you desire and move forward.

Rachel believes in the power of connection. Maybe your intuition is telling you something but you are finding yourself stuck. You recognize you need to make a change but you are not quite sure what that change needs to be. You are just as important as everyone else and once you connect with the power within yourself, you will see how resilient you truly are. Then you will be able to move forward with the tools to communicate, problem solve, think, connect with others, and feel in the way you desire. If in office sessions are a barrier, Rachel provides secure Telehealth sessions online as an option. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, nature, hiking, walking her dog, physical fitness, and traveling!

Hillman Brown, MA, LCMHCA

980.209.6328 (Ext. 5)

Hillman received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2012. After working in the business world for a few years, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2016. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A13474) and Licensed Professional School Counselor (Standard Professional II, Grades K-12). Currently, she works as an elementary school counselor as well as for Natalie Atwell Counseling. She has previously worked as a middle school counselor and has a passion for working with all children and adolescents.

Although her counseling style is eclectic, Hillman tends to use play therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques combined with solution focused applications in therapy. There is not one counseling approach that works for every client and for this reason Hillman takes a holistic approach to working with my clients. She views every client as a unique individual and will treat each client as such. She believes in a collaborative approach while working with clients and will help each client develop their own individual counseling goals and plan to achieve those goals.

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Hillman Brown, MA, LCMHCA

980.209.6328 (Ext. 5)

Hillman received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2012. After working in the business world for a few years, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2016. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A13474) and Licensed Professional School Counselor (Standard Professional II, Grades K-12). Currently, she works as an elementary school counselor as well as for Natalie Atwell Counseling. She has previously worked as a middle school counselor and has a passion for working with all children and adolescents.

Although her counseling style is eclectic, Hillman tends to use play therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques combined with solution focused applications in therapy. There is not one counseling approach that works for every client and for this reason Hillman takes a holistic approach to working with my clients. She views every client as a unique individual and will treat each client as such. She believes in a collaborative approach while working with clients and will help each client develop their own individual counseling goals and plan to achieve those goals.

Aaron B. Roach, MA, LCMHCA

980.209.6328 (Ext. 6)

Mr. Roach received a Master’s in Counseling from East Tennessee State University and has been working as a School Counselor since 2003. He is Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA - #A14010) under the supervision of Natalie Atwell.

He has a passion for working with adolescents from 8 years of age through college. Individuals with whom he works seek counseling for difficulties due to common life events such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss, self-identity issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, separation and divorce, life goals, codependency and substance abuse. Mr. Roach also has experience working with ADHD, social and self-esteem issues.

Counseling centers on developing a trusting relationship between the counselor/therapist and the client. Mr. Roach will address the client’s specific situation and discuss a treatment plan that includes goals and the methods to attain them. Mr. Roach uses an eclectic approach in counseling; however, he tends to primarily use a strength-based and person-centered approach along with cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy techniques. Mr. Roach believes that with patience, empathy and a healthy therapeutic relationship, one can learn the tools to implement changes for a better future.

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Aaron B. Roach, MA, LCMHCA

980.209.6328 (Ext. 6)

Mr. Roach received a Master’s in Counseling from East Tennessee State University and has been working as a School Counselor since 2003. He is Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA - #A14010) under the supervision of Natalie Atwell.

He has a passion for working with adolescents from 8 years of age through college. Individuals with whom he works seek counseling for difficulties due to common life events such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss, self-identity issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, separation and divorce, life goals, codependency and substance abuse. Mr. Roach also has experience working with ADHD, social and self-esteem issues.

Counseling centers on developing a trusting relationship between the counselor/therapist and the client. Mr. Roach will address the client’s specific situation and discuss a treatment plan that includes goals and the methods to attain them. Mr. Roach uses an eclectic approach in counseling; however, he tends to primarily use a strength-based and person-centered approach along with cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy techniques. Mr. Roach believes that with patience, empathy and a healthy therapeutic relationship, one can learn the tools to implement changes for a better future.

Sucely de Leon, MA, LCMHCA

980.209.6328 (Ext. 7)

Sucely is a second generation Guatemalan-American who understands the difficulties of determining one’s identity, which has led to her love of all cultures. She considers herself both a counselor and a counselee who understands the difficulty of the learning process and the joy of the results. In May of 2018, Sucely completed her Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas.

Sucely had the privilege of working with adolescents and young adults via the school system and the church. Because of this and other personal experiences she has gained an understanding of how difficult it is to live through different phases of life. She specializes in issues of sexuality, general life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. She works with all ages 18+. She also longs to help those who have had difficulty with their family system and their cultural background. Sucely loves walking with a person to a point of understanding and the process of healing and growth. Her goal is to help anyone who needs help navigating the waters of life.

When it comes to counseling, Sucely approaches each person uniquely, getting to know their needs and working in a manner that best serves them specifically, with an emphasis on person centered and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her approach is looking at key relationships throughout a person’s life and how they impact the way they live today. Some of these patterns include decision making, the way we treat ourselves, as well as the way we view others. Sucely’s hope is to provide a safe place where clients can come with their deepest wounds and process them completely.

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Sucely de Leon, MA, LCMHCA

980.209.6328 (Ext. 7)

Sucely is a second generation Guatemalan-American who understands the difficulties of determining one’s identity, which has led to her love of all cultures. She considers herself both a counselor and a counselee who understands the difficulty of the learning process and the joy of the results. In May of 2018, Sucely completed her Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas.

Sucely had the privilege of working with adolescents and young adults via the school system and the church. Because of this and other personal experiences she has gained an understanding of how difficult it is to live through different phases of life. She specializes in issues of sexuality, general life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. She works with all ages 18+. She also longs to help those who have had difficulty with their family system and their cultural background. Sucely loves walking with a person to a point of understanding and the process of healing and growth. Her goal is to help anyone who needs help navigating the waters of life.

When it comes to counseling, Sucely approaches each person uniquely, getting to know their needs and working in a manner that best serves them specifically, with an emphasis on person centered and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her approach is looking at key relationships throughout a person’s life and how they impact the way they live today. Some of these patterns include decision making, the way we treat ourselves, as well as the way we view others. Sucely’s hope is to provide a safe place where clients can come with their deepest wounds and process them completely.

Sandra Starr, MA, LCMHC, NCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 8)

Sandra graduated in 2015 from University of North Carolina-Charlotte with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Certificate in Play Therapy. Sandra is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor #11928, as well as a National Certified Counselor #632488. Sandra works as a school counselor (#1210625) at an elementary school in Cabarrus county. Sandra is also a member of the American Counseling Association and Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina.

Sandra’s experience has involved working with children and adolescents with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, anxiety, trauma, social skills, self-esteem, self-harm behaviors, anger, and peer relationships. Sandra uses multiple theories when working with children and adolescents, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and reality therapy. Each person responds to therapy differently, using multiple theories helps Sandra assist each client individually.  Sandra enjoys building a safe, trusting relationship with her clients to help make the therapeutic experience a beneficial one.

Sandra applies her learning and experience equally to help her clients be successful socially and emotionally.  Every child and adolescent needs a person who will advocate for their needs and have their interests at heart and Sandra would like to be that person for you or your child/adolescent.

When Sandra is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children going hiking, to the movies, shopping, spending time at the beach, and of course eating.

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Sandra Starr, MA, LCMHC, NCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 8)

Sandra graduated in 2015 from University of North Carolina-Charlotte with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Certificate in Play Therapy. Sandra is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor #11928, as well as a National Certified Counselor #632488. Sandra works as a school counselor (#1210625) at an elementary school in Cabarrus county. Sandra is also a member of the American Counseling Association and Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina.

Sandra’s experience has involved working with children and adolescents with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, anxiety, trauma, social skills, self-esteem, self-harm behaviors, anger, and peer relationships. Sandra uses multiple theories when working with children and adolescents, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and reality therapy. Each person responds to therapy differently, using multiple theories helps Sandra assist each client individually.  Sandra enjoys building a safe, trusting relationship with her clients to help make the therapeutic experience a beneficial one.

Sandra applies her learning and experience equally to help her clients be successful socially and emotionally.  Every child and adolescent needs a person who will advocate for their needs and have their interests at heart and Sandra would like to be that person for you or your child/adolescent.

When Sandra is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children going hiking, to the movies, shopping, spending time at the beach, and of course eating.

Cheri Driessen

980.209.6328 (Ext. 4)

Cheri Driessen is our Office Administrator.  She has a long track record of working in various administrative roles which include churches, schools, and non profit organizations.  Cheri has also has a number of years of experience as a volunteer treasurer for small non profit organization.  She has a commitment to customer service and enjoys getting know and assisting clients as well as her colleagues.  Cheri has a highly organized approach, plenty of initiative, and a genuine desire to contribute to the ongoing success of our office.

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Cheri

Cheri Driessen

980.209.6328 (Ext. 4)

Cheri Driessen is our Office Administrator.  She has a long track record of working in various administrative roles which include churches, schools, and non profit organizations.  Cheri has also has a number of years of experience as a volunteer treasurer for small non profit organization.  She has a commitment to customer service and enjoys getting know and assisting clients as well as her colleagues.  Cheri has a highly organized approach, plenty of initiative, and a genuine desire to contribute to the ongoing success of our office.