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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.

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.

Beth Payne, M.A., LCMHC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 9)

Beth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC #14992). She received her Master in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2006. She began working as a School Counselor in 2006 (#948595). Prior to counseling, Beth was a Special Education teacher for 5 years.

Beth enjoys working with early childhood through young adult individuals and their families. She has experience with a variety of behavioral concerns as well as anxiety and depression. During therapy, Beth uses an eclectic approach, primarily focusing on Cognitive Behavior Therapy while integrating Reality and Solution-Focused Therapy. While life’s challenges vary, so do counseling techniques. Beth bases her techniques on her client’s specific needs and goals.

Beth believes a key component to therapy is relationship building. She maintains an unconditional positive regard toward her clients while helping them integrate healthy thought processes and habits to make positive changes. She believes understanding a client’s perspective is a necessary part of the counseling relationship. Beth’s goal is to help clients build a skill set for problem solving that will assist them with current and future stressors.

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Beth Payne, M.A., LCMHC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 9)

Beth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC #14992). She received her Master in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2006. She began working as a School Counselor in 2006 (#948595). Prior to counseling, Beth was a Special Education teacher for 5 years.

Beth enjoys working with early childhood through young adult individuals and their families. She has experience with a variety of behavioral concerns as well as anxiety and depression. During therapy, Beth uses an eclectic approach, primarily focusing on Cognitive Behavior Therapy while integrating Reality and Solution-Focused Therapy. While life’s challenges vary, so do counseling techniques. Beth bases her techniques on her client’s specific needs and goals.

Beth believes a key component to therapy is relationship building. She maintains an unconditional positive regard toward her clients while helping them integrate healthy thought processes and habits to make positive changes. She believes understanding a client’s perspective is a necessary part of the counseling relationship. Beth’s goal is to help clients build a skill set for problem solving that will assist them with current and future stressors.

Jenny L. Byrd, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 6)

Jenny received her undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and her Master's of Arts in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A14366), a Nationally Certified Counselor (#207685), and a Licensed School Counselor (#977219). Prior to beginning work as a School Counselor in 2010, she worked as a Special Education Educator and Case Manager for 8 years. Jenny enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and children by integrating an eclectic counseling style that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Play Therapy, Reality, and Solution-Focused Therapy applications.

Jenny believes in the power of connection; that a key component to therapy is building a safe, trusting relationship; and that everyone needs someone to listen to them; advocate for them, their needs, and best interests. She maintains an unconditional positive regard toward clients while understanding their perspectives in order to help them increase their emotional regulation skills, distress tolerance, mindfulness tools, communication tools, problem solving skills, productive thinking, healthy habits, connections with others, and ability to cope with current and future stressors in order to move forward towards healing and positive changes.

In her free time Jenny enjoys being an active member at a local church, spending quality time with her husband and 4 children, hiking, physical fitness, watching movies, and traveling!

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Jenny L. Byrd, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

980.209.6328 (Ext. 6)

Jenny received her undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and her Master's of Arts in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A14366), a Nationally Certified Counselor (#207685), and a Licensed School Counselor (#977219). Prior to beginning work as a School Counselor in 2010, she worked as a Special Education Educator and Case Manager for 8 years. Jenny enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and children by integrating an eclectic counseling style that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Play Therapy, Reality, and Solution-Focused Therapy applications.

Jenny believes in the power of connection; that a key component to therapy is building a safe, trusting relationship; and that everyone needs someone to listen to them; advocate for them, their needs, and best interests. She maintains an unconditional positive regard toward clients while understanding their perspectives in order to help them increase their emotional regulation skills, distress tolerance, mindfulness tools, communication tools, problem solving skills, productive thinking, healthy habits, connections with others, and ability to cope with current and future stressors in order to move forward towards healing and positive changes.

In her free time Jenny enjoys being an active member at a local church, spending quality time with her husband and 4 children, hiking, physical fitness, watching movies, and traveling!

Monica Prestage, MSW, LCSW-A, CADC-I

980.209.6328 (Ext. 10)

Monica received her undergraduate degree in Human Relations from Pfeiffer University, her Master’s Degree of Social Work from University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Currently, she works as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Director as well as for Natalie Atwell Counseling. She has previously worked as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has a passion for working with all individuals who may be experiencing issues with Substance Use Disorder.She also specializes in working with family members or loved ones of those with Substance Use Disorder and the effects it may have on their lives as well. She counsels with other forms of addiction as well. Often times those struggling with Substance Use Disorders and other types of addictions are also dealing with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, etc., and she can help individuals should you have both or no addiction issues at all. Monica is able to work with you on a plan on all these issues simultaneously if needed.
Although her counseling style is wide-ranging, Monica frequently uses cognitive-behavioral techniques combined with solution focused applications and client centered approach in therapy.

She helps her clients who include young adults, adults and families by approaching each person as a unique individual, getting to know their needs and working alongside to find healthy understanding of themselves and strengthening their relationships so they may have a more peaceful way of living.

When Monica is not working she enjoys cooking, socializing with friends and family and attending Church.

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Monica Prestage, MSW, LCSW-A, CADC-I

980.209.6328 (Ext. 10)

Monica received her undergraduate degree in Human Relations from Pfeiffer University, her Master’s Degree of Social Work from University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Currently, she works as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Director as well as for Natalie Atwell Counseling. She has previously worked as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has a passion for working with all individuals who may be experiencing issues with Substance Use Disorder.She also specializes in working with family members or loved ones of those with Substance Use Disorder and the effects it may have on their lives as well. She counsels with other forms of addiction as well. Often times those struggling with Substance Use Disorders and other types of addictions are also dealing with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, etc., and she can help individuals should you have both or no addiction issues at all. Monica is able to work with you on a plan on all these issues simultaneously if needed.
Although her counseling style is wide-ranging, Monica frequently uses cognitive-behavioral techniques combined with solution focused applications and client centered approach in therapy.

She helps her clients who include young adults, adults and families by approaching each person as a unique individual, getting to know their needs and working alongside to find healthy understanding of themselves and strengthening their relationships so they may have a more peaceful way of living.

When Monica is not working she enjoys cooking, socializing with friends and family and attending Church.

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 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.