Our Team

My name is Nancy and I am glad you are here.

I know what it is like to be an outsider. As a first generation Vietnamese American born to a family of POW survivors and refugees, trauma is woven into the fabric of my family history. I know first hand the hardship of coming face to face with the question of “how do we live on in the wake of loss and betrayal?” and “how can we begin to laugh again?”. In my work with refugees, internationals, and third culture kids, I enjoy navigating the chasm between “not being dead” and “being fully alive”. The fact that you have found yourself here on this page tells me that you have already taken that first step.

First, I believe that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. This is why I love working with couples! I have special training in helping couples cope with addiction and recover from infidelity. I also have extensive experience allying with the LGBTQIA+ community and the work of nurturing expanding identities as both collectives and individuals. Although couples therapy can sometimes seem daunting, I think that it can also be an exciting space full of curiosity, enlightenment, and perhaps most importantly, fun! You do not have to wait until things seem dire to begin turning towards each other.

In addition to working with couples, I am also passionate about providing mental health care for frontline healthcare professionals. From my firsthand experience having worked in and wrestled with the American healthcare system, I am well aware that secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout are pervasive among our society’s most important helpers. It is well known in healthcare that patients thrive when they have a support team fighting for them. I encourage you to seek the same support, so that you can be cared for, and to care for the people you serve better.

Lastly, I also welcome all who seek to integrate their faith and spirituality within the work of psychotherapy. I believe that the pursuit of spirituality and religious practice is grounded in the practice of deep reflection, moral imagination, and intimate connection that animates us all. It underlines questions such as “what does it mean to be human?”, “how do we want to live?” and “who will we be to each other?”.

Nancy Le, LCMHCA graduated with a BA in Psychology from Chapel Hill and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Nancy works with older adolescents, adults, and couples. She is a Gottman trained couples specialist and a certified Prepare/Enrich (P/E) Facilitator--an evidence based intervention for premarital and marriage assessment. She is certified in PTSD field assessment, diagnosis, and treatment utilizing EMDR stabilization skills. She is multilingual with conversational fluency in Vietnamese. She specializes in racial and cultural identity, couples work, LGBTQIA+ issues, and religious conflict/trauma.

Nancy Le

My name is Quaneshe and I can help you navigate through tough times.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou

I am honored to advocate, support, and empower children and their families to overcome life’s difficulties. I use a person-centered approach, always meeting people where they are and what they are ready to work on. I put a strong emphasis on co-creating an environment where clients feel safe, while challenging them to become the best versions of themselves. Many of us fall within the spectrum of dealing with challenges by confronting them head on or by simply avoiding it altogether; I’m here to help you establish a healthy balance between the two. I will help by pointing out behaviors that are in your control, while understanding that it’s okay to not always be okay. I also enjoy working on communication skills for kids, teens, and adults. Teaching healthy ways to communicate thoughts and feelings is my passion! Communication is so important to how we navigate relationships, our families, and our lives. I have worked with individuals and families in the school setting, in homes, and in the community which helps me understand how environments can contribute to individual concerns.

I see children and adults while specializing in treating child trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, and depression. I work on creating strategies that help work through distress, skill building, and provide practical ways to respond to life’s difficulties.

Quaneshe Liggins, MSW, LCSWA graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work. She is trained in TF-CBT, Community Resiliency Model (CRM) certified at the provider and trainer level, and is a Family Centered Treatment (FCT) trained therapist.

Quaneshe Liggins

My name is Kim and I'm here to help you in overcoming life's challenges.

It’s never easy to seek help for your mental health needs. I’m here to assist you through this process and provide support through your pain, recovery, transition, and path to improvement.

Life can be hard at times; you can feel lost, vulnerable, and you may want to give up. Whether you change jobs, leave a difficult relationship, lose a special person in your life, experience grief, move away, or are adjusting to a new way of life, it can be tough to get through. We want to find our true authentic self and feel good instead of feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders.

Some of us strive for excellence and perfection to the point that we have unhealthy thoughts and habits, experience pressure to always perform at high levels, meet demands from others that may damage our health – we start to feel we cannot sustain this level of effort in all areas of our life. This leaves a person feeling down, feeling stressed, struggling to manage our emotions, hurting relationships we do not mean to, and putting our needs and self-care on the back burner. We often feel a sense of imposter syndrome where we believe we do not deserve the success and happiness we are experiencing; it becomes a barrier created by us and affects our ability to achieve success and happiness.

You and I can work through these difficulties together. I work with adults and adolescents - experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, identity issues, anger problems, PTSD, transition or changes in their life. I love helping high performers increase their resilience. As a veteran myself, I especially enjoy working with other veterans. The change process begins with you. Let’s do this together, I’m here with you!

Kimberly Ernst, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, is a veteran who served 14 years in the Air Force and continues to serve in the Reserves. Living on three different continents during her time in the military has allowed her to interact with multiple cultures and people of diverse backgrounds. During her educational path, she completed her Bachelor of Sociology at the American Military University and her Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with honors. She specializes in life transitions, high performance, and increasing and maintaining resilience.

Kim Ernst

My name is Natalie and I can help you regain balance and stability.

Sometimes unexpected things or events happen to us that can make our happiness feel out of our grasp. Things like life & family transitions, chronic physical or mental illness, romantic and familial relationships, trauma, abuse, cyber/social media related anxiety, disabilities or depression can lead you to feeling extremely overwhelmed and as if your life is out of control. This may cause you to feel trapped, alone, unsafe, or stuck in a dark chapter of your life that sometimes feels unbearable or unending. I am here to help you turn the page and progress to a new chapter of your story. My office is a place for you to talk, sort thoughts, cry, express, strategize, learn, vent, and create without judgment.

It is important to have someone in your life that you can trust and comfortably express your concerns, emotions, and thoughts to. My primary goal is to help clients find wellness, happiness, and stability while guiding them through difficult life challenges. I work through a client-centered and strengths-based lens, meaning that I focus on each client’s unique circumstance that they may be facing and their personal strengths. I strive to create an individualized plan with therapeutic goals and techniques that my clients can utilize during and after our time together. I also believe that the body and mind go hand in hand and if you are struggling with your physical or mental health one can affect the other. Your concerns are real and valid and deserve to be heard instead of overlooked. I will offer respect, empathy, compassion, openness and courage to you as we work together to reach your goals.

I work with children, teenagers, and young adults. I also enjoy helping others with relationships, whether it be with a loved one, parent and child, or friendships. I started my work in the mental health field volunteering for a suicide awareness group in high school where I was able to advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. During my undergraduate experience, I completed a field placement at an OB/GYN unit where I provided medical social work to high-risk pregnant patients of all ages. No matter who you are or what you have experienced, I applaud you for seeking therapy and am happy to work with you.

Natalie Forouzad obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from East Carolina University and is currently an Advanced Standing MSW student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jessie Ogienko

My name is Maddy and I am here to walk with you and your family through life’s ups and downs.

“There is no greater work human hands can do than to hold a child with a fierce tenderness that says in a way words never can: ‘you are loved’, ‘you are safe’, ‘you can trust’.” -Parker Palmer

Every child deserves to be a child - to feel safe, loved, and to experience the world through a lens filled with wonder, joy and curiosity. When trauma occurs, it can affect every fiber of a child’s being causing chaos and disruption to their childhood. It can often feel impossible to know where to begin to start the healing process. That is why I am here - to help your child untangle and process the jumbled and complicated emotions that trauma can cause. Through processing with your child, we will explore emotions and experiences that will help them heal, increase their sense of safety and security, and learn skills to help them cope with intense moments of emotions.

I use a person-centered approach, meaning I meet each child where they are with empathy and understanding, taking into account every factor playing a role in their life. Finding words to fully express how trauma has affected an individual is difficult for anyone, especially a child. This is why I incorporate play therapy into sessions. In play therapy, we use a language that all children are fluent in - play. The playroom is a place for the child to experience control over the situations and emotions in their life that produce chaos and unease, all the while feeling in their element, surrounded by toys, games, and books familiar to them.

I look forward to being a part of your journey towards self-discovery and self-empowerment.

Madalyn Kostur is an advanced-year MSW student with a concentration in play therapy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has an extensive background working with children and families involved with the foster care system through work with the Department of social services, Guardian ad Litem programs, and non-profit organizations.

Madalyn Kostur

My name is Kacey and I am here to support you on your journey.

Feeling uncomfortable is a signal that it is time for us to start our own process of change. Starting this path of working through difficult or emotional challenges sometimes requires deep vulnerability. Opening up and being vulnerable with someone else can be intimidating, but once practiced, it can also be liberating! You may have had things happen to you that were unfair and painful, causing conflict within yourself or with others. It is especially difficult when you feel alone without someone you can talk to, who will listen without judgment. When you feel overwhelmed and you are experiencing trials that are difficult to navigate, it is time to reach out for support.

I started my journey towards becoming a therapist because I know that life can be hard and sometimes it feels like a never-ending uphill battle. I am here to provide added support during this time, to give you the space to be vulnerable, heard, and to share tools that can be helpful to you. My goal is to help you feel empowered to seek growth, acceptance, and peace within yourself. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, and other times you might need help learning new coping skills. I hope to be that trusted person you can share your thoughts and feelings with, as well as practice new skills to be implemented in your everyday life.

I look forward to being a part of your journey towards self-discovery and self-empowerment.

Kacey Scheuerman, MSW, LCSW-A graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Kacey is trained in EMDR and Sand Tray Therapy. She is experienced with working with adults and adolescents.

Kacey Scheuerman

My name is Jess and I can help you and your family build on your strengths.

You are the expert on you and your family, but sometimes we lose sight of that. It may be hard to identify because of things that have happened in your past or there may be experiences that are impacting you more than you realize. Or you may have a child who feels overlooked or misunderstood. Because only you are experiencing your life, I am here to assist you in making changes in areas you identify to better fulfill your goals.

When communicating and understanding our teens and children it's difficult to know what is "normal" adolescent and child behavior and what is behavior to be concerned about. It’s very important to have good communication with your child. Just like adults, teens need and want to be heard. I am here to help make that communication and understanding more clear and productive.

I want to help you focus on you and your strengths. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. My approach starts with empathy and utilizes integrative dynamics from cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy and client centered treatment.

I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families to help you navigate through communication, anxiety, trauma, and depression. I have helped teens and their families in their homes, schools and in the community. I believe the key to strengthening any relationship is communication and trust. Sometimes it’s not easy to convey your thoughts and emotions and it’s beneficial to have a third party help you. I hope I can be the guide to strengthen your relationships and provide support.

Seeking therapy is a courageous step towards leading a happier and more fulfilling life. It takes strength to show vulnerability and I believe anyone can change if they have the desire to. I’m here to help guide you to build on your strengths and achieve your goals.

Jess Hunter, LCSW graduated from the University of South Carolina-Columbia with a BA in Criminal Justice and Women and Gender Studies and an MSW in Social Work. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Family Therapy. She has extensive experience working within school systems and with children and families.

Jess Hunter

My name is Kimberly and I can get you unstuck.

Sometimes people just get stuck. This might be because of a difficult life circumstance, a change in a relationship, or balancing life demands. I became a therapist because I know how important it is to make sure people are heard and validated. I want you to know that however you feel or whatever you are feeling is allowed and valid. You are doing everything you can to cope, but I am here to help you cope even better.

I want to offer a safe and supportive environment for you to be able to process your feelings regardless of any emotions you are experiencing in your life. You should know that there is help and hope for a future where you can feel differently and empowered.

It is perfectly natural to reach out and to move forward. I can help you get started and support your progress through your individual change process. I can help you explore and decide what choices will help you to move forward in your life.

Kimberly Enicks, MSW, LCSW graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Masters of Social Work degree.

Kimberly Enicks

My name is Sabina and I am here to hear and see you.

"It was wise enough to know itself, and brave enough to be itself, and wild enough to change itself while somehow staying altogether true." - The Slow Regard of Silent Things

When we experience trauma, we are often left feeling alone, misunderstood, invisible, and unsafe, even within ourselves. Through the process of therapy, we can regain hope, connection, safety, and understanding of ourselves and others. I use wide-range of evidenced-based modalities, from psychodynamic and CBT to EMDR and somatic therapies to decrease the emotional reactivity, tension, and isolation that trauma can create. Regardless of our trauma histories, our modern world can contribute to feelings of disconnection, dissatisfaction, and uncertainty about our worth and our purpose. I strive to create a safe, compassionate, trust- filled space in which you can show up fully as yourself, ask and answer the hard questions, strive, fail, succeed, and know you will be accepted, challenged, supported, and championed. My goal is always to work myself out of a job, and I hope you leave our time together knowing yourself, your strength, your resilience, and your power. My role isn’t to tell you what to do or how to live but rather to offer you tools and support you can use to craft a fulfilling life.

I work with children, adolescents, and adults regarding a wide range of concerns, including (but not limited to) complex trauma, abuse, violence, anxiety, depression, and ODD. As a counselor with extensive training in feminist and multicultural theories, I approach counseling from an anti-oppressive lens and have spent most of my career working with the LGBTQ+ community, women, chronically ill clients, and immigrant and refugee populations.

Sabina Klein graduated from Yale University with a BA in English Language and Literature and received her EdM and MA in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University with a concentration in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health. She is trained in EMDR and offers services in both English and Spanish.

Sabina Klein

My name is Jessie and I can help you move forward.

"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

Many people have had scary or terrible things happen to them: trauma isn't just what happens to you - it's how you experience it.

Maybe - as is the case with many others - you haven’t told anyone. Maybe you have told people what happened and their response was confusing, hurtful, or dismissive. Maybe you feel like you just want it to be over or you should have gotten past it already. You might have reminders of what happened impacting your life through nightmares, flashbacks, or trying to avoid any mention or reminder of the events. You might feel numb. Maybe you are a parent and are completely lost on how to help your child recover.

I work with adolescents, adults, and families - helping individuals that are struggling not only with trauma, but with depression and anxiety as well.

During our first visit, we will talk about what is bothering you now and what you want help with. You do not have to tell a stranger everything at the first visit - we’ll get there together.

Jessie Ogienko, MSW, LCSW graduated from Emory University with Honors in Psychology and from Hunter College at the City University of New York with a Masters of Social Work degree with a specialty in Clinical Practice and a special focus on Interdisciplinary Practice. She is trained in EMDR, is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), has graduated the accredited C.A.S.E. Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) certificate program, and is a Family Centered Treatment (FCT) therapist and trainer.

Jessie is currently offering consulting services, including Clinical Supervision for LCSW-A therapists pursuing full licensure, through Caladrius Consulting.

Jessie Ogienko

Kaitlyn Cannon is our Clinical Services Coordinator. She is here to help match you to a therapist and answer any questions you may have! Kaitlyn is a MSW student at UNCC. Kaitlyn works with local community organizations and on social media towards erradicating nonconsensual image sharing and image based sexual abuse. She is working towards becoming a therapist to help clients recover from this type of trauma.

Kaitlyn Cannon