Our Team

My name is Zach (he/him) and I'm here to meet you where you are.

"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood." - George Orwell

There are times for all of us when we feel helpless or powerless over our situation. I'm here for those moments to walk alongside you - not in front, behind, or to the side. I believe the therapeutic relationship is based on compassion and empathy. True empathy is when someone seeks to understand you and meet you where you are. My goal is to help people figure out how to use their strengths to thrive in their existing environment. Our thoughts, feelings, and actions all affect each other. If we can find the strengths in our narratives, we can redefine the way we tell our stories.

My hope and belief is that therapy should be fun! I aim to show up as a genuine and authentic version of myself and often utilize humor to build trust. I enjoy working with people in all stages of their therapeutic journey. I feel confident that we will be able to build a working relationship to address your therapeutic goals.

Zach Saint, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, specializes in trauma, substance use/addiction, anxiety, and depression. He has experience with a wide range of concerns from working in the psychiatric environment to working in opioid treatment. He enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and couples. Zach currently offers both in-person and telehealth sessions.

Zach Saint

My name is Kira (she/her) and I am here to help you heal relational wounds.

Relationships are foundational to our experience. Connection, intimacy, authenticity, and feelings of safety are all tied into the relationships formed with ourselves, loved ones, our communities, and even the natural world. These interactions, or lack thereof, shape our stories, and affirm the kind of narratives we tell ourselves about the world around us. As a relational therapist, I recognize that you and I are entering a relationship of our own. It is my goal to nurture a working alliance that is honest, trusting, and collaborative. One in which you will have a safe holding space as we explore the difficulties and vulnerabilities that brought you to therapy.

If relationships are the chapters within our stories, identity is the color and context that fills the pages. Our intersecting roles and identities are interwoven together to create the unique values, beliefs, customs, and systems of being. Growing up as the oldest child to Caribbean immigrants, I appreciate how these sometimes conflicting parts of self have informed my experience. I also know first hand that stigma and lack of access to mental health services are still pervasive. I firmly believe that my work as a therapist extends beyond the individual sitting in the therapy room but to the systems they are a part of as a whole. I welcome all conversations about how your experiences have impacted your journey.

Kira Rowane, M.Ed, LCMHCA graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kira works with older adolescents, adults and first-time-in-therapy clients. She is trained in a variety of trauma-informed techniques including TF-CBT, sandtray therapy, trauma-informed yoga therapy and is also under training and supervision to become a licensed sex therapist. She specializes in racial and cultural identity, complex trauma, and life transitions.

Kira Rowane

My name is Hannah (she/her) and I am here to empower you as you navigate life's unpredictable challenges.

Tackling all that may be thrown your way can be incredibly difficult, especially if you take on the challenge alone. My goal is to support and hold space for you on that journey. If you are experiencing anxiety, grief, or life transitions, I will stand beside you as we work to process the impact of those stressors on your day to day life. I am here to provide encouragement and space to verbalize your frustrations while offering helpful coping skills, increased insight, and empathy.

I am especially passionate about working with women who are struggling to protect and maintain their mental health. There are times where we feel silenced or bothersome for advocating for ourselves. One of my objectives is to walk with you as you find your voice and embrace your strengths.

I operate from a person-centered lens which allows the client to lead sessions at a pace that makes sense for them. We may be a strong fit if you are in need of someone to process or explore parts of your identity with. Asking for help is a brave step in and of itself!

Hannah Wagers, MA, LCMHCA, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with her Master’s degree in Counseling. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well. She has experience working with teens, young adults, and adults.

Hannah Wagers

My name is Emily (she/her) and I am here to help you nurture who you are as a person and a parent.

Motherhood (and fatherhood!) looks different on everyone. My passion for maternal mental health sparked after having my daughter and I was able to fully appreciate the challenges and range of emotions that surface within parenthood from a lived experience. I then sought to specialize in Perinatal Mental Health to shift my focus from counseling children to counseling parents. When most people hear about Perinatal Mental Health, they often think of postpartum depression- but Perinatal Mental Health encompasses so much more than that! I work with women in all stages of parenthood including infertility, grief, and loss. I am here to help you navigate challenges and emotions that may arise in pregnancy, birth, and parenthood- including helping you explore bonding with your baby, navigating those terrible twos, parenting threenagers, and staying true to yourself as a parent through the child and adolescent years.

Becoming a parent often changes your identity, but it should never feel like you've lost yourself. Each stage brings new challenges and new things to enjoy and it seems as soon as you adjust to one stage, a new one is just around the corner! Those of us parenting without clear role models of the kind of parent we want to be face additional challenges and can benefit greatly from support to make their parenting goals and vision a reality. I am here to partner with you to maintain your sense of self, your mental health, and provide support as we navigate it together.

As well as providing support to parents, I want to continue my work providing care to children and adolescents. During my five years of experience working as a school social worker, I have experience providing children with support identifying and naming their emotions, positive coping skills, working through depression, self harm, and suicidality, and providing crisis support. I enjoy working with children going through family transitions, parent separation, and social anxiety.

Emily Lee, MSW, LCSWA, PMH-C graduated from Winthrop University with her Master's of Social Work degree. Emily received her Bachelor's of Social Work from Western Carolina University. Emily has several years of experience as a school social worker with grade school children. She is certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International.

Emily Lee

My name is Emma (she/her) and I'm here to help you discover and foster the healthiest version of yourself.

I applaud you for taking this courageous first step in recognizing that you may need or want support to get to where you want to be. My first goal as a therapist is to provide you a safe space to simply exist as your truest self in whatever stage you may be at. I understand the overwhelming emotions and anxieties that can be experienced as a result of trauma, difficult life circumstances and relationships, displacement, loss, or grief.

Our therapeutic relationship built in this space will serve as the foundation for discovery and growth. Together, we will navigate the complexities, anxieties, and transitions that life can sometimes throw our way. I commit to holding space for your emotions while encouraging and assisting you to decide what necessary changes to make to become the healthiest and most authentic version of yourself.

Emma Braisted, M.Ed, LCMHCA graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Masters of Education in School Counseling in 2016. After six years as a School Counselor, Emma pursued her Clinical Mental Health license to practice outside the scope of a school setting. Emma has experience working with older children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing great risk factors and trauma.

Emma Braisted

My name is Kaitlyn (she/her) and I am here to help you process uncomfortable feelings and support you in finding your most authentic self.

At Caladrius, I am both the Clinical Services Coordinator and a second year MSW therapist intern. I have the answers to your everyday office questions, and can also help you therapeutically if you decide that we are the right fit.

Sometimes, certain events in our lives can alter the way we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. We all deserve peace. We all deserve to feel safe. We all deserve to feel whole. As humans, we were not made to carry our burdens alone. I am here to help you process your trauma as you adjust to your new normal. I can teach you coping skills and offer comfort and support.

The intersection between trauma and identity cannot be denied. As a queer woman, I am also passionate about helping LGBTQ+ individuals navigate their traumatic life events.

I am here to remind you that you are not what happened to you. I am here to help you recognize and hone in on your resilience and strength.

Kaitlyn Cannon, MSW, is graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Master’s of Social Work in 2023. She received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Kaitlyn has worked as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, and has extensive experience advocating for and working with victims of image-based sexual abuse (i.e revenge porn). She has served as a panelist, moderator, and reviewer of literature for cyber sexual abuse conferences/organizations.

Kaitlyn Cannon

Hi, I'm Amy (she/her) and I am here to walk alongside you in your therapeutic journey.

“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.” -Carl Rogers

There are times where we don't know where our life is going. We feel stuck, and are struggling with life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. We know something is wrong but aren't equipped with the tools needed in order to feel like ourselves again. This is where I can help in your walk through those uncomfortable emotions and into self-growth and healing.

I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty adjusting to life transitions, and traumatic evets. I utilize a person-centered approach in which the client sets the focus and direction of each session. I feel that one of the most important parts of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist in forming good rapport. Each client needs to feel both validated and supported in order to open up about what they're experiencing. Throughout the therapeutic process, my goal is to be warm, empathetic, and informed.

Amy Travis, MSW, LCSW graduated from Radford University's Master of Social Work program located in southwest Virginia. Amy has extensive experience working as a clinician in the school-based setting, as well as intensive in-home setting. She has experience with adults and adolescents. She has experience working with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and diverse populations and specializes in trauma.

Amy Travis

My name is Tatim (he/they) and I'm here to let you know you're not alone.

Growing up a queer kid in a rural area shaped the person I am today. In my adulthood, I became aware of the power of my own resilience, and the protective factors that enabled me to get to where I am today. I want to help other people who have been through difficult experiences discover the power of their own resilience as well.

We might be a good fit if you're struggling with personal relationships or feeling alone in your journey. You may be stuck in a painful past or struggling with sorting out who you are. You might be searching for a different perspective or someone to validate your experience. I believe in the power of building up your resiliency toolbox and finding light at the end of the tunnel together. Each life stage and relationship offers different rewards and challenges that I enjoy working with. Navigating those life stages can be more complex for those struggling with identity and social ostracization. The LGBTQIA+ community is the most near and dear to my heart.

I offer a unique clinical and lived experience with a wide variety of complex issues and populations. My clinical instinct operates through a systemic lens. I come from a background working with families to address tough issues related to juvenile justice and DSS involvement. I enjoy helping people find relief and a better way forward. I also enjoy going deep and helping people make sense of their root traumas that may be holding them back. I enjoy practical application and skill-building through CBT and DBT modalities. Much of my experience has been assisting people with finding and practicing communication and coping skills to strengthen their relationships with family, friends, and themselves. I am passionate about helping families and couples have difficult, but necessary conversations. I often challenge my clients to consider circumstances from different angles and guide them out of their comfort zones.

Tatim Lace, MSW, LCSW-A graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, PA with a BA in communications and from Appalachian State University with a Masters of Social Work degree and a dual focus in community and clinical social work. He is experienced in training others on best practices for working with the LGBTQIA+ community across different settings. Tatim is trained in Family Centered Treatment (FCT) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

Tatim Lace

My name is Kim (she/her) and I'm here to help guide you in overcoming life's challenges

It's never easy to seek help for your mental health needs. I'm here to guide 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 and vulnerable. You may want to give up or feel just burnt out. 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 selves 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, and 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 us 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, and challenges while in a life transition. I love helping high performers increase their resilience and enhance their performance. I offer tailored organizational high-performance presentations and workshops to maximize potential. 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 15 years in the Air Force and continues to serve in the Reserves. Having lived 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 (UNCC) with honors. Her specialties are military mental health, high-performance consulting, PTSD, life transitions, anxiety, life coaching, and trauma. Kim is a lifelong learner and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to build professional knowledge in leadership, teams, and performance. She promotes health holistically and teaches indoor cycling part-time. Kim is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, and she is informed on Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. At this time, Kimberly is offering telehealth sessions only.

Kim Ernst

My name is Maddy (she/her) 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 child-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. In the playroom, your child gets to be fully, authentically them - without judgement and taking the lead. In play therapy, we use the language that all children are fluent in - play. Finding words to fully express how trauma has affected an individual is difficult for anyone, especially a child who might not yet have the vocabulary to process their experiences.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.

Maddy Kostur, MSW, LCSWA graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Master of Social Work and a graduate certificate in Play Therapy. She specializes in working with young children and adolescents. She is trained in multiple approaches of play therapy, including Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Training, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy. She specializes in working with children and families who have had DSS involvement and has extensive experience working with different child welfare programs, including Youth and Family Services, Guardian ad Litem programs, and non-profit organizations.

Madalyn Kostur

My name is Kacey (she/her) 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 Jessie (she/her) 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