Meet The Team
MA, NCC, LCMHC, DBH-C
Michelle has worked in the field of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for over 20 years. She followed her dreams of creating an innovative counseling practice focused on superior patient care with access to extraordinary clinicians. Following this vision, Breathe Wellness Counseling was established in 2019. Michelle is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of NC. She has been a Reiki practitioner under the lineage of Gail Allen (Panacea Healing Arts and Wellness Center Salisbury, NC) since 2019. She specializes in dual diagnosis (MH/IDD) with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, LGBTQ, and stress management. Michelle's practice theory is a combination of Mindfulness, Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Theories, and Energy Healing, she is also EMDR trained. Michelle prides herself in being a disruptor in health care and pushing against the status quo. She is a proud member of Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group. Michelle has presented at multiple conferences in NC, as well as being a keynote speaker for the NC TIDE Conference in 2022. She is currently a Doctor of Behavior Health Candidate at Cummings Graduate Institute with a concentration in the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care.
MA, NCC, LCMHC
Rachel has worked in the field of Mental Health for 20 years with children and families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and after over 10 years in the field, she decided to follow her dreams and further her education to obtain her Master’s degree and become a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of NC. She practices evidence-based psychotherapy using a compassionate, developmentally-informed, trauma-informed, and person-centered approach. Rachel works with adults and children on a variety of issues including: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other mental health and life concerns. She is certified in EMDR, Mindfulness, and Triple P Positive Parenting. Rachel’s goal is to create a nurturing relationship with all clients and finds that it is crucial to discuss things openly and honestly. She believes therapy is best provided in an atmosphere of safety and trust, which she will do her best to provide for you.
Terry believes life is not meant to journey alone. After 27 years as a therapist and 30 years working in the field of mental health, she shares that she has come to realize that compassion, understanding, guidance and acceptance are the keys to a successful therapeutic relationship. Whatever you may be currently experiencing, Terry will seek to support, serve and guide you on your own unique path. She utilizes a variety of techniques/modalities (one of the benefits of longevity!). Her approach is holistic in nature utilizing mindfulness and somatics in psychotherapy along with other best- practice techniques. The Japanese art form, 'Kintsugi', is a process where broken pieces of pottery are put back together with gold. Terry loves this metaphor for our life's journey. By learning from our mistakes, our challenges, our times of perceived 'brokenness', we can continually recreate ourselves into our own personal best and reach for our Greatest Good. It would be her honor to accompany you on your journey.
MA, NCC, LCMHCA
Lori works with a variety of clientele, with a range of all races and ethnic backgrounds. She is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mental Health First Aid USA, Darkness to Light Stewards of Children, Telehealth Certification for Mental Health Professionals and is a National Certified Counselor. Lori has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults. She uses a variety of techniques and modalities to include: DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), group work, couples’ therapy, individual therapy, skills coaching, expressive art therapy, bariatric skills coaching and testing, grief and loss and music therapy. Her goal is help clients live their best lives by being the best version of themselves.
MA, NCC, LCMHC
Billy is Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in NC and a National Certified Counselor. He has experience working in agency and private practice settings working with clients from various backgrounds. Clientele includes children ages 10-17 years of age and Adults 18 years and older. He is supportive and inclusive and enjoys working with members of the LGBT community. Billy supports clients dealing such issues as Life transitions, Grief/Loss, Anxiety, Depression, LGBT struggles, and relationships problems. He takes an eclectic approach in that he draws from Person-Centered Rogerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Early Childhood Clinician
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Resiliency Educator. She has worked with children and adolescents from birth to age 18, as well as their caregivers. Prior to joining Breathe Wellness Counseling, she worked with children in Caldwell County’s alternative school and day treatment programs, and enjoys building positive, trusting relationships with those that others may have labeled as “difficult.” She has experience addressing such concerns as anxiety, anger, disruptive behavior, and adjustment after trauma or major life events.
Lauren also has professional interest in foster care/adoption and maternal mental health. Using a strengths-based, trauma-informed lens, Lauren is ready to walk alongside your family as you face life’s stressors. Lauren knows that everyone has a story, and everyone has the ability to grow. Child sessions will be positive and playful, incorporating movement, music, and creative expression while helping kids regulate emotions and learn new skills.
School Based Clinician
MSW, LCAS, LCSWA
Delana has worked in the field of Social Work for 10 years with children and families. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Delana utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as her main treatment modality while using a trauma-informed and person-centered approach. Delana has experience working with adults and children on a variety of issues including: PTSD, substance abuse, parenting, and domestic violence. Delana’s goal is to create an empathetic relationship with all clients in an effort to promote growth and healing.