Dr. Robin Jones is a Licensed North Carolina Psychologist and owner of the office therapy dog, Crosby. It is not uncommon for Crosby to be on the premises and greeting or snuggling with clients. Dr. Jones focuses mainly on the provision of individual psychotherapy for adults; she offers a Christian focus when desired. Her areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety, issues germane to the military spouse, women's issues and the study of identity in midlife. She primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. Having completed an internship and post-doc under a neuropsychologist, she also has an interest and background in neuropsychological and psychological assessment. Dr. Jones limits her services to those that are clinical in nature and does not perform evaluations geared towards writing letters for the provision of Emotional Support Animals.
Karen Kaminski Esala, MS, MSW, LCSWA is a licensed clinical social work associate with a passion for working with children, adolescents and families. Karen was employed as a school counselor prior to entering the field of clinical social work. Her experience in the academic setting has helped to prepare her as an educational advocate raising awareness about personal accommodations and modifications in a learning environment. Karen also has experience working with individuals seeking services for depression, anxiety and postpartum mental health care. Her desire is to continue growing as a professional committed to serving others in the field of clinical social work.
Debra Rhodes, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of combined experience working in medical social work, long term care, child welfare and academia. While maintaining a private clinical practice and providing clinical supervision to associate clinical social workers, Debra also works as the Assistant Bachelor of Social Work Program Coordinator for the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Campbell University and her Master of Social Work at East Carolina University, where she specialized in health and aging. Her clinical experience includes a focus on grief and bereavement, dementia-related care, depression, and anxiety with a strengths-based approach utilizing solution focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and other applicable therapeutic approaches. She has received training in applied suicide intervention skills, bereavement, and various other therapeutic frameworks. Debra stays involved in her local community my acting as a board member for organizations such as NASW-NC, Onslow PEERS and Kiwanis of Onslow.
Our resident neuropsychologist, Dr. Alan Steed, has been in practice since 1993 and has worked in several inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Among his areas of expertise include evaluation of closed head injury and other conditions that can affect neurocognitive functioning. He has worked with military service members 2007 evaluating blast-related traumatic brain injuries.