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.
Deb Kalnen, M.A., LPA is originally from the Wilmington, N.C. area. She earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington graduating summa cum laude. Her professional experience includes over thirteen years as a clinical psychologist and facilitator for psychological testing. She offers sessions to adults and couples who are seeking help with stress management, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Deb utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Robin Jones is a Licensed North Carolina Psychologist. She focuses mainly on the provision of individual psychotherapy for adults, ages 19+; while she works from home providing her services via Telehealth most days, she is available for a limited number of in-person sessions at our office. She occasionally brings her trained therapy dog, Crosby, to visit with people. Dr. Jones 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. Dr. Jones limits her services to those that are clinical in nature; she no longer performs evaluations geared towards writing letters for the provision of Emotional Support Animals or academic accommodations. In her spare time Dr. Jones is passionate about photography, yoga, meditation, and veganism. Dr. Jones is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). She is currently working on her yin yoga certification as well and may soon be offering yoga and meditation online or in-person as a separate service.
Morgan Phoebus, LCSW (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker with experience providing mental health services in both in and out-patient settings as well as through school-based therapy and community development programs. She has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults and holds special expertise in issues related to athletics, early life transitions (such as high school, college, and young adulthood) and the LGBTQ+ community. Treating individuals from a holistic strength-based perspective, Morgan works WITH Clients to identify areas of concern and creates treatment plans tailored to their specific needs utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities.
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.
Dr. Alan Steed, our resident neuropsychologist has been in practice since 1993 and has worked in several inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. His areas of expertise include evaluation of closed head injury and other conditions that can affect neurocognitive functioning, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety conditions. He has worked with military service members since 2007 evaluating and co-authoring research on the neuropsychological effects of blast-related traumatic brain injuries.
Patricia R. Westaway, MA, LCMHCS is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, supervisor in New Hampshire and North Carolina, with 20 years experience. Her combined working experience include: an Acute Clinical Crisis Evaluator in several hospitals in New Hampshire, military and family life counselor, and academia. She currently works providing telemental health services. Patricia has maintained a private practice for the last 15 years working with individual, couples and families specializing in Adjustment disorders, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma related issues. She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), EFT tapping techniques, and Person Centered Techniques.