Meet Our Team

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Vision: “I believe in a collaborative relationship that empowers, emboldens, and inspires lifelong change. I believe in compassionate and empathetic approaches that meet the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of all individuals. Regardless of skin color, gender, age, religious identity, disability, socioeconomic status, etc., I advocate for the wellbeing of all people. I believe each person has the potential to grow and discover a life that thrives, not just survives. I am committed to walk with you on your journey of growth and healing without judgment and look forward to working with you.”

Kaylee B. Bynum, LCMHC, LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Founder & President of Peaceful Waters Counseling & Wellness Center, PC

About: Kaylee B. Bynum is the Founder and President of Peaceful Waters Counseling and Wellness Center, located in Moyock, North Carolina. She is a graduate of both Texas A&M University and Regent University and holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Certificate of Graduate Studies in School Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Kaylee is also an EMDR Therapist, Certified Traumatologist and Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator/Therapist through the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. She uses a combination of personally tailored techniques that meet the unique needs of her clients and loves journeying alongside people from all walks of life.

Kaylee has been in practice since January of 2015 and has experience working with children (ages 3+), adolescents, teenagers, adults, couples, families, and groups. In her spare time, Kaylee enjoys spending time with her husband, playing with her dogs, reading research, and soaking up the great outdoors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for an HOA and Beloved Haven, which is a non profit that supports victims of human and sex trafficking.

Specialties or interests: Kaylee provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • Addiction
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Christian Counseling
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Death by Suicide
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • Family Discord
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Financial Distress
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief/Loss
  • Incarceration Issues
  • LGBTQIA+ Issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Marital/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Abuse
  • School Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Sibling Relational Problem
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Trauma
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Vision: “My foundational belief is that all individuals are capable of self growth and healing when given a safe and secure environment in which to work. I believe that if you are brave enough to take the first step of accepting assistance with your struggle, together, we can develop a plan to work toward a solution. Change is often difficult, and healing can take much effort. With the appropriate support and tools, things will improve. You are worth it."

Michelle M. Hawbaker, LCMHCS, LPC, LCAS, CCS
Clinical Director/Psychotherapist 

About: Michelle M. Hawbaker is a graduate of Frostburg State University and Hood College. She holds a BS and MA degrees in Psychology. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) though the Virginia Board of Counseling. In addition, she is also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) through the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.

Michelle has been in behavioral health clinical practice since March 1998, treating adolescents and adults. Michelle strives to meet the unique needs of everyone she works with by creating specialized evidenced based treatment plans to best help clients meet their goals.

Michelle has also supervised many masters level counselors through internships and post graduate licensure experience. She enjoys working with new counselors and ensuring the development of high quality skills and professionalism. 

Outside of the office Michelle values the time she spends with her husband, two sons, friends, and pets. She can often be found cheering on her favorite sports team, shopping, or working on a DYI project around her home.

Specialties or interests: Michelle provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Depression
  • Developing self discipline 
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Grief and loss
  • Goal setting and attainment
  • Marital/Relationship Issues
  • Mood instability 
  • Premenstrual Mood Dysphoria
  • Phases of life issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self love and personal development
  • Sibling Relational Problem
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Trauma

In network with:
Medcost
Optum/United Healthcare
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Humana/Tricare
Optima

Pending:
Aetna

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: “My desire is to see people find freedom to experience their emotions and develop thriving relationships with significant others. I am deeply passionate about connecting with others while they work through hardships and trauma and try to rebuild important relationships in their lives. I believe counseling requires trust and transparency, which affords people the liberty to grow in self-worth. I believe in providing a caring, secure space for clients to take this collaborative approach to wellness. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with you!"

Amanda C. Hickerson, LCMHCS, LPC
Psychotherapist 

About: Amanda Hickerson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in the state of North Carolina and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Religious Studies. She earned her Masters of Arts degree from Regent University.

Amanda has more than 14 years of experience working with clients who represent a wide range of backgrounds and ages. She has counseled children, adolescents, adults, and couples, all of whom were seeking to sort through issues related to anxiety, depression, relational and family matters, substance abuse and topics related to spirituality/faith. She has extensive experience working with those on the Autism Spectrum and helping parents and families of these individuals understand how to best support their loved one.

She also has specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and uses this approach to work with couples in helping them regain a sense of connection in their relationship. Additionally, as a spouse of a career veteran, she understands the unique stressors associated with the military lifestyle.

Although Amanda is highly experienced in many different mental health issues, her superpower is working with veterans/military families and helping couples through a therapeutic approach called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This type of counseling is perfect for:

  • Helping create attachments and sit with painful and heavy emotions
  • Attuning with those in their experience and helping them slow down to identify messages believed about themselves and what's happening within
  • Helping couples develop the language to emotionally connect

 In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling, and reading. She offers services via teletherapy only, which makes it super convenient for individuals looking to save time on travel and conduct their sessions from the comfort of home!

Specialties or interests: Amanda provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • Addiction
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Couples
  • Depression 
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Family Discord
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Financial Distress
  • Military/Veteran
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • School Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sibling Relational Problem
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Spiritual Issues

In network with:
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Humana/Tricare
Medcost
Optima
Optum/United Healthcare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "My vision is to facilitate a positive change in the lives of others. I aspire to change the world one person, one experience at a time through empowerment, social justice, and service. I am passionate about motivating and inspiring others. I am empathetic, discerning, caring, and kind. I believe a simple smile and listening ear go a long way to brighten someone's day. I look forward to working with you."

Carla F. Poyner, LCSW
Psychotherapist

About: Carla Poyner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who joins us with an impressive background in the Air Force, where she served for twelve years, and an extensive history serving as a school based therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Norfolk State University and obtained her Masters of Social Work in 2007 from Arizona State University.

 Carla enjoys music, concerts, theatre, and movies. She also loves to travel, go to ball games, and dine at fine seafood restaurants. She is family oriented and on the weekends you are likely to catch her spending quality time with family and friends. She is an active member of her church and values fellowship with her church family.

While Carla works with diverse populations of all ages, she works best with adult men who are motivated to change, those who are seeking solution-focused services with short-term goals and veteran/military families.

Specialties or interests: Carla provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Death by Suicide
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • Family Discord

 

  • Fears/Phobias
  • Financial Distress
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mood Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sibiling Relational Problem
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Suicidal Ideations

In network with:
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Humana/Tricare
Medcost
Optima
Optum/United Healthcare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "My goal as a therapist is to meet my clients where they are and walk alongside them on their individual journey to help them find peace and healing for themselves in a non-judgmental safe space. Because we are human, we all suffer and have struggles of some sort. We also each have the capacity for growth, healing, and building a life that promotes health and wellbeing for self and in our relationships with others. I see the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership that aims to support and empower each individual to heal mind, body, and spirit and free themselves from pain of the past and present in order to promote lasting positive change for self. It is my desire to help others gain the tools and confidence in themselves to face and successfully overcome life’s challenges that arise long after therapy has concluded."

Britney L. Luton, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC
Psychotherapist

About:  Britney holds a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and gained her undergraduate degree from Liberty University. Britney is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina, currently working toward a secondary state license in Virginia. Britney is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate in NC working toward full licensure, as well as a National Board Certified Counselor. She has experience working with a diverse population in a community mental health setting in Northeastern NC and a second setting working specifically with domestic violence and human trafficking survivors in the tidewater region of Virginia.

 Britney’s professional orientation is grounded in an Integrative Therapy framework, which allows for the flexibility to utilize techniques from many theoretical models in order to best serve clients. She is client-focused and trauma-focused, while being able to look beyond the individual at the system of relationships and experiences that both impact, and are impacted by, the client. Britney also encourages her clients to pursue a holistic approach to health, incorporating exercise, proper sleep and nutrition, spiritual practices, nurturing relationships, and activities they enjoy. She has a particular passion for working with survivors of all forms of trauma, including witnessing or experiencing violence, complicated grief, abuse, or other forms of acute, chronic, and complex trauma. Britney primarily offers individual therapy for adolescents and adults and is an LGBTQ+ friendly therapist.

Britney is currently trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy and working towards Emotionally Focused Therapy. Future plans for training also includes specializing in Brainspotting and Neurofeedback Therapy and she plans on starting her Doctorate in 2022 in Clinical Sexology to provide quality Sex Therapy for individuals and couples.

When not engaging in her passion of therapeutic healing, you can find her chaperoning high school band events, playing board games, cooking, watching movies, or just hanging out with her sons, hiking trails or seeking out new places and food experiences with her friends, staying active physically by practicing yoga, running or strength training, or playing with her two pups, Max and Ruby.

Specialties or interests: Britney provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • Addictive Behaviors
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Disorder
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Building Healthy Habits
  • Building Emotional Intelligence
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • EMDR
  • Family Discord
  • Family of Origin Relational Problems
  • Goal Setting and Attainment
  • Grief/Loss

 

  • Life Coaching
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Identity
  • Self Love and Personal Development
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Health and Wellness
  • Sexual Orientation and Identification Issues
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma

In network with:
Aetna
Medcost

Optum/United Healthcare
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Optima

Pending:
Humana/Tricare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "I believe in the purpose and power of the therapeutic alliance, where empathy, genuineness, and trust bring about transformative change toward successful living. I believe in a holistic approach
and attending to the whole person— body, mind, and spirit-- to create targeted goals that are aligned to the unique needs of each client. I am committed to giving you the best care possible with a multicultural and sensitive approach. My priority is to advocate for your wellbeing and to walk alongside you in this journey. I am looking forward to working with you."

Keiko Chibana-Shinn, LCMHCA, CCMHC
Psychotherapist

About: Keiko is of Japanese-Ecuadorian descent and has worked in multiple countries in the human services field. She attained her B.A. in Psychology from Flagler College, M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University, and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, a Life Coach, & SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Instructor. She also has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 Keiko is passionate in partnering with local community-wide initiatives. She believes in building relational bridges to help people gain quality relationships and support, with the intent to create a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families. She is also able to integrate a biblically-based approach to the counseling process, upon request.

 Keiko is happily married and has two energetic toddlers. Keiko enjoys learning about diverse cultures and religions, traveling, creative writing, spending time with family and friends, and marital arts. Keiko is the perfect fit for individuals or couples looking to hone in to specific areas, create concrete plans for success, and jump into action! We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to work with her and tap into deep and meaningful living.

Specialties or interests: Keiko provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Family Discord
  • Grief/Loss

 

  • Life Coaching
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sibiling Relational Problem
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Trauma

In network with:
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Medcost

Pending:
Humana/Tricare
Optima
Optum/United Healthcare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "I believe in a holistic, collaborative, and strengths-based approach to counseling that attends to the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. I wholeheartedly believe that you are the expert on your own life and have within you the power to heal; I see myself as a partner in your journey. Through a collaborative and supportive environment, we will work together to achieve your therapy goals. My clients find me to be non-judgmental, warm and easy-going while gently challenging them to grow. You have the power to write the next chapter, and I look forward to walking alongside you in doing that.
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Kathryn E. Brown, LCMHCA
Psychotherapist

About: Kathryn is a graduate of both North Carolina State University and Palo Alto University. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) in the state of North Carolina, as well as a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia.

Kathryn started her counseling journey with the YWCA of South Hampton Roads, working with clients healing from interpersonal violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and complex trauma. Kathryn's professional experience also includes working with military families, veterans, and parents of young children. She is also passionate about working with couples struggling with trust and intimacy concerns.

Kathryn takes a holistic, collaborative, and strengths-based approach to counseling. She's particularly interested in hearing how you have written your story - the parts you have left out and the parts still yet to be written. She believes in empowering her clients by drawing upon their strengths while teaching tools to reduce distress. Kathryn is also trained and experienced in using Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help clients identify the impact their traumatic experiences have had on their beliefs and working collaboratively to adjust those beliefs to promote healing. She is able to provide spiritual counseling, upon request.

Outside of the office, you can usually find Kathryn exploring the outdoors with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys baking, traveling, running, and dancing in her living room. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to work with her and dig deep into creating a life that thrives!

Specialties or interests: Kathryn provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Death by Suicide
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • Family Discord
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Grief/Loss
  • Marital/Relationship Issues

 

  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Abuse
  • School Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Sibiling Relational Problem
  • Social Skills/Relationships
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Trauma

In network with:
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Medcost

Pending:
Humana/Tricare
Optima
Optum/United Healthcare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "My vision as a mental health counselor is to walk with those who are suffering and empower and encourage them to create and maintain lasting changes that will give them the life they want. My goal is to create a warm and inviting space that can facilitate healing and problem-solving for clients of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and cultures. I believe that each individual is unique and that they are the expert on their own life. I believe that no one should have to go through difficult and challenging situations alone and that through a strong therapeutic alliance, together we can get you to where you want to be. I am here for you, and I can’t wait to work with you!"

Arianna M. Livingston, LCMHCA, NCC
Psychotherapist

About: Arianna is a graduate of both University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Northern Colorado-Greely. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, as well as certified National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Arianna is also certified as a Level II Victim Advocate through the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Program.

As a military spouse, Arianna knows the value of accepting change and rolling with the punches. With that mindset, she works as a holistic and strengths-based counselor and welcomes clients of all ages who are suffering with the challenges that life inevitably brings. She is an advocate for everyone she works with, knowing that there is great value in helping individuals in order to help our society as a whole.

Outside of the office, you can find Arianna trying out a new plant-based dinner recipe, training for her first marathon with her husband, or deciding how many books are too many books to check out at the library.

Specialties or interests: Arianna provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Depression
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Grief/Loss

 

  • Life & Wellness Coaching
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Orientation & Identification Issues

In network with:
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Medcost

Pending:
Humana/Tricare
Optima
Optum/United Healthcare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe in fostering change in people by identifying their inner strengths and making positive changes, one step at a time. The decision to seek counseling isn’t easy, and my initial goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. I want to support and empower you to overcome challenges and recognize your potential for growth. I look forward to working with you!”

Katie Quin, LCSW
Psychotherapist

About: Katie Quin is a Louisiana native who recently moved to North Carolina. She is a graduate of both Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University and holds a BA and MA degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board and the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. 

Katie has more than 10 years of experience working in behavioral health settings. She utilizes a variety of evidenced based approaches to meet the individual needs of her clients. She has experience working with clients who present with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulty adjusting to life changes, gender dysphoria, obesity and chronic illness, and anger. 

She is also specifically certified in Problem Solving Treatment (PST), which is an evidence-based approach that aims to teach and empower clients to effectively manage the negative events that can occur in life. 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her partner and two dogs. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, weight lifting, and training in Jiu Jitsu. 

Specialties or interests: Katie provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • Family Discord
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBTQIA+ Issues

 

  • Life Coaching
  • Marital/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder
  • Parenting Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Trauma

Accepted Insurance Plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medcost
Optum/United Healthcare

Pending:
Aetna
Cigna/Evernorth
Humana/Tricare
Optima

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision:“As an art therapist, I believe in using the creative process of art making coupled with psychological theory to
improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Sometimes there are
no words that describe how we may feel, and giving a visual component can facilitate self awareness, insight, and
growth. Artistic skill is not required, just the willingness to try something new. I believe in a collaborative,
nonjudgemental relationship founded on trust that empowers personal strength and purpose. Together we can
navigate through life’s currents and uncover untapped potential for growth. Change happens with a willingness to
try something new, and in doing so opens the opportunity for renewal and healing. I look forward to working with
you!”

Katie Erlwein, LCMHCA

Psychotherapist

About:

Katie holds a B.S. with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Service Counseling from Old Dominion University (2007). She also holds a M.S. in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School (2010). Prior to working with Peaceful Waters, Katie worked over 11 years in an acute care mental health facility as an Art Therapist. She services clients of all ages, healing from a multitude of behavioral issues and mental illnesses. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, identity crises, addiction, eating disorders, psychosis, interpersonal conflicts, spectrum disorders, and more. Katie has experience running groups, individual sessions, and administering art therapy assessments to aid in diagnostic indicators.

Katie is passionate about working with and empowering clients struggling with self esteem issues and believe in identifying and focusing on internal strengths, while teaching tools to cope with and manage stress. She is specialized and trained in art therapy which integrates the creative process of art making to effectively express oneself in order to manage behavior and emotions, develop interpersonal skills, resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and awareness, and achieve insight.

Katie has approximately eleven years of counseling and intake assessment experience.

Specialties or interests: Katie provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Career/Vocational Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Educational Issues
  • Family Discord
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBTQIA+ Issues

 

  • Life Coaching
  • Marital/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder
  • Parenting Issues
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Trauma

Accepted Insurance Plans:
Aetna
Cigna/Evernorth

Pending:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medcost
Optum/United Healthcare

Humana/Tricare
Optima

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision: "As a resident therapist, I believe counseling is a normal practice to work on behavioral, emotional, environmental, and/or interpersonal issues, both big and small. I think it is essential to find hope and contend with life’s obstacles by increasing self-awareness, developing skills, finding personal meaning in life, and creating healthier versions of ourselves. I believe it is necessary to view each person as a unique individual with strengths and an ability to navigate their life well. Creating a collaborative relationship that is non-judgmental and establishes trust to talk about issues openly and freely allows for that initial step into healthy change. I work with each person from a holistic and multicultural perspective, which allows for culturally specific approaches that fit each person's needs."

Lukas Tophoven, LCMHCA
Psychotherapist

About: Lukas holds a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University (2019) and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University (2022). Prior to becoming licensed, he served as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern with Peaceful Waters and was able to work for over a year with a variety of clients.

Lukas has experience working with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, interpersonal conflicts, couples issues, and spectrum disorders. He is most passionate about working with clients who struggle to find meaning in life and clients who come from multicultural backgrounds. Lukas believes that finding a purpose in life is one way to contend with daily stressors that can impede one’s life, but there are a variety of skills that can help with stress reduction, interpersonal relationships, improving self-esteem, and increasing self-awareness.

Lukas has approximately one year of counseling and intake assessment experience. He is valuable asset to the Peaceful Waters team!

Specialties or interests: Lukas provides a full range of psychotherapy services to include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma

Pending:
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna/Evernorth
Humana/Tricare
Medcost
Optima
Optum/United Healthcare

Self Pay rates:
Intake: $150
Follow up: $120

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Vision:"My vision is to help you free yourself from suffering through a trusting relationship, alongside creating a warm and inviting space that allows you to express yourself freely. I hope to bring you to where you want to be emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively within your everyday life. By working together, I desire to instill empowerment and help you meet your goals with an empathetic and genuine disposition. I desire to work with people from various backgrounds, and from a holistic approach that gives you a lighter feeling when you walk out the door. I believe that a collaborative relationship has power, and together we can confront your concerns head on with lasting changes."

Julie L. Champagne
Practicum Student

About: Julie Champagne is a graduate student at Old Dominion University pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Elon University in Dance Performance and Choreography, as well as a minor in Business Administration.

Julie recently moved back to the area from the West Coast before starting her Masters at Old Dominion University and is thrilled to learn more about her passion through mental health. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, swimming, painting, and running.

Self-Pay Rates: $50

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Vision: "My vision is to honor all backgrounds, values, and identities of all ages while providing a safe, accepting, and non -judgmental space for clients. I consider each client’s uniqueness and work with them to build an effective plan that will help them overcome their issues, and reach their desired goals. I believe in empowerment and change through a strong positive therapeutic relationship with clients as I create a safe space in order for clients to effectively explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on their journey. I am extremely passionate about building a rapport that will assist in facilitating wellness mentally, physically, and socially while being sensitive to various cultures. I look forward to working with you.

Angela H. Richardson
Practicum Student

About: Angela Richardson is a graduate student at North Carolina Central University pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a K-12 Special Education Teaching License, and a Master of Education in Elementary Education K-6, all from Elizabeth City State University. Angela has a background in Special Education as she brings 21 years of experience as an Exceptional Children’s Educator that will help her as she works with individuals, children, and families from an array of demographic backgrounds. 

Outside of being a graduate student, Angela enjoys dancing, singing karaoke, traveling, shopping, and creating hairstyles. 

Self-Pay Rates: $50

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Tanja U. Santiago
Office Manager

About: Tanja is with Peaceful Waters full-time and joins us with over ten years experience in the medical field. She has served in various capacities, including management, billing, scheduling, claim appeals, insurance credentialing, and private practice consulting. She is a strong leader and keeps our office flowing efficiently on a day-to-day basis.

She is passionate about mental health and encourages others to seek out the support that they need. She is an advocate for military populations and those struggling with trauma.  In her spare time, she enjoys hanging with her children and husband by the pool and engaging in her German heritage. She also loves to read, garden, and complete DIY projects.

Tanja looks forward to making your experience at Peaceful Waters a pleasurable one. She is excited to meet you!

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Joshua R. Josephson
Director of Marketing and Community Engagement

About: Josh is graduate of Mid-Atlantic Christian University with a Bachelor's in Youth and Family Ministries. He is creative, driven, and passionate. Josh loves using technology and creativity to bring people together.

As we continue to grow, he will play a vital role in our community outreach. In the future, you will see him out in the community networking and advocating for increased mental health awareness and services. He runs our social media accounts and comes up with the most innovative ways to get Peaceful Waters out into the world! He is exceptionally creative, devoted, and believes in making mental health and holistic wellness services accessible to all.​

Josh is married to his best friend Ashlyn, and together they have a sweet baby boy, Elliot. When he's not working his magic at the office, you can find him taking film photography, working at his local church, or playing in the backyard with his family.

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Beth A. Hicks
Assistant Office Manager

About: Beth comes to us after 20 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman bringing with her a dedication and passion to serve. You can find her at our reception desk with a smile and open heart. Her long-term goal is to work in grief and end of life counseling and currently attends Capella University.

She enjoys life with her husband, bonus daughter and four dogs. Outside of the office, she is most often baking delicious sourdough bread or yummy sweet treats.

Beth cannot wait to meet you and help your experience at Peaceful Waters be a flawless one!

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Kendra M. Largent
Receptionist

About: Kendra comes to us after 11 years in the trenches as a stay at home mother. Her time at home raising the future combined with her compassion and empathy to all people make her a bright light to greet you. Kendra is passionate about mental health and is a loyal force in our office.

Kendra counts herself the luckiest being married to her soul mate and together they share three amazing children and also help to make other families whole with the blessing of surrogacy.

Kendra is very excited about meeting you at Peaceful Waters and looks forward to making you smile!

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June Burns
Billing Specialist

About:June is an incredible asset to the Peaceful Waters team! She joins us with over 30 years of customer service and accounting experience. She currently manages our billing needs to make sure invoicing, insurance billing, and accounts receivable are all accurate and in order. Her speciality is working with Humana Military/Tricare to ensure our claims are paid in a timely manner. In her spare time, you can find her at the beach, walking, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

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Vision: "I believe that true wellness is more than just physical health. I believe that essential oils are a valuable resource when it comes to inspiring a positive emotional state, restoring physical balance, enhancing spiritual awareness, purifying homes, and healing your soul. My ultimate hope is to show God's love manifested in the miracle of plant molecules that make up these essential oils. I look forward to working with you and adding an additional service to your wellness journey."

Allison C. Cabral
Essential Oil Specialist

About: Allison Cabral dove into the essential oil world in 2014, after beginning her own wellness journey and discovering the healing properties of oils. She discovered Young Living's products and fell in love with their commitment to creating ethically sourced, environmental friendly, empirically evidenced, therapeutic grade products.

Allison and her family use Young Living's essential oil products for emotional, gut, hormone, and sleep support,  supplements, household cleaning solutions, pet care, cooking, personal hygiene, and even taming tempers! Her family and home have been transformed, as a result. She looks forward to offering essential oil workshops, training, and education for those wishing to ditch the toxins and commit to a healthier lifestyle! Feel free to head on over to our essential oil's page and shoot her a message today!

Our Office
​380 Caratoke Highway, Suite J ​Moyock, NC 27958
Contact Us

Call: 252-232-8086
​Fax: 252-232-9136

Email Us At
info@peacefulwaterscounseling.com
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