Anne E. Whitted, MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have worked in mental health for 10+ years.  I founded Sand Dollar Wellness Center in 2016 because, as a Wilmington native, I felt a passion to build a practice for our community that would be able to assist with any person in need no matter their circumstance.

I believe that each person has the ability inside them to find their own path to wellness and my passion is walking beside my clients on their individual journeys.  I do not come from a perspective that change must consist of long term therapy and therefore my approach is directive yet empathic and person centered.  I utilize an integrative approach with primary skills rooted in DBT, CBT and Mindfulness.  My personal interests and specialties include PTSD and other trauma related disorders, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, adoption, and working with military and first responders.

When not in the office my self care includes relaxing at the beach, spending time with my family and friends and, when I find the time, riding horses and attending concerts.

Laura Ginther, PsyD

I joined Sand Dollar Wellness in March, 2018 after working as a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist in Connecticut for over 20 years. I have extensive experience assisting women cope with emotions associated with female health issues, such as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, perimenopausal symptoms, cancer, and substance use. I also assist adults cope with anxiety and depression which may arise during life transitions, including marriage, the birth of children, divorce, and job loss. Additionally, as a school psychologist, I provide testing, assessments, and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing academic and behavioral difficulties which interfere with school and family life. I hold degrees from Purdue University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Hartford.

Jody Long, MA, LPA, LCAS, CSI

Jody is a North Carolina native and has worked in the mental health field for four years. Jody’s goal is to provide her clients with a safe space to grow and learn about themselves. She strives to teach her clients to let go of what doesn’t serve them and making space for the things out of our control. Jody knows that the first step in reaching out for support can be a scary one, but she makes sure her clients don’t have to take on the rest of the journey alone. Jody believes that therapy is a partnership built on trust, and though change may be difficult, it can become a little easier to cope with, with the right set of tools and support. Jody is licensed to treat both mental health and substance use disorders. Jody enjoys supporting individuals from all walks of life. She enjoys working with people who are struggling with severe mental health issues, who are in crisis, as well as supporting people who may be facing simpler day-to-day struggles. Jody is truly passionate about therapy and supporting people as they grow, and is always honored to support her clients in navigating their personal journey.

Emily Graham, MSEd, NCC, LPCA, LCAS-A

A Chicago native, I moved to the Wilmington area with my family over 7 years ago.  I have worked in mental health services in universities, private practice and community agencies.  I have a passion for working with couples, individuals, women’s issues, anxiety, depression and substance use.  I earned my BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa, and MSEd in Counseling from Northern Illinois University.

I draw from several modalities for therapy including CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Adlerian Therapy.  I believe that laughter is the very best medicine! So in all appropriate ways, I hope to bring laughter and joy into each therapy session.

When not in the office I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and am very active in the theatre/movie industry in our community.

Carol M. Horwath, MSW, LCSW

Carol is a native of Connecticut and has been practicing in the Wilmington area since her arrival in 2009. Over the last 14 years, she has worked in a variety of settings in CT, NYC, and NC including residential, sober living, inpatient, in-home, mobile crisis, outpatient, and online through telehealth. She has extensive experience working with a range of clientele and diagnoses from psychotic disorders to anxiety disorders, to substance abuse disorders, interpersonal strain, trauma, and behavioral and mood disorders. Carol specializes in helping her clients to identify and develop healthy coping mechanisms, personal wellness goals, and self-care regimens and creates individualized treatment plans in which her clients are active participants in their own care. She utilizes an eclectic approach drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Carol is currently training in the practice of EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for trauma. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples and maintains a professional, nonjudgmental, and supportive rapport with all of her clients. She earned a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Fairfield University and her Masters in Social Work from New York University.

Jennifer M. Whitley, MA, LPCA, NCC

Jennifer Whitley is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a National Certified Counselor. She is a North Carolina native and has worked both in community agency settings and in private practice since 2012. Jennifer’s areas of interest include working with children & adolescents with mood and behavioral disorders, working collaboratively with parents for parenting and other issues. Jennifer also enjoys working with couples for marital and pre-marital counseling and is Prepare-Enrich certified. Jennifer utilizes an integrated approach to counseling drawing upon evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.  Jennifer is also trained as a Christian Counselor and offers this approach as requested.  Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and both her Master’s in Human Services and Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

Heily Aktuglu-McGowan, M.Ed., LPCA

​I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), a Licensed Professional School Counselor and a Life Coach. I love what I do and it is a great privilege to help people on their journey through life.

I am a Wilmington local and I feel very fortunate to call this beautiful area my home. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNCW and my Masters of Education in School Counseling at Salem College.  I specialize in working with adolescents, teens and young adults. I provide individual counseling as well as small support groups in: Girl Empowerment; School Success; Stress & Healthy Living; and Mother’s Support Group.

I strive to provide a warm and nonjudgmental environment for my clients to express themselves and discover self-understanding. My goal in counseling is to bring out the best in everyone. I recently introduced Nature Therapy and Walking Therapy into my counseling sessions for clients who like the outdoors.

​The counseling approach I utilize is grounded in compassion and built around the strengths-based and solution focused techniques. In this approach we will explore your experiences to identify areas of strength and how we can find solutions for your current challenges. I also like to incorporate Positive Psychology & Humor into my sessions with clients.

Daniela Williams, MA, LPCA

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with over 14 years of experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings from community mental health to educational consulting and advocacy.

I am a Wilmington native and love working with our community!  I have a variety of interests including adolescents, couples, individuals struggling with infertility, postpartum depression/anxiety and premarital/marital counseling.  My approach is integrative and eclectic with a foundation in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Motivational Interviewing.  I enjoy client-centered approaches and these modalities have the ability to elicit change from within the client and utilizes your strengths.

I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I earned my bachelor’s degree, completing a double major in English and History, with a Psychology minor. I have also earned my graduate degree with honors in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

When I am not working you can find me enjoying classic English and American literature, spending time with my husband of 12 ½ years and our not so new little one. I am passionate about the human experience and helping others find a guiding light within themselves to navigate life’s journey.

Matt Mitchell, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!  Matt has recently moved back to the Wilmington area and we are so excited to have him here with us!  Matt has Masters of Social Work from East Carolina University and a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from the NC Agricultural and Technical State University. His specialties include men’s issues, working the child and teen population, families, and adult trauma survivors. Matt provides his client with an array of treatment modalities including CBT, TFCBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy, and laughter. No one could explain what Matt does quite like he can, so we have included his personal bio below:

“The professional line: I’m a psychotherapist who digs working with children who are hurting, teens seeking direction, adults whose memories pose a challenge, and men seeking to enhance their social and emotional intelligence. I’ve spent the past eight years helping others author their own healing through psychotherapy and community-based service programs.

The personal line: I believe in therapy as an avenue for change because of a transformative experience in counseling during college. I routinely work to not take life too seriously, and that frequently comes out in session. I am curious, down to earth, and I keep it real. I am a therapist, and I am also an artist, athlete, and friend.

The bottom line: It’s your life. You get to decide how you use your time on earth. You’re one in 400 trillion.

Interesting Factoid: After college, I worked as a motivational speaker presenting character education curriculum in public schools.”

Matt is incredibly motivated to help his clients reach all of their personal goals. Call us now and request to get started with Matt if he sounds like the right guy to help guide you through your journey to wellness!