Anne E. Whitted, MA, LPC, LCAS-A

Anne is a native to Wilmington and has worked in the community mental health and substance use network for the past 6 years. Her work history includes Jail Diversion Coordinator, Intake Coordinator, Assertive Community Treatment Team Lead, Outpatient Therapist, and an independent practitioner in assisted living facilities. Anne specializes in clinical assessments, trauma, cluster B personality disorders (with a focus on Borderline Personality Disorder), psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders. She utilizes an integrative approach to therapy incorporating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy into her practice. Anne seeks to find what motivates you, as the client and focuses on your strengths to find wellness and recovery. Anne earned a BA in psychology from UNC-Wilmington and an MA in Community Counseling from Campbell University.

Laura Ginther, PsyD

Dr. Laura Ginther recently joined Sand Dollar Wellness after working as a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist in Connecticut for over 20 years. Laura has extensive experience assisting women cope with emotions associated with health issues, such as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, perimenopausal symptoms, cancer, and substance use. She also assists women cope with anxiety and depression which may arise during life transitions, including marriage, childbirth, divorce, and job loss. Additionally, as a school psychologist, she provided testing, assessments, and treatment for children and adolescents who were experiencing academic and behavioral difficulties which interfered with school and family life. Laura holds degrees from Purdue University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Hartford. We could not be more excited to welcome her to our team!

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.

V. Lauren Averitt, MA, LPCA

Lauren Averitt is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 13 years. Lauren’s passion is to assist her clients on their road to wellness using empathy, supportive feedback, and encouragement. Lauren uses a goal-directed approach in therapy sessions to focus on client strengths and how those strengths will help them achieve their future goals. Lauren uses a variety of modalities during treatment including evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Lauren’s areas of expertise include mood disorders, gender issues, and she thoroughly enjoys working with the LGBTQ community. She earned her BA in Psychology from UNC-W and Masters at NC State. She is happy to be back in Wilmington and working with our wonderful local community.

Matt Mitchell, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Matt has just joined SDWC as our newest clinician! 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!

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.

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

Emily is from Chicago but has lived in the Wilmington area for the last 7 years. She has worked in mental health services in university, private practice, and community agency settings. Emily specializes in individual, couples and group counseling, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and substance use disorders. She likes to utilize a client-centered approach, using a lot of Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Adlerian Therapy modalities. Emily believes that laughter is the very best medicine, and so in all appropriate ways, she hopes to bring laughter to each of her sessions. Emily earned a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa, an MSEd in Counseling from Northern Illinois University, and has been working on her Ph.D. from Kent State University in Counselor Education.

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.