Confidential. Respectful. Collaborative.

Online (telehealth) services available during Covid-19.

Sometimes you just need the right person to talk to.
Family Services’ highly qualified, professional therapists provide effective and quality services for a wide range of life concerns and challenges in a confidential, respectful and collaborative environment. Our therapists have master’s degrees in social work, counseling, and/or marriage and family therapy and are licensed in the state of North Carolina. Our therapists help you build on your individual strengths to improve the quality of your life.

For more information about our counseling services, contact Family Services at 336.722.8173.


Meet our Therapists

Nikki Hernandez, LCMHC
Nikki Hernandez, LCMHC
Nikki Hernandez is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who works with families and individuals, including adults, adolescents, and young children.

Nikki strives to help each client meet their own needs through utilizing strengths-based approach, Solution-Focused techniques, Mindfulness, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She works with individuals who experience stress, anxiety, depression, impairment in relational/social and/or other major life areas, domestic violence, mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma history, and other significant life changes. Nikki believes in the client being the expert on what they need and power of the therapeutic relationship and partnering with her clients to foster healing, introspection, and growth.

Nikki has extensive training in individual and family therapy and offers trauma-informed counseling. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Wake Forest University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Syracuse University.

Lisha Méjan, LCSW
Lisha Méjan, LCSW
Lisha Méjan works with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, trauma, difficulty adjusting to divorce, adoption, loss or other life changes. She partners with her clients using a solution focused and strength based approach.

In therapy, Lisha uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution based techniques, and trauma informed strategies, as well as a variety of other interventions and strategies, in a way that best meets the needs of the individual. She is a rostered clinician in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents.

Lisha has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Laura Brentnell, LCSW
Laura Brentnell, LCSW
Laura Brentnell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works primarily with individuals and families, including young children and adolescents.

Laura strives to help each client meet their own needs through utilizing strengths-based, solution-focused, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, domestic violence, mood disorders, grief, trauma history, and other life challenges. Laura believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and partners with her clients to foster healing, introspection and growth.

Laura is a rostered clinician in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents, and she has extensive training in play therapy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

James Mitchell, LCSW
James Mitchell, LCSW
James Mitchell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience providing outpatient therapy to individuals and families.

James specializes in relationship stress and communication issues, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, issues from childhood, and adjusting to life changes in general. He uses mindfulness, existential, strengths-based and solution-focused therapies to facilitate reflection, insight and growth.

With over 15 years of experience as a certified clinical supervisor, he provides training and supervision to graduate interns and clinicians. James has Master’s Degrees from Wake Forest University and The University of Tennessee.

Bob Peaty, LMFT
Bob Peaty, LMFT
Bob Peaty is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a history of having provided outpatient therapy to individuals and couples for over 10 years. He works primarily with adults and adolescents. Bob particularly enjoys doing couples work, where this has historically constituted a large percentage of the clients seen by him. Bob specializes in relationship struggles, adjustment problems, anxiety, depression, and trauma. He approaches his work with clients in a collaborative and strength based manner, helping them to identify the answers and associated changes that will work best for them.

Bob holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University in Georgia and an undergraduate degree from UNC Asheville. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Katy Tolliver, MSW, LCSW
Katy Tolliver, MSW, LCSW
Katy Tolliver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working in the field. She has extensive experience working with adoptive and foster families around issues of attachment, trauma, behavior management, adjustment and loss. She has also worked with women experiencing unplanned pregnancy and depression/anxiety during pregnancy.

Katy is a mental health coach for the Forsyth County School Readiness Program, serving as a consultant for preschool teachers, while also providing individual/group therapy and social skills coaching to preschoolers (ages 3 to 5). Katy is able to incorporate a variety of techniques to help teachers create nurturing environments and enhance emotional regulation in their preschool students.

Katy has Master’s degree in Social Work from the Joint Master of Social Work Program from North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary.

Elizabeth De Hostos-McLaughlin, LCSWA
Elizabeth De Hostos-McLaughlin, LCSWA
Elizabeth De Hostos-McLaughlin, LCSWA, is a (bilingual) Clinical Social Worker with Family Services as a Head Start/Early Head start Mental Health Consultant and has over 20 years of experience in the field of Family & Early Childhood with a focus on Infant Mental Health and Prevention. Her work is motivated by focusing on providing skill development towards practical application to increase competency growth of staff and care givers to support children’s early development (0-5 years old) to achieve maximum potential.

Elizabeth works with children and their families from a strength-based and solution focused approach that anchors in the Trauma Informed practices framework. The belief that each parent wants to do what is best for their child, themselves and their families operates as the main guiding principle in her direct service. Elizabeth utilizes the client’s assets as the conduit to support change and growth in their autonomy.

Elizabeth holds a Master’s of Social Work from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Temple University. She is a seasoned trainer and coach of various models, wraparound topics and curriculums of service delivery. Elizabeth is certified and rostered as a Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider.

Sheila Whisenant, LCMHC
Sheila Whisenant, LCMHC
Sheila Whisenant is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience working in the educational and mental health fields. She currently works with all age groups, providing individual and family therapy. She uses solution-focused, strength-based and mindfulness techniques to facilitate therapeutic change.

Additionally, Sheila is a Mental Health Consultant (MHC) with Family Services Child Development. She has extensive experience assessing and treating young children with developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Sheila received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Gardner-Webb University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Greensboro College.

Raquel Henkel, LCMHC
Raquel Henkel, LCMHC
Raquel Henkel is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 12 years of experience working in the mental health field. She has extensive experience working with school-aged children, teens, couples, and families. She uses cognitive-behavioral techniques, solution-focused therapies, and mindfulness techniques (among others) when working with clients.

Raquel is a mental health coach for the Head Start program, serving as a consultant for Head Start teachers, while also providing individual and group therapy to preschoolers (ages 3 to 5). Raquel is able to incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques as well as play therapy.

Raquel has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Casey Combs, LMFT
Casey Combs, LMFT
Casey Combs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years of experience working with families and children. Casey is a Mental Health Coach with Family Services Child Development as a part of the Winston Salem Forsyth School Readiness Project. Casey works with Head Start teachers to learn and implement strategies in the classroom to enhance students’ social and emotional skills. In addition, she provides individual and family counseling to students and parents at Head Start.

Casey’s work focuses on using solution-focused, strength-based parenting strategies as well as play therapy and mindfulness.
Casey attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University.

Lisa Carr, LCSWA
Lisa Carr, LCSWA
Lisa Carr, LCSWA, is a Clinical Social Worker with Family Services working within the Counseling Unit, the Interpersonal Violence Emergency Shelter, and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Lisa works with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, difficulties adjusting to divorce or reunification, and other life changes. Before joining Family Services, Lisa worked as a School-Based Therapist for elementary-aged students in Wilkes County.

Lisa partners with her clients through a person-centered, strengths-based approach. Using trauma-informed practices, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and other strategies, she strives to find solutions best-fitted for each client’s success. Lisa particularly enjoys blending the creative process into therapy to further clients’ insight and sense of empowerment.

Lisa obtained a Master’s in Social Work from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She holds accreditation in Primary Care Triple P Parenting and is pursuing specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Denise Winkler, LCMHC
Denise Winkler earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Appalachian State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS), and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with over 25 years of experience providing behavioral health services.

Denise especially enjoys working with children and adolescents and has worked at as a School-Based Therapist at Philo-Hill Magnet Academy and now works on-site at Parkland Magnet High School 2 days per week during the school year. Denise utilizes methods that are well-established, researched, and goal-oriented, including motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral and client-centered therapies that encourage active client involvement and address each person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Anne-Hampton HardenCounseling Unit Intern
Anne-Hampton is completing the final year of her Master in Social Work degree at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a University of Georgia alumni, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and also complete the Music Business Certificate Program. She worked in advertising for several years before deciding to pursue her MSW. She has experience with children in various capacities, including acting as Guardian Ad Litem, being a camp counselor and child mentor, and she completed her internship at Crossnore School and Children’s Home last year where she focused on Foster Care Licensing and supporting foster parents. Anne-Hampton is also a horseback riding instructor and trainer.
Julie MooreCounseling Unit Intern
Julie Moore is completing the final year of her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest. She is a WFU alumni where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Well-being. She has past involvement advising college freshmen, mentoring high school seniors, supporting elder adults and working with the WFU Habitat for Humanity chapter. Julie’s internship experience includes working with Youth Villages in Tennessee and providing individual and group therapy at Novant Health Behavioral Outpatient Services.