Meet Our Therapists

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Confidential. Respectful. Collaborative.

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

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.

Nikki Hernandez, LPCA
Nikki Hernandez, LPCA
Nikki Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who currently 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.

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 10 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.

Anne Moore, LCSW
Anne Moore, LCSW
Anne Moore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience. She began her career working with individuals and families experiencing adjustment issues, grief and loss, anxiety and depression.

Anne specializes in working with women and families who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or having issues related to pregnancy.

She also assists clients who are considering an adoption plan for their child.

Latrina Winford, LPC
Latrina Winford, LPC
Latrina Winford is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 10 years of experience providing behavioral health services.

She is a rostered clinician in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents who have survived significant trauma with a specific focus on sexual trauma. She has also received extensive training in adolescent sex offender treatment as a tool for treating those children with a history of victimization.

Latrina also provides mental health consultation with Early Head Start where she assists teachers and parents with promoting social emotional development for early learners.

A graduate of Winston Salem State University, she holds a Master’s in Counselor Education from Gardner-Webb University.

Sheila Whisenant, LPC
Sheila Whisenant, LPC
Sheila Whisenant is a licensed professional 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.

Karina Martinez, LCSWA
Karina Martinez, LCSWA
Karina Martinez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who works with children ages 0-5 (and their families), only by referral from Imprints, through the Pediatric Holistic Health Initiative at the Downtown Health Plaza.

Karina has experience with integrated health care and has worked with individuals and families experiencing depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mood disorders. She has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness, trauma, and other significant life changes.

In therapy, Karina strongly believes in self-determination and allowing the client to decide what is best for them. Some modalities that Karina utilizes during her sessions are motivational interviewing to evaluate readiness for change, a solution-focused and strengths-based approach, mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy.

She has a 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. Karina also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Winston-Salem State University.

Raquel Henkel, LPC
Raquel Henkel, LPC
Raquel Henkel is a Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 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.

For the past two years, Raquel has worked as 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.

Denise Winkler, LPC
Denise Winkler earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Appalachian State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS), 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 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.