Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, Ph.D., Executive Director;
Senior Licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and Trauma Specialist. Member, Beyond Trauma Treatment Team; Member, Clinical Care Team

Dr. Frawley-O’Dea earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Gordon Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and received a Certificate in Advanced Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis also from Adelphi. Dr. Frawley-O’Dea taught in Adelphi’s doctoral and post-doctoral programs and was co-director, faculty and supervisor at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis where she also served as Executive Director of their Trauma Treatment Program. She was faculty and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Supervisory Training Program and in their National Training Program for Psychoanalysis. In Charlotte, she served as faculty, supervisor and curriculum consultant for the North Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Counseling.

For over thirty years, Frawley-O’Dea has specialized in treating adolescent and adult male and female survivors of sexual abuse and is internationally known for this work.   Her co-authored book, Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, is considered a classic. In 1999, she co-authored a book, The Supervisory Relationship, which offered a new, relational model of psychodynamic supervision.  In 2002, she was the only psychologist invited to address that United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at their seminal meeting on sexual abuse. There, she presented a paper on the psychological and spiritual damage resulting from clergy sexual abuse. After that, she authored Perversion of Power, an analysis of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. She has provided expert witness services in legal cases addressing sexual abuse. Dr. Frawley-O’Dea is or has been on the editorial boards of several professional journals, has published over 30 book chapters, professional articles, and magazine or newspaper articles and has made numerous professional presentations and invited lectures throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Israel.     She appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Deliver Us From Evil, which addressed the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Dr. Frawley-O’Dea has been Director of the Counseling Center at Presby Psych since 2010. Her office is at our South Park location where she accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her website is


Our Clinicians


Brandon Risher, M.A., L.P.A; Licensed Psychological Associate

 Mr. Risher holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has worked clinically with a variety of populations, including adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. In addition to his cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy, Mr. Risher has training in motivational interviewing and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT). He is located at our South Park office where he accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Carolina Behavioral Assistance.
 Sanniotta_2005 Julie Powell Sanniota, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As a pre-doctoral assistant at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, Dr. Sanniota developed an interest and skills in working with pre-school aged children and their families.   She continues that work today using play therapy and other therapeutic approaches to help the littlest of clients and their families resolve developmental disruptions or attachment issues, reduce behavioral problems or provide parenting support and education.  Her work with this population while at Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare resulted in her selection as a NC Early Childhood Leadership Program Fellow.  Dr. Sanniota is equally comfortable working with adolescents who have their own developmental challenges, particularly those struggling with anxiety, depression or parent-child difficulties. Dr. Sanniota has worked over fifteen years with children in a variety of clinical settings including training at a state psychiatric hospital and later serving as the Clinical Director of a very comprehensive local Community Mental Health program for children. These experiences, combined with her work as a special education teacher and as a school psychologist, endowed Dr. Sanniota with significant skills and experience in working with children of all ages who have mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and/or behavioral difficulties.  As a parent and professional she has experienced the challenges of navigating the special education hurdles in school systems and is available to support, educate and partner with parents as they advocate for their special needs children. “Dr. Julie” (as her clients call her) accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carolina Behavioral Assistance and Out of network benefits.  Her office is at our South Park location.

  Anne Payne, M.A., LPCA, NCC: Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate, Chair, Career Counseling Team; Member, Beyond Trauma Treatment Team

Ms. Payne’s career combines experience in counseling, education and community leadership positions. A Stephen Minister and leader for years, she earned a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, including college students and female inmates at the Mecklenburg County Jail.   She has offices at our South Park location and accepts Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Catherine Carstarphen, D.Min.; NC Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor; Chair, Integrative Health Treatment Team and Member, Couples Therapy Team

A graduate of Queens College, she received her Masters of Divinity at Emory University, and received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Psychotherapy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Carstarphen conducts individual psychotherapy with adults and adolescents and has a special interest in chronic pain and illness and in working with individuals who have histories of sexual, physical, or developmental trauma. With a background in art, Dr. Carstarphen includes art therapy in some of her clinical work. In addition to her pastoral psychotherapy, she also offers spiritual counseling. Dr. Carstarphen practices in our South Park office.
Piper_head_2015  The Rev. Brant C. Piper, M.A., M.Div.; NC Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor; Chair, Couples Therapy Team; Member, Beyond Trauma Treatment Team 

Rev. Piper is an ordained Presbyterian pastor and a pastoral psychotherapist specializing in clinical work with couples, families, and adolescent boys.  He provides pre-marital counseling and works with couples clinically when marital problems arise. Piper received his M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and his M.A. from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. He is also a graduate of the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training and has a certificate as an Advanced Pastoral Specialist from Care and Counseling in St. Louis, MO. Piper has offices in Banner Elk, Concord and in Charlotte at our Myers Park-Park Road office and  accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Carolina Behavioral Assistance.

 amanda_jamison  Amanda W. Jamison, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist. Member, Beyond Trauma Treatment Team and Clinical Procedures Team
Dr. Jamison earned her master’s degree and doctorate in psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services where she then became a post-doctoral fellow and eventually assumed coordination of Temple’s Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA) unit. There Dr. Jamison provided individual and group therapy to a diverse student body.  She was the senior consultant for staff and trainees in a walk-in clinic once a week and is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. Dr. Jamison provided seminars for graduate trainees in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, the interpersonal process of psychotherapy, and multicultural supervision.  She has supervised the clinical work of post-doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral interns, and graduate externs. She also helped develop a diversity committee focused on enhancing the staff’s multicultural awareness, sensitivity and competency. Dr. Jamison uses an integrative, relational treatment approach and is experienced in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, relational issues, and loss.  Dr. Jamison is experienced in treating individuals with recent and past histories of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.  She has further specialized in the treatment of addiction and has worked with those concerned about their own use, as well as those affected by a loved one’s addiction.  Dr. Jamison is located at our Myers Park-Park Road office where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and CBHA.
  Charryse Johnson, MA, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor  Eating Disorder Specialist

Ms.Johnson’s career combines experience in pastoral counseling, psychotherapy, education and public speaking. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Lee University and received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. As a clinician, Ms. Johnson has worked with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. She enjoys working with adolescents, teens and the entire family unit.
Over the past 16 years she’s worked with families in educational and liturgical settings. Her most recent clinical work with individuals and families affected by eating and mood disorders provided experience in partial hospitalization day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy settings. In addition, she has specialized training in trauma and is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is also a member and presenter for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. Ms. Johnson is located at our South Park office where she accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna.
Yates_2005 Lynn Rauschenberger Yates, MSW, LCSW, Senior Psychotherapist & Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Member, Beyond Trauma Treatment Team and  Couples Treatment Team

Ms. Yates works clinically with adults, couples, children, adolescents, and families across a wide spectrum of life situations and psychological challenges. In addition, Ms. Yates worked for twelve years as a civilian psychotherapist with the Army and Air Force in the U.S. and abroad. These years added depth and breadth to her clinical skills and areas of expertise, especially in working with survivors of combat, sexual, physical, and developmental trauma. Ms. Yates is located in our Cornelius office. From there, she serves North Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanley, and Iredell counties. She is eager to work with military personnel, veterans, and their families. Ms. Yates accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Carolina Behavioral Health Assistance, and Tri-Care.

Jeanne Alexander MA, LPCS, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Ms. Alexander earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina, is a certified teacher of therapeutic yoga and trained in the use of mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. Ms Alexander uses an integrative approach to her clinical work empowering clients to take a leadership role in their healing journey. Her background includes work with individual adults, adolescents and groups, cancer patients and families, Hospice bereavement, emotional eating, anxiety, depression, divorce and life transitions, survivors of domestic violence, trauma and sexual assault in a variety of settings. She previously was a Counselor with Safe Alliance where she developed expertise across a wide range of diagnostic populations and cultural backgrounds. Her office is at our Myers Park-Park Road location and she accepts Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

  Lisa L. Cashion, MA, M.Div, LPCA, NCC, Pastoral Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate finance and a Master of Science degree in educational psychology at University of Alabama, Ms. Cashion obtained a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University.  Her work as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital has exposed her to a wide range of individuals, couples and families who often are facing uncertainty, loss, or grief.   Her clinical work has included out-patient and in-patient adolescents, adults, and families presenting a wide range of clinical situations.  Ms. Cashion is sensitive to spiritual issues clients present and open to having them included in the clinical conversation if the client wishes.  Located at our Southpark-Sharon Road Office, Ms. Cashion sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families and accepts Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

   Tammie Lesesne, M.A., M.A.T., L.P.C., Senior Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor; Career Counselor & Life Coach. Member, Integrative Health Treatment Team; Member, Career Counseling Team

Ms. Lesesne is an award winning career counselor and therapist. Before becoming a counselor, she had over 20 years of experience as an educator and communications skills trainer in both non-profit and corporate settings. Her approach honors the unique individuality of each client. She combines psychotherapy and coaching expertise to help clients develop personalized career and life plans, while identifying and eliminating obstacles to reaching those goals. Ms. Lesesne also works psychotherapeutically with individuals whose histories include sexual or developmental trauma. A Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, she employs an integrative approach to trauma recovery that addresses body, mind, and spirit. She is located in our office in Dilworth and accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Carolina Behavioral Assistance.

  Jennifer Kolb, MA, LPCA, NCC.  Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Member, Beyond Trauma Treatment Team and Clinical Procedures Team.

A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned her Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  A Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Nationally Certified Counselor, Ms. Kolb has experience working with diverse populations in inpatient hospital settings, outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, and crisis counseling in the community.  Before becoming a counselor, she had a career in sales and marketing in the publishing industry. She works with adolescents and adults and uses an integrative approach.  Located at our South Park and our Myers Park-Park Road offices, she accepts Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Elizabeth Hatzispiros, MA, LPCA, NCC: Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia College & State University, Ms. Hatzispiros obtained a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her clinical experience covers all age groups and a spectrum of mental health issues.  Ms. Hatzispiros is skilled in child-centered play therapy and working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Her office is located at our Southpark-Sharon Road location, where she works with pre-schoolers, children, adolescents, adults, and parents.  When seeing children, she often consults with educators and other providers in the child’s life. She accepts Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.



Senior Clinical Consultant

  The Rev. Dr. Louis B. Reed, D.Min., NC Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor

He specializes in psychoanalytic clinical supervision and clergy consultation. Dr. Reed earned his M.Div. and S.T.M. from Southern Methodist University and a D.Min. from Emory University. His clinical training took place at the Institute for Religion and Human Development at the Texas Medical Center, and at the Washington (DC) School of Psychiatry. A United Methodist minister, he is a Diplomate (Retired) of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a past member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. For more than three decades prior to retirement, he directed pastoral counseling centers and training programs. In 2012, Reed published a book chapter, Trauma and Leadership Succession in Trauma and Organizations, ed. E. Hoppper (Karnac Press). Retired from clinical practice, Dr. Reed supervises weekly case conferences.



Griffis_2005  Jana Griffis
Assistant Treasurer
 Shandarah Siclait
Business Manager
 Sandi Penley
Administrative Manager
Charlene Meadows
Administrative Assistant