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Dionysios, in his own words:

“I became interested in becoming a therapist in my young adult years, as I searched for meaning in life. With a background in biochemistry, and primary interest in medicine, I knew that my ultimate goal was to help others. It was during my own personal experience with therapy (as a client) that I came to really value relationships with people and the therapeutic power of unconditional positive regard. I came to believe that in the space of psychotherapy, transformative change occurs simply by genuinely existing with another person.

“As a first generation Greek-American, cultural traditions and family bonds are very dear to me. Yet I’ve also seen that within tight-knit cultures, stigma towards mental health issues and treatment can fester like an uncared-for wound. In effect, pursuing this profession was an act of stepping out of my comfort zone. Through making this ‘leap,’ I now have a chance to connect with those who may be ambivalent about seeking help.

“I consider therapy to be a privilege… an opportunity for personal growth… a chance to slow down, seek respite, and examine parts of you that enable suffering. On a personal level, I sustain my own well-being through presence with my wife and children, quiet walks, mindfully washing the dishes or folding clothes, taking naps, going for jogs, and on rare occasion taking a hike through nature. I appreciate life and the need for balance, and hope that through my own efforts at self-care I can support clients in caring more fully for themselves, as well.”

Masters in Social Work, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007

B.S. Biochemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1998
Social Work License#: C006572

Substance Abuse Specialist License#: 1395

Years in Clinical Practice: 12

Client Age Range: 15-65
Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, substance abuse, thought disorders, adjustment/life transitions

$110 per regular 50-minute session; $125 for intake appointments.

Dionysios is in-network with the following plans: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, & United Behavioral Healthcare.

Melissa, in her own words:

“I’m curious about most everything, so my approach to therapy continues to evolve as I learn more about the ways we humans work—brain-wise, emotions-wise, and otherwise. Earlier training in art helped me to hone a creative mindset, and I enjoy helping children express their emotions through art and play therapy. Studies in developmental psychology (with The Neufeld Institute) are ongoing, and Dr. Neufeld's work has been a major influence on my practice and in my personal life. While I’m trained in evidence-based treatments that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT, I recognize there’s more to successful therapy than relying on a script or manual. I’ve also found that over-attention to behavior often misses the boat; there’s always an emotional need driving ‘problem’ behaviors that needs attention in its own right.

“The client-therapist relationship is crucial, and as with any other meaningful relationship in life, a certain degree of connection or what we might call ‘chemistry’ is critical to positive movement. This is true whether the client is 5 years old, or 45. I view my role in the therapy room primarily as ‘facilitator’ rather than ‘expert.’ You’re the expert on your own life, after all. But sometimes in the thick of things, one loses perspective and needs an objective observer to point out something missed or suggest a new way of doing things. I’ve been there myself at times, and have worked with therapists as a client in the past, so I know what it’s like to sit in the client chair, so to speak. I also have children of my own, so I understand firsthand the joys and challenges of parenting and the tensions that come up in juggling multiple adult roles. These experiences have deepened my empathy for the struggles of other individuals and families, and provided me valuable insight in supporting and empowering others.”

Masters in Social Work, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007
B.A. in Art, Berry College, 1998
Social Work License# C006451
Years in Clinical Practice: 12
Years working with children: 25+
Client Age Range: 4-65 
Specialties: Parenting concerns, anxiety and depression, ADHD, behavioral concerns, separation/divorce, trauma/abuse history, adjustment/life transitions

$110 per regular 50-minute session; $125 for intake appointments.

Melissa is in-network with the following plans: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Behavioral Healthcare & Beacon 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