Advisory Board

Jan Brittain, M.Ed., LPC

Jan Brittain, M.Ed.,LPC  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in private practice for more than 25 years. She is certified as well as being a consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). For years, she served as a facilitator in EMDR training. Ms. Brittain was certified in Internal Family Systems from 2012-2014. She now uses EMDR, Internal Family Systems and Somatic Experiencing as primary modalities in working with clients who have experienced trauma. She also has taught meditation and mindfulness classes which she incorporates in her work with clients.

Carole Bentley Ball, MA, LPC

Carole Bentley Ball, MA in Biblical Counseling, LPC #8312, is a psychotherapist currently in private practice in Matthews, NC with Providence Counseling & Training, Inc, a group started by her husband, Ray Ball, LPC #6757 in 2007.  After beginning to recognize her own experience of sexual abuse for what it was through another woman’s story in 1987, she has been on a 30 year personal and professional journey to unravel both the obvious and subtle effects of sexual violation on the integrity of the mind, body, soul, spirit, relationships, and professional effectiveness. Initially and continually she has been influenced by the work of Dr. Dan Allender. She is committed to giving her life to the process of peering into the heartache of this particular injury to free herself and others from deleterious effects through individual and group therapy, speaking opportunities, and being a part of the process of therapists, spouses and friends being able to engage well with its aftermath towards increasing restoration and freedom.

Jan Keny, MS, LPC

Jan Keny utilizes her 30-plus years of experience assisting children, adolescents and adults. Through her counseling, she focuses on anxiety, trauma recovery, reunification/reconnection therapy and more. 

Tammie Lesesne, M.A., M.A.T., L.P.C., Career Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor

Tammie Lesesne is an award-winning career counselor and therapist. Before becoming a counselor, she had more than 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 psycho-therapeutically 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.

Leigh Norwood, LCSW, MSW

Leigh Norwood is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 14 years in the field. She has worked in both public and private settings applying her skills of assessing, diagnosing and treating a broad range of mental health disorders. Ms. Norwood is trained in TF-CBT and utilizes this as a means in which to help her clients resolve and manage complex trauma. She currently provides individual and group therapy to students at UNC Charlotte through Counseling & Psychological Services. She serves as the Referral Coordinator and MSW Practicum Supervisor there as well. Ms. Norwood is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at UNC Charlotte’s School of Social Work.

Michael Yonkovig, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Mike Yonkovig is a licensed psychologist in private practice specializing in the treatment of dissociative disorders and complex trauma problems. He has been an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has taught professionals about trauma and dissociation issues at United Family Services in Charlotte, Charlotte Area Health Education Center, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a variety of professional gatherings. Dr. Yonkovig supervises many professionals learning how to treat this clinical problem utilizing a model he developed for trauma treatment that differs from most present day approaches. He has been a mental health professional since 1978 and is a member of many professional organizations within psychology, hypnosis and trauma treatment. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Sue Anne Wrenn, Psychotherapist, LCSW, BCD

Sue Anne Wrenn is a psychotherapist and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She has been in private practice since 1988 after receiving her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After years of working with adults, families and adolescents, she now treats only adults and specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her second specialty is IMAGO RELATIONSHIP THERAPY for couples. Clients with trauma or adverse life experiences are treated with EMDR THERAPY. Ms. Wrenn sponsors EMDR Institute’s basic trainings in Charlotte annually as well as some advanced EMDR trainings. She is a certified facilitator at the EMDR training and an EMDRIA approved consultant. 

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