Faye Sultan, PhD* is the Director of University Psychological Associates, P.A. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults, conducting individual, marital, family, and group psychotherapy. Dr. Sultan earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1982. Her clinical interests include working with perpetrators and victims of physical and sexual violence, treatment of sexual dysfunction and the assessment and treatment of clients for whom medical and psychological difficulties overlap. She is a Level II EMDR trained clinician. Dr. Sultan has a distinguished clinical and academic reputation, serving for six years on the faculty at UNC-Charlotte. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters in many areas of psychotherapy, sexual dysfunction, and forensic psychology. Dr. Sultan is also the author of two novels, Over the Line and Helpline, published in 8 countries.
Julie Pruitt, PhD* specializes in the treatment of Depression, eating disorders, sexual abuse survivors, and marital difficulties. Her primary therapeutic orientation is family systems theory and incorporates behavioral and cognitive techniques. Dr. Pruitt earned her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987. She also completed an internship and post-doctoral training program at Eastern Virginia Medical School which focused on the treatment of patients with eating disorders and marriage and family therapy. Dr. Pruitt is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and she is a Level II EMDR trained clinician.
David F. Oates, PhD specializes in the treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and interpersonal relationship problems. His repertoire of clinical skills includes brief psychotherapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused methods designed to help his clients develop more adaptive coping behaviors. He works primarily with adults and adolescents, but also has experience in the evaluation of ADHD and the treatment of disruptive behaviors in children. Dr. Oates earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University in 1995. Dr. Oates also taught for seven years at Charlotte Latin School and completed a Master of Education degree specializing in Secondary School counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Heather Anschuetz-Jeffers, PhD,is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing in the field of psychology since 1999. She specializes in the treatment of adults with depression, generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, grief and loss, and relationship and adjustment issues. She also provides family, couple's, and marital counseling. Dr. Anschuetz-Jeffers earned her graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, obtaining a master's in marriage and family therapy in 1999 and a doctorate in educational psychology in 2005. Her therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic and relational in nature. She also integrates cognitive-behavioral interventions when appropriate and will design a treatment plan to suit specific client-needs.
David K. Garver, MA, LMFT* joined University Psychological Associates in 2007. He earned his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco in 1996. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, his clinical work has been in both community mental health and private practice in San Francisco, California. Mr. Garver integrates Family Systems theory and strength-based approaches with his clients. He works with adults with trauma histories, adjustment/transitions, and family issues. Mr. Garver brings to UPA his enthusiasm for developing healthy relationships within couples and families. He also focuses on helping individuals gain greater self-esteem and assertiveness so that they may lead more satisfying, fulfilling lives.
Frances Smith, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW earned her masters in counseling from the University of New Orleans in 1987. Frances earned her masters in social work from the University of South Carolina in 1994. She has worked for over 12 years as a clinical therapist or professional counselor. Her clinical and counseling experiences have been in a variety of settings to include private practice, mental health agencies, foster care, department of social services and community outreach. She has had the opportunity to work with children ages 11+, teens and adults. Frances strongly believes in the power of the therapy process. She has witnessed throughout her career that therapy has the ability to promote hope, growth and change. She has a passion to help others experience their personal journey of healing - helping clients find purpose and true meaning in their lives is her ultimate goal. Her authentic approach to therapy provides clients with an atmosphere of warmth, support and compassion. Her open style of communication and genuine concern encourages clients to share their personal thoughts and feelings freely. Areas of experience include: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, grief/loss, life transitions, healing childhood wounds and relationship issues both past and present. She takes an eclectic therapeutic approach utilizing cognitive behavioral, solution focused, client-centered, insight oriented, reality and interpersonal therapy.
Laura Lee Parker, LPC, NCC earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Laura Lee works with individuals from childhood to adulthood. She has a certificate in Play Therapy and uses a child-centered approach. She has worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as providing individual and group therapy. She has experience working with children's adjustment issues, various mental health disorders, substance abuse, grief and loss, and chronic health issues. Laura Lee uses a person-centered theoretical orientation to counseling as well as a cognitive behavioral approach, however, every client is unique and Laura Lee adapts her counseling practice to meet clients where they are through collaboration within the therapeutic process.
Alicia Lightfoot, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that specializes in the treatment of individuals that struggle with anger management, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, and social issues. She earned her Bachelors in Science from Texas A&M in Education, and later went on to get her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In her therapy practice, she uses an eclectic therapeutic approach, based on the individual and presenting problems of the client. Many clients benefit from varied interventions, including but not limited to techniques from; cognitive-behavioral, reality, dialectical behavioral, empowerment, interpersonal, and art therapy techniques. She has extensive experience with children, adolescents, adults and families. She also has experience working with diverse populations including individuals with ID/DD. Her approach to using her strength based therapeutic interventions is individualized and she strongly believes that a person's therapeutic experience should not be one size fits all.
Kay Reed, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social worker that specializes in the treatment of children, families, and individuals. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University. The treatment modalities she uses is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Play Therapy, Brief Solution and Mindfulness therapy. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, anger management, bipolar disorder, child abuse, couples and marital therapy, grief, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorder, sexual and physical abuse.
Leah Posko, LCSW received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2005. She specializes in the treatment of children age 10 and up, individuals and families. Her experience and training has been with trauma and managing symptoms related to mood regulation, depression and anxiety by using interventions such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I have also completed trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy training through Duke University. She approaches therapy and practice as collaboration with clients, developing skills to empower and achieve health and growth.
Kristin F. Hepler, LPC, LCAS is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with more than 12 years of experience. She earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from Winthrop University in 2005 and has worked with adolescents, adults, families in both inpatient and outpatient settings; as well as teaching, and providing individual and group therapy. Kristin has a particular interest in substance abuse, but also enjoys helping clients work through other issues including depression and anxiety, loss and grief, domestic violence, relationship issues, anger management, and self esteem issues. Kristin’s counseling approach is tailored to each individual client, as no two people or problems are alike. Her counseling philosophy is based on Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques to help clients gain insight into themselves and bring about the change they desire in their lives.
Blair Baucom, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor. Blair graduated in 2014 from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in play therapy. She has experience counseling individuals, groups, and families in school and agency settings. Blair enjoys working with children and primarily incorporates child-centered play therapy techniques with this population. When counseling adults, she believes in the importance of utilizing a person-centered approach. Occasionally Blair may incorporate other counseling philosophies such as; Solution Focused or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients reach their desired goals. She has experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, and a variety of mental health disorders. Blair is passionate about creating a non-judgmental, empathetic space for clients to openly express their thoughts and feelings thus allowing for positive changes to occur naturally over time.