Brooke Gibson, MSW, LCSW
graduated with a degree in Film Studies and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from UNC Wilmington in 2014. She returned to UNCW and earned her Master's in Social Work in 2018.
Brooke is passionate about working with teens and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. If you have consistently dealt with increased tension, intrusive thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, flashbacks, or isolation, Brooke may be the exact therapist you're looking for. This includes college-age students who are overwhelmed by their courses, teens who are feeling misunderstood, and individuals who continue to be impacted by simple or complex traumas.
She enjoys meeting each person where they are to create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Brooke enjoys assisting everyone in taking a step back and gaining insight into their thoughts, emotions, and actions. In session, you can expect for her to provide a person-centered approach which means you're the expert in your own life. Brooke utilizes humor, warmth, creativity, and empathy along with several evidence-based practices. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Through a collaborative and conversational approach, Brooke aims to walk alongside you as you process your experiences and discover the strengths you already hold within yourself. She believes focusing on your mental health is one of the greatest acts of self-compassion. As your therapist, Brooke will teach you to embrace vulnerability and your true, authentic self.
"Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it's having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it's our greatest measure of courage." - Brené Brown
Rachel Hendricks, MSW, MEd, LCSW has been practicing therapy since 2011.
She graduated from Widener University with a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Education for Human Sexuality (a clinical sexology program).
While in school, Rachel interned at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and the Center for Sexual Medicine.
Since graduating, she started at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt (located in Baltimore, MD) working on their inpatient and partial hospitalization units as a family therapist and provided coordinated case management services, as well.
From there, she transitioned to the Center for Eating Disorders outpatient correlate. She provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She developed a protocol for working with clients ambivalent about change and another group for clients with substance use disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health comorbidities.
In 2018, after being in Wilmington for a year, Rachel saw a tremendous gap in resources and decided to open a therapy practice congruent with her values and to meet the community needs she saw going unmet. Since then, the practice has continued to grow into the space and community you see now. She continues providing individual, couples, and family therapy and hopes to offer a hoarding group and motivation to change group when her schedule allows.
Rachel’s current interests include working with clients who are struggling in their relationships, experiencing distress secondary to their mental health, and with clients who want a comprehensive, evidence-based approach. Her therapeutic approach is one of actively engaging with her clients, and she uses a mix of the most recent literature and evidence-based interventions, collaboration with other providers (doctors, psychiatrists, dietitians, personal trainers, etc.), and the client's own goals to develop effective and meaningful treatment plans.
As a client, you can expect sessions to be challenging and engaging. If you do not like direct feedback, this may not be the best fit for you (and we have provided links to some other phenomenal providers in the area).
Rachel practices from a place of compassion and believes that anything done in the spirit of treating others with dignity, kindness, and respect will lead to developing the valued life you both want and deserve!
Lastly, evidence shows therapeutic fit and alignment is important. As a result, if Rachel has concerns she might not be the best fit (or if you do!), she will refer you to a provider who can help you meet your treatment goals. Her goal is to link others with the support they need to find the life they are meant to be leading, unencumbered by intrusive or unwanted thoughts or behaviors- whether that is directly with her, with her as well as others, or in working with someone else entirely.
Just kidding. That wasn’t the last of it. This is really important.
Rachel is NOT a doctor. Or even a medical professional. She is a social worker. BUT she comes from a medically based practice background. As a result, she believes in and has seen the power of medication- especially when it is prescribed correctly (meaning the right meds at the right dose). She CAN NEVER make a medical recommendation, but at times during sessions, she may share information about RESEARCH about medications that you can then take to you MEDICAL PROVIDER to discuss what is the right option for you.
For her, mental health is very much like physical health- if you got strep, you would take antibiotics (hopefully), and if you have anxiety, you might need to take some medication to help your brain send the right signals. Medication is not something to be feared or something to be over-used or abused. It is a tool that can be useful when integrated into other interventions.
Similarly, if you come in and tell her that you have something happening from a somatic perspective (meaning in your body), she almost definitely is going to recommend you GO TO A DOCTOR TO GET THAT CHECKED OUT. Because SHE IS NOT A DOCTOR. It would be silly to try and treat a medical problem with a therapeutic intervention just like it would be silly to treat a therapy problem with a medical intervention. Sometimes it can be hard to know what is what, and that is where collaboration comes in. If she thinks you should go to a doctor, we strongly recommend you do.
Also, under no circumstances would anyone at Honeybee ever recommend making any changes in medication or even with major substances (especially alcohol or benzodiazepines [like Xanax]) without speaking with a medical professional. Drug interactions are no joke, and doctors can make sure you survive the treatment process without harming yourself by accidentally doing something that actually hurts you. So, the long and the short of it is, again, if you are recommended to go to a doctor, we really, really, really want you to do so. And, if you want us to speak to your doctor, we are happy to do that, too (as long as you have a signed consent, so we can).
Loren Bahor, MSW, LCSWA earned her MSW at Fordham University and has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Loren's goal is to ensure every client receives treatment specific to their goals and needs.
Drawing from multiple schools of thought, Loren builds a healing relationship between the client and herself which she feels is the core of the counseling experience.
Loren has an eclectic theoretical approach grounded in psychodynamic, narrative, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), and EFT (emotions focused therapy) styles. She plans to attend additional trainings to further build a specialty in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and add to her knowledge base of EFT.
She brings a postmodern, feminist, affirming approach grounded in bringing forward the thoughts and processes that drive our decision-making. Her goal is to help clients become more connected with their unconscious or inner self. She uses strong mindfulness strategies to help provide the coping support clients need on their journey to self-awareness and in building intentional action steps for the future.
She specializes in treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relationship issues, and in working with clients to build stress management and distress tolerance skills. She, like all Honeybee providers, is an LGBTQIA+ affirming clinician.
Loren is developing a specialty in working with couples. She also sees adults individually and especially enjoys working with women managing and in the midst of big life transitions. If you are trying to find yourself and determine your next right step, Loren is your resource in that process!
For Loren, therapy is about learning to tap into and develop ways to draw upon one’s inner source of strength, particularly when life becomes challenging and overwhelming. Therapy is a journey which leads to growth, authenticity, and the ability to trust oneself. Looking inward, however, isn’t always easy. As your therapist Loren will help guide you through this process in a safe, nurturing and supportive space.
Loren's therapeutic approach is best summed in the following quote:
“In the midst of winter, I found there was within me, an invincible summer” – Albert Camus
She will work with each client to help them articulate, define, and bring to life what summer looks like for themselves.
Rachel March, MSW, LSCW specializes in working with adults navigating life’s transitions, experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and those with chronic illnesses. Rachel enjoys making connections with women of all ages, especially supporting new moms who are navigating the transition into motherhood. Rachel, who spent years as a medical social worker, also helps clients explore the connection between physical and emotional health and advocates for the importance of caring for both.
Rachel recognizes that each client comes to therapy with different life experiences and goals and uses her skills of empathy and kindness to make every client feel comfortable. She prides herself on active listening and creating an affirming, non-judgmental environment with mutual respect to build a strong trusting partnership. That foundation of trust allows clients a safe space to focus on mindfulness and improve their emotional well-being.
Courtney Bowles, Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, Clinical Intern is a student at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke working toward licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She is also pursuing an additional certification as a Registered Play Therapist through UNCP’s play therapy program.
Courtney borrows from a few therapeutic approaches, including person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and incorporates mindfulness and play therapy techniques into sessions. She tailors her particular focus to the needs of the individual client, allowing them to be heard first and foremost. In her counseling sessions, she enthusiastically listens to her clients and believes an equal and collaborative relationship to be crucial in eliciting change. She believes that every individual holds the power within themselves to work through life’s turbulence and upset. Her role is to help her clients uncover this power while also working to acquire the skills and strategies that will aid in them achieving their goals. The sacred nature of therapy is not lost on Courtney, and she holds the relationship with high regard. She is honored to be part of someone's life journey.
One of Courtney’s favorite quotes come from Mr. Fred Rogers, “There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”
Emily Kohls, Master's of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, Clinical Intern
Emily is a second-year intern working to complete her clinical graduation requirements for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During her time in the UNCP program, she has focused on working with adults and college students on various mental health concerns. She is passionate about supporting individuals suffering from substance use disorders as well as their loved ones, relationship struggles, burnout, and all forms of anxiety.
Emily graduated with a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In December of 2022, she will be graduating with an MAEd in clinical counseling and a certification in addictions counseling.
Her counseling theory is largely informed by principles of individual psychology and uses a strong feminist and multicultural lens, but also takes an integrative approach in working with clients to best meet each of their unique needs. With individual psychology as a foundation, there is an emphasis on social connectedness and belonging. My counseling style is goal-oriented, strengths-based, and encouraging. I prioritize a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients and carefully consider the unique context of each client's life experiences to best support them.
Strategies from REBT, CBT, mindfulness and solution-focused therapies are used to help clients achieve their goals. Empathy, non-judgment, and authenticity are at the core of all interactions with clients. She is a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ+ community."
Margie Mason, AA, Office & Practice Manager
Marrgie is the first person you speak with when you choose to start your journey with Honeybee. She enjoys moving the practice forward in smooth and methodical manner. Her goal is to help accommodate clients needs and make sure the administrative tasks are taken care of on the front end so clients can process and soak in the benefits of therapy. Margie is the primary communications coordinator for the practice.
Huntress, Untrained Therapy Dog & Occasional Visitor, is a 7 year old labradoodle. She is low allergen, very friendly, and loves to provide snuggles. Huntress is good at sensing distress and providing a little oxytocin relief through rubs. We keep her on a tight leash until you say you are ready for her to be more free in the room. She often is with Rachel but can also be found at times working with Loren & Margie, depending on the need.
Hank, the newest member of the Honeybee family, is being trained to follow in the steps of Huntress. While he is very young, we expect truly great things from him. His soulful eyes and kind and playful demeanor will translate perfectly to the practice, and we are so excited to get him ready as a resource for you! He will be around infrequently while he is being trained, and you will need to make a special request if you would like him with you in session at the current time. However, we are so excited to add him to our community of care and cannot wait for him to be a seasoned regular offering a similar level of warmth and care that Huntress has provided for so many!