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Provider Bios

 

Rachel Hendricks, MSW, MEd, LCSW

Rachel specializes in deconstructing systems of oppression with an emphasis on relationship distress, anxiety, and women who suspect they may have autism. She works primarily with Gen Z, millennial, and Gen X women. 

 

Rachel also loves working with clients with hoarding behaviors or difficulty accumulating/getting rid of items. She works specifically with these clients using a mix of values and self-compassion to help clients in these situations be able to make change that feels meaningful for them and honors their goals.

 

Her approach involves active engagement, and she has been getting additional trainings in EFT (emotionally focused therapy), IFS (internal family systems), and systems therapy. Clients have described sessions as challenging and Rachel is known for offering direct feedback. 

She holds a Master's in Social Work and a Masters in Education of Human Sexuality. Rachel began her career at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and started Honeybee Psychotherapy & Behavioral Health in 2018.

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Emily Kohls, MAEd, LCMHCA, LCASA, NCC

 

As an EMDR therapist, Emily feels great passion for helping clients recover from adverse or traumatic experiences, and walking alongside them as they begin to see the world through a new, more hopeful lens. Trauma and other mental health struggles greatly affect our most important relationships and connections - and our relationships certainly impact our mental health. Therefore, helping clients build healthy relationships is central to Emily’s therapeutic approach.

 

Emily works to be very collaborative during sessions; together, she will help you develop deep self-understanding and self-compassion, uproot negative patterns or limiting beliefs that no longer serve you, and work as a team to discover your most authentic 'you.' You can expect she will find ways to infuse a little humor, too!

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Emily offers individual, couple, premarital, and family sessions. During your sessions, you can expect a science-based explanation behind the skills you discuss (because Emily knows knowledge is power!) as well as an encouraging, empathetic, goal-oriented and a truly nonjudgmental approach. Skills training in emotion regulation, coping, communication, and emotional intelligence are integral to Emily’s therapeutic style - and you can expect to model them all during session. As she says quite often, “This isn’t just thinking therapy, this is doing therapy!”

Clients' holistic wellness is Emily’s top priority in her therapeutic process. Together, you will analyze your overall well-being, including emotional, social, physical, and even professional, then create specific goals to get you on the path to balance and fulfillment. 

 

If it sounds like Emily would be a helpful addition to your healing journey, reach out to schedule with her!

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Loren Bahor, MSW, LCSW 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 training to further build a specialty in the 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 selves. 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, and 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 that 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.

Kristin Davidson, MSW, LCSWA

Kristin Davidson, MSW, LCSWA earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason University and her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Kristin has many years of experience working with children, families, and the elderly through local social services agencies and uses that knowledge to help those affected by abuse and neglect to move on from their traumatic past. 

Kristin is passionate about working with teens and adults who have experienced trauma such as child abuse and neglect, sexual violence, and complex trauma presentations with dissociation. Kristin also treats depression, anxiety, and other comorbidities. 

Kristin believes in spending the time to get to know each of her clients by learning about their values, needs, and personal goals. Kristin creates a warm, accepting environment with her disarming demeanor and sense of humor. To her, therapy should be a place where you are accepted as you are, not as who you think you should be. Self-compassion and acceptance are important aspects of Kristin’s work, especially when it comes to the psychological burden people carry on their shoulders each and every day.

Kristin uses primarily Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), with components of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with her clients depending on their individual needs.

 

"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness"-Peter Levine

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Holly McKoy, MSW, LCSW

Holly is an advocate for being your authentic self and embracing who you are. As a member of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and neurodivergent community, Holly does not stray from the hard conversations including the impact of systemic racism and oppression among minorities. Holly’s passion for these populations only continued to increase while completing her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and now it is a central part of her work as a clinician. 

 

Holly works with clients aged 7-36 and has years of experience specifically with children and teens, offering skills to clients that can at times struggle to even be motivated to attend therapy or understand its importance in the moment. Holly's philosophy for effective therapy is that therapy should be about growth and learning, while being enjoyable.

With children and families, Holly applies theoretical frameworks such as systems theory, psychosocial development therapy, and attachment theory combined with games, worksheets, and activities to facilitate a therapeutic approach that makes therapy something you want to go to! Regarding working with adults, Holly continues to use creative interventions such as art to increase awareness of emotions, process trauma, adapt and cope with life transitions, and work through identity concerns. 

 

Holly's therapeutic approach can be summarized in this quote by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: "People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." Holly will help you recognize your inner light!

Chris Schulte, MAEd, LCMHCA

Chris, a Wilmington native, embodies the essence of dedication and empathy in his therapeutic practice, particularly drawn to the journey of young adult men navigating the intricacies of modern life. With a profound comprehension of the challenges unique to this pivotal stage, Chris fosters an atmosphere of compassion and authenticity, fostering a safe haven where clients can freely explore their innermost thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment.

Having served as a Professional School Counselor, Chris's experiences with underserved populations have profoundly shaped his belief in the significance of connection and accessibility in mental health services. Upholding unwavering ethical standards, he approaches each individual with unconditional positive regard, committed to nurturing their inherent potential.

Tailoring his practice to address a spectrum of young adult issues, from anxiety and depression to relationship dynamics and life transitions, Chris adopts a collaborative, strength-based approach. Drawing from evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), he crafts personalized treatment plans attuned to the unique needs and aspirations of each client.

In tandem with his clinical endeavors, Chris remains devoted to professional growth, staying abreast of the latest advancements in psychology to empower young adults towards resilience and fulfillment.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Chris's journey underscores his unwavering commitment to holistic wellness for individuals of all backgrounds. From facilitating group therapy sessions to providing support for major life transitions, Chris ensures a collaborative and non-judgmental environment, employing Cognitive Behavior Therapy as a conduit for healing.

Beyond his professional sphere, Chris finds solace in the simple joys of live music, disc golf, and leisurely walks with his wife and beloved dogs, embodying a holistic approach to well-being both within and beyond the therapeutic setting.

Brooke Gibson, MSW, LCSW

If you have consistently dealt with feeling overwhelmed, struggled with time management, disorganization, forgetfulness, constant fidgeting, and avoidance behaviors, Brooke may be the exact therapist you're looking for. Brooke is passionate about working with Gen Z and millennial adults who are struggling with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. This includes older teens who are feeling misunderstood, college-age students who are feeling flooded by their courses or adjusting to just graduating from college, and millennials who continue to find themselves overwhelmed, unhappy, and/or easily distracted and making careless mistakes.

 

Brooke emphasizes creating a compassionate, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship grounded in both actionable steps for change and the deeper process work of understanding the emotions, thoughts, and beliefs that can keep us stuck. She sees her role as assisting clients in taking a step back and gaining insight into these thoughts, emotions, and actions. In sessions, you can expect her to provide expert strategies while empowering you to be the expert in your own life.

Brooke employs humor, warmth, creativity, and empathy along with several evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

 

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. She believes that focusing on your mental health is one of the greatest acts of self-compassion. As your therapist, Brooke will encourage you to embrace vulnerability, build self-trust, and connect with your true, authentic self.

 

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. Her diverse educational background and professional skills enable her to approach therapy with a unique perspective, ensuring a compassionate and effective therapeutic experience.

Lea Cartner, MAEd, LCMHCA, NCC, RBT

Lea is a graduate of UNC Pembroke and holds a deep-rooted connection to North Carolina.  She has cultivated a profound passion for working with teens, their families, and adults navigating life transitions. Lea’s approach to therapy is founded on the bedrock of building authentic relationships with clients and is rooted in trust and empathy. She is committed to actively listening to each person’s narratives, understanding their unique experiences, and collaboratively devising holistic solutions to their challenges.

 

Whether you're a teenager grappling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, or LGBTQ+ issues, or an older adult carrying the weight of past struggles, Lea is here to help you navigate your journey. Specializing in relationships, mental health distress, and evidence-based therapy, Lea offers a compassionate approach to guiding individuals and families towards greater understanding and healing.

She also has extensive experience in supporting neurodivergent clients and addressing family conflicts, and she believes in the power of bringing families into sessions when needed to work on shared challenges and to develop collaborative solutions.

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In sessions, Lea draws upon recent literature and collaborates with fellow providers to offer personalized, effective therapy. She believes in offering direct feedback when necessary, challenging clients to foster growth and insight. 

Beyond therapy, you can find Lea exploring Wilmington with her pup, enjoying time with loved ones, or immersing herself in the local arts scene. She is genuinely eager to embark on this transformative journey of healing and growth alongside you, providing unwavering support and guidance every step of the way. Lea is ready to navigate the path to self-discovery and empowerment together.

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Rebecca Vernier, MSW, LCSWA

Rebecca is a dedicated therapist with a passion for empowering individuals to overcome life's challenges and reclaim their inner resilience. She specializes in anxiety, depression and trauma for millennial and Gen Z adults.

 

Known for her warm and compassionate approach, Rebecca believes in the power of connection and tailoring her therapy sessions to meet the unique needs of each client. Drawing from a diverse range of evidence-based modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy, she empowers clients to explore their inner world, challenge self-limiting beliefs, and cultivate practical skills for managing life's challenges. 

 

She is passionate about creating a safe and nurturing space where clients feel heard, valued, and supported on their journey towards healing and growth. She is dedicated to fostering a collaborative therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy, and mutual respect. Rebecca sees her role as a facilitator, helping clients unlock their own potential and discover the strength within themselves to overcome obstacles.

 

If you are ready to embark on a journey towards greater resilience, emotional well-being, and self-discovery, Rebecca is here to walk alongside you every step of the way! 

Rebecca earned her MSW from Boston College and has experience working at a dual diagnosis treatment center that focuses on substance use and trauma.

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Cassy Taverna, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

Cassy received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Bay Path College in Massachusetts and a master's degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both Massachusetts and North Carolina and has been working in the field since 2015. 

Cassy has clinical expertise in all levels of care for specialized eating disorder treatment and co-occurring clinical issues such as body image, trauma, life transitions, relational issues, mood, and anxiety disorders. She has provided individual and group therapy services in the hospital and private practice setting for adolescents, adults, veterans, LGBTQIA+ folx, and families. Cassy has a passion for working with athletes as she has treated high school and collegiate athletes in addition to collaborating with the coaching staff at both Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  

 

Cassy is a HAES-informed (Health at Every Size) therapist who strongly believes in the power of building a therapeutic alliance in order to create trust and meaningful change. Through the use of humor and reliability, Cassy aims to create a therapy space to encourage emotional vulnerability and expression. 

Her therapeutic approach is eclectic in nature using a combination of evidence-based interventions, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy in addition to the client's stated goals to create a treatment plan. She enjoys utilizing expressive art interventions and narrative work when clinically appropriate. As a client, you can expect therapy sessions with Cassy to be engaging, thought-provoking, and validating. 

Kat Overman, MFT, LMFT

Kat graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School with a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study. While there, she developed her own Major — weaving together courses in psychology, philosophy, world religions, and alternative/ complimentary mental health approaches. This kicked off a life-long pursuit of understanding how humans change, what we can do to help the process, and what might keep us stuck. 

After living the artist and activist life in New York City post grad, she moved to Philadelphia to attend Drexel University. It was here she obtained her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy, and deepened her awareness of how familial, cultural, and societal influences impact us all as individuals. Her theory of change expanded to center the overwhelming importance of our relationships — so often the source of both our deepest wounds and most profound healing. 

Upon moving to North Carolina, Kat took some time away from the field as she pursued the initial stages of licensure. In 2021 she accepted a job at Coastal Horizons in the Community Based Family Services Department, and became a Family Centered Treatment (FCT) Clinician. FCT is an evidence-based, short-term, intensive model, specifically tailored to treat families with high-needs kids & adolescents. Utilizing this model, Kat was able to consistently support families in enacting real, sustainable change -- even in the face of complex, intergenerational trauma. After 2.5 years in the field, she accepted a leadership position as an FCT Trainer, and moved into a practitioner support role. 

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Kat is excited to be taking on limited, private practice clients at Honeybee. Kat works to develop a collaborative partnership with all her clients, and to build a therapeutic relationship based on both mutual respect, and direct & honest feedback. She aims to provide care that is deeply empathetic towards the difficulty of change, while also maintaining that growth is possible with the right approach. You can expect to be both emotionally supported & challenged throughout your time with her. 

Kat is open to working with individuals, couples(+), and families, and has specific expertise in helping those struggling with: managing big emotions, feelings of disconnection, feeling stuck in that ‘same old cycle of conflict’, ADHD burnout/overwhelm, and complex trauma. Kat is deeply affirming towards those in the LGBTQIA+ communities, and particularly enjoys working with people with alternative lifestyles, relationship styles, and careers.

 

Please reach out if you think working with Kat sounds like a good fit! 

Kalee Mills, BS, Practice Manager

With experience in management and executing various facets of day-to-day operations, Kalee brings her passion for organizational excellence and a genuine love for animals to our dynamic team.

Having previously worked in the Veterinary field, Kalee's transition to Honeybee Psychotherapy reflects her commitment to supporting the well-being of both humans and animals. She is thrilled to contribute her skills to the harmonious functioning of our practice and collaborate with our outstanding team of clinicians.

Outside the buzz of Honeybee, Kalee finds joy in spending quality time with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. As a resident of Wilmington, NC, she appreciates the coastal lifestyle and can often be found enjoying the serene shores of Wrightsville Beach.

Kalee's enthusiasm for her work and genuine love for life make her an invaluable part of the Honeybee Psychotherapy family.

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Hank, is the youngest member of the Honeybee family. 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 is still learning to be calm and not currently in service; however, we are so excited to add him to our community of care and cannot wait for him to be a seasoned regular offering.

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