Who Are These People Anyway?
Karin Kassab is a skilled psychologist and co-owner of Clarity Counseling Center. She has a genuine passion for ‘helping people help themselves.' Karin works in a very collaborative and participatory manner; you’ll get feedback, advice, and valuable evidence-based skills in each session. She primarily practices cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and (DBT) and has a strong appreciate for holistic health and mindfullness. She works with anxious teens, college students, and adults to find peace. Karin helps individuals regain their footing and focus, after a break-up, separation, or divorce. She is also passionate about working with individuals with eating issues. She also works other populations who have special therapy needs: therapists, businessowners, boss ladies, high profile clients, and individuals struggling with attachment issues or codependency.
Fun Fact: Karin is our resident yogi and techie.
Carrie Perkis is a skilled psychologist. Carrie is gentle and nurturing in her therapeutic approach. She primarily practices cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and loves a good homework assignment to help her clients maximize their therapeutic progress. Carrie specializes in working with individuals struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), social anxiety, as well as generalized anxiety (GAD). Carrie uses CBT to help anxiety sufferers untangle their thoughts and regain control of their lives.
Fun Fact: Carrie is an avid tennis player and a huge Michael Jackson fan.
Jessica DeLeon is our resident couples therapist guru. She loves working with couples of all kinds especially disconnected couples, LGBTQ+ couples, and ‘couples therapy for one’. She is supportive, direct, and is driven to achieve ambitious results for the couples she works with. She helps couples go from “I can’t spend the rest of my life like this” to feeling hopeful about the future. She has completed Gottman Relational Therapy Training, based on over forty years of couples and relationship research. Additionally, she is a certified trainer for Practical Application of Intimate Relationship skills (PAIRS).
Fun Fact: Jessica has lived in six different states and is a published photographer.
Justin Mitchell is a skilled therapist dedicated to specialties other therapist often shy away from. In sessions he is compassionate yet direct when indicated. Justin is recognized as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and works with adult and adolescent trauma survivors of all kinds. In his treatment approach he incorporates EMDR , CBT, mindfulness, as well as family centerd approaches. Justin specializes in working with all adolescents but is especially passionate about working with angry and defiant teenage boys. He also passionate about working with individuals who wonder if they drink too much or use alcohol as coping. He helps individuals determine if their drinking is problematic, or not, in a non-judgmental environment, and individualizes treatment plans to help them move closer to their goals.
Fun Fact: Justin worked as an au-pair, aka manny, in Italy.
Kristin Nakajima is a Certified Trauma Professional and she is devoted to working with individuals struggling with all types of trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, and depression. She believes that each person’s experience is unique, personal, and important. Events both large and small can elicit a grief response: death, divorce, breakups, loss of a job, change in job, death of a fur baby, miscarriage, anniversary of a loss, and more. Kristin has specialized training and experience working with grief, loss and trauma and knows how to guide individuals from from feeling stuck, to living again. She is also passionate about working with two special populations: current or former athletes and first responders. Kristin primarily practices cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) infused with an appreciation for mindfulness and the arts.
Fun Fact: Kristin loves animals. She sings and plays the guitar.
Bridgette Grant is excited about working to empower women. Especially anxious women adjusting to new roles: career, college students, marriage, motherhood, postpartum adjustment, postpartum stress, postpartum depression, etc. She is also passionate about working with teens, especially teenage girls. She helps teens better understand themselves, identify their strengths, and develop the ability to recognize when they’re on the right path. Bridgette's therapeutic style is direct yet compassionate, making her easy to talk to. She primarily practices cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) infused with an appreciation for holistic health.
Fun Fact: Bridgette enjoys the outdoors, the sound, the sea, and live music.
Becky O'Dell is passionate about working with all anxiety suffers. Her therapeutic style is warm and welcoming. Becky is skilled at helping individuals rid themselvess of overwhelming panic, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety and build the lives they want. She also works with wonderful women. Especially women working through transitions like: new jobs, breakups, and divorce. She is a master at helping her clients develop healthy boundaries and assertiveness skills. Becky loves working with young adults and has a compassionate understanding of the challenges unique obstacles and social pressures the millennial generation faces. Becky therapeutic orientation is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
Fun Fact: She has a sweet golden retriever rescue named Bradley and loves a good cup of coffee.
Lori Brinkley loves working with moms! She knows after the birth of a child comes a chaotic, stressful, yet beautiful time. She works with mothers and fathers adjusting to new roles, postpartum adjustment, postpartum stress, postpartum depression, all the way to the “tween/teenage adjustment”. She loves helping parents learn to navigate their new roles. She also, is passionate about empowering women and helping them find their voice following trauma, abuse, divorce, separation, adjusting to college, and pregnancy. Lori also specializes in helping disconnected couples improve their communication and intimacy. Mindfulness is infused in Lori’s practice. She believes in the mind-body connection and creating joy are essential to building happy healthy life.
Fun Fact: Lori has completed a tough mudder. She says it was life changing course and she is dying to do it again.
You'll find Steve Tyndall’s style to be honest and no nonsense. His laugh is contagious and his sessions infused with compassion and humor. Steve is an LCSW and has over 17 years of experience. He is a North Carolina native, born in Fayetteville, NC. He has also lived in the Pamlico County area for 20 years until moving to Wilmington in 2015. He specializes in couples and marriage therapy, teens and adolescents, (especially angry, oppositional, and defiant teens), and substance abuse treatment.
Fun Fact: Steve loves to be outdoors and plays a mean game of disc golf.
Jeanne McAllister is trained in counseling and substance abuse. She has 20 years of experience working in outpatient mental health. Her approach is gentle and nurturing. She is an advanced generalist but is passionate about and specializes in working with individuals who have a loved one struggling with substance abuse, the busy powerful overworked women who do everything, and lost college students. Jeanne is also a trauma specialist proficient in trauma focused CBT (TFCBT).
Fun Fact: Jeanne is a book worm at heart and reads anything she gets her hands on.
Caroline Clement's approach is supportive, direct, and action oriented. She is an experienced and skilled Psychologist who has over 20 years of experience counseling, teaching, researching, and mentoring young psychologists. She currently has a specialized private practice and is a full time decorated professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She specializes and is passionate about working with individuals with fertility issues, infertility, couples undergoing fertility treatments, cancer patients, cancer survivors, loved ones of those fighting cancer, and individuals who have lost a loved one/s to cancer. When she's not being a super psychologist you can catch her tucked away with a great novel and spending time with her family and son.
Fun Fact: Carrie is known as our resident aspiring novelist.
Kati Joyner is a registered dietitian nutritionist, a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), as well as a CEDRD Supervisor. She is passionate about helping individuals rebuild healthy relationships with food. Kati is a proud partner of Clairty Counseling Center and is passionate about working with individuals with eating disorders. Kati's approach is different than a typical dietitian. She uses a non-diet approach and creates a non-judgemental environment for clients to explore how eating habits contribute to overall health and wellness. Kati is a great motivator and creates customized treatment plans for each client to ensure she is best supporting each person in meeting their nutritional goals.
Fun Fact: Kati is a huge Oprah fan and saw her speak in Washington DC.
Jessica Swanson is our Office Manager a.k.a. 'the president of pretty much everything'. Jessica has years of experience as an office administrator in the healthcare industry. She is our social media guru, responsible for all front desk activities, handles scheduling, answers insurance questions, enforces HIPAA, creates administrative training handbooks as well as policies and procedures manuals, and much MUCH more! We don't know what we'd do without her!
Fun Fact: Jessica is a beach lover through and through. Toes in the sand and salt breeze in her hair and she's content.
Whitney Blackmonis our medical billing specialist. Her job is much more than filing insurance claims. Her personal mission is to use her knowledge and experience to help clients and providers navigate the insurance maze. She sorts the stress of insurance and collections so clients can get the care they need and our therapists can do the jobs they're trained to do.
Fun Fact: Whitney's happy place is the at the beach or on the boat with her husband Dave and their fluffy puppy Chubbs.
Molly Kinnisten is a member of our administrative staff who assists with various daily tasks that keep clarity running strong.She loves interacting with clients, to organize, and is always up for a challenge. Molly is a therapist in training and plans to pursue a Masters degree in mental health counseling.
Fun Fact: Molly loves spending time with her dog, Georgia
Laura Golden is an amazing published author. She spends time ensuring the Clarity blog is polished and professional. Laura is a writer, yoga teacher, and sailor who travels worldwide doing all these things. She received her B.A. in French and Spanish language and literature from Rutgers University, and has lived in both France and Spain. Laura also lived in New York City for fifteen years, where she worked in the publishing industry, translating and editing.
Fun Fact: Laura has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean three times and the Pacific Ocean once and she can stand on her head on a paddle-board.