Who Are These People Anyway?
Karin Kassab is a skilled psychologist and founder 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 mindfulness. 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, business owners, boss ladies, high profile clients, and individuals struggling with attachment issues or codependency.
Fun Fact: Karin is our resident yogi and techie.
Shaina Frank, loves working with adolescents, millennials, and adults. In sessions, she pairs warmth with humor. She's known to be quick with a laugh and empathic af. Shaina specializes in treating individuals struggling chronic depression. She helps her clients bring light and meaning to the darkness. She also loves working with adolescents with social anxiety and anxiety sufferers of all kinds. Shaina is also passionate about helping those working through perfectionism or “feeling like enough”. She helps individuals rebuild the relationship with themselves and focus on self discovery. Shaina’s therapeutic orientations are CBT, DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness.
Fun Fact: Shaina is 1 of 6 children and lived in four different states before moving to North Carolina at age 9.
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’s 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.
Chandler Nobles, approaches each day with a big smile and a little sarcastic humor. Compassion meets straight talk describes her perfectly. Chandler specializes in working with teens and young adults who have experienced trauma. She is a Certified Trauma Practitioner and is trained in two separate trauma modalities. She also enjoys working with anxious millennials who are feeling stressed and overwhelmed from the pressures of “adulting”. She helps lost millennials find their direction and their strengths. She also loves working with "wonderful women who do everything". She helps those who put themselves last take time for self-care, develop a strong awareness of their own feelings and needs, and form strong boundaries with others.
Fun Fact: Chandler played violin at Carnegie Hall when she was 13 and is also an animal lover.
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.
Heather Dest, has much experience working with adolescents and adults, especially college students. In sessions she pairs sensitivity with humor. She’s known to be kind yet direct. Heather uses evidence based orientations and allows her client’s needs to lead her approach: Solutions Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing.Heather also loves working with anxiety suffers of all kinds especially anxious overwhelmed teens. Heather specializes in treating individuals who are struggling with gender or identity. Heather is also passionate about working with loved ones of individuals working through mental health issues, substance use issues, or chronic illness.
Fun Fact: Heather loves camping with her family and has plans to live on a farm one day.
Jessica DeLeon is an amazing couples therapist and loves working with couples of all kinds. Especially disconnected couples, LGBTQ+ couples, and ‘couples therapy for one’. She is supportive and direct. 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, Justin is the perfect mix of laid back and direct. He has a presence that instantly puts people at ease and a killer sense of humor. 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 devoted to working with individuals struggling with all types of 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 knows how to guide individuals from from feeling stuck, to living again. She is also passionate about working with current or former athletes transitioning to civilian life. 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.
Nicole Pipitone, has special place in her heart for working with adolescents and adults, especially college students. Nicole has much experience working with individuals struggling with eating disorders at various levels of care. She treats individuals with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED and more. Nicole specializes in treating picky eaters and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Nicole also loves working with individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (O.C.D.) and anxiety suffers of all kinds. She also loves helping individuals though break-ups and relationship issues. Nicole’s therapeutic orientation is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Family Based Treatment (FBT), with adolescents). She also has training as an art therapist and loves to bring a little creativity into her sessions.
Fun Fact: Nicole has a twin brother and has played 9 seasons of kickball. She can’t wait to play in Wilmington.
Molly Kinnisten is our office manager. She is the leader of our administrative team and a member of Clarity’s leadership team. Molly is known around Clarity for being our hardworking, calm, creative leader. She is our social media guru and loves using her creativity to communicate our therapists’ stories to the public. She is a skilled therapist-client matchmaker and she believes her intuition and creative marketing skills play an important role in the matching process. Her secret superpower is her work ethic and her ability to stay calm within the storm. Molly is a therapist in training. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and and plans to pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling to work as a couple’s therapist.
Fun Fact: Molly loves spending time with her dog, Georgia.
Whitney Baker is our beloved 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 were trained to do.
Fun Fact: Whitney is an avid gardener and happy place is the at the beach or on the boat with her fluffy puppy Chubbs.
Hannah Staats is Clarity’s valued administrative assistant. She is easygoing, quick with a laugh, and has a passion for connecting with people. You can find Hannah lighting up the front office, assisting clients, having a laugh, and ensuring daily operations run smoothly. Hannah’s strength is people! She is brilliant and empathic; a natural ‘people person’. She has a genuine interest in knowing the individuals who cross her path. She can hold a conversation with almost anyone and her light and laughter brighten our client’s day. Hannah is an HR expert in the making. She’s a senior Human Resources major at UNCW and hopes to use her knowledge at Clarity. Hannah aspires to have a career in human resources one day and help companies make sure employees are cared for.
Fun Fact: Hannah has a three legged rescue dog and both her first and last names are palindromes.
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.