Who Are These People Anyway?
Carrie Perkis is an avid tennis player, psychologist, and co-owner of Clarity Counseling Center. Carrie's practice is dedicated to helping adults, in a nonjudgmental and supportive therapeutic environment. Carrie is warm, nurturing, but directive in her therapeutic approach. She is our resident anxiety guru and is passionate about helping exhausted anxiety suffers find calm within the chaos. She primarily practices cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
Fun Fact: Carrie is a huge michael jackson fan.
Karin Kassab is not the therapist who sits quietly and nods. She has over 15 years of experience in the field, 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 is dedicated to staying current and providing her clients with superior research based care. She loves working with overachieving/gifted teens, as well as angry adolescents, healthcare professionals, individuals struggling with codependance, lost and overwhelmed college students, and individuals with eating issues.
Fun Fact: Karin is our resident yogi and techie.
Bridgete Grant is excited about working to empower women. Especially those 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.
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 positive, strengths-based, honest, no nonsense and supportive. 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), parenting coaching, and substance abuse treatment.
Fun Fact: Steve loves to be outdoors and plays a mean game of disc golf.
Becky O'Dell has over 20 years of experience working with children ages birth-8 years old and their parents. Her therapeutic style is warm and welcoming, like your favorite elementary school teacher. Becky uses Play Therapy and choice focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She help parents and children with behavioral difficulties (separation anxiety, ADHD, trouble in school, acting out, peer issues) or families experiencing tough times (divorce, death, serious illness, etc.). She also loves working on attachment. She helps young children and parents become more emotionally connected and even works with new parents or parents-to-be to create the ideal environment for growth.
Fun Fact: She has a sweet golden retriever rescue named Bradley and loves a good cup of coffee.
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.
Doug Edwards is grounded and insightful. He has over 20 years of experience and uses a counseling philosophy that focuses on improving communication and building supportive and nurturing relationships. He works skillfully to help couples overcome issues such as infidelity, communication, unmet emotional needs, financial concerns, and differences about child rearing. He also specialized in substance abuse treatment, addiction, and compulsive behaviors as well as depression and anxiety. Doug is also a trained christian counselor, but respects every person's right to develop their own belief system or to reject all belief systems. He has been successful in working with persons of many faiths.
Fun Fact: Doug is a shutterbug. He loves taking artistic photos. You can spot some of his work hanging in the Clarity offices.
Morgan Davis believes in an individualized approach and that the rapport between she and her clients is the most important key to success. She is a Wilmington, NC based Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Counselor and the owner and founder of Wilmington NC based Fork to Fit ; a Clarity Counseling Center partner! Morgan is a registered dietitian specializing in weight management, sports nutrition, chronic disease management, and overall wellness.
Jessica Swanson is our Office Manager a.k.a. 'the president of pretty much everything'. Her superpower is therapist client "match-making". She has a sixth sense. 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.