Alexis C. Steele, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Alexis C. Steele, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked in outpatient public and private mental health settings for the last ten years working with individuals who have presented with depression, grief and loss, severe and persistent mental illnesses, anxiety and other mood disorders. Ms. Steele attempts to create a warm, trusting and healing environment so that clients can address their concerns in an honest manner that leads to enduring results. Ms. Steele’s core principle is to work from a strengths based perspective with clients where she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). Ms. Steele’s passion is to work with adolescents and adults who desire to strengthen or repair their relationships with their family or partners. Ms. Steele collaborates with individuals and families to guide their care in a meaningful manner and begins with a very hopeful outlook and supports clients in improving their sense of self-worth and finding their purpose in life.
Dr. Gabriele Jones
Training and Credentials
Dr. Gabriele Jones is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in the State of North Carolina. She has been practicing in the Pinehurst area since 2001. Dr. Jones earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from James Madison University and earned her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. She trained in child, adolescent, and adult areas of Clinical Psychology in her pre-doctoral internship at Tulane University Medical School. She furthered her training in a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at UNC School of Medicine. Since becoming a Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina, Dr. Jones has also undergone training in EMDR therapy, which is used to help treat individuals dealing with various forms of trauma. Dr. Jones is also certified as a NeurOptimal Neurofeedback trainer. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychological Association, and the EMDR International Association.
Areas of Clinical Interest
Dr. Jones’s practice focuses on the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Jones provides behavioral assessments and therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychological and psychoeducational assessments, and EMDR therapy. Dr. Jones performs assessments for ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Giftedness, and Early Kindergarten Admission. She also conducts personality and diagnostic testing as part of consultative work with pediatricians and psychiatrists.
Dr. Gabriele Jones conducts evaluations that are very comprehensive and typically include an intelligence test and academic testing, as well as a clinical interview, emotional/behavioral assessment, and various self-report rating scales. Dr. Jones believes thorough feedback sessions (e.g. with parents) are an essential part of the assessment process.
In terms of therapy, Dr. Jones believes that people seek help for many different reasons. Her therapeutic approach is primarily client-centered, meaning she believes that individuals have an innate ability to heal and to achieve personal growth. Emphasis is placed on the relationship in therapy, and on encouraging individuals to recognize that they can help themselves, and can change maladaptive thinking patterns. Cognitive-Behavioral techniques are used to help clients recognize irrational core beliefs and to develop healthier ways of thinking and conceptualizing the world around them. Dr. Jones uses therapy to help people with many different kinds of problems including depression, anxiety, phobias, ADHD, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and grief. Dr. Jones believes that individuals who commit to therapy display great strength and discourages the viewpoint that seeking psychological help is stigmatizing. In 2007 Dr. Jones took the exciting step of becoming trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a form of psychotherapy somewhat different from traditional “talk” therapy. EMDR's effectiveness, particularly for PTSD, is supported by a broad base of research. The therapy includes mild bilateral stimulation of the brain that can help dissipate negative thoughts and feelings associated with past traumatic experiences. This encourages "adaptive information processing" which helps the brain to reprocess negative events and maladaptive core beliefs. EMDR is a complex, integrative approach to therapy and Dr. Jones uses it to treat individuals of all ages with specific phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief, and even worries about future events (e.g. plane trips, scheduled surgeries, speeches, tests). Dr. Jones also uses EMDR to enhance the performance of athletes and business executives
Erin Watlington, MA, LCMHC-S
Erin Watlington, M.A, M.DIV, LCMHCS is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor who received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She also received her Master of Divinity in Christian Counseling from Southeastern Theological Seminary. Erin is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults in community based services, as well as residential services and school based environments. Erin utilizes therapeutic approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Erin integrates techniques such as behavioral modification, art therapy skills, interactive play therapy, mindfulness, social skills and parenting skills. Erin is skilled in integrating Christian Counseling techniques into session for who are interested in faith based therapy.
Erin is experienced in working with those who are struggling with issues related to trauma, anxiety, self harm, depression, life adjustments, self esteem and behavioral issues. Erin strives to create a comfortable and non judgmental atmosphere in which clients can process through their difficulties. Erin believes in meeting clients where they are and then deciding which approach is best for the individual.
Mary M. Godin, MA, LPA, LPC
Clinical Director and Founder of Anchor Psychological & Counseling Services, PLLC
Mary M. Godin, MA, LPA, LPC is the clinical director and founder of Anchor Psychological & Counseling Services, PLLC. She has worked in outpatient mental health for more than 16 years with a variety of mental disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, attachment disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and other childhood behavioral disorders. She works with children, adolescents and adults using cognitive-behavioral therapy and cognitive interpersonal therapy. She strives to develop a trusting and nonjudgmental atmosphere in which clients can grow to reach their potential and work through difficult times. Mrs. Godin has worked extensively with active duty and military dependents with concerns surrounding deployments, PTSD and adjustment disorders. In addition, Mrs. Godin is a clinician for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, which is a program that treats children with trauma using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. This evidenced-based therapy is proven to be effective for treating trauma victims. She is also a certified provider for Cognitive Processing Therapy which is utilized to treat adults with PTSD. Mrs. Godin conducts psychological testing for ADHD, depression, bipolar, PTSD, anxiety and personality disorders.
Mrs. Godin received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and completed her undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a clinical psychologist dually licensed as a licensed psychological associate and licensed professional counselor and certified as a health service provider.