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You probably find that this has a horrible impact on relationships in your life. You probably don’t love yourself…you may not even know who you are. Chances are, you’ve done this “therapy thing” before. Why would this time be any different?
Good question! And I would be silly if I just simply said, “trust me.” You’ve had a lot of experiences that justify you not trusting me. And I certainly want you to be skeptical. Because, believe it or not, that skepticism grows from a small little seed of self-compassion. And from that small seed of self-compassion, we can grow an entire garden of hope—if you’ll walk through my front door. Now, don’t hear me telling you that this is going to be easy, because it won’t. Don’t hear me telling you that this will be fun…it won’t. Don’t hear me telling you that it will be pain-free…it won’t. But living the way that you’ve been living hasn’t been easy either…there’s been a lot of suffering.
What I am telling you is that I see you, and you are amazing. You have been amazing from the very beginning, and you are amazing now. You’re an extremely sensitive, insightful, kind human being who was probably planted in an environment that wasn’t a good fit. Rather than seeing that (what child can?) you internalized that you are bad, and have learned some unhealthy ways of coping because of that.
I’m here to teach you that you are not bad, and have never been. You were born extra sensitive, extra aware, and extra empathic. These are all great qualities! If you have an environment that doesn’t quite understand it, however, you’re a rose bush trying to thrive in a field of sunflowers. Roses are beautiful…sunflowers are beautiful…they have different needs to grow and thrive.
Just like a rose bush that gets pruned, fertilized, and nurtured…you can also grow and thrive. You can become the person that you want to be, prune away the habits that you want to get rid of, nurture the parts of you that you want to grow, and fertilize new ways of handling life and relationships.
We look forward to walking through it with you!
Meet Our Team
MSW, LCSW, DBTC
My name is Jennifer Cobb and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been working with individuals and families in the mental health field since 1999 and opened Guilford Counseling, PLLC in 2011. I have completed a 2-year intensive training with Dr. Marsha Linehan through her program Behavioral Tech, am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and am certified in Traumatic Stress Studies by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.
At this time, I am the only certified clinician providing comprehensive DBT in the Guilford County area. As passionate as I am about ensuring that folks have access to quality DBT treatment, I am just as passionate about helping other clinicians recognize their fears and reduce the stigma associated with DBT and the folks who benefit from receiving this treatment.
As the founder and Clinical Director of Guilford Counseling, PLLC, I am dedicated to providing effective, evidence-based therapies in an accepting and compassionate environment. I will work with you to help you let go of your struggle with emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety, self-harming tendencies, or symptoms of trauma in order to move toward a more full and meaningful life. As part of our work together, we will create an idea of what a fulfilling life looks like for you and explore how to get there. My approach emphasizes the combination of acceptance and mindfulness practices with a focus on concrete behavioral change. As therapy is a financial investment, I believe it is important to focus on treatment approaches that have been shown to work.
I invite you to call to see if I will be a good fit for you and/or your family. I provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to reclaim joy in your life…I believe a meaningful connection with your therapist is essential.
- Licensed by North Carolina Certification and Licensure Board
- National Association of Social Workers-Co-facilitator of local group since 2011; Board member 2016
- Member of Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (through which I hold a certification in DBT)
- Assistant Professor with the University of NC-Greensboro and NC A&T State University
Dianna L. Case
MSW, LCSW, DBTC
I am a long-time resident of North Carolina. I completed my undergraduate studies at UNCG, and completed my graduate studies in the Joint Master of Social Work Program at UNCG and NC A&T in 2000. I am licensed by the NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. I have been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 1998. I am in the process of completing my Intensive DBT Training through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech. In 2005, I was fortunate enough to volunteer with my adult son for a week in Gulf Port Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. We performed deconstruction work—demolishing the interior of each home and removing water-destroyed personal belongings. The devastating conditions shocked my senses. Although the people we helped were stunned by the damage and loss, their will to survive and rebuild strong. Each person we helped verbalized appreciation for the help and individual respect offered. I returned to Greensboro physically exhausted yet reenergized and invigorated by the capacity of the human resolve to thrive. In my professional work I build a reciprocal relationship. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan and set goals. I provide treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and couples with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, unresolved emotional issues, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, and relationship/family concerns. I utilize strength-based, solution-focused treatment with evidence-based therapies.
I value time with my family and enjoy the antics of my house cats. I practice sustainable energy through reducing waste by recycling and composting, and organic planting of vegetables and herbs.
As a therapist, I believe that people are doing the best they can with what they have. With the right support, you can gain skills, and knowledge will give you the ability to shape a life you want to live. You and I will join forces to figure out how to resolve problems holding you back, then we will work together to create a life you can enjoy.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and graduate of the Joint Master of Social Work Program at UNCG and NCA&T. I have additional specialized training (currently in the process of completing my Intensive Training through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech) in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing technique (which I am in the certification process).
I have a special interest in working with individuals struggling with:
- Dual Diagnosis: Borderline Intellectual Functioning/ Mild/Moderate IDD combined with a mental health diagnosis
- Complex/chronic trauma history
- LGBQIA and transgender
- Dissociative experiences
Hi. I believe in the power of therapy and the therapeutic alliance between client and clinician. It is hard to obtain the benefits of treatment without a strong and equal relationship. I am an open, supportive and accepting person. My goals are your goals and my hope is to help you obtain them. If you are looking to solve life problems, manage strong emotions or change behaviors , I might be the clinician for you. If you have experienced any type of trauma, I can help.
I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed in the state of NC. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and received my Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University in 2011. I work primarily with adult clients, but have spent several years working with teens. I have much experience working with trauma, including intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I also work with adoptees and adoptive parents, I have personal experience with both. Throughout my career I have provided treatment to individuals of all ages who experience anxiety and depression, Bipolar and Borderline Personality. I have had extensive training in multiple styles of treatment with an emphasis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
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Hello and welcome! In order to survive we often develop ways of being in the world that become painful, limiting, and ineffective over time. I believe safety and compassion are necessary in order for people to change. As a counselor, I will collaborate with you to get curious about unhelpful patterns of behavior and learn positive coping strategies in order to reduce suffering and increase self-efficacy as quickly as possible. When you begin to notice positive changes in your day to day life, it often becomes much easier to practice interacting with inner experiences such as painful emotions, traumatic memories, and core beliefs about the self in new and non-threatening ways.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina and completed my MS and EdS degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I’ve worked with adolescents (14-18) and adults (18-60) struggling with PTSD, complex trauma, sexuality concerns, family issues, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, and chronic emotional sensitivity. I have been intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy and am in the process of completing my first year of Somatic Experiencing training. I work with clients using DBT, somatic psychotherapy, Polyvagal theory-informed therapy, and other mind-body based therapies. I often incorporate movement, music, and art into my sessions based on client interest.
I have a special interest in working with individuals seeking help with:
-Sexuality and gender expression, including transgender, non-binary, and other identities
-Trauma recovery and integration
Outside of my work at Guilford Counseling, I spend time working in my garden, hiking, practicing yoga, seeing live music, and making art.
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Self-control. Can we have too much of a good thing? Perhaps you grew up in an environment that highly values self-control, performance, and not making mistakes. Perhaps you tend to set high personal standards and are likely to work harder than most without making a big deal out of it. Or perhaps inwardly you often feel unappreciated, lonely and are quietly suffering.
I have helped people increase openness and flexibility, become more socially connected and make meaningful changes in their lives. I have helped people radically accept their present worthiness and discover a life they believe is worth sharing.
I find I do my best work with people experiencing the following “internalizing” diagnoses: Chronic Depression, Treatment-Resistant Anxiety, Anorexia Nervosa, Clusters A and C personality styles including Avoidant, OCPD, Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders. If you believe I can help support you, reach out.
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Who were you before life happened to you? What does a life without suffering look like? There are times in our journeys where our lives seem to be defined by the negative and overwhelming. You can rediscover what it means to be happy and create a life worth living.
Together, we can identify what is standing in between you and the life you desire. With compassion and respect, I honor your unique and diverse experience as we create a safe space for you to examine your life, radically accept where you are in your journey, and begin to create a new path.
Hi! My name is Boyana and I am a recent graduate of UNCG and A&T Social Work program and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. I have a history of working with adolescent individuals, young adults, individuals who experience homelessness and individuals who live with HIV/AIDS. I currently enjoy working with young adults, those identifying as LGBTQIA, individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, and those experiencing challenges with maintaining relationships. I use dialectical behavior therapy as my primary modality and brainspotting.
I believe people have the opportunity for a second chance and are deserving of such. We are not identified by our mistakes nor our past. I look towards a future with individuals who are seeking a second chance at their life worth living. I believe therapy is a collaborative effort in which the therapist is just as engaged as the client. I value keeping an open mind, judgment free discussions, and feeling heard and seen.
Together we will establish your goals, find your voice, overcome trauma and achieve your second chance.
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The idea of beginning therapy can be intimidating. As relationships and life stressors become overwhelming, the support that therapy provides is a necessity.
I enjoy working with individuals that experience a wide range of trauma. Persons that endure disturbing memories, have unresolved trauma or those that are in search of finding themselves in a world that may no longer offer support.
If you are looking for validation, support, and alliance within the therapeutic relationship, we would be a good fit.
Adolescents and young adults are a joy to work with, as they are often searching for their place in the world. Expressive and creative outlets are used in my style of practice. As I work in partnership with the client, we can find a healthy balance between acceptance and change.
Reid Brannan MSW, LCSWA is a skilled clinician that works with a full age-range of clientele. He has experience from adolescents to geriatric populations. Reid is trained in several therapeutic modalities with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of borderline personality disorder symptoms across the spectrum of severity. Reid also specializes in working with addiction issues and those experiencing substance use disorder. Reid Brannan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Psychology from North Carolina State University. Reid also holds a Master of Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
“It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world.” ~Mary Oliver
For so many of us, the past several years of pandemic and political unrest have taken a serious toll on our well-being, our mental health, our sense of belonging in community, and even our faith in humanity itself. It has been A LOT. And yet, there continues to be goodness and beauty and hope and love; even when they are hard to see or to access, they are still there.
As humans, it’s our job to figure out how to navigate that tension between the world’s brokenness and its wholeness– and I believe that work begins with learning to navigate that tension within ourselves. As a therapist, I’m privileged to get to journey alongside people who are engaging in that work and to help my clients develop and access whatever tools and strategies will be most helpful to them in their unique circumstances.
Having worked for many years as both a social worker and as a chaplain, I am drawn to exploration of the spiritual aspects of our lived experience. Also, as a non-binary, queer person, I have particular interest in working with clients around the various intersections of LGBTQIA+ identity, sprituality, and religious trauma. Additionally, my clinical interests include (but are not limited to) gender identity/affirmation, grief & loss, emotional literacy, trauma, and chronic illness.
If you are struggling to feel whole and grounded in these wild times we’re living in, please know that you are not alone and that even at our most vulnerable (perhaps especially at our most vulnerable), the promises of hope, growth, and renewal are never out of reach.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” ― Hippocrates.
Sterling Grissom (he/him/his) is a flourishing clinician who primarily works with individuals and groups who are over the age of 18. Sterling is a double graduate of the Joint Social Work program with UNCG and NC A&T for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Sterling primarily focuses on working with individuals with varying concerns and mental health needs but has a strong suit for working with those who are experiencing high levels of anxiety that manifest as physical symptoms, as well as individuals who are currently suffering from chronic conditions. Sterling is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and would love to support anyone and everyone’s discovery and enhancement of their identity, presentation, and sexuality. Sterling has a background in the mental health field as well as the medical field. He personally believes in integrative care and loves to collaborate with other professionals to ensure the best care possible. If you are looking for a clinician who focuses on building upon your own skills and working collaboratively to support your growth, individual autonomy, conflict resolution, and emotional wellbeing, Sterling is the guy for you!
Counseling is, and will always be, more than a profession to me. It is a craft, fine-tuned
as an intentional process founded in empathy, patience, curiosity, and creativity with the
understanding that we, as counselors, can construct something rare and beautiful by integrating a menagerie of theoretical approaches and therapeutic modalities.
I value intentionality and the power of choice. Change may never fully occur unless we
choose to see the whole of the individual. Harmonious flow or natural exchange cannot occur unless the client feels comforted and safe in the counseling space and intrinsically comforted and secure by the counselor’s presence. The client must have the space to find comfort even in their vulnerabilities. I believe we must earn trust, create a climate that emboldens connection and strengthen what I believe to be the ultimate predictor of therapeutic success: the therapeutic alliance between client and counselor.
Within these parameters, I enjoy working with a dynamic population, from young
adolescents to older adults as well as couples and families. I ground my work from a
trauma-informed approach, encouraging my clients to draw connections and conclusions from their presenting concerns to a past or present traumatic experience. Client-centered and humanistic at my core, I believe all therapeutic approaches begin and end from a strength-based place of unconditional positive regard where authenticity empowers vulnerability. When we change power dynamics to establish an egalitarian relationship, we can meet the client where they are, extending patience and validating a human being’s drive to initiate change.
My specialities include:
My name is Rachel Dzik and I am a current graduate student in the JMSW program with North Carolina A&T University and UNCG. I have a history of working with clients experiencing trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, relationship building/boundary setting, anxiety, depression, and mindfulness/meditation. I currently enjoy working with adults experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, and those wanting to learn mindfulness/meditation.
Taking the step to seek out counseling is a brave action, and I would be honored to work alongside you. I truly believe that as human beings we have the ability within us to create a powerful sense of self that can be strengthened through the therapy process. I value creating a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients because I believe that it creates a space that facilitates growth. I believe that everyone, no matter their background, embodies strengths that can help them make the changes they desire for themselves.
Some of my professional areas of interest include providing support for those experiencing trauma, harm reduction, substance use/misuse, mindfulness/meditation, DBT, as well as advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
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