Lakeisha Shaw Barnes, MA, LPCA
Keisha Barnes is a native of Greensboro, NC, and a graduate of Fayetteville State University. She earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. Keisha has experience in numerous areas of counseling including mood disorders, anxiety, life transitions, women’s issues, spiritual issues, and marital and family counseling. Biblical principles are commonly integrated in her therapy. Keisha is trained in F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules and practices from an eclectic approach including cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and solution-focused therapy.
Keisha is an advocate for healthy living emotionally and spiritually and is motivated by seeing the lives of people transformed. Thus she has a genuine call to educate and counsel in a bold effort toward self discovery and awareness to find hidden treasures in each individual. Keisha is committed to helping people ascertain what might encapsulate their mind and heart from pursuing all that God has for them. She utilizes her gifts in an uncanny approach to holistically counsel, teach and train first biblically and then practically to help reach the next dimension of life while tapping into gifts and talents that otherwise would have remained dormant. She is married to Terence Barnes and is the mother of two princesses.
Desiree G. Briggs, MA, LPCA
Desirée Briggs earned a BS in Business Management with Concentrations in Music & Theater from Guilford College in 2003, and an MA in Professional Counseling (2011) and Discipleship Ministries (2013) from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. Desirée has experience in many areas of counseling such as mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, anger, stress management, women’s issues, spiritual issues, life transitions, relationship & couples issues, and group counseling. Biblical principles, prayer and music are commonly integrated in her therapy. Desirée uses an eclectic approach but primarily leans toward a Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) approach to therapy.
Desirée enjoys counseling because of her heart to serve others and to help make a difference by providing understanding about what keeps us bound, stagnated and afraid, and to motivate others to move forward by learning better coping skills. Desirée endeavors to support families/couples and individuals by providing a safe place to explore thoughts and feelings and to practice skills taught for the improvement and advancement of an abundant life. She uses the gifts of prayer and discernment while filtering everything through the word of God. Desirée is thrilled to be a part of the Restoration Place Counseling Staff, a place where she can participate in a community of supportive and encouraging believers while allowing God to freely use her to serve His people.
Desirée is married to Donta Briggs and serves in her church in the Media Ministry and Music Ministry. She also serves on a Nonprofit Women’s Ministry Board as a public speaker and trainer helping women to heal their damaged emotions.
Amy Brooten, MA, LPCA (Limited Availability)
Amy Brooten earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. She is passionate about helping others in their personal growth and with challenging circumstances in life. Before joining Restoration Place, she worked for two years at a private practice in Athens, GA. Her background includes helping others with the stress that arises in difficulties at home, work, and in relationships. She provides therapy addressing challenges concerning: relational or boundary issues, adoption, anger, anxiety, depression, attention problems, grief, loss, spiritual issues, and life transitions. In addition to working with adults, she has experience working with middle school to college aged students providing treatment for: mood disorders, self-esteem issues, grief, attention/focus problems, body image, bullying, self- harm, social challenges, cross-cultural issues, transitional difficulties, and family challenges.
Amy recognizes that it is especially important to provide treatment that is based on the needs of the individual. She believes in joining with the client in order to provide a personalized approach that may incorporate Interpersonal therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy or (CBT), or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She may also incorporate breathing work and relaxation exercises to help with the challenging emotions that often come up in therapy. She respects where each client is on their journey, and seeks to provide a safe environment where she may gently encourage clients in their growth.
Erin Collins, MS, LPCA, NCC
Erin Collins earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Covenant College in 2011 and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014. She is licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Erin is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina and Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society).
Erin’s clinical experience includes working with trauma, self-esteem/identity issues, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, stress management, and life transitions. Erin has a particular interest in working with women who have been victims of domestic or sexual violence. She has received comprehensive training in trauma and clinical assessment with the DSM-V (diagnostic manual). Prior to joining the team at RPC, she worked for a community mental health agency and domestic violence/rape crisis center. She frequently employs play therapy, art therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and incorporates elements of yoga and breathing practices into her sessions. Erin is also able to work effectively with interpreters to provide services to non-English speakers. It is Erin’s desire to meet each client where she is, to offer an eclectic therapeutic approach, and to offer a safe place for growth and healing. Erin lives in Greensboro and feels honored to serve her home community in this way.
Michelle B. Gallimore, MS, LPC
Michelle Gallimore earned a BS in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Campbell University in 1998; Masters in Theological Studies with a concentration in Christian Counseling from Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2000; and a MS in Mental Health Counseling- Clinical from NCA&T State University in 2012. She is licensed by the state of North Carolina (#10012). Michelle brings 15 years of experience working with adolescents and their families both in the school and Church settings. Prior to joining the staff at RPC, she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Michelle has been trained in several evidence-based counseling interventions, primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialetical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Michelle’s clinical experience includes, but is not limited to, working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, stress management, bipolar disorder, grief/loss, dual diagnosis, trauma, and personality disorders. Michelle has worked with both adolescent and adult populations, providing individual and group therapy. Michelle employs an eclectic approach to therapy that incorporates different modalities of care. Michelle believes in meeting clients where they are and walking alongside them through the counseling process.
Susan Sutton Henkel, MS, LPCA, NCC (Limited Availability)
Susan Sutton Henkel earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is also Certified Safe Zone. Susan has worked with couples, families, and individuals across the lifespan, and utilizes a variety of wellness-oriented approaches to meet the needs of each unique client. Her training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) enables her to help couples move into a place of intimacy and emotional safety. As a certified fitness instructor, Susan is able to incorporate nutrition and physical health components of wellness into applicable client concerns. Susan has training in sexual/sexuality therapy, including Sexual Reintegration Therapy (SRT), which she uses to facilitate healing for both couples and individuals. Susan’s clinical experience includes, but is not limited to, trauma, self-esteem and identity issues, sexuality, sex/intimacy and relationship struggles, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, stress management, personality disorders, life transitions and developmental concerns, and grief/loss. Additional interests include eating disorders, art therapy, and yoga/breathwork.
Having grown up overseas, in Africa and Europe, Susan has a passion for diversity and helping counseling become accessible to under-reached populations. Susan loves being able to walk with clients into their hard places within a safe and compassionate therapeutic relationship, helping them to find hope and overcome their deepest struggles.
Alisha Miller, Counselor Intern
Alisha Miller is a Graduate level Counselor Intern. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011 and spent four years in North Carolina’s public education system, teaching a variety of levels and diverse student populations. Alisha has experience interacting with and facilitating growth for students in the third, eighth, ninth and tenth grades. Her desire to impact individuals’ lives outside of the classroom led to her current studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is pursuing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
In 2015, Alisha received training at the Nicholas A. Vacc Clinic on UNCG’s campus. This allowed her to gain experience working with clients struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, time and stress management skills, spirituality, guilt/shame, and identity work. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents, college students, and young adults. Her goal is to help clients discover a place of insight and peace in order to conquer many of life’s difficulties, as well as learn how to express joy in all that life allows us to celebrate. Alisha’s prayer is that her clients learn skills and lean on the One that allows us to persevere through pain and experience liberating joy on other side of the counseling process.
Sheri Peachey, MA, LPC, NCC
Sheri Peachey earned a BS in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University in 2000, and an MA in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2002. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (# 5134) in North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor (#209154). As of 2015, Sheri has twelve years of counseling experience.
Sheri’s clinical experience includes individual, couples, and family therapy; teaching parenting classes using “Love and Logic”; and providing pre-marital counseling using Prepare and Enrich. Sheri has received concentrated training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, EMDR for treating trauma, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In addition, Sheri enjoys facilitating “Boundaries” and “Codependency” groups, and she is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Marcella Petrini Graziano, MA, LPCA
Marcella Graziano earned an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2014. She is licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Marcella has experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management, life transitions, spiritual concerns, substance abuse, and holistic wellness.
Within the realm of mental health, Marcella’s passions lie in facilitating emotional healing in women with trauma. She is currently pursuing specialized training in EMDR, a therapeutic approach to treating PTSD and trauma related concerns. Marcella is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a holistic approach encouraging psychological flexibility and values-based decision making. Additionally, she is being trained in the treatment of eating disorders. Marcella particularly enjoys working with college-aged individuals as they navigate through the young adulthood and identity discovery. It is Marcella’s hope to meet clients where they are in their process and does so through an eclectic therapeutic approach. She considers it an honor and privilege to be able to join with clients during a portion of their journeys.
Mary Roberts, MA, LPCA, LCAS-A
Mary Roberts earned her BA in Pre-counseling/Family Ministries from Moody Bible Institute in 2008 and her MA in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2012. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina as well as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate in North Carolina. Mary has 9 years of experience in the mental health field serving in many capacities in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as intensive in-home and residential settings. Mary has worked with individuals, groups, young adults and adults. Mary’s experience includes serving individuals with anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, PTSD, bipolar, ADHD, personality disorders, addictions, self-esteem issues, family/relationship issues, grief and loss.
Inside of the counseling setting, Mary is passionate about helping her clients come to a full understanding of who they are, in other words, their identity, particularly in Christ. For Mary, the best way to help clients reclaim their identities in Christ is to employ a mix of psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, narrative therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral therapy. As a life-long learner, Mary is continuing to expand her theory base as training opportunities become available and is always exploring better ways to be incarnational (Christ “with skin on”) with her clients. As a counselor, Mary considers it a deep privilege and honor to sit with every client for a brief chapter of their lives and be part of writing their stories.