Restoring dignity, virtue and honor to girls and women through affordable and professional Christian counseling

Clinical Staff

 Email addresses and phone extensions are provided for current clients only. If you need to schedule a FIRST-TIME appointment, please contact our Intake Coordinator at 336.542.2060 ext. 109. 

LaVerne Hanes Collins, PhD, LCMHC, NCC
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

LaVerne Hanes Collins holds a BS in Management and Communications from Syracuse University, an M.S. Ed. in Community Counseling from Duquesne University, and a PhD in Christian Counseling from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She has over 20 years clinical experience and holds interests in the areas of anxiety, time-management, depression, trauma, stage of life issues and adjustments problems, career and vocational concerns, domestic violence and abuse, and couples issues (including marriage, divorce, infidelity, remarriage and blended family concerns).

Laverne serves a dual role at Restoration Place Counseling as both Clinical Director and Counselor. She splits her time by providing a limited number of direct client hours plus managing/supervising the Clinical Staff. This position builds upon the existing strengths of our staff while developing new opportunities for continued professional growth. The Clinical Director provides staff with in-service training opportunities to build the team’s clinical competencies in Christian Counseling integration, multi-cultural counseling, and best practices in women’s gender-specific counseling.  The Clinical Director also provides clinical supervision, case consultations, clinical record audits, and other tasks associated with clinical supervision.

As a Clinician, LaVerne has a passion for diverse populations and multicultural interests. She is sensitive to the challenges faced by women of color in today’s society and the unfortunate stigma often associated with counseling among diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups. LaVerne understands that sharing one’s problems with a stranger is an act of courage, and she strives to always create a safe space for those courageous conversations with clients to happen.

LaVerne is a proponent of bio-psycho-social-spiritual health and enjoys seeing clients benefit from whole-person, integrative approaches to wellness. Her primary therapeutic modality is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients examine how their underlying beliefs shape their thoughts, feelings and actions. She sometimes uses Narrative Therapy to help clients write and rewrite their stories. LaVerne is also trained through Level 3 in Gottman Therapy Methods for couples counseling.

Finally, and most importantly, LaVerne believes that every life has a God-given purpose and each of us is uniquely equipped by God for the fulfillment of that purpose. LaVerne describes her purpose as “helping people develop and embrace new responses to life.” Sometimes these new responses are in relation to our situations, ourselves, our relationships, or to the Lord and His Word. She believes that God’s Word holds the key to those new responses, and in the power of His might, we can thrive in newness of life!

Prior to moving to North Carolina to serve as Program Director and Interim Vice President for the National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation and Professional Services Division, LaVerne owned and managed an Atlanta-based private practice and clinical training agency. She and her husband are both ordained ministers and are active in leadership as associate ministers in their local church in Greensboro.
336-542-2060 ext. 106, LaVerne@RPCounseling.org


Desiree G. Briggs, MA, LCMHC

Desirée Briggs was born and raised in Washington, DC. Desirée earned a BS in Business Management with Concentrations in Music & Theater from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She earned an MA in Professional Counseling and an MA in Discipleship Ministries, both from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina.

Desirée’s counseling experience includes working with individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, ADHD, anger issues , crisis counseling, stress management, women’s issues, spiritual issues, life transitions and balance, relationship & marital 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 along with Motivational Interviewing (MI) and some Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) skills and Brainspotting (BSP) skills.  She also enjoys helping Clients to understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lens of the Enneagram.

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 live an authentic and purpose filled life. 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 betterment of your personal development and interpersonal relationships. She uses the gifts of wisdom, 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 her husband Donta Briggs and has one young son.  Together with her husband, she serves in her church in the Media Department.  Her leisure activities include reading, writing, puzzles, photography and social media management.336-542-2060 ext. 115, Desiree@RPCounseling.org


Connie Brown, MS, LCSWA

Connie Brown received a Bachelor’s degree in 1992 in Social Work from Bennett College and a Master of Science in Education (M.Ed.) in 2004, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, both in Greensboro, NC. Most recently, Connie received a Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons University, Boston, MA. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate (License #P015325).

Ms. Brown has experience treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, and anger management. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has over 20 years of experience working in both the mental health and social work fields, with many years of training related to trauma and crisis experiences.

Connie enjoys working with adolescents (ages 13-17) and individual adults (age 18 and over). Her primary therapeutic method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which looks at how your beliefs, feelings and self-talk influence your behaviors. In addition to CBT, I use Solution-Focused Therapy, empowering individuals to focus on current and future solutions while identifying goals and resources for a strengths-based approach to enhancing their quality of life.

As a Christian/biblical counselor, Connie is committed to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, seeking to look at human problems from the perspective of God’s Word. She holds to the belief that God is the One who changes people and sees herself only as an instrument in the hands of the One who can create change superior to anything a counselor or counselee could ask or imagine. 336-542-2060 ext. 111, Connie@RPCounseling.org


Emily Robinson Currence, MS, LCMHC, CRC

Emily received a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (#13628) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (#00280551) in the state of North Carolina. Her experience includes working with individuals experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, substance use, high levels of stress, academic and employment issues, grief, and adjustment.

Emily utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy and applies the treatment that works best for her clients to accomplish their goals. Her approach will likely include aspects of cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, narrative therapy, solution-focused, and cognitive processing therapies. However, Emily primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principles with her clients. CBT is an evidenced-based practice, which explains how our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected. Through this approach clients are able to identify unhelpful thoughts, challenge their thoughts, and change behaviors to improve emotional regulation. Emily is also trained in Brainspotting, a revolutionary new brain-based therapy that is highly effective in treatment of trauma, mood disorders, addictions, sports trauma, and creative performance expansion.

As a Christian Counselor, Emily conducts her counseling from a biblical worldview as she relies on the Holy Spirit to work through her to help her clients. However, she will always meet her clients where they are spiritually, allowing the client to choose how many or few components of Christianity are to be incorporated into the counseling sessions.
336-542-2060 ext. 118, Emily@RPCounseling.org


Holden Ehlinger, MS, LCMHC-A, NCC

Holden Ehlinger earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management and Society from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina (license #A14938) and a National Certified Counselor (#1232244). Holden’s areas of experience include but are not limited to working with individuals struggling with grief/loss, identity issues, family of origin, depression, boundaries, guilt/shame, and anxiety.

Holden believes that as persons become more aware of their own story (history), thoughts, behaviors, emotions and beliefs, they have increased ability to face challenges and overcome difficulty more successfully. Her goal is to work collaboratively with her clients to help them find alternatives to address the challenges that they face. Holden utilizes a blended approach, including but not limited to aspects of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, mindfulness, and person-centered lenses. She seeks to work with her clients, taking into consideration their strengths and needs, in order to create a collaborative and holistic therapeutic approach.  She is honored by the opportunity to sit across from her clients and hold parts of their stories in order to promote healing and growth.

Holden believes spirituality can be a powerful vehicle for healing. She feels strongly about incorporating a Christ-centered perspective in a way that brings healing to the client, but does not simplify or diminish their experience. Holden will always meet a client where she is spiritually and will never impose her beliefs on a client.
336-542-2060 ext. 116, Holden@RPCounseling.org


Tricia Jackson, MACC, LCMHC

Tricia Jackson earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from UNCC and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling at Gordon Conwell-Theological Seminary in Charlotte. She is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (#13613). Prior to coming to RPC, Tricia developed experience primarily working with incarcerated women and university students. Tricia’s clinical experience includes individual counseling for those struggling with trauma, work/life balance, adjustment, anxiety, boundaries, guilt/shame, identity, transitions, self-esteem, depression, and loss.

It is Tricia’s desire to provide a safe atmosphere that fosters vulnerability and authenticity for her clients so that they are able to increase self-understanding, process pain, and meet therapeutic goals. Tricia believes that healthy development and growth are not reached by the elimination of pain and challenges, but rather in developing healthy methods of coping with and responding to pain. She believes that the person you are today is a combination of emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, behavioral, biological and environmental factors. Distress in any one, or multiple, of these areas may create the need or desire to receive counseling. Tricia works to find the best approach for each individual client. Her blended approach may draw from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and/or Experiential Therapy. Tricia is also trained in Brainspotting, a brain-based therapy approach that focuses on where the brain stores trauma and involves both brain and body in a dual process of healing.

As a Christian Counselor, Tricia views her clients through a Biblical worldview but does not impose this perspective on clients. She believes that true healing comes from our Creator and that she is just an instrument of His healing. She believes in His unconditional love and grace and considers it an honor to be an instrument of this love and grace to her clients.
336-542-2060 ext. 113, Tricia@RPCounseling.org


Elizabeth (Liz) Newton, MA, LCMHC, LCAS

Liz Newton earned a Bachelors Degree in Bible Theology and Christian Counseling from John Wesley College in High Point, NC, and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#10585) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists (#22551) in North Carolina. Liz is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC).

Liz has experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with depression, anxiety, bipolar, marital issues, substance use, and adjustment to various life experiences, as well as personality disorders. Liz takes an eclectic approach to counseling, which often includes, but is not limited to cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and solution-focused brief therapy; as well as offering counseling from a biblical worldview. Liz is trained in the use of Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and in DBT skills; however, her approach in therapy will depend on the unique needs of her clients and their personal goals for therapy.
336-542-2060 ext. 119, Liz@RPCounseling.org


Sheri Peachey, MA, LCMHC, NCC

Sheri Peachey earned a BS in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and an MA in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (# 5134) in North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor (#209154). Sheri has 17 years of counseling experience.

Sheri’s clinical experience includes individual, couples, and family therapy and providing pre-marital counseling using Prepare and Enrich. In addition, she enjoys facilitating “Boundaries” and “Codependency” groups, or working with individuals struggling in these areas. She has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is an intervention utilized to treat trauma and other counseling related issues. Sheri also has concentrated training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. She is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association and American Association of Christian Counselors.

Sheri takes an eclectic approach to people’s problems. She utilizes aspects of cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral, or solution-focused therapy, depending on the unique presenting problem of each client. Additionally, Sheri utilizes a Christ-centered biblical approach in helping a person to become fully developed in all aspects of life. However, Sheri will always meet a client where she is spiritually and will never impose her beliefs on a client.
336-542-2060 ext. 105, Sheri@RPCounseling.org


Ebonie Potter, MA, NADD-DDS, LCMHCA

Ebonie Potter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is also a Competency Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist and Certified Life Coach in the areas of Marriage, Finance and Wellness. Ebonie has worked in the Mental Health field for the last 15 years serving the following populations: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury); children and adolescents facing adverse life challenges as well as ADHD and ODD; and adults with various mental health diagnosis including anxiety, depression, PTSD and adjustment disorder.  I have also conducted group, family and individual counseling sessions.

Ebonie’s approach to therapy is a person-centered collaboration. In addition to utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Ms. Potter will also bring authenticity, relatability, empathy, compassion and humor to the counseling room. She believes in treating the total person: bio, psycho, social and spiritual.  Together, Ebonie and her client will work to combine the principles of Christian Faith and Psychology to impact and improve the client’s overall mental health, relationships and life.

336-542-2060 ext. 114, Ebonie@RPCounseling.org


Beth Watkins, MA, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC

Beth received a BA in psychology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and a MA in pastoral counseling at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (#14358) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (#LCAS-A-24211) in the state of North Carolina. Her counseling expertise includes the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, Autism, substance abuse, grief, and adjustment.

Beth utilizes a holistic approach to working with her clients. She strives to establish and maintain a counseling relationship characterized by respect and collaboration. Therapy provides a safe and supportive place to process and discover new insights. She is passionate about working with couples, singles, and adolescents who are adjusting to life’s challenges, need a little help meeting their life goals, or just want to develop spiritually. Beth also provides substance abuse and addiction counseling. She uses a cognitive behavioral approach and has experience using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

As a Christian counselor, Beth conducts her counseling from a Biblical perspective where Christ provides the healing. She relies on the Holy Spirit to lead the session through the therapeutic relationship. Of course, she will meet each client where she is spiritually and will only include spiritual components at the client’s level of comfort.

336-542-2060 ext. 107, Beth@RPCounseling.org


Casey T. West, MA, LCMHC-A

Casey West earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A14749) in North Carolina.

Casey has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with trauma, anxiety, depression, body image/self-esteem, anger management, problematic behaviors, and stress management. Casey uses an integrated approach to counseling depending on the specific needs of the client. She is currently in the process of becoming certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the School-Aged Child (both group and family models).

Casey believes that true healing comes from the Lord, and it is her desire to be His instrument to assist girls and women in their journey of healing. She provides counseling from a Biblical perspective to help others grow in all areas of their lives and to be able to find fulfillment and joy. However, Casey wants the client to feel comfortable and will not ever impose personal views or beliefs on a client.  336-542-2060 ext. 108, Casey@RPCounseling.org