Presby Psych’s clinical team includes individuals from a variety of mental health disciplines, offering us a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches and applied techniques. Our clinicians also are attracted to our non-profit status and to the outreach work we do in the wider community. And they are committed to lifelong learning. Tammie Lesesne and Louis Reed, our senior consultants, enrich the clinical staff with their knowledge and expertise developed over long years of practice. Our support staff keeps Presby Psych’s operations going on a daily basis.
Dr. Frawley-O’Dea has been Executive Director of Presby Psych since 2010 and considers it the highlight of her career to lead this professionally skilled and compassionate organization.
Education: Dr. Frawley-O’Dea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. She worked in healthcare marketing for seven years. Changing careers, she earned a Master of Arts degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, where she also received a post-doctoral Certificate in Advanced Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rockland County Community Mental Health Center in Pomona, NY.
Clinician & Executive Director: For more than 35 years, Dr. Frawley-O’Dea has specialized in treating adolescent and adult male and female survivors of developmental trauma, including sexual abuse, and is internationally known for this work. She takes a relational psychodynamic approach to her clinical work informed by trauma theory and contemporary neuroscience. She believes that psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are crafts, combining both scientific principles and artisanship. No two therapeutic journeys are alike. Rather, they reflect the unique interactions of the individuals involved in the processes. Therapists and patients enter a relationship through which, when things go well, “more” becomes possible — more life, more love, more play, more feeling, more thought, more choice, more reflection.
Educator: Dr. Frawley-O’Dea taught in Derner’s doctoral and post-doctoral programs and was co-director, faculty member and supervisor at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis where she also served as Executive Director of their Trauma Treatment Program. She was faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Supervisory Training Program and at their National Training Program for Psychoanalysis. In Charlotte, she served as faculty member, supervisor and curriculum consultant for the North Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training. Recently, she became a faculty member and supervisor at Derner’s Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program.
Author, Speaker, Expert Witness: Mary Gail’s co-authored book, Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, is considered a classic. She also co-authored a book, The Supervisory Relationship, which offered a new, relational model of psychodynamic supervision. In 2002, she was the only psychologist invited to address the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at its seminal meeting on sexual abuse. There, she presented a paper on the psychological and spiritual damage resulting from clergy sexual abuse. After that, she authored Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, an analysis of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis. She has provided expert witness services in legal cases addressing sexual abuse.
Dr. Frawley-O’Dea is or has been on the editorial boards of several professional journals and is a member of the editorial board of The North Carolina Psychologist. She has published more than 50 book chapters, professional articles, and magazine or newspaper articles and has made numerous professional presentations and invited lectures throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Israel. She appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Deliver Us From Evil, which addressed the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
Location: Dr. Frawley-O’Dea’s clinical practice is at our Sharon Road/South Park location where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance, and out-of-network insurance. Her website is www.mgfod.com
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Education: Ms. Armistead earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware. Ashley was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNC Charlotte where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the national honor society in Counseling.
Clinical Practice: Ashley works clinically with adolescents 14 and older, young adults and adults. She is experienced with grief and loss, anxiety and depression, life transitions, trauma, and relationship stress. Her previous work in pediatrics and cardiac rehabilitation helped her gain appreciation for the mind-body connection. Ms. Armistead’s focus on the mutual influence of mind and body led her to found Let Me Run, a nonprofit wellness program for boys that harnesses the power of running to a comprehensive curriculum designed to amplify confidence, self-expression, and respect for others.
Ashley believes that psychotherapy is most successful when she and her client develop an authentic, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that opens space for the client to cultivate more relational connectedness, self-compassion, and emotional freedom. Working with a client to create an atmosphere in which they are most comfortable, Ms. Armistead may include walking therapy and other physical activities in their time together. Her passion for clinical engagement is fueled by her belief that clients come to psychotherapy, not only with pain and struggles, but with inherent value, areas of resilience, and the capacity to grow. She enjoys working with a spectrum of cultures.
Non-Clinical Experience: In addition to nursing and her leadership in Let Me Run, Ashley also has worked extensively with Roof Above, the new organization formed through the merger of Urban Ministry and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. In addition, she has been involved with the Appalachian Service Project, an entity that brings over 15,000 volunteers annually to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for people living in that region.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Armistead is a member of Presby Psych’s Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team; Child, Adolescent & Families Team, and our LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Ashley practices at our Sharon Road/South Park office where she accepts out-of-network benefits.
Education: Ms. Boone earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNC Charlotte where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the national honor society in Counseling.
Clinical Practice: Katie works clinically with young adults, adults, couples and families. She is experienced with the spectrum of mental health issues, as well as with challenging life transitions. Her previous career in corporate marketing and consulting provides her with real-life appreciation for the complexity of career issues and balancing them with family and other relationships. She is passionate about working clinically with individuals, couples and families from the LGBTQ community and with members of other marginalized communities. In all cases, she believes that the therapeutic relationship provides clients with space and support to access internal resources in order to heal and grow.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Boone co-chairs the LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team and is a member of the Trauma Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Katie practices at our Sharon Road/South Park Location where she accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Dr. Carstarphen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. Her Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Psychotherapy was awarded by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. As part of her training and interest in health and spirituality, she participated in Duke University’s Spirituality, Theology and Health research course.
Clinical Practice: Working with adults, Dr. Carstarphen conducts psychotherapy with an integrated approach, holistically combining the mind, body, spirit and culture of her adult clients. She has a special interest in working with individuals with chronic pain or illness, seniors and people who have histories of sexual, physical or other developmental traumas. With a background in art, Catherine includes art therapy in her clinical work. In addition to traditional psychotherapy, she also offers spiritual counseling.
Clinical Team Membership: Dr. Carstarphen is a member of the Senior Clinician Consultation Team.
Location: Dr. Carstarphen practices in our Sharon Road/South Park office where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance, and Cigna insurance, as well as out-of-network benefits.
Education: Mr. Collins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Elon University and a Master of Social Work degree from the Joint Master of Social Work Program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University.
Clinical Practice: Working with adolescents 18+ and adults, Patrick specializes in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. He believes in an integrative approach to treatment that appreciates the complex interactions between mental, emotional and spiritual health. Prior to joining Presby Psych, Patrick supervised the behavioral health program for a community health clinic for the underserved population in Charlotte, where he worked with a range of co-morbid mental health, substance use and chronic health conditions, and helped launch a medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction. He has also led individual and group treatment for individuals being released from federal prison with histories of addiction. A former journalist, Patrick uses an array of treatment modalities with his clients to assist them in telling the stories of where they have been, where they are, and where they want to be. He believes strongly that clients are the experts of their own lives, and as a social worker by training, values diversity.
Clinical Team Membership: Mr. Collins chairs our Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team. He is a member of the Trauma Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team and the LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Patrick also serves as Presby Psych’s HIPAA and Good Practice Officer.
Location: Patrick’s office is at our Sharon Road/South Park location where he accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance, Cigna, United Healthcare and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Ms. Fallon earned her Bachelor of Science degree at The Pennsylvania State University in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Liz worked in a research lab that focused on clinical psychology, executive functioning and social information processing, and family dynamics within underserved populations. Ms. Fallon then earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNC Charlotte and served as the Mental Health Counseling Chair for UNCC’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the national honor society in counseling.
Clinical Practice: Liz welcomes teens (12+), adults and families of all genders, races, ideologies and bodies into her practice. She takes a trauma-informed, integrative clinical approach that highlights the rediscovery of client values, deepens the mind-body connection, and assists the client in making meaning of their unique experiences. Ms. Fallon also combines scientifically proven approaches with a creative outlook to help clients heal and grow. Successful counseling or psychotherapy, she believes, is dependent on the creation of a space of trust between client and clinician.
Liz specializes in working clinically with individuals experiencing eating disorders and who struggle with self-worth, and body image concerns. In the past, she served as the clinical lead while working at an eating disorder treatment facility and is skilled in treating the spectrum of eating disorders. Ms. Fallon also focuses on exploring gender, sexuality, and identity development in a safe, non-judgmental space and she is a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Fallon co-chairs the LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team. She is also a member of the Child, Adolescent, Parent and Family Team and the Trauma Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Liz is located at our Sharon Road/South Park office where she accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Ms. Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Wingate University and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Winthrop University. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and has completed Levels I and II training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which involves processing trauma that is held in the body.
Clinical Practice: Perry works clinically with children 11+, adolescents, adults, couples, and families and with individuals struggling with disordered eating. She has a particular interest in working with survivors of trauma and is skilled in addressing PTSD, Complex PTSD, and the long-term impact of developmental attachment disruptions.
Ms. Griffin has worked extensively with the Refugee and Asylee population and is comfortable working with various cultures and ethnicities.
Perry values the unique experiences all individuals bring to their psychotherapy sessions.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Griffin belongs to our Child, Adolescent, Parents and Families Team, the Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team, and the LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Perry is located at our Park Road/Myers Park office where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Dr. Jamison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Delaware. Her Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology were received from Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Mandy completed her pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services. She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management.
Clinical Practice: Before moving to North Carolina, Dr. Jamison coordinated Temple University’s Campus Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness (CASA) team and provided individual and group psychotherapy to a diverse student body. She served as the senior consultant for staff and trainees in a walk-in clinic once a week.
In clinical practice since 2011, Mandy is experienced in working clinically with individuals who have recent or past histories of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She uses an integrative, relational treatment approach and is experienced in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, relational issues, and loss. She has further specialized in the treatment of addiction and has worked with those concerned about their own use, as well as those affected by a loved one’s addiction.
Educator/Supervisor: While at Temple, Mandy taught seminars for graduate trainees on the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, the interpersonal process of psychotherapy, and multicultural supervision. She also helped develop a diversity committee focused on enhancing the staff’s multicultural awareness, sensitivity and competency. In addition, she supervised the clinical work of post-doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral interns, and graduate student externs. At Presby Psych, Dr. Jamison directs our internship program for graduate students in mental health counseling and social work and also serves as coordinator of our mental health program for residents of the YWCA’s Women in Transition Program.
Clinical Team Membership: Mandy is a member of Presby Psych’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team, LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team, and Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Dr. Jamison is located at our Park Road/Myers Park office where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Carolina Behavioral Health and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Ms. Mader earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at UNC Wilmington. She then received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNC Charlotte where she was an honors student and Wellness Chair of UNCC’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society of counseling professionals and counselors in training, dedicated to excellence in scholarship, research, and clinical practice. As a couples counselor, Ariana is certified in Level 1 Gottman approach, a nationally respected model of couples therapy.
Clinical Practice: Ariana works clinically with adolescents, couples and families and welcomes to her practice members of the LGBTQ community. Ms. Mader believes in a collaborative approach to counseling and psychotherapy. She is skilled in DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and trauma informed therapeutic interventions that combine relational psychotherapy with neurobiological understanding of trauma and its impact. These approaches respect the client’s unique experience, provide space for reflection and insight, and also explore new skills to shift patterns of suffering.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Mader holds membership on our Child, Adolescent, Parent and Family Team, LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team, and Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Ariana is located at out Park Road/Myers Park office where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Mr. Miles earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University. He is a board-certified chaplain and educator in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Daniel then received a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC Charlotte.
Clinical Pastoral Experience/ CPE Educator/Supervisor: Mr. Miles worked with Wake Forest Baptist Health where he provided individual and group patient care on its inpatient behavioral care unit and in the ICU, inpatient oncology, and orthopedic units. Later, as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisor at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Daniel provided CPE to interns, residents, and supervisory education students while supporting staff chaplains in patient care. He also worked as Chaplain Manager at Atrium Health University City, offering individual counseling to Atrium staff and patients in the Levine Cancer Center. In addition, he chaired the hospital’s ethics committee.
Clinical Practice: Mr. Miles work clinically with individuals, couples, and families. He specializes in issues such as grief and loss, anxiety, depression, life transition, sexuality, and relationship stress. In working with couples, he does premarital counseling, marriage and relationship counseling, and sex therapy. Daniel primarily takes an existentialist approach, which helps clients uncover significance and meaning in their life experiences. He is also familiar with object-relations therapeutic techniques which help examine attachment patterns developed within one’s family of origin to better understand functioning in current relationships. Mr. Miles provides a safe, non-judgmental space and strives for each of his clients to feel seen and heard.
Clinical Team Membership: Mr. Miles is a member of Presby Psych’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team, LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team, and Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Daniel is located at our Sharon Road/South Park office where he accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Ms. Post received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from West Virginia University.
Clinical Practice: Katy sees young adults, adults, and families. She works clinically with individuals in post-acute alcohol and substance abuse recovery, as well as with the families and loved ones of people struggling with active addiction. Ms. Post also engages with individuals who are in transitions like divorce or separation, relocating, changing jobs or careers, or leaving home for the first time. Similarly, she is skilled in working with individuals who are struggling with depression and anxiety.
Katy recognizes that therapy is a relational, collaborative process. She strives to build with the client a safe space in which to share thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This can be uncomfortable at first, but ultimately fosters genuine and lasting healing.
Clinical Team Membership: Katy is a member of Presby Psych’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team, LGBTQ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team, and Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Ms. Post’s office is at our Park Road/Myers Park office where she accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and out-of-network benefits.
Education: Dr. Simpson grew up in Danville, VA and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College. He then earned a Ph.D. in Community and School Psychology at the University of Tennessee. John completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative and the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute in Knoxville, TN.
Clinical Practice: Dr. Simpson worked with Eastover Psychological and Psychiatric Group, Charlotte Behavioral Health Associates and was in private practice before joining Presby Psych. He sees children 7+, adolescents, adults, parents, couples and families. In addition, he serves as a parent coordinator in cases of high conflict divorce. Dr. Simpson is a trained facilitator of SoulCollage and occasionally integrates it in his clinical practice.
As a clinician, John focuses on clients’ impediments to living the lives they desire. He especially attends to the important relationships in clients’ lives and how they affect and are affected by clients’ experiences of and reactions to them. With individual children, adolescents and adults, as well as with couples and families, Dr. Simpson strives to create with clients a safe therapeutic partnership through which wounds can be healed, areas of resilience strengthened, and growth achieved.
Professional Leadership: John has served as a member and chair of the clients’ rights committee at the Carlton Watkins Center and Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health. He is a past president of the Mecklenburg Psychological Association and served two terms on the board of the North Carolina Psychological Association. In 2012, Dr. Simpson received the North Carolina Psychology Foundation President’s Award for his work in developing statewide training for disaster mental health volunteers.
Clinical Team Membership: Dr. Simpson sits on Presby Psych’s Child, Adolescent, Parents & Families Team, and is a member of a consultation group of senior clinicians.
Location: John is located at our Sharon Road/South Park office where he accepts Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance, Cigna, United Healthcare and out-of-network benefits.
Ms. Lesesne was an award-winning counselor who now focuses on career counseling and personal coaching. She had over 20 years of experience as an educator and communications skills trainer in both non-profit and corporate settings. Tammie’s approach honors the unique individuality of each client in order to help them develop personalized career goals and life plans, while identifying and eliminating obstacles to reaching those goals. She is located in our South Park/Sharon Road office. Retired as a psychotherapist, she does not accept insurance.
A retired United Methodist certified pastoral psychotherapist, supervisor and educator, Dr. Reed earned academic degrees from Texas Wesleyan, Southern Methodist, and Emory Universities. He completed clinical training at the Institute of Religion and Health of the Texas Medical Center, the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Florida, and the Washington (DC) School of Psychiatry. Louis is the former director of Samaritan Counseling Services in Jacksonville, Florida, and of Methodist Counseling Center and the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training in Charlotte. He is the author of a published essay on organizational trauma.
Ms. Meadows verifies all insurance benefits for new clients, a vital task that she carries out effectively and with patience and persistence. Charlene has been with us since 2014.
Ms. Penley is the heartbeat of Presby Psych and the first voice clients hear on the phone. Sandi handles all administrative aspects of the practice and the physical plant and we would be lost without her. She has been with Presby Psych since 2001.
Ms. Siclait joined us in 2017. She is the financial center of Presby Psych, setting fees, working with insurance, billing and collecting. Shandarah also assists clinicians in reviewing the financial aspects of their practices and walks them through credentialing by insurance companies.