ABOUT US

Almost one of every two individuals in North Carolina who need mental health services are not being reached. Our professional resources and vision of integrated care offers hope to those who do not currently receive assistance. Part of our vision involves walking alongside clients on their therapeutic journey with a deep level of compassionate care.

The need for therapy is critical and we believe the process of finding wholeness through counseling changes lives, families, and whole communities.  The staff of NHCW believes in the dignity of each human life and feels it is essential for those who can help to step in and offer hope. This is why we do what we do.

 

OUR SERVICES
Mental Health Counseling
NHCW mental health counselors provide therapy tailored to each individual’s needs. We combine traditional therapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates an efficient path for change and problem resolution.
Trauma Counseling

Psychological Trauma is a type of damage to the mind that may occur as a result of a distressing event.  This Stress can consist of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual aspects of a person’s psyche, and often greatly affects the people around them.  Trauma is usually, but not always, the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved.  Signs of Trauma aren’t always visible or immediate. An individual may not be fully aware of their trauma’s negative manifestations, even years or decades later.  Seeking counseling for Trauma is a healthy solution to resolve a burden that we are not naturally equipped to handle.  Trauma Counseling helps to discover and resolve the root of the issue.

Marriage & Family Counseling
Being a part of a family can be difficult, whether you’re  a couple or a member of a larger household.  There can easily be breakdowns in communication due to disagreements or life-changing situations and it can be difficult for a family unit to recover.  NHCW works to bring change through effective communication and problem solving so each person can be heard and acknowledged, leading to stronger bonds and a more harmonious home.
Child & Adolescent therapy
Child and Adolescent Therapy helps kids and teens who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. NHCW feels that communication is a basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s emotions, emotional expression, and behaviors. For children, playing, pretending, and creating are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.

The relationship that develops between the therapist and the child is a crucial way to help the child feel safe and understood. This solidifies trust and makes it easier for the child to express feelings while receiving support and then learning to understand themselves and ultimately changing their behavior.

Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Counselors serve clients of any or no religious affiliation by integrating the client’s spiritual beliefs and practices with therapeutic process. A pastoral counselor can provide the guidance, skill, and therapeutic relationship needed to promote psychological and spiritual growth towards becoming whole.
Play Therapy
Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based counseling practice used to treat a variety of mental health concerns and helps children to better express their emotions, demonstrate self-control and responsibility, show respect for themselves and others, increase self-esteem, and become problem-solvers.
THE TEAM
Laura Gundel
Mental Health Counselor

M.Div., M.A., LPC, NCC, CPastC

Learn More about Laura

People who seek help through the stresses and traumas of life instead of succumbing to them are the bravest people I know. Although therapy may not feel courageous, at some point, we all need the presence and compassionate care of someone committed to our healing process. This is my passion.

I work with courageous people who choose to move toward wholeness while continuing to live and care for the responsibilities of their lives. A large part of my work is devoted to helping men, women, and children work through traumatic experiences in the present and those remembered from the past.

My interests in therapy include: Adult and child individual/couples counseling, relationship and parenting concerns, grief and loss, transitions, depression and anxiety, and questions about spirituality and religion. I practice Person-Centered Therapy with inclusive elements of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Gestalt, and Experiential Family Therapies. I find clients respond differently to elements from all therapies, and I believe it is important to offer an eclectic approach rather than restrict therapy to one specific path.

Elizabeth M. Nichols
Mental Health Counselor

M.Div., M.A., ED.S., LPC, NCC

 

Learn More about Elizabeth

At times, we all get sidetracked or overwhelmed and feel like life has become out of control. We begin to believe that we will never be the whole person we were created to become. This is why I became a therapist. I am committed to traveling with clients on their path toward freedom, healing, and wholeness.

Although the choice to engage in counseling can be intimidating, the benefits can be life-changing. I have worked with a wide array of clients from children to geriatric populations and focus on the process of moving through life’s difficulties toward positive change.

Every client has counseling needs that are unique, therefore I use several different integrative therapeutic approaches that stem from attachment theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and a person-centered theory of counseling.

SHANITA BURGESs
Mental Health Counselor

M.A., LPCA, NCC

Learn More about Shanita

Seeking help can be hard, especially when you are not sure where to start. Attempting to find someone who is knowledgeable, empathetic, and non-judgmental can truly be discouraging. Let me do my part to make it easier by explaining what I do and what to expect when you walk in my door. We will work together to create goals and a plan to achieve those goals.

I have experience working with children, teens, and adults providing individual and couples therapy. I enjoy helping clients navigate the process of change regardless of what they are dealing with. I use facets of cognitive behavioral theory which focuses on how thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors.

Some issues I assist with include low moods, worry, multicultural issues, inattentiveness, obsessive thoughts, thoughts regarding trauma, LGBT issues, low motivation, and thoughts of death.

Jenna Brown
Mental Health Counselor

M.A., LPCA, NCC

Learn More about Jenna

“Play is a child’s language and the toys are their words.”

Often, children have depleted their own problem solving tools, and they misbehave, or may act out at home, with friends, or at school. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. By confronting problems in the clinical Play Therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play Therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns.

I have experience working with children in both the school setting and in Play Therapy rooms. My passion is working with children through Play Therapy and I would be honored to work with your child.

Ashley Edmond
Mental Health Counselor

M.A., LPCA, NCC

Learn More about Ashley
At some point in our lives, we all face challenges and difficulties. As a counselor, I feel it is my job to help guide and walk with you through these challenges. Through our work, we can navigate through life’s obstacles and hardships and move towards accomplishing your therapeutic goals. I believe in illuminating my client’s strengths and utilizing those strengths and positivity to conquer anything that stands in their way of wellness and contentment.
Therapeutic interests include: Anxiety, couple and familial concerns, adolescent/ young adult transitions, trauma, anger management, and multicultural concerns
Seeking counseling can be intimidating, but taking this first step could be the key to changing your life for the better.
Carlyn Joseph
Mental Health Counselor

M.A., LPCA, NCC

Learn More about Carlyn
Being human can be exhilarating, yet challenging. We experience joy and pain; we experience victories and trials. Regardless, we yearn for connectedness and assurance that we are not alone in the various seasons of life.  As a therapist, I desire to come alongside you in your counseling journey. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, challenges with self-worth or self-image, relational conflict, and life transitions.

My approach to counseling is holistic, because I understand that we as humans are complex and unique. Therefore, I strive to cultivate a relationship with each client that facilitates autonomy, self-direction, and growth. My hope is that you feel encouraged, empowered, and supported in your journey of healing.

DOUG DICKENS, PHD
Pastoral Counselor
Learn More about DOUG

I have been a professional Pastoral Counselor and Fellow in AAPC (the American Association of Pastoral Counselors) for 40 years. An ordained minister, I have pastored churches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina and Manila, Philippines. I have been a Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling for more than 30 years, receiving my clinical training in a pastoral counseling residency at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, Texas and my MDiv and PhD degrees in pastoral care and counseling from Southwestern Seminary. I am a Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor, a Board Certified Chaplain (retired), and a Diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervison and Psychotherapy. Embracing a holistic approach to care while integrating attention to body, mind, and spirit, I like working with couples, families, and individuals. Born and raised in Arkansas, I have worked for years with missionary families. My counseling interests include spirituality, grief and loss, care for families facing acute distress and chronic long-term care situations, and pastoral psychotherapy of ministers & families. I offer seminars, retreats and workshops to clergy and congregations and frequently serve as an interim pastor to congregations. Ecumenical in spirit, I have been blessed for many years by meaningful relationships with persons of faith beyond that of my own Christian community. For fun I tinker with my 1951 Ford tractor, play “gentleman farmer,” and run with my dogs in the woods.

Rachel McIntosh
Administrative Assistant
Learn More about Rachel
Rachel joined New Hope Counseling and Wellness as an Administrative Assistant in 2018. She graduated from Meredith College in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science and a minor in Marketing.  Her work experience includes Business Management, Marketing, and Sales. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys yoga, traveling locally and abroad, and spending time with two and four-legged friends alike.
EVENTS
Mental Health Counseling
NHCW mental health counselors provide therapy tailored to each individual’s needs. We combine traditional therapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates an efficient path for change and problem resolution.
Trauma Counseling
Marriage & Family Counseling
Being a part of a family can be difficult, whether you’re  a couple or a member of a larger household.  There can easily be breakdowns in communication due to disagreements or life-changing situations and it can be difficult for a family unit to recover.  NHCW works to bring change through effective communication and problem solving so each person can be heard and acknowledged, leading to stronger bonds and a more harmonious home.
Child & Adolescent therapy
Child and Adolescent Therapy helps kids and teens who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. NHCW feels that communication is a basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s emotions, emotional expression, and behaviors. For children, playing, pretending, and creating are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.

The relationship that develops between the therapist and the child is a crucial way to help the child feel safe and understood. This solidifies trust and makes it easier for the child to express feelings while receiving support and then learning to understand themselves and ultimately changing their behavior.

Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse Therapy helps to motivate the individual dealing with addiction to find inner joy and peace by developing personal relapse prevention plans, coping skills for triggers, and working through past experiences and learned behaviors that might have prompted the cycle of addiction to begin. It also can be used to provide support for families.  At times, being part of an addiction support system can feel like riding a roller-coaster of emotions. Counseling can help the family establish safe and healthy boundaries while loving the individual recovering from addiction.
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Counselors serve clients of any or no religious affiliation by integrating the client’s spiritual beliefs and practices with therapeutic process. A pastoral counselor can provide the guidance, skill, and therapeutic relationship needed to promote psychological and spiritual growth towards becoming whole.
Play Therapy
Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based counseling practice used to treat a variety of mental health concerns and helps children to better express their emotions, demonstrate self-control and responsibility, show respect for themselves and others, increase self-esteem, and become problem-solvers.

New Hope Counseling and Wellness

609 S. New Hope Road, Suite 102,
Gastonia, NC 28053,

Telephone: +01 704-208-1865
FAX: +01 704-208-1865

We seek to provide a safe, nonjudgmental place where clients can explore personal issues and talk openly about their thoughts and feelings. We respect the unique makeup of each person, including background, beliefs, values, life experiences and counseling needs.

 

New Hope Counseling and Wellness
609 S. New Hope Road
Suite 102
Gastonia, NC 28053

 

Telephone: +01 704-208-1865
FAX: +01 704-208-1865