Cathy Ward, MA, LCMHC
Cathy Ward is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Most of my work involves assisting my clients in learning practical ways that will help them manage their stress and feelings that create a sense of feeling overwhelmed and stuck. My goal is to help my clients feel more empowered to make the changes in their life that help them feel better. I offer a compassionate, caring environment where my clients can openly and safely discuss their concerns and worries. I am passionate about working with individuals and families who experience anxiety, depression and anger. I have specific training in applied neuroscience to treat anxiety which helps clients recognize what is happening in their bodies resulting in them feeling calmer and more connected to life.
Sara Savino, MAMFC, LCMHC, EMDR
Sara moved to North Carolina with her family in 2017 and was quickly scooped up by South Point Counseling due to her impressive credentials. Prior to coming to SPC she worked with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health since 2002 initially as a Licensed Professional Counselor only to be promoted soon after to the director of the Cherokee Mental Health Center.
Sara works with adults and adolescents on issues such as depression, grief, anxiety, and marital issues providing individual, family and couples therapy utilizing various techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Oriented Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Mindfulness. She provides a supportive environment with a focus on positive change and growth to all groups of individuals and couples including the LGBT+ community.
Moreover, she is one of a handful of mental health professionals in Gaston County who is fully trained and certified as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist through the EMDR Institute. This therapy technique is especially effective with issues related to trauma with all populations including veterans and first responders and individuals who have suffered traumatic experiences.
Chandler Sigmon, LCMHCA, NCC
Chandler is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. She received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in August of 2019. Chandler works mostly with children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in ADHD, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, and family interactions. As Chandler states, “My ultimate goal is to help children and families navigate through life.” Her therapeutic approach is primarily within the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy because, “So many issues facing people today have to do with their mindset and the behaviors that follow.”
Michelle Hartis, MSSA, LCSW
Michelle has over twenty years of experience working in the mental health field. Common concerns she addresses are anxiety, depression and a history of trauma including self-harm behaviors. She has experience with children, adolescents and adults She utilizes a variety of interventions with the most common including CBT and DBT.
Larry Kimel, B.A., M.Div., D. Min.
As a United Methodist minister for 43 years, Larry has had hundreds of members to come for counseling. Duing the last 12 years of his work within the church setting, he added special training at the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training in Charlotte. This allowed him to spend the final 10 years not only serving a local congregation, but also working within South Point Counseling as a North Carolina Certified Pastoral Counselor, Assosciate.
The unique nature of pastoral counselors is that we blend the studies of human psychology with the teachings of the Christian faith. This lets us understand and deal wit each client as a mind-and-spirit whole. I never impose my own faith beliefs on a client, but I do recognize each person as a creation and child of God, complete with human failings and divine possibilities.
In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah the question is asked, "Can a leopard change his spots?" I have seen many clients come into counseling, wanting to change those "spotty" parts of their lives. And I have seen lives improved where the spots have been faced, dealt with, changed, and eliminated. As a pastoral counselor I try to help make these good things happen.
Laura Stroupe, M.Ed., Counseling and Human Development, LCMHCA, NCC
Laura is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. She received her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development in May 2021 from Lindsey Wilson College. Laura works with people of all ages, addressing a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, anger, grief, LGBTQIA issues, ADHD, couples and family counseling. Laura utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions, most especially Person-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Theory.
Lydia Sauls, BS, Counseling Intern
Lydia is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Liberty University in order to obtain her LCMHC licensure. She is currently accepting clients at South Point Counseling under the supervision of both SPC & Liberty. She has years of experience working with children in school and home settings and looks forward to applying this knowledge to her work with younger clients. Lydia utilizes a person-centered theoretical orientation and is most experienced with depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders.
Denise N. Brown, Office Manager
Denise Brown began working for South Point Counseling August 2019. She has a BA in Accounting from Sacred Heart College. She credits her time working for her daddy as the best educational opportunity and learning experience in business. That lead to a Denise’s platform for a career in the life safety industry for over 20 years performing various accounting functions. When the opportunity was presented, Denise was quite happy to join South Point Counseling as the commute to work would be stressful, she would no longer have the daily commute on the 485 Speedway.
South Point Counseling's two therapy dogs, Kipper Rhodes & Blondie McCarter sadly passed away within a few days of each other in May of 2018. During the grieving process we questioned if we even wanted to find a replacement for these two wonderful canines. Then, by happenstance, in August of 2018, Chloe came into the practice and with her came an animal with characteristics who fit perfectly with the best qualities that both Kipper and Blondie had. Her gentleness and love for people has healed much of the grief of both clients and staff as she is an invaluable addition to the practice.