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Rob McCarter, MS, LPCS, NCC, School Psychologist Level II

Rob retired from CMS in 2013 after 32 years as a school psychologist. In 1998, while working in a private practice setting he was licensed as an LPC with a local agency until he branched out on his own and opened South Point Counseling in 2003. As Rob says, “When I began SPC my intention was to be a sole practitioner but with the demand on quality services and the Lord’s blessings SPC now has 5 therapists and a full time office manager and we’re growing.”

Rob works with people across the age span from children to adults who have experienced a variety of behavioral and emotional issues. While he utilizes a variety of counseling approaches and techniques the two he uses the most come from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and NLP (i.e., Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

In addition Rob supervises Licensed Professional Counseling Associates who are seeking to qualify to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Cathy Ward, MA, LPC

Cathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been in private practice since 2012. Prior to this she has over ten years in the mental health field with a background in social work, casework and behavioral health rehabilitation. She especially enjoys working with children, couples, young adults, adolescents and families.

Cathy often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, assertive communication skill building, parenting skills,strength-based person-centered techniques, and communication techniques for couples.



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, BS

Chandler is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Liberty University in order to obtain her license as an LPC. Currently at South Point Counseling she is taking her practicum (via Liberty University). Beginning in January, 2018 she will transition into “Intern” status at South Point Counseling and will be able to see clients (under supervision of both SPC & Liberty). As Chandler states, “My ultimate goal is to help marriages 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 the way we think and/or the way we behave.”


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.

Shandrai Silva, M.Ed., LPC

Shandrai is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Since graduating from undergraduate school in 1990, she has worked with children, adolescents and families in various capacities. In addition to South Point Counseling she also works as an elementary school guidance counselor within the Gaston County School System. She brings to SPC a vast amount of experience as she worked in group homes, intensive in-home, foster care and school-based mental health counseling.

She works with primarily with children and adolescents. Shandrai utilizes an integrated theoretical approach in counseling utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Counseling, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Reality Therapy.



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.

She works with primarily with children and adolescents. Shandrai utilizes an integrated theoretical approach in counseling utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Counseling, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Reality Therapy.



Chloe McCarter

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.