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Our Therapists

Our expertise and years of experience working with hundreds of individuals, couples, children, and families helps us understand your situation and path to a more fulfilling life. Our role is to help you find more happiness, more satisfaction, and more meaning in your life.

Scott Hammontree, M.A., L.P.C.S. is the Executive Director of Carolina Center for Counseling & Clinical Services, Inc.  He has spent his entire career helping children, individuals, couples, and families lead more fulfilling lives.  Scott has published and presented papers at national conferences in areas such as:  treatment for emotionally handicapped children, anger management, conflict resolution, depression, and problem solving.  He is one of the area’s leading experts in intensive family, marital, and pediatric interventions.

Abby C. Brody, M.A., NCC, LPC has been with Carolina Center for Counseling over ten years.  She is a licensed mental health therapist who works with all populations.  She provides counseling for children, adolescents, couples, individuals, and families.  She specializes in ADHD, parenting issues, sexual abuse, PTSD, and depression.  Abby attended her undergraduate schooling at Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina (earning her BA at CCU in 2004).  She earned her MA at Webster University.  She has been licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) since February of 2009.  She has also been Nationally Certified (NCC) since August 2009.

Melanie Baker, MS, LPC received her Master of Science in Counseling from John Brown University with a Dual Emphasis in Community Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. She provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Melanie has been trained in trauma and developmentally informed therapeutic interventions for victims of abuse and/or neglect. She works with clients on issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression/mood disorders, anger management, low self-esteem, poor social skills, decision making, grief, forgiveness, ADHD, and ODD. She believes that all individuals have strengths and are capable of change. She utilizes, when appropriate, techniques from play and art therapy to promote healing.

Amanda N. Jones, MA, LPC received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Belmont Abbey College, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Amanda has worked with clients on issues such as, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, behavior disorders, low self esteem, mood disorders, domestic violence, anger management, substance abuse, and grief. In addition to her graduate work in mental health, she has worked at Carolina Center for Counseling’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation program, previously known as Piedmont Pioneer House. Amanda has been a Mental Health Consultant for Gaston Community Action Head Start program since 2014. Amanda integrates Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered Planning, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Problem Solving, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy to assist each individual, and family in reaching their goals.

Susan E. Olson, M.A., LMFT received her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary in San Diego and her undergraduate B.A. degree in psychology from California State University Northridge. She has been working with children, youth, adults and their families for over 14 years in California, Colorado and now the beautiful state of North Carolina. She has extensive experience working with high risk clients with issues such as ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, abuse, mood disorders, grief and loss, anger management, and need for social skill building. She encourages clients toward developing their strengths, healing, and improving their self esteem and self awareness. She enjoys developing a positive rapport with clients and their families understanding that each family has a story that is playing itself out and each story embodies that family’s hope.

Blair Scott, MSW, LCSWA providing therapy services to children, adolescents and adults. Blair received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She then went on to earn her Master Degree in social work from Winthrop University with a concentration on empowerment practice across systems. Blair has worked as a mental health and substance abuse clinician providing services to clients in their homes, residential settings and agencies as well as facilitating small groups with children using trauma informed care. She was the 2017 Trauma Survivors Network Intern of the Year. She has worked with clients of all ages from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Blair has clinical experience working with clients who have experienced a wide variety of traumas, have challenging Family Dynamics, Substance Abuse Disorders, Survivors of Physical, Sexual and Domestic Abuse and those who struggle with Mood and Behavioral Disorders. Blair has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Group Therapy, Child Directive Models and DBT while continuing to expand her knowledge and skills with these models. Blair has also completed training in non-violent crisis intervention as well as mental health first aid. Blair uses a strengths-based approach to aide in self-worth, recovery and empowerment. When working with children, Blair loves to utilize creative interventions that will encourage children to engage and embrace the therapeutic process.