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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.

Elizabeth Clements, MA, LPC  Elizabeth received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lenoir Rhyne College. Elizabeth is a North Carolina licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She provides marital, family, and individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Elizabeth works with clients on issues such as anxiety, depression/mood disorders, ADHD, various forms of abuse, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, anger management, social skills, grief, and parenting skills. Elizabeth has been the Mental Health Consultant for Gaston Community Action Head Start program since 2011. As a consultant she works with parents, teachers, and students to improve behaviors, teach classroom management skills, and parenting interventions. Elizabeth provides social skills groups, trainings for parents and school staff to educate about behavior problems and childhood disorders, while also working to improve adult-child relationships at home and at school. Elizabeth integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Person-Centered therapy, and play therapy to help clients identify the source of their pain or problematic behavior. Elizabeth is empaneled with BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and Medicaid.

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.