Andrea Hiser (MS, LCMH Supervisor, LCAS)

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at West Virginia University. I worked for many years with people with developmental disabilities, now referred to the IDD population. Due to the changing climate, my position was phased out and I had to look for another career path. First, I attended University of North Carolina in 2006 and received a Master’s in Liberal Studies, but it was not as career opening as I would have hoped, so I went back to school in 2009 and received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2013 from Walden University, a CACREP-accredited university. As part of my requirements, I completed my internship here at Delta Behavioral Health. I was involved in the Partial Hospitalization Program, which works with people with acute mental illness that are struggling with extreme emotions. The program offers Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in a facility program setting. I was involved in all aspects of the program.

After graduation I continued to work at Delta until 2014 at which time, I went to work at RHA, a mental health center and worked in their crisis/outpatient clinic. My responsibilities included Comprehensive Clinical Assessments, group and individual therapy and crisis assessment to a variety of different people, ages and diagnosis.

Since returning to Delta in 2016, I have worked to build a private practice and my own company, Clear Path Counseling, PLLC. My preferred clientele would be ages 19 years old and older. The treatment modalities I utilize are Solution Focused, EMDR and DBT skills training. My specialties are people with depression, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, trauma and LBGTQI adjustment issues. I am trained intensively by Behavioral Tech for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which is an institute created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, herself. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by EMBRIA. I am here to help you on your journey of discovery and healing and I have a passion to help you create a “life worth living.”

For up and coming LCMHC, I provide supervision and follow the NCLCMHC board to help you achieve full licensure.

Currently I am taking BC/BS, United Healthcare/Optum, Medcost, and Magellan.

Fred Kuttner (MA, LPC)


I bring to counseling a wealth of life experience as well as my education, training, and experience in counseling. I spent most of my previous career in university teaching and in the electronics industry.

I graduated in 2011 from Santa Clara University with a degree in counseling psychology. I have worked as a suicide prevention counselor, senior peer counselor, and as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, all at Family Services of the Central Coast in Santa Cruz, California, as well as a grief counselor at Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

A few years ago I relocated to Wilmington to be near my grandson. I worked at Trinity Wellness Center before coming to Delta. Here I see individual clients, and couples. I especially enjoy working with couples on communication, and with individuals facing life transitions, including career changes, and dealing with grief and loss.

I am currently taking Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance and Medicaid. I will see patients who have other insurance for the amount that they would pay for co-pay, and those without insurance on a sliding scale.

Nicole Merrigan (MA, LPA)

I came down from New Jersey to pursue an education in North Carolina, but I have received more than an education—I am building my life here. I received both my BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Substance Abuse Treatment Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I am licensed as a Psychological Associate and certified as a Health Services Provider-PA.

I started my clinical work here at Delta Behavioral Health as an intern in the Partial Hospitalization, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient, and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs. During my internship, I conducted intakes, facilitated group, provided individual therapy, and provided crisis interventions. Upon graduation and licensure, I have since continued working for these programs, and I have also worked in outpatient community mental health.

Currently, I have 2 roles here at Delta: 1) conduct intakes/comprehensive clinical assessments for the facility programs and 2) provide outpatient individual therapy in my private practice. In my private practice, I see adults 18+ with the following issues or disorders: depression, mood, anxiety, trauma, personality, self-harm, suicidal thinking, substance use, dual-diagnosis, or difficulty in adjusting to stressful life events. I utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I am available for BCBS and self-pay clients. I am also available to teach DBT skills individually if you learn better one-on-one as compared to a group setting.

Please call Delta if you are interested in my services for individual therapy, or if you are interested in finding out more information.


Blue Cross Blue Shield, Self-Pay

Brian Williamson (MSW, LCSW, LCAS)

To borrow a line from the book, A Purpose Driven Life, “We do not think ourselves into a better way of living, we live ourselves into a better way of thinking.”  That being said, I have great admiration for any individual that shows the courage & willingness required to allow themselves to be vulnerable in the company of another person in an effort to improve the quality of not only their lives, but also the lives of those around them.  As an invited guest on your personal journey, it is my goal as a therapist to provide you with a comforting, safe environment to reap the benefits of self-honesty.  I am a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2002) and a Master’s degree in Social Work (2007).  Prior to joining the team at Delta, I was a Counselor Supervisor at the Wilmington Treatment Center, an inpatient substance abuse/dual diagnosis facility, where I was consistently reminded of how often mood disorders (depression, anxiety) overlap with substance abuse.  I base my therapeutic approach on Solution-Focused, Strength-Based therapy, and frequently use Cognitive-Behavioral restructuring to address self-defeating patterns.  Utilizing my undergraduate minor in Creative Writing, I am also passionate about the value of narrative therapy and journaling exercises when dealing with grieving and unresolved trauma.  I congratulate you for researching this phase of your personal journey…I invite you to take the First Step.

Blue Cross Blue Shield

John E. Lothes II (MA, LPA)

John E. Lothes II, M.A., L.P.A. – I attended Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) and received my B.A. in psychology. While at Shepherd I worked for the WV Children’s Home Society and continued with them after graduation. After working for the WVCHS for awhile, I decided to further my education. So, I attended UNC Wilmington for graduate school. I graduated with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology (concentration in Substance Abuse Treatment) from UNCW.

At Delta Behavioral Health I currently help run the Partial Hospital Program; the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program; and I run Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups; as well as do some individual work. In our programs, we help many people develop a life worth living. Whether we are dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse or just learning to deal effectively with the daily stressors of life, we can help.

I also teach psychology courses and do research at UNCW and I work part time at Wilmington Health Access for Teens (W.H.A.T) as a statistician. Some other programs at WHAT that I have been involved in; include a male responsibility program (WISE Guys) and a tobacco prevention program for public schools in North Carolina (TRU campaign).

I would say in my free time, I train aikido. But, who really has “free” time. I currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) and am the founder and faculty advisor to the UNCW aikido club. Along with my training I have traveled throughout the country to train and teach aikido based self-defense seminars. Recently, along with my aikido training, I have become interested in looking into and researching factors involving mindfulness.

Blue Cross Blue Shield, MedCost

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