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

Nova Swanstrom (MA, LPA)

nova I predominantly work with members of the LGBTQ+ community and our loved ones. I focus on affirmation and exploration to facilitate authenticity while taking into account your values and goals while addressing your clinical mental health needs. As a member of the community myself, I know the importance of being in control of your own process while you face specific challenges.

• Certified Member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)
• Letters provided to access transition care
• Specific interest in adults and parents/families
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
• Private Practice since 2007
• Kink and Consensual Non-Monogamy affirming
• Teletherapy only
• Self pay rates: $125 Intake and $90 45 min Session

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Self Pay



Cheryl Maddux (MSW, LCSW)

CherylHi, I’m Cheryl. I have 10+ years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker/therapist. I see therapy as a process of introspection with compassion. Within therapy, one learns to listen and respond with compassion for oneself and others. In therapy, one can develop the ability to expand awareness and be more flexible in making life choices.

I graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1999. There I gained experience as a counselor at a women’s college, a social worker in a psychiatric hospital and a psychotherapist. I am licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). My license number is C004823.

My client focus spans from college age adults to elders, male or female, of any ethnicity, and of any religious affiliation or orientation. I also work with gay and lesbian individuals. My specialties include depression, anxiety, loss and grief, relationship issues, gay and lesbian issues, and trauma. I use a blend of cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic models and work with individuals, couples and groups.

The average cost per session is $90. Sliding scale fees may be arranged by talking directly with me if you are paying for your services yourself. I also accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Magellan, Med Cost and Medicaid.

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Joseph Leblanc (MSW, LCSW, LCAS)

JoeI am a graduate of East Carolina University. I have lived and worked in the Wilmington for over 15 years. I currently do individual and couples therapy working with adolescents and adults. I specialize in dual diagnosis treatment, couples issues, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse issues, sexual orientation issues, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma work. I am a certified IMAGO Therapist and use IMAGO techniques to better address the needs of couples. I am also EMDR certified and can currently use EMDR with clients to address different issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma issues as well as addiction issues. I also complete DMV assessments for individuals wishing to regain driving privileges.
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Jane St. John (MA, LPA, LCAS, CCS)

janeEach day I am honored to serve the clients of Delta Behavioral Health and work with the Delta team. My mission is to work with others to build a life worth living.

College included a major in psychology and psychological research at the Kennedy Center located at George Peabody College in Nashville. Later, I worked in a public hospital, where I became an assistant to the clinical director. Upon re-locating in North Carolina in the early 90’s, I started graduate school in UNC-Wilmington’s graduate psychology’s charter class of 1994. I graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology, with a specialty in chemical dependence. Shortly thereafter, I received my license as a Psychological Associate (LPA) and also as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). In 2009, I added the Certified Clinical Supervisor credential after a 2 year internship in the specialty of supervising those providing services to clients with chemical dependency problems.

Prior to opening Delta, I worked at The Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in both their dual diagnosis program and the screening department before transferring to the Partial Hospital Program (PHP). There the PHP program was redesigned to be based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills modules, an evidence-based program that was developed over 3 decades by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus, for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Much research on the effectiveness of DBT had accumulated, and supported DBT as an effective approach in the treatment of depression and anxiety, of eating disorders and addiction, and of schizophrenia, among other disorders.

Recent reforms in the North Carolina mental health service delivery system resulted in the formation of Delta Behavioral Health, PLLC. Delta is a successful private practice composed of a collection of providers from multiple disciplines. At Delta we work together to provide assistance to persons with mental health needs from all walks of life in building a life worth living. My time now as the Member/ Manager (CEO) of Delta is divided between administrative activities, providing individual psychotherapy, and leading DBT skills groups in Delta’s licensed PHP and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP).

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