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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.
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