Damaris Cortés-Figueroa, LPC (12047)
Damaris Cortés-Figueroa speaks three (3) languages: English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). Damaris was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. Damaris loves to listen and to talk to people. Her goal is to guide them to identify their strengths and to do what they love. She also helps people to identify their weakness and encourage them to see positive out of negative.
Qualifications and Background
Damaris Cortés Figueroa earned her Master of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix in July 2013, she also earned her master’s in counseling program from Liberty University. Damaris graduated with Magna Cum Laude from both programs. Damaris also earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix in 2011 in which she graduated with a GPA of 3.9. On 2009, she completed her minor on Associate of Arts in Human Services Management/Social Work. In 2014, Damaris completed the National Counselor Certification (NCC).
During her graduate program, she interned six years at Access Family Services in Asheville, North Carolina. There, she worked with children and adults of all ages. She provided individual and family therapy for clients, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Her clients were children (ages 2 and up), teens, adults, couples, and families. The various populations and situations she has treated are emotional issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief work, PTSD, ADHD, and parenting training, among others.
She provided individual therapy to adults in the community with varying mental health diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. She also co-facilitated a weekly children’s mental health group focused on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and Domestic Violence’s groups. As an LPCA, she has worked with youth providing intensive in-home services and as an outpatient therapist for both children and adults.
Presently, Damaris has completed more than four thousand five hundred (4,500) hours of supervised counseling/psychotherapy towards her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)/ Licensure. Damaris works as an outpatient/school-based counselor, providing services to both children and adults. Some of the issues she is currently address include: understanding and managing anxiety, defiant behaviors, bipolar disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as navigating a new mental health and/or physical health diagnosis. She also works with clients who have experienced, or are experiencing, divorce, bereavement, substance abuse and addiction, and depression.
Damaris’s theoretical orientation is integrative. She is most heavily influenced by the cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and person-centered, solution-focused approaches to counseling. She pursues a safe, ethical, and consistent relationship with her clients while challenging the client to observe the ways in which the client’s thinking impacts their world. Damaris’s goal is to help her clients gain autonomy and independence in their everyday lives as they work hard toward their identified goals.
Damaris areas of competence include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral techniques, Triple P, Psycho-education, Play Therapy, Breathing Techniques, Grounding Techniques, and Relationship Enhancement.
Geoffrey is a passionate professional who incorporates music, art, and purposeful movement into therapeutic sessions. He teaches children and adults creative strategies to challenge and overcome symptoms of depression and anxiety. Geoffrey offers guidance and inspiration to individuals seeking to achieve greater emotional balance and positive focus in their lives. He uses a variety of evidenced-based counseling techniques as part of his healthy lifestyle programming.
Geoffrey has developed step by step curriculum that reduces parent-child power struggles, and he has invented a student desk to address behavior and learning needs. Geoffrey has been awarded a U.S. Patent for his state-of-the-art, student desk for brain-based movement, a.k.a. the EDGY desk. Geoffrey’s leading edge strategies empower children to incorporate purposeful movement into any learning scenario, which amplifies academic focus, enhances emotional control, and improves overall health.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Geoffrey has learned how to communicate with and advocate for individuals who feel misunderstood and undervalued, and teach those individuals how to take ownership of their lives and exceed expectations. Are you ready for positive change? Geoffrey welcomes the opportunity to be part of your journey.
Geoffrey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of North Carolina. He has a Master of Science in Social Work degree (MSSW) from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Presbyterian College.
Kelly Cadilla-Gibson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently the Clinical Director at DC Wellness. Kelly is bilingual in Spanish and English as her parents are immigrants from Cuba and Spain. She is passionate about hearing people’s stories and has a deep appreciation for the resilience she has seen in children, individuals, and communities after the hardships they have faced.
Qualifications and Background
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, a second major in Sociology, and a Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During that time, she also spent a summer working in an orphanage in Spain, studied for a semester at the University of Havana, and worked at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a Latino Services Advocate and a Community Educator. Through these experiences, she deepened her understanding of the barriers that people face when they encounter trauma in a variety of countries. Kelly was able to utilize these experiences in Guatemala as the Assistant Director for the Study Abroad Program through the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University.
Kelly has provided therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and has specialized training in trauma treatment for children and adolescents. She completed the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program through the Duke Center for Child and Family Health and received training at the Eliana Gil Institute for Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy. She is also a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider, incorporating training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Also, she has learned techniques in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy through her internship at the Exchange Club Family Center in Durham.
Kelly has been providing supervision since 2011 when she became a Team Lead for the Intensive In-Home Services at Carolina Outreach. Since then, she has also guided interns and provided supervision toward licensure for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kelly enjoys providing clinical oversight at DC Wellness, an agency that provides quality evidence-based treatment to those who need it.
Emily Townes-Roland is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Registered Nurse. Emily enjoys getting to know people of all ages. She loves helping to guide others through their struggles and working in partnership to heal and enrich their lives. Some of her other joys are family, laughing with friends, collecting interesting toys, playing with her dog Moon, and listening to all kinds of music.
Qualifications and Background
Emily received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Duke University, a Doctorate in Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Certificate in Chaplaincy at the University of Tennessee, and earned her Master’s in Counseling from Western Carolina University. She first worked as an inpatient psychiatric nurse. Later she provided pastoral care to people of all ages–first as an assistant minister and then as a hospital chaplain. For the last 20 years, she has been a therapist providing counseling throughout Western North Carolina. Emily has worked in outpatient, school, and in-home settings. Her greatest strength as a counselor is her ability to understand people with diverse perspectives including different social, psychological, biological, and spiritual points of view.
Emily loves working with adults, teens, children, couples, and families. She has specialized training in treating trauma, addictions, depression, grief, and anxiety. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR Therapy (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Internal Family Systems Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Seven Challenges (addiction treatment for adolescents).
Michael S. Thomas, M.A. LCMHC
Michael is a passionate mental health professional emphasizing a person–centered approach to counseling which values the individual’s strengths and qualities to help empower them towards positive growth and create lasting change in their lives. Michael is a solution-focused and believe in the power of empathy, rapport and a trusting therapeutic relationship as the foundation for a positive counseling experience. Michael have 20 years mental health experience including work in Day Treatment school programs (K-12 aged children in Ohio, California and NC), teaching positive parenting classes, marital/couples’ counseling and engaging in mentoring programs of all-aged male populations.
Qualifications and Background
In addition, Michael assisted in establishing an Integrative treatment program in collaboration with medical staff at the Hendersonville Pediatric clinics; this was one of the first holistic treatment programs (mind-body health) of its kind in the state of NC, combining medical and behavioral health care in a medical setting.
His areas of expertise include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (bCBT), Nutrition/physiology health and relationship building and enhancement.
He is most experienced in working with children, adolescents and couples assisting in the areas of anger management, ADHD, anxiety/PTSD, communication skills, depression/suicide prevention, crisis intervention and educating clients on the importance of a healthy mind-body connection.
He has been a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina for 14 years. He received his Master of Counseling degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Phoenix (San Diego campus) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University
He loves hiking, camping, fitness/nutrition, competitive tennis, watching college football and playing guitar whenever he can get the chance.
Laura Lopez Secretary/Filing
My name is Laura Lopez, I am from Mexico, and I lived in Hendersonville for 16 yrs. I have known Damaris Cortes for 13 years, a person with extraordinary human qualities. Three years ago, she invited me to collaborate with her at her behavioral and mental health clinic, DC Wellness Inc. My job is as a secretary/filing. It has been an enjoyable experience because the atmosphere is warm and surrounded by respect from all the people who work at DC Wellness. I am pleased to work at DC Wellness.
Juan Manuel Hernandez Maintenance/Renovation
My name is Juan Manuel Hernandez; I am from Mexico and moved to North Carolina in 2004. I have been with DC Wellness since 2017. My job at DC Wellness is to keep the buildings up-to-day. I love to work at DC Wellness, and everybody is polite, happy. DC wellness is a family environment.
Emlyn J. Mendez Vega
My name is Emlyn J. Mendez Vega. I am from Puerto Rico. I am currently living in Puerto Rico with my husband, Danny, my step-daughter Dania, and my little prince, Baby Giam. I graduated from Universidad de Puerto Rico Ponce Campus with a Bachelor’s Degree in Office Systems with a concentration in Career on Administrative Assistance. I am currently working at DC Wellness Inc as Medical Billing Assistance. Working for DC Wellness has allowed me to utilize my abilities and skills and be the best Medical Billing Assistance.