Renew Counseling Of North Carolina

Staff

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Norma Negron-Bynum (Owner) (Therapist) LPC,LCAS,CCS

Norma Negron-Bynum (Owner) (Therapist) LPC,LCAS,CCS

With over 17 years of counseling experience, Norma has the knowledge and experience to help clients during their time of need. Not only does she specializes in Substance Abuse Counseling and helping adults achieve and sustain their recovery, she is also licensed in Mental Health. Many of the clients she services are both English and Spanish Speaking. In the event that the client needs a higher level of care we are able to recommend and refer to residential treatment.

Gerald Bynum, PA-C (Owner, Provider)

Gerald Bynum, PA-C (Owner, Provider)

Gerald is a native of Oakland, California and a graduate of Charles R. Drew Medical School. He is also an Army veteran and recently retired with over 25 years of government service. This included work at the Womack Medical Center where his practiced Emergency Room medicine, and Family medicine. For the past four years Gerald worked at the VA, conducting compensation and pension medical evaluations for Military Veterans. Gerald, additionally, is specialized in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment to include, Suboxone and other medicated assisted treatment.

Ruth Talavera, LCMHC-A (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate)

Ruth Talavera, LCMHC-A (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate)

I received a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2017. I am a military spouse with 2 wonderful dogs. I’ve been with Renew for over two years and accept BCBS, Medcost and Medicaid (Sandhills and Alliance). I work with clients ages 10-70 with a larger focus on adults. I have great respect for a client’s autonomy and their ability to discern their own path, solutions, and direction in life. My role is to assist the client in creating change in their lives to alter unwanted behaviors, re-examine beliefs and values and develop coping skills to better manage stress that impairs a person’s lifestyle.

Karina Fortner, MSW, LCSW-A

Karina Fortner, MSW, LCSW-A

Hello! My name is Karina Fortner, MSW, LCSW-A. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I achieved a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Social Work, with a focus on children and families. I served proudly in the U.S. Army for 16 years prior to achieving my degrees. My goal as a therapist is to focus on the needs of my clients and nurture their mental health well-being. I see a therapeutic relationship as a partnership that requires communication, respect, mutual trust and active participation during our time together. Currently I work with a diverse population including children, adults, and special needs clients. I practice evidence-based theories and draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans to accomplish their individual goals. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I assist clients in exploring relationships among, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to aid in discovering dysfunctional thought processes that lead to negative behaviors and beliefs. With the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI), clients are assisted with behavior changes by aiding to explore and resolve uncertainty. Through Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), clients are able to understand how avoiding unpleasant emotions play a role in their lives. Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT), allows you to focus on your current and present circumstances to find solution to any issues you may be struggling with rather than focusing on past experiences. Much of my experience is treating clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, and Parenting issues. Regardless of the situation you may be facing, I look forward to working with you to get you to a place that you are happy with.

Zulma Fortner, Therapist, QP

Zulma Fortner, Therapist, QP

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Zhana Balaam, MSW, LCSWA

Zhana Balaam, MSW, LCSWA

Greetings, I am Zhana Balaam, MSW, LCSWA. With over two years of clinical experience, I am committed to promoting the well-being of my clients while respecting their right to self-determination. Creating a safe, nurturing, and secure space to decompress, I practice social diversity by serving populations of adults, couples, and victims of domestic violence. Through Evidence-Based theories, I am competent in theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where I assist clients to understand how their mentality affects their reality, Cognitive Processing Theory where I aid clients to gain insight into their situation and find the answer to the key question “why”. Promoting holistic healing, I use a Strength-Based Theory to reassure clients they have the internal strength to make it through their situations. I also use a Christian spiritual approach with clients who are interested in spiritual guidance. Regardless of the used approach, I can assure you that growth, healing, and wholeness will be found with my services, your active participation, and a collaborative/therapeutic relationship. I have training in Substance Abuse and Art Therapy and my motto is "be the light needed in darkness".

Ruth Sterbach, LCSWA

Ruth Sterbach, LCSWA

Ruth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Pembroke, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, shortly after she attended Fordham University in New York and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has practiced as a social worker in various settings, including mental health, medical social work, and those experiencing homelessness. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Ruth holds the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist to the highest regard, believing it to be a trust-filled relationship is the foundation of healing and change. The decided upon approach utilized in therapy is determined by the consumer and their particular needs, which could include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused (CBT), Client Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, while focusing on a strengths-based perspective with assisting the person to achieve their goals. Ruth focuses on specialties that consist of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, adjustment, low self-esteem, sexual and physical abuse, addiction, and trauma related disorders. As your therapist: I will not try to fix you, give you advice, tell you what to do, pretend I know you more than you know yourself, assume what is best for you, have all the answers, or make the bad stuff go away. Instead, as your therapist I will: Remind you that you are not broken, give you room to access your own wisdom, support you in figuring out what to do, recognize that you are your own life expert, remember that I do not know what is best for you, honor that I do not know it all, and collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier to sit with.

Roselin Rodriguez Pinto, LCSWA

Roselin Rodriguez Pinto, LCSWA

Thank you for taking this great step towards wellness. My name is Roselin Rodriguez Pinto, I am a License Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA). I attended Fayetteville State University, were I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and then went on to complete my Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health.
I view my clients as not only survivors but also conquerors. I believe the clients are the experts in their life and they give me the privilege to accompany them in their wellness journey. I enjoy helping my clients be empowered by their own strengths and teach them techniques that will help them overcome their current challenges and process past/present traumas. My approach to counseling is based on using a holistic lens to view my clients and use techniques from Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy.
Life motto
Philippians 4:13
New King James Version
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

Rachael Smith, LCAS

Rachael Smith, LCAS

My name is Rachael Smith, and I am a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA). I graduated from East Carolina University with my Bachelors in Family and Community Services and got my Masters from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. My passion is in addictions to help people overcome their struggles and live a happier, productive life. My life motto is that we never make mistakes, it is called experience.

Nathaniel Rhone, Peer Support Specialist

Nathaniel Rhone, Peer Support Specialist

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Melinda Taylor, Peer Support Specialist

Melinda Taylor, Peer Support Specialist

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Mardene Killbrew, Certified Peer Support Specialist

Mardene Killbrew, Certified Peer Support Specialist

Mardene K., a Certified Peer Support Specialist, came to Renew Counseling approximately one and half years ago. Mardene has been a mental health advocate in her own recovery program for over twenty years. She has supported, sponsored and assisted in making positive changes, as well as always bringing hope and focusing on what is strong instead what is wrong in her Peer Support position and in the recovering community. Through the help of like-minded people, Mardene has discovered the path to wellness and peace. She is a positive role model and finds gratitude in helping the individuals she works with to discover their personal values as well as an advocate for equal rights and always brings optimism wherever she goes.

Lawrence J. Primus, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA

Lawrence J. Primus, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA

Lawrence J. Primus is a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor's and Masters's degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. His passion is working with youths who have experienced significant trauma in their life. He is committed to working with each individual from a strengths-based perspective and utilizing cognitive-behavioral, behavior therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and person-centered treatment approaches. It is personalized to meet each individual’s particular needs. Lawrence has over 21 years of service in the United States Army caring for soldiers and their families. He continues this passion in our military community working with individuals, families, and couples who deal with Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, and PTSD. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Lauren Hailey, NP Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Hailey, NP Nurse Practitioner

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Kimberly Velasquez, Lab Assistant

Kimberly Velasquez, Lab Assistant

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Jennifer Morris, LCMHC-A, CCTS-I, NCC

Jennifer Morris, LCMHC-A, CCTS-I, NCC

My name is Jennifer Morris and I am a LCMHC-A (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate), CCTS-I (Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist- Individual) and NCC.(National Certified Counselor). I obtained my Masters in Education for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2019. I work with clients ages 10-70 with a focus on adults and I accept BCBS, Medicaid (Alliance and Sandhills) and Medcost insurances. I utilize evidence-based therapies that include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as being trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. I also have intimate experience with PTSD and disability. I am a retired Army medic, current military spouse and mother of two older children which has shaped my life by reminding me to have humility and patience. I bring an understanding for the challenges of military life, trauma experiences, family separation, parenting guilt, and significant loss in my approach to care. I also believe in the empowerment of clients to create their own path for success that comes from self-exploration, arousal regulation skills development and awareness of survival patterns that have created barriers to healing. My life motto is “ I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung.

Jeffrey Smith, LCMHC-A

Jeffrey Smith, LCMHC-A

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Jacqueline Mcmillian. Therapist, LPC-A

Jacqueline Mcmillian. Therapist, LPC-A

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Farah Moshiri , LPC-A

Farah Moshiri , LPC-A

Having lived on three different Continents, America, Europe, and Asia, a Persian background has shaped her knowledge and views of other cultures. Exposure to Middle Eastern, North, South European, and North American societies with their differences in race, gender, and belief systems, has expanded her worldview. Farah is multilingual; she speaks several languages; English, German, Persian-Farsi, Dari, and Italian. Her knowledge of different languages helps her to communicate effectively with diverse communities. Farah’s experience working with College Students spanned over eighteen years of Teaching Foreign Languages, History, and Culture. Farah is experienced in working with multicultural issues based on her work with a diverse student body and the diversity of the clients she served throughout her pre-graduation Practicum, Internship, and post-graduation. Farah is pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. The current status of her Doctorate in Psychology is ABD (All but Dissertation). Farah is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. She obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Farah was an outstanding student and graduated with “highest honors” (Summa Cum Laude) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Farah has worked with various clients, including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and older adults, suffering from a range of issues. She has experience with clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Addictive Disorders, Physical and Sexual Abuse, stress, self-esteem issues, and grief.

Paola Michaca-Silva, Lab Technician

Paola Michaca-Silva, Lab Technician

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Courtney Washington, DWI Counselor

Courtney Washington, DWI Counselor

My name is Courtney Washington and I am a certified substance abuse counselor and a certified clinical trauma professional. I have my Bachelors degree in counseling with an emphasis on substance abuse from grand canyon university. I am slated to graduate with my Masters degree in Addiction Therapy in July. I have 20 years experience in health care,, working as a nursing assistant in both nursing home and hospital setting, a secretary,, discharge planning assistant, office coordinator for the social work department at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and daycare teacher for MCV Childcare in Richmond, VA. I'm passionate about helping others and my goal is to one day offer free and/or indigent therapy services to children and young adults

Amy Forshee, Peer Support Director

Amy Forshee, Peer Support Director

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Kimberly Townes

Kimberly Townes

Kimberly is a native of Fayetteville, NC. After struggling with addiction for many years, Kimberly decided to get clean and has been in recovery since 2003. She is very passionate about helping people achieve their sobriety and meeting their goals. Kimberly was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the Winter School Program and will be pursuing a Substance Abuse degree. At Renew Counseling Kimberly provides individual counseling and runs our SA groups.

Aaron Swain, Peer Support QP

Aaron Swain, Peer Support QP

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Beakie Colorn Rivera

Beakie Colorn Rivera

Beakie is a graduate from Fayetteville State University with a Masters in Social Work and a certificate in Substance Abuse. Beakie serves our Hispanic children and family population. Beakie has adopted Fayetteville has home and has a strong passion for the Hispanic community. Beakie’s therapeutic focus is on being culturally competent and understanding the dual relationship the Hispanic and American culture can have on the family’s life.

Jaime Reyes Conzalez

Jaime Reyes Conzalez

Jaime specializes on depression, anxiety, codependency, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, communication skills, parenting, child/adolescents, ethnic/cultural, multigenerational, emotional problems associated with injury/physical illness, marital/couple conflicts, and blended family issues. Additionally, he is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR Institute, Inc. Spiritual integration and 12 Step support is also available.

Shaquilla McNeill, Human Resources

Shaquilla McNeill, Human Resources

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Lillian Rodriguez, Billing Specialist

Lillian Rodriguez, Billing Specialist

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Holly Stercay, QA_QI_Billing

Holly Stercay, QA_QI_Billing

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