Our Providers

Kala Annambhotla

KALA ANNAMBHOTLA, Ph.D.

Kala sees adults, couples, and older adolescents. She is a Clinical Psychologist who provides individual therapy for mood and bipolar disorders, trauma, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, ADHD, and relationship concerns. She also offers couples counseling. Kala is of Asian Indian origin, so she has a special interest in addressing cultural concerns and conflicts. She has had extensive experience in working with college students.




Julie Bean

JULIE BEAN, LCMHC, NCC

Julie sees children ages 4 and up, adolescents, and adults. She provides counseling to people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, grief/loss, stress, adjustment concerns, relationship issues, parenting and family concerns, and more. Julie has extensive training and experience in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, bullying, school difficulties, and social, emotional and behavioral concerns. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed K-12 School Counselor. Julie has worked with diverse populations of all ages, including a school for students with learning differences, public schools, community mental health agency, in-home settings, and group homes for adults with developmental disabilities and for children in foster care.


Haley Chaney

HALEY CHANEY, MSW, LCSW

Haley Chaney, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has experience working with children ages 4 and up, adolescents, adults and families. She has worked with children and families in the home, through school-based therapy, as well as outpatient therapy. She has experience working with and assisting individuals and families dealing with the following issues: anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, grief/loss, stress, trauma, adjustment concerns, relationship concerns, emotional and behavioral concerns, concerns with social skills, parenting concerns, and attention and focus concerns. She has experience working with the LGBTQ community and substance use populations.


Mary E. Easton

MARY E. EASTON, MSW, LCSW

Sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is a licensed clinical social worker who provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families that are experiencing grief and loss, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.






Sarah Gates

SARAH E. GATES, M.A.

Sees children, adolescents, and families. Sarah is a Licensed Psychological Associate who provides therapy and psychological evaluation services to children and adolescents individually and within the context of the family. She has experience in the areas of learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, oppositional defiant behaviors, aggression, developmental disabilities and giftedness. Furthermore, Sarah has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Blake Herd

BLAKE HERD, M.A., L.P.A

Sees children, adolescents, and adults. Blake is a Licensed Psychological Associate who provides individual therapy and psychological evaluation services to children, adolescents, and adults. He has experience working with clients with learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety and mood-related disorders, and borderline personality features. He is also passionate about working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.




Michelle Kane

MICHELLE KANE, PSY.D.

Michelle sees older adolescents and adults for counseling. She is a Clinical Psychologist who provides individual counseling for mood and anxiety issues, stress management, grief and loss, separation/divorce, and challenges associated with chronic illness. She also sees couples for marital counseling. Special interests include women’s issues and the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy to increase wellness.




Sara Kramer

SARA KRAMER, MSW, LCSW

Sara Kramer, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, brings her energy and over 25 years’ experience to Carolina Psychological Associates. Sara had been dedicated to serving families and children in all her experiences both in New England and North Carolina. She has worked in school, in homes, and in outpatient settings with children, adolescents and families dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression and more. Sara is also an adjunct professor in the Joint MSW program at UNCG and A & T University. Sara is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York and has a Master’s of Social Work from Boston University.


Eileen Luethe

EILEEN LEUTHE, Ph.D.

Sees children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan, with special expertise in early identification/diagnosis. She also has experience with treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-occurring challenges (e.g., anxiety). Other interests include assessment and/or treatment of ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety, and parenting issues. Previously, Eileen worked with children with developmental disabilities at a large Children’s hospital and worked at an autism research and treatment center.


Heather McCain

HEATHER F. McCAIN, Psy.D.

Heather sees older adolescents and adults for individual counseling. She is a Clinical Psychologist and specializes in affirming LGBTQ+ therapy. Her experience and interests include working with clients to manage depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family of origin difficulties/trauma, stages of life transitions, college life/students, and general women’s issues including, but not limited to, parenting, time management, stress reduction, pregnancy/birth and postpartum concerns. She also provides affirming therapy for those who are agnostic/atheist and is a kink and poly-aware professional.


Dortch Mann

DORTCH L. MANN, LCMHC

Sees older adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has extensive training and experience with ADHD, adjustment issues, relationship issues, mood and anxiety difficulties, and parent guidance. Dortch also provides training and consultation to groups.




Madalina

MADALINA OCHENATU, MD, MS, CRC, LPCA

Madalina provides counseling to adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups as well as vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with physical and/or psychiatric disabilities. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She specializes in counseling for: mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, grief, emotional trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, behavioral challenges), chronic physical illness causing mental health issues (e.g., chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, diabetes, morbid obesity), and commonly encountered issues (e.g., stress, emotional burnout, life-work balance, relationships, career, health and wellness). She earned a MD degree in Romania and she graduated with a MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Disability specialization from UNC Chapel Hill.


Laura O'Neal

LAURA O'NEAL, MSW, LCSW

Laura sees children (9 and up), adolescents, adults, and couples. She is a clinical social worker and provides counseling for issues surrounding roles and identity, boundaries, automatic negative thoughts, stress management, self-compassion, body awareness, and healthy communication. Laura brings her experience from crisis response, outpatient therapy, and integrated primary care to assist clients experiencing anxious and depressive symptoms, chronic stress, stress reactions, grief and loss, disordered eating and dysmorphia, trauma, inattention/distractibility, and difficulties implementing recommendations for chronic health conditions into daily routine. Laura is dedicated to cultural humility. She is an advocate in her community and offers affirming LGBTQ+ counseling. Laura is also a kink and poly-aware professional which means she can offer an inclusive therapeutic experience absent of traditional assumptions pertaining to relationship arrangements.


Jennifer Sommer

JENNIFER SOMMER, Ph.D.

Sees children, adolescents, and adults. Jennifer is a clinical psychologist who specializes in comprehensive assessments and treatments for individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Other areas of interest include family and parenting issues, children’s behavioral concerns, learning disorders and giftedness, anxiety, and adjustment issues. Prior to joining Carolina Psychological Associates, Jennifer worked at a clinic specializing in ADHD. She has experience directing treatment and research programs for children with ADHD and other social, emotional behavioral and learning difficulties.


Ryan Talbert

RYAN TALBERT, Psy.D.

Sees children ages 4 and up, adolescents, and adults in our Chapel Hill location. Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides therapy and assessments for individuals with mood, behavioral, relational, developmental, substance abuse, minority, multicultural, and ethnic identity issues. Ryan has previously worked in a variety of forensic settings including juvenile hall and a state hospital in California. A native of Hawaii, Ryan practices a flexible and open approach, meeting the needs of the person where they are here and now. He has specialized research and training with children and adolescent development, trauma, substance abuse, and Bicultural identity.