Michelle Lefeavers, LCMHC, LCAS, NCC
she/her/hers

I am no longer accepting new clients at this time. I am still accepting consultations for therapists who need help with treatment planning for their clients with OCD. If you are a therapist or mental health professional and interested in a consultation appointment with me, please email me so we can talk about your specific needs.

I’m Michelle Lefeavers, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and owner of Salem Counseling & Consulting. I consider myself a teacher as well as a therapist. I want to give you the tools you need in order to reduce your anxiety and depression. I believe that everyone faces obstacles; barriers that prevent us from reaching our goals and living our best life. Anxiety, trauma, depression, and internal struggles are unfortunately a part of the human condition. I have trained extensively in anxiety and insomnia. I work with those who hope to find some form of peace from anxiety, insomnia, OCD (including ‘Pure O’), and phobias. In a world full of multi-tasking and trying to maneuver life, anxiety and insomnia can be overwhelming. I strive to provide an open, nonjudgmental, and warm environment for clients to grow. I’m interactive. Listening is a huge part of my job, but I’m also going to give you a lot of feedback during session. I want you to walk away with new information and a new perspective.

Email Michelle: michelle@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Anxiety & Phobias
• Life Transitions
• Obsessive Compulsive Order (OCD including Pure O) using ERP, ACT
• Insomnia (Trained in CBT-I)
• College/Graduate School Issues
• Gender Identity Support

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Anthem
• MedCost
• CBHA
• Cigna
• Private Pay Rate – $150


Briana Welch, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
she/her/hers

I work with clients of all ages who are looking to increase personal insight, promote healthy behaviors, relieve emotional pain, gain valuable coping skills and improve their quality of life . I specialize in working with individuals who’ve experienced trauma and life crises, have anxiety disorders and mood disorders. In addition to traditional face-to-face interaction, I offer online therapy services via a HIPAA compliant video connection.

My philosophy is that authenticity is a key ingredient to the life we crave. I believe that we all have the answers to our issues and questions within ourselves but sometimes it’s difficult to find those answers on your own. I aim to partner with clients to help them unveil their truths and learn to become their authentic self. My approach to therapy is very person-centered and collaborative, gentle yet direct, warm and client-focused. This means that you set the pace, depending on your comfort and readiness. It’s so important to me that my clients not only experience growth, but that they do so while also feeling safe. 

Email Briana: briana@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Mood Disorders
• Depression
• Life Transitions
• College/Graduate School Issues
• Anxiety
• Stress Management

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (Except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Medcost
• Cigna
• Sliding Scale Available
• CBHA


Niyera Hewlett, LCMHC, NCC
they/them

I’m Niyera Hewlett and I’m a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I received my Master’s degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR where I studied counseling with a social justice emphasis. Since then I have been working to serve the underserved populations of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC clients. I offer a safe space for clients to come and heal from systemic and institutional oppressions.  I offer online therapy to eliminate barriers of in-person therapy and provide the service in the comfort of the client’s home.My techniques include Critical Theory, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt, and DBT. With a mix of those I cater to your needs and adapt to your therapy goals. I will guide you on your journey to reclaim your story and heal from past traumas. I have worked with anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, gender dysphoria, and many other diagnoses. But most importantly, I look at you as an individual and will work to earn your trust so you can move forward and live your best life.

Email Briana: niyera@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• PTSD/trauma
• Anxiety
• Depression/mood disorders
• LGBTQIA+ support
• BIPOC/multi-cultural support
• Generational/systemic traumas
• Life transitions

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (Except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Anthem
• MedCost
• CBHA
• Cigna
• Sliding scale


Johnette Walser, MSW, LCSWA, RYT-200hr
she/her/hers


I’m Johnette Walser, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Teacher. My belief is that therapy is a tool to learn more about yourself and how to meet your challenges head on and engage with your experiences more fully. I operate from a trauma informed, anti-oppression, and resilience perspective – meaning that I recognize that there are systems and environments under which we all live that create oppression, stress and trauma AND I believe that you already have the skills and power within you to navigate through hardships. My goal is to help you to bring those skills forth and provide both a safe and courageous space for you to process your choices, feelings, and needs with someone who will validate you, accept you, and empathize with you. I believe that you are the expert in your own life and I will work with you to learn how to trust your own inner guidance. My style is transparent and supportive. I infuse humor and compassion into my work with my clients. My techniques include cognitive therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Somatic (mind-body) therapies such as Mindfulness, EMDR and Brainspotting, but ultimately, I will take the lead from you. I specialize in working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) folx ages 19-40. I have experience with those experiencing: depression, anxiety, racial trauma, and with those experiencing stress related to living under oppressive systems, life transitions, or academics. I also have experience working with college students, educators, organizers and activists and frontline workers. 

Email Johnette: johnette@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• BIPOC
• Mood Disorders
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Career/College Issues
• Stress Management
• Life Transitions
• Mind-Body Connection
• Generational Trauma
• Racial Trauma

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (Except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Anthem
• Cigna
• Sliding scale
• CBHA


Leslie Dempsey,  LCMHC, LCAS, NCC, CCTP
she/her/hers


I believe in the power of therapy. My goal is to create an environment that feels safe and confidential for you. For this reason, I offer online therapy for clients via a secure platform. My style is creative and collaborative. You are the expert of your own life; therefore, you direct our sessions and goals.

I specialize in working with individuals dealing with substance use and addiction. I also work with individuals seeking support in life’s transitions, processing uncomfortable emotions, and trauma healing. My work focuses on strengths, building awareness, encouraging self-compassion, and genuine acceptance. I look forward to working with you through whatever you bring to our time together. 

Email Leslie: leslie@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Addiction/Substance Abuse
• Anxiety
• Codependency
• Depression
• Dual Diagnosis
• Grief
• Life Transitions
• Self Esteem
• Stress
• Trauma/PTSD

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (Except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Cigna
• CBHA
• Sliding scale
• United Healthcare
• Optum


Jenna Leggett, MS, LCMHC, LCAS
she/her/hers

My name is Jenna Leggett, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. I received a Masters of Rehabilitation and Career Counseling and a Masters of Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling from East Carolina University. I have eight years of master’s level experience in the field of mental wellness and addictions. My passion is to provide you with a nonjudgmental and compassionate approach to healing. My counseling approach is eclectic and includes many evidence-based therapeutic methods. The most important part of therapy is for you to feel safe and comfortable.  My passion is to provide you with a caring approach to healing from addictions, grief, and other issues such as depression, anxiety, career issues, life transitions, stress, and relationship issues.

I provide a comfortable, warm, collaborative, and nonjudgmental space for you to work through difficult experiences and practice new ways to manage emotions. I understand that opening up to a stranger can be scary. I want you to feel unconditionally accepted and affirmed.  We will work collaboratively and explore the concerns that bring you to therapy.  Together we will identify barriers that are hindering you, and seek future strategies to help you move forward.

I offer online therapy to eliminate the barriers of in-person therapy and provide the service in the comfort of your home. I believe that you are capable of solving your problems and creating the life you’ve always wanted; my job is guide and support you. This is YOUR journey and I am here to walk alongside you. If you are ready to make some changes, feel free to contact me today and we can set up a time to talk.

Email Jenna: jenna@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Addictions
• Stress Management
• Mood Disorders
• Depression and Anxiety
• Professional Career Stress/Career Counseling
• School Issues
• Rehabilitation/Psychosocial Adjustments
• Life Transitions

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (Except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Cigna
• CBHA
• Medcost
• Sliding Scale Available

Patricia Owens, LCMHC, LCAS

My name is Patricia Owens, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health
Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. In 2012 I received a
Masters of Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling and Masters of
Rehabilitation and Career Counseling from East Carolina University.
I believe therapy can be essential for anyone seeking to improve their mental well being. Each of us have experienced our own difficulties, though they may be different, struggle is universal. It is my desire to provide a safe,
unbiased, and welcoming space for you to grow to the person you want to be. In therapy I will be there to provide a listening ear and give feedback to assist you in your journey. During this time we will work as a team navigating the ups and downs together.

Email Patricia: patricia@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Addiction
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Mood Disorders
• Career/College Issues
• Stress Management
• Life Transitions

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (Except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Anthem
• Medcost
• Cigna
• Sliding Scale Available
• CBHA

Nikki Donald, Intern

I’m Nicole Donald, a graduate student at East Carolina University in the Counseling Education program. I chose this program because I have a strong desire to help others. I want to assist individuals in overcoming their struggles to improve their quality of life. I strive to utilize effective counseling skills and provide a therapeutic, and safe environment for all clients. I am passionate about working with individuals dealing with a variety of emotional and mental issues and traumas as well as promoting mental health and wellness. I am an advocate for mental health and aim to educate the community, reduce stigma, and create positive change in mental health.

Supervised by Niyera Hewlett, LCMHC, NCC

Email Nikki: hello@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

Casey O’Hara, LCMHCA, NCC (they/she)

I provide HIPAA-compliant online therapy for adults and adolescents.


Much of our day-to-day lives demands that we keep thoughts and feelings to ourselves, minimize our emotional reactions, and conform to societal expectations that may not be in service of our true selves. Let’s address it. My philosophy is relationship-driven, so it is important to our work together that we both bring our authentic selves into the room. As your therapist, it is my job to model that authenticity for you and create a safe place for you to bring and explore whatever is on your heart. I am also of the belief that life is traumatic, and we can all benefit from support in reconnecting with ourselves, which in turn strengthens our relationships and communities. I have experience as an organizer in my own community and a degree in Postcolonial Literature/Human Rights in literature, both of which inform my work with clients.


Whatever you are feeling, it is okay. If you are afraid to change, it is okay. If you don’t feel hope, it is okay. It is because of my own healing and the healing I have witnessed in others that I know you can experience more joy and peace than you do right now. I believe it is possible for you to live more fully in who you are, to experience yourself more compassionately, and to develop the confidence required to transform your life into a place you want to be.

Email Casey: casey@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Trauma/PTSD including Generational and Systemic Trauma
• Attachment/Relationship Concerns
• Reconnection of Body and Mind
• Spirituality Concerns
• Sex and Sexuality
• Gender Support
• Substance Use Concerns
• Depression and Anxiety

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS (except Blue Value and Blue Local)
• Cigna
• Aetna
• MedCost
• Sliding Scale