Leslie Dempsey,  LCMHC, LCAS
she/her/hers


My name is Leslie, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) in the state of North Carolina. I provide teletherapy, or online therapy, ages 14 and up, for clients in the state of North Carolina.

I believe that with increased awareness comes a sense of control and the ability to act with intention. My work often focuses on practicing greater self-compassion, emphasizing strengths, building awareness, and encouraging genuine acceptance. I utilize a personalized approach to help clients find creative solutions to problems and achieve lasting, positive results.

I support gender, sexual, and relationship diversity and provide open-minded care in a safe space that acknowledges and celebrates each person’s unique abilities and challenges. I believe that Black lives matter, that love is love, that no human is illegal, that women’s rights are human rights, and that all bodies are beautiful.

Email Leslie: leslie@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Anxiety
• Codependency
• Behavioral Addictions
• Depression
• Grief
• Life Transitions
• Religious/Spiritual Trauma
• Self Esteem
• Stress
• Substance Use
• Trauma/PTSD

Insurance Accepted:

• Aetna
• BCBS
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Cigna
• CBHA
• Medcost
• United Healthcare
• Optum

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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

I work with individuals and families working through a variety of mental health concerns. My experience includes but is not limited to providing support for unresolved trauma, unhealthy family dynamics, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, and difficulty adjusting to changing circumstances. I specialize in working with teens and adults who have OCD, anxiety or trauma-related issues and have a passion for helping individuals create healthy relationships with themselves and others. My approach is very holistic in nature and emphasizes the importance of getting to know each client and the multiple aspects of their current life, past, and hopes for the future that have guided their beliefs and decisions thus far. My aim is to provide a safe and supportive, therapeutic space where clients feel empowered to achieve their goals and recognize their strengths and personal power.  I draw on aspects of mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive- Behavioral Techniques to assist clients in identifying and restructuring maladaptive thinking that has contributed to negative feelings and behaviors, while emphasizing actions and circumstances that have supported a pathway toward goals and desires. 

Email Briana: briana@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

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

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Medcost
• Cigna
• Sliding Scale Available
• CBHA
• Aetna
• United Healthcare
• Optum

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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 worked in a variety of settings, but have found a passion in working with LGBTQ+ and gender-related issues. I offer a safe space for clients to come and heal from systemic and institutional oppressions and traumas. I offer online therapy to eliminate barriers of in-person therapy and provide the service in the comfort of the client’s home. I use a combination of modalities such as Narrative, Gestalt, and EMDR. I have been trained in EMDR to help clients process through all types of trauma. I will guide you on your journey to reclaim your story and heal from past traumas. 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.


There is no topic too heavy or unusual to discuss with me. I am open to hearing all your experiences and helping you whatever goals you have at this time. If you feel ready to start your healing journey feel free to reach out to me today

Email Niyera: 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
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Anthem
• MedCost
• CBHA
• Cigna
• Sliding scale

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Anthem
• Cigna
• Sliding scale
• CBHA

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Anthem
• Cigna
• CBHA
• Medcost
• Sliding Scale Available

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Anthem
• Medcost
• Cigna
• Sliding Scale Available
• CBHA

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Cigna
• Aetna
• Anthem
• MedCost
• Sliding Scale

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield

L’ashaunda Brown- Manning, LCSW LCASA
she/her/hers

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. I received a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Substance Abuse in 2012. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 9 years. One of my personal passions is to destroy the stigmas associated with mental health and substance abuse. I am a community mental health advocate and have experience working with various races and indigenous individuals. I use various therapeutic techniques to help my clients on their journey to self-discovery, healing, and wellness. I enjoy using evidence based therapeutic techniques.  I believe that our lives tell a story, and we are responsible for writing the script. At different times in life, we have all faced difficult circumstances. Dealing with our own emotions at times can be overwhelming. I provide a safe non- judgmental space to understand and process these hurts and experiences that can be mentally challenging.  We will work together during our sessions to help you gain a better insight and understanding of the behaviors and thoughts that can keep you feeling “stuck” so that you can move forward. I would like to note that at times during the therapeutic process, therapy can be difficult. It is difficult to begin to process trauma and life’s challenges. I do believe that you can overcome any emotional obstacle that may have hindered you in your past and or current life.

Currently, I am offering teletherapy to help alleviate the pressure of having to come into a physical office.  This allows for me as a clinician to have flexible hours to offer services to my clients. It also allows for my clients to have flexibility outside of the traditional office hours. Lastly, you can log on virtually in the comfort of your own home. If you are ready to begin your journey towards rediscovering wellness, I am here to help you. Please feel free to set up a time to schedule a consultation. I can’t wait to meet you and get started!

Email L’ashaunda: lashaunda@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Substance Use Related Disorders
• Life Transitions
• Mood Disorders
• Stress Management
• ADHD
• Spiritual Concerns
• Life Transitions

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• MedCost
• Cigna
• Sliding Scale
• Aetna
• Anthem
• United Healthcare
• Optum

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Jessica Leistikow, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
she/her/hers

I’m Jess, and I specialize in providing LGBTQ+ friendly, trauma-informed therapy to teens (HS age and up) and adults who are hoping to find release from shame, anxiety, childhood wounds, and a strained relationship with food and their bodies. My journey to becoming a therapist began with my own mental health experiences. I felt overwhelmed, isolated, and consumed by self-critical thoughts. I longed for support, but I felt scared to be vulnerable with someone else about how I was *really* doing and the things I was *really* questioning. My up and down relationship with food mirrored my own challenge with identifying and responding to what I wanted and needed.

I know how difficult it can be to be vulnerable with someone, especially when you have shared with others before and felt judged or misunderstood. If you long for a space where you don’t have to filter yourself and can be met with support, I would love to meet you. After working together, my hope is that you can feel more connected to yourself and others.

In our sessions, you can expect to be able to talk openly about the impact of different aspects of who you are on your life experiences and mental health, including your racial identity, sexuality, gender identity, body size, ability status, and spirituality/beliefs. I believe it’s important to acknowledge how being white, cis, thin, and able-bodied have allowed me to safely access mental health care. I am committed to cultivating an anti-racist, fat-positive, and LGBTQ+ friendly space where it feels safe to be your full self. If you are ready to celebrate and embrace all parts of you, let’s talk.

Email Jessica: jessica@salemcounselingandconsulting.com

My Specialties Include:

• Trauma
• Eating Disorders and Relationship with Food and Body
• Self-Esteem
• LGBTQ+ Issues and Identity Exploration
• Relationship Patterns
• Anxiety and Depression

Insurance Accepted:

• BCBS
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Aetna
• Anthem
• Cigna

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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
• BCBS SHP
• Bright Health
• Anthem
• MedCost
• CBHA
• Cigna
• Private Pay Rate – $150

BCBS State Health Plan Members – We are CPP providers and by choosing a therapist at Salem Counseling & Consulting, you have a $0 copay through 2022 per Blue Cross and Blue Shield