We are the therapists at Insight Professional Counseling, PLLC. Welcome!
Cari Sun was added to our staff at Insight on August 15th, 2018. In 2012, Cari received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in May of 2016. Cari’s goal is to create a safe place for you to be able to explore life’s stressors. Using an eclectic approach, she pulls from treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, person centered counseling, and play therapy.
She tailors each person’s therapeutic experience to suit their specific needs, taking in to account their particular strengths. Cari works hard to build a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, and conduct her sessions in a way that promotes unconditional positive regard, empathy, and genuineness. In addition, she enjoys working with new mothers, and is trained in treating perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International (PSI). In her free time, you can find Cari spending time with her family and friends or perusing used book or antique stores.
Tiffany is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS). She has over 14 years’ experience in the mental health field. Tiffany received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling and Behavioral Addictions from North Carolina A&T State University.
Due to her military upbringing, Tiffany prides herself in being diverse and relatable to various populations. She has worked as a therapist in a community agency setting, nonprofit setting, mental health hospital and also prison/institutional setting. Additionally, Tiffany has experience working with the homeless population as well as foster care/reunification services.
Tiffany believes in empowering others through respect, understanding and genuineness. Tiffany ascribes to an eclectic theoretical orientation that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and supporting the Tar Heels!
In 2009, Allyson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She received her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. UT Chattanooga’s counseling program is CACREP accredited in the state of Tennessee. In October 2019, Allyson was granted a provisional license as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). Allyson has worked in school counseling for four years before deciding to further her career in the mental health field for 2 years as a case manager and therapist in a private residential setting. During her time in the mental health field, Allyson has worked with a variety of problems. These include adjustment issues, trauma, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety, and grief.
As different individuals respond better to different treatment methods, each of her treatment plans utilize an eclectic approach tailored to your specific needs. Treatment methods are derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Person Centered Counseling, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness practice. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is built on the theory that our thoughts and feelings are linked to our behavior, and by altering our thoughts/perceptions, our behaviors can be changed for the better. Play therapy operates on the premise that children express their thoughts in a developmentally appropriate way through their play. In play therapy, Allyson provides developmentally appropriate toys and games to help facilitate the child’s expression of their thoughts/feelings in order to promote healing and well being.
Lastly, Person Centered Counseling empowers clients to take charge of their own healing process, and works towards developing a strong sense of self. Allyson's strengths-based, empowerment, family-focused approaches offer solutions and guidance to those who are seeking direction. This is a judgment-free zone, where clients can feel relaxed and open to share what they choose, gain coping tools, and make positive changes. Allyson has had many years of pediatric experience, including learning/cognitive disabilities. She respects and greatly values cultural competency. She works with families, parenting skills and mediation/conflict. She enjoys working with people of all ages and believes that each client can be empowered to solve their own problems and make meaningful changes to live a more fulfilling life.
Michelle Lester joined Insight in 2020 after receiving her Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from Simmons University in 2020 with a focus on Advanced Clinical Practice. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration and an undergraduate degree in Social Work. Michelle has an Associate License in Clinical Social Work (LCSWA). Michelle has over a decade of experience serving adolescents, adults, and families in the community. She is a Member of the National Association of Social Workers and serves in various organizations to help with community service needs. Michelle provided counseling for adolescents with various mental health needs at a Private Residential Treatment Facility during her graduate studies. Also, while in graduate school, she worked at a Private Practice providing therapy with diverse populations. Michelle has ten years of experience working with all populations in the hospital as Director of Case Management.
She has worked for over six years at a non-profit organization providing community resources, counseling, and coordinating services. Her theoretical orientation includes a systems theory approach to understanding the "person in the environment"; Michelle helps you explore your feelings by using various systems and focusing on your strengths. She pulls from treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Techniques, and more to meet your specific needs. Additionally, Michelle attends training/seminars and other forms of continuing education to keep current on evidence-based therapies and to increase her knowledge. She is dedicated to helping clients break through difficult challenges to enhance their overall mental health. Michelle is married with one daughter and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Also, she enjoys running, traveling, and good food.
Virgina Bullock, LCMHCA- Starting September 7 2021
Virginia graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Human Growth and Development. She continued on to receive her Master's degree in Clinical MentalHealth Counseling through Regent University. Virginia is deeply devoted to walking out the therapy process with her clients and rejoices in seeing individuals progress in their journey toward restoration. Virginia has provided individual counseling for clients in residential eating disorder treatment and has experience working with various age groups ranging from adolescents to teens and adults. She has worked with all types of eating disorders and has seen clients in the partial hospitalization phase (PHP) of treatment and intensive outpatient (IOP).
Her specialties include working with body image concerns, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, self-harm, grief/loss, and identity development. Virginia has provided family therapy throughout the treatment process, and is well versed in the hardships of watching a child or loved one go through treatment. For her, therapy is a partnership where those struggling can come and seek healing from the things that keep them from fully living. She fosters an environment full of empathy and compassion for clients who walk into her office. Virginia works to create a unique setting for each client that is tailored to their specific needs. She believes that each client holds a story that makes up the individual in a special way and puts the client first through a person-centered counseling approach. She incorporates other modalities into the counseling process, such as cognitive behavior therapy and solution-focused therapy, to create the best counseling experience for you.
Alisha Miller, LCMHC graduated with her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and taught in the public school system for four years before becoming a therapist. Alisha has worked in a private practice setting, non-profit agencies, and a local university. These clinical experiences have afforded her extensive clinical knowledge of sitting alongside families, couples, and individuals who are experiencing anxiety and depressive symptoms, struggles in schools and relationships, family roles, and creating a safe space for all clients to explore who they are and how to not only survive throughout this life, but thrive. She has extensive experience with ages 10-18, and has a driving passion for assisting tweens and teens to feel safe and confident in a world that can make it hard to cope in healthy and rational ways. She meets her clients where they are and believes in collaborating with them using an integrative, client based, trauma informed approach to grant you the safe space you deserve!
Alisha specializes in assisting her clients move through and find better coping skills for anxiety, depression, self injurious behaviors, friendships and family conflict, as well as identity, life transitions, and faith based struggles. She has specific experience working with the student population in time and stress management, interpersonal relationships, and safe and consenting intimate partner psycho-education. Let’s work collaboratively, with self compassion, empathy, and evidence based approaches to meet the goals we set together.
Kersten Perry, LCMHCA
Kersten graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2018 and from Liberty University with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2021.
Kersten believes that we are all capable of growth and healing. We sometimes just need some extra help and support along the way. That is where Kersten comes in. She walks alongside her clients as they uncover, discover, and explore areas in need of healing, growth, or change. She will utilize your own personal strengths to help you set, pursue, and accomplish goals. You will, collaboratively, come up with strategies that best suit your life and situations and she will be there to support and encourage you as you navigate through what life may bring.
Kersten is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults, especially through life and family transitions that come during these ages. She finds joy in helping her clients find and understand their individuality, in order to have and maintain healthy relationships.
Kersten implements a Person-Centered approach with her clients and will use other modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Solution-Focused Therapy. She makes sure each session with her clients is specific to who they are and their own personal needs. Kersten also implements faith-based counseling if her clients desire it.
Kersten’s areas of experience and interests are anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, life transitions, low self-esteem, codependency, and family & relationship conflicts.
Please note we have a shared space with Reclaim Counseling and Wellness.