I whole heartedly believe in the Resiliency of the human spirit and that each of us is imbued with the desire to achieve, to connect and to have a sense of peace.

Change is usually associated with stress and a lot of us are not fond of it. We find comfort in our routine even when that routine is allowing us to feel overwhelmed and underappreciated. Even at its worst, neglected or abused.  However, change is what inspires and produces growth. Without growth, we whither and shrink away becoming someone whom we barely recognize.  We are life forces and energy that need growth in order to realize our fullest potential. We are all unique and individual.

Joann Governale BA Psy, MSW, LCSW


"Through my journey of healing traumatic life events I had been to see many people who instead of making me feel encouraged, left me feeling discouraged. When I met Joann I thought " this is my last try at this ". I knew right away I would feel comfortable with Joann. She made me feel safe and passed no judgment on me or my thoughts. She has helped me to feel more confident in making my own choices and trusting my instincts. She's done nothing but encourage me and believe in me when I felt as if no one ever could. I've only been seeing her a few months and I have a much more positive view on my life and life in general. I am so grateful to her and I am excited to continue my journey of healing and feeling confident as we continue this great process."

Lauren N.



"Joann is a very spiritual person and lives her life every day in gratitude. She believes that whatever her personal feelings or trials are on any given day, she may come across someone who is experiencing the worst day of their lives and that kindness can make a difference and she extends that to both friends and strangers alike. When presented with a problem, Joann not only hears you, but she truly listens. Her counsel over the years has been steadfast and has brought me through some of the darkest times in my life. At times she asks the hard questions that you won’t or can’t ask of yourself but she’s compassionate, direct, she has a great sense of humor and she doesn’t judge."

Dina M.



We are so fortunate to be able to work within our passion; helping others to reach their truest potential, by offering a 'hand up' with compassion and strength.

We ALL, at some point, have gone through or are going through something that overwhelms us and steals our joy. It is our desire to guide you back to your joy or discover it for the first time.


Every aspect and context of our lives contributes to how we think, feel, and behave. That is why it is our belief that you need to be treated as a "whole" and not just the sum of your parts.



University of North Carolina Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University Joint Master Social Work Program:


  • Master Social Work 2014

  • Awarded Wadaran Latamore Kennedy Scholar Honor in all academic years for maintaining a 4.0 GPA

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude 


Winston Salem State University:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2012

  • Scholarship awarded from the Non-Traditional Adult Student Organization for essay and GPA (2010)

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude


Professional Affiliations:


  • Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

  • Member, Psi Chi The International Honors Society of Psychology

  • Member, Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Member, National Social Work Honor Society

  • Member, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

Sarah Solomon BA Psy, MSW, LCSW

It is anxiety-provoking to put ourselves in a position of vulnerability and open up about our struggles. I believe taking this risk can be well worth it if you connect with the right person. As a therapist I am someone who will listen to you with respect and provide validation of your emotional experiences. I will also encourage you to consider alternative ways of interpreting your experiences. I am someone who has had her own challenges with anxiety and depression and grew up in a family with their own mental health issues.

I believe it is important to develop an understanding of the impact very stressful or traumatic events and how to grow from those experiences. I can offer guidance with making your own self-care a priority. Teaching others about how to incorporate mindfulness practice into your everyday life is one of the things I enjoy doing with clients.


You deserve to have a safe space to reflect on your experiences and learn effective strategies for coping. I would be happy to provide that space for you.



University of North Carolina Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University Joint Master Social Work Program:


  • Master Social Work 2010. 4.0 GPA


Franklin and Marshall College:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2004


Professional Affiliations:


  • Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Trauma-informed clinical foundation from

University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Lisa Shelton, MS, LCAS, LPC, CSI

Lisa’s passion is to serve those individuals, couples and families who struggle with substance abuse, mental health and life issues that others may not understand. She specialized working with Women, trauma focus and grief.   


"My Vision and Purpose is to increase individuals, couples and families awareness of addiction and mental health while also educating about healthy relationships, conflict resolution, developing strategies, coping skills to improve the overall quality of one’s life. "

Lisa has 26 years of experience working as an Addiction/Mental Health Therapist serving populations including; adult men/women, adolescents, dual diagnosis and correctional populations. She has training and experience with counseling sexual assault survivors, Gender-Responsive Treatment, trauma, domestic violence, Anger Management, Cognitive Intervention (CGIP), Motivational Interviewing (MI)\, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and families dealing with addiction, gambling addiction and crisis intervention.


Lisa is currently pursing Doctoral Degree in Education at Northcentral University.

  • National-Louis University with a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling in 2005.

  • Graduated Capella University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2019.

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS).

  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS).

  • Clinical Supervisor in Training (CSI) in the State of North Carolina.

  • Lisa also hold licensure within the State of Illinois. As a  Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified as a Clinical Advance Addiction Counselor (CAADC).

  • She has worked within correctional facilities, residential, intensive, outpatient and substance abuse treatment programs. Lisa has 18 years of experience in managerial roles overseeing program productivity, budgets and clinical staff.  She has implemented, created and developed many diverse groups.

Bethany Blizard, BSW, Master Level Specialist Intern

Life is often unpredictable and requires the ability to adapt to change and trauma without instructions. This can lead to additional anxiety and stress, as well as other mental health and behavioral concerns. During these times, we need support and resources. It is my desire to help create strong, collaborative relationships with my clients. I want to help empower them during these times of uncertainty. You are not alone and deserve the best life possible!

Educational Experience:

Joint Master of Social Work-NC A&T and UNCG, Greensboro, N.C.

            Master of Social Work; Expected Graduation Date                May 2022


University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.  

            Bachelor’s in social work

            GPA 3.8, Graduation May 2021


Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, N.C. 

            Associate in Applied Science- Human Services                      Technology

            GPA 3.7, Graduation December 2018.

             Social Service Certification 2017