Therapy is powerful!
When we are invested in making change, change will happen.
AMANDA K. CROWDER, LCSW
My name is Amanda K. Crowder and I am the owner of Calming Waters Counseling Services. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and in 2012 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I have worked in a number of different settings primarily providing services to children, adolescents, and families. Calming Waters Counseling Services has been providing services to the Charlotte region since 2015. Throughout my experience, I have become a certified trauma specialist and EMDR trained. I am currently working on my certification for EMDR.
As a therapist, I am creative in my therapeutic approaches, and find ways to engage with even the most challenging clients. I remain passionate, supportive, and understanding no matter the individual, and regardless of the challenges and issues we may face together in therapy.
I find ways to break through to the most resistant clients and family members, improving their experiences and reducing the difficult symptoms they may face in life. I am confident that my interventions have resulted in individual and family member engagement and improvement in accomplishing therapeutic goals. I truly believe that all people are good at heart, but sometimes struggle and make bad choices or decisions. These bad choices or decisions do not define who we are. We can all find happiness and gain a sense of control and well-being in life. Therapy is powerful! When we are invested in making change, change will happen.
I provide a collaborative, safe, supportive, and relationship based environment.
Julianna Elsworth, LCSW
My passion and life’s work is providing therapy to individuals and families in a safe, supportive, and relationship based environment that promotes healing and systemic change. I utilize a variety of therapy modalities that are strengths-based and trauma informed, including Trauma-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing. I value collaborative treatment and believe that your goals and investment in therapy are of utmost importance. With this investment, comes hope, and with hope, comes change.
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have endured complex trauma. Additionally, I support those struggling with familial conflict, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral concerns, suicidality, inappropriate sexual behavior, self-injurious behavior, and mood disorders.
I help my clients identify their strengths to find healthy perspectives of themselves, and strengthen their relationships with others.
Ashley Flint, LCSW
When people experience life’s struggles, it is not uncommon for their lives to feel like they may be unraveling. My greatest passion is to assist people in picking up those pieces and putting them back together piece by piece, no matter how big or small. I help my clients, who include children, adults, couples and families, identify their strengths to find healthy perspectives of themselves and strengthen their relationships with others.
I provide mental health services to individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, trauma, anger and stress management, couples conflict, family and relationships issues, self-image and self-esteem issues. More specifically, I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. I know that not one single approach is the right one for every individual, so I use a blend of modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based, and psycho-education. I believe in building rapport with the client/s and working from a strengths-based approach that focuses on the whole client to assist them in achieving a successful, fulfilling, and productive life style.
I strive to create an open and honest environment that works to balance acceptance and change.
Anastasia Harmeyer, LCSW, LCAS
Having a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship can assist an individual in overcoming some of the most challenging obstacles in life. I believe a collaborative approach that utilizes strengths and the development of effective skills can assist someone in overcoming and moving forward. No challenge, however small, is insignificant if it is important to you. I believe in treating the whole person and strive to create an open and honest environment that works to balance acceptance and change.
I am currently providing both mental health and/or substance abuse services to adolescents and adults through individual and family therapy. I have specialized training in both DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and Seeking Safety to assist in treating mood dysregulation, self-harm/high risk behaviors, relational issues, substance use, and trauma. I also have experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, women’s issues, grief, and behavioral concerns. I provide both evening and Saturday appointments.
I am very passionate about helping clients work through traumatic experiences. I work with all ages and stages, blending different techniques to fit the need of my clients.
Amy Gebben, LMFT
Hello, I am Amy Gebben and have been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years. I graduated from Argosy University – Twin Cities in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been licensed for five years in Minnesota before heading south to warmer weather. I am very passionate about helping clients work through traumatic experiences, focusing on beliefs created in early childhood and how that has shown up in current life trials. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I use a systemic approach to presenting problems and value collaboration in treatment of mental health.
I work with all ages and stages, blending different techniques to fit the need of my clients. From using play therapy techniques with ages 2 to 14, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for adolescents to adults, and sand tray therapy techniques for anywhere in between. I have worked with many different disorders including, but not limited to; anxiety disorders, mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD. I have also worked with clients to improve stress management, self-worth, self-care, manage symptoms from grief/loss, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, abandonment/rejection, and explore sexual identity/orientation.
I find great joy in being a support to someone as they navigate through difficult times in their lives.
Sandi Chrysler, LPC
I have been in the counseling profession since 2007 and have worked in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, local agencies, and counseling centers. I find great joy in being a support to someone as they navigate through difficult times in their lives. I employ a myriad of techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-focused CBT, play, art and family therapy; all depending on the individual’s unique needs and situation. I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I have experience working with individuals who struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, suicidality, family conflict, and others who are just having a tough time during a difficult transition in his/her life.
One lesson I believe that we, as a society, need to learn and re-learn is that it’s okay to ask for help when you are feeling like you lost your way. This is when forming a counseling relationship can be the most healing, transformative step you can take in your life. I have seen firsthand the kind of positive changes that can come about when you find the courage to open yourself up to another person who is trained to help. This is the reason I have dedicated my life to this profession and believe in the power of therapy. Your journey starts here. Let me help you, find you again.