Kristen Wynns Ph.D. - Psychological Solutions for Children, Adolescents & Families
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PSYCHOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & FAMILIES

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Social Skills Groups and Resources for Kids and Teens

Social Skills Groups, DBT Groups & Summer Camps for Children in Cary NC & Raleigh


social skills group children north carolina Competent social skills (cooperation, sharing, listening, being respectful, etc) are critical to successfully interacting with others. Children who lack these skills can experience behavioral and emotional difficulties, trouble making friends, peer rejection, bullying, poor self-esteem, depression, concentration difficulties, academic failures, aggressiveness, and delinquency. Kids with social anxiety, learning disabilities, sensory integration difficulties, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, neurological disorders, and emotional disabilities often need extra help. Fortunately, social skills can be taught by trained professionals. And in a safe environment, these newly learned skills can be practiced and mastered.

Wynns Family Psychology offers targeted and effective Social Skills Groups for kids in every age group, from pre-schoolers to teenagers. Throughout the year, we offer Preschool / Kindergarten Social Skills Groups, Elementary School Children Social Skills Groups, Co-Ed Middle School Social Skills Groups, Girls Middle School Social Skills Groups, Boys Middle School Social Skills Groups, Teen / Adolescent Social Skills Groups, Teen Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT Groups, Parenting Help Training Groups, and No Wimpy Parenting Groups for Moms. During the summer, we also offer unique week-long Social Skills Summer Camps such as our Young Children's Social Skills Summer Camp, Children's Social Skills Summer Camp, High School Teenager Life Skills and Social Skills Summer Camp, and even a Tween and Teen Study Skills Summer Camp.

*** Over 90% of Parents with Children in Our Social Skills Groups Rate Their Experience as "Satisfied" or "Very Satisfied!" ***


School-Year Social Skills Groups
To reserve a spot for your child in an upcoming group or camp, please complete the Registration Form, then email/fax to us, and call the office to pay your deposit (or full amount for 8 week groups to get a discount). Parent consults are also required for groups and strongly encouraged for camps. You can see a full list of our upcoming Cary, Raleigh, and Greensboro groups in our Social Skills Group Schedule.

Young Children's
Social Skills Group

Ages 4-7; Fall/Winter 2019
kindergarten social skills group cary nc Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making friends? Would your child benefit from recognizing social cues? Does he or she need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has he or she been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, or ADHD? Some children need extra help learning social skills. Through a series of games, role-play, worksheets, videos, and other acticities and projects, your child will enhance social skills and self-esteem. Learn more about our Young Child Social Skills Group.

Elementary School Children's Social Skills Group
Ages 7-10; Fall/Winter 2019
children social skills group cary nc Does your child have difficulty making friends? Would your child benefit from recognizing social cues? Does he or she need extra help expressing emotions appropriately? Does your child report feeling bullied at school or in social situations? Has your child been diagnosed with Social Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, or ADHD? Or is he or she simply shy or socially awkward? Some children need a little help learning social skills. Through a series of games, role-play, worksheets, videos, and projects, your child will enhance social skills and self-esteem. Learn more about our Elementary Child Social Skills Group.

Co-Ed Middle School
Social Skills Group

Ages 11-14; Fall/Winter 2019
middle school social skills group cary nc Does your child have difficulty making friends? Has she been described as shy or slow to warm up to people? Has your child been diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, or ODD? Does he get into arguments with other children or adults? Does your child have difficulty cooperating with the teacher during classroom activities? Many kids need a little help learning and building social skills. Learn more about teaching youth social skills with our Coed Middle School Social Skills Group.

Teen Life Skills
& Social Skills Group

Ages 14-18; Fall/Winter 2019
teen social skills group cary nc Does your teen have trouble making and keeping friends? Does your teenager report feeling bullied at school or in social situations? Does he or she need help expressing emotions appropriately? Are you or your teen worried about the transition to high school and fitting in? Has your teen been diagnosed with Social Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, or ADHD? Or does your teenager shy away from social interactions? High school can be challenging academically and socially. Some teenagers need a little help learning social skills to make the transition easier and the high school years a success! Learn more about our Teenager Social Skills Group.

Girls Middle School
Social Skills Group

Ages 11-14; TBA
girls social skills group cary nc Does your middle school girl have difficulty making and keeping friends? Does she report feeling bullied at school or in social situations? Does your middle schooler struggle with "girl drama" and "mean girls?" Are you worried about her transition to middle school and fitting in socially? Has your middle schooler been diagnosed with Social Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, or ADHD? Or does she shy away from social interactions? Middle school can be challenging academically and socially. Girls often struggle with social bullying, manipulative friendships, and standing up for themselves. Learn more about how to build social skills and enhancing self-esteem through our Girls Middle School Group.

Boys Social Skills and Anger Management Group
Ages 11-14; TBA
child anger management Is your middle schooler having difficulty making friends? Is he feeling bullied? Does he shy away from social interactions because he doesn’t fit in? Has he been diagnosed with Social Anxiety, Asperger's, Autism, or AD/HD? Does your child have a tough time expressing his emotions or controlling his temper? Is he easily annoyed? Has he lashed out at someone verbally or physically? The tween and teen years can be challenging for boys. To make them a success, some kids need a little help learning social skills and how to how to cope with anger in a safe and healthy way! Through a variety of discussions, activities, roleplays, worksheets, projects, and lessons, your child can improve poor social skills and learn to appropriately manage his anger. Learn more about our Middle School Boys Social Skills and Anger Management Group.

"Middle Men" Tween and Young Teen Social Skills Group for Boys
Ages 11-14; TBA
boys social skills group cary nc Is your pre-teen or teenage son having difficulty making or keeping friends? Is he feeling bullied at school or in social situations? Does your son need help expressing emotions appropriately? Are you or your child concerned about his transition into middle school (or high school) and fitting in socially? Has he been diagnosed with Social Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, or AD/HD? Does your son shy away from social interactions? The tween and teen years can be academically and socially challenging for middle school boys. And some kids need a little extra help learning social skills to make these years a success! Through a variety of discussions, exercises, role-play, worksheets, videos, and projects, your son will enhance his social skills and improve his self-esteem. Teach your adolescent son about social skills through our Boys Middle School Social Skills Group.


Specialty Groups & Workshops
for Children & Parents


Teen DBT Group
Grades 9-12; Ongoing 2019
dbt therapy group raleigh cary Is your teen struggling with managing his emotions? Is she often overwhelmed or easily upset? Has your teen expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Is she struggling in her peer relationships? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps teens learn how to cope with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. DBT is especially helpful for teens diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or for kids struggling with self-harming behaviors such as cutting. Our ongoing DBT group is comprised of four different modules—Mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Learn more about our Teen DBT Group. You can also learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Tween DBT Group
Grades 6-8; Ongoing 2019
dbt therapy group raleigh cary Is your tween struggling with managing her emotions? Is he often overwhelmed or easily upset? Has your tween expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Is he struggling in his peer relationships? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps tweens learn how to cope with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. DBT is especially helpful for tweens diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or for kids struggling with self-harming behaviors such as cutting. Our ongoing DBT Tween group is comprised of four different modules—Mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Learn more about our Tween DBT Group. You can also learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Young Adult DBT Group
Ages 18-26; Ongoing 2019
dbt therapy group raleigh cary Are you a young adult struggling with managing your emotions? Are you often overwhelmed or easily upset? Have you expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Are you struggling to maintain meaningful peer relationships? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps young adults learn how to cope with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. DBT is especially helpful for young adults diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or for those struggling with self-harming behaviors such as cutting. Our ongoing DBT Young Adult Group is comprised of four different modules—Mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Learn more about our Young Adult DBT Group. You can also learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Anxiety Group for Teenagers
Ages 13-17; Fall/Winter 2019
anxious anxiety teen Do you have a teen who struggles with feelings of anxiousness? Does your teen worry excessively about peer relationships, testing, or before events? Is your teen able to balance among family time, friendships, academics, and extracurricular activities effectively? Have you found that your teen often procrastinates? Does your teen avoid discussing their future or expresses fear of the unknown? Teen years can be challenging and overwhelming times filled with many transitions. Even milestones such as getting a drivers license or transitioning to a new school environment can create feelings of stress. Our group will give your teens time and space to learn and explore how to manage their feelings of anxiety through a series of topics utilizing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Learn more about our Teen Anxiety Group.

Anxiety Group for Tweens
Ages 9-12; Fall/Winter 2019
anxious anxiety tween Do you have a tween who struggles with feelings of anxiousness? Does your tween worry excessively about peer relationships, testing, or before events? Is your tween able to balance among family time, friendships, academics, and extracurricular activities effectively? Have you found that your tween often procrastinates? Does your tween avoid discussing their future or expresses fear of the unknown? Tween years can be challenging and overwhelming times filled with many transitions. Even milestones such as transitioning to a new school environment can create feelings of stress. Our group will give your tweens time and space to learn and explore how to manage their feelings of anxiety through a series of topics utilizing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Learn more about our Tween Anxiety Group.

Tweens, Teens & Screens Parenting Workshop
for Parents; Oct 22, 2019
kids teens tv video games Do your kids spend too much time watching TV, playing video games, surfing online, or piddling on their phones? Does misbehavior tend to correlate with separating them from their beloved "screens?" Could you use more ideas about how to successfully disengage from these activities and reconnect your children with family and friends? If you're struggling with how much time your tweens and teens spend in front of a screen, come join our Tweens, Teens & Screens Parenting Workshop. Learn how to tell if your child is addicted to gaming, what types of influences screens have on behavior, reasonable time limits, building reward systems, and more! Learn more about the Tweens, Teens & Screens Parenting Workshop here.

Substance Abuse Workshop
Ages 18+; Spring 2019
adult social skills group class cary raleigh Mental and substance use disorders affect people of various ages, gender, race, and ethnicity. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable, and many people do recover. Learning more about substance use disorders can help you recognize the signs of addiction and how best to seek help. Our Substance Abuse Workshop will teach you how to best support family and friends who may be struggling with addiction.

The Power of Effective Parenting
and a Strong Marriage Workshop

Couples and Parents; Jul 16th, 2019
marriage parenting workshop raleigh cary Join us for an educational evening on taking back the power in your parenting and emotional connection in your marriage. Dr. No Wimpy Parenting is teaming up with Marriage Reclaimed to present an engaging and educational class focused on strengthening your team mindset with your spouse as you parent your children together. Learn more about our Parenting and Marriage Workshop.

Gender Identity Group
Ages 11-14; Fall/Winter 2019
time management mindfulness cary nc Many teens have questions about gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. If you or your teen have questions about this topic, then our Gender Identity Group may be for you.

ABC's of DBT Workshop
Parents of All Ages; May 2nd, 2019
dbt therapy group raleigh cary Are you or your child struggling with managing emotions? Are they often overwhelmed or easily upset? Has your teen expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Are they struggling in their peer relationships? If so, then Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) might be the answer. DBT is an evidence based treatment modality that can help individuals experiencing difficulties with emotion regulation, impulsivity, stress, and/or adaptive coping. Come join us for a fun and interactive workshop to learn about DBT. The workshop will overview DBT and its benefits and also provide a glimpse into the main modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotional Expression, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Learn more about our ABC's of DBT Workshop. You can also learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Dealing with Divorce
Group for Children

Ages 9-13; Spring 2019
divorce group kids children raleigh cary nc Coping with divorce is a difficult thing for anyone, but especially your children. Doesn’t it make sense to arm them with the skills and support needed to make this transition as smooth and positive as possible? Our kids divorce group is for children in families where parents have completed or are in the process of divorce. The group will use a variety of fun and engaging activities designed to teach coping skills, decrease anxiety and sadness, enhance self-esteem, and provide support from peers going through the same thing. This children’s divorce group will cover why parents marry and divorce, how to deal with changes, adjusting to having parents in two houses, feeling angry or guilty, the grieving process, step-parents and step-siblings, understanding legal terms regarding divorce, and achieving acceptance and closure. Learn more about our Kids Dealing with Divorce Group.

No Wimpy Parenting Workshop
for Parents; Feb 12, 2019
no wimpy parenting training nc Are you tired of your children "running the show?" Do you feel like your kids have lost respect for you and your rules? Do you often lose your temper and feel as if your children are masters at "pushing your buttons?" There's an epidemic in our country of frustrated parents who have lost power in their own homes. In this practical, information-packed workshop, parents will learn about the signs of "wimpy" parenting, ways to redistribute power and gain respect, rewards and consequences, stress-management, handling meltdowns, uniting with your spouse, and more! Learn more about this No Wimpy Parenting Workshop here.

School Study Skills
Group & Workshops

Ages 7-18; TBA
school study skills group cary nc Would you like your child to enhance his performance in school, become prepared for success, AND have fun with his peers at the same time? How about practical strategies to motivate studying, enhance academic intelligence, and improve Emotional Intelligence (EI)? Are EOG’s and final exams right around the corner? Our study skills groups and workshops teach a unique blend of basic study skills, higher-level organizational skills, and time management skills to help your child feel more comfortable with and get better grades at school! Whether your child has AD/HD, a Learning Disability, or simply struggles to succeed academically, we can help by teaching study and organizational skills. Learn more about our School Study Skills Groups and Workshops.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
Parenting Workshop

Parents of All Ages; TBA
adult social skills group class cary raleigh Ever feel like your child is acting more like an adult than her own age? Concerned about the pics your tween or teen is posting online? Worried that your teen is using drugs or alcohol? Not sure how or when to have “the talk”? Wonder if what music your teen listens to really does influence his behavior? If you’re struggling with how to talk to your tween or teen about some of these topics, then come join our Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll Parenting Workshop.

Young Adult Life Skills
& Social Skills Group

Ages 18-26; TBA
adult social skills group class cary raleigh Having difficulty relating to family, friends, or coworkers? Do you feel withdrawn or isolated? Having difficulty maintaining relationships? Do you feel awkward in social situations? Having trouble expressing and managing emotions appropriately? The college years and early adulthood can be a challenging time. But life skills coaching can make these years easier and more successful! Learn more about our Young Adult Social Skills Class.

FREE Workshop: Holistic Help for Your Child
Parents of All Ages; TBA
child attention anxiety holistic approach cary nc Help your child improve attention and anxiety through cutting edge ideas from medical, psychological, and cognitive perspectives. Presenters include Dr. Kristen Wynns of Wynns Family Psychology, Dr. Jack Weber of the Carolina Clinic of Natural Medecine, and Jennifer Huntington of Learning Rx. Learn more about our free Holistic Approach to Helping Your Child: Improve Attention & Anxiety Workshop.

No Wimpy Parenting Support Group for Moms
TBA
child parenting skills cary nc moms Do you feel frustrated and angry with your children? Is there a lack of respect from them? Are rules and warnings laughed at? Are your kids running the show? Moms today have a tough job—the responsibility of raising our children. Because this challenging duty often falls on women, the overwhelming stress of this (in addition to work and home care) can have us wanting to throw in the towel. And despite the need for an outlet, moms are frequently afraid to share their struggles for fear of being criticized. So wouldn't it be great to have a safe place to talk about your struggles and get parenting tips with other women going through the same thing? This special MOMS ONLY group offers support for women and a place to bond with other mothers. But most importantly, it teaches moms about discipline strategies, behavior plans, self-care, stress management, and taking back your power at home. Learn more about our No Wimpy Parenting Support Group for Moms here.

Parent Training Group
for Parents with Children Ages 6-13; TBA
parent training groups cary raleigh nc Do you struggle with a lack of respect from your kids? Do you often feel frustrated and angry with your children? Are rules and warnings often laughed at by your kids? Do you feel like your children are running the show? If you answered yes to most of these questions, you might benefit from "No Wimpy Parenting." Topics will include taking back your power, avoiding power suckers, providing positive attention, intellectually and emotionally stimulating your child, home and school behavior plans, setting rules and limits, rewards, consequences, parent stress management, handling meltdowns and tantrums, and getting on the same page with your spouse. Visit NoWimpyParenting.com for additional resources or learn more by downloading our Parent Training Group Flyer.

Sibling Strife Workshop
for Parents and Kids

Ages 6-13; TBA
sibling conflict class cary raleigh nc Do your children have trouble getting along? Is there sibling rivalry? Are your kids constantly turning to you to solve every problem? Would you like them to have a more positive bond? If you feel lost about what you can do as a parent stuck in the middle of sibling conflict, this class is for you! Learn more about our Sibling Strife Workshop for Parents and Kids. You can also check out our article on Dealing with Sibling Conflict and Dr. Wynns discussing how sibling strife affects marriages on the Stay Happily Married Podcast.

Parenting and Mindfulness Group
Parents of All Ages; TBA
parenting group mindfulness cary nc Are you feeling constantly overwhelmed with the day-to-day stress of parenting? Are you struggling to create family relationships that are congruent with your values? Are you living with guilt and regret for not always being the parent you want to be? Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy blends modern behavioral psychology with age-old Eastern philosophy to help people find balance and peace in the midst of their hectic lives. The Mindful Parent Group applies mindfulness-based cognitive strategies to help parents increase behaviors congruent with their values and create a more harmonious family environment. Learn more about our Parenting and Mindfulness Group.

Time Management
and Mindfulness Group

Ages 16-20; TBA
time management mindfulness cary nc Late adolescence / early adulthood is a time of increasing pressure and stress. Young people often find themselves overwhelmed with higher academic workloads, athletics, fine arts, part-time jobs, and social events. The struggle to successfully balance commitments can lead to increased worry, anxiety, frustration, irritability, and depressed mood. "Managing Your Time and Managing Your Mind" is an four-week structured group for high school and college students designed to increase productivity and decrease stress by teaching skills for productively focusing time and energy to better balance important obligations and good self-care. Learn more about our Time Management and Mindfulness Group.


Public News Service
Social Skills Article

Teachers and parents are realizing some children could use help with the simplest of social skills, like greeting a stranger or carrying on casual conversation. The National Association of School Psychologists now includes the training in its recommended curriculum. In the past, social skills training was exclusively used for students with diagnosed problems such as autism, but psychotherapist Kristen Wynns in Cary NC believes more children now need basic training on how to relate to others. Wynns Family Psychology is featured in this Public News Service social skills article. You can listen to the Public News Service social skills MP3 news clip here. Learn more about Wynns Family Psychology Social Skills Groups.

Raleigh Autism & Parenting Examiner Social Skills Article
Developing social skills as a child with autism can be difficult. Having your child hang out with other kids at the playground is good but if he is unsure of how to interact appropriately with others, the play time can end quite abruptly. It's heartbreaking as a parent when your child doesn't have any friends or finds it hard to communicate with other peers. Entering your child in to a social skills class may be the answer. Wynns Family Psychology's Child Social Skills Day Camps, which serve the Cary and Raleigh NC area, are highlighted in this Raleigh Autism & Parenting Examiner social skills article. Learn more about Wynns Family Psychology Social Skills Groups.


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Dr. Sara Salter

Child Psychologist and Testing Specialist,
Clinical Director at WFP
Office Location: Cary NC

salter child psychiatrist cary EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: children through adolescents, trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, divorce, adoption, foster care, sexual behaviors, behavior problems, ODD, defiance, mood disorders, OCD, ADHD, Asperger's, Autism, PDD, social skills issues, parent training, forensic assessments, custody evaluations, LD testing, gifted testing, DBT Dialectical Behavior Therapy for teens.

Sara Salter, Ph.D. is a licensed child and family Psychologist in Cary NC, specializing in providing both therapy services and assessment services for children, adolescents, and families to address a wide array of challenges. She also enjoys working with young adults, older individuals, and couples. Believing that children are born with great potential, Dr. Salter enjoys working with kids, teens, and parents to help families achieve their goals, learn new things about themselves, and successfully interact with the world around them. Dr. Salter has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of emotional, behavioral, or psychological concerns such as low self-esteem, defiance, anxiety, depression, school problems, respect, temper tantrums, peer pressure, friendships, sexuality issues, conduct problems, eating disorders, gender identity issues, time management difficulties, inappropriate sexual behaviors, ADHD, fear, phobia issues, Aspergers syndrome, anger issues, adjustment issues, substance abuse, bedwetting, soiling issues, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Furthermore, Dr. Salter has expertise in providing family based services, designed to build upon a family’s strengths. These practical and solution-focused services achieve long term goals, such as increasing family communication, effective disciplining, assisting with co-parenting dilemmas, dealing with divorce situations, and raising children in today’s modern society.

Learn More About Dr. Salter >>

Call 919-467-7777 or email Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology.com to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our therapy services, testing services, social skills groups, custody services, psychiatry services, and team of doctors.



Dr. Lori C. Thomas

Family Psychologist for Children & Teens,
Director of Forensic Services,
Divorce & Custody Services,
Office Locations: North Raleigh & Cary, NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: Tweens, teenagers, eating disorders, body image issues, identity and self-esteem, divorce and custody mediation, custody evaluations, family mediation, relationship conflict, friendships, adjustment problems, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, behavior problems, social skills, psychological testing.

Lori C. Thomas, J.D., Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She specializes in providing individual child psychotherapy services, child assessment services, child custody services and group therapy for kids, tweens, teens, young adults, and their families. Coming of age can be a difficult and confusing time for tweens and teens, filled with complicated growing pains. Dr. Thomas provides children and teens with therapy services to deal with anxiety struggles, depression, identity issues, body image, general worries, disordered eating, poor self-esteem, and feeling socially awkward.  Dr. Thomas believes in developing a unique connection with each child—building strong, therapeutic relationships that foster change and help kids cope with developmental issues, mental health concerns, and behavioral challenges. Working from the principle driven perspective of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Thomas assists children with reaching solutions that fit with their family and cultural values. Working with parents, she develops plans to manage childhood behavior problems at home and school. Dr. Thomas also helps through psychoeducation and community support for parents with children that have special needs. Dr. Thomas works with parents who have made the difficult decision to separate or divorce. As a family psychologist and mental health expert, her focus is on what is best for the children involved. Dr. Thomas provides custody consultations, Custody Evaluations, custody mediation, forensic services, collaborative coparenting services, parenting plans, supervised visitation recommendations, court testimony, Reunification Therapy, and other divorce and separation services. Dr. Thomas has specialized training as a divorce and custody mediator. She has been a court-referred mediator and provided private divorce and custody mediation services through a large group practice. This includes mediating custody & support and providing couples with written memorandums of understanding (which can be used as a guide for working with an attorney to create a divorce agreement).

Learn More About Dr. Thomas >>

Call 919-467-7777 or email Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology.com to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our therapy services, testing services, social skills groups, custody services, psychiatry services, and team of doctors.



Carolyn Kleffman, LPCA, NCC

Teen and Adult Therapist
Office Locations: Cary NC & North Raleigh

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: teen therapy, young adult therapy, autonomic nervous system dysregulation, life transition issues, self-esteem, body image issues, social skills development, identity development, relationship issues, children of alcoholics, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, depression, life skills development, and Christian faith-based therapy.

Carolyn Kleffman, LPCA, NCC holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s Certificate in Biofeedback, and Master of Science in Counselor Education. She specialized in providing individual therapy and teen therapy, young adult therapy, and adult therapy services. Carolyn specializes in the regulation of the nervous system associated with panic disorder, mood disorders, and depression. She also specializes in life transitions, social skills development, and identity formation. She is passionate about the mind-body connection and helping people heal holistically. Carolyn has experience with teens and adults working through various mental health issues. Carolyn adapts principles and philosophies from Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy models. She is also passionate about helping people re-train their nervous systems to overcome physical manifestations of stress and anxiety by means of Biofeedback. Carolyn offers Christian faith-based therapy. Carolyn also leads social skills groups for kids and life skills groups for teens throughout the year as well as week-long social skills day camps in the summer. These groups and camps cover many issues that help kids to develop skills needed to foster healthy relationships and to deal with the challenges of everyday life, including self-control, anger management, gossiping, bullying, shyness, anxiety, communication, and and self-esteem. Carolyn also provides groups for high school and college students looking to find a major and/or a career in the vocational/tech fields.

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Call 919-467-7777 or email Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology.com to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our therapy services, testing services, social skills groups, custody services, psychiatry services, and team of doctors.



Spencer Grinnell, LMFTA

Child, Teen & Family Therapist
Office Locations: North Raleigh & Cary, NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: child and teen therapy, family therapy, premarital counseling, Christian-based therapy, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, self-harm, self-esteem issues, parent coaching, groups for kids and teens, DBT skills, emotional issues, family conflict, ADHD, communication issues.

Spencer Grinnell, LMFTA, has a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has experience working with children and teens ages 6-18, couples, and whole families dealing with a variety of mental health concerns. He also provides group therapy for kids, tweens, teens, young adults, and their families. Spencer specializes in the treatment of children and teens using a variety of techniques to help establish stability of self while using the family as a support to establish healthy communication and interactions. He enjoys using structural therapy with families to help realign family subsystems as well as using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills and cognitive therapy for teens and children for behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, among others. Spencer is also PREPARE-ENRICH certified and is capable of helping couples enhance their relationship, working on specific areas of growth in the relationship based on the assessment and encouraging the strengths. Spencer uses specific approaches based on specific client needs and works hard to understand each presenting issues as well as its roots in order to best serve the client in working towards a place of growth and healing. Spencer also understands the importance of faith and spirituality in therapy and can offer a faith-based approach.

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Dr. Cherish Williams

Psychologist for Children & Teens
Office Locations: North Raleigh & Cary NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: children and teens, parenting, family therapy, anxiety, panic disorders, ADHD, depression, school behavior difficulties, emotion regulation, trauma, LGBTQ, disruptive behavior disorders, mild neurodevelopmental disorders, social skills training, self-esteem issues, racial identity, anger management, mood disorders, DBT for teens, Tics and Tourette syndrome, psychoeducational assessment, psychodiagnostic evaluations, parental capacity evaluations, group therapy for children and teens.

Cherish Williams, Ph.D. has a doctorate in school psychology, with a clinical concentration, from UNC Chapel Hill. She specializes in providing therapeutic services to children and their families. Dr. Williams offers individual therapy, family therapy, parent management training, assessment, and group therapy to children and adolescents. Dr. Williams has a passion for helping children and teenagers through difficult times. She works to help parents understand the functions of their child’s behaviors. Dr. Williams recognizes that childhood and adolescence can be a confusing time full of many transitions. She uses expertise in child development, while integrating Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Multi-Cultural approaches to achieve therapeutic goals. Dr. Williams has experience working with behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, ADHD, school behavior difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, adjustment disorders, suicidality, and other internalizing and externalizing behaviors. She believes in considering the whole-child and working with families to further develop and understand their child’s strengths. Dr. Williams also provides family-based services, to promote lasting healthy outcomes for families. She provides parent management strategies and parent coaching to increase trust, communication, and understanding in families. She strives to meet children and families at their level of comfort and expose them to their inner strengthens to promote a healthier outcome.

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Kaitlin Hanson, LPCA

Teen, Child, & Family Therapist,
Office Locations: Cary & Raleigh NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: Adolescents, children, families, families with special needs, coping skills, adjustment difficulties, peer pressure, anxiety, depression, anger, respect, behavioral issues, behavior management strategies, parenting strategies, and social skills issues.

Kaitlin Hanson, LPCA, NCC, holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with experience providing in-home ABA therapy for children on the Autism spectrum and their families. Kaitlin has experience working with teens, young adults, and families enduring mental health challenges stemming from various issues. She specializes in providing teen therapy, young adult therapy and child therapy services, and offers social skills groups for kids, teens, and young adults. Kaitlin provides therapy services for a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation, emotional issues, Autism, behavioral issues, family conflict with teens, and families with special needs. Kaitlin adapts principles and philosophies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy models. She strives to tailor her approach to the individual needs of the client. Kaitlin recognizes the importance that family and parents play in the lives of children, and she collaborates with children and their families to determine treatment goals. She recognizes how unique individuals can be, and works to tailor her sessions to the client’s specific needs. Her strategies can focus on identifying goals, reinforcing positive and adaptive behaviors, decreasing negative and harmful behaviors, achieving practical solutions, and developing important problem solving skills. Kaitlin understands the importance of faith and spirituality in life and in the counseling process, and she offers Christian-based therapy for those who would like to incorporate faith into their therapeutic journey.

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Lauren Bowman, LPCA, LMFTA

Family, Child & Couples Therapist
Office Locations: Raleigh & Cary NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: Children, teenagers, families, adults, couples, marriage, anxiety, depression, anger, emotional issues, relationship issues, high-functioning autism, parent coaching, self-esteem, divorce-related issues, CBT, mindfulness.

Lauren Bowman, LPCA, holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in providing couples therapy, family therapy, child therapy, and adult therapy services, and social skills groups for kids, teens, and young adults. Lauren specializes in relationship-based therapy, including couples therapy, marriage therapy, premarital education, and family therapy. She is certified to provide premarital education and assessment through Prepare/Enrich, which creates an individual approach to cater to each couple’s needs. She has experience working with kids, teens, adults, and parents who are experiencing a variety of mental health concerns and relational concerns. Lauren provides therapy services for anxiety, depression, emotional issues, blending families, remarriage, high-functioning Autism, adjustment issues, relationship issues, boundaries/co-dependency, anger management, parent coaching, self-esteem issues, coping with divorce (for children and adults), and a wide range of other mental health issues.

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Dr. Chaka Coleman

Family Psychologist for Children & Teens,
Office Locations: North Raleigh & Cary, NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: Children, teens, Autism Spectrum Disorders, social skills, ADHD, assessment (psychological, psychoeducational, developmental), school problems, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, trauma.

Chaka Coleman, Ph.D., has a doctorate in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and specializes in therapy, assessment, child custody services and group services for children and teens. Dr. Coleman embraces a “whole child” approach, finding every child’s strengths, identifying needs and working with families to create solutions. Dr. Coleman places importance on empathy and uses a variety of intervention approaches to address each child or teen’s unique needs. Therapy/intervention approaches utilized include: play therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. In therapy sessions, Dr. Coleman provides unconditional positive regard and strives to assist children and teens in gaining the tools necessary to unlock their full potential and thrive in their day to day lives. Dr. Coleman provides assessment services for children and teens to better inform educational decisions, differential diagnoses, and treatment. She has experience in psychological, psychoeducational, and developmental assessment with children and teens ages 2-18. Dr. Coleman has extensive experience with regard to special education policy and procedures, as well best practices for interventions. Her experience as a teacher, school psychologist, and education researcher gives her valuable insight with regard to school problems that children/teens may experience. She trained at TEACCH, (conducting autism evaluations), has been a part of autism assessment teams, and received advanced training in autism assessment at Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center. During every assessment, Dr. Coleman finds rapport-building to be essential in ensuring children are comfortable and able to do their best. Dr. Coleman also administers ADHD Testing, Academic Testing for Wake County elementary and high school students, IQ Intelligence Testing, Learning Disabilities LD testing, Developmental Testing, Kindergarten Readiness Testing, and Dyslexia Testing.

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Mary Caldwell-Pineda, LMFT

Child Therapist, Family Counseling Services
Office Locations: North Raleigh & Cary NC

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EXPERTISE & SPECIAL INTERESTS: Children, adolescents, families, adults, couples school issues, self-esteem, anger management, making friends, relationships, peer pressure, sexuality issues, depression, anxiety, gender identity issues, and parent-child relationships, parent-teen relationships, divorce, blended families, adoption adjustment, communication, relationships, women’s issues, boundary setting, stress, the “empty nest,” aging parents.

Mary Caldwell-Pineda, LMFT, holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in the treatment of children, teens, and families through child therapy services, children's social skills groups and parent coaching services. Mary is a skilled practitioner with 30 years of clinical experience to share. She specializes in treating all life stages, from childhood to advanced age. Her treatment approach is eclectic, employing a diverse set of treatment models: Family therapy, Play therapy, Psychotherapy, Communication, Resilience, and Narrative therapies. Navigating the transitions between childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood can be tough. Mary enjoys working with young people and provides life skills and emotional support coupled with clinical evaluation of psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues. Through her years of experience, Mary knows early diagnosis and treatment increases quality of life for her clients.

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