Bess Lyons Ceresa, MS, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Central Michigan University | NOVA Southeastern University

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   Lindsey has always known that she wants to help others. It was this passion that led her to study Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University where she received her Bachelor of Science. After college, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL to attend NOVA Southeastern's Master's program where she studied Marriage and Family Therapy. She obtained her License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) but realized how many of her clients were affected by addiction. Wanting to do more for these clients, she decided to pursue a second license and is now also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). Her expertise and experience in substance abuse counseling has also allowed her to pursue a Clinical Supervision License (CCS) which permits her to supervise clinicians working towards their LCAS. 

   Lindsey's specialties include marriage and family therapy, treating substance use disorders as well as individual therapy. Providing therapy to individuals working through depression, anxiety and life changes. Lindsey has provided therapy services in inpatient and outpatient settings.  

   Lindsey is a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator, and this allows her to help expecting and new parents prepare for lives after baby by decreasing postpartum mood disorders, relationship conflict and potential relationship hostility. Through therapy, she teaches parents how to maintain a strong sense of friendship, improve intimacy and co-parent effectively.

   Lindsey is a Gottman Seven Principles Leader which allows her to help couples address conflict and communication, deepening their relationship and connection and learn to communicate more effectively.

   Lindsey believes that strong, healthy and happy relationships are the backbone of every family. She also believes that focusing on one's mental health and maintaining  healthy relationships can be beneficial for helping children recognize what they desire in future relationships.  

   Tram is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology with a Minor in Psychology at Mississippi University of Women.  After receiving her degree, Tram desired to be in a profession that focused on helping people create meaning in their lives.  She attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

   Her experience includes working on an adult inpatient behavioral health unit who are experiencing a mental health crisis.  Her work has allowed her to receive training in Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Prevention Intervention to assist people in de-escalating. She has sat on various panels to advocate for mental health in her local community.  

   Her areas of interests include individuals, couples, and families.  Tram’s therapeutic style strives to offer a trusting environment for deep exploration while implementing research-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral and strength-based therapies.  Tram has completed training in Level 1, 2 and 3 Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  She recognizes that life poses unexpected turns that requires a person to process their emotions and thoughts to help them heal.  Her hope is for each person to develop a true sense of self that will empower them.  She welcomes anyone who is yearning to have an authentic life that brings purpose.

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Tram Pokorney, LCMHC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Mississippi University of Women | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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   Bess earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University where she worked as a research assistant on an empathy training program for couples. This experience helped Bess to discover her passion for helping individuals and couples and to realize the impact that relationship patterns have on an individual’s as well as a couple’s well-being. Her interest in family dynamics led her to NOVA Southeastern University where she received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

   Bess has specialized training in marriage and family therapy that allows her to work with couples to create and maintain healthy relationship patterns that can help them to communicate and to support one another through life’s most difficult challenges and stressors. She has completed Level 1 & 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and she uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her practice. She has also completed the training “Treating Affairs and Trauma: A Gottman Approach for Therapists on the Treatment of Affairs and Posttraumatic Stress.” She has completed the trainings “The 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy” and “The 10 Principles of Effective Couples Therapy: What Science Tells Us and Beyond with Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. and John Gottman, Ph.D.” In addition, she is a Gottman Seven Principles Leader and a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator.

   Since graduating, Bess has provided individual, family, and couples therapy in outpatient settings, in the home, and in schools. She aims to empower individuals with the necessary tools to promptly reach their goals and to take ownership of their lives. Bess works with clients struggling with the stress and anxiety of everyday life and helps them begin to recognize harmful patterns with the goal to work through and modify the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are interfering with their overall well-being. Bess utilizes a systemic approach while helping those struggling with interpersonal relationships, adjustment challenges, stress, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and depression. 

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Allyssa Resech, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate 

Winthrop University 

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   Casey Bowden is a licensed clinical mental health counselor associate (LCMHCA) in the state of North Carolina. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She also holds a master’s degree from Wheaton College in Intercultural Studies. She enjoys creating an atmosphere where people feel free to explore the changes they want to make, identify barriers to change, and develop strategies to overcome those barriers. Based on clients’ preferences, Casey is also comfortable integrating faith in a holistic approach to resolving current challenges and exploring deeper meaning and purpose.

   Casey has  completed The Gottman Level 1 Training, which guides her work with couples as they address communication, conflict, and deepening their friendship.   She will use modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy to help clients meet their goals. She has experience with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, communication skills, and more. Additionally, Casey enjoys working with individuals ages 14 and up.

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   Allyssa Resech is a licensed clinical mental health counselor associate (LCMHCA) in the state of North Carolina. She graduated with a Masters of Education in Clinical Counseling from Winthrop University. Allyssa’s passion for counseling is rooted in her desire to nurture self-discovery and help individuals to live authentically. Her counseling style emphasizes an open and warm approach, and integrates theories such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality therapy, Adlerian therapy, and Solution-focused therapy. In addition, she has completed the Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy training to inform her approach in working with couples.

   Allyssa works with adolescents, adults, and couples. Her expertise includes those who experience mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, substance abuse, eating disorders, relationships issues, and trauma. She also works with members of the LGBTQIAPK community. 

   Allyssa seeks to understand and meet clients where they are at, and to help them get to where they wish to go.

Casey Bowden, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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