Janiece Peterson, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, RPT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hampton University  | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(704) 840-5035 | janiece.pope.counseling@gmail.com

Rebecca Royston, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Western Michigan University

(704) 840-5035 | rebecca.royston@gmail.com

   Fran graduated from the University of Bridgeport in CT with a MS in Psychology, she also holds a BA in Psychology from Western CT State University. After graduating, she developed programs, advocated and provided counseling to homeless individuals with mental illness and substance abuse. In 1994, Fran began working for UConn Manage Health where she providing substance abuse and mental health services to incarcerated males with severe mental illness and substance abuse. Fran also has specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couple and Individual Therapy, DBT, Trauma, substance abuse and Advance Clinical Supervision; she has been providing counseling services for more than 30 years.

   Jacquelynne “Jackie” Greco is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jackie emphasizes an empowering and collaborative process that focuses on a client’s individual goals and values. Her training and experience cover developmental and situational issues, mental illnesses, crises, trauma, and grief & loss. She works with teens, adults, and couples. 

   Jackie approaches her clinical practice from a Person-Centered theoretical approach that focuses on developing a positive, nonjudgmental, empathetic and authentic therapeutic relationship with clients. She also uses major concepts from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Jackie will incorporate elements from other approaches and techniques into counseling, including Reality Therapy, Transactional Ego States, and Motivational Interviewing. She has also completed training in the areas of cognitive processing therapy, and psychological first aid. 

   For work with couples, Jackie has completed evidence based trainings in both Gottman Level 1 and Prepare/Enrich. She also integrates concepts from Emotionally Focused Therapy into couple’s assessments and interventions.

  Since graduating, she has provided individual, family, and couples therapy in outpatient settings, in the home, and in schools. She works with children and adolescents of all ages in order to help them become successful at home, in school, and in the community. She also works with their families to assist them in developing and implementing positive parenting techniques that facilitate improved relationships and behavior. She has specialized training in marriage and family therapy and utilizes a systemic approach while helping those struggling with interpersonal relationships, ADHD, adjustment challenges, self-esteem issues, depression and anxiety, trauma, and defiance.

(704) 447-7477 | bess.lmft@gmail.com
Pennsylvania State University  | NOVA Southeastern University
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Bess Lyons Ceresa, MS, LMFT
Lindsey Pope, LMFT, LCAS, CCS 
Tram Pokorney, LPCA

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Mississippi University of Women | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(704) 840-5035 | tram.pokorney@gmail.com

Western CT State University  | University of Bridgeport

   Fran has provided counseling services to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and distressed relationships, she has experience with adults, couples and adolescents in a variety of settings. Fran uses an eclectic model of therapy recognizing that we are all unique in our needs, she subscribes to the philosophy that we all have a desire to be recognized, valued and loved and we are constantly striving for connection and meaningful relationships.

Licensed Professional Counselor
Lindsey Pope, LMFT, LCAS, CS-I , Counseling Picture
Marriage & Family Therapist

  Lindsey's specialties include marriage and family therapy, treating substance use disorders, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Lindsey enjoys working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She offers individual sessions utilizing DBT. Her areas of interest and expertise include Borderline Personality Disorder, substance use disorders, relationship or family conflict, parenting, stress management, self-harming behaviors, crisis intervention, anxiety, and depression. 

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Jacquelynne Greco, LPCA, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Appalachian State | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(704) 840-5035 | jackie.pope.counseling@gmail.com

   Rebecca “Becky” Royston, MSW, LCSW earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and her Master’s Degree in Social Work, both from Western Michigan University. She had an interest in psychology since she was a kid and so, ultimately, returned to school for a graduate degree so she could follow her passion of working in the mental health field as a therapist.   

    Becky’s clinical experience has included working with adults in community mental health, correctional, inpatient hospital and outpatient settings.  Shortly after she started working in the mental health field, she became drawn to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and it serves as the primary basis for her approach in collaborating with clients. She has seen and, through practicing what she teaches, experienced firsthand the positive impact of using the DBT skills in day to day life. She was intensively trained in DBT in 2009 and has continued to seek ongoing education in DBT, as well as in complimentary approaches such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Self-Compassion work, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  

    Becky’s therapeutic style is direct while, at the same time, compassionate. She embodies the DBT principle that the treatment relationship is a real relationship between equals. Becky considers it a privilege for her clients to be willing to share their stories with her and to allow her to walk alongside them on their healing journey.

Fran Emerzian
Central Michigan University | NOVA Southeastern University 
(704) 840-5035 | lindsey.pope.counseling@gmail.com


 Lindsey has always known that she wants to help others. It was this passion that lead her to study Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University where she received her Bachelor's 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 have also allowed her to pursue a clinical supervision license (CCS) as well; she supervises clinicians working towards their LCAS.  

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   Janiece Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of North Carolina and a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-CP) in the state of South Carolina. Janiece has a passion for working with children, adolescents, couples, and families and focuses on assisting others with managing and overcoming challenges associated with various aspects in their lives. She graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism. Shortly after completing her undergraduate program, Janiece received her Master of Social Worker degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

   During her graduate program, Janiece pursued her Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy and is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She has been trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy, which is a nondirective approach that assists children with managing psychosocial challenges through the use of toys and other materials that encourage self-expression. In addition to utilizing play therapy to address mental health challenges, Janiece works with parents using Filial therapy, where she assists parents with becoming more knowledgeable about the power of play and how this form of child communication can enhance the child-parent relationship. 

   As part of her clinical work, Janiece provides outpatient services to various populations and utilizes different modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy to address individual needs in a safe therapeutic environment. Janiece has assisted individuals impacted by trauma as she has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a Nationally TF-CBT Certified Therapist. In addition, Janiece has experience in working with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Anxiety Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Janiece also has experience with working with couples and has received Level 1 and Level 2 Gottman Clinical Training and works to assist couples with enhancing their relationships in healthy ways. 

   Tram Pokorney is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina.  She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Pathology with a Minor in Psychology at Mississippi University of Women.  After receiving her degree, Tram knew she wanted to be in a helping profession because she understood how a person can feel stuck when life gets difficult or does not turn out to be what one expected.  She earned a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of North Carolina at Charlotte to pursue her dreams of helping others. Her experience includes working with adults at an inpatient hospital and guiding them through issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, and crisis.  Her areas of interest include families and couples in which she has completed training in Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

   Tram’s therapeutic style includes being compassionate and nonjudgmental while taking on a Solutions Focused and Cognitive Behavioral approach.  She is honored to work with clients and be a part of their journey. She hopes to empower them to live a life that is meaningful for them.

  Bess earned her Bachelors 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 realize the value of relationships in therapy. Her interest for family dynamics led her to NOVA Southeastern University where she received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. While there, she developed a passion for working with children and their families, and she counseled children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health conditions.