Our Approach

Our Goal

We want to join with you during this time of your life,  we will focus on your best interest, listen to your preferences and use our training, experience and the best parts of ourselves  during the walk along side you.  We will share with you research, resources and techniques.  We will use care, humor and support. We believe in the process of counseling.

Our Story

Our Story

In 2002 we began offering services. It was founded by Andrew West whom focused on traumatized children, adults and the effects of the abuse, and preventing further harm.  Since then we have served thousands of individuals, families, couples since then. We have grown and added additional clinicians and specialties. We serve Cabarrus and neighboring Counties.

Meet the Team

We are a team of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Addiction Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Marriage and Family Therapist.

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Andrew West, MA, LCMHC

Founder & CEO

Mr.West was born in Ohio and he has lived the rest of his adult life in the southeast and western US. He has a MA in Counseling, and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from ORU.  He has served in the mental health career field for more than 29 years. This has been in hospital, residential, Forensic, military and university settings. He is a US Army Veteran.  He is married and has 4 children. He attends Multiply. In his free time he likes to camp, travel and do woodworking projects. Specializes in Trauma, Compulsive Behaviors, SAY, Parenting, Marital Relationships.

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C. Andrew Baskins, MA, LMFT


C. Andrew Baskin earned his MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and his MA in Christian Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a background in family and student ministry and he has served in various settings to assist youth, families, and couples to address a wide range of behavioral and relationship issues. He has significant experience in providing intensive in-home family counseling. He is actively involved in church, he is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and for the past several years has been a distance runner.

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Lorree "Shelly" Phillips, MA, LCAS, LCMHC


L. "Shelly" Phillips is licensed as a Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor) (LCMHC).  She is also a  Respiratory Therapist.  She received her  MA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her focus is on a Person-Centered approach to counseling. Known for her authentic, no-nonsense approach, she enjoys assisting youth and adult clients dealing with dual diagnosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and substance use. With a multi-faceted approach including  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, She has experience in OPT , Residential acute and enhanced services. When not working she  enjoys the outdoors, including hunting and fishing with family and friends.


Andrea W. Cochran, PhD, LP


Dr. Cochran is a licensed psychologist who provides psychotherapy, supervision, consultation, and assessment. She has also been active in providing innovative and interactive training to a variety of organizations. Topics of focus include: leadership, preventing sexual harassment, trauma informed practice, ethics & law, and diversity & inclusion. In past roles she provided psychological and behavioral health services in large healthcare systems and other health-focused organizations. Her work is collaborative in nature, which has been demonstrated by working closely and effectively with physicians, providers, and other professionals in integrated, interdisciplinary settings. Currently she provides consultation.


Tonda Childers, MA, LCMHC


Tonda received her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  She is certified in Prepare Enrich Premarital Counseling and a certified Triple P parenting plan provider. She has experience with adolescents, teens, and both men and women. I have worked with learning disabilities, substance abuse, and anxiety and depression. I have experience in Adlerian Play Therapy, Child -Centered Play Therapy CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing.

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Jennifer Warshawsky, MA, LCMHC


She graduated with a BA (in psychology) from UNC-Greensboro in 2002 and with a MA/EdS  in mental health counseling in 2008 from Gardner Webb.  She has 20 years experience in the MH field. She is  licensed as LCMHC  since 2009.  She has extensive experience with kids, teens and adults.  She has  trained in various treatment modalities including  (CBT, DBT, Trauma work, motivational interviewing, etc), She is passionate in working with teens, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief related issues, trauma,  additionally, she enjoys working with those with anger/stress management issues, parenting concerns, low self-esteem.  In her free time she enjoys hitting the local area trails with family or friends.


Carlos Proctor, MAMFT, LCMHC-A


Carlos  grew up as moving around with his USAF family, He has a BA from U of Central Florida, and has a MA-MFT from U of San Francisco. He is a  LCMHC-A. He has a deep passion to work with youth, families and couples who are struggling.  He moved to NC to be closer to family and raise children in a better environment.  He enjoys cooking, traveling, he has two children, married and is active in his faith.


Brianna Knox, MSW, LCSW


Brianna has passion for helping youth, adults and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders to thrive in the face of life’s challenges. Brianna received her Master of Social Work from East Carolina University in which she focused her education on Substance Abuse treatment and clinical counseling. She has experiences in Intensive In-Home, Intensive outpatient programs.  Brianna’s therapeutic style integrates compassion and real talk with several evidence-based practices to help promote resiliency and joy in the life you live.


Brian Dotson, MA, LCMHC-A


Brian is from Concord. He has a MA in Counseling, He's completing his Registered Play Therapist (RPT). He has counseled children, adolescents, adults, and couples during working years as a counselor and pastor and has worked extensively with the special needs community, supporting parents of children with unique physical and emotional challenges. He  is a FEMA trained chaplain/counselor working with disaster response teams during natural disasters. He is married and has 4 children. His family attends New Hope Worship Center. In his free time Brian enjoys singlespeed mountain biking and writing/producing original music.

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Shinia Carter, MSW, LCSW


Shinia Carter is a native of Fayetteville, NC. She has been married for 24 years and has three children.  She received a Master of Social Work from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N C. Shinia has experience with youth ages 5 and up, providing mental health and behavioral health services. She also has experience working with at-risk youth ages 10-17 and their families. Currently, she provides individual, family, Christian, and couples counseling to clients with various diagnoses to include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression,  trauma-related disorders, Behavioral emotional disorders. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field

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Kathryn Grimsley-Trivett, MSW, LCSW


Kathryn has her MSW, and she specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, substance abuse, relationship concerns, family conflict, and adjustment problems. I primarily use treatment techniques based on Mindfulness-based CBT, CBT, DBT. empower my clients by focusing on inherent strengths and boundless opportunities for growth. My primary goal in providing therapy to clients is that they feel validated while also being offered concrete suggestions on how to create change in their lives. I believe that everyone is capable of change, which is why clients bravely seek out a therapist – and an opportunity for healing.

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Tracey D. White, MA, LCMHC


Tracey is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate with masters degrees in both Human Services Counseling – Marriage & Family and Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  She works with children, adolescents, teens, adults, and couples on a variety of issues including:  Anxiety & Depression, ADHD, Behavioral/Conduct Problems, Mood Disorders, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Divorce Recovery, Co-Dependency, LGBTQ Issues.  Tracey is a Licensed, Ordained Minister with a passion for helping helping individuals work through and overcome personal struggles. Intervention modalities include:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Centered CBT, Solution-focused brief therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Grief Therapy; Certified Level-3 Triple P Provider.

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Vanessa Jordan-Davis, MA, LCMHC


Vanessa received her MA in Counseling from Central Michigan University.  She has worked in the mental health field for 25 yrs.  She has extensive experience with Adolescents, adults, couples, and area of specialty with Substance abuse, Trauma, anxiety, Depression, Parenting, parent child relationships, Grief and loss. During her off time she likes exploring the coast, and water based activities, spending time with animals, time with her family. Reading Fiction and mysteries.


Robert Lodwick, MA, MDIv, LCMHC, LCAS,


Robert Lodwick is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and has worked for West Counseling since 2017.  He earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology (MA EdS), and Masters of Divinity (MDIV), from Gardner-Webb University in 2013. Robert has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years, providing services in group homes, detoxification hospitals, mental health and substance abuse clinics, day treatment programs, Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) services. Robert was raised in a pastor’s home and moved to many locations within the United States, finally settling prior to college in Colorado.  His parents are from Brazil, and he speaks Spanish and Portuguese.  Robert is married to his wife Virginia of 25 years, and is part of New Covenant Church in Gastonia, NC.  Robert’s specialties are in Christian counseling, existential issues, depression and anxiety management, marital therapy, sexual addiction, drug addiction and borderline personality disorders.


Christopher West, MA, LCMHC-A


 Chris received his MA Counseling from Liberty University.  He has a four years of experience in working with Adults, Adolescents and Children dealing with Anxiety, Depression, Men's issues, relational issues. He has particulate interest in Trauma treatment.  He is a USN Veteran.


Tierra M. McManus, MS, LCMHC


She has experience in counseling children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, grief.  Of particular interest is working with individuals and thier families that have Cancer and chronic illnesses. Tierra earned a MA in Counseling and Marriage and Family from NC Agricultural and Technical State U.  She uses Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Reality Therapy, Gestalt techniques, as well as other approaches.  She enjoys Culture, Music and spending time volunteering.

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Amanda Nobles, MA, LCMHC-A


Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate. She received her Masters from Western Carolina University. She has experience working with youth, and adults, and has a special interest in women who have mood disorders, personality disorders and addiction. Some of these theories include CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Motivational interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. She has a passion for helping people increase their self-awareness, developing their identity and forming meaningful relationships. In her free time, Amanda loves being outside, cooking, and yoga.

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Susette Ritenour, MA, LCMHC-A


Susette graduated with an MA in Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has experience working with clients in the areas of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, career challenges, relationships, and boundary setting. Her theoretical approach is to treat the whole person - mind, body, spirit. She will assist clients with reshaping negative thought patterns and perceptions, and changing behaviors that are holding them back from experiencing the life they want. Susette helps clients embrace their story clearly and truthfully building on the strengths and most interesting aspects of the original story. This can be used to work through unresolved relationship struggles, grief, or depression and anxiety. Susette recently moved to North Carolina to be closer to family. She is active in her faith community and enjoys photography, auctions, and a great cup of coffee. Clinician