Highly Trained and Experienced Mental Health Team
Carolina Psychological Health Services offers a range of mental health services to patients of all ages. We understand that finding the right provider to meet specific needs is important. As a locally owned company, we strive to offer personalized services with multiple providers to treat a range of issues. Our diverse group of highly trained and specialized behavioral health professionals provides premier care. We believe that treating the whole person is the most effective way to produce lasting change and therefore strive to provide a comprehensive selection of professional services in one location.
Our Mental Health Team
Education: BA in Psychology; MA in Clinical Psychology; PhD in Clinical Psychology
Specialties: Evaluation and Treatment of Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Geriatrics
Years in Practice: 40+
Dr. Engelstatter is the clinical director of Carolina Psychological Health Services. He is licensed for the independent practice of psychology in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Indiana. He is listed on the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists; the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, and Psychotherapy; the American Board of Forensic Examiners; the American Board of Forensic Medicine; and the American Board of Psychological Specialties. Dr. Engelstatter is a member of the American Psychological Association and the North Carolina Psychological Association, where he serves on the Board of Director for the Division of the Independent Practice of Psychology. He is also a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Dr. Engelstatter has been involved in the provision of behavioral health services for over 40 years. In this capacity, he has been responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of a variety of psychological health care programs in both the military and civilian communities. He has practiced in Jacksonville, North Carolina for over 30 years, and he established Carolina Psychological Health Services in July of 1988. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of a full range of psychological health care problems for children, adolescents, and adults in both outpatient and inpatient treatment settings.
Education: BA in Psychology; MA in Clinical Psychology; PhD in Clinical Psychology
Specialties: Psychological assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and the older population with diagnoses and issues including ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression Disorder, PTSD, and Personality Disorders
Years in Practice: 15+
Mary Engelstatter, PhD, is a clinical psychologist certified by the North Carolina Psychology Board. She has a master's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.
Mary has extensive experience working with individuals in all stages of life, and specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, and posttraumatic stress. Through the therapeutic relationship, she works to help facilitate the learning and use of new coping skills and employs a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral. Mary also conducts initial evaluations and interprets psychological assessments in addition to providing therapy.
Mary believes that the therapeutic relationship is essential to bringing about effective change and she attempts to provide her patients with a supportive, safe, and judgment-free environment where each person can talk freely about challenges and learn how to work through issues.
Amanda has extensive experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school aged children, and their families. She has over ten years of clinical experience in child and adolescent therapy, evaluation, and parenting consultation. Amanda specializes in providing therapy and evaluations for children. She also provides therapy for children and adults when there are emotional or behavioral problems that interfere with functioning or relationships. For example, parents often seek therapy for their children to help them cope with divorce, trauma and loss, to decrease symptoms of anxiety or depression, or to learn to manage problems with school and difficulties with peers.
Amanda provides consultation and therapy to assist with the many challenging issues faced by parents of young children, including sleep difficulties, feeding/eating problems, tantrums and aggressive behavior, toileting issues and adjustment to school or new siblings.
She has worked extensively in many settings, including group and individual therapy to children and adolescents in school, home, office and in-patient psychiatric settings. She is thoroughly familiar with the IEP process and evaluating behavioral services. Amanda enjoys working with families to find tailored solutions.
Dr. Ruth Cox
PhD, LMFT, CRNP-BC, CTS, DP-NAP
Dr. Cox holds a Ph.D. degree in Marriage and Family therapy from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL., and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric/
Mental Health Nursing from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Dr. Cox has a post-graduate certificate from the Family Nurse Practitioner
Program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham. AL., and a Psychiatric Mental/Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate from the
The University of Virginia, at Charlottesville, Va. Dr. Cox is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Cox has been an Associate Professor of Nursing at several Universities. She has published in therapy, nursing research, and clinical journals. She has made regional, national, and international presentations regarding her research and family issues. Dr. Cox has been on local, regional, national, and international committees. She has published a book entitled, Health Counseling with Families from Diverse Cultures. Dr. Cox was been honored by being elected as a Distinguished Practitioner into the National Academies of Practice- The Nursing Academy. The National Academies of Practice is an organization dedicated to serving as the nation’s distinguished, interdisciplinary forum that addresses public policy, education, research, and inquiry.
Education: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist
Specialties: Transitions of Life Stressors, Substance Use, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders
Years in Practice: 18+
Angelia “Angie” Jones completed her undergraduate work in Wilson, NC from Barton College and received her Master of Arts degree in 2013 from Argosy University in Alexandria Virginia. Angie is both a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina and holds a certification as a National Certified Counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Angie is also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina, currently providing supervision as a Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern (CCS-intern). Angie has been working in the field of mental health over 18 years with variety of settings including; community base programs, outpatient, and private practice. Angie works with children, adolescents, and adults in areas of transitions of life stressors, substance use concerns, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, grief and loss, mood disorders, and many more. Angie uses a multi-model approach including cognitive behavioral therapy with emphasis on individual strengths and needs.
Education: BA in Communications; MA in Counseling
Specialties: Trauma, Attachment and Adoption Issues, Victim Advocacy from Abuse, and DSS/Foster Care Involvement
Years in Practice: 25+
Elizabeth completed her undergraduate work in Gunnison, Colorado from Western State College and received her Master of Arts degree in 1999 from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC. Elizabeth is both a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor. Elizabeth has been working in the field of mental health since 1990; she has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, outpatient, and private practice. She specializes in trauma, attachment and adoption issues, victim advocacy from abuse, and DSS/foster care involvement. Besides individual therapy work, Elizabeth also provides couples counseling and family therapy. Additionally, she is trained in EMDR and play therapy.
Education: BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences; MA in Clinical Psychology
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Behavioral and Parenting Issues, and Couples Counseling
Years in Practice: 28+
Erin is a clinical psychologist licensed as a psychological associate in the state of North Carolina and is a certified health services provider. She graduated magna cum laude with distinction in psychology with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from San Diego State University. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from East Carolina University. She has over 28 years of experience working in the clinical field. Her past work includes working with adults, adolescents, children, and couples. She offers specialized care in areas including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and behavioral and parenting issues, as well as couples counseling. On a personal note, Erin grew up in and later married into a military family and has a special understanding of the challenges military families face today.
Education: BA in Psychology; MA in Clinical Psychology
Specialties: Adults, Adolescents, Children, and Families
Years in Practice: 20+
Gail received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1995 from Meredith College and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2000. Before joining Carolina Psychological Health Services in June 2006, Gail gained experience working in crisis intervention with HopeLine, Inc. in Raleigh, NC. She also worked with the N.C. Department of Public Safety as a psychologist at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC, and at Pender Correctional Institution in Burgaw, NC. Gail served as the Executive Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), Inc. in San Diego, CA, which trained law enforcement agencies to better respond to emergency calls involving mental health issues, as well as provided clinicians to partner with law enforcement officers during emergency calls. She works with adults, adolescents, children, and families, utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapeutic strategies. She received licensure as a psychological associate in 2000 and is a certified Health Services Provider.
Education: Bachelor’s of Justice Studies; Master’s of Social Work
Specialties: Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Depression, Grief and Loss, Identity Issues, Military Life Stressors and Trauma
Years in Practice: 6+
Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. She has provided therapy in a wide range of settings to include community mental health, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient settings and the private sector. She has experience working with active duty and retired military as well as with civilians. She completed her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Weslyan College and received her Master’s from East Carolina University. Jamie's primary focus is working with children and adolescents. However, she does work with adults as well. She utilizes several treatment modalities specializing in cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness.
MA, LPA, LMFT, CCSOTS
Education: BA in Psychology; MA in Clinical Psychology; Advanced Training in Marriage and Family Therapy
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Parenting Issues, Children and Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Abuse
Years in Practice: 30+
Jameszetta Hardison is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Psychological Associate-Health Services Provider, and a Clinically Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist. She is rostered Trauma Focused-CBT provider. She is a Clinical Member of NCAMTSO (NC Association for the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenses) and a Clinical Member of ATSA.
Mrs. Hardison is a native of Jacksonville, NC. She attended UNC-CH, acquiring her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from NCCU and completed advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy from ECU. She completed the 2017/2018 NC TFCBT Learning Collaborative through the NC Child Treatment Program. She completed the 2020/2021 remote Community Learning Collaborative for Alternatives for Families CBT (AF-CBT). Mrs. Hardison has 33 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient community mental health settings. She is currently in an outpatient private practice and her experience includes provision of supervision for group therapy, development of an adolescent girls Choices group and an adult sexual offender treatment group while in community mental health. She frequently provides consultation with Department of Social Services, the legal system, and other community agencies such as Child Advocacy Center, where she is a member of the MDT. Mrs. Hardison treats a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, adolescent, parenting issues, children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and adult sexual offenders.
Mrs. Hardison is married to Paul A. Hardison. She is the mother of three adult children Antonio, Antoinette, and Antoine.
Education: B.S. in Criminal Justice; M.A. in Clinical Psychology
Specialties: Psychological Testing and therapy with children, adolescents, adults, family, couples, military and the geriatric population with diagnoses and issues including ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, and Personality Disorders
Years in Practice: 15+
Jonathan Marmorstein, MA, LPA, is a Licensed Psychological Associate Health Services Provider certified by the North Carolina Psychology Board. He has a master's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Jonathan has substantial experience working with individuals of all ages, specifically adolescence and early adulthood. His specialties include treating challenges within the military lifestyle, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, gender and sexuality questioning, personality disorders, and posttraumatic stress. He employs a variety of treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral. Jonathan also administers many different types of cognitive and personality testing protocols in addition to providing therapy.
Jonathan believes that the building of rapport through the therapeutic relationship is the key to bringing about sustained and effective change. He provides his patients with a supportive setting where each person can express themselves openly about challenges and teaches patients how to work through issues using a variety of different coping skills that works best for each person.
Education: MA in Counseling; PhD in Clinical Psychology
Specialties: PTSD, Abuse, Adolescent and Adult Therapy
Years in Practice: 20+
Joyce is a mental health counselor, trauma certified, certified health services provider, and has earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with Narrative and other therapies, as needed. Joyce works with adolescents and adults. She has an extensive background working with patients diagnosed with PTSD, especially military veterans and those who have experienced abuse. She also provides therapy for depression, anxiety, ADHD and personality concerns.
Jennifer “Jenny” Walsh
Education: BA in Elementary Education; MA in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling
Years in Practice: 13+
Jennifer “Jenny” Walsh has more than 13 years of experience working with children and more than 8 years of experience working with adults. She focuses on individual counseling and incorporates family sessions as needed. Jenny helps clients navigate life’s ups and downs, while empowering them to gain a new skill set.
“Seeking counseling can often be difficult, I am here to provide a judgment-free, safe space for clients. I will help support your journey of change and growth to find the best version of you.”
Education: Master's Degree in Elementary Education; Master's Degree in Counselor Education
Specialties: Trauma, individuals going through marital separations, retirement, mid-life crisis, and relationship issues
Years in practice: 20+ years as a school counselor in the Onslow County School System and over 2 years as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Lori S. Brown has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Master's Degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University. She worked for 23 years as a school counselor in the Onslow County School System. While she was a counselor in the school system, she worked with children, parents, and community members. During this time, she utilized cognitive behavior therapy techniques and she continues to use CBT in her current practice. Lori has been working as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate for over two years. She has experience working with victims of domestic violence and women who have experienced trauma. She enjoys helping her clients "who are going through challenging relationships" and are looking for ways to improve their situations.
Education: Bachelor’s of Social work; Master’s of Social Work
Specialties: Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Life Stressors, Military Life Stressors and Trauma
Years in Practice: 5+
Mari is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. She has provided therapy both on a military installation and in the civilian sector. She completed her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University and her Master’s at East Carolina University. She has interned at Duke University hospital and clinically, in other private sectors. Mari enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and, families. She utilizes a vast range of treatment modalities, specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness.
Education: BA in Psychology, MA in Counselor Education
Years in Practice: 7+
Paige received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University. Prior to joining the staff at Carolina Psychological Health Services, Paige worked as a counselor for 10 years at Coastal Carolina Community College. Paige also worked for a year as a counselor with the Onslow County School System. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Specialties: Youth, Families, Military and Military Families and People in Trauma-Related Crises
Mr. Duncan is a licensed therapist with a concentration in youth and family counseling. He specializes in behavioral interventions. Mr. Duncan is a graduate of USC and UNCW schools of Social Work and has a broad experience in working with youth, families, the homeless, military, military families and people in trauma-related crises. Additionally, as a community volunteer, he has had experiences in working with micro, mezzo, and macro levels support systems; he works with the latest therapeutic modalities that are evidence-based. As a therapist, Mr. Duncan values the importance of rapport and termination as significant events in the therapeutic process. Moreover, he utilizes a strengths’ perspective based theory in his practice and meets the client where they are in their life’s journey (person-centered). Mr. Duncan believes in the whole person in his approach to intervention and values the client’s perspective and self-determination.
Thomas C. Stein
Education: BA in Psychology; MA and EdD in Counseling & Rehabilitation Psychology
Specialties: Behavioral Health and Forensic Psychological Services
Years in Practice: 40+
Dr. Stein is a seasoned professional psychologist with a lengthy career of working in medical settings and many years of experience in providing forensic psychological services.
The majority of his career was spent in West Virginia where he was honored by being named a “Distinguished Psychologist” as well as being elected the first “Fellow” of the state’s psychological association. He has served on numerous boards of directors, along with the state Licensing Board and Disaster Recovery Board.
Dr. Stein relocated to North Carolina to accept a clinical psychologist position with the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) where he worked for 5 years before joining Carolina Psychological Health Services.
In addition to working with medical patients, Dr. Stein’s current interests focus on aging issues and fostering resiliency among former military personnel.
Education: MA in Human Services; MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Specialties: Mood disorders, PTSD, Anxiety issues, Loss and Grief, Domestic Violence and Relationship Issues
Years in Practice: 15+
Traver Stewart received his Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, PA in 2004 and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University, VA in 2013. Mr. Stewart has been a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor since 2013. He brings to the practice over 20 years of experience in direct psychiatric care. He has experience in providing care in the private practice setting, inpatient acute care, partial hospitalization, mobile crisis management, emergency services, group home setting, and adolescent residential care. Mr. Stewart specializes in treating individuals and families with mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety issues, loss and grief, domestic violence and relationship issues.
Traver’s theoretical orientation is based in psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment, structural family systems therapy, logo therapy, experiential and solution focus therapy, somatic therapy, mindfulness and meditation, and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT), including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Traver works with all ages and genders, and he enjoys providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy. When he is not working, Traver enjoys going to jazz concerts, completing his PsyD in Counseling Psychology, yard work, spending time with friends and family.
Specialties: Adults and Adolescents
Years in Practice: 13+
Willa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate degree at Campbell University and received her Master’s Degree from East Carolina University. She has provided therapy in a wide range of settings to include psychiatric hospitals, military installations, and currently with Carolina Psychological Health Services. She has experience working with active duty and retired military, as well as with civilians. Willa's primary focus is working with an adult population. She does work with adolescents as well. She utilizes several treatment modalities specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and Mindfulness.