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Meet Our Counselors - Sallie Ratcliffe

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Meet Our Counselors: Sallie Ratcliffe 

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA)

Sallie has experience working with preschool children, adolescents, and young adults around a variety of concerns including mood disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, stress, anxiety and depression.  She utilizes an eclectic counseling approach, relying heavily on a person-centered approach, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, strength-based, and behavioral counseling approaches. 

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Meet Our Counselors - Breanna Linn

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Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA)

Since no two people are the same, Breanna approaches therapy with an eclectic mindset and uses techniques from a variety of modalities based on each client’s unique needs. Her focus on the therapeutic relationship lends itself to a theoretical approach to counseling rooted in Client-Centered Therapy with an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Breanna may also use mindfulness techniques, Expressive Therapy, and integrated Christian counseling based on the client’s needs and preferences. 

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Meet Our Counselors - Hugo Izzo

Meet Our Counselors: Hugo Izzo

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor  (LCMHC)

Hugo approaches therapy from an eclectic perspective, using Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also integrates faith-based counseling upon request. Hugo believes in creating a safe, accepting therapeutic environment where people can process their issues, work towards relieving the pain they are experiencing, and gain the skills necessary to live a full, authentic life.

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Meet Our Counselors - Bryon Lawrence

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Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Bryon's clinical experience includes treating the following areas:  ADHD, depression, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, defiance, as well as marital stress. He works with teenagers, adults, and couples.  He enjoys serving others as a therapist because he is naturally inquisitive and likes to interact with people.  He appreciates there are times when a person wants to be heard and receive support in searching for a path forward, and other times a person may need to release frustrations and vent. 

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Meet Our Counselors - Kelly Harrison

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Meet our Counselors:

Kelly Harrison

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Since 2010, Kelly has had diverse work experiences in the academic and clinical setting treating a wide variety of issues.  Kelly approaches therapy from an electric perspective, using modern techniques.  She is an EMDR Certified Therapist with EMDRIA and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Kelly is passionate about helping couples and families improve communication, rebuild trust, resolve conflict, and co-parent effectively. 

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Meet Our Counselors - Christy Douglas

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MA, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Christy believes that mindset shifting can change your life.  As a workshop facilitator, women's group leader, speaker, and founder of a nonprofit organization, she believes that her purpose is to bring healing where there is brokenness.  Her mission is to help women begin their inner healing process, while bringing their hopes and dreams into fruition.  Christy's approach to therapy is different, yet life changing. Therapy with Christy is transparent, liberating, uplifting, and hopeful. 

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Meet Our Counselors - Whitney Chambers

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Whitney Chambers

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) 

Whitney worked in human resources and office administration for almost a decade before discovering her true passion for helping others, which led to a career transition as a medical health clinician.  As a counselor, Whitney strives to be attentive to a person's entire well-being during therapy. By using an eclectic approach and drawing from evidence-based models, she implements personalized treatment plans aimed at the therapeutic goals each client has. 

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Meet Our Counselors - Kelley Baughman

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Meet our Counselors:

Kelley Baughman 

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) 

Kelley’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds  in residential and outpatient settings to address a range of life concerns and mental health diagnoses, including chronic illness, grief, loss, and life transitions. She utilizes a variety of counseling approaches to meet the needs of her clients. Kelley believes it is a privilege and honor to help clients understand themselves and their world in order to live more authentically! 


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Introducing RDU Counseling for Change

It is my pleasure to introduce you to RDU Counseling for Change. We are a private practice group of psychotherapists in Raleigh located on Wake Forest Road, directly off the Beltline. Our mission is to assist clients in effecting the changes they seek in order to improve their daily lives. We provide a supportive, compassionate environment paired with evidence-based interventions to reduce emotional pain and foster interpersonal empowerment.

kelly harrisonAs a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, Kelly Harrison founded RDU Counseling for Change with the goal of coming alongside individuals, couples, and families to achieve healing in their relationships and relief from symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has completed an Externship and Core Skills Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Kelley Baughman 02With the opening of our new office, we are pleased to introduce you to Kelley Baughman, MA, LPCA. She is a great addition to the team and enjoys working with clients who experience chronic pain, anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions. Viewing the whole person, Kelley aims to empower clients by not just focusing on the problem, but on the entirety of the individual and their environment. She utilizes a variety of counseling approaches to meet the needs of her clients, including evidenced-based therapies of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

RDU Counseling for Change accepts the Blue Cross Blue Shield (except for Blue Local or Blue Value), Aetna, Cigna, and Tricare. We are out of network for other insurance companies but are pleased to provide clients with a superbill to submit for reimbursement of out-of-network benefits.

If you have clients you would like to refer to counseling, RDU Counseling for Change would be honored if you choose us as one of your referral sources. For more information, please visit our website at RDUcounselingforchange.com or call us at 919-713-0260.

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Anxious About Your First Appointment? Demystifying the Process

Taking that first step to see a counselor is a courageous one. But for some, it causes a great deal of anxiety. After all, going to a virtual stranger and pouring out your heart to them can be daunting. You may wonder what your counselor will think of you. “Will they judge me?” “Will we get along?” “Will they understand me?” These are such important questions. I believe what is really being asked though is, “Can I trust you with my pain, the places in my life where I feel the most vulnerable?”

We understand the significance of sharing your burdens with us. It usually takes a lot for our clients to reach the point where they ask for help. In an initial session, our goal is to make it as comfortable as possible for you. We are just going to scratch the surface and not go deep into any one topic. While doing so, you will get a glimpse of what therapy will be like. We will provide a supportive presence and empathetic ear as we get to know one another and prepare for the significant work ahead.

At RDU Counseling for Change, we think it is an honor to come alongside you—wherever you are in your journey—and guide and facilitate the healing changes you most desire. We aren’t here to tell you what to do or how to live your life. You know your life best. We are simply here to help. If you are feeling anxious, we want to know what causes your anxiety and if there is anything we can do to make your experience more comfortable. We understand that counseling is a little like going to the dentist’s office. You don’t really want to go, but you know you are usually better off in the end.

If for whatever reason, we aren’t a good fit for you or you find it difficult to share your burdens with us, we want to know. You are not making a long-term commitment to us, and you will not hurt our feelings if you decide to go elsewhere. Because we care and truly want to help others, we would be glad to help you find another counselor or practice that would be best suited to meet your needs. We value your feedback and often find that having these difficult conversations can be beneficial for both parties.

That being said, we believe that we can help. At RDU Counseling for Change, we are confident in our counselors’ abilities to ease your anxiety and demonstrate caring, compassionate concern.

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What to Expect on Your First Visit

You have made your first counseling appointment. But now what? The first thing you can expect is an invitation to our confidential online portal Jituzu, where you can create a personal log-in id and password. Once logged into Jituzu, you will be able to send and receive confidential e-mails to and from our office as well as check your appointment times. It is important for privacy and HIPAA compliance that any e-mails or correspondence occur through this platform.

At RDU Counseling for Change, we ask our clients to complete an intake packet before their first session. Our administrative assistant will send this to you through Jituzu after you make your initial appointment. This packet is similar to paperwork you sign at most other provider’s offices, like your insurance information, demographics, and acknowledgement of privacy practices. But we also include a few other things, such as your therapist’s disclosure statement and various psychological inventories. A disclosure statement is simply information about therapy, qualifications, types of services offered, session length and fees, and limits of confidentiality. By signing this document, you are consenting to treatment by our counselors. So please read over this carefully and inform us of any questions you may have.

As for the psychological inventories, we ask our clients to complete a checklist of any significant life events that may have impacted you, as well as any anxiety, depression, or PTSD symptoms. These screening tools will help us formulate a diagnosis and guide future treatment. We will always discuss these results with you at your first session. If we deem it necessary, we may administer additional inventories.

Prior to your first appointment, please complete the PDF packet and return it to us through Jituzu. If you are unable to do so for any reason, please bring the printed and signed version along with you to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes early. This will also allow our administrator the opportunity to verify and confirm your insurance benefits. We find it helpful to do this before your initial appointment so you have a clear understanding of your financial obligations.

Intake Assessment and Goal Setting
Once in with your counselor, you can expect the first session to be focused on an intake assessment. This is an opportunity for your counselor to ask questions such as your primary area of concern, symptoms you are having, educational history, and family and psychological history. We want to hear what brings you to therapy. Based on the information collected, we will be able to assess and formulate a treatment plan moving forward.

It is important that we establish mutually-agreed upon goals that you want to achieve during our time together. We use these goals as a baseline in which to measure your progress as well as to ensure you are getting the most out of our time together. It is our responsibility to make sure that we check in periodically with our clients to continue assessing these goals.

In order to file with your insurance company, we are required to assign a mental health diagnosis to your bill. Examples include Adjustment Disorder with symptoms of anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and more. What is important for you to realize is that this diagnosis becomes a part of your medical record going forward. We are glad to discuss the diagnosis with you and how we came to this conclusion. If you are concerned about your diagnosis and do not want it recorded, you can pay for our sessions out-of-pocket and not take advantage of your insurance benefits. While a diagnosis can be a source of anxiety, it also helps guide our selection of evidence-based interventions.

If you have any additional questions about our initial session, please feel free to contact our office. We are here to help.

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Our Team of Professionals

  • Kelly Harrison

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • Kelley Baughman

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA)
  • Whitney Chambers

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA)
  • Christy Douglas

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Hugo Izzo

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Bryon Lawrence

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Breanna Linn

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
  • Sallie Ratcliffe

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate