meet our team
Get to know our team of compassionate, experienced mental health professionals
Shana N. Cauthen
Shana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in North Carolina and the District of Columbia, specializing in individual, family, clinical supervision, and professional consultation. As a Solution Focused Behavioral Therapist, she enjoys working with those to assist them in discovering and fulfilling their individual strengths, abilities, and talents. Shana uses Evidenced Based Practices and includes techniques from cognitive behavioral, Humanistic, and mindfulness therapies. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help individuals effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. With over 14 years’ experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and as a graduate of East Carolina University, her experience includes working with all ages, from children to the elderly in numerous settings including medical centers, mental health units, private practice, youth development and detention centers, schools, community centers and group homes. Shana enjoys working with people to assist them in reaching and maintaining their ultimate potential.
Shana is a Nationally registered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), Clinical Board Rostered Clinical Supervisor, Employee Assistance Program Professional and has a Maternal Mental Health Certification. Additional skills areas include depression and anxiety, mood disturbances, life transition, self-esteem building, stress management, anger management, ADHD, and childhood behavioral disorders, and domestic violence. She works to assist individuals in improving and strengthening families, while tackling parenting and co-parenting issues. She has a strong passion for working to address issues concerning Self-Care, Women’s Health issues, Maternal and Post-Partum Depression. When not working, Shana enjoys cooking, traveling and spending quality time with family and close friends.
Nicole A. Mielnicki
Nicole is an Outpatient Therapist with Cauthen Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, where she provides outpatient therapy services to individuals and families.Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. Nicole earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Winthrop University. She operates from a strengths-based approach, and strives to act as a guide for those seeking to become the best version of themselves. Trained in Suicide Prevention, Nicole brings valuable experience from her time working in a Psychiatric Medical Facility. In her free time, Nicole enjoys practicing yoga and time with close friends and family.
Kenia Rios is an Outpatient Therapist with Cauthen Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, where she provides outpatient therapy services to individuals and families. Kenia is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA) through the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her family is from El Salvador and she has native bilingual proficiency in Spanish. Kenia is passionate about working with underserved communities and has experience working with adults, children, and families. Kenia specifically has experience working with the Latinx community, the LGBTQ+ community, and college students.
Kenia enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies, meditating, being active, and traveling.
Chesney is an Outpatient Therapist with Cauthen Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, where she provides outpatient therapy services to individuals and families. Chesney is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA) through the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Winthrop University. Chesney has experience working with children and adolescents within a Partial Hospitalization Program as well as families and adults within outpatient settings. She utilizes an empowerment-based approach when working with clients and encompasses an eclectic therapeutic approach. Chesney has experience using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, trauma-informed care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and more. In her free time, Chesney enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family and her dog.
Asanté C. McCoy is an outpatient therapist with Cauthen Counseling and Consulting PLLC where she provides outpatient therapy services to children, adults, and families. Asanté is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA) through the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. Asanté earned a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Winston-Salem State University. She strives to meet the needs of her patients utilizing various approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She also utilizes aromatherapy to coincide with other therapeutic approaches to assist patients dealing with stress and anxiety. Asanté also has received training in an integrated health care setting with Cone Health in Greensboro NC, allowing her to have an understanding of the dual diagnosis of physical and mental health concerns. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Asanté has a passion towards assisting the African-American, Latinx, and underserved populations improve their overall health and wellness while thriving to their highest potential. In her free time she enjoys baking, writing poetry, exercising, and spending time with her loved ones.
Geraldine Oyoo is an Outpatient Therapist with Cauthen Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, where she provides outpatient therapy services to individuals and families. Geraldine is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA) through the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Winthrop University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Geraldine has experience working with a diverse range of clients in early childhood, school and integrated behavioral health care settings including the Movement Family Wellness Center in Charlotte NC. Her philosophy is strengths and empowerment-based and she enjoys working with clients in developing and achieving self-generated goals. Geraldine’s approach includes mindfulness-based techniques, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing among others. Additionally, she invites clients to incorporate the use of various forms of creative expression in the therapy process. In her free time; Geraldine enjoys spending time with her family, creating art, reading, listening to audio books and podcasts, and exploring new places.
Carrie Hamilton is an Outpatient Therapist with Cauthen Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, where she provides outpatient therapy services to individuals and families. Carrie is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. Carrie has experience working with a diverse range of clients in early childhood, school and integrated behavioral health care settings including the Brenner Children’s Hospital where she worked in the Children’s Cancer Support Program counseling children ages 2-18, facing terminal illnesses as well as their families, and counseling parents of the children who were in the hospital. Carrie is also trained in Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, and has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician with children who have autism. Carrie’s approach includes a child-centered play therapy approach when working with children, Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches, Person-Centered, and trauma informed care. Carrie aims to create a warm and welcoming environment for clients to come and feel safe, appreciated, and validated. In her spare time, she loves working out, and spending time with her nieces.
- Alicia Chambers, LCSW Infant Toddler Family Specialist
- Michael Bomar-LCSW, LISW-CP
- Megan Huffman, UNC Charlotte School of Social Work Master’s Intern
- Rachel Trivette, UNC Charlotte School of Social Work Master’s Intern
- Shakyra King, UNC Charlotte School of Social Work Master’s Intern
- Sybyll Austin, UNC Charlotte School of Social Work Master’s Intern
Professional therapy in a safe, comfortable space
As therapists, we are passionate about providing professional therapy that is collaborative and supportive. We understand that deciding to seek professional help and finding the “right” therapist is important. Our Cauthen therapy offices offer you privacy and a calm environment where you can feel safe and comfortable. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or to set up an appointment.
Here at Cauthen, we have over 15 years of experience in individual counseling and consultation from low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, and trauma, to assisting children, teens, adults, families, and professionals, navigate difficult life situations including feeling stuck mentally and emotionally, feelings of defeat, in life, self, relationships, and career, loneliness, end of life, caregiving and parenting stress, divorce, anger management, balance of health and wellness, to academic difficulties and employment challenges, just to name a few. Through it all, we are here to support you.
We at Cauthen start with the hope individuals possess and work towards the improvements they seek, meeting individuals where they are, and through assisting with uncovering hidden strengths to build on the their overall self. We do this through mental health assessments, uniquely individually tailored goal setting, counseling and therapy sessions, and mental wellness check ups.
At Cauthen, we support others and get them through life’s challenges with a Person Centered Approach, through counseling and Consultation, with caring and Compassion. Through goal specific plans, education of cycles, and skill building to decrease unwanted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we introduce the necessary skills to empower others to take charge of their lives, starting with the hope they possess for the tomorrow they expect. We focus on recognizing cultural and familiar cycles, in order to promote healing, peace, and personal growth that one desires.
We embrace diversity.
At our counseling center, we have a diverse group of professionals who are culturally and linguistically competent and comfortable working with people of many different cultural, racial, ethnic, backgrounds. We work with you, respecting your values, customs, and experiences while creating an individually-centered approach that takes these important components into consideration.
We make therapy convenient.
We offer in-person and teletherapy services so that we can meet you wherever you are. All of our services are available online and from the comfort and convenience of your own home. All you need to connect is a phone, tablet, or computer.
Partnered with the Rowan Salisbury School System.
“You were very understanding and helpful, showing me empathy when I needed it most. I felt very comfortable sharing my feelings and talking to you. You pointed out to me many positives making me see things from a different perspective, which allowed me to move forward. I would highly recommend you if I come across anyone who needs your support in the future.”
“You are extremely compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental. I have been seeing you on and off for years to help me work through and understand my depression, stress, and trauma from my childhood and dealing with the stress from my kids and family. I have your perspective extremely beneficial and it is comforting to know that I have someone who I can turn to when I’m having a hard time. You make me feel secure and relaxed and it makes me comfortable to talk and express myself. You care about others, and I appreciate you recommending a therapist for my nephew because she has helped him out tremendously!”
“You guys were awesome at helping me understand my son. He is so much like me that we have bumped heads so much. You all helped me hear him, which is the only thing I’ve wanted. Also, the help of allowing me to be vulnerable about my family helped me to see how I can do things different, talk to him, and allow people that I trust to continue to support him as well. He’s doing so much better in school. I will always appreciate your guidance and support.”
– Parent of Client