Who We Are

Welcome to Camel City Counseling! We are an outpatient private practice offering counseling, supervision services, and consulting to organizations and other clinical practices.

Our clients are looking for healing, growth, movement forward in their busy lives and oftentimes improved self-care practices. When you see one of our providers, you'll not only be treated as a whole person but also be gifted a customized individual health and wellness plan.

We specialize in working with motivated clients, the perfectionist, the family struggle, the couple rekindling their desire, the trauma survivor, the hurting, the anxious, the body loather, the overachiever, the overcomer, the attention deficit, the highly sensitive. We believe that mental health is physical health, and vice versa. We see you and we care.

When you work with us, you will experience authenticity and integrity. Our passionate focus is meeting people where they are and walking with them toward their goals in a warm, relational manner. We will sit "side by side" with you on your journey of change. We will never give up on your success and wellbeing.

We invite you to connect with us to learn more about how we dedicate ourselves to our clients. We take our level of service up a notch. We are modern therapists who meet you where you need us.
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"Wonderful people! Qualified therapists who truly care about the well-being of not only their clients but the community."

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"Winston-Salem is very fortunate to have such a gem like Camel City Counseling. Highly recommended!"

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"They offer a variety of services and all the staff are extremely nice. I would refer them to anyone!"

Services

What We Do

Pain may be inevitable, but we can help you increase vulnerability, emotional intelligence, courage and self compassion so that you can avoid suffering. We help you lead from self, understand the impact of your injuries, and support you in performing at your peak. Our clients come with a clear idea of what they need and stay for as long as they want support in their growth. We don't just help you move through an immediate challenge. We offer many paths and tools for you to deepen your existing knowledge and become mindful of your strengths.

Counseling / Psychotherapy

Counseling / Psychotherapy

Living life as a human can feel joyous as well as painful.

Our counselors can help you, your child, teen or family:

  • Navigate tough decisions
  • Explore challenging feelings
  • Work through difficult relationships
  • Resolve old hurts and trauma
  • Accept uncertainty
  • Cultivate calm and diminish the chaos
  • Reduce the impact of ADHD and other neurodivergent concerns
  • Increase healthy boundaries and communication skills
  • Improve anxiety and/or depression symptoms
  • Process grief and heartache

Our hope is for you to feel clear minded, purposeful and thoughtful about your life journey.

We offer supportive, nonjudgmental, confidential, unbiased, and compassionate care. Collectively, we are trained in a variety of therapies shown to improve your wellbeing including EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and more. You can come into this private inviting space in person or online to reflect, process, share, or resolve whatever is on your mind.

We are your objective confidant who can look out for your true best interests and help you get to the root of any barriers to wellness. We tend to your needs using both the evidence based practices and art of psychotherapy. If you're hesitating to reach out, we invite you to push through the fear or worry and see how one of our therapists can help you make change or find new paths to peace.

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Clinical Supervision / Consulting

Clinical Supervision / Consulting

We offer clinical supervision services for newly licensed counseling professionals in North Carolina! Whether you are a new graduate/professional, or a seasoned professional in need of supervision, we are here to help.

Our highly competent, seasoned and trauma-informed clinical supervisors are able to support LCMHC/A's, LCSW/A's, and LPA's in the state of North Carolina only.

Why choose us? We have an intense focus on clinician wellness and burnout prevention as well as a team approach to the support you need while in supervision.  We want supervisees to receive high quality supervision and provisional clinicians to feel supported. We fill in the "theoretical" to "hands on" learning gap as you move from the classroom desk to therapist chair.

Supervisees will receive the following during their time with us:

  • Board approved hands-on inpidual clinical supervision
  • Weekly clinical consulting groups
  • Exposure to a broad range of clinical skill sets
  • Growth through the imposter syndrome
  • Small group connection to peers in the same developmental stage
  • Practical skills related to private practice
  • A roadmap for longevity in this career – burn out prevention strategies, how to connect to your values, an emphasis on work-life balance, how to choose modalities that protect your mental health

Read more about our clinical supervision services or if you're ready to take the leap, complete the pre-screener so that we can match you with a supervisor by using the links below.

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Get details about our program CLINICAL SUPERVISION PRE-SCREENING FORM
CLINICAL RETENTION TRAINING THE EMOTIONAL TOLL OF PMDD
Psychological Evaluations

Psychological Evaluations

We provide psychological evaluations for children, teens, and adults.  They include the following:

  • ADHD assessment and diagnosis
  • Autism assessment and diagnosis
  • Pscho-educational assessment and diagnosis (i.e. learning disorders, academically gifted placement, intellectual disability, etc.)
  • Differential diagnosis (helpful for families or professionals in providing clarification on what diagnoses are “at play” for a child or adult)

We can either bill insurance for our in-network plans or provide evaluations for a self-pay rate (see investment section).  

Why are psychological evaluations important?

Spending time with a licensed psychologist can provide invaluable insight into one’s learning, personality, cognitive processes, relationships, and more.  Sometimes we know something is “different” about ourselves or a loved one, but we just can’t quite put our finger on what that “something” is.  A psychological evaluation can help bring clarity and understanding as well as decrease shame and confusion. When we know WHAT we are dealing with, we can more easily make a plan to work with our strengths or vulnerabilities.  

There are many places that offer “autism assessments” or “ADHD testing” but don’t actually have the capability to provide a diagnosis or spend the time to sift through the important information you will gather during a psychological evaluation.  By working with a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience, you will receive the following benefits:

  • A thorough one hour consultation to first understand what you need and how we can be of service so you don’t waste time on an unneeded evaluation.
  • A co-collaborative discussion regarding the selection of key tests, assessments, and interviews to utilize during the evaluation process - many of which are only accessible to licensed psychologists.
  • An empathic, culturally sensitive and neuropergent affirming evaluation completed in the comfort of a cozy and inviting space that honors your time, energy and humanity.
  • A sensitive and caring discussion about the professionally written psychological report once testing is complete.  This report will clude key insights and practical applications that you can refer to long after your time here is completed AND provide to other healthcare professionals, teachers, or other supports as needed.

Most employers and/or colleges and universities only accept diagnosis and testing results from approved medical providers in order to accommodate certain disabilities according to the American Disabilities Act.  Don’t waste time with a provider who cannot give you a true medical diagnosis you may need in order to qualify for desperately needed services or to quality for medical leave.  Our psychological evaluations are conducted by a licensed psychologist and all assessments, diagnoses and reports are accepted for ADA purposes.

Lastly, we believe in accessible care.  You will find that we are one of the few providers who honor our contracts with in-network insurance plans related to psychological evaluations.  Not only do we accept a discounted insurance rates for counseling services, but also honor our commitments to in-network plans by accepting their discounted rates for psychological services as well.  We do not skirt our duty to provide in-network coverage for all allowable services for the insurance plans we have agreed to work with.

Reach out today to schedule with a licensed psychologist if you have a need for a psychological evaluation.

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Consulting Services

Consulting Services


EDUCATIONAL 504/IEP PLAN CONSULTING:

Are you a family with a child who has been recently identified with a learning difference, ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other concern impacting their educational progress?

Are you unsure of what to do next?

Do you feel ill prepared for the IEP/504 process and/or your next meeting?

Have you been navigating the IEP/504 process all alone, and now have hit a bump in the road (think 6th grade, 9th grade or graduating senior!)?

We can help!

We provide educational consulting to current counseling clients AND community members.

Our team of licensed counselors can assist you and your child with the following:

  • locating and identifying classroom interventions that could be helpful for the identified learning difference (or OHI)
  • reviewing testing from psychologists (school or private) with you
  • assisting you with any needed testing follow up questions or concerns
  • co-creating a list of accommodations you may consider requesting from the school during an upcoming meeting
  • preparing you for your first 504/IEP meeting
  • assisting you in determining if you suspect your child could use testing for a learning difference and help you navigate who, what, where, when and how
  • collaborating with you in navigating the "tricky" years or roadblocks for your IEP/504 plans (think the 5th grader heading to MS, or the 8th grader heading to HS, or the graduating senior headed to college)
  • providing self advocacy, stress management, and assertiveness skills to reduce the fear of "scary" 504/IEP meetings

If you need this types of short term care, please reach out to our Client Experience Administrator at susan@camelcitycounseling.com to be connected to an experienced consultant.

PRIVATE PRACTICE CONSULTING:

Are you in private practice, and unsure of how to grow your practice? Or how to streamline your processes? We're here to support you!

Sara Hepler, LCMHCS, has over 15 years of experience as a therapist in private practice. She has successfully navigated group private practice as an employee, solo practice ownership, and now group practice ownership. In just 3 short years, she took Camel City Counseling from just herself to a $1M business that not only provides superb clinical services, but is also a safe place to land for providers and clinicians.

Reach out for a consultation if you're ready to talk:

  • Culture creation
  • Billing & Insurance how to's
  • Simple Practice set up
  • Client Management
  • Systems and Processes
  • Scaling your business

Or, if you want to go all-in, join Sara for her Fall 2023 "Gather & Grow" retreat for group practice owners in the High Country of NC.

If you're interested in more information or want to schedule a consulting session with Sara, reach out to our Client Experience Administrator at susan@camelcitycounseling.com.

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Our team

Calm Cultivators

Calm is something you cultivate. Learn to savor life and heal from past wounds.
Work for Camel City Counseling!

Patricia (Patti) Blum, LCSW
Cornelius
dedicated therapist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Read About

Patricia (Patti) Blum, LCSW

Lead Clinician
Jennifer Cunningham, LCMHCA
Cornelius
Big behaviors from children often come from unmet needs Read About

Jennifer Cunningham, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Jessie Roney M.Ed. LCMHCA
Virtual Only
Much like trying on pants, I believe that it is so important that you find the right fit Read About

Jessie Roney M.Ed. LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Krystie Green, LCSWA
Cornelius
passion to provide compassionate and dedicated care to the children, teens, parents, families, and adults that I serve Read About

Krystie Green, LCSWA

Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate
Lisa Carr, LCSW
Winston-Salem
strive to create a safe, accepting and open environment to support clients natural processing and ability Read About

Lisa Carr, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kirby Jones
Winston-Salem
creating a space where clients feel empowered to re-author limiting stories in their lives and live into new narratives of growth and healing Read About

Kirby Jones

Graudate Clinical Intern
Stephanie Varela, LCMHCA
Winston-Salem
Has a warm, calm, and nonjudgmental demeanor to help create an environment ideal for your mental health journey of change Read About

Stephanie Varela, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Alli Pongetti, MA, LCMHCA
Cornelius
passion working with the unique challenges faced by emerging adults dealing with ADHD, autism, anxiety, grief, and trauma Read About

Alli Pongetti, MA, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Associate
Brandon Williams, MA, LCMHCA
Cornelius
passion and propensity for listening and learning from others as well as supporting individuals in times of difficulty and uncertainty Read About

Brandon Williams, MA, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Zanita Harrison, MSW, LCSWA
Winston-Salem
wants clients to develop personal strength, deep understanding in relationships, and feel more confident in their communication or self advocacy Read About

Zanita Harrison, MSW, LCSWA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate
Amy Goins, MSW, LCSW, QS Candidate
Winston-Salem
passion working with emerging adults as they address unique challenges and build resilience during this transitional phase of life Read About

Amy Goins, MSW, LCSW, QS Candidate

Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Clinical Supervisor
Marya Maxwell, MSW, LCSW, QS
Winston-Salem
to understand children, you must engage in playful interactions with them Read About

Marya Maxwell, MSW, LCSW, QS

Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Educational Consultant | Clinical Supervisor
Nicole Massey, MA, LMFT
Cornelius
brings a sense of warmth, quiet wisdom, and adept skills when working with older teens and adults Read About

Nicole Massey, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Jacob Blackstock, MS, MAEd, MDiv, NCC, LCMHCA
Winston-Salem
believes that clients should be partners in therapy and works to find solutions that fit each individual Read About

Jacob Blackstock, MS, MAEd, MDiv, NCC, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Kindle Higgins, MS, LCMHC
Cornelius
enjoys harnessing spirituality, and the neuroscience of change in order to help others transform and create their own healing Read About

Kindle Higgins, MS, LCMHC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Jorie Doster, MA, MDiv, NCC, LCMHCA
Winston-Salem
therapeutic approach incorporates existential therapy and person-centered therapy Read About

Jorie Doster, MA, MDiv, NCC, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Stephen McCullough, PsyD
Winston-Salem
passion is helping children, adolescents and their families deal with the challenges and problems many of us face each day Read About

Stephen McCullough, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist | Clinical Supervisor
Larisa Kenney Hobbs, MA, NCC, LCMHC, RYT-200, RPYT
Winston-Salem
believes the creative process to be a powerful tool in healing Read About

Larisa Kenney Hobbs, MA, NCC, LCMHC, RYT-200, RPYT

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor | Registered Yoga Teacher
Michelle Ghoston, PhD, LCMHC-QS
Winston-Salem
over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in multiple settings Read About

Michelle Ghoston, PhD, LCMHC-QS

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Qualified Supervisor
Shelby Prevatt, MA, LCMHC
Virtual Only
uses a variety of therapy techniques tailored to what works best for the client to help them identify what is no longer working Read About

Shelby Prevatt, MA, LCMHC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Jennifer Whitehead, MA, LMFT
Winston-Salem
passionate about helping children, adults, and families recover from trauma Read About

Jennifer Whitehead, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Megan Anderson, MA, LCMHC-QS
Winston-Salem Cornelius
enjoys working with neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ clients and couples, and strives to always create an accepting, strengths-focused therapeutic space Read About

Megan Anderson, MA, LCMHC-QS

Director of Clinical Operations  |  Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Qualified Supervisor
Susan Fishel
Winston-Salem Cornelius
our compassionate and caring operations leader Read About

Susan Fishel

Director of Administrative Operations | Business Development Strategic Alliance Specialist
Erica Johnson
Cornelius
passionate about providing great customer service and helping others Read About

Erica Johnson

Administrative Specialist
Heather Adams
Winston-Salem
extensive medical billing know-how and excellent communicator Read About

Heather Adams

Billing Manager
Brittany Martin
Winston-Salem Cornelius
with invaluable insight, attention to detail, and unwavering positivity, Brittany leads with grace and compassion Read About

Brittany Martin

Director of Finance and Human Resources
Brianna Moore
Winston-Salem
Salem College Senior with a heart for others Read About

Brianna Moore

Administrative Intern
Sara Hepler, MS, LCMHCS
Winston-Salem Cornelius
provides a fun and loving environment for therapists and healing Read About

Sara Hepler, MS, LCMHCS

Founder | Executive Director  | 
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

Investment

Insurance and Cost Planning

COUNSELING

Insurance

We courtesy bill the fillowing insurance plans for clients wanting to use an insurance discount toward the cost of your counseling services. We DO NOT bill Medicaid, Medicare, or any out of network plans. We will courtesy bill EACH VISIT for the following PRIMARY plans:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (Atrium/Wake Forest Health, Wake Forest University, and Wake Medical School employees)
  • Medcost
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield (except Blue Local or Blue Value) - this includes the State Health Plan
If you have an insurance plan that is NOT one of those listed above, you are expected to pay the FULL service fee at the time of service. If your claim is denied or rejected due to an error outside of OUR control, then YOU will be responsible for the payment of services in full at the time of billing.

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Self Pay

If you choose not to use your insurance plan, or we are out of your plan's network, then we can provide a DISCOUNTED RATE and a "superbill" for services rendered, which you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. All new appointments and assessments are $180 per session (hour), and follow up appointments are $165 per session. It is $40 per session to see a clinical intern.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVAULATIONS

Insurance

We provide an array of psychological evaluations and are in network with the above insurance providers.

Self Pay

Below is a "good faith estimate" of the SELF PAY rates for all current psychological evaluation services. Prices are subject to change:
  • Combination of ADHD/Educational - $2000 (includes 2+ hours of testing and report writing; insurance does not cover educational testing)
  • Psycho-educational - $1500 (includes 2+ hours of testing and report writing; insurance does not cover educational testing)
  • Autism (including diagnosis) - $400 (includes 2+ hours of testing and report writing)
  • ADHD (including diagnosis) - $1000 (includes 2+ hours of testing and report writing)
  • Differential Diagnosis / Neuropsychological testing - $200/hour

Cancellations

A 24 hour notice is required. A $100 charge will be applied for all appointments not kept with the exception of emergencies. This is not covered by insurance.

REDUCED RATE SESSIONS

There are a limited amount of reduced fee slots to see a licensed counselor. Reduced rate slots are based on household income and need. We are not taking any NEW reduced rate clients at this time.


CLINICAL SUPERVISION SERVICES

Our clinical supervision services are person-centered and individualized to your needs. Individual supervision is $100/hour, dyadic supervision is $60/hour, and group supervision/consultation is $50/120 minutes.


CONSULTING

Insurance does not cover consulting services.

Educational consulting for 504/IEP plans provided by licensed professionals is $100/hour.

Practice consulting for group or solo practice owners across the country provided by a proven leader, and entrepreneur is $200/hour.

We require all clients to have a card on file to be utilized for the cost of services as well as to cover any unexpected no show or late cancellation fees. We send invoices for all payments due and do not allow clients to carry a balance. If an insurance company determines you are responsible for payment of services, we will collect the amount due using the card on file, and provide you with a receipt of services so that you can discuss the disallowed expenses/coverage with your insurance company. We do not offer insurance counseling on behalf of our clients, but do attempt to advocate for clients if their insurance company has made an error in coverage.

Connect

Get in touch

Please reach out to us using the methods below.

Phone number

336 355 8084

Hours

By Appointment Only