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.

Supervision Services

Supervision Services

Are you a Masters or PhD level student on the verge of graduating?

Are you seeking a supportive, competent clinical supervisor as you begin your journey as a provisionally licensed clinical mental health counselor in North Carolina?

If so, we invite you to apply to our 2023-2025 LCMHCA supervision cohort.

This 2 year program is meant to prepare North Carolina LCMHCA's with high quality, trauma-informed clinical supervision with an intense focus on clinician wellness and burnout prevention. We fill in the “theoretical” to “hands on” learning gap as you move from the classroom desk to therapist chair.

Cohort participants will receive the following during their time with us:

  • Board approved hands-on individual 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

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.

Our team

Calm Cultivators

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

Nicole Massey, MA, LMFT
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
Marya Maxwell, MSW, LCSW
to understand children, you must engage in playful interactions with them Read About

Marya Maxwell, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Certified Play Therapist
Katy Wogatzke, M.Ed, LCMHCA
works to meet her clients where they are, without judgment Read About

Katy Wogatzke, M.Ed, LCMHCA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Renisha (Nisha) Lyon, MA, LCMHCA
strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment that promotes deeply rewarding and meaningful change Read About

Renisha (Nisha) Lyon, MA, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Stephanie Varela
creates a warm, calm, and non-judgmental demeanor to help create an environment ideal for your mental health journey Read About

Stephanie Varela

Graduate Clinical Intern
Mitchel King, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
passionate about working with adults, couples and families, especially those in marginalized communities Read About

Mitchel King, MS, LCMHCA, NCC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Shelby Prevatt, MA, LCMHCA
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, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Meredith Trank
takes an integrated approach to her practice, focusing on the client’s holistic wellbeing with an emphasis in compassionate connectedness Read About

Meredith Trank

Graduate Clinical Intern
Kindle Higgins, MS, LCMHC
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
Megan Anderson, MA, LCMHC-QS
enjoys working with neurodivergent clients, and strives to always create an accepting, strengths-focused therapeutic space Read About

Megan Anderson, MA, LCMHC-QS

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Jacob Blackstock, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
believes that clients should be partners in therapy and works to find solutions that fit each individual Read About

Jacob Blackstock, MS, LCMHCA, NCC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Jen Jones, MS, LCMHC
seeks to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore clients’ difficulties in order to help them gain insight Read About

Jen Jones, MS, LCMHC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Ariel Brafford, MA, NCC, LCMHCA, CGP
a passion for working with individuals who have been impacted by chronic illness Read About

Ariel Brafford, MA, NCC, LCMHCA, CGP

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Zanita Harrison, MSW, LCSWA
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
Larisa Kenney Hobbs, MA, NCC, LCMHCA, RYT-200
believes the creative process to be a powerful tool in healing Read About

Larisa Kenney Hobbs, MA, NCC, LCMHCA, RYT-200

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate with a Certification in Expressive Arts Therapy
Leah Dixon, MS, NCC, LCMHCA
seeks to provide a warm, non-judgmental space and works from a strengths-based perspective Read About

Leah Dixon, MS, NCC, LCMHCA

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
Becca Cash, PhD, LCMHC
helps clients explore their emotions, deepen their self-compassion, practice vulnerability, and increase their self-awareness and inner resourcing Read About

Becca Cash, PhD, LCMHC

Director of Operations  | 
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Jennifer Whitehead, MA, LMFT
passionate about helping children, adults, and families recover from trauma Read About

Jennifer Whitehead, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Michelle Ghoston, PhD, LCMHC-QS
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
Annamarie Gallagher, MA, LCMHCS
uses a holistic approach that highlights individual strengths, creativity and compassion Read About

Annamarie Gallagher, MA, LCMHCS

Director of Clinical Care  | 
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor
Susan Fishel
our Intake Specialist and your first welcome to Camel City Counseling Read About

Susan Fishel

Client Experience Administrator
Heather Watts
extensive medical billing know-how, and has worked in several types of healthcare specialities from primary care to substance use Read About

Heather Watts

Practice Manager
Bella Tisdale
loves interacting with and helping people with hopes to be a therapist one day! Read About

Bella Tisdale

Intern
Abriana Vail
passion for mental health and advocacy work has led her to write articles and speak on podcasts Read About

Abriana Vail

Intern
Sara Hepler, MS, LCMHCS
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 FOUR 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:
  • Cigna
  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (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 the FOUR 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.

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 "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.

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.


CONSULTING

All consulting services are not covered by insurance.

Educational consulting for 504/IEP plans provided by licensed professionals is $200/hour.

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


SUPERVISION COHORT

Our supervision cohort is a 2 year commitment for NC provisionally licensed professionals who are not employed by Camel City Counseling. There is an all-inclusive monthly membership fee of $425.

Connect

Get in touch

Please reach out to us using the methods below.

Phone number

336 355 8084

Hours

By Appointment Only