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Dina Gambella

The journey for Dina began in college after suddenly losing her closest childhood friend to suicide. Rocked by grief, her family sought professional help for Dina. Working with a therapist she began to cope with the pain of loss and learn how to persevere. Working consistently with the therapist towards emotional growth, Dina's studies also began to take on new meaning.

Realizing that she wanted to help others also facing emotional crises she completed her bachelor's and moved to Charlotte to pursue a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. After completing her masters and becoming licensed by the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy her work began in 2012. Her career started by providing care to underserved children and their families who were in critical need of mental health intervention. After two years of exploring root causes to individual and family issues combined with a continued passion to serve, she transitioned to treating individuals struggling with opiate addiction. Dina began leading Intensive Outpatient groups in conjunction with the Mecklenburg County Drug Treatment Court services.

Refocusing on her original mission of caring for those who could best benefit from her training, she then began working with severe cases of disordered eating at The Renfrew Center Charlotte providing individual and group therapy as well leading Renfrew's yoga program for patients.

The next and most natural step was when Dina founded her private practice specializing in the treatment of couples and families with an additional focus on disordered eating and body image. Her warmth and compassion, coupled with her experience and training, provide her with the expertise to work with a diverse population of clients and their presenting problems.

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Corey Connelly

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

-Viktor Frankl

Corey’s appreciation for therapy has been a lifelong journey. Her struggle with anxiety at an early age drove her parents to seek the professional support she needed to thrive. From the ages of nine to twelve her therapist provided her the guidance she needed to challenge the root of her anxiety and taught life changing skills to further her emotional growth. Her own successful therapeutic experience is the root of her identity and passion to help others.

Born and raised in Charlotte, choosing College of Charleston allowed her to balance being close to home with her unabashedly quirky love of history. Before returning to Charlotte for graduate school, she completed research work on preventive parenting and attachment disorders with the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

After completing her masters, she became dually licensed with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, enabling her clinical work to begin. She started with treating addictions and trauma at a long-term residential treatment facility that served women with severe substance use disorders and PTSD. Building on her experience with substance use disorders, she transitioned to facilitating intensive outpatient treatment with the Mecklenburg County Drug Treatment Court services.

Using her continued training on Dilectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Trauma Focused Therapy enabled an all encompassing treatment approach of not only substance but mood disorders as well. As a therapist, drawing from a wide array of practice and treatment to focus care of borderline personality disorder, general mood disorders, and a variety of addictions, both substances and behavioral. As an avid practitioner of mindfulness and meditation herself, she believes that cultivating self-awareness allows oneself to find the space they need to choose the most helpful response in line with their individual values and goals.

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Evelyn Lopez

Evelyn was introduced to therapy post trauma as an avenue to understanding herself in the world she was surrounded by. Through breakthroughs and growth from her own therapeutic journey she felt called and empowered to help others find their joy and peace as well.

Obtaining her bachelors in Psychology and Early Childhood Development at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Evelyn went on to completing her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) her area of focus is working with both adolescents and adults who are having difficulties related to grief, trauma, life transitions, self-worth/self-esteem issues, identity development, and relational conflict. She offers a welcoming and safe environment to all by providing unconditional positive regard to foster growth and healing.

Evelyn is a bilingual, native Charlottean who comes from a large family where she grew fond of learning how internal family systems function. She understands the importance of how relationships and environment dramatically impacts individuals.

She believes every client is unique and deserves personalized care. Her therapeutic approach is warm, flexible, and client-centered. She operates from a holistic framework considering the interconnectedness of one's psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical health, while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), humanistic techniques such as Person-Centered Therapy, Attachment Therapy and Somatic Therapy modalities. Evelyn is passionate in walking alongside the client to discover their strengths and core beliefs to achieve an overall healthy well-being and quality of life. She provides a safe and trusting environment for deeper self-exploration through mindfulness and self-compassion.

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