Child and Adolescent Services

We know that your child’s well-being is more important to you than anything.  We also know that a child’s behavioral, developmental, educational, or mood disorder can severely and negatively impact school performance, peer relationships, and the entire family.  Parents who seek care for their child need to be confident that the clinician they choose has special expertise in evaluating and treating disorders specific to children.

General (Adult) Services

We understand the way psychiatric symptoms can dominate your life and deprive you of your ability to decide how you want to feel.  When depression or anxiety take hold, then all aspects of your life – work, relaxation, relationships with family and friends – are negatively impacted.

Women’s Mood Disorders

UNC Mental Health Specialists’ psychiatrists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of women with mood disorders that occur during periods of hormonal change. Reproductive mood disorders are depression and anxiety disorders associated with the reproductive life cycle. These can include: perinatal mood disorders such as depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression (PPD), pregnancy loss and issues related to infertility; and menstrually-related mood disorders and hormonal disturbances surrounding menopause or a woman’s monthly cycle such as premenstrual dypshoric disorder (PMDD) and perimenopausal depression. 

Eating Disorders Services / Nutritionist

An eating disorder can take over your life – let  our team help you take it back. Overeating, under-eating, excessive exercising, and unhealthy weight loss strategies jeopardize your health, your future, your relationships, and your peace of mind.

Marriage / Couples Counseling

UNCMHS provider Dr. Amanda Harp has extensive training in acceptance-based Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) to offer partner-assisted therapy in couples therapy. Dr. Harp also works with all couples experiencing relationship challenges, regardless of gender or marital status.

Psychological Testing/Phone Consultations and School Visitations

UNC Mental Health Specialists provides adult, adolescent, and child intelligence and projective testing.  The clinic also offers testing for spectrum disorders, personality and developmental concerns, which can be done on- or off-site. 

In addition, we are happy to arrange telephone consultations with health care professionals and patients who are unable to attend an appointment in person.

Integrative Health and  Wellness Coaching

Integrative Wellness Coaching (IHWC) is an approach to health and wellness designed to empower clients and motivate them to make and sustain changes that are personally relevant and meaningful to benefit their health. Its assumption is that sustainable lifestyle change should include consideration of the clients’ life context as well as their values and beliefs about his or her health and personal change process. IHWC can support individuals no matter where they are on their continuum of care. It is especially useful for people who urgently need to make lifestyle changes due to chronic health conditions because it provides continue forward-moving, and integrative support for sustained change. Often health and wellness coaches work collaboratively with medical providers and other health professionals to help clients implement their health plan and make the necessary lifestyle changes needed for long-term positive health outcomes.

Coaching sessions 

1 – Client interview, orientation for completion of pre-work form, and coaching agreement including number of sessions

2 – Discovery session (90 minutes)

3 – Coaching sessions (30 or 60 minutes each)

Nature-Body-Mind Integration Program

10-week small group sessions, 2.5 hours per session

Nature-Body-Mind Integration Program
*Wednesday 6-8:30pm
Group Sessions Starting 4/18/17-6/20/17

The Nature-Self Integration Program (NSIP) incorporates connection with the natural world, facilitated by meditative, contemplative and breathing practices, guided imagery, and expressive activities. The techniques used throughout this program are evidence based and are an intrinsic part of the many mind-body medicine programs worldwide including those developed by psychiatrist James Gordon, and by John Kabat-Zinn

The NSIP is an educational program designed to teach people simple tools for self-care and self-awareness, and assist them in improving their health and wellbeing. The program also helps participants feel empowered as they embody the techniques contained in this unique approach to health and wellness and take on board a new way of thinking about health and healing. The nature-based mindfulness techniques add an awareness component, which through stillness, and trust on the unfolding of natural events help participants to connect better with self, others, and the environment. Participants are encouraged to engage in daily practices of the techniques learned in class to facilitate self-reflection and inquiry into their particular difficulties and essence as a whole human being.

Small group sessions (8 to 10 participants) last 2 1/2-hours and are held once a week for ten weeks. There is also a 5-hour nature workshop at the end of the program. All of the sessions are centered on experiential practices and self-reflection with the goal of deepening participants’ experience. Participants will be invited to 1-hour monthly follow-up gathering after the conclusion of the program.

Mind-Body Skills for Individual Clients

 Sessions are 1 to 1 ½ hour long, held once a week for ten weeks. Afterward, monthly follow up sessions are available for those interested in deepening their practice.

The mind-body skills program for individual clients is grounded on “the world’s largest, most efficient, evidence-based program for healing population-wide psychological trauma and stress” (www.cmbm.org) developed by psychiatrist James Gordon, the director and founder of the Center for Mind- Body Medicine. The program brings together many techniques derived from ancient healing traditions along with modern medicine; the program emphasizes the importance of self-care, self-awareness, and group support (when offered to groups) as a mean to help people heal. It has been effective for a variety of populations including those with clinical conditions, such as cancer, PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and severe stress, particularly when used in combination with conventional health-care services.

In its essence, this is an educational program. Individual clients will learn and practice a variety of mind-body techniques such as:

  • Meditation (concentrative, mindfulness, and dynamic meditation)
  • Guided Imagery
  • Breath Work
  • Movement (gentle yoga and dance meditation)
  • Expressive drawing and writing
  • Autogenic Training (self-hypnosis)
  • Biofeedback
  • Others

Treatment Options

Treatment options at UNCMHS include psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, hormone replacement therapy, as well as other innovative, non-pharmacological choices.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about our services, please contact Crystal Rogan at 919-445-0770.