Meet Our Therapists

Meet Our Therapists

Our licensed therapists serve children in our residential and community based foster care programs, our outpatient clinic, and through school-based services.

Avery Campus

Kenzie Mizell

MacKenzie “Kenzie” Mizell is a  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who works with residential and outpatient clients. She joined Crossnore as a Child & Family Therapist in March 2021. Kenzie is passionate about working with family systems, LGBTQ+ individuals/couples, childhood trauma, families experiencing imprisonment and self of the therapist work. Kenzie holds certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and Multicultural Counseling, and finds these to be key elements in her therapy sessions.

MKayla Nelson

MKayla Nelson is a Child and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who works with residential and outpatient clients. She is experienced in working with children and adolescents in a clinical and educational setting. MKayla utilizes evidenced-based practices such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Parenting education, and a strengths based approach, and finds these to be key elements in her therapy sessions. She specializes in trauma-informed treatment, children with diverse abilities, puberty/adolescents, and healthy relationship psychoeducation. 

Donna Ratcliff

Donna Ratcliff is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate who works with residential children and adolescents, their families, and outpatient clients. She originally came to Crossnore in 2019 as a case manager. Donna has 12 years of experience working with children & adolescents that have experienced trauma. She is passionate about advocating for and providing support to the LGBTQ+ community and addressing childhood trauma using psychoeducation and a strengths-based approach.

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Lauren Staley Stone

Lauren Staley Stone is the Clinical Director of Campus-Based Services on our Avery and Winston-Salem campuses. She serves clients and supervises the clinical programs in our Residential Program and Outpatient Clinic. Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. She has been with Crossnore since 2018. Lauren has more than 12 years of experience in integrated mental health and wellness treatment. She believes in empowering individuals and families to overcome personal obstacles to improve their lives and well-being through the power of holistic health, using evidenced-based interventions. Lauren specializes in trauma-informed treatment, substance abuse treatment, DBT, eating disorders, and mood related concerns.

Hendersonville Campus

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Allison Becker

Allison Becker is a Child & Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees outpatient clients and students at East Henderson, West Henderson, and Innovative High Schools. She has been with Crossnore since 2018. Allison’s specialties include trauma and attachment, work with the LGBTQ+ community, and adolescent girls. Allison is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

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Teri Black

Teri Black is a Child & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor who sees outpatient clients at Clear Creek Elementary and Hendersonville Middle School. Teri started with Crossnore in December 2019. She specializes in adjustment disorders, anxiety, and trauma using approaches such as Experiential Psychotherapy, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Betsy Neill

Betsy Neill is a Child and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who sees outpatient clients at Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School. Betsy began with Crossnore in January of 2022. Betsy has previous experience in wilderness therapy and in-home services, working primarily with youth and their families who have experienced trauma and behavioral concerns. She has training in EMDR, CBT, Positive Parenting Practices, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.

Chanel Parham

Chanel Parham is a Child and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Associate who sees outpatient clients at Mills River Elementary School and East Henderson High School. Chanel started working at Crossnore in August 2021. Chanel previously worked in foster care and has experience with children who have a history of trauma and attachment issues.

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Daniela Santos

Daniela Santos is a Child & Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees outpatient clients in Henderson county and Transylvania county. Daniela joined the clinical team in Hendersonville in June of 2020. She uses CBT, EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing and is also a Circle of Security parenting class facilitator. Daniela has experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma related to DSS involvement, foster care, and domestic violence.

Winston-Salem Campus

Latesha Barnes

Latesha Barnes is a Child & Family Therapist in our Winston-Salem office. She provides services to outpatient clients at Cook Elementary School. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. She has worked for Crossnore since 2018, starting as a counselor for the Day Treatment Program setting with children. Latesha has experience with community support services and facilitating group therapy with middle school children. 

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Kristina Beck

Kristina Beck is a Child & Family Therapist serving in the Day Treatment program on the Winston-Salem campus. Kristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate and has been with Crossnore since July 2020. Kristina has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, as well as experience with individual and group substance use treatment.

Nelitza Gonzalez

Nelitza Gonzalez is our Community-Based Clinical Director and a Child & Family Therapist. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a National Certified Counselor and an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Nelitza is an EMDRIA Trained Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (C-DBT), with extensive experience working with children and families. She specializes in family systems and integrates play therapy, cultural-responsive, trauma-informed, attachment and strength-based approaches to her work. She is bilingual with advanced proficiency in Spanish.

Katie Grote

Katie Grote is a Child & Family Therapist, serving outpatient clients on the Winston-Salem campus. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and has experience working with children and adolescents in a school setting. Katie is passionate about working with family systems and kids who have experienced trauma. Katie joined Crossnore Communities for Children in 2021.
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Teyara Hudson

Teyara Hudson is a Child & Family Therapist in our Winston-Salem office. She provides services to outpatient clients and at Lewisville Elementary School. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She has worked for Crossnore since 2018. Teyara has previously worked with children in a Day Treatment Program setting as well as children in foster care and residential care. Teyara has experience with Play Therapy and co-facilitating Group Therapy sessions with girls ages 8-12.

Casey Johanson

Casey Johanson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who serves students in our Day Treatment Program. She joined Crossnore Communities for Children in 2021 with 8 years of elementary education teaching experience and more than 10 years of prior clinical experience in hospice, day treatment, and outpatient therapy settings. She is a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and takes developmental and attachment based approach in intervention. Casey embraces other evidence-based therapies such as Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness as well as play therapy approaches. She is dedicated to reduction of human suffering with the goal of increasing the resiliency and empowerment of all children and families.

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Deanna La

Deanna La is a Child & Family Therapist serving residential and outpatient clients. Deanna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with Crossnore since June 2020. Deanna has experience working with adolescents and adults, and has a history of providing group therapy.

Emma Marsh

Emma Marsh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who serves outpatient clients at Brunson and Kimberley Park Elementary Schools, and community-based clients. Emma joined Crossnore in 2022.  Emma has experience in delivering multiple evidenced-based treatment models in hospital, group, and community settings. Emma uses and specializes in a variety of different clinical approaches including trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, family systems, relational work, and Mindfulness. Emma enjoys using play and strengths-based approaches to join with clients in order to promote healing and resiliency.
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Betsy Silverstein

Betsy Silverstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who joined Crossnore Communities for Children in 2020 first as a MSW intern, and, in 2021, as a Child & Family Therapist.  She is currently working with children and adolescents who are living in residential care and have experienced trauma. Betsy believes every child deserves to experience their unique intrinsic worth in a familial setting and peaceful environment in order to create a healthy pathway towards a happy and productive future.

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Angela Squire

Angela Squire is the Senior Director of Prevention Services for our organization, overseeing Crossnore’s family preservation programs. Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board, an Approved Clinical Supervisor by the Center for Credentialing & Education, a registered Clinical Supervisor through the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and a Qualified Supervisor by the NC Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. Angela is a state rostered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician, and an EMDRIA approved General EMDR Clinician. Angela specializes in treating children and helping families heal from complex trauma. Angela has been with Crossnore since 2010 and has worked in a broad range of our programs and services.

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Marysabel Vasquez

Marysabel Vasquez serves outpatient clients and at Petree Elementary School. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. Marysabel specializes in family systems and strengthening relationships, parent education, puberty/adolescence, and cultural competency when working with Latinx families. She began working for Crossnore in 2019.

Adventure Based Counseling

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Andrew Florence

Andrew Florence is the Director of Experiential Learning at Crossnore. He provides services on all three campuses and has been with Crossnore since 2014. Through the power of play and thoughtful reflection, Andrew uses games, as well as low-ropes and high-ropes challenge course initiatives, to target specific group outcomes and bridge the gaps spurred by our individual and collective traumas.