Therapy Staff for Wake and Orange County Locations
Deborah Lawson, LCSW, LMFT
Ms. Lawson Is the director of Clinical Services and a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family therapist for the UNC STEP Community Clinic in Wake County. Her responsibilities include, supervising the daily activities of the Wake UNC STEP Clinic and providing individual, couple, and family therapy to clients with severe and persistent mental illness as well as those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Ms. Lawson uses evidenced- based models to help clients identify and achieve their goals. She often combines evidenced -based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Enhancement, Supportive Therapy and Systems Therapy in her therapeutic work. Her clinical interests include treatment of SPMI and incorporating friends or family members into treatment to educate and establish supportive relationships for those who have mental illness so that they can achieve stable, enjoyable, and productive lives.
Shannon Wallace, LCSW, LCAS
Ms. Wallace, a licensed clinical social worker and clinical addictions specialists, is located at the UNC STEP Community Clinic in Wake County. She also works at two of its regional locations, Western in Raleigh and Eastern in Zebulon. Her clinical responsibilities include individual therapy and case management for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Her clinical interests include the treatment of SPMI and co-occurring substance abuse disorders (individual and group therapy), minimizing the impact of substance abuse/dependence on the individual and family system and treatment of those with a criminal background. Treatment modalities are based on the needs of the individual and often combine evidence-based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement, Solution-Focused Therapy and Harm Reduction.
Orange County – Carr Mill Mall Location
Robin Siska, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Siska is a licensed clinical social worker with the Center and is located at Carr Mill. Her clinical responsibilities include individual therapy and case management with adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and co-occurring substance use disorders. She is also the therapist for the Community Resource Court (CRC) of Orange and Chatham counties, which provides an alternative to incarceration for those with mental illness and/or substance abuse who have become involved in the court system. Her clinical interests include the treatment of SPMI, prevention of substance use and the intersection of social work and the criminal justice system. Treatment modalities are based on the needs of the individual and often combine evidence-based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Catherine Clemmer, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Clemmer specializes in treatment of severe mental illness, trauma, anxiety and depression and personality disorders. She provides individual and group therapy using evidence-based models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She earned her BA in psychology and her MSW (with a concentration on adult health and mental health) from UNC-Chapel Hill. She was part of a Wellness Management and Recovery team that was awarded the "2008 Provider of Excellence Award. Ms. Clemmer is also a member of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the NAMI of Orange County, the NASW and the NASW NC Division.
David Rhyne, MSW, LCSW
Mr. Rhyne is a licensed clinical social worker at the Center. His professional interests include: Individual psychotherapy, clinical case management for adults with SPMI, therapeutic courts, motivational enhancement interventions and substance abuse treatment for persons with co-occurring disorders.
He employs an integrative therapeutic approach to customize treatment according to each client’s need. For clients with mood or psychotic disorders who are seeking psychiatric stabilization and rehabilitation, he offers supportive therapy with a focus on recovery management interventions--including motivational enhancement, psycho education, and cognitive behavioral skill-building to enhance coping and promote medication adherence. As an adjunct to this approach, Mr. Rhyne may employ insight-oriented therapy to promote an increased sense of meaning and purpose, enhancing clients’ ability to cope with feelings of suffering or loss.
For clients seeking characterological change, Mr. Rhyne employs a combination of insight-oriented approaches incorporating relational, object relations, and humanistic–existential perspectives, along with mindfulness interventions, and CBT.
Melike Warrick, LCSW, LCAS
Ms. Warrick is an outpatient therapist at the Center. She is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions specialist. She also completed intensive training in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and has experience providing individual and group DBT therapy.
Ms. Warrick has extensive experience in in-home and community- based care for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dual disorders (co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse) from working on both the ACT Team and Community Support Team. She completed her social work internship at the STEP Clinic and is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR).