The mission of Greenleaf Psychological & Support Services, is to provide help, hope, and relief in a way that works for families. At GPSS, we really listen and learn about your unique situation so that we can understand what you want and need. We then use our well-developed clinical tool box to address your needs with customized, convenient, and cohesive services.


 

Our Team

All teams memebers may be contacted directly using their information below:

 
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BARBARA LOWE, PHD,LP

FOUNDER & OWNER, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

I enjoy compassionately connecting with clients, children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families, and helping them to attain the solutions and quality of life which they are seeking. In therapy, I facilitate hope, encouragement, nervous system regulation, and empowerment, as I partner with clients achieve unique client-centered solutions. I use therapeutic techniques that are designed to meet those goals (e.g., Somatic Experiencing, Dialectic Behavior Therapy-DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-CBT, Relational Therapy, Internal Family Systems-IFS, Mind/Body Techniques, Social Thinking Methods, Executive Functioning Coaching, EMDR, Gottman Methods, Sexual Crucible Methods, DARe Attachment and Relationship Techniques, Guided Imagery, Problem Solving Methods, Family Systems Approaches, etc.). I also have a specialty in Evaluation, spanning developmental, autism spectrum, educational, psychiatric, personality, neuropsychological, and aptitude domains. I work well with other professionals to provide an integrated care package, as needed.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

With children I specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome (ASDs), Developmental Disabilities (DDs), ADHD, Behavior and School Problems, Attachment, Social Skills Development, Mood Disorders, Trauma, and Anxiety. With adolescents and young adults, I specialize in all of the above, and also with Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Self Image, and Transition Difficulties. With adults, I work with all of the above, as well as Complicated Grief, Trauma, and Attachment and Relationship Challenges. With families, I specialize in Parent Coaching, Step-family and Co-parenting Therapies, and Families in Transition (e.g., divorce, adoption).

APPOINTMENTS

You can contact Dr. Lowe directly at drbarbara@turntogreenleaf.com or you can call the office at 919.294.8981.

Barbara Lowe, PhD, LP Curriculum Vitae

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PETER ADAMS, PHD,LP

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

People pursue counseling for all kinds of reasons.  Often, they feel like no one understands them, they are uncertain about how things can improve in their life, or they simply feel a motivation to explore themselves, grow, and change.  Others want to be heard, to have their feelings validated or challenged, or just feel lost and in need of clarity and guidance.  All of these reasons are important and should not be diminished.  As I partake in my own journey toward personal growth and healing, I realize that we may all feel out of place, misunderstood, or invisible in different ways.  My goal is to help people feel seen, understood, and validated for these are some of the most important feelings we can experience. As a therapist, I believe in your uniqueness and want to connect to it so that the experience can be as personalized as possible.  I also hold respect and admiration for the courage it takes to pursue change.  Even as we fret or suffer, it is almost always easier to sit idle and not move toward change because growth can be scary.  While I do believe a therapist can provide connection, guidance, and insight into one’s problems, I think all clients have within them a set of personal strengths that can be utilized toward their goals.  As such, helping clients feel more emotionally empowered in their lives is very important to me.  We all carry in us the potential for happiness, peace, self-love, and wisdom, and I hope to be someone who can help you feel that those are all things you deserve.
Professionally and personally, I have a passion for social justice work and am driven to help all people successfully navigate an increasingly complex multicultural society.  As technology shrinks the world, we are exposed to an ever more diverse set of people, communities, ideas, and perspectives.  Whether we are a part of historically privileged or oppressed communities, all of us are working to find our place in this neo-diverse society. More and more, I see this challenge represented in my clients as they seek understanding of their issues, strengths, and identities.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

My clinical interests and experience are broad and cover anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress management, trauma, social challenges, relationships, conflict management, family dynamics, anger, grief, self-esteem/worth, sleep hygiene, career exploration, identity development, existential concerns, and many others.  

I have particular interest in cultural and identity factors with expertise integrating race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, socioeconomic class, spiritualism, men’s issues, and women’s issues into the work.  I work primarily with older adolescents and adults and look to provide growth experiences through individual, group, and couples therapy.  With couples, I like to help illuminate the needs of each individual while gaining clarity on unhealthy patterns that have developed around the ineffective expression of those needs. I also like to focus on increasing intimacy, partnership, and an understanding that both individuals are seeking the same thing – love and acceptance.  Multicultural counseling, Interpersonal Process Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are my primary influences but I also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, Solution-focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, and many other interventions into my practice.  
If you have any questions about my clinical experiences or work with specific communities please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to respond.

APPOINTMENTS

You can contact Dr. Adams directly at adams@turntogreenleaf.com or you can call the office at 919.294.8981.

Peter Adams, PhD, LP, Curriculum Vitae

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DANIELA PERONE, PHD,LP

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

I believe it takes a great deal of courage to seek out a therapist and begin therapy. When we find ourselves stuck or in a vulnerable place because of the challenges we have been facing, it can be hard to ask for help. As a fellow human, I know that feeling. As a licensed psychologist, I hold your trust sacred. I believe my role is not to judge but to bear witness to what is attempting to unfold in your life for your betterment. I believe we are always in a process of change and we are all seeking to grow in our own ways. I believe at times in our lives, we encounter critical turning points that awaken us to the life our deepest selves wish to live.

Where applicable, I utilize a holistic perspective in my clinical work, recognizing that mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual concerns are often intertwined. Thus, I support people in working towards overall health and well-being. I believe in the power of empathic listening and the transformative potential of an authentic connection between a therapist and client.

My passion is to help people feel more connected to themselves and the world around them. I support people in overcoming the obstacles that prevent them from living freely, authentically, and joyfully. My style of working is warm, collaborative, and dynamic. I also utilize humor, mindfulness, and directness.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

I provide individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults ranging from age 16 though 65. I work with a wide range of struggles including depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, addictions, spiritual/existential concerns, mood disorders, women’s issues, eating disorders, mind-body issues, self-harm, self-esteem, trauma, and relationships.

My approach is integrative in that I utilize a variety of different methods and tailor them to the needs of my client and what resonates with us both, collaboratively. I draw from traditional and non-traditional approaches to psychotherapy ranging from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), to humanistic-existential, somatic, and transpersonal interventions such as meditation, mindfulness, and expressive arts therapy.

I am certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma which is an integrated, mind-body approach that targets neurological aspects of trauma and healing. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher.

APPOINTMENTS

You can contact Dr. Perone directly at perone@turntogreenleaf.com or you can call the office at 919.294.8981.

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BLAIR GOLDSMITH, MSW, LCSW

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I provide a warm, safe, and supportive space where children, adolescents, families, and adults can connect and be heard. It takes courage to seek help, and I fully acknowledge that. I believe that the issues we face in life have psychological, biological, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions. My clinical approach is holistic, taking the entire person and their unique life experiences into consideration for treatment. I enjoy the opportunity to work creatively with clients using a person-centered model to help them attain their goals. As a therapist, I am committed to helping my clients and their families feel validated, hopeful, and empowered in cultivating positive change in their daily lives.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

I provide counseling to children ages 7 and up, adolescents, their families, and individual adults.  I specialize in treating a variety of issues including Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, Anger, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Self-Harm, Behavioral Issues, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Stress Management, and Social Skills Development. My treatment approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Approaches, and Mindfulness Strategies.

APPOINTMENTS

You can contact Ms. Goldsmith directly at goldsmith@turntogreenleaf.com or you can call the office at 919.294.8981.

Blair Goldsmith, MSW, LCSW Curriculum Vitae

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MELISSA YAO, PHD, LP

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

I believe that all individuals have innate strengths and are motivated toward growth. However, at various points in our lives we may feel stuck due to life transitions, family dynamics, relationship issues, trauma, or environmental stressors. Therapy can be a place where you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to learn what may be holding you back from experiencing a more meaningful and fulfilling life. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which individuals can share their concerns and develop new insights about themselves and others, challenge unhelpful ways of thinking, or learn new coping tools and strategies. Within this space I strive to be fully present and empathetic, using the time to ask questions to gain further understanding and offer ideas and perspective to help move clients to a different way of thinking, behaving, or being. I take a collaborative approach to therapy, in which my clients and I work together to develop goals for treatment and continuously discuss our progress. I deeply value the relationships I develop with my clients and honor the courage it takes to seek help and engage in this process of self-exploration.

Additionally, I acknowledge that our lives are shaped by a myriad of sociocultural factors including but not limited to racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and nationality. These factors influence our worldviews, our relationships, our struggles, and how we approach therapy. I continually challenge myself to increase my sensitivity to and understanding of the unique issues facing individuals of different backgrounds in order to create a welcoming environment for them to explore their concerns.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

I provide individual and group therapy to individuals age 17 to late adulthood. I have experience working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety and stress, depression and other mood disorders, relationships and interpersonal issues, adjustment and acculturation, body image and eating concerns, identity development, and academic issues. I consider myself a generalist and am comfortable treating a variety of presenting issues; however, I am particularly interested in helping clients explore concerns related to perfectionism, sexual orientation, romantic relationships, and racial or ethnic identity development. My approach to therapy is primarily influenced by Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT); however, I prefer to be flexible and adapt treatment to the personality and presenting concerns of my clients. In addition to using CBT and IPT techniques, I also incorporate mindfulness, dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and multicultural counseling interventions in my practice.

APPOINTMENTS

You can contact Dr. Yao directly at yao@turntogreenleaf.com or you can call the office at 919.294.8981.