Grayson is a personal coach and family therapist who focuses her practice on issues that many families face- from adolescent struggles to life transitions to parenting nightmares to marital issues. Her background as a child and adolescent specialist informs her work now with parents, couples, emerging adults, and still some adolescents. Her practice has always had a specialty in working with people, both children and adults, who struggle with the challenges of ADHD. Additionally, Grayson has treated clients with learning disabilities, oppositional behaviors, anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, and personality disorders. Other services that she provides are business coaching, often with entrepreneurs who have ADHD, and academic consulting for families navigating the world of school choice and goodness of fit. Her coaching work often involves teaching strategies to learn to break projects into smaller, achievable parts, which gives the needed confidence to tackle daunting tasks.
Her high energy level and passion for new experiences leads to a dynamic interchange between the client and herself. Grayson helps to bring clarity to a state of overwhelm and simplicity to complicated situations. Her training both in coaching modules and clinical social work inform each interaction with the client.
Grayson earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She holds her clinical license as an LCSW in the state of North Carolina. She graduated from the Coaches Training Institute of San Rafael, California as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). She has previously worked as an academic tutor in subjects such as Spanish, Math, and History as well as cared for children with developmental disabilities.
When she is out of the office, Grayson is busy running after her young daughters, Emory and Stewart. She and Chris, her husband, also enjoy spending time with friends, getting to the beach as frequently as possible, and keeping up with ACC sports.
John focuses on helping young adults, adolescents, and their families overcome difficulties caused by trauma, addictions, and “failure to launch” issues. He balances biological, psychological, social and spiritual perspectives. By identifying personal values, John believes you can start determining the direction your work moves, in order to obtain what you want. Additionally, he uses boundary setting as a way to create comfort and safety among all people involved in the relationship. Incorporating nature versus nurture is central to the work, but also adding in the concept of choice helps create healthy perspectives.
An adventurer by nature, his therapy philosophy is built around the practice of helping others embrace the adventures of life and their implications. John has had many of his own, including adventures in Italy, Eastern Europe, and Mexico. He even lived in and studied community for a year with his family in New Zealand.
John has extensive training and experience with several integrated and embodied trauma facilitation practices, including EMDR. John is a student of change and has extensive knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of addiction, trauma, attachment, resilience, and growth.
John is a leader in men's work with ManKind Project (ww.mkp.org) and is a founder and leader with Journeymen (www.journeymentriangle.com), a local nonprofit that does similar work helping teens create communities of support to deal with life issues and make steps into conscious adulthood. He is also currently a Board member for the NC Society for Clinical Social Work.
John was an HRSA Clinical Scholar at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he obtained a Masters in Clinical Social Work (MSW). He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA). John did his undergraduate work in Economics at the University of Florida where he went on to obtain a Master’s in Business (MBA), focusing on entrepreneurship . He helped create several technology based entrepreneurial ventures. His work as a business, entrepreneurial coach and life coach are foundational to how he works in therapy.
John lives in Raleigh with his wife, Karen. He has three grown sons, who also live in Raleigh.
Laura has worked in a variety of settings over the past 13 years to support parents and children. More than anything, Laura believes in the power of ‘relationship’ to reveal and repair inner struggles. This includes the relationship between the therapist and child/teen and also the relationship between all members of the family system. Laura works to help families communicate and balance everyone's needs and wants, especially as family roles shift and kids become teens and young adults.
Laura has spent the last 6 years as a professional school counselor, work that acquainted her with a wide range of mental health issues with which children often struggle. She has worked with children and families facing anxiety, mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, behavioral concerns, social skills deficits, adjustment disorders, grief, trauma, and chronic stress. She has specialized training in mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and suicidality. Laura also believes in using parent consultation and is adept at helping adults support and understand their children when they face mental health or behavioral challenges. Her approach is warm, accepting, collaborative and goal-oriented. She holds her Master's in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Laura grew up at the beach and went to college in the mountains and truly loves both! She spends her weekends with her son and husband swimming, hiking, dancing and building forts.