Meet the Counselors

About Lauren

Helping women who struggle with anxiety and substance use issues to navigate life transitions and feel more confident.

Lauren Moser Vilar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She received her BA in Psychology from UNCW and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Lauren has worked to prevent, promote and treat mental health and substance use disorders for over ten years.  She has experience in residential settings, inpatient treatment, outpatient mental health and substance use treatment, and higher education. She has worked in prevention and treatment services for mental health and substance use disorders. She is proficient in medication assisted treatment for opioids and has counseled clients who are on medication assisted treatment.

Lauren Moser Vilar evaluates each client’s unique strengths and helps utilize these to accomplish their goals.  Lauren primarily utilizes mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectical behavioral therapy to assist in building skills to assist with emotional regulation and coping strategies.

About Jamie Washington

Helping young men who are stuck in the same unproductive patterns to turn on a light and begin making the changes they want to see in themselves. 

In my experience as a counselor I understand that sometimes we find ourselves stuck in certain patterns and don’t fully understand why. Let me help you get back to that place when you could laugh, and smile unencumbered by overwhelming depression, anxiety, guilt, or feelings of inadequacy.

I hold a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University (2015), and practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Addictions Specialist in the state of North Carolina (NC).  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2003).  I am currently an outpatient therapist working with adults dealing with both mental health and substance use issues.  I have a background in community based mental health services in intensive in-home providing therapy to children, adolescents, and their families.  I have been working in the field for over 10 years.

I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and reality therapy techniques in session. I have completed intensive training to provide high quality treatment for adolescents and children suffering from trauma.  I am on a prestigious roster of clinicians in North Carolina that provide trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).

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Why the hummingbird?

The hummingbird symbolizes great courage, determination, flexibility, adaptability and the enjoyment of life. The hummingbird reminds us to remain present, optimistic, and playful.