Meet Our Therapists

Sarah Cooper | Edward BlevinsSara Wilkerson
Charlie Taylor | Zoë Leary | Amanda Hall | Andrea Exley  

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Sarah Cooper, LCSW, LCAS
Owner of Dogwood Counseling

Sarah established Dogwood Counseling in 2016 with the hope of building a practice to provide exceptional mental health care services with like-minded clinicians.  Sarah believes in meeting clients where they are and honoring the individual journey of every client.  Her approach emphasizes the importance of a supportive, collaborative relationship between therapist and client.  Sarah views therapy as a process through which we can gain self-awareness and allow ourselves the opportunity for growth and change.  Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with over 10 years of experience. Sarah works with individuals ages 18 and up.  She specializes in treatment of substance use and addiction, anxiety, depression, pregnancy and postpartum support, and maternal mental health.  Sarah received a BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Masters in Social Work from UNC Charlotte.

Sarah accepts Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana, MedCost, and United/Optum insurance plans.  Sarah offers weekday daytime appointments.

Contact Sarah directly at sarah@dogwoodcounseling.com or 704.617.0756.

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Edward Blevins, LMFT, LCAS, CCS

Edward recognizes the significant role the family system plays in the development of the individual and emphasizes understanding clients through the lens of their family interactions. He helps clients obtain greater awareness and develop skills to live life better.  Edward believes people can choose to rise above life events that have impacted them, and that healing is the key to experiencing a wholesome and healthy life. Edward is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 15 years of experience.  He works with individual adults and adolescents, couples, and families, utilizing a variety of theoretical models to help guide the process of change including Narrative, Solution-Focused, Bowenian, Structural, and Strategic Therapy.  Edward specializes in treatment of substance use and addiction, relationship issues, marital and premarital counseling, and family therapy.  He offers substance abuse assessments and provides Christian based counseling upon request.  Edward received a BA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte and a Masters in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.

Edward accepts Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana, MedCost and United/Optum insurance plans, offering daytime, evening, and weekend appointments.

Contact Edward directly at edward@dogwoodcounseling.com or 704.615.6500.

Andrea Exley, LMFT, LCAS

Andrea believes that the relationship with her client is the biggest key toward change. She is not afraid to hear the hard truths that you do not share with others. Andrea finds it an honor and a privilege to come alongside someone who trusts her enough to share their life, the good and the bad. Through the therapeutic relationship, she provides a safe and inviting place to be vulnerable, to process life adjustments, and to begin learning healthy coping skills.

Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with 10 years of experience. Drawing from family systems, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, she collaborates with adolescent and adult clients on their personal journeys towards lasting change. Andrea has training in EMDR, CBT, DBT, and somatic experiences, specializing in trauma, PTSD, emotional disturbance, and behavioral issues. Additional concerns she enjoys working with clients on include childhood trauma, sexual trauma, family conflict, attachment issues, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, poor self-esteem, anxiety, anger, and addiction.

Andrea received a BS in Psychology from Appalachian State University and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lee University. She is currently accepting Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, MedCost, United/Optum, and self-pay clients for teletherapy. In her spare time Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activities.

Contact Andrea directly at andrea@dogwoodcounseling.com or 828.361.4423.

Amanda Hall, MA, LCMHC

Amanda enjoys helping others strive for health and healing while working towards positive growth. She is an empathic, compassionate, and person-centered therapist. Amanda integrates Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Problem Solving, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy to assist each unique individual and family with identifying and reaching their goals.

Amanda is an experienced Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who works with individuals and families. She provides therapy to people of all ages and specializes in women’s issues, emotional disturbance, and family conflict. Some of her additional focus areas include depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, behavior disorders, parenting, low self-esteem, mood disorders, trauma, domestic violence, anger management, and grief. Amanda looks forward to helping you become the you that you desire to be.

Amanda received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Belmont Abbey College and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne University.

Amanda accepts Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, MedCost, United/Optum, and self-pay.

Contact Amanda directly at amanda@dogwoodcounseling.com or 980.446.2870.

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Zoë Leary, LMFT, LCAS-A

Zoë is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist- Associate who has trained extensively as a relational and systemic therapist. Zoë specializes in working with trauma, addiction, anxiety, grief, and relationship concerns. She provides a nonjudgmental and accepting atmosphere where she works together with clients to identify the source of their concerns and begin a journey towards healing and peace.

Zoë has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children in both residential and outpatient environments. In addition to her professional experience in both residential and outpatient clinics, one of Zoë’s most rewarding positions was providing family therapy at The Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte while she was pursuing her Master’s degree.

Zoë graduated from University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University Charlotte in 2015.

Zoë accepts Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, MedCost, and United/Optum insurance plans, offering daytime and evening appointments.

Contact Zoë directly at zleary@dogwoodcounseling.com or 980.288.5539.

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Charlie Taylor, LCAS

Charlie understands that therapy can be an intimidating and overwhelming process to start. He meets his clients where they are and engages with clients using a positive, non-threatening, and relatable approach. Charlie endeavors to create a collaborative therapy process that assists clients with addressing concerns and working towards their individualized goals.

Charlie is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with over 5 years of experience. He works with individuals ages 18 and up and incorporates Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavior, Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Charlie specializes in working with clients who struggle with substance use and addiction and enjoys working with clients on managing stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship issues. Charlie received a BA in Experimental Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina.  He is also the podcast host of Right State of Mind, which can be found here: https://linktr.ee/RightStateofMind.

Charlie accepts BCBS and Cigna insurance plans as well as self-pay.  He offers weekday daytime appointments.

Contact Charlie directly at charlie@dogwoodcounseling.com or 803.720.9772.

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Sara Wilkerson, LCMHC-A, NCC

As a therapist, Sara recognizes the importance of autonomy in the therapeutic relationship. She believes in guiding her clients to reach their own conclusions and helps them achieve their goals. Sara utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach to break down the barriers and stresses the importance of progress over perfection.  

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a National Certified Counselor. She specializes in working with persistent mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. Also, Sara specializes in the treatment of trauma from a Cognitive Behavioral framework. Some of her focus areas are working with survivors of intimate partner violence, suicide, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She works with clients 18 years of age and older.

Sara received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC Charlotte and a BA in Psychology from the University of Louisville. She has expanded her focus areas by taking additional training courses through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the EMDR Institute, and a Neuropsychiatry comprehensive update course through Harvard Medical School.

Sara accepts Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana, and MedCost insurance plans, offering weekday appointments.

Contact Sara directly at swilkerson@dogwoodcounseling.com or 980.999.0501.