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Porters Neck Counseling offers a compassionate, yet firm, approach and has helped hundreds of patients lead more happy and productive lives.  We do not help you make excuses and will not recommend therapy indefinitely.  Porters Neck Psychological genuinely cares for each patient.


 

Meet Our Experienced Medical Team



Linda Graham, MD

Dr. Linda Graham, M.D.

 

 


Benjamin Donaldson

Benjamin Donaldson, MMS, PA-C

Benjamin Donaldson has 15 years of experience in various settings working with children, adolescents, and adults. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Here, he was involved in research grants exploring addiction, as well as first hand psychological counseling. Benjamin received his Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Ben has significant experience with Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, psychotic disorders, and other anxiety disorders. He has extensive experience working within a psychiatric hospital and outpatient mental health clinics. Benjamin believes in the use of medication in conjunction with behavioral therapy leading to significant, positive, healthy behavioral outcomes.


Emily Walden

Emily Walden, PA-C

Emily joined our practice on December 1, 2017. She brings over 14 years of out- patient experience providing acute and long-term medication management to patients. Emily has had extensive training and experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including: Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Psychotic Disorders, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Anxiety Related Disorders, and Medication Management to adolescents, teens, adults, and Geriatrics’. Emily graduated from Mountain State University in Beckley West Virginia in 2002 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. In 2003 she became a Board Certified Physician Assistant.



 

Meet Our Experienced Therapists



Sonya Seguin

Sonya Seguin, MA, LCMHC

Sonya’s goal as a Therapist is to assist each client in discovering new, innovative, and mindful strategies to help resolve areas of distress. Sonya is experienced in several therapeutic approaches and customizes each modality based on her clients’ individual needs. Treatment relies heavily on Mindful Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Sonya has worked in private practice for 6 years. She has received extensive training working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and families. She specializes in treating various emotional and behavioral concerns such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, PTSD, personality and mood disorders, grief and coping, as well as issues related to addiction. Sonya received her Master’s in Counseling from Webster University.

”I believe we all possess the ability to change at any time. Everyone faces challenges during different points in their lives, but it is what we do with these challenges that make the difference. I strive to facilitate a wholesome healing process where my clients find their truth, identify and address their obstacles, and ultimately move toward the state of balance that is desired.” - Sonya Seguin, MA, LPCA

 


Fred Shah

Fred Shah, MA, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC

Fred is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, who also partners with individuals to help them through life’s journey, identifying challenges they face, exploring and understanding the source of their problems and providing support for change. He utilizes the client’s core personal beliefs, thought processes, and sense of responsibility to modify behavior while maintaining integrity, honesty, and unconditional positive regard. He believes that people want to change, overcoming emotional or mental pain, eliminating destructive thought patterns, or finding joy; Ultimately people seek services because they want to change, to transition to a better version of themselves. Fred feels honored to be invited into others’ lives and considers your growth his most profound priority in therapy.l.

“Fred has worked in community agencies for several years before beginning, his journey into private practice. Through his education and employment opportunities he has had the opportunity to work with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of different mental health struggles and life events. Fred is also a consultant and does public speaking regarding mental health issues and assisting groups and individuals in discovering their most authentic selves Fred Shah, MA, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC

 


Carol Kirby

Carol Kirby, MS, LCMHC

Carol received a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 1987 from Wright State University. She has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field providing therapeutic services to children, teens, and adults, as well as couples, and families. Carol strives to provide quality and compassionate care by helping clients gain insight, growth, and healing through the therapeutic process. She has extensive experience treating clients on a wide variety of issues that include stress, anger, depression and anxiety management, relationship problems, parenting issues with adult children of dysfunctional families, self-esteem issues, post-traumatic stress, domestic violence, rape survivors, identity strengthening, and spiritual issues. I mostly use client-centered and eclectic approaches that will include Cognitive-Behavioral and Humanistic techniques. I believe in building on strengths and unconditional self-worth. My genuineness and abilities enable me to interact meaningfully and effectively with a wide range of people.

“I strive to develop a trusting and nonjudgmental atmosphere in which clients can grow to reach their potential and work through difficult times, while providing empathy and respect as the foundations of treatment.”- Carol Kirby, MS, LCMHC

 

Professionals also available to administer Mental Health Assessments and Substance Abuse Evaluations

Our providers do NOT administer Disability or Workers Compensation Evaluations

 

 

Porters Neck Counseling offers a compassionate, yet firm, approach and has helped hundreds of patients lead more happy and productive lives. We do not help you make excuses and will not recommend therapy indefinitely. Porters Neck Counseling genuinely cares for each patient.