We are two friends who became colleagues who share a passion for helping and training families and clinicians.  A healthy family is the best family!  With a combined experience of over 20 years we have been able to work with families and children through many different situations.  Below you can get to know us a little better!!  We consider each other family, and we can’t wait for you and your family to join us! Welcome to the family!

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Anna is a graduate of Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Anna’s education and professional career have been focused on children and families with a specialization in infant mental health and trauma. She is also trained in Theraplay – Level One. In 2010, Anna completed a fellowship program to become specialized in infant and young child mental health from Zfive in Mecklenburg County. Anna has trained other professionals, including law enforcement, social workers and early childhood specialists on the effects of toxic stress on infants and children. Prior to co-founding the Art of Therapy Center, Anna worked as a mental health clinician then clinical supervisor for the Child Development-Community Policing Program. During her time there, she worked with children and families exposed to trauma and violence while partnering with uniformed law enforcement officers. Anna also spent her time training law enforcement officers on responding to children exposed to trauma. Anna believes in the importance of early intervention; not only for infants and young children but intervening early after a trauma. She has seen firsthand the positive impact of acute trauma care on the wellbeing of children and families. Anna is the mother of two rambunctious little boys and is an active member of the Junior League of Gaston County. 

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Jennifer is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Education Specialist Degrees from Gardner-Webb University and her Post Master’s Certificate in Play Therapy at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She is passionate about working with children and their families during stressful and traumatic situations.  Jennifer believes that all children can benefit from self awareness, improved self esteem, and improved relationships with their parents and siblings.  Jennifer has focused the last 5.5 years on working specifically with children, adolescents, and their parents overcome struggles of all kinds.   Jennifer is a therapist and co-owner of Art of Therapy Center. Jennifer is also licensed as a supervisor for students and other clinicians looking for clinical supervision.  Jennifer is a native of Gaston County, is married to her high school sweetheart and has 2 boys.  She is looking forward to working with your family!