Wilmington Staff

Wilmington Staff

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Psychotherapeutic Staff


Guy Kashgarian, PhD

GUY

Guy Kashgarian, PhD, Clinical Director, is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 35 years of experience working with adults, children, couples and families. Dr. Kashgarian provided clinical direction and supervision to psychotherapists as the Clinical Teams Manager of Eastpointe Human Services (Duplin, Sampson, Wayne, Lenoir Area Programs, NC), the Director of Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (Wayne County Mental Health Center, Goldsboro, NC), Clinical Supervisor of Therapeutic Services of Three Rivers Youth (Pittsburgh, PA), and Program Director at the Eden Day Program, a progressive addiction treatment center in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Kashgarian has trained psychotherapists at a number of colleges and universities as well as state and national professional meetings, and has trained and supervised hundreds of psychotherapists who work in community behavioral health clinics.

Specialization:

  • Couples psychotherapy
  • Relationship problems
  • Parent and child psychotherapy
  • Adolescent psychotherapy
  • Adult individual psychotherapy
  • Psychological evaluations and testing

Carl Cogdell, MSW, LCSW

Carl Cogdell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned his master’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. Carl was trained at the Durham VA Medical Center’s PTSD Clinic and continues that work in veteran mental health care today at the Wilmington VA. In addition to serving Veterans, Carl has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families struggling with substance abuse, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and related issues.

Although Carl’s theoretical approach is rooted in Attachment Theory, he also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness techniques to help individuals develop coping strategies, and achieve balance and relief from the symptoms negatively impacting their quality of life.

Carl is also available for appointments on evenings and weekends.

Specialization:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • ADD, ODD
  • Relational Problem
  • Veterans

Deborah Kalnen, LPA

Deb Kalnen

Deb Kalnen is originally from the Wilmington area. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, graduating summa cum laude. Her professional experience includes several years as a psychotherapist and psychological tester in a private facility in Jacksonville, NC. Deb’s past experience has included working with adults, adolescents, and children. She offers special care in the areas of stress management, anxiety, and depression.

Specialization:

  • Stress management
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Substance abuse
  • Relational problems
  • Interactive therapy
  • Adjustment disorders and mood disorders
  • PTSD and OCD
  • Substance counseling

Maureen White, MSW, LCSW

Maureen

Maureen White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s Degree with a minor in alcohol studies from Rutgers University, located in New Jersey. She is listed in Who’s – Who In: American Colleges & Universities. For the past 25 years Maureen was in private practice in Cary, North Carolina, providing both individual and couple psychotherapy. Maureen works with her clients to discover their reservoir of emotional strength. Sometimes all a client needs are updated road maps, some new destinations, and a sense of the distance needed to travel from the present into the future.

Specializations:

  • Adult children of alcoholics
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss issues especially to illness and transition
  • Marital Counseling
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Adult individual psychotherapy

Chae Kwak, MSW, LCSW

Mr. Kwak moved to Wilmington from Baltimore in the fall of 2018.  He was the Clinical and Administrative Director of the Maryland Physician Health Program for over 10 years where he worked with physicians and other health care providers with issues such as mental health, stress, distressed-behaviors issues, substance use disorder and other problems that may impact their abilities to practice medicine in a competent and professional manner.  Mr. Kwak has been recognized as a national expert in the field of Physician Health.

Mr. Kwak received his training at Johns Hopkins Hospital/University where he worked with a diverse population including faculty, staff, and students of Johns Hopkins where he also served as the Workplace Violence Protocol coordinator. Prior to that, he worked as a psychotherapist at Johns Hopkins Community Psychiatry Program where he worked with individuals with chronic, severe and persistent mental illness.

Mr. Kwak received his MSW in clinical social work from the University of Maryland and 2-year post-graduate advanced psychotherapy training from the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. As an instructor and a presenter, he has lectured on working with “difficult patients” and has presented multiple Grand Rounds on the topic of Physician Health.  While psycho-dynamically oriented, he has experience in CBT and solution-focused approach. Mr. Kwak is intuitive, insightful and easily relates to others in an open and empathetic manner.  His approach is to be transparent, honest and direct with clients and the most important focus being result-oriented treatment