Supporting individuals, couples, children and families through the twists and turns of life through the amazing power of personalized therapeutic services.
What to Expect
For child therapy we first meet with parents and caregivers only to complete a comprehensive assessment to discuss your child’s early development, current functioning and presenting problem.
At the next session, we typically meet alone with the child where we begin to form a connection. During this phase, your child will be getting used to the therapist, the playroom, and the play therapy process.
For individual therapy, we will meet with you to complete a comprehensive assessment to gather pertinent information and identify the presenting problem. In subsequent sessions, we will build rapport and work towards agreed upon goals specific to your situation.
In parent or family sessions, we will meet with parents and caregivers to complete a comprehensive assessment to discuss the relationships within the family and the presenting problem. In the following sessions, we will use engaging activities to increase attachment, communication, and family bonding.
In couples/marriage therapy we will meet with one or both of you to complete a comprehensive assessment to discuss the relationship dynamic and the presenting problem. In later sessions, we will determine the ways in which you would like to see your relationship improve.
We are partners throughout the process, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.
What We Do
We help a variety of clients with different needs using evidenced-based treatments such as play therapy, trauma-informed therapy, Theraplay, sandtray and sensory play. These treatment models help children express their traumas, find positive coping skills and restructure the parent-child relationship to promote greater bonding and security.
We also help clients with a variety of other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, defiance, and more. We also use cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based approach, family systems theory, and the Gottman method.
Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Andrea Abbott, MSW, LCSW, RPT
I have worked with children and families within the community for several years and I love to help parents and children feel confident again.
I started Healing Hearts Therapeutic Services because I saw a need in the community for more therapists trained specifically to work with children and families and wanted to help!
I would love the opportunity to assist you and your family get back on track and feel confident about the future again. I help children feel better so that they can behave better. I love to help parents feel confident in their parenting again.
I know what it is like to have a challenging child and it’s scary to reach out and ask for help. I pride myself on creating a supportive and encouraging environment, where families can express their needs in a judgment-free zone. My goal is to provide children with the coping skills they need now that will last them a lifetime.
If you feel your child is struggling, then please contact me today for a free phone consultation.
• BSW from Fayetteville State University
• MSW from Fayetteville State University
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Child Centered Play Therapy
• License # and State: C010933 / NC
• Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
Robyn Mirassou, LPC-A
Robyn is an LPC-A with her master’s in clinical Mental Health Counseling from Campbell University. She is currently in her dissertation year from Antioch University New England for her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Robyn’s dissertation work is in Biofeedback and couples therapy. She will soon be certified in biofeedback.
She is currently a mental health therapist working with individuals, both children and adults, and she specializes in marriages, couples, and families, helping to create a more cohesive family unit.
Robyn’s goal is to become a registered play therapist (RPT) as well as a certified Gottman therapist. She specializes in anxiety and phobias, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, stress management, communication, infidelity, re-establishing intimacy, and helping to adjust to blended families.
• MA from Campbell University
• Ph.D. Candidate from Antioch University New England
Tina Berrien, MSW, LCSW
Tina has experience working in the school system as a School-Based Mental Health Counselor, including knowledge in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. She specializes in anger management, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), grief, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to trauma, autism, oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), anxiety, conduct disorder (CD), and self-esteem with individuals and groups. Tina is also working to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
• Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Southern California
Kelly Freeman Driscoll, MA Ed; NCC, LCMHCA
Kelly is a licensed clinical mental health counselor associate with her master’s in clinical mental health counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. “I see the counseling relationship as a partnership and my role is to assist people and guide them to find the solutions to the problems in which they seek help for. I strive to help clients identify patterns and themes that may exist in their lives. Are you ready to recognize and build on your strengths, take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and make productive and positive decisions about your life? One thing in life is constant, and that is change. Whether changes in your life are positive or negative, I am here to be active in your growth as an individual. You CAN learn to accept these changes and evaluate steps you can take in order to adjust in a healthy manner. I strive to be that someone to help others realize that they are somebody. They are the somebody that can make the biggest difference in their own life.” Kelly specializes in mood disorders, addictions and family conflict. She has 12 years of experience in the mental health field working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings which include schools, homes and private practice. She is trained in CBT and IFS and is interested in becoming fluent in trauma focused therapy and play therapy.
• BS in Mass Communications from University of North Carolina at Pembroke
• Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Zydet Short, MSW, LCSW-A
Zydet is a licensed clinical social worker associate (LCSW-A). She is a veteran of the United States Air Force with 7 years of military experience. Zydet graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. During her time at FSU, she was inducted into the National Social Work Honor Society as a result of her high GPA of 3.852. Zydet has one year of experience as an intern working at Healing Hearts training to be a Registered Play Therapist and is currently enrolled in the Play Therapy Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.
Zydet believes that children make sense of their world through play. As a therapist, she aims to help children express their feelings and cope with their experiences in a safe non-judgmental space. Her goal is to continue to receive specialized training and clinical supervision specific to Play Therapy and ultimately become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
• BS in Psychology from Wilmington University
• Master of Social Work (MSW) Candidate from Fayetteville State University
Ellen Hanley, ATR, LCMHCA
Ellen is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with her Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is also LCMHCA through the NCLMHC board. Ellen is working toward taking the board exam through the Art Therapy Credentials Board to become ATR-BC.
Ellen is a clinical mental health therapist working with individuals, both children and adults, and has experience working with groups and families. Ellen’s goal as an art therapist is to hold a safe space for vulnerability and self-expression while fostering acceptance and trust in the therapeutic relationship, family relationships, and the client’s relationship with their Self.
Ellen uses an integrated approach and specializes in self-esteem, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma, and identity. She has extensive experience working with people living with eating disorders and varying comorbidities, and actively practices LGBTQIA affirmative therapy. Ellen continues to pursue specialized trainings within the field of mental health and Art Therapy practice.
• Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School
• LCMHCA through the NCLMHC
Chris Abbott retired after 20 years of Active Duty service at Fort Bragg, NC, as a Civil Affairs Engineer. In December of 2018 he graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security. Chris is currently enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College in the Medical Administration, Billing, Coding, and Auditing Program. Chris is part of the Healing Hearts Therapeutic Services billing and administration team.
• BS in Homeland Security from Campbell University
• Medical Administration, Billing, Coding, & Auditing
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