Dr. Gisela Kohl, MD, Certus Psychiatry

Dr. Gisela Kohl

Dr. Gisela Knebl Kohl founded Certus Psychiatry & Integrated Care in Winston-Salem. A native of Argentina, she was a chemical engineer before following her passion and went to medical school. Her vision of psychiatric care involves looking at the entire patient, including lifestyle, nutrition habits, and physical activity. She then works on developing strategies where patients are active participants in their care.

In starting Certus, Dr. Kohl has taken her career in psychiatry and created an independent practice where she has developed her own proven unique paths to wellness in patent care. She and her husband, Federico, who runs the practice with her, enjoy a happy life with their four children, including triplets who attend Wake Forest University and a young daughter in elementary school.

Amy Bilicki, MSN APRN FNP-C | Nurse Practitioner

Amy attended South University for her bachelor’s degree in science and her master’s degree and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She has worked in various settings, including 20+ years in Critical Care.  She has gained experience in providing holistic care to both the chronic mental health client in the outpatient setting and the client in crisis in the inpatient setting.  Amy provides care to adolescents, adults, and the aging adult.  She enjoys educating her clients and their families about their mental health diagnoses and feels that an informed person can better control their mental health.  Her focus is on healing, well-being, and understanding of the entire person and collaboration with families, therapy, and other disciplines to achieve optimal physical and mental health.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and the family cat “Gus.”  She loves the beach and is an avid “Star Wars” geek.  Amy is thrilled to be a part of such a diverse and competent team of caring providers and looks forward to providing care to you.

Teshia Jones, MHS, PA-C, Certus Psychiatry

Teshia Jones, MHS, PA-C

Teshia grew up in Greensboro and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She received her Master’s degree in Health Sciences and Physician’s Assistant Certificate. She is a board-certified Physician Assistant.

She has worked in various settings, including underserved clinics in Gaston county and Statesville. She prides herself on providing quality and evidence-based care to all patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching documentaries, and doing puzzles.  She resides in Forsyth county with her two young children. She is thrilled to be a part of a diverse and competent team of practitioners and therapists.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching documentaries, and doing puzzles.  She resides in Forsyth county with her two young children. She is thrilled to be a part of a diverse and competent team of practitioners and therapists.

Elena McGinty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Certus Psychiatry

Elena McGinty, FNP | Nurse Practitioner

Elena attended South University for her bachelor’s degree in science, as well as her master’s degree and post master’s degrees, and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She finds great importance in listening to her clients’ needs and goals and treating them holistically, using integrated care inclusive of communicating with therapists, primary care providers, and any other disciplines the client may permit. Elena’s goal is to build trust through open and honest communication in creating a platform for healing and wellbeing.

Susan Schleith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Certus Raleigh

Susan Schleith, PMHNP | Nurse Practitioner

Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner.

She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health. Her clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges.

Lisa Law, Counselor, Certus Psychiatry

Lisa Law, LCMHCS | Lead Clinical Therapist

Lisa works with adolescents and adults to assist them in dealing with day-to-day struggles. Her experience includes but is not limited to treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief.  Her expertise includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention Therapy, and Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy).

She received her Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Wake Forest University. She also is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a Supervision Credential. Lisa has received specialized training in CBT and DBT And Trauma-Focused CBT. She attends ongoing training for specific disorders and therapies and has an extensive history of inpatient, partial hospitalization, utilization review, marketing, and outpatient therapy.

Lisa is originally from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is married and has three dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family in her free time, enjoying her garden and her pool, reading, and vacationing in New Hampshire’s seacoast and lakes.

Lauren Boyette, Clinical Therapist Certus Psychiatry

Lauren Boyette, LCMHCA | Clinical Therapist

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) who works primarily with adults and emerging adults. She earned her BA in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Asheville and her MS and EdS degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also maintains her National Certified Counselor certification.

Her counseling experience ranges from college counseling centers to outpatient therapy. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar, stress, trauma, life transitions, and identity. She is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and works with a variety of concerns for this population. Her methods used in counseling may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Reality/Choice Therapy, Mindfulness, and Psychotherapy/Talk Therapy.

Therapy can be daunting and sometimes overwhelming. Lauren believes with the right support and direction, everyone has the opportunity to find their own inner and outer happiness.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren has lived in North Carolina for over 15 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, two dogs, and cat.

Beverly Everett, Certus Counselor

Beverly Everett, LCMHCS | Clinical Therapist

Beverly is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) who works with people of all ages aged four to adult and provides individual, family, marital, and group therapy. She has extensive experience helping people steer through difficult moods, whether from oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, bipolar, depression, borderline personality disorder, or stress and trauma. Beverly is experienced in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Therapy. She has training in specialized approaches for trauma, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Brainspotting, and EMDR.

She received her graduate degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. She is married and has three children and enjoys spending time with them and being active in the community.

Rachel Everette, Clinical Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Rachael Everette, LCSWA | Clinical Therapist

Rachael received her Master of Social Work from Appalachian State University, and she works with individuals, families, and groups of all ages.

She serves a wide variety of people with mental health-related issues and conditions. She specializes in working with young children and adolescents with behavioral issues, mood issues such as oppositional defiance disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety, depression, and more.

Rachael believes in empowering individuals and groups to overcome issues and challenges. She is experienced in CBT, DBT, TFCBT, and Mindfulness, and play therapy.

Rachael was born and raised in Winston-Salem. She is a mom to the sweetest Pitbull puppy girl named Stella and enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, and volunteering in her community.

Melissa Griswold, Clinical Therapist Certus Psychiatry

Melissa Griswold, LCSW | Clinical Therapist

Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who works primarily with adults and young adults. She earned her BA and MS degrees in Social Work from Appalachian State University. Her specialties include treating depression, anxiety, grief, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, unhealthy eating patterns and self-image, trauma, life changes, and transitions.

She utilizes multiple therapy interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness Training, and grief counseling in dynamic capacities to address each client’s individual needs. Her experience ranges from working as a school-based therapist to serving nursing homes and assisted living facilities, offering unique perspectives in each.

Self-discovery is a helpful tool in developing a relationship with a therapist and yourself. Journaling, personality tests, and exploring causes for thought processes can help identify and honor your true self. Melissa also has experience with the importance of health and nutrition as a factor in mental health. She fosters a warm, open-hearted therapy experience to work alongside patients to identify social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and personal goals that break down barriers to achieving healing and joy.

She is a newer member of the Winston-Salem community but loves and lives with her husband and two dogs Theodore and Annie Oakley.

Devin Malick, Certus Psychiatry Counselor

Devin Malik, LCSWA | Clinical Therapist

Devin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA) who works with people of all ages starting at age five to adults. She earned both her BSW and MSW from North Carolina State University. Her specialties include treating depression, anxiety, trauma-related mood disorders, stress, and life transitions.

She utilizes multiple evidence-based therapeutic interventions including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and talk-based psychotherapy. Her experience ranges from working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals of all ages.

Devin’s approach to therapy is from a strengths-based, warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental stance. She believes that all good therapy stems from a strong therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping others work towards healthier thought processes and fostering self-discovery. When Devin is not practicing therapy, you can often find her spending time with her family and pets, reading a book, or spending time in nature.

Jenny Metzger, Clinical Therapist, Certus Psychiatry Care Provider

Jenny Metzger, LCSW | Clinical Therapist

As a licensed therapist, Jenny received her Master of Social Work from NC State University and her BA in Psychology from North Carolina Central University.  For over a decade, she has worked full-time helping people of all ages overcome crises in psychiatric hospitals.

Jenny believes it is a sacred honor to create a safe space that allows you to reflect on trauma and adversity and reframe your past so you can move forward. She is a confident guide, whether you struggle with physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, trauma, depression, grief, anxiety, panic, addiction, or other challenging life experiences.  Identifying as a mother, wife, daughter, and sister, Jenny acknowledges the therapeutic power of healthy love relationships and spiritual faith.

Her therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Psychotherapy/Talk Therapy.

Rachel Smith, LCSW, Clinical Therapist Certus Psychiatry

Rachel Smith, LCSW | Clinical Therapist

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated from Appalachian State University with her Bachelors’s and Master’s degrees. She has a history of working in Community Mental Health, working with folks in individual and group therapy, families, children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of diagnoses and needs.

Her approaches therapy with adults, adolescence, and children with an open mind and heart. She has a passion for meeting folks where they are to grow in awareness and exploration of emotional needs. Methods used include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a framework for helping patients achieve wellness. Rachel is also passionate about growing her skills and learning more about connecting and helping her patients in the most ethical and up-to-date treatment modalities. She finds it vital to work as a team on treatment plans and goals with patients’ medical providers.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter hiking, camping, spending time outdoors, and volunteering within her community.

Denise Wallace LMFT | Clinical Therapist

As an interactive and consultative therapist, Denise works with individuals, children (ages 4-10), couples, and families by helping them navigate life’s issues by joining patients on the road to understanding themselves better and how small changes will make a difference.

She helps individuals, children, couples, and families work through their anxiety, anger management, depression, divorce, grief, life transitions, substance addictions, and stress. Denise has worked at family services facilities, private offices, and a psychiatric hospital.

Denise attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to earn a Master of Science degree, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and graduating with top honors. Denise has excelled in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, as well as Family Systems Therapy.

Denise lives with her husband, has three adult children (the youngest in the US Air Force), and has one cat and one dog, whom she refers to as her “babies.” Her favorite thing to do when not working is spending time with her family.

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