Meet Your Certus Psychiatry Care Providers

Dr. Gisela Kohl

Dr. Gisela Kohl, Certus Psychiatry Winston-SalemDr. 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 of knowledge 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.

Teshia Jones, MHS, PA-C

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

Teshia 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, FNP | Nurse Practitioner

Elena McGinty 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.

Elena 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.

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).

Lisa 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 working in inpatient, partial hospitalization, utilization review, marketing, and outpatient therapy.

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

Amy Bowden, LCSW, LCAS | Clinical Therapist

Amy received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and NC A&T University joint program. She has a Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) license, received specialized training in CBT and DBT therapies, and regularly attends ongoing training for specific disorders and therapies related to adults and couples.

Therapy is about overcoming life struggles and resolving problematic behaviors/thoughts/feelings so that the future can hold more hope and promise. Amy believes if, given the right support and guidance, individuals can make changes and improvements in life through a person-centered and strengths-based philosophy. Her experience includes treating Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Grief.

Methods used may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention Therapy, and Psychotherapy/Talk Therapy.

Amy is originally from Winston Salem. She is married and has three adult children and two grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, reading, and vacationing in Arizona.

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.

Beverly 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.

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 be helpful in identifying and honoring 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.

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 as well as families, children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of diagnoses and needs.

Rachel 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.