Insurance that FIRST accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, BCBS, Healthchoice, and Private Pay. Some clinicians do not take all plans.
Lindy Montelone, LPC, NCC, MAEd
Lindy Monteleone has been a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor since 2006. She earned her Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University and began her career as a School Counselor in 2003. Lindy is currently working toward Foundational Level certification in Theraplay and loves witnessing the connection and joy Theraplay brings to the children and families she has the honor of supporting. Lindy also has extensive training in child centered play therapy, evidenced based practices for supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder via the UNC-Chapel Hill TEACCH program, and training in Circle of Security.
In addition to years of training and experience working with children ages 3-13, Lindy also provides counseling/consultative support to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their teams. Prior to working with FIRST, Lindy served as a Director of Care Coordination with Vaya Health during which time she trained with NC START, NADD, and was a presenter at NC TIDES. She is also a board member of the MAHEC IDD Specialty Clinic and has trained with Elevatus.
As much as Lindy loves to work, she loves time with her family more! They are often out exploring the mountains and waterfalls of WNC.
Ann Odom, MSW, LCSW-A
Ann has been working with children and families in the Asheville community for the past 15 years, earning her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Ann is passionate about empowering parents to respond to their children’s behaviors in a way that honors their development, fosters connection and builds emotional intelligence. Ann has built her practice on the principal that children deserve our respect, understanding and boundaries, and when they receive these gifts from their caretakers they respond accordingly. Honoring the research finding that children learn in the context of relationships, Ann is one of the few early child therapists in the community that works with the parents for almost every session. While she likes to focus on providing parents with the tools to respond therapeutically to their children, Ann also enjoys teaching children about mindfulness, self-awareness, and empathy.
Ann gathers her approach from Brene Brown, Angela Lansbury of the REI model, and research on neuroscience and social-emotional development. Ann’s compassionate, non-judgmental and calm approach to working with families has been known to disarm the most frazzled and fearful among us. She is empathetic and optimistic about change in even the most challenging of circumstances.
Ann works with children ages 3-7 years, regarding issues such as anxiety, trauma, sensory processing difficulties and any behavioral issues that are causing difficulty in the child’s home or school setting. Ann has two young children herself and is daily experiencing the many challenges and joys of parenting small children. When not working with families, Ann can be found making earrings for various stores in town or exploring the outdoors with her family.
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