Our Clinicians provide support to persons and their families to help meet their mental wellness needs. Our clinicians have a variety of expertise and offer trauma informed care. FIRSTwnc partners with local graduate programs and acts as an internship site. Our team has expertise in working with persons of all ages and their families. The specialties include Theraplay,Trauma Play, Trauma Informed Care, Child Centered Play Therapy, Autism and Caregiver Coaching.
FIRSTwnc accepts Medicaid, United Healthcare, BCBS, and Healthchoice Insurance. We also accept private pay clients. Due to changes with insurance plans, please check to make sure your covers therapy sessions and if you have deductible. FIRSTwnc currently can not except Medicare.
Lindy Montelone, LCMHC, NCC, MAEd
Welcome! My counseling practice is centered on working with children ages 3-13 in need of support due to trauma, home and family transitions, school challenges and other mental health needs. I also work with individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in need of mental health support. I follow a whole person, strengths based approach and utilize the following techniques: Child Centered Play Therapy, Expressive arts, Movement, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Behavior Supports. These techniques support the development of insight, self regulation, impulse control and an overall sense of well being.
Gianna Catania, CLSW-A
We are excited to add Gianna to our staff. More about her clinical support for you and your family members to come.
Jackie Spring, LCMHC-A
Jackie provides mental health counseling and Specialized Consultation at FIRST. With previous experience providing structured teaching and consultation to individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Jackie now comes to FIRST as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, with a Master’s degree from Western Carolina University. Bringing with her initiative, empathy, and optimism, Jackie practices counseling with a diverse group of young people, ages 3 to 25.
Whether with children or teens, Jackie’s approach to counseling is collaborative and she empowers each individual to lead the counseling process while sprinkling in opportunities to incrementally enhance skills and progress toward goals. Jackie incorporates a variety of evidence-based practices to fit each person such as Child Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay-based strategies, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She often integrates expressive arts and body-based practices into her sessions to bring forward the tools that the body already possesses. Additionally, Jackie is in the process of earning a certification in TraumaPlay to expand her skills when counseling children and teenagers who have experienced trauma.
As a consultant for teams and caregivers, Jackie has specialized experience in evidence-based practices for children, teenagers, and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She understands that learning occurs all along the continuum, including one-on-one skill development, team training, and parent coaching.
Jackie is available in-person or through telehealth.
In addition to her work as a counselor and consultant, Jackie loves spending time and being playful with her family and friends, practicing partner acrobatics, getting out for hikes on beautiful (and crummy) days, crafting, and gardening. Please contact me for a consultation to gather information about your needs and help you find the right support.