Our clinicians view you as your own expert – even if you are struggling with feeling less than whole, live with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, grief, or feeling unsure about how to adjust to a transition in your life – you are still your own expert and possess the ability to heal. It takes courage to take the steps to ask for help and we commend you for beginning this journey.
Our clinicians aspire to collaborate with you to create a life full of meaning, aligned with your personal goals and values. Each member of our staff has a unique understanding of the experience of feeling bogged down by life’s circumstances, and share the belief that we all have the capacity to heal. We will walk side by side with you on your path towards greater purpose and help you uncover the skills needed to navigate the stressors of life with confidence and grace.
Aldi Gaines, LCMHC, LPC, LAC, BC-TMH, Founder
Aldi founded Gaines Therapy PLLC in 2018. She grew up in Maryland and lived in Paris for three years. After living in Northern Virginia for twelve years, Aldi relocated to the Carolinas with her family in 2016 where she found great joy exploring the many beaches in the area and fell in love with the mountains during summer and fall family vacations. She places great personal value on relationships which translates to a passion for supporting her clients with creating healthier relationships with themselves and their loved ones.
Aldi’s journey to becoming a healer began in 2009 with a vision of creating a safe and non-judgmental space that promotes emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical healing. Aldi’s warm heart and unwavering compassion helps her gently guide her clients towards cultivating self-compassion as well as gaining a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and needs to achieve a greater sense of authenticity, peace, and joy in their lives.
Aldi holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and she is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Her clinical practice has focused on providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds in various clinical settings and levels of care, including community mental health/substance abuse agencies, and a psychiatric hospital.
Aldi currently provides individual, couples, and family therapy to adults and adolescents (ages 16 & up). She specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and substance use disorders. Aldi provides support through life transitions, managing self-esteem and body image issues, and coping with anger, stress, and conflict. She primarily utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in her clinical practice.
Erica Edgar, LCMHC
Erica joined our practice in September 2020. She is a recent transplant to the Carolinas after spending the last ten years in Chicago. Erica spent a good chunk of her childhood in Northern Virginia and her adolescence gallivanting in the cornfields of Iowa. She is pleased to be close to family, warmer weather, and surrounded by nature in North Carolina.
Erica was drawn to the field of healing because of a natural drive to connect with and help others, a love for learning about people’s stories, and a deep desire to break down the stigma of mental health. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014. She is licensed in North Carolina and Illinois.
Erica began her clinical practice in 2013 working with children, adolescents, and their families in an inpatient setting. She later transitioned to working with adults in an eating disorder residential program and has experience in clinical advocacy. Erica believes the work done in sessions to be sacred and considers it a privilege to walk alongside her clients in moments of vulnerability.
Erica currently provides individual and family therapy to adults, adolescents, and children (ages 8 & up). She specializes in treating mood disorders, dissociative disorders, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief and loss, and eating disorders. Erica provides support through managing life transitions and addressing self-esteem and body image issues. She draws from strength-based and person-centered approaches, utilizing trauma-informed interventions based in Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral therapies in her clinical practice.
Stephanie Colson, LPC-A
Stephanie grew up in Rhode Island and moved to South Carolina with her family, after spending almost 10 years living in Arizona. After growing up near the ocean and hiking the desert terrain, she is happy to call South Carolina home where her family now has proximity to both.
Stephanie received her first Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology in 2008 and a second Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in South Carolina and has been practicing psychotherapy since 2007. Stephanie takes a person-centered approach to assist and support clients to be the author of their own lives on the road to self-actualization. She has provided psychotherapy to adolescents and adults in a wide variety of treatment settings which includes, inpatient, correctional, and outpatient.
Stephanie currently provides individual and family therapy to adults and adolescents (ages 12 & up). She specializes in the treatment of grief and loss, psychological trauma, mood disorders, sex addiction, and anxiety disorders. Stephanie also provides support with navigating issues related to life transitions, self-esteem, and parenting. She has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families (AF-CBT), Adoption-Competent Therapy, and treatment of paraphilic disorders in adults. She primarily utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in her clinical practice.
"If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place"