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Counsel For Hope

Mind, Body, and Spirit Counseling                                               

Available in Lincolnton or Statesville, NC


Now Offering Psychiatric Medication Management 


Call Today (704) 201-9063

Medical Team Supervised By a Psychiatrist

Counsel For Hope in Lincolnton, NC and Statesville, NC has experienced and knowledgeable professionals who perform quality counseling and medical services.

Heather Riggs, Therapist (Accepting Clients)​

Heather Rig​gs MS, LCMHCA, LCASA 




Heather has over twelve years of experience in the field of Human Services that she obtained during the completion of her BA in Psychology from Belmont Abbey University in 2011 and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2020. Heather is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCASA), working to assist multicultural individuals, couples, and families. She has an extensive background helping individuals develop skills as they learn to live a healthy and meaningful life while adjusting to uncomfortable symptoms.

Connor Branson, Male Therapist (Accepting Clients)​

Co​nnor Branson MSW, LCSW-A



Connor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSW-A). He has experience working with forensics patients and working in child advocacy. His specialization is working with individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression. While working in forensics as an intern, he completed duties such as running therapeutic groups for patients and participating in treatment teams. During his internship at a child advocacy center, he shadowed a forensic interview specialist and assisted them with various tasks, observed forensic interviews and took detailed notes of alleged child abuse cases, read patient casework and entered intake information into NCATrak system, and participated in training on how to respond to child abuse and neglect. He has over three years of experience working with youth at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Greater Milwaukee who dealt with behavioral problems and various traumas. It was his job to lead children through various recreational, educational, creative activities and programs to encourage their social development and create a safe and welcoming environment. He is a graduate from the University of South Carolina where he received his Master of Social Work (MSW) along with receiving his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Carroll University (In Waukesha, WI.).

Shreta Allen, Therapist (Accepting Clients)​

Shreta Allen MSW, LCSW-A 




Shreta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSW-A). Prior to Counsel for Hope, She worked for 23 years with incarcerated individuals at South Carolina Department of Corrections. Shreta also worked with special needs individuals with intellectual disabilities at Chesco Services for 9 years. She was fortunate to grasp the internal needs of these two great agencies by utilizing professional skills to include counseling, crisis intervention, and group therapy.

Her internships to include; Regency Southern Care Inc. in Chesterfield S.C., and Heart of Hospice in Columbia S.C. She recieved her bachelors degree in Sociology from Coker College in Hartsville S.C. Then recieved her Masters Degree in Social Work from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of individuals, children, and married couples as a agent of support and guidance.




Cindy Verdoorn, Therapist (Accepting Clients)​

Cindy Verdoorn MA LCAS, MAC, CCJP, CSI




Cindy received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with Distinction from Capella University where she received her MS in Human Services with a Specialization in Counseling Studies. Cindy is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP), and a Clinical Supervisor Intern (CSI).

Cindy works with individuals using behavioral therapies, especially Moral Resonation Therapy (MRT). Helping individuals to make positive change using their moral reasoning with the goal of living a healthy, productive lifestyle. Cindy has been working with the adult criminal justice system for 16 years, providing group and individual therapy helping those that suffer from addiction. Cindy also has experience working with individuals in medication-assisted treatment programs..

Christina Mann, Therapist (Accepting Clients)


Christina​ Mann PhD, NCC, CRC, BCBA-D, LBA, LCMHC



I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina and have been practicing for over 19 years with individuals who have been going through a broad range of concerns including excessive worrying, depression, stress management, trauma, career development, behavioral concerns, child-parent interactions, grief and loss, relationship issues, life/work balance, and overall wellness.

Difficulties and pain are both part of the human experience. I would describe my approach as goal oriented and client centered. I primarily use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Both modalities involve practical approaches to problem-solving. I additionally use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I understand that seeking help can feel very vulnerable. Exploring the healing process or enriching one’s personal growth, first and foremost, requires establishing a trusting and emotionally supportive relationship. Change is not easy, but it is possible, and I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Ama Adusei, Mediciation Managemen​t Children - Adult (Accepting Clients)

Ama, Adusei, MMS, PA-C, 



I love working with patients of all ages. My motto is “the patient knows whats best for them”. I like to see medication management as a partnership process. What’s best for my patient is best for me.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Bio-behavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Health Policy Administration. I continued my education and ultimately completed my Physician Assistant degree and Masters in Medical Science with a dual degree program from Miami-Dade College and Saint Francis University. I have experience working as a hospitalist in an inpatient psychiatric facility, outpatient psychiatric clinic, as a hospitalist PA on general medical units, and as a Neurohospitalist PA.

I believe my experience allows me to treat the patient as a whole rather than focusing on just one facet of the patient. I look forward to working with you or your child!

Afnan M. Beauti, Mediciation Management Children - Adult (Accepting Clients)

Afnan M. Beauti, PA-C



Afnan doesn't just treat the symptoms – She treats the entire patient, and views the opportunity to do so as a privilege. She cares for her patients the way she would want to be cared for, and she offers nothing less than compassionate care for the best patient outcomes. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi and master’s degree in Biology from Mississippi College before she earned her Master of Physician Associate Studies from Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences, the only PA program in the nation with an emphasis on behavioral medicine and where she received intensive training in psychiatry. She has experience in applied behavioral analysis in youth with autism, inpatient behavioral medicine, rural outpatient psychiatry, and residential substance abuse treatment. As a PA, she works in urgent care, primary care, and psychiatry where she treats a plethora of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. One thing she wants her patients to know is that Counsel for Hope is here for them and is committed to providing the best services to positively impact the lives of our patients. 


John L. Adriatico, Male Therapist (Accepting Clients)


John L. Adriatico, MBA, MA, MFT, LCMHC, LCAS

John received an MBA from Elon University  and a MA in Counseling Marriage Family Therapy from Liberty University

He offers hope to individuals, couples, and families. John works with adults, teens and children from age 4 and up.

John’s clinical background includes working with clients from 4 years old and older at multiple agencies,  a church counseling setting, and residential facility with Carolina’s Health Care System. He works with adults, couples, teens, children, and families. John approaches each client uniquely and creatively based on their individual strengths and challenges.  He specializes in Trauma work and uses EMDR among other strategies. 

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