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Community Wellness Partners of NC Professionals 

TELESESSION LINKS are located to the right of each clinicians name.  The link is for use when you already have a session scheduled.  If you'd like to schedule an appointment please call 704.284.0554


Marie Franklin M.A., LCMHC-A, NCC

Marie Franklin is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. She completed her undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University and obtained her Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Gardner-Webb University. Marie is also a National Certified Counselor. Marie has worked with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance use, anger management, grief and has worked in couples therapy. Marie has worked with a range of ages from children to adults and various ethnicities and sexual orientations. Marie’s theoretical approach to counseling is focused mainly around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which focuses on thought patterns and behaviors linked to those thoughts. Some techniques that Marie uses most often are: Negative thought blocking, Re-framing irrational thoughts, focus on self-awareness, and mindfulness. When asked why she wanted to become a counselor Marie stated, “It wasn’t a matter of want, it was a calling. I felt called to help individuals by providing them with empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard, which is the cornerstone of counseling.”

Danielle Vandeberg BSW, MSW, LCSWA

Danielle Vandeberg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as well as her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Hispanic Children and Families at Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas. She has gained nearly 5 years experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, families, and geriatrics. Danielle emphasizes on empowering individuals, couples and families to overcome obstacles and challenges that they are facing while utilizing evidenced based interventions such as CBT and DBT.

Via-Tonda Byers MA, LMFT 

Via-Tonda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist trained in the practice of individual, couple, family, and group therapy. She is a native of Gastonia, NC. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University. Via-Tonda has worked in a community mental health agency servicing children and adolescents through school based therapy, outpatient therapy, and intensive in-home services. Via-Tonda has also worked in an outpatient setting providing services for a diverse group of individuals, couples, and families. 

Mary Beth Johnson LMFTA 

Mary Beth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. She received her Masters of
Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University. Mary Beth works with individuals, couples
and families, and operates from a systemic framework. Mary Beth uses an eclectic approach to
therapy, and tailors each session to meet the needs of the client(s). Mary Beth also enjoys
working with children. Mary Beth believes in the importance of considering all of the factors that
surround a child’s well-being, and fully understands the trust that parents/guardians place in her
while working with their children.
In addition to working with these modalities, Mary Beth leads a weekly Women’s Empowerment

Maria Gelabert MFT Intern

Maria is a Marriage and Family Therapist in training. Maria is a graduate student with
Northcentral University doing her clinical internship with a concentration in Military
Families. Her background includes a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and a
Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Maria’s education
includes a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and Operational
Management from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Maria believes that each person has their own story that has shaped what they are
currently experiencing. Through her work, she strives to foster a safe space where
clients can tell their story, gain insight into how that has impacted them, and create a
new reality that is more fulfilling. Maria works from a systemic, collaborative, strength-
based approach that is mindful of cultural, ethnic, and economic concerns. Her areas of
interest include anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, family conflict, anger,
conduct disorders, relationship concerns, emotion regulation and post-traumatic stress
disorder. Maria enjoys working with individuals all ages, couples, families, and the LGBTQIA

Rebecca Waters, MA, LCMHCA

Rebecca earned her MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She leans heavily on Developmental, Cognitive Behavioral, and Trauma-Informed Theories. Rebecca works well with abandonment, neglect, codependency, depression, anxiety, all types of abuse, and many other life issues.

Mackenzie Rockett, MSW, LCSWA, LCAS-A 

Mackenzie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, she has specialized training in EMDR. She received her Masters in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill and received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human and Community Services from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Mackenzie specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, life transitions, addiction, and other mental health concerns. She works with individuals, couples, and family units and aims to offer a fresh perspective and outside point of view through therapy to empower clients toward growth and inner peace. Mackenzie embraces an eclectic approach when providing therapy services and utilizes a blend of evidence based practices including CBT, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Psychoeducation, and a Trauma Informed approach. Mackenzie has experience working with individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, personality disorders, addiction issues, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other traumas. Mackenzie understands that taking the first step towards seeking therapy services may be a difficult and scary decision to make. She is passionate about connecting with other people and walking along with them on their journey to finding inner peace and happiness. If you are willing to take the first step, Mackenzie can help with the ones that follow.


Jessica Capers, LCSW  

Jessica Capers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her Master of Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She works with children, young adults, individuals, and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. She has over 7 years of experience in various settings and with diverse clients, including crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, inpatient psychiatric facilities, large non-profits, and private practice. She also operates a non-profit that assists girls between the ages of 11-19 who are pregnant and/or have a child throughout the Gaston and Cleveland communities. 

Jessica’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. Services can include individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She has extensive training in treating childhood trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which includes trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment model. She utilizes various techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, DBT, Psychoeducation, Play Therapy, behavior modification, and mindfulness and relaxation. Jessica is invested in emphasizing a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health. She is particularly concerned with the impact of loss and trauma and improving interventions to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical, and relationship health.

 Javious Ellis, BSW, MSW, LCSWA

Javious was born and raised in Shelby, NC. He went to school initially for nursing but changed to social work after meeting with a therapist that was connected to a youth he was mentoring. His undergraduate studies were completed at UNCG in 2016, majoring in Social Work and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. After working for 3 years with his BSW he decided to explore the potential opportunities with earning his MSW as he was interested in individual counseling and group therapy with student athletes and children/adults in underprivileged areas. Javious graduated from UNCC with his Masters in Social Work in 2020 through the advanced standing program, completing it in 1 year. 


 Michele C. Blackman MA, LMFT-S, CEO 

Michele C. Blackman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,  AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Gottman 7P Leader and currently working on requirements to become an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Michele owns and operates the day to day business operations at Community Wellness Partners of NC PLLC (CWP of NC) and provides licensure supervision to associate level therapists.

Michele is a graduate of Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC where she earned her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy. Michele’s education also includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Organizational Development from Mount Olive College in New Bern, NC and an Associate Degree in Applied Science Human Services Technology from Beaufort County Community College in Washington, NC. Michele has also worked as an adjunct professor for Gardner-Webb University and Pfeiffer University. 

Michele has been practicing as a marriage and family therapist since 2009 and is currently serving as a private practitioner at CWPofNC with select clients. Michele has been in private practice since 2010 and opened CWPofNC formerly Shelby Wellness & Therapy Center in May of 2015. She takes pride in delivering excellent and confidential service to all in a welcoming environment. Michele holds high standards when selecting clinicians to join her team at CWP of NC to ensure each client is provided professional and excellent service and care. 

Michele is an interactive, systems therapist and her expertise includes relationship issues, individual struggles. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. When working with couples Michele uses The Gottman Method.  Michele has Gottman level one training and is working on level two.  She is also a trained Gottman Leader for The Severn Principles presentations. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach that is tailored to each individual client. With compassion and understanding, Michele works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


License, Certifications, Awards, Positions Held 

NCAMFT #1730 & AAMFT Approved Supervisor

2021 - Present  NCAMFT Regional Director

2020 Emerging 5 Small Business of the Year from Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce

2019- Present Board Member-Cleveland County Boys and Girls Club

2018- Graduate of Leadership Cleveland County Program

2017-2018 CMOMS (Charlotte Mothers of Multiples) Chair of the Special Needs Committee

2017 Pfeiffer University MFT Alumni Trailblazer Award

2015-2016 VP of Pfeiffer University MFT Alumni Association