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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

Clinical Director: Mary Elder MA, LCMHC JOIN Telesession with Mary Elder

Mary is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a master’s degree in counseling. In the past, she has worked with children, families, and individuals who have suffered trauma due to crime, physical and sexual violence.

Mary is a licensed clinical mental health counselor providing therapeutic services to individuals with varying concerns arising in their life. She believes that all people have purpose and value to add to the world. Mary’s Therapeutic services are based on the unique needs of the client and driven by the individual’s goals and chosen outcome.

Mary is described as person-centered and providing unconditional positive regard for everyone. She utilizes a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy, experimental therapy, trauma-focused, and eye movement integration (EMI®).


Renee Adams, LCMHCA JOIN Telesession with Renee Adams

Renee is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate with a master’s degree in Licensed Professional Counselling from Liberty University. Renee offers hope to couples and individuals by setting the goal of overcoming personal obstacles to improve their relationships by using clinically tested and evidence-based interventions.

“Research shows that unhealthy relationships can cause both emotional and physical stress, whereas healthy relationships can enhance and improve overall well-being” –Renee

Renee also offers counseling for anxiety, depression, grief, anger, parenting, relationship issues, and spiritual growth.

Santana Whisnant LCSWA JOIN Telesession with Santa Whisnant

Santana A. Whisnant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker having received her Bachelor’s in Child Development from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and her Master of Social Work at Winthrop University. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Honors for social work, National Honors Society, and Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society.

Santana has 10 years of experience, predominantly in Child Welfare, and additional experience within Adult Protective Services and Child Permanency-LINKS of NC. She also has past experience as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator with the Children’s Developmental Center and has served as a trainee to educate professionals on childhood trauma. Santana serves children, adolescents, adults, and families including but not limited to the following areas: Teen issues, Parent/Child Relationship Issues, Anger and Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Dating Violence/Domestic Violence, and Non-Suicidal self-harm behaviors.

Santana uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based, Solution-Focused, Reality-Based, and specifically Psycho-Education for individuals ages seven and up. Her practice and treatment incorporate a holistic approach taking into account an individual’s life experiences, culture, spiritual beliefs, and environmental factors to provide optimal therapy.

Mackenzie Rockett, MSW, LCSWA, LCAS-A JOIN Session with Mackenzie Rockett

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.

Danielle Stamatoukos, Intern JOIN Session with Danielle Stamatoukos

Danielle Stamatoukos is a Clinical Mental Health intern from Gardner-Webb University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2017.

Danielle has experience with children and adolescents with mental, behavioral and developmental issues. She currently works as a behavior therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is excited to expand her experiences at Shelby Wellness & Therapy!

Danielle incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered techniques, and solution-focused techniques into a unique style of counseling to suit each client!

CEO: Michele C. Blackman MA, LMFT JOIN Telesession with Michele Blackman

Owner & Director: Michele C. Blackman MA, LMFTS

Michele C. Blackman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. Michele owns and operates the day to day business operations at Community Wellness Partners of NC PLLC (CWP of NC).

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 working with a broad spectrum of clients. Michele has been in private practice since 2010 and opened 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, postpartum issues, and parenting. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. 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.


MMFT, Masters Marriage and Family Therapy, Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, NC

BS, Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Organizational Development, Mount Olive College, New Bern, NC

AAS, Associate in Applied Science Human Services Technology, Beaufort County Community College, Washington, NC

License, Certifications, Awards, Positions Held

NCAMFT #1730 & AAMFT Approved Supervisor

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

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

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


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