Putting a positive spin on counseling

Mount Holly Counseling Center owner Michelle Cawn wants to eliminate the negative stigma sometimes associated with seeking help from a therapist.

“Everybody hits a bump in the road,” she said. “Everybody has something happen in their lives where they need support.”

Cawn opened the business in September and has added three new associates, Karen Clanton, Amelia Perez  and Holly Mackin. Each professional offers a diverse background in therapy for individuals, families and couples.

Cawn is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 13 years of clinical experience in individual, couples and family therapy. She received her training in medical family therapy and is currently in the doctoral counseling program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“I am also a certified employee assistance professional, and one of our goals is to reach out to area businesses and help support them in supporting their employees because we know that people don’t go to work and forget about their lives,” Cawn said. “They are very intertwined.”

Mount Holly Counseling Center plans to offer couples’ and premarital workshops and possibly form a parenting group. The center will hold a couples’ workshop April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the office, 133 W. Catawba Ave.

Hours at the center are by appointment only. Find more information or register for a workshop at the center’s website, www.mthollycounselingcenter.com, or call 704-827-9922.

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