Meet Our Apex Team

One-Eighty Counseling | Apex

1011 W. Williams Street, Suite 102 Apex, NC 27502
Phone:(919) 226-5505

Jill Barnette
MSW, LCSW

Jill has over 20 years of clinical experience. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including outpatient counseling, residential treatment for adolescents, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), and has provided telephonic counseling and coaching. Jill has also provided mental health and coach training to employees, clinicians, parents, and as a workshop speaker for local and global organizations.

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Clinical focus from The Ohio State University. She also graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Cum Laude, at Bowling Green State University. She has furthered her education in the area of coaching and has over 100 training hours in life, corporate, and health and wellness coaching. Jill is a graduate of the Core Essentials program from CoachU and has completed the Health and Wellness Coach training from Real Balance Global Wellness.

Jill is currently furthering her training in the areas of LCSW Supervision, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma reduction. 

Jill specializes in treating female adolescents and adults who are experiencing stress, anxiety, panic, low self esteem, as well as life and career transitions. She also focuses on mood disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues, infertility, maternal mental health, parenting concerns, trauma, caregiving stress, and interpersonal conflicts. Jill also enjoys working with families and strives to create a caring and encouraging environment, where individuals and families can reach their fullest potential.

Jill believes that the collaborative counseling relationship facilitates hope and healing. She takes a “coach approach” to behavioral change, and combines cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), mindfulness, solution-focused, and strengths based modalities with her clients and families. Jill enjoys using tools like the Enneagram, Wheel of Life, and mindfulness, to create clarity and insight into thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and beliefs.

Furthermore, she provides Christian counseling upon the request of the client.

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Jim Baxendale
Ph.D., LCMHC, CTSS, EMT-P

Jim is a veteran of two distinguished careers. He served on active military duty for 24 years, including 3 combat deployments. Following his retirement, he spent 20 years in emergency medicine as an EMT and paramedic while simultaneously holding an appointment as adjunct associate professor of psychology and operating a private practice.

He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in both North Carolina and Vermont, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri, with a dual major in psychology and business administration.  He earned his M.A. degree in clinical psychology from Austin Peay State University; his MBA in management from Valdosta State University; and his Ph.D. in Health and Mental Health Services from Southwest University.  He is a Board Certified Trauma Services Specialist, and a Diplomate and Fellow of both the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management.  He is an instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and has presented over 200 trainings and workshops in Critical Incident Stress Management, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Compassion Fatigue nationwide.  He has responded to hundreds of critical incidents in the emergency services arena and the private sector, including at both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center following the events of September 11, 2001.

No matter the situation, Jim firmly believes that within each of us are the solutions we seek. But we sometimes get caught behind that “speed bump in the road of life.” We literally can’t see the hope in a future because we are so focused on the small stuff that’s in our way right now. His passion is helping you identify your strengths and finding that solution.

Jim’s has over 40 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples, many of whom have experienced severe psychological trauma. Strongly related issues include depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment problems, and relationship issues. His approach is best described as eclectic, leaning heavily on cognitive processes. Techniques include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Therapy while also drawing on psychodynamic practices such as free association and dream analysis. Faith-based counseling is also provided on request.

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Wendy Cawley
LCMHC

Wendy Cawley is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master’s in Arts in Professional Counseling through Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and has been licensed in North Carolina since 2015.

Wendy’s therapeutic approach focuses on strengths of the individual or family, and draws from faith based, Cognitive-Behavioral, Attachment Theory, belief-based Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and several parenting training programs. She recognizes that each individual is capable of finding the strength and resilience to weather the storms of life, but that all of us can benefit from having someone to come alongside us for support at some time in our lives.

During her internship, she worked under a local psychologist and gained experience working with families affected by divorce, complex grief, autism spectrum, social anxiety and other issues. Since working as a therapist, she has had experience working with a broad variety of people including working with women and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. She also worked in an office that specialized in working with refugee families, many dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and grief. More recently she has worked with children and their families with needs around oppositional behaviors, trauma of physical and sexual abuse, community violence, ADHD, anxiety, depression as well as suicidal ideation.

In order to best assist those coming to Wendy with trauma related concerns, she has sought out further training in the area of trauma, including becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and completing training in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

She also has a passion for working with couples for marriage counseling, having been married for 38 years and seeing firsthand the benefits of receiving counseling for her own marriage.

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Erica Dahms
MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Erica Dahms is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then went on to East Carolina University to earn a Master of Social Work with a concentration on substance use counseling.

Erica has trained and worked in a wide variety of settings with a diverse clientele which has allowed her to practice various treatment methods. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents living with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, and substance use disorders. She takes a special interest in veterans as she is a military wife herself and is familiar with the unique challenges military personnel and their families face.

Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and adaptable with roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. Erica is passionate about being genuine and creating a person centered environment that fosters exploration and growth. Her ultimate goal is to empower others on their journey by offering a different perspective or being an emotional side kick.

 

Hilary Norris
MSW, LCSW
Hilary is a Raleigh native and graduated from Meredith College in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Minors in Psychology and Spanish. She then went on to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC to graduate with a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2003. She received her license to practice clinical social work in the state of NC in 2008. 

Hilary has over 15 years of experience and has had the opportunity to work with all ages in varied settings; community mental health, managed care, private practice, and inpatient medical and psychiatric hospitals. She feels most passionate about working with couples and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship/family/occupational stressors, caregiver burnout, grief and loss, low self worth, codependency, parenting, gender dysphoria, and childhood emotional neglect. Depending on individual needs, Hilary may use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength-Based, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Attachment Theory, or Systems Theory. 

Hilary believes it takes a lot of courage for a person to be able to use the discomfort of life's challenges to grow, and make changes in ways of thinking that allow for a more healthy, positive, enjoyable life. She believes that we are all perfectly imperfect and creates a nonjudgmental, comfortable atmosphere that makes it feasible to open up and share. 

Natalie O’Dell
MA, LMFTA

Natalie is a licensed marriage and family therapy associate. She graduated with a masters of science in Marriage and family therapy from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. During her time in graduate school, Natalie worked as a research assistant researching intimate partner violence.  Natalie received a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where she spent time researching romantic attraction and stereotypes.

Natalie has 6 years experience working with families, couples, adults, and children. Natalie specializes in couples and family therapy as well as individual therapy for adults and children. Natalie has worked in various clinical settings including a residential program for 5-18 year old boys, schools, and outpatient settings. Natalie provides treatment for high conflict couples and families as well as relationship/ communication issues. She also provides treatment in areas of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, parenting difficulties, and self-esteem.

Natalie focuses on a client-centered, open, caring, non-judgmental environment providing a safe space to facilitate change with clients. She utilizes attachment theory (emotionally focused therapy), Gottman techniques, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-focused and Family Systems modalities.