Meet Our Apex Team

One-Eighty Counseling | Apex

1011 W. Williams Street, Suite 102 Apex, NC 27502
Phone:(919) 226-5505
Fax: 919-226-5507

Brynna Arnold

Brynna is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Crisis Worker. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University.

Brynna specializes in treating adults and adolescents who are experiencing panic attacks/panic disorder, suicidality and non-suicidal self harm, generalized anxiety, and trauma/ secondary trauma. Prior to working with One-Eighty Counseling, Brynna worked as a trauma therapist for children and adults, as well as a Crisis Counselor answering The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Helpline 2-1-1, the Florida HIV/AIDS hotline, and the Family Health line. Brynna has worked extensively with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as with adults and college students/ young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use and dependence, spiritual concerns, and relationship and adjustment concerns.

Brynna uses a multi-faceted approach to counseling, embracing a strengths-based model of hope that draws from a person-centered, attachment-based lens of treatment. She implements a variety of interventions based on each client’s individual needs, including but not limited to solution-focused, emotion-focused, memory reconsolidation, DBT, CBT, and various trauma-informed interventions. Brynna strives to create a warm, inviting space that allows clients to safely explore life’s stressors and crises, identify solutions, and facilitate healing. She adheres to the belief that each client’s course of treatment should be individualized and based on individual strengths, identity, culture, worldview, and unique external and internal environments. Brynna believes each person has the capability of moving towards the future they want for themselves, and she enjoys partnering with clients as they embark on their journey of self-empowerment and discovery.

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Jill Barnette

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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Wendy Cawley

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

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.


Steve Sapienza

Steve has worked with adolescents as a School Social Worker for the last 18 years and as a mental health clinician for 8 years in the Wake county area. He enjoys working with adolescents using an authentic, warm and non-judgmental approach. He views the adolescent years are often an opportunity to help guide clients through the transitions and challenges of this time of life. 

Steve’s approach encourages insight, self-reflection and examining life patterns for growth.  He adapts his approach to each client’s unique needs while providing individualized and adhering to evidence-based techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solutions-Focused Therapy .  

Steve’s focus is working with adolescents and their parents or families dealing with gender issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, and grief. Steve offers spiritually integrated therapy upon request of the client .  It is his hope that the clients’ therapy experiences foster self-empowerment, healthy communications and ownership of emotions.

Steve received his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Northern Illinois University and his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is licensed through the State of North Carolina as Licensed Clinical Social Worker.