Meet Our Holly Springs Team

One-Eighty Counseling | Holly Springs

301 West Center St, Suite 367 Holly Springs, NC 27540
Phone: (919) 226-5500
Fax: 919-226-5510

Jim Baxendale

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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Dr. Ryan M. Denney

is a licensed psychologist and Health Services Provider in North Carolina. He earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dr. Denney provides therapy to adults and teenagers for a wide range of issues and concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and others. As an adoptive father, he is sensitive to the unique issues involved in the adoption experience and has a special interest in helping clients address adoption-related concerns. He offers Christian and spiritually integrated therapy upon a client's request. He also performs psychological evaluations including personality evaluation, adult ADHD evaluations, Veteran's Administration compensation and pension evaluations and pre-surgical psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery candidates.

In addition to providing therapy, Dr. Denney is also a speaker and has provided inspirational talks and key note addresses for churches, business, professional conferences and other groups, specifically about the intersection of mental health and faith. He enjoys writing on various topics. He is also available to consult with churches, organizations and business and has consulted with and provided interactive educational workshops for medical organizations, business managers and the Mississippi Department of Education to enhance employee performance, leadership and communication.

Coming to therapy takes courage and Dr. Denney works to honor his clients' bravery while inviting them to grow. His approach to therapy is highly flexible, collaborative and tailored to the unique needs of each client. He incorporates multiple therapy modalities based on the client's need including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, cognitive processing, ego-state and emotion-focused processes. He has specialized training in Brainspotting and the Comprehensive Resource Model, both of which are highly effective techniques for resolution of emotional difficulties and complex trauma.

Dr. Denney is originally from North Texas, but has lived in several parts of the country throughout his life including Oklahoma, California, Washington State, Tennessee and Mississippi. His hobbies include traveling, reading spy novels, writing and spending time with his beautiful wife, awesome son, family and friends. He has a heart to help his clients discover hope, defeat shame, dare courageously, live authentically, and access their innate healing potential no matter what life challenges they have faced.

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Hannah Guffey

is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Hannah's bachelor degree is from the University of Mount Olive where she graduated with honors in Clinical Psychology and then went on to earn her Master's degree from Campbell University in Mental Health Counseling. Hannah has worked with One-Eighty Counseling for over three years in an administrative role, while completing both her undergraduate and graduate internships with the practice and has been with the practice for 7 years.

Hannah's passion is working with adolescents and adults in the areas of mood disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, separation and divorce concerns, anger management, ADHD, women's issues, self-esteem, life transitional dynamics, and work stress. She also thoroughly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults on transitions to high school or college.

Hannah is a partially trained EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reproscessing Therapy). She uses this therapy when working with individuals suffering from a traumatic or adverse life experiences. Hannah will finish her full training in early summer 2020.

Hannah has pursued continued education in Sport Psychology. She has been an athlete since the age of 7 and continued athletics all the way through college. She successfully works with athletes through the various stages and stressors that may arise from balancing athletics, academics and other life demands of the individual.

She is also a certified SYMBIS Facilitator. SYMBIS (Saving your marriage before it starts) is designed to help couples launch lifelong love like never before.

When working with her clients, Hannah uses an eclectic approach suited to each individual for achieving the client's best possible outcome. She may incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, EMDR, and utilize a Person-Centered approach. If requested, she can also provide Christian Counseling.

Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Theodore. She also enjoys the occasional 5k and half marathon as well as Theodore's Dock Diving Competitions.

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Matthew Jennings

Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Certified Anger Management Specialist – II (CAMS-II). Matthew graduated from Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Services and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in 2010.

Matthew has 10 years of counseling experience with individuals, families, and groups. He has worked in various levels within mental health including outpatient settings, mobile crisis, in-patient settings, mentoring, and within clinical management settings. He has worked with multiple therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Eco Systemic Family Therapy (ESFT). Matthew has a strong background working with children, adolescents, and families.

He has also worked with individual adults and couples. His area of interests include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-harm, physically/sexually/neglected abused individuals, and those dealing with parenting and relational issues. Matthew feels that the Therapeutic Alliance is extremely important. He will start out where the individual and/or family are and focus on Person Centered Care.

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Gayla Jones

Gayla is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. She earned her master’s degree from Webster University and is a doctoral student working on her PhD in General Psychology from Walden University. 

Gayla uses a holistic approach to help guide clients on a path to achieve lasting recovery from addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles. Using evidenced based therapeutic approaches of Motivational Interviewing and Reality Therapy, she is dedicated and compassionate in meeting individual client needs. Gayla’s genuine and empathetic approach allows her clients to reach their highest potential.

Encompassing six years of experience in the therapeutic setting, Gayla treats adults, children, adolescents, and couples. She also has extensive knowledge and experience working with military veterans, PTSD, Combat PTSD, Moral Injury and TBI. Her other specialties are anger management, trauma, grief and loss, relapse prevention, and personality disorders.

Gayla is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment (SAIOP) and providing DWI classes.

Beth Johnson

Beth Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Eagala Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.  She received both her Master’s Degree in Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Beth has been working in the mental health field for over 18 years and has found her passion in assisting those who are experiencing crisis in their lives.  Knowing that each person holds their own solutions lying within themselves is a key component to Beth’s core beliefs and therapeutic intervention style.  She enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples, focusing primarily on age teens through adults.

Beth’s areas of expertise include depression, oppositional behavior, post-traumatic stress, behavior modification, positive parenting, self-esteem, anger management, issues involving cognitive distortions, anxiety, couples counseling, crisis, and grief and loss.  Beth also has a passion for working with individuals who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault and those within the LGBTQ population.  

Beth believes that all human beings are constantly changing and evolving, and her role is to provide a safe place to allow the person to discover their own journey to healing through empathy, gentle guidance and support. Each individual has the power within themselves to locate and utilize their strengths for change and growth and Beth’s job is to assist the client in realizing those skills. Humor and play are a huge part of Beth’s life and she brings this in to her practice. Put simply, Beth truly enjoys people!

In her free time, Beth is usually trying to keep up with her teenage son and their wonderful rescue dog named Gryffindor. She also enjoys travel, reading a great book on the beach, cooking and all things Tarheels, while still pulling for NC State as well. Additionally, she deeply enjoys working with those currently serving in the military, veterans and their spouses/children, addressing struggles involving deployment, post combat trauma and PTSD, and moral injury.  She utilizes numerous treatment modalities within her practice including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy.  Her treatment approach is eclectic ensuring that each client is provided with the best modality to fit their individual needs.

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Shanice Stephenson
Shanice is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCAS-A). She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certification in Addiction Studies from North Carolina Central University and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Elizabeth City State University.
Shanice's counseling work has primary focus on individuals from various backgrounds in both residential and outpatient capacities, non-profit organizations and community mental health. Shanice has experience working with school-aged children, teenagers and adults who struggle with anger management, anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance, oppositional defiance, parenting, self-esteem, stress, substance use, trauma, work-life balance and more.

Shanice believes in using a collaborative approach that focuses on developing an egalitarian relationship between counselor and client to facilitate healthy dialogue for positive change, mutual understanding and different perspectives. She incorporates the use of evidenced-based practices and treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Shanice is pursuing training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which treats clients who suffer with PTSD by reprogramming the brain's storage of traumatic memories.  Shanice strives to continue to abide by the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice and fidelity. She values connection, contribution, communication, honesty, prosperity, respect and strength amongst other things. Shanice's mission is to continue to educate and assist in decreasing the stigma associated with mental health and substance use by speaking openly, demonstrating compassion and empowering her clients every step of the way.

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Annalisa Youngquist

Annalisa’s career has been focused on working with individuals, couples, and families with ages ranging fromadolescent through senior years. She has a special interest in helping teens struggling with challenges such as self-esteem, academic stress, self-harm, body image, peer pressure,friendship “drama”, social media influences, bullying, and blended families.

Annalisa helps clients through a wide range of issues including: depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, trust and intimacy concernslife transitions, family and other relationship dynamics, LGBTQ+ challenges, workplace/cultural change, effective communication, conflict resolution, and grief/loss.

She provides an environment of safety, privacy, and acceptance where a person can express their concerns and share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  She approaches therapy with a belief that each person is a unique individual, deserving of a meaningful, fulfilling, and harmonious life based on their needs, wants, and talents. Through a team-based approach, Annalisa will help you to acquire the insight and tools necessary to achieve your goals.

Annalisa is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor(LCMHCS), providing Clinical Supervision for post-Master’s degree counselors and therapists pursuing their Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) license in North Carolina. She is certified in Bariatric evaluations for clients seeking to undergo weight loss surgery. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Campbell University and her M.A. in Counseling from Webster University.  She is fluent in Italian and Spanish.