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Sometimes no amount of education and resources can replace one on one care. That’s why we have a team of trailblazing mental health professionals who specialize in managing and treating dozens of issues with talk therapy and medication management. 

Our Providers

Anita Badillo, LCSW-A

Anita Badillo, LCSW-A 

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My goal is to help you achieve whatever success looks like for you. Often, reaching our goals can seem daunting and even anxiety-provoking. Let’s tackle this together!

I have worked in community mental health, outpatient, inpatient, volunteer, and primary care settings. I have experience helping clients who have had various concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship issues, trauma, life change adjustments, adoption, substance use, and aging family members.

I like to use strength-based approaches to help people realize their own strengths and power to affect change in their lives and lead with confidence.
Sometimes the hardest part is the beginning. I hope to provide that safe space for all my clients to be authentic, to be able to share, interact, and to heal. Schedule an appointment with me today.

Anita doesn’t currently accept any insurance plans, however your plan may have out-of-network benefits that would reimburse you for appointments with Anita. The best way to find this out is by calling the customer service line on the back of your insurance card and asking about you out-of-network mental health benefits.

 

Anita’s out-of-pocket fees are as follows:

 

Initial consultation: $160.00

Therapy session: $90.00

 

We partner with Open Path Collective to offer a sliding scale therapy to those at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level who are un- or under-insured. Click here to see if you are eligible for a sliding scale discount with Boldly Human.

If you’re happy with your estimated rate, please create an account with Open Path Collective, then click here to create an appointment once you have received an email confirmation including your Open Path Collective ID number. 

Dr. Qu'Nesha Sawyer

Qu’Nesha Sawyer, PhD, LCMHC, LPCC, NCC

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I’m Dr. Qu’Nesha Sawyer, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in reproductive mental health and wellness for women of color. More importantly, I am a Black woman who is currently navigating my own journey to motherhood. I know firsthand what it feels like to face reproductive wellness challenges. I can also vividly recall the frustration and isolation I experienced when trying to find a therapist who “looked like me.” 

I am devoted to serving women of color who are ready to overcome challenges and willing to make changes in order to live a life of wellness.

I have extensive, specialized training in reproductive and perinatal mental health and I am passionate about helping individuals experience wellness before, during, and beyond their reproductive years. A significant portion of my practice is dedicated to helping individuals and their partners overcome challenges related to family-building and parenting.

I’ve learned from my own journey that with support, you can feel well and I am happy to walk beside you on this journey. Schedule an appointment with me today.

Dr. Qu accepts UnitedHealthcare, Oscar Health, Aetna, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Her out of pocket fees are as follows for those who do not have or wish not to use insurance:

15-Minute Consultation: FREE

Intake Appointment: $275.00

Therapy session: $160.00​

Dr. Melissa Shepard, MD

Melissa Shepard, MD

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Hi, I’m Melissa (aka Dr. Shepard)! Since deciding to pursue psychiatry, I’ve made it my mission to end mental health stigma, increase access to care and make mental health treatment less scary.

I offer telepsychiatry (medication management only at this time) to NC & MD residents ages 15 and up. I completed my MD at the University of Maryland and psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins. I have expertise in anxiety, OCD, mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder), psychotic disorders, women’s mental health (including pregnancy), and more.
 
I have dealt with anxiety and depression and know how hard it can be. But I know that we can work together to get you feeling better, whether that is through therapy, medications, or both. There is hope, and you are not alone!
 
Call our office at (704) 274-2219 to schedule with me.

Dr. Shepard accepts UnitedHealthcare, Oscar Health, Oxford Health, Aetna, Cigna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina only. 

Her out of pocket fees are as follows for those who do not have or wish not to use insurance:

Intake Appointment: $500.00

Follow up Medication Management Appointment: $200.00​

Call our office at (704) 274-2219 to schedule with Dr. Shepard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, we tell people if you are having more “bad” than “good” days or more “negative” than “positive” thoughts you may benefit from professional help. Therapy is very effective at managing and improving a HUGE list of mental health issues: anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, trauma, self esteem, stress, and Bipolar disorder, to name a few.

Therapy can also guide us through more isolated life events like grief or sexual trauma and help folks identifying as LGBTQIA, racial minorities, adopted and religious minorities process and discover their identities.

TL;DR, a professional can help you with any of the issues listed above, and if you don’t see your issue but still feel like you need help, trust your gut – therapy is for everyone.

Yes! We are accepting new clients for online talk therapy and/or medication management in North Carolina, Maryland, and California. 

Currently we are accepting clients for online talk therapy and medication management in North Carolina, Maryland, and California. Even though the appointments are online, make sure you’ll be physically in your state of residence.

In an effort to keep our prices affordable we have a range of options for payment, including sliding scale therapy and insurance coverage. Please see our providers below for information on fees, insurance and billing. Even if we’re not in network with your insurance company, still check with your plan to see if you have out of network mental health benefits – you may be eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company for visits with our providers. You can typically do this by calling the phone number on the back of your insurance card, or logging into your insurance online portal.

In an effort to make therapy more accessible to anyone who needs it, we partner with Open Path Collective to offer a sliding scale therapy to those at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level who are un- or under-insured. Click here to see if you are eligible for a sliding scale discount with Boldly Human.

If you’re happy with your estimated rate, please create an account with Open Path Collective, then click here to create an appointment once you have received an email confirmation including your Open Path Collective ID number. 

To schedule a therapy appointment with Anita, Dr. Shepard, or Dr. Qu, call our office at (704) 274-2219 any time from 9am-4pm (EST), email us, or schedule online:

Schedule with Anita

Schedule with Dr. Qu

Schedule with Dr. Shepard

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