Shameka Harley Chambers, MSW, LCSW
Shameka received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina in May 2000. She is presently a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 19 years of experience serving children and families in various settings, including client homes, schools, Day Treatment, outpatient clinics, and a Child Advocacy Center.
Shameka is a rostered clinician for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidenced-based intervention designed to help clients and their caregivers overcome the impact of traumatic events. To further build on her trauma expertise, Shameka became certified in the group treatment modality Structured Psycho-education for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). She is also trained in Adoption Competency.
Shameka is passionate about the mental health field and fulfilling the role of “temporary co-pilot” in the lives of her clients. Her ultimate goal as a clinician is to be part of the healing, change, and growth process of children and families.
Shelley Green, MSW, LCSW
Shelley Green received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009 from Brevard College and her Master’s in Social Work in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. While pursuing her education, Shelley worked in the elementary school setting, a psychiatric unit, and an intensive outpatient program for patients recently discharged from hospitalization. She then pursued her NC licensure in clinical social work.
Shelley has provided mental health services since 2014 and has experience with children and young adults, with particular focus on treating ADHD, ODD, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She also has experience with the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) population and children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Shelley works from a trauma-informed perspective using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and is working toward certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to facilitate healing of emotional distress resulting from traumatic life experiences.
Paul M. Powell, MA, LPC
Paul earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his Master’s Degree in School and Community Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne University. Paul is fully licensed by the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, and is currently working toward his licensure as a Clinical Addictions Specialist. He is rostered by the NC Child Treatment Board in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
As an Intensive In-Home Team Lead, Paul learned the importance of collaborating with schools, DSS, Juvenile Justice, and various private organizations for the benefit of his clients. He worked in this capacity until he came to Children’s Hope Alliance as an Outpatient Therapist in 2016.
In therapy sessions, Paul primarily utilizes TF-CBT, gestalt therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and behaviorism. His areas of focus include trauma assessments, positive learning, childhood deviance, parenting skills, and working with those with learning disabilities and Autism.
Max McIntosh, MS, EdS, LPC — Senior Trauma Clinician
Max graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Arts and Education Specialist Degree in Marriage and Family/Community Counseling. She has provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and families with complex needs for nearly 20 years, in settings ranging from alternative schools to foster care, group homes, outpatient offices, and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities. This experience has led to the development of exceptional working relationships with Juvenile Justice, DSS, court systems, and other local agencies.
In 2002, Max began treating families affected by sexual abuse, including victims, non-offending parents, and children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems. She became a clinical member of the North Carolina Association for the Management and Treatment of Sex Offenders in 2009. That same year, Max was the first Forsyth County clinician rostered in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program.
Max is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address trauma. She relies heavily on Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her mission to help clients discover their hidden strengths so that children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, and disruptive disorders can recover from disturbing life events and create futures full of possibility and promise.
Megan Byerly, LPCA
Megan is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Master of Arts in Community Mental Health Counseling. Prior to joining the CHA team as an Outpatient Therapist in 2018, Megan provided Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) services, an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that addresses disruptive behaviors of at-risk adolescents utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a family-therapy approach. Megan has been trained in additional evidenced-based modalities, including Seeking Safety and Crisis Response Management (CRM).
Megan works from a strengths-based approach and meets her clients where they are along their life journeys. She works with individuals and families to facilitate healing and re-connection, improve coping skills, and enhance self-esteem and overall personal growth.
Jennifer Cook, LCSW-A
Jennifer graduated from West Virginia University in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Social Work and has been providing therapy since then. Jennifer worked with children and adults in residential treatment facilities, on forensic units, and provided in-home therapy services prior to joining the CHA team as a therapist in 2019. Most of her experience has been using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Dual Diagnosis clients.
Jennifer is a Veteran of the United States Army. She is a single mother to a beautiful daughter that is in college in West Virginia, and a handsome 2-year-old son. (“He keeps me young,” she says.) The most rewarding aspect of her role as a clinician is watching the seeds she plants with her clients take root, grow, and result in empowerment and positive change.
Alexandra Dow, LMFT – Community Based Services, Director
Alexandra received her Bachelors Degree from UNC at Chapel Hill and graduated from Pfeiffer University at Charlotte with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NC and SC, and a registered Licensed Professional Counselor in SC. During her eight years as a therapist, Alex’s areas of specialty have expanded to include youth with problematic sexual behavior, parent-child conflict, youth delinquency, family structure, interpersonal functioning, healthy sexuality, marital conflict, domestic violence, and anxiety.
As a clinician, Alex primarily utilizes family-centered and systemic approaches. Her preferred therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), family systems therapy, structural and strategic family therapies.
With experience providing therapy in outpatient settings as well as school- and home-based interventions, Alex began her career at CHA as a clinician in the Treatment Alternatives for Sexualized Kids (TASK) Program. She later demonstrated her leadership abilities as the TASK Program Manager and is currently Community Based Services Director. In this position, Alex provides clinical and administrative management of the TASK Program and Outpatient Services.
Ryan Feemster, LPC-A
Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a doctoral student at Saybrook University in the Clinical Psychology program. For the past nine years, Ryan has worked in hospital behavioral health settings, a correctional facility, outpatient clinics, and in private practice. His areas of specialty are spirituality, African psychology, masculine identity development, and Oppositional Defiant clients. He is a Reiki Level II certified practitioner and a member of the American Association of Black Psychologists. Ryan enjoys providing mental health psychoeducation seminars and leading groups.
Janine Easley-Bowman, Ph.D.
Dr. Janine Bowman provides psychological assessments for outpatient clients and residents at Children’s Hope Alliance. Dr. Bowman completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Oregon State University and her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She is a North Carolina Licensed Psychologist and has been performing psychological assessments for children and adolescents since 1994.