Kristin Daley, Ph.D., DBSM
My favorite class in undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill was neuroscience. I loved it so much that I kept the textbook for years, but I was also challenged by one feature of the class- it started at 8 AM. I literally slept through our class on sleep! In my work, I love to incorporate our understanding of how the brain works into our utilization of CBT. To me, this is what really makes CBT so special- it results in meaningful changes within the brain. Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides essential training in emotional intelligence, and I love using this therapy to help people navigate emotional struggles and challenging relationships. Like all intensively trained DBT therapists, I utilize the skills of DBT in my personal life as well. When I went through ACT training, I found that this therapy helped to fill in some gaps with clients, particularly in the fact that it consistently orients us to our values system as a primary decision-maker, rather than thoughts or emotions. In therapy, we determine which approach is the best fit.
Leila Forbes, Ph.D.
A wide array of professional and personal experiences led me to pursue a career in clinical psychology, dedicating myself to the service of supporting people in the process of health and empowerment. Growing up internationally, I remember being fascinated with the individual differences arising from a person’s unique composition of biology, culture, socialization and life experiences. My work in military healthcare deepened my understanding of the complexities of the human condition and the impact of trauma. Through these experiences I have come to understand that healing stretches beyond traditional medicine and mental healthcare into what we value as human beings. I have found it effective and rewarding to work with clients and help them develop their understanding of themselves and their particular strengths and challenges through this lens. My work with clients starts from a place of understanding and empathy. From this foundation we join together to work towards goals, define personal values, and live a purposeful and meaningful life. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and management of chronic illness.
Chrissy Raines, Ph.D.
Growing up, I was always fascinated (and confused!) by the differences between myself and my younger brother. How could two people who grew up in the same household and are genetically so similar have such different personalities, interests, and abilities? During an AP Psychology course in high school, I was introduced to theories of development, personality, learning, and social behavior that helped me appreciate the complexities of this question. My love for clinical psychology developed from this exploration, as I leapt at the opportunity to channel my curiosity about individual differences into learning and applying techniques that can help families better understand and manage emotional or behavioral challenges. In my work with children, adolescents, and their families, I strive to get to know each individual’s unique strengths, challenges, and goals so that we can collaboratively develop a treatment plan to meet your needs. From coaching and modeling behavior management techniques with parents, to identifying and challenging unhelpful negative thoughts with adolescents and young adults, I love having the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals each day.
Andrea Umbach, Psy.D.
When people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I don't think I had any chance of making an accurate prediction. I never would have guessed I would be spending my time touching every doorknob in the office, laying on bathroom floors, holding snakes, stomping on cracks in the sidewalk, riding the elevator for 30 minutes, playing with needles, saying intrusive thoughts out loud, or making mistakes on purpose. I also never could have guessed how much I would enjoy doing it. I am privileged to spend my days helping people better understand their anxiety and how to overcome it. To take risks, test limits, and learn they can do things that might feel really scary or uncomfortable. Exposure and response prevention is a key ingredient in cognitive behavioral therapy, proven to get people unstuck by facing their fears. In my own life, I try to approach new, different, or challenging situations, because I have had a lot of practice doing things that make me uncomfortable. I aim to challenge others to do the things they are afraid of because I know they can learn to do the same.
Client Services / Marketing Coordinator
Hi, I’m Caty Weihl (pronounced Katey Wheel). I joined BASE because I have a deep heart for serving others and would even do this job if I won the lottery! My friends say I am a grandmother trapped in the body of a 20-something; I love to spend my free time being a homebody: crocheting, coloring, and playing games. I just moved to the Charlotte area, so I’m still exploring and learning my way around town. Feel free to give me your favorite restaurant recommendations, and please understand when I am not sure about directions. Whenever I have some vacation time, I like to travel, hike, and camp. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Public Relations.