Meet Our Providers
Lorie Ritschel, PhD
Dr. Ritschel is a founding member and co-owner of the TAP Clinic. She is a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating adults and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts and self-injury, personality disorders, trauma, and behavioral dysregulation (e.g., binge eating, impulsivity, oppositional defiant disorders). Dr. Ritschel is a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinician through the Linehan Board and she is a national trainer and consultant of DBT through Behavioral Tech, LLC. Dr. Ritschel is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
Kathryn Byars, PhD
Dr. Byars is a founding member and co-owner of the TAP Clinic. She is a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating adults with mood disturbance, anxiety and perfectionism, suicidal thoughts and self-injury, and trauma. Dr. Byars is a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinician through the Linehan Board and has particular interest in working with young adults. Dr. Byars is also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for traumatic experiences and PTSD.
Dr. Byars most recent love is self-compassion based therapy, which involves learning a more gentle and effective way to relate to ourselves.
Becca Edwards-Powell, LCSW
Becca is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and self-injury. She is a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinician through the Linehan Board, as well as a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist. Becca has also received specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for traumatic experiences.
Daniel Merwin, LPC
Daniel has a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Daniel specializes in using Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to work with people experiencing behavioral difficulties in areas of substance use, mood disturbance, emotion dysregulation, anxiety, emotional over-control, and interpersonal difficulties. His particular area of expertise is co-occurring substance use (SU) and mental health, particularly SU co-occurring with pervasive or treatment-resistant mood or anxiety disorders. While living in Mississippi, Daniel received in-depth training by ACT co-founder Kelly Wilson. He also has extensive training in and experience using other evidence based approaches and interventions including Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT).
Melissa Miller, PhD
Dr. Miller is a licensed psychologist specializing in treating adults with severe emotional dysregulation, personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, and repetitive behavioral problems (e.g., skin picking, hair pulling). She also specializes in providing psychoeducation and skills training to the family members of loved ones with emotion dysregulation. She is expertly trained in a variety of evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs), including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Nicole Turner, LMFT
Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in problematic, out of control behaviors of youth (ages 13 – 17 ½). Additional areas of expertise include: adult anxiety, depression, mood disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-injury and eating disorders (AN, BN, BED). Nicole has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Multisystemic Therapy (MST). She was a clinical supervisor for Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT), an adaptation of MST for youth returning home from secure incarceration. Nicole has been a consultant for a Norway FIT program since 2015, a program designed to support therapists in helping prevent out of home placements of youth by use of parenting interventions and family therapy.
Kirk Mochrie, Post-doctoral Fellow
Kirk is a postdoctoral fellow who specializes in treating a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, substance use, and personality disorders. He has received extensive training working with individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation (i.e., suicidality and self-harm behavior). Moreover, he has experience and passion for working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and with people who struggle with Substance Use Disorders. In addition, he has experience working with individuals who experience chronic health conditions including chronic pain and diabetes through his doctoral training in Clinical Health Psychology. He is expertly trained in delivering evidence-based psychotherapies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Behavioral Activation (BA) for depression.
Sarah Owens, MA
Sarah is a doctoral student in UNC's Clinical Psychology program and one of the TAP Clinic's graduate practicum students for 2018-2019. Sarah has experience in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety and stress, and adolescent substance abuse. She currently co-leads the Emotional Resiliency Group under the supervision of Dr. Byars. During her time at UNC, Sarah has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT) for substance abuse, Behavioral Parent Training, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) with children, adolescents, and young adults.
Maya Massing-Schaffer, MA
Maya is a doctoral student in UNC’s Clinical Psychology program and one of the TAP Clinic’s graduate practicum students for 2019-2020. Maya has experience working with youth and families of adolescents experiencing suicidal thoughts and self-harm. She currently co-leads the Monday evening high school multi-family group under the supervision of Dr. Ritschel. Her other graduate training experiences have included training in safety assessment and crisis management, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety and chronic pain, behavioral parent training, family therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A) with children, adolescents, and their families.
Jennifer Buchholz, MA
Jen is a doctoral student in UNC's Clinical Psychology program and one of the TAP Clinic's graduate practicum students for 2019-2020. Her graduate training experiences have included exposure with response prevention (ERP) for anxiety disorders and OCD, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and adjustment difficulties, and cognitive-behavioral couples therapy for relationship distress. She co-leads two of the Adult DBT Groups, under the supervision of Dr. Miller.
Raelyn Loiselle, MA
Raelyn is a doctoral student in UNC's Clinical Psychology program and one of the TAP Clinic's graduate practicum students for 2019-2020. Her graduate training experiences have included behavioral parent training for children with disruptive behavior disorders and autism spectrum disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression for children, adolescents, and adults, and diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorders. She co-leads the DBT-High School Group with Dr. Mochrie on Thursday evenings.