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).

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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.​​

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Christopher Sheppard, PhD 

Dr. Sheppard is a co-owner of the TAP clinic. He specializes in empirically supported treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, substance use, trauma, and couples relationship distress. Broadly trained to treat individuals across the lifespan, Dr. Sheppard works with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Sheppard is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive-behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

 

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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. 

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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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Chloe Zachary, Post-doctoral Fellow 

Chloe is a postdoctoral fellow who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation and trauma in youth and adults. Moreover, she has extensive experience coaching caregivers of toddlers, children and adolescents. Dr. Zachary blends her advanced training in DBT-A, parent training and Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy to help caregivers more effectively respond to challenging behaviors in youth, including suicidality and emotion dysregulation. She is trained in delivering an array of evidence-based psychotherapies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Behavioral Parent Training (BPT). 

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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 2019-2021, under the supervision of Dr. Byars. 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 currently co-leads the Wednesday evening Adult DBT group and the Thursday evening high-school multi-family group.

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 2019-2021, under the supervision of Dr. Ritschel. 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 currently co-leads the Wednesday middle-school DBT multifamily group and the Monday high-school DBT multi-family group.

Alexandra Miller, MA

Ale is a doctoral student in UNC's Clinical Psychology program and one of the TAP Clinic's graduate practicum students for 2020-2021. Her graduate training experiences have included cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, brief therapy for college students, and exposure with response prevention (ERP) for anxiety disorders. She currently co-leads the Adult DBT Groups on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. 

Anais Rodriguez-Thompson, MA

Anais is a doctoral student in UNC’s Clinical Psychology program and is one of the TAP Clinic’s graduate practicum students for 2020-2021. Her graduate training experiences have included cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, exposure treatment for anxiety disorders, psychotherapy with transgender youth, and interpersonal therapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A). She currently co-leads the high school multi-family groups on Mondays and Thursdays. 

5726 Fayetteville Rd

Suite 101

Durham, NC 27713

Phone:  919-237-3321

Email: info@tapclinicnc.com

Fax: 919-287-2829