Meet Our Team

Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW

President and Founder; Therapist

Kimberly B. Krueger, MSW, LCSW, aka The Happiness Activator, is a creative genius. She is a life and business coach, gifted therapist, and an overall Happy Life activist. She passionately empowers people worldwide to take action and live a life filled with passion, excitement, and fulfillment. She is the CEO and Founder of Southlake Center, a counseling and coaching practice in NC, Southlake Center for Self Discovery, a disordered eating treatment program, in NC and the creator and developer of many highly successful programs including The Say Yes to Life Total Transformation System, The Emotional Breakthrough Method, The Confidence Breakthrough Method, and The Overcoming Overeating Bootcamp, as well as The Parenting Game Plan- The complete system to help your teenager beat an eating disorder. She has delivered more than 45,000 individual sessions and has helped thousands of people internationally through her life changing programs. She conducts in person sessions, phone sessions, VIP days and intensive retreats.

Although HAPPY now, Kimberly hasn’t always lived her life that way. Kimberly’s ceaseless passion for her work first arose from her own personal recovery journey through an eight year battle with anorexia and bulimia, depression and anxiety. The hard work her recovery required was continually fueled by her determination to triumph over her eating disorder and turn around to help and support others. Post-recovery, she assembled a skilled and compassionate team of professionals who came on board bearing not only impressive credentials but also their own personal recovery experiences. Kimberly believes that your whole life can change with just one decision. And no matter how far down you are or how successful you already are your future can always be taken to a new level.

Today, Kimberly and her team make Southlake Center come to life in the lives of those who are suffering and need to know that recovery help, hope, and support is affordable and accessible.

Her team is trained in her methods, have been handpicked and are available to help you live your best life.

Kimberly received her Bachelors degree in 1989 from North Carolina State University. She then received her Masters of Social Work Degree with a specialization in mental health from East Carolina University. Kimberly is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Social Work, is an intensively-trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) specialist, a Maudsley trained Family based therapist, certified Imago therapist, Internal Family Systems therapist and a Level II certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. She is a certified Life Coach, Certified Self Esteem Coach, and a certified BYS Business Coach. Kimberly has trained with the leading experts in her field and many of her certifications have been received from the program founders themselves. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, International Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals, The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, the National Eating Disorder Association, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

Wendyleigh Bodick, MSW, LCSW


Wendyleigh Bodick graduated from The University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Arts in both English and Spanish and received her Masters in Social Work with a Mental Health Specialty in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a NC state licensed clinical social worker with over 16 years of post graduate experience and two decades in behavioral health. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and The Lake Norman Therapists Network. She has previously worked at United Family Services, Northeast Psychiatric as well as Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare prior to opening and operating her own private practice for nearly the last 10 years. Wendyleigh joined Southlake Counseling in July of 2013 and has been an amazing addition to our staff.

Wendyleigh has worked with individuals and families in the behavioral health field for over 20 years. She has experience working with people along the continuum from crisis situations to individual and family counseling through their journey to healthier lives. She has been trained as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, EMDR and Family Systems Therapist. Wendyleigh is certified in the New Ways for Families program to work with families involved in high conflict divorce. She has extensive trainings in adolescents and family issues, specifically with trauma and mood disorders and as well as substance abuse.

Wendyleigh has an incredible ability to connect with her clients. She believes that there is hope for every individual and tailors her work with her clients to provide an environment for them to reach their potential and believe in the power of change. Wendyleigh has extensive experience working with individuals with mood disorders (such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety) as well as substance abuse, trauma and life transitions. In working with adults and families, she has particular interests in helping them navigate parenting/family issues and behavioral problems with children/teens, ADHD, and Separation and Divorce (including co-parenting). She also has particular experience working with women centered issues including infertility and adoption.

Wendyleigh has specialized her work with adolescent girls over the years and her knack for engaging with them has helped countless young women through struggles and difficulties in their adolescence. Her special ability to work with adolescents who are self harming and engaging in difficult relationships has allowed them the guidance and support to make life alterning changes. Her eclectic approach allows teens to trust and relate to her in a positive and powerful way. She works closely with families to navigate this life transition through the therapeutic process.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and their daughters. Their busy schedules make her a great example of how to multitask with warmth and a sense of humor. She is an active volunteer in a variety of settings and truly believes in giving back to the community and to others.

Julie Callahan, MA, NCC, LPC, RPT


Julie Callahan received her Master of Arts in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Social Work minor, from The University of South Carolina, Columbia as well as a 6-9 Montessori teaching certificate from The Princeton Center for Teacher Education, Princeton, NJ. (PCTE) She is a National Certified Counselor, (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist, (RPT) with training in Child Parent Relationship Training, (CPRT). She holds her Professional Educator’s License for School Counselors, and is also a board member of the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy (NCAPT). In addition, Julie is certified in the New Ways for Families program to work with individuals involved in high conflict divorce.

Julie was a teacher of Montessori elementary education for 15 years and has since transitioned to a school counselor. As a school counselor, she brings experience working with 2 to 18 year olds using Play Therapy, Solution focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Person Centered Counseling. Her style is engaging and positive, creating an environment in which children can learn to build trust, explore the struggles they are experiencing and come up with solutions to improve their health and happiness.  In addition, Julie is certified in the New Ways for Families program to work with individuals involved in high conflict divorce.

As a teacher and school counselor, Julie has worked extensively collaborating with schools and families to meet the child’s needs. She enjoys working with children with learning differences and disabilities. Julie has a passion to help the child that others are challenged with helping. She enjoys working with children and helping them to let others see who they are. Her experience with children with ADHD, Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities. Collaboration with parents to provide guidance and help their child socially, emotionally and/or academically is imperative to the therapy relationship. She works well with parents to ensure they are aware of and a part of a cohesive treatment plan. Julie believes that she and parents are a team working together to help the child get the support they need.

When not working, Julie can often be found walking the dog with her family, enjoying reading and yoga for relaxation.

 Carly M Raimondo, LMFT, LCAS-A


Carly graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a BA in Education in 2005 and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in 2010.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed clinical addictions specialist associate.  Since graduating Carly has worked in a collaborative medical therapy setting, intensive in home, and in Opioid treatment.

Carly believes therapy is essential to living a whole hearted life.  Carly practices from an integrative approach.  She also utilizes a systemic view based on Bowen Family Systems perspective. This means that she sees not only her client in front of her, but also their family, environment, job, lifestyle, friends and spirituality. Carly sees how people are affected and impacted by the environment they live in. During a therapy session, Carly works with clients using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to change thoughts and change behaviors. She also frequently incorporates mindfulness techniques into session.

Carly has worked with all kinds of populations throughout her practice. Carly enjoys working with children, families, couples and individuals. She is passionate about working with couples to improve their communication and strengthen their relationship. Some of the topics she has addressed in couples counseling include: infidelity, finding roles within the relationship, parenting, separation work, co-parenting after separation, intimacy, and conflict management.

Carly also works with families. This includes the whole family, as well as, the various units that make up a family. This is a flexible process that can incorporate kids, parents and extended family. Carly has worked with families on trauma, addictions, infidelity, grief & loss, bereavement, custody, abuse and working with DSS.

Carly also works with individuals struggling with addiction. She is believes strongly in not only supporting the individual struggling with addiction but the family unit as well. She has experience working with individuals addicted to various substances. Carly believes in the therapeutic bond and the importance of the joining process between the client and therapist.

When not working Carly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and traveling.

 Emily Yang, MA, LMFT, LCAS-A


Emily Yang is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in Psychology, and she received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in 2014.

She is a relational and systemic therapist who enjoys working closely with adolescents, adults, couples, and families dealing with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges. She primarily works from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach and believes behavioral patterns can strongly influence our quality of life. She often integrates interventions from different modalities and utilized mindfulness techniques to foster awareness and change.

She specializes in working with trauma and crisis, addictions, and domestic violence. Other areas of practice include anxiety, depression, grief/bereavement, general mood and personality disorders, and relational conflicts.  She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD/trauma. Currently, She is also in-training for Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Radically Open-Dialectic Behavioral Therapy.

Dodi Wicks, RD, LDN, CNSC


Dodi.fwDodi Wicks obtained her Bachelors in Science Degree in Dietetics & Nutrition from Florida International University. She is well versed in all areas of nutrition, and more specifically in nutrition support in adult acute care settings, and in nutrition counseling for those with disordered eating in inpatient and outpatient settings for pediatric and adult populations.

Dodi holds a Board Certification in Nutrition Support and Certificate in Adult Weight Management. Her aspiration for working with individuals with disordered eating has brought her to the Southlake team. In addition, she works at a large greater Charlotte area tertiary care hospital, applying evidenced-based practices to provide vital care for better treatment outcomes.

Dodi enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and showing others how to do the same.

Sean Miller, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA


With experience as a former chaplain, and working with children, adolescents and adults, Sean has a passion for working with people who are experiencing difficulties adapting to life’s changes. Sean has a background in addiction counseling, and enjoys working with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, loss, separation, illness, and relational issues.

Sean works with clients ages fifteen and above, of any sex or gender and the LGBTQ community. He takes a trauma-informed care approach, focusing on your natural strengths and views counseling as an opportunity for personal growth.

Sean views growth as a process. As the zen teacher, Charlotte Jocko Beck says, “Who knows how we should be? We simply do our best, over and over and over.”

Sean’s eclectic and creative approach to counseling is not only influenced by a range of therapeutic approaches, but also from an early background in studying art and studio painting at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Sean studied pastoral counseling at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Sean received his Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Sean views himself as a life-long learner and in his free time enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, watching films and documentaries, as well has a passion for continuous personal growth using the mind and body.

Kimberly Welliver, MA, LPCA, NCC


Kim Welliver graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology in 2013. After completing those degrees, she completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2016. Kim is a North Carolina board certified Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Kim’s clinical experience includes a practicum and internship, both completed with Southlake Counseling. She enjoys working with those who suffer from Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. Kim is certified in the New Ways for Families program and can work with families involved in high conflict divorce.

Kim has an eclectic approach to counseling and she caters to each client’s needs. She has a special focus in applying a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioral perspectives. Kim enjoys working with children as young as 9 years of age, through adulthood.

When not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, going to the lake, and attending sporting events. Kim is also a swim coach for SwimMAC Carolina and can be found on the pool deck in the evenings.

Morgan Rodgers, MA, LPCA


Morgan Rodgers graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Liberty University with a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and a member of the American Counseling Association.

Morgan’s clinical experience includes a Practicum and an Internship, both served at Southlake Counseling. She enjoys working with those who suffer from anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She works with adolescents ages 13 and older and adults.  She also works with families dealing with high conflict divorce and is certified in the New Ways for Families program.

The theoretical orientations that Morgan uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. Morgan uses an eclectic approach to therapy and determines which method is best suited for each client.

When not working, Morgan loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, and attending sporting events.

Suraj Nagarji, MS, LPCA, NCC


Suraj Nagarji graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs in 2010. She later went on to pursue her Master of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology from University of South Carolina Aiken and graduated in 2015. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in North Carolina.

Suraj enjoys working with all ages and specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders, relational challenges, racial identity, mood disorders, personality disorders, anger management, and behavioral challenges. She owes this diverse experience to her time interning at University of South Carolina Aiken’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Aiken, SC working with those experiencing multiple health concerns and life transitions, as well as an internship at Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health in Birmingham, AL where she sparked an interest in working with those on the Autism Spectrum.  In Charlotte, NC she spent time as an Intensive In-Home Therapist working with families and children experiencing behavioral challenges at home and at school.

Suraj’s therapeutic orientation is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to promote the balance of both change and acceptance in life.

In her spare time, Suraj enjoys reading, cooking, exploring new places, and spending time with her family.

Dawn Aquino

Office Manager/Billing Specialist

Dawn is our Office Manager and in a word is AWESOME! There is not enough positive words to express what she brings to our office. Her warmth and genuine concern for our clients is easily felt by all who come into contact with her. Her friendly smile and laugh make working with her a complete joy – one that she extends to each and every client. Dawn provides our team with the professional yet approachable front office staff so that when you walk through our doors, you feel like you matter.

Dawn believes that every client is important and takes her job seriously. Many of our clients comment that she is the icing on the cake here at Southlake. Dawn is skilled at all aspects of our billing department. Her knowledge and ability to work with insurance companies is unparalleled. She can answer most questions and if she doesn’t know the answer, she will research and find the answer. Her smile and consistent positive attitude will make sure that from the minute you walk into our office, you know we all believe in you!

Amanda Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Amanda Thomas joined the Southlake team in September of 2014 and has helped make our front office team complete. Amanda is a key person when it comes to meeting our client’s needs. When you arrive at Southlake, her smiling face and cheerful, positive attitude is a perfect combination with our office manager’s style. She has an incredible knack for being able to coordinate the schedules of our clients and each therapist, finding creative solutions to ensure our clients receive timely appointments. She is responsible for much of the “behind the scenes” work that allows Southlake’s therapists to focus on our #1 priority – our clients! Amanda is also continuing her education to include additional classes for office administration, billing and coding. Amanda is invaluable with her ability to focus when faced with multiple tasks simultaneously. One of Amanda’s greatest attributes is her ability to do all of this while keeping her great sense of humor!

When not at work, Amanda enjoys traveling, being outside, spending time with her new husband, family, and her dogs.