Meet Our Counselors

Clinical Excellence with Clinicians who Care

One great thing about choosing to work with Evolution Wellness is that we have an entire team of clinicians on our staff. That means you’re likely to find the right person to help you achieve your therapy goals right here in our practice. Each of us have unique skills and training to provide care for a diverse range of individuals, so explore our information below or click the links to our full bios. You can get to know us a little better and find the best therapist to help you achieve your goals.

Delaney Avenue Office Team

Amy Phillips

Amy Phillips, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) experienced in working with individuals and families seeking support for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, depression, parenting problems, low self-esteem, emotion regulation and trauma. My ideal client is one who is ready to make changes to accomplish their goals. I can help you learn new skills and behaviors that will help you navigate life’s difficult obstacles and thrive.


Samantha Buford

Samantha Buford, MSW, LCSWA

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA) who graduated with a Master of Social Work from West Virginia University. I spent just short of three years working in Child Welfare for a non-profit organization in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Also, I have experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and families in Wilmington, NC and the surrounding areas. I enjoy helping clients identify things that add meaning and purpose to their lives so that they may still experience joy even in the most difficult times.


Allison Brilhante

Allison “Aleigh” Brilhante, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group settings who have experienced a mental health crisis and are dealing with trauma, depression, and anxiety. My counseling approach is an individualized person-centered view where my clients can explore their own personal growth and development in a safe environment. As a therapist, I am a witness to their growth. I want to make sure every client feels understood, safe, and supported while working together to reach their goals.


Connor Branson, MSW, LCSWA

I am a LCSWA with experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in Statesville and Wilmington, NC. My favorite client is a teen or young adult who is an “overthinker” and is critical of themselves or they feel worthless, hopeless, and helpless when it comes to their outlook on their lives and themselves.I strive to not define an individual by their current or past behaviors and mental illnesses. I use a strengths-based perspective when working with clients to emphasize the positive aspects of their personality.


Meredith Bell

Meredith Bell, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to providing a person-centered, individualized approach to each of my clients. I aim to help people see themselves at their best and recognize the value they bring to their families and communities. Through compassion and healing, I aim to help clients actualize their best life.



Thomas McConnell, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I am passionate about working with clients to overcome depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and self-esteem issues.  I strive to collaborate with clients to feel safe and supported while exploring the challenges they are facing in order to make lasting changes.



Toni D’Anna, MSW, LCSWA

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate with experience as a past program director and therapist working with individuals, families, and couples in Wilmington, NC. I am a solution-based, client-centered clinician that enjoys engaging with clients to help manage or overcome hardships in their daily lives.


Princess Street Office Team


Megan Havel, MS, NCC, LCMHC

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. I work with individuals and couples. I am especially passionate about exploring family conflict and parenting struggles, and I use a strengths-based approach to guide individuals and couples to achieve their therapy goals. Let’s work together to explore your perceptions of yourself, your partner, your family, and the world around you. Then, let’s shake up this point of view, so you can live a more meaningful and satisfying life.



Jeremy Serafin, MA, LCMHC, NCC, CCTP

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have significant experience working with teens, adults, families, and couples. I love helping my clients overcome depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma through helping them make sustainable changes in their lives.


Shie Benisti

Shie Benisti, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I specialize in working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship issues, setting boundaries, intimacy, and sexual concerns.  My therapeutic style is characterized by warmth, empathy, humor, and a caring yet direct approach. I customize my approach to fit each client’s individual needs. I would be honored to be a part of your journey towards your best self.


James Hollingsworth

James Hollingsworth, MS, LCMHC

I am a LCMHC that has experience working with individuals struggling to navigate difficult situations and emotions. My goal is to help individuals and couples recognize and value what’s special in themselves, even sometimes finding their strengths in what appear to be weaknesses.


Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes, M.E.d, LCMHCA, LCASA, NCC

I am a LCMHCA and LCASA with experience working with clients, of all ages, in individual and group therapy settings in Wilmington, NC. As a therapist, I think it is important to create a safe and warm environment so that you feel comfortable processing your feelings.


Market Street Office Team

Tori Morgan

Tori Morgan, MSW, LCSWA

I am an LCSWA in Wilmington, NC with experience working with a variety of populations including children, adolescents, parents, families, and new moms who are just trying to find their way and sort through their life changes. I have worked with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and parenting skills. I help clients who are feeling unmotivated, struggling to control aspects of their day to day life, and are ready to own their story.



Kayla Keyser

Kayla Keyser, MSW, LCSWA

I am a LCSW-A with experience working with adolescents, teens, and adults in Wilmington, NC. I enjoy helping people learn their true authentic self and empower them to be comfortable in who they are. I implement a collaborative approach to help my clients on their path to self-discovery.



Ashley Strack

Ashley Strack, MSW, LCSWA

I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSW-A) experienced in working with a wide variety of clients from children and adolescents through adulthood that have experienced anxiety, trauma, depression, low self-esteem and ADHD. I help clients to navigate conflict and challenges in their life and in their relationships while encouraging individual growth and healing. I also have experience in utilizing EMDR to help clients to process and cope with trauma that they are looking to let go of. 


Melissa Jaworowski

Melissa Jaworowski, MS, LCMHCA

I am a LCMHCA with extensive experience counseling individuals, adolescents and teens. I love seeing the lightbulb go on for clients when they either realize how they can do something differently and better, or have made significant gains on their therapy goals.


Support Staff

Kayla Reilly

Kayla Reilly, CEO

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults and couples. I am knowledgeable about helping couples break out of cycles of anger and fighting. I also support anxious and depressed adults as they work toward achieving real change. I believe that therapy should be collaborative and help people achieve their goals, so I’ll take a solution-focused approach that is personalized to your unique needs and situation. **Not accepting new clients**


Ali Callahan

I am Evolution’s Managing Director. I oversee the day-to-day operations of our offices and manage our team. I ensure that everything in the practice is running smoothly so that we can provide the best client experience possible. I have always been passionate about healthy lifestyles. I promote wellness in the community and have extensive experience working with sustainable food systems in the Wilmington area and beyond. When I’m not working or mastering my yoga skills, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four rescue animals (two dogs and two cats).

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