MEET OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Philip Couch, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Philip Couch began his career as an accountant for a top 10 accounting firm over 30 years ago. He made a career in the business world, eventually becoming a high-level consultant for large corporations. While he found tremendous success in this career, he did not find the fulfillment he was looking for in his work. He had always been a person who enjoyed mentoring others and helping them succeed in their career path. In fact, he would say he enjoyed this more than completing whatever project he was working on within the corporation.
He went back to school at Duke University to obtain his ABSN and his FNP. He has worked on a hospital unit as well as within different specialty clinics. He would tell you he found his place in the medical field. It is meaningful and there is always something new to learn. He had been working in Laurinburg in an Internal Medicine clinic when he and his wife started talking about opening a clinic that would blend both medicine and mental health care. He became increasingly excited about how this type of clinic could provide better care for his patients.
Philip is a provider who cares deeply for those who come to him for care. He wants to provide the most comprehensive, collaborative and caring treatment possible. He often says, “We want to treat each client like we would like to be treated by our providers.”
Philip is on the following insurance panels: BCBS, Cigna, First Carolina Care, Humana Health Plan, Medicare Advantage/First Medicare, Medicare Advantage/Humana, Medicare and United HealthCare.
Susan Couch, LCSW
Welcome to Serenity where our goal is to help you discover how to live a more peaceful life. Susan’s top priority is working collaboratively with her clients. She believes in being curious about why people develop certain behaviors and helping individuals understand there is a reason we “do what we do”. If we can become aware of why we do something we have the ability to change it if we want to move in another direction. Susan has never believed in the adage “once you reach a certain age you can no longer change.” One of Susan’s strengths is to develop a meaningful relationship with all of her client by providing a safe place to express themselves without judgement. Susan believes we are all unique and require solutions that are “custom based and client driven” to help an individual or couple grow.
Traumatic events happen to us all and can negatively impact our ability to experience joy, restricting our capacity to love and care for ourselves. Susan has expertise in dealing with those who have experienced severe trauma. She has gained great insight and knowledge learning about and working with individuals who may suffer from DID, PTSD, Complex Trauma and other conditions that can result from a history of trauma.
As a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Susan is Certified in Brainspotting, Certified FOCUS provider, and Certified Safe and Sound Protocol Clinician. Safe and Sound Protocol is a research-based listening intervention to improve social engagement. She is also trained in DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy.
Most importantly Susan loves what she does and her enthusiasm for change can be motivation enough. She celebrates those “hard wins” with her clients and is dedicated to helping those who see her achieve their therapeutic goals.
She is on the following insurance panels: BCBS, BCBS State Plan, Cigna, First Carolina Care, First Medicare, and Medicare
Katie is a board-certified nurse practitioner, and knew she had a passion for healthcare at an early age. At 15, she became a nursing assistant and started working in nursing homes and hospital settings. This passion continued as she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. As a registered nurse, Katie worked in various specialties until she decided to continue her education and knowledge by becoming a family nurse practitioner. She earned her master’s degree in Nursing Science from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska. As a family nurse practitioner, Katie ran a rural healthcare clinic and worked in hospitals, but quickly found her niche in psychiatry. She has experience in a variety of different psychiatric treatment settings. Katie is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Duke University.
Katie strives to meet clients where they are and enjoys helping clients identify their own treatment goals. She encourages her clients to be active participants in their care and tailors client treatment plans to individual client needs. Katie likes collaborating with other health professionals; she seeks common goals to maximize the overall health and wellbeing of her clients.
"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." -Maya Angelou