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
Brandon received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) in 2021. In 2022 Brandon pursued the advanced standing Master of Social Work program at UNCP with a commitment for mental health and graduated in May of 2023.
Brandon Couch is a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA) with a strong commitment to helping individuals navigate the complexities of life. With a warm and empathetic approach, Brandon is here to provide support, guidance, and a safe space for people from all walks of life.
With a diverse background and a genuine passion for understanding the human experience, Brandon enjoys working with a wide range of populations across adulthood. His expertise extends to assisting individuals facing various life challenges, but he holds a special place in his heart for adolescents and young adults. Brandon recognizes the unique struggles that these age groups often face, and his goal is to empower them with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and thrive.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Brandon Couch leads a rich and fulfilling life outside of his therapy practice. An avid enthusiast of relaxation, he understands the importance of finding inner peace amidst life's demands. Whether it's a tranquil moment with a good book, a leisurely stroll in nature, or simply enjoying a cup of tea, Brandon values the art of unwinding.
One of Brandon's notable interests is his love for Dungeons & Dragons (DnD). This imaginative role-playing game allows him to combine his creativity and social skills, helping him connect with others on a different level. Not content with just playing the game, Brandon also channels his creativity into crafting DnD dice sets from resin, adding his personal touch to the gaming experience.
Through his professional expertise and personal passions, Brandon Couch strives to create a holistic and compassionate approach to therapy. If you're seeking guidance, support, and a therapist who genuinely cares about your journey, Brandon is here to walk beside you every step of the way.
Jennifer received her bachelors degree from Columbia College in 2002 and went on to pursue her nursing career with 17 years experience in labor and delivery and 3 in sexual assault and child abuse. In 2021, Jennifer completed her Masters of Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner from South College. In 2023, she will obtain her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post masters certificate and is eager to serve as a dually certified FNP and PMHNP.
Jennifer enjoys working with all populations across the lifespan, however, she has a passion for adolescents and young adults, navigating difficult relationships, self-image, and those that struggle with finding their joy and place in life. As a provider, she is known for meeting her patients where they are in life and providing holistic and comprehensive care while showing compassion and empathy to all.
Jennifer, a native of South Carolina. She currently resides in Whispering Pines, NC with her husband, 3 daughters and Labradoodle. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing, making memories with her family, aesthetics, and decorating.