Our Staff

Sharon Exum (sharon@bareitercc.com)


Sharon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor A wife and mother, she stepped out of a successful corporate career as an engineer and manager to follow her heart for helping others. Her prior career experience gives Sharon distinct insight into how the demands and pressures of corporate culture impact other areas of life. She primarily uses a depth-oriented, family systems perspective to work with individuals struggling with diverse challenges, ranging from temporarily overwhelming stressors to life-altering losses or circumstances, or with those simply wanting to grow personally, relationally or spiritually. She has advanced training in Internal Family Systems and is uniquely trained, as a Christian counselor, to integrate faith and spirituality into therapy if desired by the client. Yet she is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment free from judgment regardless of the client’s beliefs

Sharon is one of only a very few Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists (EFT) in the Charlotte area. EFT focuses on helping couples create a more secure and safe connection in their relationship, which enables them to address their issues of communication. Not only does Sharon specialize in helping couples reconnect using EFT, she also provides premarital counseling.

Kelly Breen Boyce (kelly@bareitercc.com)

Licensed Psychologist

A relationally oriented psychotherapist, Dr. Boyce uses the therapeutic relationship to increase awareness of feelings and patterns of behavior. Being together in a safe, secure and consistent setting allows one to become aware of and work through interpersonal challenges. A candidate in a psychoanalytic training institute, Dr. Boyce has a deep appreciation of the complexities of the mind and how we are impacted by our early experiences. Insight-oriented therapies go beyond symptom reduction, helping the individual to develop inner capacities that can foster a richer, more meaningful life

In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Boyce provides intensive couple’s session (1.5 - 2 hours), which research suggests is more effective than briefer sessions. An AAMFT approved supervisor and LPCS; she also provides supervision and psychological/educational testing for ADHD, cognitive problems, and evaluations for adoption, immigration and diagnosing.

A former seminary professor, Dr. Boyce is uniquely trained to help ministry professionals and others desiring a more robust spirituality, including those who experience questions and doubt. She is particularly interested in helping men address vocational, identity, and relational issues. Other specialities include ADHD, anxiety disorders and complex relational difficulties.

Carol J. Hollandsworth (carol@bareitercc.com)

AAMFT Approved Suervisor

Carol J. Hollandsworth, MA, LPCS, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor (North and South Carolina)

Carol received a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2004. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, and, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor – all in both North and South Carolina. Before pursuing her passion to help people, Carol enjoyed a successful career as a software developer and project leader. She has worked in outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment. She has led groups on conflict, Embracing Life with Hope, Embracing Life with Passion in addition to Experiential Group Therapy. Carol sees individuals, couples and families with a special interest in applying Internal Family Systems to addiction, trauma and other struggles that block people from living life with passion and authenticity. Carol has post graduate training in Internal Family Systems (through Level III), trauma healing (Somatic Experiencing through Level II), Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level II), psychodrama and experiential therapy.

Carol has a passion to foster growth for new counselors towards becoming licensed professionals through clinical supervision for LPC and LMFT designations. In addition to her private practice, Carol provides clinical supervision for counselors in training at clinics in Carolinas Healthcare System as well as for students at Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary.

Lauren Owens (lauren@bareitercc.com)


Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Association for Play Therapy. She graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech in 2010, which has contributed to her holistic approach to counseling, considering the interconnectedness of one’s psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical health on one’s overall well-being and quality of life. She primarily works with children, adolescents, and women and has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, adjusting to changes in life, and identity issues. Lauren is currently pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist and is passionate about using these skills to help children work through challenging life circumstances. She also enjoys working with premarital couples and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator.

Beth Ann Bareiter (beth@bareitercc.com)

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

As founder of Bareiter Counseling Center Beth was passionate about providing a safe nurturing environment for all. Beth continues to be devoted to helping adults, couples, and families face life challenges and find the healing and freedom God desires using a depth-oriented approach. She has been helping individuals, couples and families for the last 30+ years. As a licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist she has been in private practice for 25 years with her prior experience in addiction. Her specialties include addiction, trauma, couples, depression, and anxiety. She has advanced training in Internal Family Systems and advanced couples training with the Gottman Institute. As an AAMFT Approved Supervisor she offers individual and group supervision.

Kara Watson-Cuellar


Kara is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, experienced in substance abuse and mental health since 2001, with a focus on addiction and mood disorders. Kara earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling in 2011 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in human services counseling in 1997 from Liberty University. Some of her more recent experiences have included various ministry opportunities as a missionary teacher and counselor in West Africa and a volunteer and counselor in the Charlotte area surrounding human trafficking, trauma, and addiction. She has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, identity, self-esteem, spirituality, grief, trauma, communication and relationships. She has a passion for counseling couples to improve communication, develop conflict resolution skills and strengthen quality of their relationship. She also offers pre-marital counseling utilizing the prepare and enrich curriculum. Kara has a heart for families that are affected by mental illness, addiction and blended family issues. Her clinical style is eclectic adopting various wholistic approaches while integrating spirituality and theology. This does not mean that clients will be expected to have the same beliefs or be pressured to believe a certain way. She has advanced training in DBT (Dialectic Behavior therapy).