Dr. Denise Hanson
Dr. Denise Hanson, the founder of Mind Matters, has been providing therapeutic and assessment services to children and adolescents, and families since 1977. She specializes in psycho-educational testing and working with trauma.
Her training includes:
• BA Psychology, 1975 Merrimack College
• MS Clinical Psychology, 1977 Fort Hays University
• Advanced Studies Certificate, Family Therapy, 1984 Assumption College
• Psy.D Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 1996 Antioch Graduate School
• Pre-Post Doctoral Work. McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. (The emphasis was on child and adolescent services, neuropsychology and learning evaluations of children)
Currently she is pursuing a Masters in Christian Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Dr. Hanson is licensed in both Massachusetts and North Carolina and is a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychological Association, and the Cape Fear Psychological Association.
Kristen Williamson, LCSW, LCAS
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.
Kristen earned her Master's in Counseling in 2007 from UNCW and has been practicing in Wilmington for 12 years. She works with children, adolescents and adults using a wide range of therapeutic approaches such as CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing.
She works with clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury as well as transitional life changes, substance use and relational issues. She tends to focus more on the “here and now” and in finding solutions. She believes in the importance of not just talking about feelings, but also in taking action.
Kristen has worked as a mental health therapist with adolescents and teens in a psychiatric residential treatment facility. She has also worked in intensive in home services with parents and their youth to prevent out of home placement. She then transitioned to a school-based health center with a focus on the importance of integrated care. She continues to be part of the school crisis team in New Hanover County.
She has been married for 11 years and has 2 children.
Carolyn Craddock, LCSW, LCAS, CSI, ACSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Clinical Supervisor Intern, Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Carolyn has extensive experience in behavioral health working in community settings, crisis services, as well as inpatient care with families, adults, and youth. In each of these settings she has provided direct practice, supervision, education, and leadership. Her approach is Strengths-based and involves a variety of modalities which include Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and Motivational Interviewing.
In addition to her work at Mind Matters, she is involved in the National Association of Social Workers-North Carolina and teaches courses to the next generation of social work leaders. She looks forward to partnering with you.
Jim Snider, M. Div.
Jim has worked with individuals, couples and families for almost 30 years. His areas of counseling include:
• Family of origin issues and resolving pains of the past
• Marriage, family and divorce
• Addiction and the systems that surround it
• Sexual addiction and pornography
• Sexual Abuse
• Death and dying
• Grief and life Transitions
He earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and also attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Mind Matters, He pastored 4 different churches, all within North Carolina, for 27 years.
He and his wife have 2 married daughters. He enjoys sports a lot, especially college football, and can be found in a spin class, weight room or back yard on his days off.
Jim’s schedule allows for daytime appointments for both men and women Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and early evening Monday through Thursday.
Heather Hughes, LCSW
Heather Hughes earned her Master's in Social Work with a Certificate in Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. She works with young and older adults using a variety of therapeutic modalities that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
Heather shows a sense of compassion and warmth, directness, and a sense of humor as she supports clients to overcome personal barriers, develop a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life, and strive to attain personal goals.
She works with individuals who have experienced anxiety, depression, geriatric-related challenges, caregiver burden, psychosis, low self-esteem, attention difficulties, trauma, life transitions, work/school challenges, and relationship issues. She has worked in both residential and outpatient settings.
Heather and her husband have 3 children. She enjoys sports, especially Clemson football! Is a bit of a foodie and loves some good coffee! She can often be found at the gym or going for a run.