Tara Chandler is a 2000 graduate of Antioch College, a cooperative education university that engages students to work as part of the learning experience. Through several cooperative educational experiences, Tara realized her interest in the human service field. After working for Big Brother Big Sisters and then, as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician, Tara enrolled in UNC Chapel Hill’s graduate school program where she earned her MSW in 2006. During her tenure at Chapel Hill, Tara was twice awarded the Child Welfare Scholar award and subsequently began her 9-year career in Child Welfare Services. During this time, she designed and wrote the Kinship Care Manual, developed to support caregivers who often struggle with logistical, legal, and financial support when caring for family members. This manual won the Innovative Practice by a Child Welfare Scholar award in 2007 and is still in use today.
Tara began her mental health career in 2012 and co-founded ACAPS in 2014. Currently the Clinical Director for Therapy Services, Tara spends a great deal of her time developing, managing and building the department. She has finished her training with EMDR Consulting and currently coaches, consults, and certifies clinicians in EMDR therapy. Tara has engaged in a variety of presentations and consulting roles with several different organizations. She enjoys working with LGBT+ populations, entrepreneurial mental health, and with those new to caregiving or parenting roles.
Elizabeth Burgess grew up in Charlotte where she attended a variety of public, private, and home-based schools. She dropped out of school after completing 10th grade, earned her GED, and began college at the age of 16. Four years later, Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a focus in Outdoor Education and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy from Warren Wilson College. After five years of providing individual supports to residents of local group homes, she returned to school to pursue a Masters in Social Work. Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2008.
Elizabeth’s work experience has included service to people of all ages – from newborns to elders who have celebrated their 100th birthday. She has worked in schools, offices, homes, health departments, hospitals, hospices, jails, homeless shelters, detoxification centers, and locked psychiatric stabilization units. She specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and she is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
In addition to her work as an outpatient therapist, Elizabeth has also worked for local government organizations to assure compliance with laws, administrative code, and federal regulations that govern how behavioral health supports are provided and is a certified investigator of ethics complaints. Elizabeth currently serves as a field placement supervisor for various MSW programs in North Carolina and Tennessee and is the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Chelsea Randall earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University Seattle. She completed her internship with Clemson University Counseling and Psychological Services, where she joined the trauma treatment team and served clients with a history of sexual, developmental, and complex traumas. In addition, she has conducted psychological evaluations for children and adults referred for various developmental, educational, and behavioral concerns.
In her therapy practice, Dr. Randall has particular interests in working through trauma, relational difficulties, anxiety, interpersonal betrayal, anger, depression, gender transition, and identity development. She additionally enjoys working with individuals of diverse sexual and gender identities, including the LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dr. Randall uses psychodynamic, attachment, trauma-informed, and cognitive behavioral theories in her work with therapy clients. She views the therapy relationship as authentic and a key part of the healing process through an attachment lens. She seeks to collaborate with her clients to support them in forming greater self-awareness, empowerment, and connection.