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A Little Counseling, PLLC


A Little Counseling was founded in August 2017 by Bri-Ann Richter-Abitol. Bri-Ann's purpose in opening "A Little Counseling" is to help individuals better themselves through counseling in a non-intimidating environment. A Little Counseling specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. It is our mission to help break the stigma that is sometimes associated with counseling. We are all human and deal with everyday life issues on a daily basis. Getting "A Little Counseling" can have a lasting effect in making everyday life a little smoother.

Bri-Ann Richter-Abitol, LPC, LMHC

Bri-Ann Richter-Abitol, MS, LCMHC-S, LMHC

Counseling Program Director & Clinical Supervisor

Bri-Ann is a graduate of Long Island University, C.W. Post's CACREP Certified Master's program in School Counseling with an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She graduated as a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society which recognizes high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the field of counseling. She has many years of experience interning and working with children in schools and in a psychiatric inpatient unit. Her proudest and closest to heart experience was training and working under Jeffrey A. Roosa, LCSWR of Roosa Counseling Services, where she served as a Staff Therapist. Bri-Ann saw adults and couples on top of working with Jeff in his successful play therapy program.

Bri-Ann has always held an interest in the counseling field and helping people. Dating back to her childhood, she could be found pretending to have her own practice and clients. During her time as an undergraduate in Psychology at the University at Albany, she was accepted by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Hotline Program where she helped students cope with emotional, social and other life issues. Although a career in counseling was never a question, Bri-Ann was a dancer for over 18 years and a choreographer for the University Dance Council in college. She loves Disney, coffee, driving in the car, decorating and making spaces look pretty!

Bri-Ann’s true passion (besides her two little girls) is anxiety. She says "Anxiety counseling really is our jam! I don’t like that so many people struggle with anxiety, but we believe “you got this!" She has committed her practice and career to helping individuals overcome their anxiety. Bri-Ann strongly believes in the benefits of counseling. She loves to provide individual and group counseling to kids in the play therapy and adolescent counseling program; and she feels incredibly lucky to work with an awesome team of counselors! 😊

Accepting Children & Adolescents for Play Therapy

Meet Bri-Ann

Emily Jurries, LCMHC, CRC

Emily Jurries, MS, LCMHC, CRC

Manager and Staff Therapist

Emily received a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She spent six years conducting research and working in a clinical setting with young children and adolescents experiencing stressful life situations and a variety of mood disorders. Emily further strengthened her skills during an internship in Raleigh where she provided counseling services to adolescents and adults. She enjoys counseling individuals of all ages: and all cultures including people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Emily was inspired to become a mental health counselor by seeing her mother’s success as a children’s counselor. She saw the positive impact her mother had on families and realized that becoming a counselor and being there for people when they need it most would fulfill her career goals. Emily strongly believes in the power of recreation for improving overall mental health. She loves the outdoors, her adorable dog “Manny” and has recently taken up the guitar!

After reading the A Little Counseling website, Emily instantly connected with Bri-Ann’s ideals of therapy and reached out to join the team. Emily is also very passionate about helping individuals with their anxiety! She believes anxiety and depression are incredibly common concerns that often accompany transitions, stressors or come out of the blue. Regardless of the severity, she believes that there is always room to help you feel more secure with yourself and others!

In addition to seeing adults, Emily is working directly with Bri-Ann in the play therapy program.

Meet Emily

Lindsay Cayton, MS

Lyndsay Cayton, MS, LCMHC

Staff Therapist

Lyndsay graduated with honors from Austin Peay State University’s CACREP Master’s program in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. She spent the past two years enhancing her clinical skills by providing individual and group counseling to adolescents and adults in both in-patient and out-patient facilities. Lyndsay enjoys counseling individuals of all ages, particularly children and adolescents!

Lyndsay’s desire to make a difference in the lives of others motivated her to become a mental health counselor. She finds the counseling field extremely rewarding and it brings her happiness to see clients make progress on their journey. In addition to counseling, Lyndsay loves spending time with her family. She is a military spouse with two children and two dogs. In her spare time, she plays sports and likes to be outside. Cool fact, she previously played softball and traveled all over the US competing in tournaments and even The World Series three times!

Lyndsay felt right at home at her initial visit to A Little Counseling. “I felt a sense of family here -- they chose me just as much as I chose them! I am eager and excited to further my knowledge and implement what I have learned thus far! I look forward to working with an incredible team and can’t wait for it to begin.”

Meet Lyndsay

Angela Florimo York, LPCA

Angela Florimo York, MS, LCMHCA

Staff Therapist

Angela graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete her coursework toward LPC licensure at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Angela’s graduate education, internships and work experience have prepared her as a professional in assessing and counseling preschool age children through young adulthood. She has worked in community based mental health, an early intervention center and school-based therapy. Angela provides counseling to individuals of all ages and especially loves working with children and adolescents.

Angela’s desire to help others led her to become a mental health counselor. She has dedicated her career thus far to empowering children and adolescents, motivating them towards their goals, achieving independence and gaining greater life satisfaction. Angela desires to continue on her career path of guiding others towards a more fulfilling and successful life. Aside from counseling, she loves living in North Carolina with her husband, toy poodle Beau and golden doodle Maisie Mae!

Angela instantly connected to the mission of A Little Counseling and acknowledges that anxiety is a common struggle that many people deal with. The laid back atmosphere made her feel comfortable and relaxed, two things she believes every client should feel when they come to counseling.

Accepting New Clients with Select Insurances, Please Call for List

Meet Angela

Victoria Cannella, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

Victoria Cannella, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

Staff Therapist

Victoria graduated from The University of Colorado with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a National Certified Counselor and graduated a member of the professional honor society, Chi Sigma Iota. Victoria spent five years growing her counseling skills working in foster care with children, adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, trauma and other mental health struggles. Victoria provides counseling to individuals of all ages and particularly enjoys working with children.

Victoria grew up with a strong support system which she credits as being the key to her life achievements. Her appreciation for the people who positively influenced her life shaped her decision to become a counselor and help others achieve their goals. Victoria grew up in the Colorado mountains and loves the outdoors. She spends most of her free time hiking with her husband and dogs, crafting and organizing! Victoria is outgoing and enjoys meeting new people. The opportunity to connect with others brings her genuine happiness.

Victoria’s interest in working with individuals struggling with anxiety has continued to grow throughout her career. So naturally a practice dedicated to anxiety was an immediate good fit.“ When I came across A Little Counseling, I heard the passion that Bri-Ann had for her practice and for her clients. That showed me how much I wanted to be a part of helping clients, just as she has been doing. I know that I can be an extra support for others who are struggling in their lives.”

Accepting New Clients with Select Insurances, Please Call for List

Meet Victoria

Allison Clark

Allison Clark, MS, LCMHCA

Staff Therapist

Allison graduated from The University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill’s Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. She spent the last few years developing her skills at the UNC Health & Pain Management Center and at a private practice where she provided counseling to children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD. Allison works with individuals of all ages but particularly enjoys working with children!

Allison is driven to help and motivate others to make positive changes in their lives. This led her to a career as a mental health counselor. She’s passionate about destigmatizing mental health concerns and creating an open dialogue about it in our community. In addition to counseling, Allision loves spending time outdoors, staying active through running and yoga, along with trying out new recipes.

During Allison’s clinical internship, she saw the impact anxiety had on her clients’ lives and developed an interest in helping them manage their symptoms. When she learned about A Little Counseling, Allison knew this practice would be a good match! “When I visited the practice, I knew I wanted to be a part of this team because the atmosphere is so welcoming and calming. I could see Bri-Ann’s passion for helping individuals with anxiety, which connects with my own. I believe in this environment I will be able to create a safe and supportive space for each client to achieve their goals.”

Accepting New Clients with Select Insurances, Please Call for List

Meet Allison

Lauren Mars

Lauren Mars, MS

Staff Therapist in Training

Lauren received a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University’s CACREP certified program. She graduated a member of the professional honor society, Chi Sigma Iota.

Lauren joins our team with experience interning at a private practice in New York where she helped individuals cope with anxiety, phobias, depression, OCD and eating disorders. Lauren has worked with children and young adults with autism and special needs. She was a teacher assistant in a special education school and volunteered as a peer mentor for college students with autism. Lauren works with individuals of all ages.

Life experiences guided Lauren’s decision to enter the field of counseling. She knew from a young age that she was passionate about mental health and wanted to go into a helping profession. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, playing with her dogs and trying out new healthy recipes!

“What I loved most upon reading and visiting A Little Counseling was its focus on helping individuals understand, cope and overcome anxiety in a quiet and comfortable setting for young people and adults alike.” Welcome to our team Lauren!

Meet Lauren

Jessica Barham

Jessica Barham

Client Coordinator

Jessica graduated from Alamance Community College with an Associate in Science and Technology/Nursing. She joins our team with 19 years of experience assisting in the medical and mental health fields including 3 years at Duke University Medical Center.

Jessica’s warm and friendly personality is welcoming to clients and their family members. Her strong communication and organizational skills help streamline appointment scheduling. “I feel my role as a Client Coordinator is important when it comes to greeting clients and being the first person they come into contact with. Guiding a client to their first appointment can help ease their anxiety.”

In addition to being a valued member of the ALC team, Jessica is passionate about her family. She and her husband, who is her best friend and biggest supporter, welcomed a baby boy in 2020. She loves camping, the outdoors and retail therapy -- which is her treatment of choice!

Jessica was immediately drawn to the close-knit team and comfortable atmosphere at A Little Counseling. She found "her place!" Jessica loves that ALC is passionate about helping individuals with their anxiety and understands the importance of counseling and treatment. She hopes to make a difference for someone and feels fortunate to work with such a great team of counselors!

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Destiny Jackson

Destiny Jackson

Client Coordinator

Destiny graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from East Carolina University in 2020. She joins our staff with an interest in the mental health field. Destiny studied psychology and sociology while pursuing her undergraduate degree. She has always been passionate about helping others, especially those less fortunate. Her friendly, driven and caring personality are among many positive qualities that make her valued member of our team.

Destiny grew up in North Carolina. She enjoys watching movies, reading books, listening to music and spending time with friends and family. As a Client Coordinator, she enjoys helping client’s feel welcome and understood. Destiny’s goal is to uplift others and spread compassion.

“A Little Counseling stood out to me due to it’s specialty in anxiety counseling and casual environment. I admired the fact that it is a small practice founded by Bri-Ann. It’s mission to break the stigma around counseling to help people better themselves is a cause I would love to assist in.”

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Be Our Guest

Our Office

It was our goal to create a space that is warm, welcoming and appeals to both children and adults. We want our clients to feel comfortable when visiting the office. We invite you to enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee from our "coffee station", watch TV, surf your phone or relax while waiting for your child or appointment. Our staff is friendly and dresses casually, no suits here -- we find this to be helpful when working with children!

Organizations & Memberships

Our Affiliations

We are devoted to bettering our company so we've established affiliations with industry partners. These organizations elevate our services by keeping us informed of new regulations and breakthroughs in our field.

American Counseling Association
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling
North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
Psychology Today - Verified Member

Let's Break the Stigma, We All Have Issues

Everyone Can Benefit from “A Little Counseling”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

A Little Counseling, PLLC open for in-office appointments. We continue to take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat very seriously and we are committed to putting forth our best effort to keeping our office as sanitary as possible. For the safety of our clients and staff we have come up with the following plan which will be carried out until further notice:

While we strive to do everything in our control to keep our office safe. We also kindly ask that anyone with even the smallest symptom of illness call and cancel your appointment or utilize Telehealth sessions. If anyone would like to reschedule their appointment to an earlier time, please call us at 919-296-8100.

Thank you- Bri-Ann Richter-Abitol