Jamie L. Cheveralls
Company: LKN Counselors, PLLC
Position: Owner & Executive Director
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
New Orleans, LA
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I was born & raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. The experience of living in post-Katrina New Orleans changed the course of my life forever, ultimately setting me on the course to become both a clinician and entrepreneur. I attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA and studied Psychology. The entrepreneurial spirit and opportunities presented to me at Northeastern ultimately lead to my passion to pursue private practice.
Having experienced life in the extreme climates of both New Orleans and Boston, I was searching for a moderate climate for graduate school and ultimately came to North Carolina. I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from UNC.
My passion is a holistic health experience that incorporates both mind and body. Having seen the effects of trauma and stress during Hurricane Katrina first hand, I knew the importance of integrating holistic services and wanted to offer those services to my community. I opened LKN Counselors, PLLC and work with a team of specialists to offer play therapy for children, clinical mental health counseling for teens, adults, couples, and families, nutrition counseling, alpha-stem, therapeutic yoga, and massage therapy.
In addition to my clinical work, my personal and professional passion for advocacy has led to me to several other volunteer positions that allow me to incorporate my passions for travel. I currently serve on the Young Alumni Advisory Board for Northeastern University and enjoy traveling back to campus in Boston frequently.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
As a counselor, I consider a large part of my work to be advocacy. Given my passion for holistic health, I enjoy partnering with organizations that support both the physical and mental health of the populations they serve.
My passion is educating others about the connection between mental and physical health. So, any opportunity to speak to the impact and connection of stress, anxiety, depression, autoimmune diseases etc. and the repercussions on the body and mind are exciting for me.
I am particularly passionate about women’s health issues and advocacy for the LGBT community. I work with many survivors of sexual assault and specialize in working with transgender clients, so the client base that I serve greatly impacts my advocacy work in these areas.
Lake Norman Counselors is unique in our ability to offer holistic services that support mental and physical health, so promoting those services, connecting with populations and organizations that would benefit from them, and educating the community are ways that I enjoy staying actively involved.
I am also deeply committed to maintaining ethics for counselors and have presented at national conferences and often return to UNC to teach Master’s level skills courses that include topics on ethics and starting a private practice.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
2012: Jim Patterson Scholarship Recipient
2012 & 2013: Graduate School Scholarship Award for Excellence
2013: McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse Scholarship Recipient
2014: Nationally Board-Certified Counselor
2017: Northeastern Young Alumni Board Member
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
I enjoy spending time on Lake Norman with my husband & dogs. I love hot yoga. I enjoy Cajun cooking. I also enjoy live music and traveling as often as I can. Within the last few months, I have been to NYC, Boston, Philly, Asheville, and New Orleans!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
I am excited to see LKN Counselors, PLLC continue to expand and grow. One of our counselors is particularly passionate about horses and grew up riding, so I would love to add equine-assisted therapy to our list of services in the near future and partner with a local farm. I would also love to continue to see how we can further the mind, body connection and add holistic services that would benefit our clients. If we can make treatment more convenient and affordable by offering services in house, clients are more likely to follow treatment recommendations and be compliant. So I hope to continue to offer excellent, evidence-based treatment options for our community.
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I love to travel and enjoy fine dining, which has become significantly harder since my Celiac diagnosis. So I have a number of “Celiac-friendly” cities on my bucket-list – the two I’m most excited about visiting are Ireland and Portland, OR.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
August of 2016 when I went to England and was able to sit front row at Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on my birthday – it was absolutely incredible!
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
Good seasoning is in my blood. I’ve never had a Bloody Mary at a restaurant better than the one I make myself. My secret is my family’s seasoning (Tony Chachere’s) and celery salt – works every time!
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My clients are my heroes and inspiration. I am constantly impressed and humbled by their willingness to be so open and vulnerable during the therapeutic process. I love my clinical work – it motivates and drives me. And my clients are the root of all that I do. Their progress, strength, and growth is encouraging and inspiring. I have met so many amazing people in my work. They are my heroes.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Circle by Dave Eggers
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
The Disaster Artist
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
I went to Jazzfest in New Orleans and got to see Aerosmith, Better than Ezra, Cage the Elephant, Cowboy Mouth, Kermit Ruffins, and Trombone Shorty, all of whom were amazing!