Virtual and In-Person Treatment Options Available.
Who We Are
Located near the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, Pasadena Villa Outpatient – Triad is here to serve our community with high-quality individualized mental health services to adults 18 and older. We are conveniently located on Highway 68 which makes our center easily accessible to High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem.
Our center is designed with the client in mind. When you enter our doors, you are greeted with serene images, soft lighting, and a soothing color palette to feel grounded and calm. Our goal is to create a safe space for our clients to be vulnerable, feel heard, and heal.
Clients will leave our program with a new set of skills to support their continued growth and journey towards a healthy and independent life. We believe that recovery is non-linear and a journey, not a destination, and we are honored to be a part of that process.
Levels of Care
- Tailored psychotherapy groups meet week to week to ensure they address the client’s needs.
- Group-based with individual psychotherapy, family sessions, and medication management as indicated by the treatment plan.
- Virtual and in-person treatment options available.
- We are an LGBTQ+ affirming environment.
Licensed clinicians with certifications in evidence-based methods provide a whole person approach using:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Seeking Safety Therapy
- Emotional Freedom Techniques
- Music & Expressive Therapy
- Grounding & Mindfulness
- Board-certified psychiatrists oversee treatment, conduct psychiatric evaluations, and offer medical consultation
- Collaboration with community providers that serves as an extension of the client’s treatment team
My time at Pasadena Villa was the best thing, that I never knew I needed… The team makes you feel so welcome on day 1, I was amazed at how naturally I fell into it. I am extremely grateful for the time I got to spend at Pasadena, and would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone in need!
- Grateful Client
Pasadena was very helpful to me. I learned a lot of coping skills and was treated very well. Everybody was so nice and helpful, I strongly recommend this facility to anybody seeking treatment and needing help etc.
- Grateful Client
The entire staff at Pasadena Villa in Greensboro makes your experience welcoming, safe, and meaningful. I felt that I could enter each meeting exactly as I was that day- which at the beginning of treatment was not so good- and feel completely accepted. I felt comfortable being myself, and participating in group. Michele is an excellent group facilitator on top of being a great counselor and teacher of DBT skills. My life was permanently altered for the better because I chose Pasadena Villa. I left with a multitude of applicable life skills, a positive attitude, and self-esteem I had lost years ago. I would highly recommend this facility.
- Grateful Client
Pasadena Villa Outpatient – Triad is in-network with multiple payors including Cigna, Aetna, CBHA, Magellan, and BlueCross BlueShield including BCBS State Health Plan and BCBS plans from across the nation. We also accept out-of-network benefits from other major insurance companies. For those preferring to pay for treatment directly, we offer a private pay rate.
Kristin Cheshire MS, LCMHC, LCASExecutive Director
Mojeed Akintayo, MDSupervising Physician
Jamison Lord DNP, MSN, RNC, PMHNP-BCMental Health Nurse Practioner
Michele Finkelstein, MSW, LCSWAPsychotherapist
Cynthia McSwain, NCC, LCMHC, CCTPPsychotherapist
Amos Fisher, MT, BCMusic Therapist
Amber MastinOffice Coordinator
Dana DeRaimoDirector of Admissions
Michaela Henderson, Clinical InternClinical Mental Health Counseling, Graduate Student
Kristin Cheshire MS, LCMHC, LCAS
Kristin Cheshire comes to Pasadena Villa with a wide variety of clinical and leadership experiences. Kristin got her start in the behavioral health field over 10 years ago as a Mental Health Technician and found a passion for helping individuals recover from recurrent and severe mental health concerns. She has since received her master’s degree at NC Agricultural and Technical State University and is dually licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Addictions Specialist.
Kristin has served in several leadership positions since receiving her licenses with a focus on program and team development. Kristin had a large role in creating programming for both the adolescent and adult units at Cone Behavioral Health Hospital during her tenure and was the Clinical Team Lead for the assessment department for the hospital system. She also served as the Clinical Coordinator for Legacy Freedom Treatment Center in Greensboro and oversaw daily operations, programming, and clinical services. In her most recent position as Team Lead at the Kellin Foundation Kristin was able to drive her team to meet the goals of a national grant source- the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Kristin has extensive clinical experience working in various settings. In her most recent work, Kristin received a certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to work with children who have PTSD symptoms from abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences. Kristin also has extensive experience working with adults with pervasive mental health concerns and has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings providing group and individual therapy.
Mojeed Akintayo, MD
Dr. Akintayo serves as Jamison Lord DNP’s supervising physician for the Triad location. He joins us with a wide range of experience and expertise with a focus in delivering evidence based mental health services and reducing stigma. Dr. Akintayo specializes in working with all ages of clients experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorder, women’s health issue’ relating to mental health, ADHD, autism, depressive disorders, psychosis and bipolar disorders.
Jamison Lord DNP, MSN, RNC, PMHNP-BC
Jamison comes to Pasadena Villa with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field and over 26 years of experience in the medical field. She has worked in various levels of care including inpatient and outpatient settings. Through her work she can help individuals struggling with persistent mental health concerns live fulfilling and independent lives. Jamie Lord also works as an instructor for Duke’s School of Nursing in the MSN Program and the Durham’s Veterans Affair in the VA Nursing Academic Partnership for Graduate Education Program (VANAP-GE).
Michele Finkelstein, MSW, LCSWA
Michele recently relocated to Greensboro from Seattle, Washington where she worked as an outpatient therapist in a community mental health setting. She brings with her a range of experience working with individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorder, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and co-occurring disorders. Michele primarily utilizes a trauma-informed lens to deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Narrative Therapy throughout treatment. She has also had the pleasure to facilitate multiple groups including DBT, Seeking Safety, and Music Therapy. Michele strives to create a collaborative and safe space that is guided by client voice and self-determination.
Prior to her clinical work, Michele has had over ten years of experience working for social justice and grassroots initiatives. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Seattle University and has an undergraduate degree in Peace & Conflict Studies.
Cynthia McSwain, NCC, LCMHC, CCTP
Cynthia completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Certificate Clinical Trauma Professional.
Cynthia’s counseling background is working with adults and children who have experienced emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. During this time, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) techniques (not rostered TFCBT) were primarily used for processing the trauma and developing coping skills to reduce flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and/or depression. She also served as a parent educator for co-parents whose intimate relationship had ended but shared a child(ren). During these sessions, communication, child development, and self-care were taught.
Currently, a variety of techniques and theories are utilized to fit the adult client’s needs and goals. Some of the approaches include techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Psychodynamic Approaches. Cynthia is passionate about helping people move from survival mode to thriving in their life with authenticity, coping skills, and hope!
Amos Fisher, MT, BC
After an adventurous New York City career in all kinds of music and healing arts, Amos Fisher returns to his native NC with music psychotherapy training from the seminal humanistic program at NYU Steinhardt. His style is informed by the evidence-based Nordoff-Robbins improvisational approach, noted in the 1950s for its efficacy with nonverbal, multiply handicapped children; also by such composers as John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and R. Murray Schafer. He is currently launching a private practice in Winston-Salem called Empathetic Resonance Music Therapy, driven by his own foundational theory The Philosophy of Listening.
Under the tutelage of such pioneer music therapists as Alan Turry, Diane Austin, Ken Aigen, and Barbara Hesser, as well as Gestalt Therapy Institute president Frank Bosco, Amos learned to harness his deeply cultivated musicianship, sense of spiritual health, and interpersonal empathy toward reflecting clients’ own musical being back to them, nurturing a new self-awareness and Confidence In Life And Self (Psychospiritual Maturation, Kass, 2015). His clinical experience includes preschool-aged children with hearing impairment and speech delays, acute inpatient adult psychiatry, and adults and children with developmental disabilities, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). From nonverbal to intellectually verbose, Amos’s clients learn to listen to themselves and engage with their world in a new way, in a process ultimately transcendent of words.
Amos believes that music adds dimensionality to therapy, sinking deeper than words or concepts alone. He is excited to offer this as part of the program at Pasadena Villa, at a time when we are all fatigued with isolation from the coVid-19 pandemic. His mission is to create group cohesion in a clinical setting which can grow into the genuine community in the world, fostering mass mental health from where it starts—in the individual’s Listening.
Amber provides administrative support to the Pasadena Villa Outpatient – Triad team as the Office Coordinator. Amber has worked in the mental health field for non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies in some capacity for the last 20 years. In her previous role, she served as the Assistant Executive Director for an adult daycare program that focused on individuals with an IDD diagnosis and mental health concerns. During her professional career, she has worked with both adults and children and has enjoyed making a positive difference in their lives.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her loved ones and her dog Layla, who was a foster fail. A failure, she is proud of. She also loves astronomy and on clear nights, you may find her sitting outside watching the moon, stars, and anything else that may pass by.
Dana comes to Pasadena Villa with experience in behavioral and crisis management, psychiatric case management and program outreach. She has worked with clients through the admissions process to ensure verification of benefits, paperwork completion, and policy and program implementation. Dana has an extensive background in customer service, and has both a personal and professional devotion to the field of mental health. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University.
Michaela Henderson, Clinical Intern
Michaela was born and raised in her home state of Maryland. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland (UMD). At UMD, Michaela was a Supplemental Psychology Instructor for freshman students, and she worked as a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department. Michaela is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health at UNC Greensboro. She currently holds a position working in Crisis Management to support UNCG students experiencing acute mental health stressors. At Pasadena Villa, Michaela is a counselor-trainee, serving as the site’s intern. She is passionate about mental health wellness, psychoeducation, and providing emotional support to those in need.
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