Dr. Krista Nabar (she/her)
Krista Nabar, PsyD, LP, HSPP is the Executive Director of Carolina Sexual Wellness Center. Dr. Nabar is a Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider in Psychology in North Carolina. She is a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and serves on the organization’s Sex Therapy Certification Committee.
Dr. Nabar has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where her interests focused on multiculturalism and diversity in clinical practice. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality where she was trained by some of the field’s foremost researchers and clinicians. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Nabar worked for a year at Project Pathfinder, Inc., an outpatient sex offender treatment program in St. Paul, MN, before relocating to the Triangle.
Dr. Nabar is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). She is also in network with most Aetna and Cigna plans and is a non-participating, non-network provider with many Tricare plans. Dr. Nabar sees clients in our Cary office.
Dr. Nabar’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Dr. Nabar works to create a comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere with her clients as she realizes that it is hard enough to talk to a therapist and even more difficult to talk about sexual matters. She values transparency with her clients and genuinely encourages questions and feedback as they enrich the therapy experience for clients and allow them to be fully engaged in the process. Although trained from a psychodynamic perspective (an approach that involves helping the client gain insight through exploration and analysis of past and present), Dr. Nabar considers herself to be “eclectic,” drawing from a number of therapeutic orientations to address the multifaceted nature of sexual concerns. While her focus has been primarily on treating sexual concerns, she was trained as a generalist and also works with clients who have general mental health concerns, with or without sexual issues.
Dr. Nabar found her professional “home” doing sex therapy as she loves helping people overcome senseless shame and embarrassment while talking about a very important and potentially fulfilling part of life. Outside of work, she loves the Great Outdoors and has a goal of visiting all of the U.S. National Parks at some point in her life. She also loves making things with her hands (art, pottery, and jewelry, to name a few) and finds herself to be a relatively good cook/baker, if she does say so herself. She also loves reading and spending time with friends and loved ones.
Jasmin Ahluwalia, MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Jasmin Ahluwalia, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina State University. Jasmin has worked in various settings, treating diverse mental health challenges such as sexual challenges, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma and PTSD, stress management, time management, and interpersonal conflicts.
Jasmin is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). She is also in network with most Cigna and Aetna plans. Jasmin sees clients in both our Cary and Durham offices.
Jasmin’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Jasmin is passionate about overcoming the stigma related to sex. She is strongly invested in normalizing talking about sex as she champions the idea that sex is normal, healthy, and an integral part of human development. Jasmin strives to provide a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental space for clients to talk about and resolve sexual challenges in their lives. Jasmin’s work is influenced by person-in-environment approach which explores the impact of person’s environment on their sexual, mental, and emotional health along with focus on self-acceptance, self-love, authenticity, and promoting healthy sexuality. She uses talk therapy to explore a client’s intimate thoughts and behavior patterns and utilizes collaborative, educational, and direct approaches to help clients take steps towards developing their healthy sexual selves. Jasmin utilizes a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and cognitive processing therapy.
Jasmin is an animal lover and spends most of her time outside work with her three dogs. Jasmin loves to travel and spends her vacations traveling internationally and exploring different cultures and foods. Jasmin’s other interests include reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Barlow, LMFTA (she/her)
Emily Barlow, LMFTA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and is currently accruing hours towards her full licensure. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University and her Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University. Emily has worked in various settings such as mental health hospitals and private practices and has experience treating a variety of mental health challenges, including sexual concerns, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, emotional regulation, and family/couple conflict. Emily is LGBTQ+ affirming and supports all relationship structures in her work.
Emily is supervised by Dr. Nabar, who is in network with Cigna, and we are able to submit claims to Cigna under Dr. Nabar’s name for her services. She sees clients in both our Cary and Durham offices.
Emily’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Emily has a passion for helping people. She believes in a holistic approach to helping the mind, the body, and the soul. Emily believes that all parts of the self are connected; therefore, when you nurture each one individually, it has a positive effect on your overall well-being. Through mindfulness, movement, and verbal processing, it will be her goal to help you navigate the struggles of life with kindness, empathy, and support.
Emily uses a variety of approaches to help her clients, including solution focused, emotional regulation, and mindfulness, all of which she views through a systemic lens. She strives to make a strong therapeutic connection with her clients, and works to make her clients feel comfortable and seen.
Sex can be an enjoyable and positive part of your life when things are going well. On the other hand, when sex is difficult to talk about or when sex becomes painful or not as frequent as you would like, it can cause tension and frustration within the relationship and within yourself. This is something Emily loves to help individuals and couples through. She doesn’t want sex to be something someone struggles through or is afraid to talk about with their partner. Her hope is through therapy, she can help you get to a place where sex is no longer a source of stress. Emily can help you have open and honest conversations with your partner and with yourself when it comes to sex. She understands it can be vulnerable to discuss your sex life and she will do her best to listen, empathize and be open minded and kind when working with her clients.
Emily wants you to get the most out of therapy when working with her. Her hope is that therapy can lead to you being happier with yourself, and able to boost your confidence and your self love. Every person has strengths and she wants you to find those strengths.
Tim Horvath, MA, LMFT (he/him)
Tim Horvath, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina. He received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in Raleigh and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chapman University in San Diego. Tim is passionate about relationship therapy and sex therapy and has worked in a number of diverse settings with many different populations, including intensive in-home, outpatient, and in home couples therapy..
Tim is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). Tim is also in network with most Cigna and Aetna plans. He sees clients in both our Cary and Durham offices.
Tim’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Tim is passionate about therapy and works together with his clients to address challenges with the goal of finding greater satisfaction, stability, and purpose. The method of therapy Tim practices is based on Systems Theory Psychology, which views an individual’s behavior and mental health in the context of the systems they are a part of — such as their family, workplace, community, gender identity, sexual orientation, or faith group. He strives to create a self-sustaining atmosphere in order to resolve issues together and eventually help you to resolve issues without the assistance of therapy.
Tim is a lifelong learner and with specific interests in human nature, psychology, philosophy, and science. He enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and watching lectures. Tim enjoys both playing and listening to music, playing board games or video games with friends, fishing, and working out.
Chenita Rountree, LCSW, LCAS (she/her)
Chenita Rountree, LCSW, LCAS, is dually licensed in Clinical Social Work and Clinical Addictions. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Children and Families. Her professional path has afforded her the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and crisis facilities in both rural and urban treatment settings. Chenita is skilled in facilitating individual, couples, family, and group therapy sessions.
Chenita is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). Chenita is also in network with most Cigna and Aetna plans. She sees clients in both our Cary and Durham offices.
Chenita’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Entering therapy can be an overwhelming and humbling experience; however, with your motivation and my dedication to building a strong therapeutic alliance, positive movement is possible. Whether your goal is to focus on challenges that you are currently facing or issues from the past, our work will focus on whatever is most central for you.
Chenita operates from a strengths-based perspective, utilizing a person-centered approach to therapy. This allows space to explore the impact of stress on the sexual, mental, and emotional selves of the client while building upon the natural strengths. Her goal is to provide a compassionate, grounding space for adults, couples, and families that will emphasize genuineness, self-acceptance, forgiveness, and the embracing of a healthy sexuality.
Ceara V. Smith, MSW, MPA, LCSWA (she/her)
Ceara V. Smith, MSW, MPA, LCSWA, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in North Carolina, and is currently accruing hours toward full licensure. Ceara received Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ceara’s professional experiences include supporting child survivors of sexual abuse and their families, anti-human trafficking work, and teaching sexual health education.
Ceara is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). She is supervised by Dr. Nabar, who is in network with Cigna, and we are able to submit claims to Cigna under Dr. Nabar’s name for her services. Ceara sees clients in our Cary and Durham offices.
Ceara’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Sexual health is a vital part of our wellbeing although it is sometimes overlooked. Ceara’s mission is to help individuals and couples cultivate and maintain healthy, thriving sex lives and relationships. This may mean diving into issues related to trauma, pleasure, sexual dysfunction, sexual identity, sexual values, and more in an effort to eradicate the stigma and shame that exists in our society around sex.
Ceara’s approach to this work is strengths-focused and informed by the person in environment perspective, meaning that we have to be understood in the context of our surroundings. Ceara believes that therapy works best when it is a collaborative effort to meet goals. Ceara uses talk therapy and psychoeducation to explore and address the thoughts and feelings behind behaviors.
Ceara enjoys reading, writing, binge watching TV, and spending time with loved ones in her personal time.
Meagan Thomas, MS, LCMHCA (she/her)
Meagan Thomas, MS, LCMHCA, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina, and is currently accruing hours toward full licensure.
Meagan received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University. While there, she underwent intensive training and supervision working with individuals, couples, and families addressing a variety of presenting concerns. She completed an internship at an alternative school in Dallas, Texas focusing on groups and individuals. During this internship, she concentrated on varying concerns, including relationship issues, family issues, teen pregnancy, and much more.
Meagan is committed to creating an open, honest, and safe environment to discuss difficult issues. She believes therapy should be a place free of judgement where clients can be their authentic selves.
Meagan is in network with most BCBS PPO plans (but not Blue Value, Local, or Home). She is supervised by Dr. Nabar, who is in network with Cigna, and we are able to submit claims to Cigna under Dr. Nabar’s name for her services. Meagan sees clients in our Cary office.
Meagan’s specializations include but are not limited to:
Meagan views therapy as a collaborative process, and welcomes feedback and working together in each session, to ensure the process is beneficial. Meagan’s approach to therapy is Adlerian, which is based on the premise that people are social beings to be looked at in the context of their environment. She also believes that family systems play an important role in the client’s life, and in relationships. Meagan believes in working together to help understand and improve life, within the social context in which the client lives. She uses a variety of strategies, which may include processing of thoughts and feelings, role play, examining family history and patterns, and homework where appropriate. Meagan believes that all individuals have within themselves the capacity for growth, through understanding their relationships and working on themselves as a whole. Meagan is continuously training and learning more to improve the therapeutic process. Meagan’s interests include sexual issues between partners, finding ways to talk about sex in relationships, feeling more comfortable dealing with sexual issues, infertility, affairs within relationships, and communication regarding a variety of sexual issues, among many others.
Shaterra Williams, Intern (she/her)
Shaterra Williams is a Clinical Intern at CSWC. She is a student in Pfeiffer University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program finishing up her last year. In 2015, Shaterra received her BA in Family and Consumer Sciences from North Carolina Central University with a concentration on Early Childhood Education.
Shaterra brings to her internship a passion for body positivity and self love. She is committed to the idea of individuals fully embracing and loving their bodies. She believes that owning and appreciating one’s body is an important step toward developing and maintaining a vibrant and fulfilling sexuality. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and competency in treating a wide range is issues related to sex, sexuality,and gender at CSWC during her internship. Shaterra’s additional clinical interests include family trauma, play therapy, and women’s issues. Shaterra finds joy in assisting clients along their journeys.
Shaterra is available to see self pay clients and clients at a reduced rate through our Financial Hardship Program.
Shaterra provides a solution focused approach. She naturally aims to focus on the solution while helping clients manage identified problems. Shaterra values a good therapeutic alliance and is big on healthy client-therapist communication.
Shaterra most enjoys sightseeing and journaling. She loves visiting lakes and connecting with her tarot cards for alone time!
AnneMarie Sapko (she/her)
AnneMarie Sapko is CSWC’s Office Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Buffalo and has a background in Human Resources and administration/customer service. AnneMarie is a long-time volunteer with Girl Scouts, most recently as Area Cookie Coordinator for the Cary/Morrisville area, and in her spare time enjoys paper crafting, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Denetra Taylor (she/her)
Denetra Taylor is CSWC’s Intake and Billing Coordinator. Denetra attended Brooklyn College in New York where she obtained her certification in Healthcare Management. Denetra is a Fashion Designer and in her spare time she is a scriptwriter. Denetra enjoys spending time with her friends and family.