Meet Your Team
Dan Velez MSW, LCAS, LCSW, CCS-I
I have been working in the field of addictions and social work in North Carolina since 2012. After graduating from the University Of North Carolina School of Social Work, my professional experience has included outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, medication-assisted treatment, working with the justice system and drug treatment courts, and integrated medical and behavioral healthcare. My primary areas of interest and expertise include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders, along with co-occurring disorders and how these experiences are effected by substance abuse and/or behavioral addictions and compulsions.
I have received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, and utilize these therapies in my practice. I also provide or aid in providing clinical supervision to our various social work, counseling, and addictions interns. Lastly, I perform substance abuse assessments for those who have received a DWI.
Heather Gallagher, LCMHC, LCAS
Clinical Addictions Specialist
I began my professional career in the field of mental health before transitioning into the field of substance abuse counseling. I graduated with a degree in substance abuse and clinical counseling and have now been working as a professional counselor since 2014. I utilize a number of modalities while working with others, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Seeking Safety.
I enjoy working from a holistic model, viewing the mind-body connection, while working towards recovery. In addition to working with issues of addiction, I have a special interest in helping patients work through depression, anxiety, behavioral addictions, and trauma. As a therapist, I view my role as supportive and collaborative. I hope to join alongside patients to navigate recovery, meet their own unique needs, and build a life worth living. Lastly, I also perform substance abuse assessments for those who have received a DWI.
Jamie P. Ingram, LCSW, LCAS
Clinical Addictions Specialist
I have fifteen years of social work experience working in a variety of settings. I began my career in Child Welfare working for Orange County DSS for nearly six years. My time there gave me a solid foundation and invaluable knowledge and understanding of the effects substance use disorders could have on children and families. I furthered my clinical knowledge when I became a Crisis Counselor for the Town of Chapel Hill Police Department. Being a Crisis Counselor gave me the unique experience of working in conjunction with law enforcement using CIT interventions for the citizens of Chapel Hill. I have facilitated parenting groups utilizing the “Strengthening Families Program” curriculum for two entities that provided addiction services to women and their children. I also spent some time as an Intensive In-home Therapist working with youth. I became a member of the UNC Health Care team in September 2011 as an Inpatient Social Worker for the Clinical Care Management Department until joining the UNC ASAP team in February 2019 to focus on my interest in addictions.
I provide therapy by engaging clients from a strengths-based perspective using modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, and others. I believe we all have something to offer ourselves and others, even if we need help discovering what those strengths are. I identify with the words of Brene Brown who said, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, accountability and authenticity.” To build trust and rapport you need at least a sprinkle of each. Recently a client described me as “objective, empathetic, relatable, realistic and honest.” I am recognized as one of the distinguished Diversity Leaders within UNC Health Care system through the Center for Leadership Excellence.
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from North Carolina Central University in 2002, Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 and will begin my studies towards a Doctorate in Social Work through Tulane University School of Social Work’s online DSW program beginning January 2020.
Corey Pitts, MA, LCMHC, LCAS
Clinical Addictions Specialist
I have passions for not only working with individuals dealing with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders, but also, ambitions to aid in discovery of a person’s true colors through counseling. I completed both my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. I moved to the area to not only broaden horizons as they relate to treatment options, but also, to provide support and education for ways in which advocacy and enhancements in treatment outcomes can be maintained and improved for overall client care. I have been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 2016, completing an internship for my graduate program at Piedmont Counseling and Development Group in Hickory, NC. My more recent experience stems from work at Mcleod Addictive Disease Center in Hickory, which provides Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. I have expertise in providing a combination of services, including individual and group counseling sessions, assessments, and intakes.
Combined with my expertise in counseling, I have interests and motivations to be an educator for other professionals, as well as clients. Knowledge is power, and the more you become aware of inner processes and language, the better able you will be in navigating all of life’s pursuits. Although I consider myself to be eclectic, I tend to utilize several treatment approaches, including Jungian psychoanalysis, Glasser’s Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, as well as CBT/DBT techniques, and Motivational Interviewing. I encourage all individuals to take hold of their palates, and make efforts to define how they plan on creating their masterpiece, regardless of the challenges they may face.
Cecil “Jay” Garrison, LCSW, LCAS
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of North Carolina having moved here from Northern Virginia. In the four years before coming to North Carolina I worked as a clinical social worker (substance abuse) at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s Residential Treatment Facility in Fort Belvoir, Virgina. During my time at the hospital I provided direct clinical services to active duty service members experiencing problems with substance abuse and other behavioral health issues to include depression, anxiety and PTSD. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Prior to coming to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital I worked for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s Alcohol and Drug Services in Fairfax County for over 24 years. During my tenure with the CSB I worked in administrative positions, youth residential, supportive housing and Day Treatment programing for repeat drug offenders referred by the Courts. During my last 14 years with the CSB I served as the Continuing Care Coordinator at A New Beginning, a 30 bed residential substance abuse treatment program for adults residing in Fairfax County.
My approach to counseling is Cognitive Behavioral but I also am trained in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, Trauma Informed Therapy and 12 Step facilitation.