Meet Your Team
Britta M. Starke, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Program Director, Addictions Therapist
My name is Britta Starke. I am the Program Director and an Addictions Therapist for this clinic. Since 1997, I have worked with families and individuals who struggle with addiction. My graduate degree is from East Carolina University, and I specialized in Clinical Addiction at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I am a licensed clinical social worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Each of our therapists is qualified to treat co-occurring disorders. UNC Health Care’s motto is “Commitment to Caring.” Our clinic strives to meet and exceed that commitment on a daily basis. I have two primary goals: to provide this clinic with the tools it needs to be as successful as it can be, and most importantly, to help patients feel strengthened and empowered by the treatment they receive here. The first step is yours: Make the call. The healing process will begin with that call.
We utilize a number of therapeutic approaches, and they are as follows, but are not limited to: CBT, DBT, MET, 12 Step facilitation model, and Seeking Safety model, Satir Family Systems Therapy, and Multi-Family Systems Model.
Cameron Burleson MSW, LCSW, CSAC
Clinical Addictions Specialist
I have been practicing social work interventions in North Carolina, Arkansas and Oklahoma since 2001. My areas of interest include treatment for trauma and anxiety-related issues including, survivors of sexual trauma, families and individuals dealing with behavioral challenges and substance abuse. I have conducted presentations on mental health treatment methods to the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Elon University, the Fort Smith (AR) Public School System and Gordon Conwell College among others. I am professionally regarded as an expert in Experiential Therapy and I am one of only a very few professionals working with a Level III Satir Family Systems certification in the field of substance abuse treatment in North Carolina. I hold advanced training certification in Motivational Interviewing, I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my practice. I am a 2001 graduate of The University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill School of Social Work, born and raised in North Carolina.
Medical Support Assistant II
Jeremy Moore, LCSWA, LCASA
Maggie Simpson, LCSWA, LCASA
I am passionate about working with folks holistically and taking into account all of the factors and facets of a person’s life as they work toward recovery. I moved to The Triangle in 2010 from the west coast and have enjoyed working with a wide array of individuals through diverse social work channels. As a Peer Community Health Worker in Durham I connected individuals struggling with homelessness, severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders to care, housing and services. In graduate school, at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, I had the opportunity to intern with a diversion program serving youth who were getting swept into the school-to-prison pipeline. Later, I interned, and later worked with young women and gender non-conforming individuals with co-occurring eating disorders and substance use disorders. I have been published in the national Journal of Ambulatory Care Management for my work integrating physical and mental health care with the homeless population. I had the opportunity to present at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council conference in 2014 on both integrated care and cultural humility and was selected as one of the 2016-2017 NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors. I am particularly passionate about working with individuals struggling with personality disorders, trauma and substance abuse. I utilize Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in my work and believe that my role is to support individuals as they learn about themselves, what they want and figure out how to best get there.
Dan Velez MSW, LCAS, LCSW, CCS-I
Clinical Addictions Specialist
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.
I am always excited to work with patients who have decided to take up recovery as a personal goal. While the road to recovery can often be challenging, the rewards are invaluable. With the right support, recovery can become a way of life. I’ve helped many people, just like you, navigate the road to recovery and build a life worth living. In therapy I utilize various evidence-based models that we can individualize to meet your unique needs. I am trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Satir Family Systems. In addition to working with issues of addiction, I have a special interest in helping patients recover from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. I am affirming of all people and enjoy working with patients who identify as LGBTQIA across the gender spectrum. I also have a background in religious studies and am willing to incorporate your spiritual and religious beliefs into treatment when appropriate.