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Focus Centers, PLLC, is a mental health organization, registered with the North Carolina Psychology Board. Focus Centers utilizes state-of-the art neuro-technology, psychotherapy and computer-assisted training to help clients successfully overcome emotional, behavioral, neurological, stress, developmental and learning disorders.

Focus Centers is staffed by experienced professionals with postgraduate education in a wide range of studies, all with additional training and education in the field of psychophysiology and the use of neuro-technology. Although Focus Centers provides services out of a central facility in Asheville, we also operate neurofeedback offices on the campus of a public school (K-8), a private school (K-12), a specialized boarding school for ADHD students and an adult residential facility for trauma recovery. 




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Phil Ellis, Ph.D., Board Certified in Neurofeedback, BCIA Fellow
Director

Focus Centers of Asheville, PLLC

Phil Ellis is licensed as a Psychologist in North Carolina. He has over thirty years of experience providing clinical services to adults and children. He is licensed as a Psychologist in North Carolina and serves as the Director of Focus Centers of Asheville, a clinic that combines neurotechnology with traditional mental health services. Dr Ellis is also considered an expert in the use of Biofeedback and other brain-based technologies that address problems in both mental and physical health. He is an Associate Fellow of BCIA, Board Certified in Neurofeedback. He and his staff operate biofeedback labs on the campus of public and private schools (K-12), a therapeutic boarding school for boys with ADHD and an adult mental health residential treatment facility. It is the desire of Dr. Ellis to develop services that promote optimal health by integrating psychophysiology, education and mental health.
 


Chuck Flagler, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Flagler is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years experience providing mental health services specializing in psychological evaluations, psychotherapy, group therapy, clinical hypnosis, behavioral analysis and clinical supervision for a variety of programs serving teens, developmentally disabled children, ADHD youth and adult mental illness. Dr Flagler has also served as the Senior Psychologist at Broughton State Hospital, a North Carolina State Psychiatric facility serving 39 counties. More recently, Dr. Flagler was the Clinical Director for Stone Mountain School, a therapeutic boarding school for boys. Dr. Flagler was hired by Focus Centers of Asheville to provide psychotherapy, neurofeedback, biofeedback, hypnosis, psychological testing and clinical supervision.
 


Megan Simpson, M.S., LPC, BCN

Megan Simpson completed her internship at Focus Centers of Asheville in 2012 and subsequently graduated from Western Carolina University in December with a M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her interest in counseling and neurofeedback spans over a decade and includes her instruction and education at the Autism Treatment Center of America located in Sheffield, MA. This training allowed her to connect with children and adults on the autism spectrum and provided a foundation to help her to work with parents, siblings and caregivers struggling to communicate with those affected. Megan offers psychotherapy and Neurofeedback services at Focus Centers.

 

Tiffany Thompson, M.A., C.B.T., BCN

 

Tiffany Thompson has recently relocated to Asheville after 8 years of clinical practice with a group of professionals in Jacksonville, The Biofeedback Associates of Northeast Florida. Tiffany is Board Certified in Neurofeedback with additional training in psychotherapy, nutrition and a specialization as a Marriage & Family Therapist. At Focus Centers of Asheville, Tiffany will be providing qEEG (Brain Mapping) evaluations, Neurofeedback, biofeedback and psychotherapy.



Betsy Comingore, M.S. LPC


Betsy Comingore has been full time with Focus Centers since her internship in 2014 through Western Carolina University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with her Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her past career centered around working with adolescents and their families and she is thrilled to be helping others in a new capacity. Betsy offers psychotherapy with an emphasis on person-centered therapy, neurofeedback, and biofeedback.



Mallory Lovice, M.S.,LPCA

Mallory Lovice has been with Focus Centers since her internship in 2015. She received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina. Mallory has also been trained as a neurofeedback provider. Her previous experience includes over five years of working with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient therapeutic settings. Mallory's approach to counseling comes from a client-centered perspective, while incorporating various other modalities, including but not limited to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commmitment Therapy, Play Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. While her experience includes working with a wide range of disorders, she has received extensive training in treating trauma. Mallory provides psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and biofeedback services at Focus Centers.  


Steve Wollentin, M.S. LPCA

 

Steve Wollentin became interested in neurofeedback during his internship experience and continued to pursue this passion at Focus Centers upon graduating from Western North Carolina University.  Steve holds an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has over a decade of experience in mental health, working with children, adolescents, and adults.  In addition to neurofeedback, his professional interests include mindfulness, positive psychotherapy, ecotherapy, and person-centered therapy.
 


Sue Smith, Office Manager

 
Sue Smith has worked for over 18 years in administrative and clerical roles for local both mental health and substance abuse organizations. The last 10 years of her service has been under the title, of Office Manager. At Focus Centers Sue provides our phone and office reception, appointment scheduling and verification of health insurance benefits.

 

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