Clinical Therapist

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I earned my Bachelor of Social Work from Appalachian State University in 2023. In 2024, I graduated from the Advanced Standing Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Social Work Degree. During my undergraduate education, I worked with the District Mental Health Specialist for Watauga County Schools providing school based therapy and crisis intervention. During my graduate education, I served as an intern at the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Duke Regional Hospital. Over the course of my educational journey, I offered crisis intervention to individuals ranging from age 7 to 75. I have also served as a therapeutic group leader providing adults with skills centered around healthy coping, safety planning and effective communication. I am currently working towards obtaining my CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional) certification.

Clinical Therapist

Hope Kalainikas


Telehealth Appointments Only

Age Focus: 16+

Areas of Specialization: Anxiety, Life Transitions, and Trauma

About Me

The beautiful thing about therapy is that everyone has unique experiences, so it only makes sense that therapy will look a little different for everyone. In the same way that individuals differ, therapists differ as well. Though my therapeutic approach may vary slightly from person to person, it is always my priority to provide a safe, comfortable, welcoming environment where you feel secure in navigating life’s many ups and downs. I believe that a trusting, authentic relationship between client and therapist is the key to progress, so you’ll find that I also show up to the therapy room with authenticity, compassion, acceptance, and sometimes a little humor. I enjoy taking a laid back, curious approach to therapy so I can work to more fully understand an individual’s unique lived experience.

One of the many things I love about being a therapist is the honor of witnessing human growth and transition through all stages of life. I enjoy working with individuals from all backgrounds, and those experiencing life transitions. Additionally, I work with those who have experienced mood disorders and anxiety disorders. In my time as a therapist, I have grown into my practice by utilizing a somatic based approach and focusing more heavily on the mind/body connection. It can be tough to problem solve and remember to implement certain techniques if our nervous system is not first addressed; so, you’ll find that I come equipped with a nervous system regulation toolbox to pull from for any given situation.

In addition to utilizing nervous system and somatic based modalities, I also have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I find that integrating approaches depending on your unique needs is essential to long lasting progress and acquiring a plethora of skills to choose from. It is my honor and my duty to provide you with individualized care by utilizing these modalities, while maintaining a non-judgemental space to explore complex life events and challenging emotions.

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When I'm not in the office

When I’m not providing therapy, you can find me doing something outdoors, whether that be hiking or sitting in a chair reading a good book. When I’m not outside, I may be found bringing the outside indoors through my love of gardening and houseplants. You might also find me at home under a cozy blanket, cross stitching, watching a good tv show, cooking a comfort meal, or baking a sweet treat. I value strong friendships, family, good humor, and authenticity.