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Welcome to our website!  We appreciate you stopping by to learn more about us and our unique practice.  No more than the sailor can predict what winds or weather Mother Nature will bring on any given day can we predict what often unexpected or difficult times or changes life will bring our way.  Counseling Associates at the Lake, Inc. is a close knit team of seasoned, highly skilled, and incredibly dedicated therapists who are there to help our clients every day through some of those difficult and often unpredicted times. 

Whether you are going through simply a life change or rough patch in the road….to a time when you perhaps are just looking for an objective person outside of family and friends to listen and offer non-biased guidance or a sounding board….where you find yourself in a sudden crisis or situation you have never dealt with before and feel overwhelmed and unsure… where you and your family or partner are in need of help beyond what you feel you can manage on your own… where you just simply feel you have exhausted all efforts to help your child or your family or your marriage and are feeling helpless… where you are experiencing a traumatic situation or loss and feel alone and afraid… where you feel that depression or anxiety is starting to take a hold over your life and you are feeling out of control… where you just know that you want to feel better… WE are here for you.  We promise you unrivaled personalized  care and the highest quality of help during these times.

Our practice prides itself on our incredible devotion to our clients and our extraordinary care and compassion for each and every client, including providing outstanding customer service to all of our clients.  When Michelle expanded her 12 year old successful solo practice in the Lake Norman area and grew into “Counseling Associates at the Lake, Inc.”….her vision was to find a team of clinicians who were as passionate as she is about her work….to find other therapists who are in this field for all the right reasons and who, like she, feel privileged every single day to do what they  do and to be able to be a part of people’s lives in some of their most difficult and darkest times or even through just some times that they are feeling a bit like a fish out of water and just needing some support, guidance or consultation.

 We are so proud of the work that we do and every client who enters into our office feels that comfort, warmth and very true and authentic care immediately.  Our mission is to be recognized as the best by each and every individual client whom we have the privilege to know and to have the honor to be a part of their lives.  And we are both proud and humbled to be meeting and accomplishing that mission every day!

Please take the time to meet our staff and learn more about all of our team members here with their individual profiles on the site under “about us”.  Each therapist and each team member bring different skill sets, expertise and unmatched quality care to our clients that together make up Counseling Associates at the Lake, Inc.  All of our therapists are fully licensed NC mental health care providers with over 65 years of collective clinical experience.   We are a close knit team and that is yet another strength we bring to the table for our clients, as we support one another and continue to learn and grow and further our clinical skills working together and in turn enabling to provide the absolute best mental health care, counseling, coaching and consultation in the area to our clients. 

All of our clinicians are providers for most major health insurance companies and we also accept self-pay , out of network benefits,  as well as a sliding scale option when needed to help ensure we are serving to the best of our ability all clients wanting to receive treatment at our office.  We all also offer not only day but late day, evening and weekend appointments to help accommodate our client’s busy lives and schedules.  We are further offering some private in home services….particularly for couples and/or families seeking more intensive and/or more private therapeutic settings.   We also offer group settings and seminars which you can learn more about under our “upcoming events” section.

Counseling Associates at the Lake Team

Michelle Little Smith


Owner and founder of Counseling Associates at the Lake, Inc. 

Michelle graduated from Clemson University in 1991 with a degree in Psychology and went on to obtain her Masters degree in Social Work with a Mental Health specialty in 1993.  She has 25 years of post-graduate experience in providing direct clinical services to clients. Michelle began her career in Child Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and then went on to work as a School Social Worker in Iredell-Statesville Schools for one year, spent 7 years as a therapist at Magellan Behavioral Health in Charlotte, NC and then started her own private practice in Cornelius, NC in 2002.

Courtney Reynolds


Courtney possess over 13 years of post graduate direct clinical experience with a particular specialization in substance abuse, dual diagnosis, addictions of all types and trauma (past or present)…either working with the individual struggling with these issues or their family members.

Courtney earned her BA in 1999 from Lander University and went on to obtain her Masters degree in Community Counseling at UNC. Courtney is an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and furthered her studies and licensures by earning credentials to become a LCAS (Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist) and an NCC (National Certified Counselor). 

Philip Deluca


Over 35 years of clinical experience in the mental health field and is a seasoned and highly skilled therapist whose compassion and dedication to his clients is extraordinary. 

Phil’s past experience includes providing therapy and counseling in day treatment, outpatient and private practice settings, as well as a working as the Clinical Director in Juvenile Court and the Clinical Director and CEO for Family Services, Inc. in Gastonia for many years. Phil is also the published author of the book The Solo Partner: Repairing Your Relationship On Your Own which was published by Hartley & Marks in 1996.

Nydian Coker


Clients who meet Nydian immediately recognize her warm, caring and calming nature with both children and adults. 

Nydian received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2004 and her Masters in Community Counseling in 2006 from Winthrop University and brings over 11 years of post-graduate clinical experience to the practice. In the past, Nydian has worked in outpatient substance abuse settings with adolescents and adults and has years of experience in outpatient and in-home/community settings working with children and families.  Nydian utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Play Therapy, Rational-Emotive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psycho-Educational Therapy in her therapeutic repertoire.


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