Our Team

Mona Gupta

Mona Gupta, DO

Psychiatrist

Dr. Gupta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1999, she graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. Coming from a family of practicing physicians and psychiatrists, Dr. Gupta decided to pursue medicine.

She went on to complete her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. While completing her graduate work, she met her husband and married in 2001. Dr. Gupta then moved to North Carolina to complete her residency in Psychiatry at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and obtained her Board Certification in General Psychiatry in 2009.

After completing her studies and residency, Dr. Gupta sought to gain a variety of experience working in several different inpatient and outpatient facilities. Through her experiences, she was able to gain a better understanding of the needs of her community. In 2009, Dr. Gupta opened Gupta Psychiatry. Dr. Gupta’s experiences helped mold her style as a psychiatrist today.

Outside of practicing psychiatry Dr. Gupta enjoys spending time with her 3 beautiful children, husband, and friends.

Justin McLendon, LPC LCAS

Clinical Director

Justin McLendon, LPC, LCAS, received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Royal Palm Beach Florida. Justin has worked in a variety of settings including psychiatric acute stabilization, psychiatric Partial Hospitalization, and both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Justin has extensive experience in both clinical counseling as well as program development.

Justin enjoys working with individuals struggling with substance use disorders and helping them work toward freedom from their disease. He relies on clinical approaches to treatment which include motivational interviewing, cognitive and behavioral interventions, and believes strongly in the integration of the family system into the recovery process.

Justin is married, has two young sons and a dog who he relocated to the Triangle area with in 2017 from Palm Beach, Florida. Justin enjoys being in the mountains, being outdoors, hiking and spending quality time with his family.

Jaclyn Ditter

Jacyln Ditter, LPC-A, LCAS

Group and Individual Therapist

Jaclyn Ditter is a LPC-A and an LCAS. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse and her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Substance Abuse at East Carolina University. Jaclyn’s counseling background working in mental health and substance abuse has been fundamental in the development of her being able to treat adolescents, emerging adults and established adult populations, as well as families in their transition from addiction to recovery.
 
Jaclyn believes in a strength-based perspective while using her knowledge of multiple therapy modalities to find the best fit for each client. Some of her focus pulls from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her specialties include treating depression, anxiety, comorbid conditions, substance use, relationship issues, life transitions and codependency. Jaclyn moved to North Carolina in 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family in Wisconsin, trying new foods and experiencing new places.

Kate O’Connell, LPC, LCAS

Group and Individual Therapist

Kate O’Connell, LPC, LCAS, earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University. She has experience as a substance abuse and crisis stabilization counselor in both residential and outpatient settings. Kate practices a person-centered and motivational approach to therapy. She is certified by NC-CTP in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

She counsels adults, adolescents, and children with a wide array of mental health issues including PTSD, substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety. She is originally from Italy and grew up in New York and North Carolina. She speaks both Italian and Spanish. Kate incorporates mindfulness and healthy coping skills in her counseling approach, as well as her personal life, where she practices meditation and yoga. She also enjoys traveling and listening to live music.