About Us

Our staff is passionate about psychotherapy. We are committed to hope and healing for all. The counselors are highly qualified, gifted individuals. Their dedication to the mission of counseling is clear from their years of service.

JONATHAN R. KELLEY, DMin, LPC
Executive Director

When asked “How can you sit and listen to people’s problems all day?”Jonathan Kelley quickly responds by saying what an amazing privilege it is to share individuals’ journeys! Listening intensely to people and gently challenging them is deeply gratifying work. As he establishes rapport, he says he especially welcomes exploring their life and together making new discoveries.

After many years Kelley says he still marvels at the variety of people he meets in his work. Even in the midst of their darkest problems, there are always moments of insight and hope that open ways of healing and growth.

Kelley is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. His academic and clinical training in psychotherapy was completed at Blanton-Peale Institute in New York City.  He has been with the Community Counseling Center since 2005.

Prior to his years at the Center, Kelley was a parish pastor and served churches in Mississippi, Virginia, North Dakota and Southport, North Carolina. He and his wife have two married children and two adorable grandchildren.

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ANN C. THACKER, LPCS
Clinical Director

Many clients comment to Ann, “You seem to know how to cut through all I’m saying and identify the one or two central issues I’m dealing with.”

Often people know they are facing troubling concerns but they need help to recognize their core concern.  Ann listens intently and reflects the main points she is hearing.  Clients discover this is a way to organize their responses and make positive changes in their lives. Ann feels it is such a privilege to work with people as they develop insight and grow.

Sometimes clients return to see Ann after many years.  They are facing new challenges and remember how helpful counseling had been.  They are often surprised that she recalls so much about their lives.  Ann is truly interested in what her clients tell her, so it is not difficult to remember their stories.

Ann is a North Carolina native who has lived in the Wilmington area for more than 40 years.  Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from East Carolina University.  She joined the Center in 1983, shortly after it was established.

Ann is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS).  Her license enables her to provide counseling/psychotherapy to clients.  Her additional training qualifies her to provide required supervision for counselors working toward full LPC licensure.

BETH ANN SCISCO, MPA
Development Director

Throughout her life, Beth Ann has worked to help make life better for people who struggle. She enjoys working with nonprofit organizations that offer therapeutic interventions to help people achieve good  mental health.

Since earning her MPA, focusing on Nonprofit Management, at UNCW, Beth Ann has had the privilege of supporting programs and organizations that focused on environmental stewardship, horticultural therapy, recreational therapy, art, and affordable housing. Through these varied lenses, she sees people relax, restore, and grow.

At the Community Counseling Center, Beth Ann is excited to be working in a therapeutic and welcoming environment. She enjoys sharing the story of the Center and the thousands of people who have made that first phone call and taken the first steps toward hope and healing. In order to provide affordable counseling on a sliding scale, financial support from many people and organizations is needed. Please give her a call to learn more about how your gift can transform lives.

SONYA LEONARD
Office Manager

Sonya is the face of the Community Counseling Center. A Wilmington native, she began her career here twenty-three years ago, and has never wanted to leave. She is the first voice our clients hear when they make their initial phone call. She eases their concerns while she arranges their appointments. Sonya also implements our sliding scale policy, making sure every client receives individualized care right from the start.

Sonya says, “I love working at the Center! Many times, people have come to me crying tears of gratitude.” She hears clients say, “My counselor has helped me so much. I don’t know what I would have done without them!” These conversations make everything come into perspective for her. They demonstrate that the Center is following its mission.

When she is not at the Center, Sonya spends time with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart, and their one grown son. She enjoys being active in her church, volunteering for the Domestic Violence Shelter, and helping the Salvation Army with their Christmas events. In her “spare” time, she enjoys outdoor activities and gardening.