Top Psychologist – Chapel Hill, NC

A licensed psychologist in Chapel Hill NC, Dr. Kevin Metz leads this office. In 2015 we opened a second office here, expanding from our Durham location. Chapel Hill is near and dear to our hearts! Our roots providing psychologists for adults and children began in 2002. The Lepage Associates main office was in Chapel Hill from 2002-2007, when we moved just a few miles away to the South Durham/RTP area to be central to the Triangle as a whole. In 2015 we opened a second office in here, returning to our company roots. Now our clients can choose between a psychologist at this office or our S. Durham/RTP Office depending on which one is most convenient for them. Dr. Lepage, a licensed psychologist, also lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.  Clients can also now take advantage of our Teletherapy and other remote online therapy services offered throughout North Carolina.

Lepage Associates is actively involved in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area. Over the years we have developed many relationships within these communities, to include providing services for businesses and schools in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, to testifying in Orange County courts as needed. Our direct client services to Chapel Hill and Carrboro individuals and families include psychotherapy for adults and teens, play therapy for children, marriage counseling, family therapy, educational and psychological testing, forensic evaluations, and consultation by our adult and child psychologists, as well as psychiatric medication by our psychiatrists. In addition to direct client services, some of our partnerships include:

Writer for chapelboro.com. Dr. Lepage writes ‘Parenting Page’ which is a humorous look at a child psychologist raising a child.

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS). Dr. Lepage serves as the school district’s Risk Assessment Specialist & Consultant, providing training to CHCCS staff on assessing risk for violence in pre-teen and teenage children, and providing risk assessments of children in need. Dr. Lepage was instrumental in developing the Risk Assessment for Violence Team (RAV Team) in the CHCCS, which provides a structured, empirically-based, and timely approach for the school district to assess for risk of violence.

Membership in the Chapel Hill / Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, to include the Young Professionals Group and a Board position. Our Outreach Advisor, Leslie Beckman, serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber’s Chapel Hill Young Professionals group.

Board Membership with The Center for Cooperative Parenting (CCP), a non-profit agency providing a community-based continuum of educational and support services to professionals working with parents and children who are experiencing high conflict in separation, divorce, or co-parenting. The mission of the Center is to provide training and collaborative resources for professionals serving these families in specialized roles. The Center is responsible for the training and supervision of all Civil District Guardians ad Litem (GALs) and Parenting Coordinators (PCs) for Judicial District 15-B, which encompasses Chatham and Orange Counties in North Carolina.

Chapel Hill High School task force on substance abuse. Dr. Lepage was an active member of this group for several years.

Speaking engagements throughout the area. Some examples include:

Risk Assessment in Youth, CHCC Schools staff training, NC.

The Social and Psychological Dynamics of Adolescent Drinking and Tips for Parents on Prevention, Parent Forum, CHCCS, NC.

Helping Parents Help Our Teens, Parent Forum, CHCCS, NC.

Stop Substance Abuse Before It Starts, Parent Forum, CHCCS, NC.

Building Resilience in Children & Teens, CHCCS K-12 Student Services Staff, NC.

New Ways for Families, presentation to NC Parent Coordinators.

Assessing Risk in Children, CHCCS staff presentation, 2007.

How to get the most out of online therapy

Changing therapy from in-person to online has increased greatly since COVID-19. This is not a new way of doing therapy, and at Lepage Associates we have been providing online therapy for over 10 years. 

Now that you have chosen to receive online therapy, you want it to be as successful as possible! Keep the following 7 suggestions in mind to make the most of your online therapy experience. 

  1. Make therapy a priority by having a set time and a safe/quiet place to participate. It is true that online therapy can be done anywhere at any time, but it is important to set yourself up for success. Therapy is emotional in nature and it is best when you are free of distractions and have privacy to experience and process emotions. 
  2. Expect a different experience, recognizing that it may take a session or two to feel in-sync with your therapist online. It is easy to assume that any discomfort or awkwardness indicates this is not working for you, when in fact that can be normal at first. Keep an open mind and let your therapist know if you are having difficulty with the transition to online.
  3. Online therapy gives you an opportunity to custom fit what works best for your situation. Typically, online therapy is received over webcam. You have the option to explore different combinations of phone, text, audio, and video to accommodate your needs.
  4. There are some things you can do with online therapy that you can’t do in an office. For example, you can have your pets present, you can wrap up in a blanket, you can sit outside, or you can share your home environment. Take advantage of these and use them to your benefit.
  5. Take the opportunity to increase your self-awareness. During in-person therapy, we often count on the therapist reading our nonverbal cues. Online therapy creates an opportunity to be more descriptive and in tune with how you are feeling. 
  6. With COVID-19, we are all experiencing additional challenges to daily life. You might see some  of these challenges as an overreaction or you may minimize these challenges. Be open and honest with yourself and your therapist even if you feel it is “silly” to bring it up.
  7. Give your therapist feedback so they can do more of what you find helpful, and less of or eliminate what isn’t helpful. This is your therapy, and you can practice speaking up for yourself in a safe environment with a safe person. Since every client is unique, you need to let your therapist know what works for you!

Mental health services available through online therapy

Improving your mental health does not have to be put on hold during the stay at home orders in North Carolina! There are many ways you can get help from home by connecting with a psychologist for remote therapy and online psychological evaluations.

Online therapy – Individual Therapy: If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, anger, substance abuse, trauma, relationship issues, etc., you can work on these issues from the comfort of your own home.

Online therapy – Couples Therapy / Marriage Therapy: Have you been wanting to improve your relationship but found it hard to find time? Use this at-home time during stay at home orders to improve your relationship! You are both there, and can engage in couples/marriage therapy online.

Online therapy – Therapy for Children: Children are often very comfortable with online therapy. Since the kids are home all the time now, use one hour per week for online child therapy! This can help improve mood, behavioral issues, social skills, and teach coping skills and learning strategies such as for attention and focus. We have done therapy online with children as young as age five. Kids love it! They have fun showing their therapist their room, toys, pets, and projects… something they cannot do when in an office!

Personal growth: Have you been meaning to work on self-improvement but never find time? Take advantage of this extended time at home to focus on self-improvement sessions online with a therapist.

Online psychological evaluations: By doing interviews online and online testing, you can complete a psychological evaluation from home!

Would you like to know more about Chapel Hill?

If you’re interested in our work as a mental health service in Chapel Hill, be sure to give us a call soon.