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Dr. Jennifer Sapia

Dr. Sapia is a licensed psychologist, health services provider, and school psychologist in North Carolina. She is the owner of Sapia Psychological Associates, a private practice clinic providing forensic consultation and evaluation services as well as clinical services including assessment, therapy (children, adolescents, adults, couples) and consultation. Although her main office is in Southport, she continues to practice as a forensic psychologist across the state with other office locations in Raleigh and Asheville.


Dr. Sapia served as a Clinical Psychologist/Aeromedical Psychologist in the North Carolina Army National Guard Medical Services Corp from 2010-2018, earning the rank of Major. In 2018, she Deployed to Kuwait and Iraq with Headquarters Company 449th Combat Aviation Brigade as an Aeromedical Psychologist in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). As part of her work, she provided evaluation of soldiers for pre and post-deployment mental health issues (including PTSD and TBI); military separation, Fitness for Duty, Command Directed Behavioral Health Evaluations (CDBHE), and upon referral. She provided training, education, and consultation to units and Soldiers about mental health disorders, signs and symptoms and impact on functioning in various life domains, particularly integration into the community post-deployment. Dr. Sapia’s forensic experience also assisted her in conducting psychological autopsies for equivocal death investigations and/or acting as Investigating Officer.


Dr. Sapia provided psychiatric consultation and evaluations for aviation pilots and crewmembers to determine fitness for full flying duties (FFD) and/or recommendation for waivers for psychiatric disorders. She functioned as a non-rated crew member on flight status and acted as a command consultant and educator regarding psychological and exogenous factors that could affect overall flight safety.

Dr. Sapia’s forensic practice includes consultation and evaluations provided via attorney or court referral/appointment, DSS, or self-referral.

She has testified in State, Federal and Military courts

  • Trauma and abuse including: PTSD, physical and sexual abuse, childhood maltreatment, domestic abuse and abusive head trauma

    • Extensive experience with PTSD, both combat related traumas and the effects of chronic abuse

    • Conducted research on the neuropsychology of PTSD and the effects of trauma on the brain which assists in the foundation for these types of evaluations

    • Investigative case review of child forensic interviews and evaluations in cases of alleged abuse

  • Intellectual Disabilities

  • Competency Evaluations (Capacity to Proceed)

  • Criminal Responsibility/Death Penalty Litigation

  • Post-conviction cases

  • Worker’s Compensation, Independent Medical Examinations (IME), Disability

  • Pre-employment and Fitness for Duty for law enforcement/public safety organizations.

Dr. Sapia's doctorate in Counseling/School Psychology with a Child/Adolescent Specialization is from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as are her M.A. in Psychology and B.A. degrees in Psychology and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Law Concentration. She is a member of the APA and Division 41, Psychology-Law Society. She is also a Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist through the American College of Forensic Counselors.


Prior to relocating to the Wilmington area to open a full-time clinical and forensic practice, she was the former Director of Parrish St. Clinic, a private, community-based mental health, developmental disabilities, and forensic clinic serving children, adolescents and adults in Durham. She began her clinical career in the triangle area, as a Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Child and Family Health, a trauma evaluation and treatment center, and a Clinical Associate at Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry.


Dr. Sapia has held various academic and clinical positions including: Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at East Carolina University and Pediatric Health Psychologist at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in the ICU and Oncology units where she provided inpatient and outpatient individual and family psychotherapy, psycho-diagnostic assessment, consultation, and resident supervision and training. Her primary focus was assessment and adjustment following traumatic events. She was an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at ECU where she was responsible for teaching and supervision of graduate courses, research, and clinical practicum in the school and clinical psychology programs. Prior to that, she worked at James Madison University's Child Development and Neuropsychological Services Clinics, providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, interventions, and outpatient therapy. She also taught undergraduate courses in the Psychology Department.

While working in university and community settings, Dr. Sapia managed a part-time practice and lectured across the country in the areas of child development and clinical psychology. She has been published in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Psychology in the Schools, and the Journal of School Health, among others. Dr. Sapia has co-authored a book chapter entitled "Early Trauma Exposure and the Brain," in "Neuropsychology of PTSD: Biological, Clinical, and Cognitive Perspectives.” Her clinical and forensic interests include trauma, abuse and PTSD. She is trained in EMDR, a treatment option for PTSD.


Robin Beck Nelson, MA, LPC

Serenity to accept the thing I cannot change…

Courage to change the things I can…

Wisdom to know the difference…


I have served diverse populations to include adolescents, teens, adults, families, and couples.  My primary orientation in counseling is humanistic while focusing on behavioral principles. I believe that each person is an individual with a unique perspective on himself or herself, relationships, goals, and the world. Each of us has strengths upon which to build a more positive outlook and develop skills and strategies that will serve us for a lifetime. Each of us is the architect of our own destiny and I, as a counselor, will strive to help you take charge of your personal choices in an atmosphere of trust, respect, and support. Together we will collaborate to effect positive changes in your life by exploring issues, determining goals, and establishing the tasks necessary to accomplish those goals. My areas of competence include Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy, Dialectical Behaviorial Therapy (Modified), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychoeducation. I have experience in helping people better manage anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, anger, communication, trauma (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I utilize a variety of techniques and approaches and tailor these to specifically address your needs.