Potentials offers a variety of services to suit your needs. They include Assessment Services, Psychotherapy Services, Wellness Services, Co-Parenting Services, Cogmed Training, and Early Kindergarten Evaluations.
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Assessment Services
At Potentials, we specialize in psychological, psycho-educational, and school-focused neuropsychological assessment for children and adolescents. (We also see adults with more targeted assessment of attention, learning, executive functioning, or cognitive functioning.)

Our goal is to provide an evaluation that is specific to the individual, provides information on strengths as well as weaknesses, and answers the referral questions.
Before any testing or assessment is completed, we will review your history and concerns with you. It is very helpful to complete our intake paperwork (see Forms here) prior to meeting with us so that we can have a better understanding of your/ your child’s history. When you come to the initial appointment, we will design an evaluation that will meet your needs. To help us develop the right assessment for you/ your child, we encourage you to bring any background information, work samples, previous evaluations or assessments, report cards, and any other documentation that you think would be helpful and/ or relevant.

Due to the specialized nature of our assessments, not every person who comes to Potentials will receive the same assessments or battery of tests. Generally, the following areas may be included in an assessment:

  • cognitive functioning/ IQ
  • academic achievement - reading, written language, and math skills
  • oral language skills
  • executive function skills
  • attention
  • emotional functioning
  • typical behaviors
  • adaptive behavior skills
  • information processing
  • memory skills
  • visual motor skills
  • auditory attention and comprehension
  • social skills

We also provide specialized evaluations for:

  • Early Kindergarten Entry
  • Giftedness
  • Accommodations for school aged students
  • Accommodations for college students
  • College boards, graduate school, and professional board testing accommodations (e.g., MCAT LSAT SAT, ACT)
  • Adoption preparation
  • Immigration evaluations
Psychotherapy Services
Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective. Studies show that people have fewer symptoms and a better life after therapy than they did before therapy. We believe the relationship is key in creating an environment where you will feel safe and supported to work on your goals.

We use evidence based treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, compassion focused therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, emotionally focused couples therapy, and solution focused therapy. We tailor therapy to meet the needs of the individual, couple, or family.

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons, including:

  • To increase feelings of well-being
  • To decrease depression and/ or anxiety
  • To repair a troubled relationship
  • To increase creativity and joy
  • To assist individuals affected by trauma or loss
  • To address child behavior problems
  • To repair troubled relationships
  • To manage family and parenting issues
  • To balance work and family
  • To reduce stress
  • To learn coping skills
  • To develop mindfulness skills
  • To foster personal growth
Wellness Services
Wellness services include workshops, trainings, group sessions, and individual coaching sessions to promote optimum well-being.  We will draw from our training and experiences to help you put your dreams into achievable goals. Insurance is not accepted for wellness services because we will not be identifying or treating a mental health diagnosis.  We honor the time you have devoted to creating a more fulfilling life and will partner with you to develop strategies to help you reach your personal or professional goals.
Co-Parenting Services
Shelley Chambers, LCSW, and Whitney Philemon, LCSW, offer co-parenting sessions to parents who are separated, divorced, and even intact couples seeking a way to improve communication and teamwork specifically involving parenting issues. Sometimes it helps to have a neutral therapist to help with these tough conversations.

Shelley Chambers, LCSW, is a founding member of Coastal Collaborative Colleagues, a non-profit organization committed to resolving differences that arise during divorce with respect and cooperation, without court intervention, while addressing the needs of all family members. She serves as a child specialist and parent coach. As a trained psychotherapist, Ms. Chambers facilitates constructive dialogue between parents who agree on seeking their child(ren)’s best interests but may otherwise be at an impasse when it comes to communication and decision-making.
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Early Kindergarten Evaluations
The purpose of the Early Kindergarten Entry Evaluation is to determine whether a child who has not yet turned five years old by the cutoff date is ready to start kindergarten early. There are strict guidelines set forth by the state for early kindergarten entry. This evaluation meets those requirements, and includes all the required components including aptitude and achievement testing, observation/ data about behavior, performance, interest, and motivation. The cost for the evaluation, including a written report, is $550.
Please see this packet for more info: EARLY ENTRY PACKET.

2505 S. 17th St., Suite 200, Wilmington . NC 28401 . 910.254.4545 .


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