Meet Our Team of Therapist and Counselors

Concrete Roses Life Center's team of clinicians is profoundly trained, professional, helpful, and compassionate.


Our personalized and unified approach encourages people to commit to defeating obstacles that are hindering the desired quality of their lives, transforming destructive behaviors, and achieving the insight and coping skills for underlying emotional, subjective issues.

“When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love.”

-Jiddu Krishnamurti


Ms. Burstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified trauma specialist. She works with individuals who are struggling with a wide variety of issues that include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, in addition to other interpersonal stressors. She works with these individuals to help them find relief and better ways of managing these symptoms to ensure one can maintain a healthy quality of life.


She believes that human beings are resilient by nature and can find relief from emotional distress. She helps those find the balance between releasing emotional pain while at the same time utilizing healthy coping skills. Every person at some point in their life has experienced a negative emotion.


When these emotions stay elevated over some time, it can interfere with every facet of life. Ms. Burstein is here to help individuals walk through their feelings, healthily release them, and help them continue progressing towards their individualized goals.

Jessica Burstein, LCSW

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Tawana Walker, LCSWA

Tawana Walker is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. Tawana graduated from Montreat College with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She loves working with children, teens, and women. Tawana has extensive experience in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and grief.

She works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and trauma.  She thrives to create a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space for all her clients.

Tawana believes that no one is broken but instead everyone has something that they can heal from. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process and guides clients to increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience. 


Tawana has been married for over 27 years and has three young adult children and 1 grandchild. She enjoys reading, shopping, traveling, and eating out.  She is currently an Elementary School Counselor and has worked in the Social Service field for over 20 years. 

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Mrs.Wiggins is a mental health professional with ten years of experience, specializing in working with all ages during stressful times.  She assists with bringing oneself back to independence and improving self-worth through movement therapy; solution-focused CBT, reality-based treatment, and structure. When you feel out of control or disappointed, she is here to assist you with finding peace of mind. 


She can provide problem-solving, coping, and organizational skills to assist with. She is an empathetic and loving individual who easily understands what you might be going through.


Mrs. Wiggins helps with ADHD, stress management, and anxiety to assist with providing appropriate coping skills... I truly believe everything happens for a reason and together we can "Dance in the Rain." We can create a working alliance to improve your relationship with yourself and others. We can do it together. You are not alone.

Anne Wiggins, LCSW


Ms.Young completed her first degree in 2006 at North Carolina A&T State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Social Work. 

Ms. Young later continued her education in 2007 with accumulating a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina. After completing her training, Ms. Young obtained a six-month position in England, the United Kingdom working with teenagers aging out of the foster care system.


Ms. Young was able to assist many teenagers without families to locate and maintain stable housing and support them with continuing their education. 


Ms. Young later returned to the United States where she obtained her LCSW to provide individual and family counseling. 

Shkeitha Young, LCSW,



Thomas Peterson, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, BC-TMH

As a person-centered counselor, I am non-judgmental in my approach, and I acknowledge the client’s experience in a respectful and empathetic manner to foster self-discovery. I have a preference for utilizing many of the counseling techniques within cognitive behavioral therapy because I believe that although individuals will undoubtedly experience hardship and difficulty within their lives, I feel that problems with emotions and behaviors are many times a result of how one thinks and feels about a situation.


I take great pride in consistently maintaining an understanding of the critical roles that a client’s culture, identity, ethnicity, race, gender, and other aspects of diversity play in the counseling process. In practice, I have counseled adults and children with mental health issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, substance use, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, physical and sexual abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, as well as disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. Because I believe that counseling is not a “one-size-fits-all” process, I will always maintain awareness of the uniqueness of a client’s situation and adapt my method to suit his or her needs.   

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Melody Gurganus, LCSWA

Life can be full of uncertainties and hardships. It is my belief that we are not made to carry those burdens alone. I have a passion for encouraging, motivating, and walking with people into their God-given purpose and destiny. I believe we all have something great to contribute to life. I am here to help you uncover your potential.

I have 10 years of experience working with women and children.

I strive to provide a welcoming and accepting atmosphere.

I am a native of North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy visiting local attractions.  I also enjoy serving within my church and community.


Zechariah Lockett, LCSWA

My goal as your therapist is to provide you with specialized treatment and care; To assist you with identifying issues, rediscovering your strengths, gaining insight into the dysfunctional dynamics (mental health, addictions, and civic relations) that trouble you. My goal is to help you develop skills aimed at rebuilding your life and achieving your goals.  I am here to encourage you, belief in you and I will not give up on you!

Today, many people are characterized by multiculturalism, multilingualism, and different ethnic and religious views. As our society grows more diverse, I extend my therapeutic services to provide a multicultural counseling style; This is essentially a method of therapy that considers barriers, families, and cultural influences. Each client is distinctively different and deserves specific considerations, methodologies are changed and adjusted to meet the needs of individuals.