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About Us

Dr. Holly Johnson, LPCS, NCC

Holly Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Regent University, a M.B.A. from Western Governors University, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.

Holly is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. She stays abreast of current research in the field and teaches both general and adolescent psychology for Liberty University. She provides counseling services to individuals, couples, youth, and adults in the areas of bereavement, depression/anxiety, life transitions, and personal and/or spiritual growth. Areas of experience include personal growth, anxiety and depression, inner healing and trauma, grief and bereavement, sex abuse/sex offender treatment, and life and career transitions.

Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


Dr. Joy Martin, LPCS, NCC

Joy is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor through the North Carolina Board  of Licensed Professional Counselors. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Services, a Masters in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor in Psychology.  In addition, she is licensed as a National Certified Counselor, and a Master Addiction Counselor. Joy has experience in working with substance abuse in adolescents and adults. Her focus is on children, adolescents, and families. In addition to counseling, she is also an adjunct professor in the departments of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services, and Criminal Justice. She enjoys and has experience working with students and interns in these fields. She also provides supervision to provisionally licensed

professional counselors.

As a therapist, Joy works to empower individuals and families to overcome obstacles that have caused and are causing challenges and struggles in the person’s life. Using clinically tested and evidenced based interventions, she has had the privilege of working with hundreds of clients over her career. Each person’s care is individualized to use person’s strengths to make progress in overcoming mental health and substance abuse issues. 

Thomas Bjorlie, Counseling Intern

Thomas Bjorlie is an intern at Fresh Start Counseling Center finishing his M.A. in Professional Counseling online through Liberty University. He has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Bethel University.

Thomas provides counseling services to individuals, couples, youth, and adults in many different areas under the supervision of Dr. Johnson and Dr. Martin. Thomas has worked as a fourth-grade teacher in La Paz, Bolivia in South America, a house parent at group homes for girls and boys, an associate counselor at a psychiatric hospital, and most recently a family and therapeutic foster case manager. These roles, coupled with his education, have helped him build many positive therapeutic relationships with his active listening skills.

Thomas utilizes his person-centered approach alongside evidence-based skills and treatments to provide the client with a safe environment to process and move forward through internal and external challenges. As an intern, his counseling services are offered free of charge as he seeks to complete the future requirements for a fully licensed Professional Counselor.  

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