Getting Better Together

Ascend Psychological Services, PLLC is a group of caring, compassionate, and skilled professionals who are here to meet the mental health needs of our community. Ascend Psychological Services, PLLC is located on East Main Street in downtown Rockwell, NC. Our facilities are warm and welcoming, with parking/entrances in front and back.

Everyone who works here is warm and welcoming too. Ascend Psychological Services provides a host of quality mental health services, including individual counseling for people of all ages, family counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, and psychological assessment. Please review our services described on this website and contact us at (704) 279-0626 if we can be of further assistance.

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Our Services

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the treatment of a behavior disorder, mental illness, or any other condition by psychological means. Psychotherapy may utilize insight, persuasion, suggestion, reassurance, and instruction so that patients may see themselves and their problems more realistically and have the desire to cope effectively with them. Currently, We offer one-on-one therapies with children, adolescents, and adults.

Group Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy may utilize insight, persuasion, suggestion, reassurance, and instruction so that patients may see themselves and their problems more realistically and have the desire to cope effectively with them

Couples Counseling

In couples counseling, We work to help couples become aware of their family of origin influences so that they better understand themselves and their partner. Another of my main goals during couples counseling is to keep the lines of communication open between the two people so that they can work-out whatever issue(s) they have.

Family Counseling

Each family has its own unique history, structure, implicit and explicit family rules, and communication styles. In family counseling, I work to help families discover and become aware of these influences so that they better understand each other and communicate.

Psychological Assessment

Ascend Psychological Services conducts psychological assessments. Typically, psychological assessments consist of a thorough clinical interview, a review of archival information (if available), and standardized testing. Collectively, these sources of information are synthesized to determine what might be going on with a person, and how to help.

Professional and Friendly Staff.

Ascend office personnel team members. Their roles include medical billing, scheduling, filing, answering the phone, returning emails, and countless other tasks. Michele Bowersox has 25 years of medical billing experience and has been working at Ascend since 2015. Kay Yates joined the practice in 2018. Prior to that, Kay worked for 45 years in banking. Together, that’s at least 70 years of combined clerical experience. When you call or email the Ascend office, you’ll quickly find that Michele and Kay are top-notch professionals

Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Hours vary between clinicians. We have staff willing to accommodate our clients at night and on weekends. Please note these appointments do fill up quickly.

On-Call 24/7

At Ascend, we pride ourselves on providing individualized attention. As a patient, you will be able to reach Dr. Maxwell directly via text, cellphone or email. Or, you can call the office at (704) 279-0626. Someone will get back to you promptly.

Insurance often pays for mental health services, but it depends on your individual plan and what counselor you work with. Some of the insurances accepted at Ascend include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Blue Cross Blue Shield

If you have questions about your insurance or other billing questions, please call (704) 279-0626, or email Michele at [email protected]

Meet Our Therapists

Research indicates that the single most healing factor in psychotherapy is the relationship between the client and counselor. That’s why Ascend counselors are relateable and down-to-earth, but skilled and seasoned too. Ascend counselors come from a variety of backgrounds and training experiences. However, we share a core commitment to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We love what we do and are dedicated to helping our clients succeed!

Dr. David A Maxwell PHD.

Dr. Maxwell is a NC Board Licensed Psychologist and has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 2007.Dr. Maxwell has worked in the mental health field for approximately 25 years, with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Dr. Maxwell has training and experience in play therapy, individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and group psychotherapy. Dr. Maxwell also has training and experience in psychological assessment. Please review Dr. Maxwell’s information on this website, and contact him via email ([email protected]) or telephone at (704)279-0626 if he can be of further assistance.

Renee Skey, MA, NCC, LPC

I worked as an elementary School Counselor for 5 years, but my temperament and personality are better suited for private practice. I also have a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy from UNCC. Child-Centered Play Therapy is my specialty area of practice where I work with children ages 2-10 or even 11 and 12, through play. Children don’t yet have the cognitive abilities to participate in traditional talk therapy the way adults do. It is a dynamic, transformational practice in which I help children learn to manage their emotions, self-advocate, increase their self-confidence, get along better with peers and so much more!

Anya Dobbs

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate with several years of experience, but more importantly, I am human with life experiences. I work with every person from a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and empathic approach as I understand that everyone’s story is significant. Although I take a Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy, I understand that every person is different and requires me to be flexible and accommodating in my approach to help each individual person acquire the skills to create the life they desire, one void of overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, stress, and anger.

Christopher Lloyd

Chris is s licensed professional counselor who has been practicing counseling since 2008. He has worked in a variety of settings and has provided counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and couples ages 3 1/2-60’s. Chris has specific training in play therapy, working with military veterans, as well as in the treatment of trauma. He holds a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama.

Alexandra (Alex) Tuck

Hello, My name is Alex. I am the virtual therapist here at Ascend and I’m humbled you are taking your time to review my bio. I am a North Carolina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which licenses me to provide mental health therapy in person and online here in NC. I love working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families whom are willing to meet over our secured portal for therapy. This flexible and time saving format has been proven effective for busy young adults, adults, people with disabilities, parents, and working professionals. Online services can be difficult for children, so we leave this up to the discretion of the parent.

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110A East Main St. Rockwell, NC 28138