About Us


Triva Caple and Dr. Sonyia Richardson, Co-Owners

Dr. Sonyia Richardson, MSW, LCSW   

Dr. Richardson possesses a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (UNC Charlotte), a Master in Social Work degree (UNC Chapel Hill), and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education (UNC Charlotte).  She has over 20 years of experience as a social worker. She is licensed as a clinical social worker in North Carolina (LCSW).  Her specialty is working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts.  Additionally, she offers specialized services focused on healing and addressing issues specific to African American individuals, families, and communities.


Her favorite quote is “Lives fall apart when they need to be rebuilt.”  - Iylana Vanzant 

Training and Certifications:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-CBT, DBT Informed Practices, Motivational Interview, Veteran & Military Informed Best Practices, LCSW Supervisor (Completed certification training), Systems of Care

Triva Caple, Owner                                                                                           

Triva Caple joined ALCC in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience within the Healthcare Administration field.  She is a military veteran and has extensive skills with medical billing, accounting, office management, and process management.  Triva can lead others in demanding circumstances and remain calm in stressful situations.  She believes we are all capable at any age of reinventing ourselves if we have the passion and desire.  This belief guides her work as a co-owner of ALCC. 

Her favorite quote is "Broken crayons still color" - Shelley Hitz

Triva Caple is a mother of two children; a college graduate and a teenager.  She enjoys spending time with her family and treasure those moments.

Vernell Copeland, MEd, Human Resources Coordinator
Vernell Copeland is a retired educator from Charlotte Mecklenburg School System with over 34 years of experience. She received an M.Ed. degree from UNC Charlotte and a certificate in Human Resource. She received a BA degree in Education from Johnson C. Smith University.  Mrs. Copeland has over 10 years of experience working at ALCC as the Human Resource  Coordinator. She is dedicated to making sure all staff has the required credentials and certifications to provide qualified and professional mental health services to clients. She believes that taking people to the next level requires empathy, quality, and compliance.
Her favorite quote is, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Phillippians 4:13
Ciara James, BSW, MSW, LCSWA

Ciara James possesses a Bachelor's degree in Social Work (Elizabeth City State University) and a Master’s of Social Work degree (East Carolina University), She is licensed as a clinical social worker in North Carolina. Ms. James has a diverse background in working with children and families, specifically those who have suffered from severe trauma. Ms. James is also highly passionate about uplifting and impacting the lives of individuals’ so that they will become the best version of themselves.

Her favorite quotes are:

“Stay strong, your story isn’t over yet.”

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Gandhi

Training and Certifications:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Trauma-informed Practices, DBT Informed Practices, Motivational Interview

Iesha Williams, MA, Ed.S, NCC, LCMHC, LCASA

Iesha Williams graduated from North Carolina Central University with her BA in
Psychology and from Gardner-Webb University with her MA/Ed.S in mental health counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate.  Ms. Williams has a wide range of
experience ranging from children, adolescents, and adults with mental
health and substance use disorders. She is a big advocate for all her clients and
wants nothing but greatness from each person that she meets.

Training and Certifications:  Motivational interviewing, Person-centered planning, Cultural competence, Resilience factors for people who use drugs, increasing the effectiveness of suicide prevention strategies, Understanding co-occurring mental illness, and substance use disorder

Matthew Mills, MSW, LCSW

Matthew Mills has both Master and Bachelor degrees in Social Work from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He has experience working with youth and families of multiple cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds.  Mr. Mills also has a focus on youth and adults who have had contact with the criminal justice system.


Training and Certifications:  Youth Mental Health First Aid, Person-Centered Thinking, DBT Informed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dejah Alston, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Dejah Alston from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BSW degree. She obtained her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in the state of North Carolina. She has ample experience working with adolescents and adults. She is an interactive, insightful, and nonjudgemental therapist. She believes that everyone is capable of greatness, and she believes that having someone to encourage and guide them along the way is essential to their success and development.


Her favorite quote is:  "Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." - St. Jerome

Chelsey Thompson, MSW, LCSWA

Chelsey Thompson obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree and Master of Social Work degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ms. Thompson practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Associate in the state of North Carolina. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work with all populations, specifically Mental Health, Elderly and victims of Domestic Violence. Ms. Thompson believes that change occurs when individuals are given the guidance they need to recognize their own strengths and understand their potential to living a fulfilling, happy life. She believes in creating a healthy space for hope and healing. 


Favorite quotes: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"To all the crazy things that happened that made me who I am. Amen. To everyone who ever hurt me. I’m stronger ‘cause of them. And I might not have more answers, but the questions make more sense. Amen" - Andra Day

Frida Gutierrez, MSW 

Frida Gutierrez possesses a Bachelor in Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Social Work degree from Johnson C. Smith University.  Ms. Frida grew up in Los Angeles, California, and has a diverse background in dealing with adolescents and families, especially those who have experienced significant distress. She has a passion for helping others and is always trying to help them find better sides of themselves. Ms. Frida can be a helpful asset as she is bilingual and can significantly help with the Spanish-speaking community and is an advocate for those in need.

Favorite Quotes:  

“Stop thinking about the limitations and start thinking about the possibilities.”

“Deja de pensar en las limitaciones, empieza a pensar en las posibilidades”


“Ask God for Wisdom, to give you Courage and Strength”- Mom

“Pedirle a Dios Sabiduria, para que te de  Valor, y Fuerza”- Mama

Training and Certifications:  Trauma Focused-CBT, Motivational Interview, Best Practices Working with LGBTQ+ Individuals and families, and fair housing.

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Timeria Barber, MSW, LCSWA

Timeria Barber possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (College of
Charleston) and a Master’s of Social Work degree (Winthrop University). Her aspiration is to become a licensed clinical social worker. Ms. Barber has over ten years of experience working in Mecklenburg county through voluntarism in Atrium’s Health Pineville Emergency Department and at Safe Alliance. She has been a companion to individuals that have experienced sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Barber looks forward to contributing to the agency as a natural healing advocate providing hope for individuals that have trauma.

Her favorite quote is: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” The Golden Rule


Training and Certifications: Question Persuade Refer Institute-Suicide Prevention,
Rape Crisis Companion for Child and Adult Sexual Assault Survivors, What is
Prevention-Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina