New Directions

A Treatment Center for Anxiety and Depression


Our Clinical Staff 


Description of graphic.CHRISTINE CHILDS,MD

Dr. Childs is a Board Eligible Psychiatrist specializing in Adult Psychiatry. She did her undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University and her medical training at Wake Forest University. She then completed an internship and residency at the University of Arkansas. She enjoys seeing patients with a wide variety of psychiatric situations.





Description of graphic.A.RICHARD COOK,PhD

Rick Cook is a therapist who works in an eclectic style, using techniques from several theraputic modes depending on the specifics of the problem. He is also trained in classic cognitive behavioral therapy. He did his undergraduate studies at Claremont McKenna College, before completing his studies for a Masters Degree and PhD in Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Rick also enjoys being very involved with his church, music, theatre, and exercising.





Teven  Harmon-Townsend began her career in biology and pharmacology. After her two sons  were in school and  Teven returned to the workforce, her interests had changed. She earned  a second Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. For the past 20 years she has worked in a variety of settings including the classroom, the Children’s Home, Hospice, and most recently leading the In Home Services Team in Davie County. Teven has now joined our practice and specializes in therapy with adults, children, teens, and families.




Description of graphic.MARY LADD HEBERT, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Mary Ladd Hebert is a therapist who specializes in Individual and Marital Therapy.  She has practiced in Winston Salem for the past 20 years. She earned her Masters in Social Work degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Mary Ladd also has completed postgraduate training under internationally known clinicians in the areas of anxiety, depression, and marital and relationship therapy. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren.





Description of graphic.STEPHEN W. HEBERT,MD

Dr. Hebert is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has practiced in Winston Salem since 1975. He did his undergraduate work at North Carolina State and medical training at Wake Forest University. After his residency at WFU/NC Baptist Hospital he joined the faculty at Wake Forest University Medical School. In 1985 he began his private practice and served as Medical Director of the Adult Treatment Unit of Charter Hospital until the hospital closed.  Areas of clinical interest include mood disorders(including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness), and  Adult Attention Deficit disorder. He is married with three children and enjoys playing music, woodworking, and golf.




Description of graphic.JAMES D. MATTOX,MD

Dr. Mattox is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has practiced Psychiatry in Winston Salem since 1975. He recieved his undergraduate degree and his medical degree from Wake Forest University. He did his residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital before joining the faculty of Wake Forest University Department of Psychiatry. In 1978 he joined Salem Psychiatric Associates and practiced there until 1987 when he founded New Directions. He has served as Medical Director of the Adult Unit of Charter Mandala Center. His primary clinical interest is the treatment of Bipolar Disorders.




Our Office Staff  



Description of graphic.HEATHER BARR

Heather works on the reception desk in the mornings helps in the insurance office when needed.






Description of graphic.LORA HORNE

Lora manages our office staff as well as helping out with just about everything else.






Description of graphic.CLARK LARSON

Clark works in our insurance office most of the time, and helps some in the front office when needed.







Description of graphic.MICHELLE LOVETTE

Michelle anchors our reception desk in the afternoons, and does a lot of our day to day work with medical records.







Description of graphic.LINDA SMITH

Linda has been with our practice since it began, and anchors our insurance office.