Tonya D. Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S., LP

Founder & CEO

Tonya D. Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S., a native of Durham, North Carolina, is a licensed psychologist and the founder and CEO of The Armstrong Center for Hope (www.armstrongcfh.com), a private group practice of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals cultivating psychological and spiritual wellness for all ages at their Durham and Raleigh locations.  Clinically, Dr. Armstrong works primarily with children, adolescents, couples, and families on issues of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss, and relationship challenges. Additionally, she provides consultation to businesses and professional leaders seeking As much as she enjoys providing, managing, and supervising clinical services at the ACFH and consultation in the community, Dr. Armstrong also immensely enjoys speaking on a host of topics at local, regional, national, and international events.   Since 2000, Dr. Armstrong has also served as the Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling at Union Baptist Church (www.myubc.org) in Durham. 

Dr. Armstrong received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and music at Yale University, her Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke University Divinity School (magna cum laude).  In July 2018, Dr. Armstrong began her term as President of the North Carolina Psychological Association, making her the first African American female to lead the organization.  

Ever a lover of gospel music, “Dr. T” Tonya Armstrong released in 2009 her debut gospel album, Choose Hope, which is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com.  She is also the author of the award-winning book/CD set, Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness and Blossoming Hope Companion: Soothing Songs and Spoken Word Recordings, available on Amazon, Kindle, and in audiobook format at Google Play and Apple Music.  Dr. Armstrong has been married for 28 years to her college sweetheart, with whom she enjoys raising their two teen-aged children. Whether laughing, singing, speaking, or teaching and encouraging her clients, Dr. Armstrong loves living life out loud!

Administrative Team

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Tyrell Baggett, BA, CCMA, CPT

Tyrell Baggett, BA, CCMA, CPT

Mr. Baggett has lived in North Carolina since 1998. He completed his Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services at Strayer University in 2018 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in...

Tehya Drummond

Tehya Drummond

Tehya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and she moved to Durham in 2019 with her husband. She was the general manager at a local coffee shop in Honolulu where she developed her love of coffee and grew to understand the value and significance of quality customer...

Clinical Team

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LoveN’der Avent-Alston, M.A.T.

LoveN’der Avent-Alston, M.A.T.

LoveN’der Avent-Alston is a native of Nashville, North Carolina.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Arts in Teaching at North Carolina Central University in...

Deja Buckner

Deja Buckner

Deja Buckner began her journey in the field of psychology by attending The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for undergraduate studies, earning a B.A. in psychology. During undergrad she excelled in rigorous coursework, social science research, joined clubs,...

Psiyina Davis, MA, MACC, LMFT 

Psiyina Davis, MA, MACC, LMFT 

Ms. Davis states, “Clients who are looking to be engaged in self-discovery and awareness will benefit from working with my approach to therapy. I work with you on accomplishing your goals and enhancing your life journey to health and wholeness.” She has helped clients...

Sherry C. Eaton, Ph.D., LP

Sherry C. Eaton, Ph.D., LP

Dr. Sherry Eaton earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Howard University and a doctorate in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Presently, she is a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at North...

Clifton Garner, Sr., PsyD

Clifton Garner, Sr., PsyD

Clifton Garner, Sr., PsyD., is a native of North Carolina, originally from Roanoke Rapids.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Park University, Parkville, MS. He has a Master’s Degree in Clinical and...

Natalie Gidney-Cole MSW, LCSW

Natalie Gidney-Cole MSW, LCSW

Natalie is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of professional experience working with individuals, children, adolescents and families. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UNC at Greensboro and a Master’s Degree from Howard University in...

Kim Nichols, MA, LMFTA 

Kim Nichols, MA, LMFTA 

Kim Nichols, MA, LMFTA, received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University. Originally from Michigan, Mrs. Nichols has lived in North Carolina for several years. She is also a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she earned a...

Patricia “Trish” Noel, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Patricia “Trish” Noel, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Patricia “Trish” Noel, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else,” Margaret Mead.  Ms. Noel believes that no one should be judged, as each person is unique with their own story.  They are the expert of their...

Vicki Pinson, BS

Vicki Pinson, BS

Ms. Pinson is a third-year graduate student attending North Carolina Central University to obtain her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in ASL Deaf Studies from the University of North Carolina at...

Valeria Rivera-Smith, PsyD, LP

Valeria Rivera-Smith, PsyD, LP

Valeria Rivera-Smith, PsyD, LP, received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Ponce Health Science University, Puerto Rico. In addition, she earned a Master of Science in Psychology from Ponce Health Science University, Puerto Rico. As a bilingual clinical...

Jesus Sanchez, MT, MA, LPA

Jesus Sanchez, MT, MA, LPA

Mr. Sanchez Ohep completed his Master’s in Clinical Psychology at North Carolina Central University and graduated in 2017.  He is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) in the state of North Carolina. Originally from Venezuela, Mr. Sanchez has been in the United...

Marissa Stanziani, Ph.D.

Marissa Stanziani, Ph.D.

Marissa Stanziani, Ph.D., earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. Her clinical work integrates cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic-interpersonal...

Milicia Tedder, PhD, LPA

Milicia Tedder, PhD, LPA

Milicia Tedder, Ph.D., LPA, is a licensed psychological associate with over 10 years working with children, adolescents, women, and families. Dr. Tedder is a native of North Carolina and earned a master’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University and...

Hsiao-Wen Wang, Ph.D., LP

Hsiao-Wen Wang, Ph.D., LP

Hsiao-Wen Wang, Ph.D., LP Hsiao-Wen Wang, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who completed her graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and at Sam Houston State University earning degrees in criminology and clinical psychology.  She provides individual...

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