Zola Counseling, PLLC was developed in April 2016 by owner and play therapist, Rebekah Talley. Zola Counseling stresses the importance of the therapeutic relationship by creating and establishing rapport with each client. Through developing rapport, Zola therapists ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable in session by recognizing that their mental health matters.
The name “Zola” was uniquely chosen based on its meaning of quiet or tranquil in the Southern African dialect of Zulu. The name itself reflects the mission of recognizing and supporting the unique individual with the motto “mental health matters”. At Zola, we strive to meet the client where they are therapeutically and work together to develop treatment goals. This approach allows clients the self-determination to work collaboratively with their therapist to achieve treatment goals.
Our owner and child specialist, Rebekah Talley grew up in Raleigh, NC. She attended NC State University for her undergraduate degree in Sociology, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to complete her Masters in Social Work and Play Therapy Graduate Certificate. Rebekah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She has been working in the mental health field since 2011 with experience working with children in a psychiatric residential treatment facility, in the community providing intensive in-home therapy, and in an acute psychiatric setting on an adolescent behavioral health unit. Rebekah has advanced training in Child Centered Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy at the Center for Play Therapy in North Texas. Rebekah is a Certified Child Centered Play Therapist candidate, as well as a Level II Certified Child Parent Relationship Therapy Practitioner candidate. Rebekah works with children ages 3-12 in individual therapy which incorporates trauma informed care, mindfulness, and primary therapeutic modality of play therapy. Specialty areas for clients include attachment disruption, adoption support, kinship care, and early childhood trauma. Her goal is to create a safe and therapeutic environment to assist children in safely expressing and coping with their emotions, while developing self-acceptance in the process. Rebekah enjoys spending her free time traveling back to Raleigh to cheer on Wolfpack athletics, as well as being active with her husband and 2 dogs.
Rebekah accepts BCBS, CBHA, Cigna, Medcost, United, and self-pay at this time.
Call 980-428- 6195 or email directly at rebekahtalley@
Rebecca Blanchard is a Charlotte, NC native who graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in play therapy. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Rebecca has a strong interest and focus on research to promote evidence-based programs and practices to further the mental health field. Research projects Rebecca has contributed to include promoting family cohesion and family functioning in relation to self-compassion and child-parent relationship therapy. She places a priority on trauma-informed care to best support clients. Previous practice experiences include play therapy in a school-based setting, as well as supporting young children (play therapy), adolescents, adults, and couples in a private practice setting. Rebecca currently works with clients ages 2-10 using child-centered play therapy, as well as clients 10-60 using a person-centered therapeutic model. She enjoys supporting clients with anxiety, adoption/attachment needs, depression, grief/loss, life adjustment concerns, mood disorders, parenting support, relationship issues, stress reduction, and trauma. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys trying new recipes and spoiling her dog!
Rebecca will soon be in network with BCBS and Medcost. At this time, Rebecca is able to accept self-pay and out of network options. She will courtesy file all out of network claims on your behalf!
Call 704-218-9381 or email directly at rebeccablanchard@
Ellen McNeill grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Charlotte to attend graduate school. She received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in play therapy. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is actively working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
Ellen focuses on supporting children aged 3-12 using Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT); as well as incorporating Person-Centered Therapy with adult clients. Additionally, Ellen has advanced training in infant mental health, with extensive experience working with young children as an educator and learning resource specialist. Past clinical experiences include community based mental health support and private practice experience providing therapy to children, teens, and adults. Practice areas include supporting clients with anxiety, depression, life adjustment concerns, grief/loss, developmental issues, self-esteem, aggression, parenting support, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. Ellen’s goal is to create an environment of trust and support where clients can access their inner resources and strengths to reach their fullest potential and truly flourish. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and yoga.
Ellen will soon be in-network with BCBS and Medcost. At this time, Ellen is able to accept self-pay and out of network options. Zola Counseling will courtesy file all out of network claims on your behalf!
Call 704-389-0698 or email directly at ellenmcneill@