About Us

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.

Meet the Therapists
Rebekah Talley, MSW, LCSW, RPT

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. 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 Aetna, BCBS, CBHA, Medcost, United, and self-pay at this time.

Call 980-428- 6195 or email directly at rebekahtalley@zolacounseling.com to schedule with Rebekah.

Bri Bursch, MSW, LCSWA

Bri Bursch attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Further, she attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to obtain her Masters in Social Work. Bri is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate, with advanced training in trauma-informed care models. She sees clients ages 9-35, providing a holistic, strengths-based, client-centered approach. Modalities may include creative expression, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Special areas of focus include healing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, self-esteem concerns, trauma, life adjustments, and grief. Bri has extensive experience working closely with child advocacy centers in Union County and Wilmington, NC to support children and adolescents who have active forensic cases related to physical or sexual abuse. Bri plans to utilize this experience and bring this niche to the Mecklenburg County area as well. In addition to working with children and pre-adolescents, Bri enjoys working with the unique needs of teenagers and adults! Bri is dedicated to working with clients to best meet their needs at a developmentally appropriate, non-judgmental level, all the while creating a comforting and empowering therapeutic experience. It is Bri’s hope to create a safe, trusting environment in which individuals can feel free to express their thoughts and feelings. 

Bri accepts Aetna, BCBS, Medcost, and self-pay at this time.

Call 980-277-2288 or email directly at bribursch@zolacounseling.com to schedule an appointment with Bri.

Kandace Andrews, MA, LPCA, NCC

Kandace Andrews attended Wake Forest University to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and then continued to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte to complete her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Play Therapy. Kandace is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Kandace works with children ages 3-17, using Child Centered Play Therapy with children under 9, which is a developmentally appropriate approach for young children. For older children and adolescents, she utilizes talk therapy and activity therapy from a cognitive behavioral perspective. Kandace specializes in work with children in foster care and adoption, as well as client concerns including ADHD, anxiety, depression, life adjustment/transition concerns, self-esteem, and trauma. Kandace believes it is important for parents to be involved in the therapeutic process for their children, and offers consultation and support throughout the process. Kandace accepts Aetna, BCBS, and self pay at this time.

Call 704-360-0346 or email directly at kandaceandrews@zolacounseling.com to schedule an appointment with Kandace.