Experience Paired With Passion

All providers within Cape Fear Developmental Therapies are experts in child/adolescent development and specialize in addressing the needs that arise throughout the maturational years.

We are committed to trying to gain an effective awareness of what each family is seeking help with, when therapy or an evaluation is requested.  Our work together will then hopefully lead to the outcomes desired, to improve the quality of life for the child or adolescent, and the family as a whole.

Clinical Team

Karen S. Kirk, PhD
Karen S. Kirk, PhDPsychologist
Dr. Kirk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Science in Special Education from University of Kentucky, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Child Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University.
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Aitza Galarza-Hernández, PhD
Aitza Galarza-Hernández, PhDPsychologist
Dr. Galarza earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in School Psychology from Texas A&M University.
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Ashly C. Carper, LCMHC
Ashly C. Carper, LCMHCLicensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Ms. Carper holds a Master of Science degree from Walden University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Therapeutic Recreation.
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Jennifer K. Coleman, PhD
Jennifer K. Coleman, PhDPsychologist
Dr. Coleman earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2000. She is a native of Wilmington, and was delighted to return to the area with her husband Edward after graduation, where they have raised two children who are now in college.
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