Lynn  Puma

Lynn Puma


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
North Carolina Accepting Online
Updated August 29, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Life transitions
  • Sports psychology
  • Stress management
  • Burnout

Professional statement

Lynn Puma is a licensed clinical social worker in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. She works with teens, young adults, and adults. Many of Lynn’s clients come in to address burnout, fatigue, anxiety, and performance issues. Lynn is particularly passionate about serving student & colligate athletes, as well as teens & adults with ADHD.

Lynn provides sports counseling using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness approaches. She believes physical, mental, and emotional health are all connected. When you’re mentally healthy, you are able to enjoy your life and the people in it, feel good about yourself, and deal with stress.

In the session, Lynn focuses on creating positive habits as a great way to support your mental health. This helps you build skills to use when you do face difficult situations. She focuses on teaching brief interventions, including deep breathing and grounding techniques that can be used when challenging situations arise.

Lynn's style is warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental. When clients first start therapy, they will develop a strong, trusting relationship with Lynn where they are allowed to be themselves, feel safe, and feel heard.

Lynn received her MSW from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. For the majority of her career she worked at Levine Children's Hospital, where she provided mental health support and guidance to children and families living with a chronic illnesses. Outside of private practice, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors. She is an avid sports fan and loves attending sporting events with her family. Lynn is also an advocate for women's sports. She is heavily involved with advocacy at a state level and currently sits on the North Carolina Chapter of The National Association of Social Worker's Legislative Committee. Lynn is happy to offer convenient online, virtual therapy sessions.

Message to clients

Mental Health plays a vital role in performance. As a healthcare professional and former collegiate soccer player, I understand the unique pressures and challenges we face in highly stressful professional roles and as competitive athletes. The demands and expectations to succeed, both from ourselves and others, can sometimes drive us to a breaking point. Learning to manage and cope with these demands is my goal at Bridging the Gap CC.

I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I work with student and collegiate athletes to improve their mental health and ultimately become more focused in their sport. I work with athletes to develop self-awareness of thoughts and emotions during competition. Together we will focus on other areas of sports performance, such as self-talk, confidence, making mistakes, rebounding from injury, etc.

Physical, mental, and emotional health are all connected. I started this practice to bridge the gaps between mental and physical health. Make mental health part of your training today!


ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Sports psychology - Navigating mental roadblocks to physical goals; optimizing personal and team performances

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Burnout - Managing and recovering from stressors that lead to feelings of decreased motivation and disconnection from the self; practicing effective self-care and finding ways to relax both physically and mentally


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Lynn Puma is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $140 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (North Carolina)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9 am - 4 pm
  • Tue 11 am - 7 pm
  • Wed 9 am - 4 pm
  • Thu 9 am - 4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 21 years

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Clinical Supervisor for Integrated Behavioral Health Grant, 2017 - Present
Atrium Health , Pediatric Clinical Social Worker, 2003 - 2017

University of North Carolina Charlotte, MSW, 2003
Alfred University , BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice, 2000


North Carolina: C005353