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Zhana Balaam(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, LCSW-A
Rhode IslandNorth Carolina
Anxiety -Communication issues- Couples counseling- Relationship issues-Infidelity-Trust issues-

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Professional statement

Zhana Balaam is an Associate Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Associate Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist providing telehealth services in North Carolina. Zhana’s primary focus lies in providing specialized couples counseling and sex therapy to young and middle-aged couples. Many of Zhana’s clients come when they experience communication challenges, distrust, and find themselves in a negative cycle. Zhana’s work centers around empowering couples to develop effective communication strategies, enabling them to express their thoughts and emotions with clarity and authenticity, create healthy relational patterns, and redefine intimacy in their relationship.

Zhana’s approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, active listening, and non-judgmental support. During treatment, Zhana delights herself incorporating Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) approaches in therapeutic practice. Through the implementation of CBT, Zhana assists clients in recognizing and modifying negative thought patterns and behaviors that may be hindering their personal development and impeding healthy relationships. Furthermore, with the utilization of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Zhana guides couples in understanding and expressing their emotions more effectively, deepening their emotional bonds, and building stronger connections with one another. Additionally, Zhana incorporates the Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach into therapeutic practice as it is an effective way to support clients in making positive changes in their lives.

During sessions, Zhana and clients engage in open, transparent, and candid discussions about raw and sensitive topics. By encouraging couples to discuss these sensitive topics, she and clients address the root causes of their challenges and work towards finding constructive solutions i.e. a positive cycle and healthy relational patterns.

Zhana's commitment to empowering couples aligns with her understanding that they are the experts in their relationship. By respecting their autonomy and individual experiences, she helps them make informed decisions, develop healthier patterns of relating, and supports their well-being along their healing journey.

Message to clients

Times are hard and life can be challenging, especially when it seems like your relationship is failing, you feel like God's left you hanging, and it feels like you’re hitting a brick wall. Let’s keep it real, sometimes it feels like life won’t let you to be great. It’s okay, you're not alone. Life doesn’t change but you can.

During 60 minuet sessions, we talk candidly about raw and sensitive topics that cause problems in your relationship and effect your sex life without limiting your emotions, individual perspective of problems, and spiritual beliefs. Your thoughts and emotions matter. Your spiritual beliefs matter. You are seen and heard.

I pride myself on a genuine interactive therapist-client relationship. In a judgement free and accepting environment, together, we work together to fix what’s crumbling, strengthen deficient areas in your relationship, and work towards spiritual and relational wholeness.

With my services, your relationship will blossom with understanding and will redefine love, peace, and happiness with your partner. Effective communication skills and emotional connections always manifest. Your relationship cannot afford to waste anymore time. Now is the time to be real, heal, and whole. I encourage you to contact me to start repairing your relationship. I’m excited to help you on your healing journey, I’m listening.


North Carolina: P013530 - Rhode Island: CSW03559




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Infidelity - Processing through the impacts that infidelity has on one’s relationship; learning how to set boundaries, resolve conflict effectively, and promote healing in the relationship

Trust issues - Developing an understanding of one’s trust issues, including their origins and how they impact relationships; learning effective communication and conflict management skills; growing one’s relationship through bonding activities and open dialogue


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$130 (60min)
  • Initial session:$145 (90min)
  • Couples sessions:$130 (90min)
  • Couples Initial session$160 (90min)

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
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

Harkening accepts BCBS for individual clients and for individual breakout sessions for couples.

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