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Dr. George Gates

Dr. George Gates, DMin, LPA, LPC

Dr. Gates is a licensed professional counselor, licensed psychological associate and a faith-based counselor.  He earned his doctorate from Boston University and his master's degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University.  He has undergone extensive training in the cognitive behavioral psychotherapy model. 

Areas of specialization include

  • couples counseling
  • depression and anxiety disorders
  • workplace stress
  • grief and loss
  • psychological adjustment to chronic illness
  • men's issues
  • individual faith journeys

Lynn Parker Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Lynn Parker Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Lynn is a licensed clinical social worker; she earned her master's degree from East Carolina University. Lynn has been a middle-school teacher and guidance counselor in the public school system and the Family and Developmental Specialist at New Hanover Regional's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  She is also infant-toddler certified (pending final review). Lynn is looking forward to meeting with the individuals and family in our area.

Areas of specialization include:

  • families-including single-parent households and families with special-needs members
  • women's issues
  • school problems
  • grief and loss-including chronic illness
  • anxiety and depression

Dr. Roy Vogel, PhD., M.Ed.

Dr. Vogel, a psychologist, has been in practice for over 20 years and has conducted over 35,000 direct patient hours.  Having earned his Ph.D. and M.Ed. in psychology from Boston College, Dr. Vogel built a large group practice in New Jersey, which he recently sold.  Dr. Vogel also produced and hosted a live, drive-time, NYC-based radio show for six years.  His practice has primarily been focused on adults.  Currently, he is primarily accepting referrals of a forensic nature, and conducts evaluations of a diverse nature, including but not limited to:

  • Personal injury
  • Workers' Comp
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Criminal prosecution and defense
  • Wrongful death
Linda Oldham Ikle

Linda Oldham Iklé, Ph.D.

Dr. Iklé is a licensed clinical psychologist with 26 years of experience in the evaluation of mental health disorders and developmental disabilities. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Denver and she has a Master’s degree in education as well as one in psychology. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams evaluating children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health problems since 1983. She has also been involved in longitudinal research on children with high-risk birth conditions and high-risk environmental conditions since 1978.  She taught at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology. 

Areas of Specialization include

Evaluation and Treatment Recommendations for:

  • Developmental Delay/Disabilities
  • Educational Problems/Learning Disabilities
  • Complex or Severe Mental Disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Age range: infants, toddlers, preschool, school age, adult
Jennifer Staat, Ph.D.

Jennifer Staat, Ph.D.

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Staat has more than 20 years experience helping people build new lives they love.  She has been practicing in Wilmington since 2002.  She works with individuals of all ages who are seeking relief. Her treatment approach is holistic—that is, she works to integrate body, mind, and heart to create healing.  She takes both conscious and unconscious factors into account. She was classically trained in psychodynamic depth psychotherapy, but she also uses “body-brain” techniques (e.g. EMDR, Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma Release, Bioenergetics, Energy Tapping, Ego States Therapy, AIT, etc.) that speed treatment, deepen healing, and make connections between the knowledge in the mind and the wisdom in the body.

Dr. Staat’s approach is ideal for anyone suffering from stress and trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual or physical abuse, and OCD.

Professional Education & Training
Dr. Staat received a B.A. in Psychology and in English Literature from the University of Virginia. She received a Ph.D. in General Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee, a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association. She completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she received specialty training in Child & Family Therapy. And, she attended the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, where she received specialty training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is a certified EMDR practitioner.  Dr. Staat has also completed Level I training at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Center in Broomfield, CO.
Before joining Gateway Psychological, Dr. Staat worked in a variety of mental health settings, including: the public school system; a children's hospital; several child guidance clinics; university mental health clinics; a community mental health center; an Army hospital; state agencies; and, private practice settings. Dr. Staat has been a staff psychologist at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Child Guidance Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Deer Park School District, Neuse Mental Health Center, Community Wellness Center, the Children's Developmental Services Agency, Womack Army Hospital, QTC, and VES (Veteran’s Evaluation Services). Dr. Staat joined private practice so that she could offer more individualized attention than is available in these larger settings.

Dr. Staat has been licensed to practice psychology in Virginia and Texas; and, she is currently licensed in the state of North Carolina.

Professional Affiliations
Dr. Staat is a member of the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychology Association, the NCPA Division of Independent Professional Practice, the EMDR International Association, and the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. She has also been elected into the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society.


Gateway Psychological Services
1606 Wellington Ave, Suite H
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-793-6144
Email: info@gatewaypsych.com