About Us

Staff Information


Britta Starke
Welcome to UNC Hospital’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Outpatient Program (ASAP)! 

My name is Britta Starke. I am the Program Director and an Addictions Therapist for this clinic. Since 1997, I have worked with families and individuals who struggle with addiction. My graduate degree is from East Carolina University and I specialized in Clinical Addiction at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. I am a licensed clinical social worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Each of our therapists is qualified to treat co-occurring disorders. UNC Health Care’s motto is “Commitment to Caring.” Our clinic strives to meet and exceed that commitment on a daily basis. I have two primary goals: to provide this clinic with the tools it needs to be as successful as it can be, and most importantly, to help patients feel strengthened and empowered by the treatment they receive here. The first step is yours: Make the call. The healing process will begin with that call.  

We utilize a number of therapeutic approaches, and they are as follows, but are not limited to: CBT, DBT, MET, 12 Step facilitation model, and Seeking Safety model, Satir Family Systems Therapy, and Multi Family Systems Model.


Tom Bernhardt, M.S./LCAS
I am a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Waterloo in my home country of Canada. I  attended Chaminade University of Honolulu for graduate studies (M.S. Counseling Psychology). Since coming to North Carolina in 1995, most of my experience has been at public mental health centers in Orange/Chatham counties, and at a Methadone Clinic in Durham.

In individual, group, and family sessions, I use cognitive behavioral and Motivational Interviewing models. I am particularly fascinated by how the convergence of cultures and faiths in our rapidly-changing world shapes our experience and perception of addiction.

Suzanne Brown, LCSWA
Welcome! Congratulations on taking steps to reclaim your life from addiction. I am hopeful UNC ASAP can help you create the life you want and deserve.
I work with adults, adolescents, and their loved ones in a collaborative way to co-create a treatment journey tailored just for them. In line with a holistic approach, I believe you are more dynamic than the addiction. I will guide you in reconnecting with your strengths, values, self-care, and important relationships.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University and a Masters of Social Work degree from UNC at Chapel Hill. I additionally completed the Certificate of Substance Abuse Studies while obtaining my MSW. I incorporate various treatment interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, and Satir Family Systems. These interventions allow me to work with individuals and their loved ones seeking assistance with addiction, trauma histories, and co-occurring mental health concerns.
I wish you much luck and hope to meet you at UNC ASAP.

Cameron Burleson
I have been practicing social work interventions in North Carolina, Arkansas and Oklahoma since 2001. My areas of interest include treatment for trauma and anxiety-related issues including: survivors of sexual trauma, families and individuals dealing with behavioral challenges, and substance abuse. I have conducted presentations on mental health treatment methods to the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Elon University and the Fort Smith (AR) public school system, among others. I am professionally regarded as an expert in Experiential Therapy and use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy in my practice. I am a 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work.


Arleta Brooks
My name is Arleta Brooks. I am the Administrative Assistant for the office. I have been with the UNC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program for 10 years and I will be the first person you see when you walk in the door. I answer phone calls, return all phone calls, make all appointments (New and Return), check insurance eligibility and get pre-authorizations for fist appointments. I am the Financial Counselor and I am responsible for all billing.


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