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Cary Behavioral Health is a specialty group practice that offers comprehensive behavioral health & psychiatrist services to patients in the Cary & Raleigh. Our clinical team is dedicated to helping patients achieve or enhance their psychological well being. Treatment programs are designed to help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship difficulties, addictions, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. We offer a range of services including initial psychological evaluation, individualized therapy, medication management, neuro-psychological testing, genetic testing, Intramuscular atypical and TMS Therapy.

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Rediscover Your Identity

We are currently welcoming new clients and accept most major insurance carriers. Potential clients can make appointments by calling (919) 466-7540. Our office staff is available from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday should you have any questions. Also we would like to remind you to contact your insurance company in advance to determine your individual mental health policy and any requirements for prior authorizations.


Recover From Depression & Control Anxiety

  • Learn how to address suicidal thoughts and get out of bed and back to normal life
  • Achieve the ability to meet your goals and lead the life you want to lead
  • Manage panic attacks and feel less anxious in social situations
  • Manage PTSD and reduce the impact of trauma on daily life and begin returning to your normal routine

Reduce Stress & Learn To Manage Your Anger

  • Learn to better manage stress and focus on objectives
  • Have more energy with healthier eating habits and exercise
  • Stop letting anger control you and get in the way of your relationships
  • Learn how to end destructive relationships and get past them

Communicate Effectively at Home & at Work

  • Learn how to reconnect with friends and family and improve your ability to stay connected
  • Improve your ability to resolve disagreements with people you care about and have them understand your needs
  • Make new friends and develop new connections
  • Reduce emotional outbursts

What We Treat?

CBH of Cary provides mental health services to adults and seniors. We work closely with primary care physicians, therapists, psychiatrists as well as local hospitals in Cary & Raleigh.

Mood Disorder

Mood disorders fall into the basic groups of elevated mood, such as mania or hypomania; depressed mood, of which the best-known and most researched is major depressive disorder (MDD) (commonly called clinical depression, unipolar depression, or major depression); and moods which cycle between mania and depression.

Bipolar Disorder

A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. Manic episodes may include symptoms such as high energy, reduced need for sleep, and loss of touch with reality. Depressive episodes may include symptoms such as low energy, low motivation, and loss of interest in daily activities.


A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work. Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity. Treatments include medication and talk therapy.

Anxiety Disorders

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.Symptoms include stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness. Treatment includes counseling or medications, including antidepressants.


PTSD is a disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Symptoms may include nightmares or flashbacks, avoidance of situations that bring back the trauma, heightened reactivity to stimuli, anxiety, or depressed mood. Treatment includes different types of psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.

Addiction Psychiatry

Addiction psychiatry is a medical subspecialty within psychiatry that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of people who are suffering from one or more disorders related to addiction.


The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviors. OCD often centers on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner. Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life. Treatment includes talk therapy, medications, or both.

Our Services

Our health care professionals include top-trained psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, psychologists and LCSW with expertise in treating adults and seniors. Our clinical team takes a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to care. We are dedicated to providing quality, goal oriented care tailored to one’s individual needs and unique history.


Medication Management

As many psychiatric conditions have an underlying genetic and biological basis, medication can be a crucial component of treatment. Medications are often used as adjuncts to or in lieu of psychotherapy. In fact, research shows that the gold standard of treatment for depression, anxiety and many other psychiatric conditions is combined psychotherapy with medication. During an evaluation, our psychiatrists utilize a bio-psycho-social model to treatment and identifies biological, genetic, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to a patient’s condition. This often involves the use of laboratory testing, genetic testing, and psychological testing. Our providers will discuss with you the nature of your illness, the reason for the medication and the likelihood of improving with and without medication. She will also explain alternative treatments to medication, which have not been tried and provide an explanation why they should not be tried first. Further, the psychiatrist will explain the type of medication being recommended, probable side effects known to occur, and any possible long term side effects. Once the decision to start medication is made, the provider will monitor closely to determine how well the medication is working and whether it will need to be adjusted or even changed. If the patient is not responding to the medication she may utilize genetic testing to determine whether certain characteristic genetic differences are contributing the lack of response and use this information to change the medications accordingly. Our providers take a conservative approach to treatment with medication and aims to use the minimum amount of medication to achieve a desired effect. It has been observed that many people being treated for a variety of psychiatric conditions are over medicated and often with complex medication combinations that are not evidence based. Our providers will carefully evaluate and discuss your current treatment regimen with you as it compares to true evidence based practice guidelines and can often create a treatment plan that minimizes medication use.



Therapy sessions are designed to assist individuals struggling with anxiety, ADHD, marital and family discord, addiction, Bipolar Disorder, depression, mood disorder, OCD, PTSD, anger management and stress management. Our group of psychologists and LCSW are specialized and trained in multiple treatment modalities including short term solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, dialectical behavior therapy, and trauma focused therapy (EMDR). Individual therapy sessions can be structured or open-ended and are customized to an individual’s particular needs. In a structured session the therapy is focused on a particular problem area and one will be guided with skills and exercises to achieve a clear treatment goal. An open-ended session allows for patients to explore multiple issues in a way to facilitate awareness and personal growth. Individual sessions aim to provide guidance, foster insight, and help enhance and maintain physical and mental health.


Psychological Testing

A neuropsychological/psychological evaluation involves a comprehensive battery of standardized paper-and-pencil and or computer tests that assess attention, concentration, memory, language, reasoning, and learning strengths and weaknesses. The tests also include measures of intellectual functioning and personality as well as instruments to assess mood, behavior and stress levels. The test provides a thorough cognitive and psychological profile that includes objective information about the patient’s functioning in terms of specific issues that may benefit from intervention. Neuropsychological testing provides a more objective measure of a patient’s cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning and can be a valuable tool in the evaluation of many conditions including:

  • ADD / ADHD
  • Personality Assessment
  • Behavior Assessment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive Changes following a Medical Illness
  • Cognitive Changes due to Substance Use

Our Treatment Team


Waheed K. Bajwa, MD

Board Certified in Adult & Addiction Psychiatry


Dr. Bajwa is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He has been part of academic psychiatry with positions at Albert Einstein College and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Bajwa has worked in public psychiatry through work at Milwaukee County Mental Health and Dorthea Dix in Raleigh.

Dr. Waheed K. Bajwa has experience in managed care through United Behavioral Health and 20 years of private practice in Milwaukee and Raleigh with special interest in treating Mood Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, Personality Disorder, Adult ADHD, Schizophrenia and Dual Diagnosis.

Dr. Bajwa coordinates care of his patients with primary care physicians, psychotherapist, inpatient attendings and hospitalist.

Dr. Bajwa has over 30 years experience in treating psychiatric disorders. He received residency training at a Columbia University affiliate, Harlem Hospital in New York and his fellowship in Biological psychiatry at Albert Einstein College affiliate, Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Natalie Chigozie



Natalie Chigozie is a North Carolina licensed clinical social worker practicing in the mental health field for more than 12 years. Her experience includes working with individuals, couples and groups in private practice and psychiatric hospitals. Natalie has experience with many mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, bipolar disorder together with an understanding of sexual trauma and substance abuse.

As an IOP therapist, Natalie incorporates many of the senses into healing and recovery exercises. Natalie believes art and music therapy exercises create opportunity for learning, recovery, and healing in different ways than CBT and psychodynamic therapies. As a group therapist Natalie recognizes the positive power of peer connections that are created in the IOP groups. The power of being present in a room of people who know first hand what if feels like to experience the symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Megan Cooper



Megan Cooper is a native of North Carolina with a passion for mental health. She believes that having a space to be heard and supported can create powerful change in a person’s life. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has 10 years of previous work experience with a wide variety of age groups and mental health needs including eating disorders, chronic illness/pain, anxiety, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders, self-harming behaviors, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She practices Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and trauma-informed approaches.

Cheza Garvin



Dr. Cheza Garvin is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in mental health, health psychology and substance abuse treatment and public health. She has a master’s degree in public health and social welfare from the UC, Berkeley and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. At Cary Behavioral Health, her work focuses on psychotherapy services for adults and adolescents, with emphasis on CBT for a variety of mental health disorders, including chronic illness, sleep disorders-particularly insomnia, depression, anxiety, relationships, cultural identity issues, trauma, and other concerns. Dr. Garvin also incorporates healthy aging, wellness coaching, DBT and supportive therapies into her work.

Jessica Mohr

Certified Nurse Practitioner, NP-C


Jessica Mohr is a compassionate Family Nurse Practitioner who is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at King University in Tennessee and then earned her Master of Science in Nursing at King University in Tennessee. Prior to joining Cary Behavioral Health, Jessica worked as a Registered Nurse in emergency medicine and mental health services. Jessica enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, bike riding, and hiking.

Rachel Rifkin


Dr. Jessica Wilson

Rachel Rifkin | Since graduating with my master’s in social work from Saint Louis University, Rachel has been providing clinical services to children, adults, families, and groups in a variety of settings. She has had the opportunity to work with clients struggling with a variety of social, behavioral, emotional, and mental health challenges, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues affecting work, school, or home, and general life stresses.

Over the years, she has been fortunate to see firsthand the powerful role that therapy can play in helping people to better understand themselves and those around them. For this powerful change to take place, she feels therapy should be a safe place where people can express and process their thoughts and feelings. Rachel makes every effort to ensure her clients are met with empathy, authenticity, and unconditional acceptance. In order to help her clients reach their goals, she utilizes a client-centered, trauma-informed approach to therapeutic care. Rachel also integrates components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness.

Dr. Jessica Wilson


Dr. Jessica Wilson

Dr. Jessica Wilson is a psychologist with over 10 years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at University of North Carolina Greensboro. She joins the team at Cary Behavioral Health after working in NYC for several years at the Columbia Day Treatment Program providing intensive group and individual psychotherapy treatment for adults.

Jessica sees a wide variety of clients in her practice, including individuals struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and substance use disorders. She also works with survivors of trauma, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect and assault. Jessica is primarily a cognitive behavioral therapist, and has additional expertise in the use of acceptance-based treatments such as DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In the treatment of trauma, she has completed training in Cognitive Processing Therapy and EMDR, and regularly incorporates these modalities in treatment. She believes that effective treatment begins with a collaborative relationship with clients.

Get in Touch

Call our office at (919) 466-7540. Our normal hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm M-F. Our average appointment wait for routine assessment is one week. Urgent appointments can be arranged in 24-48 hrs.

For appointments for new patients, please use our convenient appointment contact form.


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