Our Experts: Meet the heart behind the help.

Nancy Kotz, MSW, LCSW / Founder and Director

Nancy Kotz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Gestalt Therapist and faculty member of The Seaside Gestalt Institute. She holds academic degrees from the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania, and received her postgraduate Gestalt therapy training from the renowned Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio.

Nancy’s dream of creating a place like the Successful Parenting Institute emerged from her extensive education, 20-plus years of counseling experience with families, and her deep love for children. She wondered….

“What if there were a place in Wilmington that specialized in helping people be the parents they want to be?”

And so, Successful Parenting Institute was born. Hundreds of lectures and word-of-mouth referrals later, Nancy is thrilled to have added more experts to the cause of creating a healthy and peaceful family atmosphere where both parents and children can be their best.

Today Nancy specializes in counseling individuals, couples and families, and speaking to groups large and small throughout the Wilmington area. At home, she has the privilege of practicing what she teaches with her husband and three sons. Nancy is the Founder and Director of Be The Adult, a nonprofit organization that encourages healthy families.

Nancy works with adult individuals and couples.

To make an appointment with Nancy call 910-512-3445, and if you leave a phone number or message, please indicate if it’s permissible to leave you a message.

arthur-frankelArthur J. Frankel, LCSW, PhD

Dr. Arthur J. Frankel has been working with parents and children for over 35 years. He received a Doctorate in both Psychology and Social Work at the University of Michigan in behavior therapy with a specialization in families and children. As a Professor, he has published more than 30 articles and three books, and has conducted extensive research in children’s issues. Over the course of his career Dr. Frankel has been a professor of social work and psychology at the University of Louisville, Rutgers University, Yeshiva University and is currently a Full Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Seaside Gestalt Institute faculty member.

Dr. Frankel works with adults, and all age children in conjunction with their parents.

To make an appointment with Art call 910-352-5685, and if you leave a phone number or message, please indicate if it’s permissible to leave you a message.

Claire Caropreso, MSW, LCSW

Claire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from UNC Wilmington in 2013. She is certified and rostered through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of children and teens. Claire utilizes a strength-based approach in her work with individuals, couples, and families in order to focus on effective communication, the building and maintenance of healthy relationships, the management of difficult thoughts and emotions, and the discussion and processing of difficult experiences and/or trauma. Claire accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and United Healthcare.

Claire works with children beginning at age 8 and with adults.

To make an appointment with Claire call 910-524-3760, and if you leave a phone number or message, please indicate if it’s permissible to leave you a message.

Kari Papagikos, MSW, LCSW-A

Kari Papagikos received her Master of Social Work degree from The University of North Carolina  Wilmington in 2017, and is provisionally licensed as a clinical social worker. After graduation, she worked at Coastal Horizons as a school-based therapist in the Brunswick County schools. Ms. Papagikos completed the Gestalt Therapy Training Program at the Seaside Gestalt Institute in Wilmington, and The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She has also been trained at an intensive Gestalt Play Therapy program in California.  Kari loves working with children of all ages. Prior to shifting to a counseling career, Kari  worked as a licensed elementary and middle school teacher in North Carolina and Connecticut.

Kari works with children ages 3 through 12.

To make an appointment with Kari call 910-622-0814, and if you leave a phone number or message, please indicate if it’s permissible to leave you a message.

Independent Practitioners

We are a group of independent practitioners. Although we all share an office with each other and other therapists, each of our practices are independent from each other. We each only provide treatment for our own clients.