Adult Psychiatry

Phone: 919-998-9177

Over the years I’ve had the privilege to accompany many people on their healing journey and have been inspired by their courage and wisdom.   I do believe in a holistic approach to healing.   Healing is not a return to what was, but a movement forward to a new life allowing true happiness and joy.


I am gender-affirming and welcome members of the LGBTQ community.

Verena Socolar, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

For Patients of Dr. Socolar:


If you are a patient of Dr. Verena Socolar, PhD, PMHNP-BC, you should have already received a letter detailing the transition of her practice. Dr. Socolar will be seeing patients at her new practice from March 15, 2018 at 150 Providence Road, Suite 201  (Providence Place 1), Chapel Hill, NC 27514 . 


For appointments or questions please call 919-998-9177 

or visit her website at




Dr. Socolar graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She has worked in nursing for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including pain management and hospice. Prior to becoming a nurse, she earned a Ph.D. in Cell-Biology from the State University of New York at Albany.  She describes herself as an existential-humanistic practitioner who integrates a broad base of counseling techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness training. 


Dr. Socolar provides medication management as well as short-term psychotherapy. When prescribing medications, she carefully listens to her clients to find the best medication regime to manage symptoms and minimize problems with possible side effects.  Clients already in therapy and seeking medication management will be encouraged to continue to work with their current therapist, and Dr. Socolar will collaborate with the therapist as needed.  She is experienced in treating anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD.  She is accepting clients 13 years and older.


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