I have over 18 years of experience in the field and hold a Masters of Arts in Counseling from North Carolina Central University. My area of special interest and experience is working with individuals suffering from anger, depression and anxiety and couples. My experience also includes working with families, high risk youth, chemically dependent individuals, dually diagnosed, HIV diagnosed and the LBGT populations. I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities in my approach including CBT and DBT. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC #227520) and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC # 5529) with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. I also hold the credential of Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist-Associate (LCAS-A #20570) with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
Counseling is a joint effort, which cannot be successful without your hard work, energy and courage. There are many reasons people seek counseling; regardless of the reasons, I believe an enhanced sense of self understanding and acceptance is essential in all situations (this includes understanding how past experiences have shaped the way we view ourselves, as well as how we understand relating to others). Therapy provides a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, and feelings about people in your life as well as yourself. It allows you the opportunity to practice new ways of interacting and, when ready, to try these in other relationships. I believe that each individual has a unique view of the world, based on his/her role in it. The understanding; that none of us are totally individual, but are part of a whole, either as part a small family unit or as a part of the greater community, is critical to the growth process. Self-awareness may be a very short process for some clients and longer for others. Just as you have the right to decline or accept any suggestions or therapeutic approach, you also have the right be informed of any potential risks. Such risk might include, but are not limited to; uncomfortable feelings of guilt, anxiety, anger or frustration. During the process of changing, current relationships may become strained because of your growth. With these risks in mind, weigh the disadvantages of counseling with the benefits; which may include gaining insight into yourself, developing coping skills and equipping yourself to deal more effectively with life.
American Counseling Association
Counselors for Social Justice
Licensed Professional Counselors Association of NC
National Association of Female Professional Women
International Association of Healthcare Providers