Who Am I?

So after days, weeks, or months of searching for "the right therapist" you found me. I know it can be a frustrating process. I'm not going to spend too much time talking about me or my credentials. I would like instead to tell you what type of therapist I am. Hopefully this will help you to decide if I'm the right therapist for you. It really isn't about me. It's about what I can offer to you to live your best life.
I am the type of therapist who works best with clients who really want to make positive changes in their life.  You are tired of doing the same old things and not getting the results that you desire.  I work best with clients who don't get easily offended if they are challenged and appreciate a therapist who is straightforward.  Therapy can be hard work.  You sometimes have to change thoughts and behaviors that have been a part of you for a very long time. Please be assured that I will walk along side you as you successfully complete your therapy journey.  I will give you the tools that you need to help you to make lasting changes in your life. I want to be the kind of therapist that I would want to go to if I needed help.  

The Boring (But Important Stuff)

I received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I graduated from NC A&T State University with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. This was an advanced generalist program that is accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE). 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #C005920), which enables me to practice therapy independently in the state of North Carolina. I have been a practicing independent therapist for over 12 years.  I am also working towards obtaining my Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) license .  I am a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCAS-A) which enables me to provide substance use treatment services under the supervision of a Certified Clinical Supervisor (LCAS, CCS). 

I am not a psychiatrist.  A psychiatrist is a medical doctor 

(M.D. or D.O.).  In addition to providing psychotherapy, a psychiatrist can prescribe medication to treat mental health and substance use disorders. 

I began my therapy journey working in community mental health. I have worked with all client populations.  I have also worked as a Hospice & Palliative Care Social Worker and as a Behavioral Health Social Worker in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital Unit.

I am a Board Certified Telehealth Professional Level II with certification from Telebehavioral Health Institute (https://telehealth.org/certified). This was a rigorous year long certification program that I completed in 2018.

My Journey into Life Coaching

Like therapy, life coaching has been my passion for several years.  I found that many of the calls that I received in my therapy practice were from people seeking mental health counseling because they did not know where else to go for help. In actuality they were not really struggling with a mental health issue, but were having poor work performance, increased work absences, and stress. I began to accept referrals from people in my community that needed a life coach, not a therapist.   

I am often told by those that I have worked with that I am very easy to talk to, have a calming voice, and very strengths-based. I have loved working as a life coach and look forward to broadening my practice and working with people from all over the world who need to overcome life barriers and be able to accomplish their life goals. I believe every person has the potential and right to lead fulfilling lives.  Call me a(336) 443-5535 or e-mail me at [email protected] if you would like to give life coaching a try.

Although a life coach does not have to be certified or licensed, I am currently working on a Life Coach certification through Life Purpose Institute.  Check them out at www.lifepurposeinstitute.com.

Call me now at (336) 443-5535 or securely e-mail me to schedule an appointment.

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