I respect the client's current emotional state and provide a safe, secure environment for our sessions. I also listen to client needs in an empathic, nonjudgmental way. Counseling techniques can vary based on the client's emotional and mental state, age, issue(s), goals and time restraints.
Specialties include substance abuse, trauma, grief, anger management, anxiety, depression, as well as marriage and family issues. We also offer outpatient substance abuse groups to those wanting/needing a supplement to individual sessions.
Our agency offers a multifaceted team of therapists with various specialties to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, as well a geriatric clients.
Are you looking for a way...To develop stronger family and/or marital relationships? To heal from past trauma or other psychological issues? To determine the best parenting approach for your adolescent's personality and behavioral challenges? To get support for drug or alcohol related problems? If so, I would welcome the opportunity to work with you!
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and a licensed clinical addiction specialist (LCAS) with over 20 years of experience in the helping professions. I specialize in marital, trauma, child/adolescent behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and a wide range of adult psychological issues.
I am a Level II EMDR trained therapist for the treatment of PTSD. I provide supervision for provisionally licensed therapists as an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I am also a licensed school counselor with experience in school related behavioral issues in children.
My perspective on therapy is to empower people to overcome personal obstacles and improve upon their overall quality of life. My passion comes from seeing people work through hardships and struggles with therapy and other life changes. I use clinically tested and evidence based interventions, along with my experience in the field of counseling and addictions counseling. Theories and techniques utilized include: cognitive behavioral strategies; motivational interviewing, reality therapy techniques, relapse prevention, harm reduction model, Christian/faith based techniques and 12-step model.
I have worked in community settings, in-patient treatment settings, out-patient, forensics, and opioid treatment. I have also presented on issues related to substance abuse and domestic violence to the Carolina Panthers organization; as well as community outreach through a “Time Warner Cable In-Depth” series on substance abuse. I received my Master’s in Counseling and Community Psychology with a certificate in Forensic psychology. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) in the state of North Carolina. I offer adolescent substance abuse counseling, adult substance abuse counseling, DWI assessment/treatment, and substance abuse assessments.
I am trained and experienced in working with individuals and groups presenting with a wide range of issues. I have worked with individuals dealing with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. I work with adolescents and adults dealing with various challenges.
Some areas of focus include building self-esteem, transitioning through life changes, setting healthy boundaries, identifying warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and developing healthy coping skills. The integrated model does not conform to one school of thought or system. Instead it embraces contributions from a variety of sources according to their validity, applicability, and whether they are appropriate interventions. The theories and techniques I most often use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, Mindfulness-Informed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Psycho education.
Counseling is collaborative between the counselor and client. In my role as your counselor, I can offer a safe and supportive environment in which to help guide and assist you in understanding your thoughts, feelings, behaviors as well as your interpersonal relationships.
Sometimes we just need a sounding board or a third party to listen. Even though we have two ears to hear, we must always listen with the third ear.....our heart. Stressors occur, life happens, and it is really “how” we handle the curve balls in life that makes the difference. My mission is to aid in your emotional growth, while supporting and carefully guiding you in your recovery within a confidential environment. I believe you already have the answers; they just might be cloaked by your history. What I have found after being in my field for over 27 years is that we must offer ourselves grace and have the ability to understand that our histories do not define us, nor do they dictate our future. Therapy is best evolved in a confidential, non-judgmental environment where you can share. It is important you are open and honest as this is clearest way I can get to understand and know you. I know there are sensitive issues you may not want to talk about, but it is best you muster the courage. I know you are busy and my goal is not to have you in therapy for long periods of time. We will create a conjoint plan of care, and we will reassess at the third month in order to determine if continued care is necessary.
The therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one. You will have to do emotional work and sometimes it’s harder than physical work. I utilize several therapeutic strategies including but not limited to Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfullness, Person-Centered Therapy, Parent Work, Bibliotherapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and of course....common sense. I do feel group work can be an essential form of treatment as well. Some typical problems range from family discord, abuse, divorce, school dilemmas, peer and interpersonal obstacles, marriage, parenting and adjustment problems. I also provide comprehensive counseling for individuals experiencing myriads of perplexities. I also clinically supervise LPC and LCSW associates in NC. I look forward to working with you, Nanci