Who Am I?
Who Am I?
So after days, weeks, or months of searching for "the right therapist" you found me. I know it is 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. I'm not a very passive therapist. I do not sit quietly nodding my head and saying, "I see. What do you think about that?". I work along side you engaging in active conversation. When you successfully complete therapy, I want you to walk away with a good understanding of what brought to therapy in the first place. I will give you the tools 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.
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 began my therapy journey working in community mental health. I have worked with all 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 Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) Certified Telebehavioral Health Professional (https://telehealth.org/certified). This was a rigorous year long certification program.
My Journey into Life Coaching
Like therapy, life coaching has been my passion for several years. I would often get calls in my therapy practice from potential clients who did not present with mental illness or substance use disorders, but were experiencing other "crises" in their lives. I found that many of the calls that I received in my therapy practice were from clients seeking counseling through their EAP providers because they did not know where else to go for help. In actuality they were not really struggling with depression or anxiety, 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, to help them unlock their potential, discover their best self, find a peace of mind, gain clarity in their lives, overcome obstacles, gain purpose in their lives, develop a different attitude, decrease their anxiety, boost their confidence, and make decisions in their lives that they feel is right for them. 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 with several people in my community and look forward to being able to work 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 at (336) 443-5535 or e-mail me at [email protected] if you would like to give life coaching a try.