I am a Licensed Clincal Mental Health Counselor, located in Raleigh, North Carolina and have been in private practice for nearly 20 years. I have a holistic approach to healing with a strong background in Biofeedback and EMDR and additionally graduated from the UNC Mindfulness-Based Program for Stress and Pain Management.
My master’s degree is from NCSU with an emphasis in Health Behaviors/Health Education. My strong desire to become a licensed professional counselor led me back to NCSU, where I pursued graduate studies in counseling.
Most importantly, as a fellow human, I understand the complexities and subtleties of being a person in our complicated world. I can relate to personal struggles in very deep ways through my own continuous personal work and spiritual growth.
I was named “Counselor of the Year” in 2010 by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina and for many years took an active role on their board. I am past president of the NC Biofeedback Society and served as a consultant to the Education Section of the Association of Applied Psycho-physiology and Biofeedback Society.
In the late 1970s, I began my counseling career employed by the Department of Social Services as a Child Protective Caseworker in New York. I moved to the Raleigh area in the in the mid-1980s and was employed by the Department of Environment Health and Natural Resources holding several positions including Employee Safety and Health Officer and the Disaster Response/Recovery Officer for NC State Parks and Recreation.
In the mid 1990’s, I joined the American Red Cross as a volunteer. For a number of years I was the Disaster Response Coordinator for the Disaster Action Team, American Red Cross, Triangle Chapter. I have extensive training in disaster response and recovery to include Critical Incident Stress Management. My education and experience afforded me the opportunity to work with a group known as R3 Continuum, as a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer.
While working on my graduate studies in counseling in 1997 through 1999, I worked as a treatment coordinator for a Chronic Pain Clinic, as well as in an outpatient physical therapy facility as a biofeedback practitioner.
From 2015 to 2017, I was contracted by the Department of Defense on an as-needed basis serving as a Military Life Health Consultant.
From 2017 until 2021 I served in a volunteer position as part of the clinical team for The North Carolina Firefighter Peer Support Organization.
In early 2021 I was appointed to the faculty for the International Trauma Training Institute and the Advisory Board.