I received my Master's (MA Ed) in Counseling from Western Carolina University, North Carolina, in May of 2007. The graduate program I completed is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). I am certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, a private certifying agency that recognizes counselors who have met the board's standards for education, knowledge, and experience. I have also accomplished Ed.S requirements and have been certified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a School Counselor for grades K-12 and have been working as a school counselor for the past 6 years. I currently hold Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials in the state of North Carolina (#7300).
In addition to completing my masters degree in School Counseling in 2007, I have worked for 23 years in the field of public education. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Art Education (K-12 certification) and taught high school art for thirteen years. I became very interested in the expressive arts as a form of therapy and practiced art therapy throughout the latter years at the high school. I also achieved certification (K-6) in Elementary Education and have 5 years work experience as a 4th grade teacher. During my time as an elementary teacher, working with young children, I became interested in play therapy and completed trainings in this type of therapy while working on my Masters Degree in Counseling. I have work experience in two counseling positions, one as an Elementary Counselor for 1 year and as a High School Counselor for 5 years. I continue to educate myself and enhance my practice through professional trainings and workshops.
I work with children, adolescents and adults individually and/or in family sessions. Though most of my working experience has centered around school age children, I have worked privately, counseling adults for the past six years.
I believe in the capability of most individuals to find their own solutions to problems and bring balance to their lives. My job, as a counselor, is to help clients identify, explore and resolve difficult issues within their lives. I expect to aid clients in developing skills and needed tools for coping, while providing the structure and support that is needed to empower he/she to live a more satisfying and productive life. I use an integrative approach in my practice, believing that no one technique fits all. Each client's situation is unique. Where some clients may need only a few sessions of counseling to arrive at a resolution of issues, others may need much longer.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROFESSIONALISM
Anything that you or your child tells me will be kept confidential except in the following cases:
- When I believe a client may harm themselves or others
- When I believe a minor child or dependent adult has been or is being abused or neglected
- When ordered by a court (all efforts will be made to protect confidentiality)
At times I may believe it is in a client's best interest to share information with others, or you as a client may wish me to share information with others. That decision will be discussed and made together and I will do so only with your written permission of specifically what I may share.
Counseling sessions are 60 minutes long. I cannot guarantee any specific results regarding your counseling goals but I can assure you that my services will be rendered in a professional manner consistent with accepted ethical standards. Charge per session is $60. I do offer a sliding scale ($30 - $60) depending on your economic situation. This will be discussed at your first visit. Payment is expected at each session. Cash or personal checks are acceptable forms of payment. If unable to keep an appointment, please let me know 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged for missed appointments. Exceptions may be made in dire emergencies. However, it is important that you know that insurance companies require I make a diagnosis of your mental condition before you may seek reimbursement (client will be responsible for filing the claim). I will inform you of this diagnosis, but you must realize that this diagnosis then becomes part of your permanent medical record.
If you should find you are unsatisfied with my services please inform me directly. If I am unable to satisfy your concerns you have the right to call or write to:
The North Carolina Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, P.O. Box 1369, Garner, NC 27529
I understand the information provided above and give my consent for counseling services
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