Background and Experience
I am a clinical social worker with 23 years of experience working with families and children. I have worked with individual adults for 10 years. I graduated from Goshen College (Indiana) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1983. I earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina in Social Work in 1992. I obtained my license to practice from the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board in 1996 and have maintained continuous licensure since that time. I have always maintained regular clinical supervision, which helps to sharpen my skills and allows me to benefit from the insight of other highly qualified and experienced mental health clinicians.
Following graduate school, I worked for almost 2 years at John Umstead Hospital, where I gained valuable experience in an inpatient setting. I worked on an adolescent unit at the hospital, and found it to be a challenging but rewarding experience. I subsequently worked for 13 years at Person Counseling Center in Roxboro, providing outpatient mental health therapy to families and children. I also served as the supervisor for the Child Treatment Team, leading weekly meetings to discuss clinical cases with other team members and the team child psychiatrist. I helped to develop ADHD therapy groups and facilitated educational efforts about ADHD for families and children. I also led a girls’ support group at the clinic and was a co-leader for a boys’ group.
In 2008, due to restructuring of the public mental health system in North Carolina, I decided to leave the Counseling Center and open a private practice, which had been a long-term professional goal of mine. I have now been in private practice for the past 9 years. It is very gratifying to see my clients make positive changes in their lives. I am dedicated to working with adults, children, and families to help them enhance the quality of their lives. I have a strong commitment to maintaining client confidentiality. After working for years in the public sector, I realized that one of the benefits of private practice is the ability to provide a private, safe, and nurturing office setting for clients. People need a safe space in which to share their deepest thoughts and feelings.