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Meet Vanessa


Welcome! First off I want to thank you for visiting my website. I know it can be very difficult  trying to find the right therapist for you and/or your family. Trust me, I really do know what it feels like to be on this search. I have been on the other end of the therapy room seeking my own support and help for the broken places in my heart. The darkness of the past never magically disappears without casting major roadblocks along the journey of life.  Through my own growth and educational experiences, I have fallen in love with the work I do. I find it an honor to sit with you (read more here about how I REALLY feel), so allow me to share a little more about myself  and my professional beliefs.

My name is Vanessa Crisp and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina (License # C007811). In 2010 I graduated from Appalachian State University (ASU) earning the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a focus on individual (child/adolescent/adult) and family therapy. As a young person, I knew I wanted to work with with others. I didn’t know how it would unfold, but I had a deep desire to see people thrive.  The desire never went away even after experiencing my own moments of pain and darkness. Shortly after I graduated high school, my passion and calling for helping others became more clear and I discovered the clinical social work degree at ASU.  It was through my educational and personal experiences I learned that families and individuals can reach their deep personal goals.  As I began the  healing journey, I encountered more  passion, faith, and desire to walk alongside others in the pursuit of healing. Since May 2010, I have been counseling individuals and families with a wide range of presenting concerns.  I have extensive experience working with school aged children and families who suffer from behavioral issues, depression/mood disorders, anxiety, traumatic events, attention deficits, oppositional behaviors, and more (read more about my counseling options).

So what is it like to work with me in a counseling setting? I work with teens through adult aged women. I have to say, God made me to look very young so teens may feel safe and comfortable talking to me.  A resistant teen doesn’t intimidate me (anymore), and I will walk alongside them in the toughest and darkest moments until they eventually open their hearts to the healing journey. If you are an adult with more life experience than me I will respect and genuinely honor this. You know more about life than me, and I am not here to tell you how to walk out the rest of your life. For you, I will offer a unique style that helps you truly define yourself and heal events from the past. I will challenge you and offer a new way for you to explore your internal and external world. I am not afraid of your tears or anger; we will journey this together and strive to encounter  grace, transformation, and hope.  Lastly, if you are family in need of counseling I invite every one of you in! YES that is right, even the family member who swears they will never step their foot in my office. You are welcomed here and I am happy to meet you. Families who express very passionately doesn’t offend me. I am from an Italian family, and there is no such thing as one person talking at a time…. However, in therapy we will honor each voice and attempt to take turns. I am excited to offer counseling and I extend blessings in your search for a therapist.

Areas of Professional Growth

I hope you have a better picture of what it is like to counsel with me as well as a deeper understanding of who I really am. Now on to the professional language. I won’t write a book here on the areas of my training, but I would love to talk to you more about it when you come in. Please feel free to ask me about my training, educational, and professional experiences. As mentioned, I have a Masters degree in social work with a focus on clinical counseling and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been trained by the North Carolina Treatment Program to administer and conduct Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is a highly specialized therapy for child survivors of traumatic experiences. I have completed level one and two of the Internal Family Systems therapy training. This is an individual therapy approach designed to help individuals live from their true self and heal from emotional and physical trauma from the past.  Every two years I complete 40 hours of continuing education and travel to various cities attending conferences and trainings applicable to the field of psychology and counseling.  It is essential and important for me to continue to improve my skills as a therapist and I can honestly say I attend quality trainings that improve my counseling abilities .

Thanks for taking a minute to read about me! I am excited to hear from you.

To see if I would be the right fit for your counseling needs please call me at 828-338-9033, or e-mail me at vanessa@vcrispcounseling.com