about me

The therapist

Areas of professional growth

In 2010, I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Appalachian State University. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina (License # C007811).

I’m trained by the North Carolina Treatment Program to administer Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for child survivors of traumatic experiences. Although I no longer practice TF-CBT with children, trauma-informed therapy is the primary psychology that informs my work with clients.

I’ve completed Level 1, 2, and 3 of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy training and in 2021 became a Certified IFS therapist. This is an approach designed to help individuals live from their true self and heal from past emotional and physical trauma. I specialize in the intersection of Christianity and IFS to offer faith-based counseling.

Every 2 years I complete 40 hours of continuing education applicable to the field of psychology and counseling. It’s 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.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask me about my training, educational, and professional experiences!

Hi, I’m Vanessa

I know it can be difficult to find the right therapist. Trust me, I know firsthand what it feels like to be on the other side 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. I find it an honor to sit with you, so allow me to share a little more about myself and my professional experience.

I always knew I wanted to work with others. I didn’t know how it would unfold, but I had a deep desire to see people thrive. It was through my educational and personal experiences I learned that families and individuals can reach their deep personal goals. As I began my own 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 adolescents, families, and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. Most of the people I currently work with are young adults and adults longing to be free from the pain of their past, closer to God, and ready to learn how to live a more balanced, connected, and integrated life.

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