I have over 20 years of experience in the counseling field, getting my first job in a private mental hospital in 1993. Since that time, I have worked in public and private mental health settings, an elementary school, and as a director of a non-profit organization. Between 2000 and 2008, I maintained a private practice in Mebane -- seeing a variety of clients. The majority of my clients were referred from the county mental health center, a place where I used to work.
Since 2002, I have worked full-time as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at North Carolina Central University. My primary role is teaching and supervising graduate students studying to become counselors. We are a CACREP-accredited counselor education program. My primary research area is in a topic that I have defined as "Digital Wellness" and the use of technology in counseling and counselor education. I teach classes in human development, career counseling (beginning and advanced), consultation, family counseling, assessment (beginning and advanced), and practicum/internship. I have co-authored a textbook in Consultation with SAGE Publishers - and currently have a contract on another related to career counseling with Cognella. If you want to know more about my academic involvement, please visit the program website: www.nccuCounseling.com.
I closed my private practice in 2008 so that I could focus more of my efforts toward tenure and promotion at NCCU - while my children were small. I've never been very good at multi-tasking. I have since received tenure and been promoted.
My private practice re-opened, but evolved, in 2011. I began supervising LPCAs (provisionally licensed counselors). Between 2011 and 2018, my private practice was only the provision of supervision services to beginning counselors. I currently provide supervision to 10-15 LPCAs across North Carolina.
I re-opened my counseling practice in January of 2018 - to get back to doing something that I love - counseling. My practice is only part-time; I still work full-time at NCCU.
I have been married for over 20 years and have three children - two daughters and a son.
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