Hi, my name is Angela Wilson Gardner. Before telling you more about me, let me commend you for taking this courageous step in seeking support through therapy as an avenue towards a healthier lifestyle.
I have 9 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and over 20 years of experience working therapeutically with children, youth, adults, and families. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University in 2006 and Bachelor of Human Development and Family Studies degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996. I have a genuine spirit and have always known helping others is just as much my personal goal as well as my professional “calling”.
I recognize that seeking counseling is not an easy decision. It is my intention to provide clients with a judgement free space. At times it may be challenging but my purpose is to provide a feeling of comfort, which results in an informative and reflective process. As therapy can be intimidating for some, I try to provide clients with initial processes that will assist in building our therapeutic relationship. I recognize that sharing feelings and past experiences may make a client uncomfortable, sad, angry, overjoyed or embarrassed. All of those are not easy feelings to share, but I assure you these are certain elements that are a part of the process and helps personal growth. I encourage clients to be themselves each session and to express emotions and thoughts freely. As I mentioned, my job is to provide a judgement free space. I would be honored to walk this journey with you.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
NC LCSW C008442
Anyone who winds up with Angela as their therapist should consider themselves very lucky.
Written on Dec 23, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
Angela is great at providing perspective on situations that help me examine how my anxiety affects the way I think and respond to others. she has been so helpful in working with me to identify areas that need work and celebrate the wins as they come. highly recommend!
Written on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Angela has been everything I ever needed from therapy, and I couldn’t recommend her more. She is easy to talk to, kind, and gives the best advice.
Written on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue
My first time trying therapy and I lucked out. She listens, never judges, is supportive, offers solutions. Just all round a good therapist.
Written on Jul 30, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 7 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Angela has been amazing and very understanding. I felt really at ease talking to her. I didn’t feel judged. She has a great inspiring personality and I felt extremely positive after talking to her.
Thank you Angela
Written on Jul 19, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management
Angela is a great counsellor who is kind, patient and understanding. She also challenges me to be my best self, for example by encouraging me to advocate for myself and vocalise my needs. She makes me feel like I deserve the best and that I deserve to take time for self care. I am very grateful to have been matched with Angela and would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Written on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Angela for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue