Chris McKillop

(LCMHC, NCC)

About Me

Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. I have worked in community-based settings, group homes and transitional housing settings, as well as working as a school counselor for 2 years and a Juvenile Court Counselor for 6 years.
I strive to promote an atmosphere of trust and acceptance where clients feel safe, supported and validated. That trust and security will facilitate challenging thoughts, assumptions and beliefs that can be self-defeating and counterproductive to growth and having a life worth living. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy, as it is the foundation upon which all other specific skills and techniques are based. Without that open and trusting relationship, the specific skills and techniques will be far less effective. I primarily use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focus, with elements of Behavioral Activation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I strive to be adaptive and flexible in approach, working with the client’s strengths to best address the client’s concerns.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #10581 (Expires: 2021-06-01)


Reviews

Written by D.E. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Chris has been wonderful to work with. He listens and provides constructive feedback. It has been very helpful for me. I've tried speaking with many other counselors over the years and he is one of the best I've worked with.

Written by C.L. on Aug 07, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Chris is calm, wise, and a fantastic listener. He makes me feel heard and understood. He also has great advice when I ask for it. He’s clearly very experienced with a wide range of people, and he’s very understanding.

Written by T.Y. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Chris is always quick to respond and help me reach conclusions for problems I may be having without pushing me a certain way. He gives me tools and insight to get to my own natural conclusion and I really appreciate that.

Written by M.A. on Jul 19, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 1 month

This has been a tremendous experience. I’m so glad I chose to the do this. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

Written by K.Y. on Jul 18, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

It hasn't been long, but Chris has already helped me tremendously. I highly recommend him to anyone. I always look forward to our conversations. I can only imagine how much he's going to be able to help me in the continuing with him.

Written by B.R. on Jun 26, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Working with Chris is awesome! I like how he said things I hadn't thought about that helped me cope with my struggles.

Written by A.N. on Jun 06, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and anger management

Chris is a knowledgeable and patient counselor that makes you feel safe to discuss anything you're dealing with. He's responsive and has a flexible schedule.

Written by J.O. on Jun 06, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks

Chris was very helpful.

Written by H.E. on Jun 03, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

He’s so trusting and very knowledgeable. I was hesitant of a male counselor at first but I am very pleased with his abilities. Thank you!

Written by B.I. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I have completed over three weeks of therapy with Chris and it has been great. When I took the therapist questionnaire for my pairing, I hesitated at "Would you like a male or female therapist?" As a female, I was thinking "well a female may understand me more, but a male perspective would be nice on my marriage questions." So I left it to the universe to pick the gender my therapist. I was sort of hesitant going into my first meeting with Chris, but as I started talking, he not only understood my perspective, but also was able to help me think through problems from a different lens. He sends me resources to help in-between sessions. The worksheets have helped me identify areas of improvement/understanding. I also like how he uses his personal experiences as examples. It makes me feel more human and that I am not alone in my issues. I highly recommend Chris!

Written by R.E. on May 31, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Chris' responses, both through messaging and our video sessions, make me feel like he's really hearing what I'm saying, and that means a lot. I'm not good at opening up to people most of the time, but his apparent understanding of and/or empathy for what I'm going through makes it easier to share.

Written by M.A. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Chris goes at my pace and helps me apply logic to intense emotion. We have had two sessions together and I will continue on because he has given me renewed faith in the therapeutic process.

Written by A.L. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and parenting issues

I found Chris' advice very helpful. It gave me a different perspective on what was going on in my own mind. It's ever so helpful to bounce things off of someone who is not your own family! Thank you Chris.

Written by R.A. on May 22, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Very informed, observant and understanding!

Written by B.A. on May 19, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

Chris has been helping me a lot over the past couple of weeks, he really understands what I’m saying and places my scattered thoughts into coherent reasonings as to why I’m feeling what I am. I’m very thankful I got him as my therapist when I signed up!

Written by T.R. on May 19, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Chris is responsive and supportive, able to acknowledge my current situation and help me develop clarity. A excellent counselor, highly recommend!

Written by E.L. on May 15, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Chris is supportive and kind but also challenges your assertions in a productive way. I have grown through our conversations and highly recommend him.

Written by M.E. on May 08, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

When he read my bio about my negative experiences with previous counselors he was very validating and open to working to slowly to gain my trust.

Written by M.E. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Chris has been very helpful so far. I like the way he gives reasons and words to my anxious thinking and helps me process things.

Written by A.L. on Nov 20, 2019 after counseling with Chris for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Although I didn't know what to expect from counseling, I am happy I was matched with Chris. I'm very pleased with how he approaches my problems & concerns without being overwhelming or trying to tackle everything at once. He's thoughtful, and an active listener with helpful insight. He has challenged me to recognize areas of improvement and is keeping me accountable by setting goals for the future. Chris is very approachable (and accessible) and seems like he truly cares.

Written by A.N. on Nov 17, 2019 after counseling with Chris for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Chris is a wonderful and insightful professional. He’s been indispensable to me as I navigate some challenging situations with my aging parents.

Written by N.I. on Sep 27, 2019 after counseling with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I really appreciate Chris's insight on the things that we discuss. I prefer the text functionality because I've found it easier to discuss things that I'd be uncomfortable saying face to face. The worksheets are very helpful for me to organize my thoughts and explain topics that I'm unfamiliar with. Chris is very responsive and his explanations are clear and understandable.

Written by D.O. on Sep 26, 2019 after counseling with Chris for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Chris does a great job of taking who I am and applying the concepts to that perspective. The conversations feel natural. Sometimes, he will go a little long-winded, but I do that too, so not a big deal.