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Dawn Discenza, LCMHC

Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

My name is Dawn (she/her pronouns). I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and have been licensed in North Carolina since 2014. I have worked in the mental health field for 20 plus years.

I have really been enjoying my time working with clients here at BetterHelp. I began working on this platform in January of 2021 and I have to admit that I still am really happy working in this setting.

Since being licensed I have been working with all age groups; starting with those at the age of 5. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have worked with those who struggle with PTSD for many reasons; including but not limited to: domestic violence; rape/sexual abuse; physical abuse; neighborhood violence; disasters; military time and others.

My counseling style is friendly and interactive. I am not passive and I am very communicative. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in focusing time on labels. My approach combines a combination of evidenced based therapies including cognitive-behavioral, dialectic behavioral, motivational interviewing and others. I will modify our time, discussions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes a lot to reach out and ask for help. I am so glad that you did.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

NC LCMHC 10829


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dawn Discenza. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

She’s great and a wonderful person to talk to

Written on Jun 24, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Dawn is very approachable, very helpful, and a great resource on my mental health journey

Written on Apr 30, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

She’s great! She listens and is very down to earth. It’s like talking to a friend I know won’t judge me

Written on Apr 20, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 11 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Dawn listens with intent. Her responses to your information provided gives you a perspective from the outside looking in but with a inside understanding. Non judgmental and doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear. Great job.

Written on Mar 28, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Dawn is an engaging therapist who met my needs.

Written on Dec 18, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dawn has been a great constant guide and listener and she excels at empathy. She's very positive, responds well to my needs, and is a wholesome and compassionate expert.

Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes