I am a skilled, professional and resourceful Clinical Social Worker with twenty-eight years post Masters (MSW) experience. I believe in providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive, patient-focused mental health treatment and support. I have assessed, diagnosed and provided clinical, evidenced based treatment to men and women who work, young adults, the elderly and those living with chronic medical conditions.
I am passionate about helping people grow and learn to be the best version of themselves. I believe that it is never too late to change, to challenge or to grow beyond our previous experiences of ourselves and our world. The one true reality is that the only constant in the universe is "Change." Accepting this reality opens up a world of possibilities. My goal is to help you find your way to the person you want to be; one step a time. We do this without shame, guilt or any "woulda, shoulda or coulda" recriminations.
I am a strong believer in the human spirit. I believe that if one could do better they would. Therefore, at any given time we are all doing the best we can; even it if may not be looking so great. The work of therapy and counseling is to help you raise the bar and know better, so you can choose it, practice it and own it as your new normal. My job is to help you identify what to work on and to support you and teach you new skills to manifest positive movement. I will offer you different perspectives for your consideration to include lessons from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and paradigms and models.
I look forward to working with you. We will begin, "where you are at" and move forward together.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Divorce and Separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
SC LISW-CP 8631
UT LCSW 12918531-3501
ND LCSW 5924
Derrell dose a wonderful job is always prompt and professional at our session I feel I get responses to my messages in a timely manner
Written on Jun 23, 2023 after therapy with Derrell for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, and compassion fatigue
Meeting Derrell as my therapists has been a life changing event! I learned so much about myself, why I act and talk the way I am, and who I really am as a person. Derrell has also helped me through the toughest time in my relationship. I will always remember that this is “Earth School” and we are constantly learning everyday. Through Derrell’s help, I have reduce a lot of “stinking thinking” and put it more positive reinforcement in my mind. I will 1000% recommend Derrell to anyone!
Written on Nov 14, 2022 after therapy with Derrell for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and anger management
Derell helped me get through the darkest period of my adult life. She is non-judgmental and genuinely helpful. Reaching out for help was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself.
Written on Sep 17, 2022 after therapy with Derrell for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
She is the best…honestly don’t know where I’d be without her. She always knows what I’m trying to say, even if I can’t find the right words and has helped me gain the tools and life skills I need to battle anxiety. She has been patient and kind, but firm when I needed it. I feel extremely grateful for Derrell!
Written on Mar 31, 2022 after therapy with Derrell for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety
I started therapy with Derrell in January of 2021. I had experienced a great deal of trauma associated with my father's sudden death at an early age. I found myself codependent on relationships, yet feeling extremely lonely. Derrell and I went on a 13 month journey through self love, healing, and exploring who I was to myself. Through therapy with Derrell, I learned what it meant have compassion for myself, forgive myself for mistakes, and learned a great deal of tools that helped me to overcome feelings associated with my past. She emphasizes radical acceptance of you are, and the circumstances around you. I always felt so comfortable with her during our sessions. She is not only knowledgeable in her profession, but also life wisdom. She has made an impact on my life that I will never forget.
Written on Feb 04, 2022 after therapy with Derrell for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and intimacy-related issues
Derrell is by far one of the best therapists I've ever had. She is very honest, straightforward, professional, and her methods are very effective. She allows you to acknowledge things and promote positive tweaking within yourself. I wish I would have discovered her a long time ago but I'm grateful for her services now. As a young woman of color, you'll definitely appreciate her and want to continue working with her even after you think it's time to end therapy.
Written on Nov 21, 2021 after therapy with Derrell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compas