I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor in the North and South Carolina area. I am African American of West Indian descent and originally from the United Kingdom moving to the US when I was 11. I started my career in 1989 in the Air Force as a Mental Health Specialists and have been a licensed therapist for 19 years.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship and anger issues, work related problems, career challenges. I have also worked with clients who are reentering their community after incarceration, who have felt an immense sense of displacement.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with dignity, respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My counseling approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, short term solution focused, and motivational Interviewing. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek and work towards a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step, I would be honored to work with you and I am here to support and empower you.
"What we think, we become" Buddha
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
SC LPC 5489
NC LCMHC 4500
Paula has helped me understand a lot more about myself and others around me. I am very grateful for her, she’s an amazing listener
Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
I made the best decision when I decided to get therapy and the counselor has listened, gave insight and communicated things I could be doing differently.
Written on Jun 03, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
As a first timer for therapy, Paula was a great introduction. She has a very warm demeanor, which helped me relax. She is intelligent and experienced, but also feels very approachable and natural to talk to.
Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
She’s patient & understanding. She allowed our sessions to flow organically & I greatly appreciate that.
Written on Apr 30, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Ms. Paula has helped me go through my difficulties processing my anxiety and past struggle. It was really helpful
Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management
Paula is the therapist I looked for. She is compassionate, understanding and supportive. Her professional expertise and continuing support helps me to work through my issues. Thank you Paula!
Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management