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Richard McDonald, LCMHC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

I have a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I am licensed by the state of North Carolina as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and as a Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). I am also a Nationally Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and I belong to the American Counseling Association, The National Board of Certified Counselors and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).
I have been working in human services for the past 26 years and 4 years of counseling in a variety of different settings. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, ADHD and career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I enjoy helping people and I do this through the use of the following therapeutic models:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT),
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT),
- Motivational Interviewing (MI) and
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs within these evidenced based therapeutic models. These models have demonstrated efficacy in producing positive outcomes for persons that are predisposed to a myriad of disorders including:
- Stress,
- Anxiety,
- Depression,
- Major life adjustments and
- Addiction
It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

5yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Caregiver issues and stress, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Life purpose, Men's issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Social anxiety and phobia

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, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered


License information

NC LCMHC 14159


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Richard McDonald. 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.

Richard is patient and really takes the time to understand the root cause of things. He has great insight and helps you broaden your perspective. Very helpful!

Written on Jan 22, 2022 after therapy with Richard for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Richard is very thoughtful and has the ability to key in on your needs. He not only can relate to me but has the ability to pick out what I need even before I really realize that I have given up on an area where he sees hope or possibilities. I highly recommend him to anyone that wants a real person with sincere desires to help.

Written on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

The man is great at his job definitely helps

Written on Oct 30, 2021 after therapy with Richard for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes