I have worked in the human service field for approximately 20 years. I have had the pleasure of working with mental health, developmentally disabled and substance abuse populations. I have worked with Assisted Medication Management and active military members and their families. My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I believe that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. I provide my clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.
I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Supervisor. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. My experience includes working with clients dealing with divorce and single-parenting, addictions, grief, women’s issues, and mood disorders, among other challenges. I find that my great passion is working with individuals and children.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
NC LCMHC 11871
Shirley has been a fantastic support for me over the past 3-4 months! With her, I've been able to overcome a lot of obstacles that have haunted me and I couldn't appreciate her more.
Written on Sep 28, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Great counselr. she got me on track very quickly
Written on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd