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My name is Terry L. Massey and I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 1997, I began studying with the International Association for Applied Control Theory, and after completing an advanced two-year program, was certified in the counseling techniques known as Applied Control Theory (more commonly linked to Reality Therapy). In that same year (1999) I was accepted into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work Program (with a concentration in Clinical Direct Services to Children and Families) and was honored in 2000 as the first recipient of the UNCSSW Social Justice Award. In 2002, I completed my graduate studies and earned my MSW, with 75% of my work at the Honors level.
I have worked in the mental health and early childhood fields since 1994 (Charter Pines, American Daylight Treatment, Volunteers of America, Thompson Children’s Home, and United Family Services) and continue to practice as an Individual, Couple, Family and Group Psychotherapist. I have worked with a diverse population set, with ages ranging from four through adulthood, and continue to attend various trainings on a routine basis to ensure that I am offering professional and competent support to clients. My practices are rooted primarily in the Cognitive Behavioral, Rational Emotive, Family and Systems, and Existential approaches to Psychotherapy.
I am licensed in both North and South Carolina (LCSW and LISW-CP), hold an internationally recognized certification in Applied Control Theory, and is certified nationally as a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (CCSOTS) through the National Association of Forensic Counselors and the American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors (accredited through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accreditation commission of the National Organization for Competency Assurance). I have chaired the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Social Work Community Advisory Board and serve as a consulting advisor for local mental health agencies providing Community Support Team and Intensive In-Home Services. I am recognized nationally as Clinical Supervisor (certified through the National Association of Social Workers) and provide routine supervision to both LCSW-A and LPC-A practitioners. In addition, I provide Clinical Supervision to Master’s level students through internship in various clinical agencies, including the C.W. Williams Community Health Center, where I served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for many years.
I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship between the psychotherapist and the client is a partnership through which the conditions for change are created in a holistic environment. I use multiple approaches to help a client system make a connection to their own strengths that will give them the resources to meet their challenges with more success. I am a firm believer in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and I especially love working with systems from the Experiential and Existential approaches to psychotherapy. I believe that change is constant and should be embraced and as we reinvent ourselves in healthy ways, we re-create our lives. As we re-create our lives, we learn to respect and embrace change to continually reinvent ourselves. It's an awesome cycle, isn’t? That is my concept of healthy movement in human development. In essence, my approach to providing services is for the client to eventually not "need" me, but for them to move through the change process where I can transition from being the "emergency mechanic" to the "tune up guy".
A few of my specialties are:
Self-Esteem and Self-Image
I'm also highly experienced in:
Coping with life changes
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
Years of Experience: 23
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Anger management
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Avoidant Personality , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Divorce and Separation , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Personality Disorders , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Prejudice and Discrimination , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexuality , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
LCSW #C005677 (Expires: 2023-06-11)
LISW #9324 (Expires: 2022-12-31)
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I appreciate Terry a lot as a therapist. He's a kind man and he really listens and offers great advice. My only issue is that he is too affectionate in his choice of words, for example: choosing to say "I love you" at the end of appointments. Due to bad experiences in the past, it makes me very uneasy as a person who is assigned female at birth to be told this by a man in a position of power. I know he means absolutely bad by it whatsoever, but I don't feel comfortable enough to continue therapy with him. I think it's inappropriate for a therapist to be this affectionate with clients, but not everyone feels the same way and this may work very well for others.
I genuinely want to wish Terry the best and thank him for the therapy sessions he offered. I did learn a lot from him.
Terry is amazing ! I cannot ask for a better friend to help me understand and sort out life problems. He is such an amazing person.
I wish I had more time with Terry, he’s great as my first therapist
Terry has been incredibly easy to talk to, very professional and with lots of good guidance. Overall a great experience!
Terry loves to challenge your way of thinking in order to bring out the best in you. Extremely communicative and quick to get back to you. Couldn't recommend a better therapist.
Terry is awesome, the man has gone above and beyond to work with my schedule and is constantly trying to get work in. He genuinely wants to see you succeed.
Terry is a very nice and intelligent person. He has been attentive to me and has helped me quite a bit.
Terry is very helpful, kind, and is a great listener. He understands how to relate to people very well. He also does a great job of reaching out between sessions to help you stay engaged and is very flexible. I would recommend Terry to anybody!
Very pleasant to talk to.
A kind and warm hearted therapist with whom I feel comfortable.