Credentials and Training

Credential Descriptions.  Following are descriptions of each of the credentials held by this counselor, as defined by professional organizations and/or governing licensing board
Licensed Professional Counselor

The practice of professional counseling includes, but is not limited to, the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, including addictive disorders; psychoeducational techniques aimed at the prevention of such disorders; consultation to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations; and research into more effective therapeutic treatment modalities. Counselors’ training in the provision of counseling and therapy includes the etiology of mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and the provision of the well-established treatments of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic therapy. Counselors’ education and training is oriented toward the adoption of a truly client-centered, approach to therapy. (American Counseling Association)

Certified Clinical Supervisor - Intern

The practice of a certified clinical supervisor is based on knowledge in the performance domains to supervise substance abuse professionals who work to treat, prevent, or reduce the conditions that place individuals at risk of developing addictive disorder or disease and help prevent relapse (NCSAPPB). 

Supervision is an intervention that is provided by a senior member of a profession to a more junior member or members of that same profession. This relationship is evaluative, extends over time, and has the simultaneous purposes of enhancing the professional functioning of the more junior person(s), monitoring the quality of professional services offered to the clients that she, he, or they see, and serving as a gatekeeper of those who are to enter the particular profession (SAMHSA).

Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

The practice of a licensed clinical addictions specialist may be independent and consists of the Twelve Core Functions, including screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, report and record keeping, consultation with other professionals in regard to client treatment and services, referral to reduce the conditions that place individuals at risk of developing addictive disorder or disease with co occurring disorders, and treatment for addictive disorder or disease. (NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board)

Distance Credentialed Counselor

The Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) credential identifies those professional counselors who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional counseling through technological means. DCCs have met nationally established distance counseling criteria and adhere to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics and Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services. (Center for Credentialing and Education)

Yoga for Behavioral Health Professional

I have trained with Subtle Yoga Founder, Kristin Kaoverii Weber, teamed with MAHEC Department of Mental Health Education who provides ongoing training for Behavioral Health Professionals who incorporate evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices into therapeutic services. In addition to over 15 years of a personal yoga practice, training continues with Davidson Yoga Therapy Director, Samantha Leonard, to apply yogic techniques as coping skills, stress relief, and symptom management.