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Man's Best friend

Whether you have a particular life challenge you’re trying to overcome, or just daily stress and issues getting in the way of finding joy, we can work through it together. Sometimes, seeking help is the best way to put things into perspective. I presently see adults around various life transitions, parenting and family dynamics, LGBT, career, health issues and caregiver support. Experience in child mental health and developmental disabilities, but unable to provide direct services for youth at this time.  
Prior to Covid,  I served mainly South Durham--seeing clients in their home with their own animals creating more emotional support. Presently only telehealth with a possible in person session, and a very small practice.

Building a therapy site in Hendersonville for Fall 2024 to offer counseling and groups including serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, caregiver and LGBTQ+ support .

Calm Sea

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”

Credentials

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  • Graduated in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana

  • Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling California State University- Los Angeles, focusing on employment, ADA and increasing independence for individuals with disabilities.

  • 25 years experience including mental health and physical disabilities/medical rehabilitation.

  • 20 years in public mental health and developmental disabilities

  • Private practice started 2018. 

NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHC-S) 2014
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) 2004
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) 2018
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) 1999-2019
Animal Assisted Psychotherapist--certification in process
SC Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor 2024

Going for a Ride

About Me

I've always wanted to incorporate animals into therapeutic activities, having adopted many rescues and volunteered with APS of Durham for over 10 years. 

My pre-Covid sessions were typically in home with you and your pet, developing more connection and emotional support. I moved my small practice to primarily tele-health but try to be available and flexible to meet when you need. It’s also important that the therapy is a fit for what you need and you can be yourself. 

 

My hope is to offer a safe space with time for you, authentic communication, maybe a bit of humor, and to support you through the challenges to find your rhythm in life—

Be proud of this step to care for yourself !!

 

 

Services

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Individual Therapy

Our individual sessions are driven by your goals and needs. I try to create an environment of trust, open communication and some humor to help you feel comfortable. I use a variety of techniques but more importantly I will listen and help guide you through whatever decisions and stuggles you need support.

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Animal-Assisted
Therapy

 Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy that involves animals into the treatment. The goal is to improve client’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Animals can bring us such joy and peace, but can also teach us about ourselves and assist us in learning tools to cope with stress. Animals regularly participate in therapeutic activities to improve confidence and for relaxation. For our sessions clients can have their animal with them for support in their own home.

Foggy Pier

Clinical Supervision

For potential LCMHC in individual sessions or in pairs--On Hold until 2025 

Specialties

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

Depression

Anxiety

Grief

Chronic Pain/disability 

Trauma

Life Transitions

LGBT  🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️

Developmental Disabilities

Career Counseling

Caregiver Stress

Parenting Issues

Holding Hands

Payment

Insurance accepted: Cigna, Aetna, BCBS of NC, and United Healthcare/Optum/UMR.

I also accept some Medicare plans and private pay.

I am unable to serve Medicaid due to a professional conflict.

Rates:

$180 per hour 

 

Contact Me

**Durham, 27713                **Fall 2024 South Hendersonville

nkent1214@yahoo.com           🏳️‍🌈 919-475-7661

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