Counseling, Consultation, Publications and Presentations!
Counseling and Consultations
I have been a Registered Nurse since 1984 and was certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Association in 1986. A qualified Mental Health Professional since 1985, I was licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) with the State of North Carolina in December of 1995. Etherapy (Distance Counseling) Certification training was completed in August of 2019.
Though I had to take medical retirement from nursing practice, I have maintained my counseling licensure and am now seeing clients in my office or virtually. Making a difference is important to me and seeing my clients make positive changes allows me to continue to do so!
In counseling sessions, I address the health of mind, body, and spirit and utilize theories and techniques derived from several well-established and respected therapies: Client-centered Therapy developed by Dr. Carl Rogers; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) developed by Dr. Albert Ellis, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With special emphasis on nutritional concerns and physical fitness, I have a special interest in helping adults with stress management, anxiety, and depression due to normal life events, especially when emotional or spiritual issues are related to chronic or life-altering illness. I also offer reduced rates for those over age 65 or who are disabled.
Programs and Presentations
Mind, Body, and Spirit is a gentle exercise class, done to a background of hymns, relaxation, or classical music, that includes strengthening, stretching, and balance exercises from the disciplines of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. It begins with a brief devotion or focus prayer and closes with meditative prayer or healing imagery. This one-hour meditative movement class that both energizes and relaxes is a combination of standing and floor.
Health and Wellness of the Mind, Body, and Spirit offers brief overviews of the importance of stress management, exercise, nutrition, sleep, and positive thinking. Simple guidelines and tips make it easy to incorporate these wellness foundations into anyone's life!
Stress Management is a comprehensive program that covers everything you need to know about stress! What is stress? What causes it? What does it do to us? Now that I have stress, what do I do with it?
Care of the Caregiver is a comprehensive guide for caregivers that includes tips for avoiding burnout, or compassion fatigue, stress management, physical and emotional wellness, local, state, and national resources, how to find support, and a reading list.
Faith, Gratitude, and Transformation - The story of the presenter's own journey, it has been described as an inspirational and powerful account of the healing power of making "Rejoice Always!" your personal mantra. Whether one is looking for healing of mind, body, or spirit or simply wanting to transform and enrich his or her life, a faith and gratitude practice is the place to begin!
Along with Praying Through Pliés and Surviving Lupus, Levaquin. & Life, the author and her husband, Stan Bolton, also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, have coauthored A Family's First Guide: Bipolar Disorder. Available on Amazon, this easy-to-read comprehensive book addresses the first emotions, questions, and confusion that accompany the initial diagnosis while providing resources and planning guides in a workbook format.
Credentials: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) since 1995
Registered Nurse (RN) since 1984