Congratulations to Maria Wood, MEd, LPC! Now Certified EFT Supervisor!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in North Carolina. I received my master’s degree in The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in biblical counseling. I completed additional professional counseling courses through Liberty University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for licensing purposes.
I primarily work with teens and adults who are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, and difficult life transitions.
My therapeutic approach draws on insights and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Given my theological training, I often work with clients who express a desire for Christian counseling.
My counseling experience includes both individual and group counseling, and I have worked with a variety of life stages and demographics. As a part of my graduate school program, I enjoyed counseling undergraduate, graduate students, and young adults. I also worked with an inpatient program for women who chose to exit the adult entertainment industry or who had been rescued from trafficking. Post-graduate work includes counseling in a local church and mental health setting. I have a special interest in providing counseling for adolescents in the foster care system as they adjust to new relationships and life transitions.
Outside my professional counseling work, I love serving as a court-appointed child advocate (Guardian Ad Litem) for Wake County. I also facilitate a support group for individuals with eating disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a present-oriented therapy focused on the relationship between thought patterns, emotional experience, and actions. CBT can help you to identify and alter negative patterns to gain significant improvement all three areas.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based approach that promotes the pursuit of a meaningful life based on personal beliefs and values even through the existence of suffering and pain. This approach aims at six core aspects: acceptance, cognitive diffusion, being present, self as context, values, and committed action.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a support-oriented, cognitive-based approach that teaches therapeutic skills in four focus areas: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Standard DBT therapy utilized by certified DBT therapists must include patient participation in DBT group therapy; however, many therapists integrate DBT skill-training into individual counseling sessions for patients who do not attend group counseling.
Christian Counseling is an approach that prioritizes personal faith as an essential part of healing. Therapy flows from biblical principles and may incorporate psychological techniques that fit with the framework of a biblical worldview.