Dawn is originally from New Jersey where she raised four children, three girls and one boy.
Dawn has a deep love for her family and spends as much time as possible with them.
She loves to walk, not only to enjoy nature, but also to appreciate things that can be taken for granted. She does cardio exercise and has begun to incorporate strength and stretching to ensure a healthier lifestyle and continue to practice self-care. Not only is a healthy body important, but a healthy mind is also important.
To form a sense of centering oneself and being in the present moment, she is a regular practitioner of mindfulness and meditation.
Dawn works with teens, adults, families & couples! Dawn obtained her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, officially known as the State University of New Jersey. She relocated to North Carolina in 2010.
She then pursued a graduate degree at Walden University. In 2015, she completed her MA in Forensic Psychology. She then obtained her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019, also from Walden. She currently has her LCMHCA and is pursuing her LCAS-A.
After she relocated to North Carolina, she began a career in the justice system, something that inspired her to make a difference, striving towards improved mental health services within the criminal justice arena. She became a Correctional Officer at North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women, the largest women’s prison in North Carolina.
While there, she was able to move forward on a path that she knew she was destined for: obtaining advanced learning in psychology and applying those skills in order to help others. She now uses her depth of knowledge to help others move forward in their own lives.
I see you...as you are...right here & right now
Dawn’s belief and motto is to meet the client where they are. She understands to treat each person for the individual that they are and not to compare those to others because no one person is the same.
Dawn has worked with a wide array of clients suffering from many different mental health and substance abuse disorders. She incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as treatment modalities.
She understands that life is a learning experience and shows a willingness to continue learning so that she can grow as a clinician and develop skills in other treatment modalities.