As a Durham native, The Armstrong Center for Hope has been a dream a long time in the making. By age 12, I knew that I wanted to pursue child psychology and music, and proceeded to double major in both at Yale University. As a person of deep faith, I knew that spirituality is a vital component in the lives of many. Thus, after I completed my doctorate in child clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, I pursued a Master of Theological Studies degree at Duke Divinity School.
In addition to embracing my role as Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling (beginning April, 2000) at Union Baptist Church in Durham, I taught courses in pastoral care at Duke Divinity School, including introductory and capstone courses for the Duke/UNC M.Div./M.S.W. dual-degree program. I understood how vital it was to offer concrete and detailed instruction from both clinical and theological perspectives for those seeking to integrate a faith perspective into mental health care. While I continued part-time clinical work during my years at Duke, my passion for deeper clinical involvement in the community led me to establish the ACFH as a group practice in August, 2010. The sheer volume of calls, the complexity of the presenting concerns, and the dearth of therapists with specialized training in child and family issues, not to mention spiritual integration, were clear signs of a contribution I could make to our community. In 2012, I was recognized in June as one of the female entrepreneurs of the year by the Durham Section of the National Council of Negro Women. Since July of 2013, I have served the Apex School of Theology as the Dean of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program. I am also the President-Elect of the North Carolina Psychological Association.
Clinically, I work primarily with children, adolescents, couples, and families on issues of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss, and relationship challenges. As much as I enjoy providing, managing, and supervising clinical services at the ACFH, I also immensely enjoy speaking on a host of topics at local, regional, and national events. Since the release of my debut gospel album, “Choose Hope” in 2009, I have renewed my enthusiasm for vocal music and have performed in over 10 states from coast to coast. (The album, including samples of each song, may be purchased at iTunes.com.) Family, including nuclear, extended, and church, has been a significant foundation for my success. I’ve been married for 26 years to my husband, with whom I enjoy raising our 14-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Whether laughing, singing, speaking, or teaching and encouraging her clients, I love living life out loud!
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