My Approach to Helping
My therapeutic approach is one of collaboration and genuine partnership in the process. My clients, from our first interaction, know that they will not be \"told\" what to do, but rather we will find the way together. I believe that people have expert knowledge about themselves and that a therapist\'s role is to help them discover it and apply it in meaningful, healthy, healing ways. I also believe that the best course of helping a person is highly individualized, requiring therapist flexibility and honoring of a person\'s natural strengths. This often results in unique therapy plans but with the most effective, non-threatening, meaningful, and positive results.
More Info About My Practice
Cherie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Facilitator, Play Therapist, and Certified Trauma Specialist. A clinician since 1994, she has dedicated her life to the well-being and healing of children, women and families. With her extensive clinical background, her professional path has found her in longstanding roles such as Executive Director of The Child Abuse Prevention Center in Raleigh, NC and Training Coordinator and Developer with the North Carolina State University SocialWork Department. Now, she can be found at her private practice center, Smiling Spirit Pathways, where she has developed a haven for consultation, child and family therapy, and trauma services. There, she also develops children\'s groups and facilitates workshops related to resiliency, trauma parenting, and women\'s wellness. She also serves as the Lead Blogger and holds teaching roles for The National Institute on Trauma and Loss in Children.