Cherie Spehar

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, Certified Earth Medicine Practitioner

Cherie Spehar

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, Certified Earth Medicine Practitioner

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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I do not work with insurance companies

Free Initial Consultation
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APEX, North Carolina 27502

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My Approach to Helping

“We’re all just walking each other home.” - Ram Dass

When beginning a healing journey, the relationship with your guide is what matters most. Knowing you are seen, respected and supported with reverence, warmth and compassion is essential. I know what it’s like to walk through the Shadowlands, and the fear and uncertainty you meet there. Your heart, spirit, and mind might feel depleted or lost, and you are searching for meaning and a way to move forward. Working with the shadow and the medicine, we together develop a way through this liminal place to move into a life of wholeness and wholehearted living.

As your guide, you have found in me a place where your wisdom will be illuminated, your own resilience awakened, and where you will be enveloped in comforting energies while walking through the dark. Your personal sovereignty on your path is held in the highest regard, and I love to help you uncover the wisdom that resides deep within you while offering you an integrative set of approaches to release trauma, reclaim your magic, and reconnect to who you have always wanted to be.

I am your partner in healing strategies, your guide in the dark, and your encourager of becoming. We work together to explore approaches that are uniquely tailored to your growth, and you will be introduced to a Healing Map that will orient you and support you through your life changes, transitions, and traumas.

Welcome to the next part of your journey, where the Thrivers who have gone before you are all waiting to greet you.

More Info About My Practice

Smiling Spirit Pathways is a sacred space for you to organically and gently explore the landscapes of Victim, Survivor, and Thriver. Here, you will become oriented to the terrain, equipped for the journeys ahead, and empowered to discover your own healing magic.

This is a unique, individualized experience into the healing realms, with an accessible approach to integrating the neuroscience of the brain with the tender work of soul. From the important elements of trauma release, to the reorienting of your identity compass, from activating the expressive side of your heart to redeveloping and reawakening your connection to your own spirit and its voice, Smiling Spirit Pathways will see you through to the completion of this piece of your journey, incorporating the wisdom you will gain to serve you as you reclaim your life.

Utilizing integrative approaches and paths, you will be guided through your own Shadowlands, where I will hold the torch for you until you can light your own.

A bright and beloved highlight of Smiling Spirit Pathways is the library of classes, workshops. therapeutic gatherings, and group circles that support self-exploration, self-development and depth work. This unique feature has been a pillar of our approaches for more than 15 years. Some are tuition based and some are integrated directly into your therapy experience, and all are true favorites of those who engage in the gathering of minds, hearts and souls traveling together.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

One of the most important paths on a healing or transformational journey is the transition beyond symptom reduction, and into the work of healing the soul, claiming a life of wholeness. This involves working with the depths of the spirit and psyche.

An area of specialization for me involves helping you reconnect to that deeper journey through depth psychology, ecospirituality, mysticism, ecopsychology and nature based therapies. Many people seeking to find spiritual meaning through nature and her mysteries seek this path, and it is one I have long traveled myself. I understand the terrain when untangling conditioning, beliefs, and frameworks that are unhealthy and unhelpful, rewriting a life philosophy that supports wellness and sovereignty instead of shame and fear. With over seven years of recent additional training and certifications in this realm of healing, including a Certified Level 4 Earth Medicine Practitioner, Certified Intuitive Reader, Integrative Medicine Practitioner and intensive and rigorous training in Ancestral Medicine, Animist Psychology, Archetypes and Mythology, and Depth Psychology, I have not only walked the path, but studied and trained in it to support those I serve.

With an introduction to specific ways of untangling old belief systems, and re-engaging and remapping what spirituality means for you without doctrines or dogma, you will find a liberated path to your personal awakening. Bearing witness to your sacred transformation is to observe magic itself.

If you are seeking to build your own spiritual truths, reclaim your wild soul, awaken the divine feminine, and work with your Shadow, I welcome you as a torchbearer and guide as we venture into the realms of mother earth and her medicine.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I love to support all those who are overcoming trauma, especially religious, relational, sexual and ancestral trauma. It is also my honor to work with those struggling with depression, anxiety, loss of purpose or life meaning, grief, and transition.

    My approaches will feel closely aligned with those who identify as an intuitive, empath, mystic, spiritual, healer, ritualist, medium, existential, or psychic, and those who feel at home working with those energies.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Journey Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Self-Relations Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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