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With over 20 years of counseling experience, Norma has the knowledge and experience to help clients during their time of need. Not only does she specialize in Substance Abuse Counseling and helping adults achieve and sustain their recovery, but she is also licensed in Mental Health. Many of the clients she services are both English and Spanish Speaking. If the client needs a higher level of care, we can recommend and refer to residential treatment.
Gerald is a native of Oakland, California and a graduate of Charles R. Drew Medical School. He is also an Army veteran and recently retired with over 25 years of government service. This included work at the Womack Medical Center where his practiced Emergency Room medicine, and Family medicine. For the past four years Gerald worked at the VA, conducting compensation and pension medical evaluations for Military Veterans. Gerald, additionally, is specialized in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment to include, Suboxone and other medicated assisted treatment.
My name is Jeffrey Smith, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I am retired Army having served twenty-years, with most of those in the Special Operations community. I retired in 2013, graduated in 2015 with my bachelor’s degree in psychology and then in 2018 I received my master’s in clinical mental health counseling. I am a certified play therapist, and my passion is working with young children, giving them a voice and helping them with their challenges. There is often a disconnect between adults and children and my job is to help bridge that gap. There are many advantages of play therapy. Children learn better ways to communicate, they learn self-control and self-direction, they are taught a way to express their feelings responsibly, and how to be creative and resourceful in confronting their problems, to name a few. Play is the child’s language and toys are their words.
My name is Rachael Smith, and I am a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA). I graduated from East Carolina University with my Bachelors in Family and Community Services and got my Masters from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. My passion is in addictions to help people overcome their struggles and live a happier, productive life. My life motto is that we never make mistakes, it is called experience.
Hello! My name is Karina Fortner, MSW, LCSW-A. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I achieved a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Social Work, with a focus on children and families. I served proudly in the U.S. Army for 16 years prior to achieving my degrees. My goal as a therapist is to focus on the needs of my clients and nurture their mental health well-being. I see a therapeutic relationship as a partnership that requires communication, respect, mutual trust and active participation during our time together. Currently I work with a diverse population including children, adults, and special needs clients. I practice evidence-based theories and draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans to accomplish their individual goals. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I assist clients in exploring relationships among, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to aid in discovering dysfunctional thought processes that lead to negative behaviors and beliefs. With the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI), clients are assisted with behavior changes by aiding to explore and resolve uncertainty. Through Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), clients are able to understand how avoiding unpleasant emotions play a role in their lives. Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT), allows you to focus on your current and present circumstances to find solution to any issues you may be struggling with rather than focusing on past experiences. Much of my experience is treating clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, and Parenting issues. Regardless of the situation you may be facing, I look forward to working with you to get you to a place that you are happy with.
Ruth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Pembroke, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, shortly after she attended Fordham University in New York and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has practiced as a social worker in various settings, including mental health, medical social work, and those experiencing homelessness. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Ruth holds the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist to the highest regard, believing it to be a trust-filled relationship is the foundation of healing and change. The decided upon approach utilized in therapy is determined by the consumer and their particular needs, which could include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused (CBT), Client Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, while focusing on a strengths-based perspective with assisting the person to achieve their goals. Ruth focuses on specialties that consist of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, adjustment, low self-esteem, sexual and physical abuse, addiction, and trauma related disorders. As your therapist: I will not try to fix you, give you advice, tell you what to do, pretend I know you more than you know yourself, assume what is best for you, have all the answers, or make the bad stuff go away. Instead, as your therapist I will: Remind you that you are not broken, give you room to access your own wisdom, support you in figuring out what to do, recognize that you are your own life expert, remember that I do not know what is best for you, honor that I do not know it all, and collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier to sit with.
Hello! My name is Cyquieta Jones. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA). I graduated from Fayetteville State University, where I received a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work. I also received a Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies. My passion is working with adolescents, adults, civilian and military families to establish solutions for challenging obstacles in their life. My specialties are anxiety, depression, life transitions, and substance use disorders. I use approaches that best fit the needs of each person. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Reality Therapy. I am passionate about exploring this journey with you as you uncover the strength you have had inside of you all along. I encourage and welcome you as you take the first step. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." ~Nelson Mandela
My name is Danielle Sibert, and I am here for you. I am a wife, mother, and military member. My counseling experience includes working with children (5 years +), teens, and adults. My therapeutic approach is Evidence-based and Results-Oriented. I believe in “meeting the client where they are” in relation to their being ready for change. I use multiple therapy approaches and techniques such as play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I combine these modalities along with an integrative approach, compassion, honesty, and guidance. With these measures, we can produce solutions to move life forward by instilling hope and promoting change.
My name is Kristy Wood, and I am a Licensed Clinical Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA). I am a wife of a soldier and mother. My counseling experience includes working with children (3 years+), teens, and adults. I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2017 and then in 2021 I received my master’s in clinical mental health counseling. My counseling degree was specialized to focus on Marriage, Couples, and Family counseling. In my counseling I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma-Focused CBT, and have experience with play therapy. My specialties are anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, adjustment, low self-esteem, sexual and physical abuse, and trauma related disorders. I believe in taking a collaborative approach from a strengths-based perspective to help clients reach their goals. “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” -Brene Brown
My name is Yarinel. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I have a background in health administration and Radiologic Technology. I am part of the big US Army military family. As a spouse of an Active-Duty soldier. The opportunity of been part of the great Renew Counseling Team is amazing! My job at Renew is focused in helping and empowering a community that is going through challenging times in their life. That purpose and the amazing Renew staff makes this clinic very special.
My name is Stefanie Smith. I am an Army brat; I was born in Indiana but raised all over the world. I married a soldier and then spent the next twenty years moving all over with him. I graduated in 2020 with my bachelor’s in psychology and am attending school now for my MBA in healthcare administration. I am the proud mother of three awesome kids and a new grandbaby. I love working with Renew. What we do here is so important and everyone at Renew cares deeply about the community we serve. This is an incredible place to be a part of.
My name is Yamileris. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I graduated as an LPN in 2017. I am bilingual, and I would like to learn French. I am currently attending FSU, where I am doing a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. I am the Peer Support Director Assistance at Renew Counseling Center, and it has been an amazing journey full of challenges and new experiences.
Mardene K., a Certified Peer Support Specialist, came to Renew Counseling approximately one and half years ago. Mardene has been a mental health advocate in her own recovery program for over twenty years. She has supported, sponsored and assisted in making positive changes, as well as always bringing hope and focusing on what is strong instead what is wrong in her Peer Support position and in the recovering community. Through the help of like-minded people, Mardene has discovered the path to wellness and peace. She is a positive role model and finds gratitude in helping the individuals she works with to discover their personal values as well as an advocate for equal rights and always brings optimism wherever she goes.
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