My name is Sharon and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience. My educational background includes degrees in Agency Counseling (M.S.) and History (B.S) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
My approach to therapy is person centered combined with cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness practices. I offer counseling and health coaching services to individuals and groups. I have experience providing individual, family and group therapy, for those struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I am also an A.C.E. certified health coach. I am committed to healthier living and believe one of the best ways to approach this is through walk and talk therapy. I encourage clients to move beyond the office setting and take our sessions outside for a walk when possible.
I enjoy giving back to my community and spent many years serving as a volunteer Mental Health Disaster Therapist with the American Red Cross, assisting families and individuals in crisis. I am member of the American Counseling Association and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
I enjoy golf, swimming and participating in local races including 5ks and half marathons. I live in the Triangle area with my husband and son.
I have a passion for fitness and helping others to think fit, talk fit and to be fit. My journey started over three years ago. This is my story…
In 2011 I was overweight with no plan or direction. I went in to see my family practitioner for my annual visit and was told that I was at risk for chronic illness, specifically hypertension and diabetes and would most likely end up taking multiple medications like many of her current patients. You know the drill, new year rolls around, I vow to eat better and workout more. It lasts about a month if that and then back to the same routine. Sometime in 2011 my son was taking swim lessons and his instructor, Wendy suggested that I register for the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon with her. I’m like, really? I can barely swim and definitely not in shape for a triathlon. Seriously, it had been years since I attempted to run a 5K at this point. Nevertheless, I gave in and that is the beginning of my transformation and passion for fitness. We trained for
several months and there were times I thought what the hell am I doing and wanted to quit, but didn’t. I did it! My first triathlon! Everything about it was a struggle (another story) but worth every moment!
Since then, I continued to stay active and run various races, including 5K, 8K and 10K races with the help of a lot of supportive people. In addition to running my first Half Marathon (Bull City Race Fest) in 2013, I have been able to improve my health, confidence and explore new activities all while losing 50lbs along the way.
That is my story…