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We have counselors who specializes in chronic pain/illness and counselors specializes in caregiving. All of our counselors have PERSONAL experience in their specialties which leads to a deep sense of empathy and understanding. We personally and professionally understand your unique struggles are here to support everyone in the chronic pain/illness community!
Jennifer Sutton is a North Carolina native who grew up in the small community of Pittsboro. She has been part of the chronic pain community for over a decade and has first hand experience with the physical and emotional struggles that comes with pain. She found her passion for working with people who suffer from chronic pain and illness when she discovered how isolating pain can be and the lack of resources available for those who struggle. Jennifer is an LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselor Associate) in the state of North Carolina as well as a National Certified Counselor.
Christina grew up in Virginia and spent many summers vacationing in North Carolina. She fell in love with the state at a young age and made the permanent move to North Carolina a few years after college. She grew up witnessing family members go through chronic pain and illness and saw first hand the effects that chronic illness can have on emotional wellbeing and mental health. She has also personally experienced many of the challenges of chronic pain and the frustration of getting the help that you need. Christina is passionate about helping people thrive and live their most fulfilling lives. Christina has experience working with children, young adults, and families. She understands that each person is unique and adapts her counseling to fit the specific needs of the individual.
Amy is a licensed mental health and addiction clinician with more than 16 years of experience working in community mental health and private practice and facilitating groups. Amy earned a BS from North Carolina State University and an MA in Agency Counseling from North Carolina Central University.
Amy is too familiar with chronic illness and/or injury, a head injury in 2019 has left her with a visual processing disorder as well as other chronic symptoms. To quote Rumi “The wound is the place where the light enters you” has been a guiding quote to find new abilities and opportunities. Amy takes an eclectic and holistic approach to counseling focused on mind and body connection. Amy is passionate about empowering individuals to take control of their lives and incorporate mental, physical, spiritual, and financial self-care into daily routines. Amy is open to collaborating with alternative treatment professionals not limited to acupuncture, hydrotherapy, equine therapy, yoga, massage and Ayurvedic medicine. In her free time, she can be found on her yoga mat, exploring nature and enjoying outdoor sports.
Mariam Al-Akhdar is currently finishing her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health from NC State University and is our clinic intern. Mariam is from a bi-racial and bi-religious family and empathizes with the nuances of a mixed culture home. Chronic illness, specifically tick-borne illnesses, have also been part of her family’s experience and her personal experience for her entire life. Mariam has been dedicated to working with the chronically ill throughout her academic career. Her passion for working with the chronically ill began in her teenage years with advocating for herself and family members when the medical community did not understand their illness. She offers a true understanding of the challenges of chronic pain and illness for the individual, and the effects of chronic illness on family, friends, and career. She also offers the understanding of taking the steering wheel on one’s own health, and the challenges this can bring as well. Mariam offers an eclectic approach to counseling, and caters to the needs of each individual client.
Amy is currently attending the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at NCSU and is excited to continue her training at Chronic Hope. Though her counseling journey has just begun, she brings a long professional history in higher education, including teaching and academic advising, that informs her counseling practice. Amy’s experience with chronic pain began in her early twenties following a severe back injury. MRIs, medication, and physical therapy followed, but the injury permanently compromised her lower lumbar vertebrae. Amy has experienced the mental and emotional impact of accepting that pain will be a permanent part of one’s future; of realizing that pain and ability level is often invisible to others; and that pain management interactions with medical professionals can be a confusing and demoralizing process where we are often made to doubt our own physical experiences. By developing a meaningful relationship grounded in compassion, patience, and attentive listening, Amy strives to create an approach tailored to individual clients’ needs that provides unconditional support in pursuit of their goals
Brittany is a spunky New Yorker who loves helping people. Working in the Chronic pain community is very important to her since she also struggles with chronic pain. She started working the second she could and built up her experience over the years. She's had the joy to work for some amazing people in the real estate busin
Brittany is a spunky New Yorker who loves helping people. Working in the Chronic pain community is very important to her since she also struggles with chronic pain. She started working the second she could and built up her experience over the years. She's had the joy to work for some amazing people in the real estate business, including property management as well as being a full-charge bookkeeper. You can find her behind the computer at her local cafe.
Caitlyn is the friendly voice behind our phone calls! She is always here to get you scheduled, answer questions and get you headed in the right direct!ion To reach her call (919) 238-1113 or email her at email@example.com