I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Vanessa Black and I've been a counselor for the past five years. I have a Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling and about 15 years of experience working in the human services field, I completed my Master’s degree May, 2013 and have since attained additional certifications and or credentialing in Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sex Offender Treatment, Child and Adolescent Trauma, Clinical Addiction and Distance Counseling, I currently run my own practice called Words of Wisdom located at 1000 South Main St, Laurinburg, NC.. In my experience I've worked with diverse populations, consisting of children, adolescents, their families, young adults, couples and seniors in a variety of community-based professional and supportive roles. Yet amongst these populations and through my experience couples counseling, marriage therapy, premarital counseling or sex therapy as one my wish to refer to it has always required special attention, perhaps it's because there is no individual to treat per say, the relationship is the client and as such what is best for the individual is not always what is best for the relationship. in addressing this I have learned one must broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in their primary relationship focusing on the overall and long-term well-being.
In working with couples, I have found there is just not one approach that works best. As such I believe it is best to use an integrative approach to treatment which combines different theories and different techniques which varies depending on personality and the particular problems brought forward. A fundamental part of my practice and my professional philosophy states that a particular diagnosis does not define who a person is, nor does it limit their capacity to be effective, lively and to have the highest quality of life, this translates to relationships as well. Just because a relationship is dysfunctional or experiencing issues at the moment does not mean that it cannot or will not change, one must simply remember that they can influence this change themselves. Therapy by its very nature calls for a very active effort and in order for any interventions to be truly effective, you will have to work on things both during sessions and outside of them.
Ultimately therapy involves a large commitment of time and energy, it can often be frustrating or even uncomfortable, yet there are benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems and significant reductions in feelings of distress, but there are no guarantees. It is important that you and I or any other therapist you choose, work together during the entire process and both agree on a plan and adhere to it, because successful therapy relies on this cooperative and evolving relationship, you should always be careful about the therapist you choose, you must feel free to express your concerns and voice your opinions. If you feel we could work together then I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for allowing me to assist you through this process.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, ADHD
LPC #10278 (Expires: 2021-06-30)
Vanessa is the utmost professional. She is very knowledgeable, understanding, empathetic, but still tough enough to say what needs to be said. She is awesome, and I would recommend 10/10.
Vanessa is a fantastic, professional and supportive counselor. She listens and gets down to soul of the issues. She provides helpful worksheets and books to coincide with the work being done in sessions. She makes sure to concentrate on the big picture and to help you keep your eye on the goal.
She is very responsive and takes a lot of time to work with me.
Vanessa is personable and super down to earth. She goes out of her way to make you feel extremely comfortable and allows you to advise her if she’s pushing you too hard. I appreciate Vanessa and I’m grateful for having her.
Vanessa was great, she was very comforting to talk to when I needed her, she asked about my concerns and kept that at the forefront, she was exactly what I needed when I needed it.