Meet the Therapists
Chris McDonald, LCMHCS
I am experienced and trained in helping many individuals with these concerns:
Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Grief , Trauma
High Functioning Autism, LGBTQ+ Concerns
My specialty is working with teens and young adults. If you worry a lot and have a hard time relaxing, you have come to the right place! I can help you discover inner peace and become better equipped to handle life’s challenges.
I am someone who is calm, compassionate, genuine, funny and honest with my clients in session. I believe in treating the whole person, mind, body & spirit. I was previously a School Counselor for 16 years and realized how much I love working with teens. As I built my private practice, I found myself passionate about helping young adults as well. I realized how difficult “adulting” can be and how having proper support and guidance can be very beneficial during these years.
I decided to become a Counselor after my first Intro to Psychology course in College. My professor was such an inspiration. I made a life decision to follow my passion and change my major from Journalism to Psychology. It was the best choice I have ever made!
When I am not in the office I enjoy movies, going out to eat and traveling to the beach and mountains. My favorite self-care activities include daily meditation, yoga and reading.
My Credentials and Experience
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS#S7801) in the state of North Carolina
Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH 331)
Master’s Degree in Education/School Counseling from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Brockport
I have 23 years of experience in varied school and community mental health settings
I am open to working with clients of all ages, varied backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, sexual and gender identities. I offer a safe, nonjudgmental place where you can explore your feelings, and express yourself freely.
I provide caring, non-judgmental mental health services for children (5-12), adolescents (13-18), and adults (18+).
I utilize a client-centered, collaborative approach to treatment. I draw techniques from a variety of therapy models
depending on the client's needs. I have experience providing counseling to adolescents, adults, and families.
My areas of treatment include but are not limited to working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss, managing stress, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and developing effective parenting skills. I am also an LGBTQ affirmative provider.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my bachelor’s degree in Elementary School Education from Southern Connecticut State University. I earned a Master of Education degree in School Counseling in 2003 from North Carolina State University. After school counseling I worked as a mentor mom, a speaker coordinator for a support group, and a group therapy facilitator for nonprofit domestic violence organization. In 2017 I decided to pursue private practice. Chris McDonald will be supervising my work.
I offer services as a parent coach. I help parents work on specific parenting problems and help develop strategies that can be used immediately. I have worked extensively with children between the ages of 5 and 14 in my role as a school counselor and school teacher for 22 years. I am a mother of five beautiful children and have a wonderfully high energy blended family. I believe that children are often searching for a purpose in life and guidance from adults in the environment in which they live. I believe that there are a variety of valid ways that parent coaches can help parents strive for that purpose by providing encouragement, plans, and techniques for dealing with specific challenges of parenting such as communicating effectively with children, keeping your calm at homework time, transitions, and whining).
All Therapists offer a free 20 minute consultation to see if we am the right fit for you and your needs. We can be reached at (984) 500-2021 or complete the contact form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
All Therapists at Path to Hope Counseling, Inc. abide by the NBCC, ACA, and NCBLPC Code of Ethics as well as the CCE’s Standards for the Ethical Practice of Clinical Supervision. We will do everything we can do to build a trusting relationship and maintain open communication with you. We hope that if you do have an issue with one of us for any reason that you will contact your Therapist first to resolve it. We appreciate and welcome your honest feedback. Should you need to share your concerns, you may file a complaint against one of us with any of these organizations should you feel one of us is in violation of any of these codes of ethics.
North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 77819
Greensboro, NC 27417
Phone: 844-622-3572 or 336-217-6007