Kathy M. Shelton-Riek, LCSW, MSW, Ed.S
39 years of experience
I love collaborating with clients to grow and heal. I also enjoy working with clients via Telehealth from the convenience of home and a schedule that fits the needs of a working person. Specializes in helping children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics to understand their mental health conditions as well as moods, thoughts and behaviors. Throughout treatment, clients will learn healthy habits to take control of their lives as well as coping skills to deal with challenges and problematic situations.
Work with children ages 3 and up (and parents) with Parent Child Interaction Therapy. These include Mood Disorders (Bi-Polar, Anxiety and Depression), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, behavior problems in children and teens, changes within the family, communication problems, death of a loved one, divorce, separation or marital problems, LGBTQA++, polyamorous relationships, psycho-sexual issues, parent-child conflicts, sibling issues, stressful events or major life transitions, and trauma.
A nine-year veteran of the United States Air Force; widow of a 20-year USAF retiree; NC Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Certified in Parent-Child Interactional Therapy, UNC-Duke Consortium; member of the National Association of Social Workers, Diplomate in Hypnosis, Diplomate in American Psychotherapy Association, (diplomate means the highest level of training one can accomplish), Board Certified Expert in Forensic Trauma, member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS). In 1988, completed all requirements for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists under the supervision of Dr Geroge Wolcott.
Taught college-level classes as an Associate and Adjunct Professor in Social Work, Psychology and Sociology. Have worked as the interim Human Service Program Director (chair) for Mitchell College, Field Placement Coordinator and Director, Livingstone College. Owned a private practice with eight therapists, a psychiatrist and a psy nurse practitioner working for me from 1993-2014. Have worked as Program Director and manager for non-profit and for-profit agencies; long-term care consultant, and Director of Psychological Health for the USAF.
I attend and participate in workshops, lectures and symposiums. frequently. Have presented lectures and workshops on Domestic Violence, Addictions, Blended Families, Chronic Mental Illness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress, Hypnosis, Life-Work Balance, Neurophysiology of the Brain and effects of PTSD, Marriage and Family Dynamics, Grief, and Bi-Polar.
Areas of research include Date Violence: Can The Cycle Be Broken; Domestic Violence; Veterans issues, Transgender issues, and PTSD.
Earned a National Mental Health Award from the National Department of Veteran's Affairs; earned a USAF Human Service Medal for helping survivors of the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana; earned several USAF national awards for writing and broadcast journalism; earned several Veterans Administration awards for outstanding and compassionate care. Have written and been published as a journalist in national and local magazines and newspapers. Recognized by Who's Who for Outstanding Mental Health Services and Leadership.