Schools: Appalachian State University, BSW; Barry University, MSW
Clinical interests: Depression and other mood disorders; severe and persistent mental illness; substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues; bereavement; sexual Identity issues; health coaching; marriage & family counseling; anxiety & self-esteem-related issues.
Personal interests: Health & fitness, travel
Favorite quote: “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.”—-Bill Clinton.
Katie Elder, BFA, MSW, LCSW
School: University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Appalachian State University
Clinical interests: adolescent and adult individual therapy
Personal interests: theatre, cooking, reading, family time, collecting donations for community needs
Favorite quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”~ T. Roosevelt
Carrie Richardson, MSW, LCSW
Schools: Appalachian State University
Clinical interests: Crisis intervention, bereavement, psychotic disorders, health coaching
Personal interests: Travel
Favorite quote: “Allah never changes the condition of a people unless they strive to change themselves” Quran 13:11
Elizabeth (Lisa) B. Shelton, MSW, LCSW
Clinical interests: Health Coaching, Workplace Issues, Grief and Major Loss, Depression, Anxiety, peer relationships, family conflict, aging, and self-esteem.
Personal interests: Running, spending time with my family, including Tucker my 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier.
Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Ron Walker, LCSW
School: Appalachian State University
Clinical interests: Anxiety, depression, self-image, sudden change or loss, working with clients to break cycles of poverty, abuse, and substance use in adults and adolescents.
Personal interests: Spending time with my family, walking in the woods with my dogs, video games, hiking and mountain biking, reading.
Favorite quote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ― Aristotle