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Connie Shelton Lancaster, LPC
Connie Lancaster is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 10 years of experience assisting adults, adolescents, children, and families with a wide range of issues in a variety of settings. Prior to completing licensure requirements in North Carolina, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling, with a concentration in marriage and family counseling.
Over the course of a diverse career, Connie has provided crisis counseling to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, vocational assessment and counseling to individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses, and group therapy related to self-esteem, anger management, chronic pain, and parenting skills. She has counseled adults with severe and persistent mental illness as well as children with serious emotional and behavioral issues but also promotes the benefits of counseling for life’s daily struggles and transitions. Connie considers her four years as a stay at home mother to be both her most challenging and rewarding role and relishes the opportunity to help other parents improve communication and strengthen relationships within the family. She has a personal interest in supporting those who are dealing with fertility issues and/or adoption as well as those attempting to recover from traumatic events.
Connie’s therapeutic approach is integrative and evidence-based, providing support, education, guidance, and skills training to help clients effectively address their personal life challenges and enhance their overall well-being. She utilizes a strengths-based approach to counseling, commonly incorporating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques, humanistic therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, play therapy, and family systems theory. Given the diversity within all clients served, she personalizes her counseling approach to meet the individual or family’s particular needs, situation, and preferences.
No matter the approach, Connie strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which clients can be heard and empowered to better understand and transform their lives. She views counseling as a collaborative process in which the client’s input is just as valuable as the therapist’s and the therapeutic relationship itself can greatly affect the progress achieved during counseling. Connie strongly believes that seeking help during difficult times is a sign of great strength, not weakness, and values her role assisting others in meeting their personal goals and reaching their full potential.