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Staff

"It is truly an honor to be a part of someone’s journey as they harness new strength to accomplish their goals."

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Meet the Founder
Crystal R. Currie  LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH

I am a born and bred North Carolinian, born in Charlotte, NC & raised in Raleigh, NC. I attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received my Bachelor's in Psychology in 2007. Shortly thereafter I received my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2012. 

Over the past decade, I have worked in a myriad of therapeutic settings, including a Juvenile Detention Center, Substance Abuse Treatment residential programs, Juvenile Sex Offender residential programs, Juvenile Psychiatric Treatment facilities, as well as In-home therapeutic services.

My experience has allotted me the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults with varying mental health & behavioral needs. I believe that each client is an expert in his or her life with my role being to support and guide each person to a healthier version of themselves. 

 

I find myself continually in awe of the natural human capacity for resilience, and continue to be inspired by my clients’ abilities to uncover strengths they did not know they had. It is truly an honor to be a part of someone’s journey as they harness that strength to accomplish their goals; whether it be to heal, let go, or grow and ultimately thrive. 

 

When I am not assisting my clients, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, great conversation with friends, exploring new restaurants and serving at my local church.  

Accreditations

- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

- National Certified Counselor (NCC)

- Nationally Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

- Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)

Education

- Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling (M.S)

- Bachelor's of Science in Psychology (B.S.)

Contact

info@compasslifeskills.com

Get your copy of Crystal's latest publication, 'Intentional Forgiveness', and learn step-by-step how to find true forgiveness; not for them, but for you.

Get to know more about Crystal
at www.crystalcurrrie.com

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"As your therapist, my goal is to collaborate with you to achieve your goals and be your best, authentic self."

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Talisha Kelly  LMFT

Hello! My name is Talisha. I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and my Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. 

 

I am a true believer that you are doing the best you can with the support and resources you have at your disposal. Additionally, I believe all clients I work with are resilient, know what is truly best for them, and are much stronger than they give themselves credit for. 

 

Life can be incredibly stressful! Sometimes it may feel like you’re not doing enough. And, we can all be our biggest critic at times. I look forward to serving as your ally to decrease stress, anxiety, and inner conflict by identifying strategies to discover your authentic self, set realistic expectations, and identify unhelpful thinking that can keep you in a loop of stress and worry. 

 

Because you know more about you than anyone else, I do not see myself as the expert of your life but someone who can serve a guide to help identify strategies to decrease stress, anxiety, inner conflict, and implement techniques to effectively communicate needs.

 

To serve my clients, I tend to use a variety of therapy models, depending on which ones work best for each client. Some of the therapy models I pull from include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I also incorporate mindfulness practices with clients. I enjoy working with adults dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, family conflict and life transitions.  

 

Outside of therapy, I enjoy spending time with loved ones, reading, puzzling, listening to music, tending to my growing number of plant babies, and heading to the beach when I can.

Accreditations

- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

- Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)

Education

- Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S)

- Bachelor's of Science in Public Health (B.S.)

 Contact

 t.kelly@compasslifeskills.com

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"I believe in the inherent power of each person to understand, seek, and obtain their own special brand of happiness."

Diamond Turner  LCMHCA

I am originally from South Carolina but have made North Carolina my vocational home since 2015. I majored in Psychology and Spanish at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, then migrated to Raleigh where I studied Clinical Mental Health Counseling at North Carolina State University for my Masters of Education.

 

For 6 years, I have assisted various demographics of people desiring therapy services, from families to couples to young children to adolescents to older adults. I have worked both in clinical settings as well as directly in families' homes. I have collaborated with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and multiple school districts to deliver therapy services where and when children and their families needed it most.

 

My therapeutic approach is largely based in advocacy and empowerment. It is my belief that we are in control of our own destinies, and it is up to us to see the path to self-actualization. I do not give advice, but rather assist clients in structuring and rearranging their current lifestyles so that they can better see their own paths.

My training and education makes me a good fit for children and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem, family conflict, trauma, grief, life stressors and parenting.  

 

Outside of the therapy room, I love having family time with my mother, my new husband, and my one year old daughter, including cooking up gourmet meals for them to try out!

Accreditations

- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate(LCMHCA)

Education

- Master's of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S)

- Bachelor's of Science in Psychology & Spanish (B.S.)

 Contact

 d.turner@compasslifeskills.com

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"I am dedicated to creating social change in my community and helping others better their lives."

Keirstin Cotto  MA, NCC, MAC, CADC, LCMHC, LCAS, CSI

My name is Keirstin Cotto and I am a US Navy Veteran born in North Carolina and raised throughout the states due to having a military family with most time spent here in NC. I graduated with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2017. Currently, I have specializations in trauma, substance abuse counseling, forensics, and correctional counseling. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), a Certified Clinical Traumatologist, and a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI). I have over 10 plus years of counseling experience.

 

While working in the field, I have been invited to give speeches on the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, peer pressure, and suicide prevention. I continued in my career working with the criminal justice system aiming to rehabilitate adult inmates with counseling, spiritual support, life skills, educational and vocational opportunities to reduce recidivism rates in the State of North Carolina.

Additionally, I have traveled to several countries through several cities working with the Center of Trauma Studies to provide mental health service to those suffering from the aftereffects of traumatic disasters (i.e. hurricanes, tornados, etc.). In the past, I partnered with Halifax County law enforcement to start a non-profit program called Law Enforcement Explorers that is open to young men and women interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system, which promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

 

My theoretical approach to counseling is usually Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. CBT techniques and interventions such as challenging negative thoughts, modeling, cognitive restructuring and interpersonal skills are effective in treating disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, trauma-related disorder such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with an array of other issues. I also utilize other modalities such as Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) The population I serve includes individuals ages 10 and up that suffer from an array of disorders that include but are not limited to substance abuse, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, and trauma-related disorders.

Accreditations

- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

- Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS)

- National Certified Counselor (NCC)

- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

- Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

Education

- MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 Contact

 k.cotto@compasslifeskills.com