Photo by  Mike Hodos

Photo by Mike Hodos

Yep, we’re the goofy family wearing our  favorite band ’s t-shirts to the  concert  (NC Museum of Art in Raleigh).

Yep, we’re the goofy family wearing our favorite band’s t-shirts to the concert (NC Museum of Art in Raleigh).

Hanging out at  Falls Lake  in Wake Forest, NC

Hanging out at Falls Lake in Wake Forest, NC

Hi, I'm Kayce. Nice to meet you.

I have always been a patient and interested listener. Often criticized as a child for being "too quiet," instructed to "smile more," and asked, "why the worried look?," I kept my chin up, trying very hard to stay determined in my hope that these personality traits might actually be useful. Turns out, being comfortable with silence, thinking carefully before speaking, listening closely, and being empathic all come in pretty handy in the helping profession.

Personal mental health challenge

Throughout my career, I've focused on helping people with a variety of issues, including loss, life transitions, and stress management. After I had my son in 2012, however, everything changed when I struggled through a very dark experience of postpartum depression and anxiety. Thankfully, I was able to climb out of the isolation with the help of my own therapist, and once I was healthy again, I found a new passion in supporting women through their pregnancy and beyond.

Education, Training, & Approach

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with a Master of Education in Counseling from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I’ve received special training in perinatal mental health through PSI (Postpartum Support International), and I am a proud supporter of the Secular Therapy Project. I’ll never tell you to have faith, pray about your emotional pain, consult a magical book of scripture, or go to church. Of course, if you believe in those things and find such practices helpful, I won’t discourage you or try to change your mind, but as a humanist, what I will do is listen, encourage self-care, and collaborate with you to implement strengths-based and feedback-informed treatment strategies, which may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness exercises.

Background

I grew up in Chester, SC, and moved around quite a bit, from the Washington, DC, area to New York City to Richmond, VA, before settling down in beautiful Wake Forest, NC, where I now live with my husband, son, and puppy dog. My worldview has been significantly influenced by exposure to other cultures, a liberal arts education, and the realization that people do not need religion in order to be kind, loving, and moral world citizens.

Self-Care

In my spare time, you will find me traveling, hiking, baking, listening to music and podcasts, reading, enjoying one of the Raleigh-Durham area’s many wonderful restaurants, or sipping a fine cup of coffee on my screened in porch, one of my absolute favorite places in the world to relax.