Damaris Cortés-Figueroa, LPC (12047)
Damaris Cortés-Figueroa speaks three (3) languages: English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). Damaris was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. Damaris loves to listen and to talk to people. Her goal is to guide them to identify their strengths and to do what they love. She also helps people to identify their weakness and encourage them to see positive out of negative.
Qualifications and Background
Damaris Cortés Figueroa earned her Master of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix in July 2013, she also earned her master’s in counseling program from Liberty University. Damaris graduated with Magna Cum Laude from both programs. Damaris also earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix in 2011 in which she graduated with a GPA of 3.9. On 2009, she completed her minor on Associate of Arts in Human Services Management/Social Work. In 2014, Damaris completed the National Counselor Certification (NCC).
During her graduate program, she interned six years at Access Family Services in Asheville, North Carolina. There, she worked with children and adults of all ages. She provided individual and family therapy for clients, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Her clients were children (ages 2 and up), teens, adults, couples, and families. The various populations and situations she has treated are emotional issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief work, PTSD, ADHD, and parenting training, among others.
She provided individual therapy to adults in the community with varying mental health diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. She also co-facilitated a weekly children’s mental health group focused on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and Domestic Violence’s groups. As an LPCA, she has worked with youth providing intensive in-home services and as an outpatient therapist for both children and adults.
Presently, Damaris has completed more than four thousand five hundred (4,500) hours of supervised counseling/psychotherapy towards her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)/ Licensure. Damaris works as an outpatient/school-based counselor, providing services to both children and adults. Some of the issues she is currently address include: understanding and managing anxiety, defiant behaviors, bipolar disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as navigating a new mental health and/or physical health diagnosis. She also works with clients who have experienced, or are experiencing, divorce, bereavement, substance abuse and addiction, and depression.
Damaris’s theoretical orientation is integrative. She is most heavily influenced by the cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and person-centered, solution-focused approaches to counseling. She pursues a safe, ethical, and consistent relationship with her clients while challenging the client to observe the ways in which the client’s thinking impacts their world. Damaris’s goal is to help her clients gain autonomy and independence in their everyday lives as they work hard toward their identified goals.
Damaris areas of competence include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral techniques, Triple P, Psycho-education, Play Therapy, Breathing Techniques, Grounding Techniques, and Relationship Enhancement.
Geoffrey Brookshire is a passionate professional with many creative interests. In addition to his work as a child and family therapist and licensed clinical social worker, Geoffrey is also an inventor, artist, and musician. He was recently issued a U.S. Patent for his state-of-the-art, student desk for brain-based movement, which empowers students to self-regulate emotions without disrupting class or leaving their work-space. The desk’s innovative components allow children to incorporate purposeful movement into any learning scenario which amplifies their academic focus, increases self control, and improves overall health.
Geoffrey has also developed a behavioral health curriculum that simplifies therapeutic language for children and families, enhances parent-child communication, and reduces power struggles at home, school, and in the community. 5 RE’s (Respect-Responsible-Recover- Reconnect-Redefine) behavioral health curriculum guides children and families toward more positive, adaptive associations with processing challenging behaviors and establishing family roles and rules. 5 RE’s promotes healthier, more effective coping and communication patterns for children and parents.
Geoffrey completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree at Presbyterian College in 1998 and began a professional journey to advance behavioral health awareness and positively impact children and families in need. Throughout his 21 year career in wilderness therapy, child protective services, and community mental health, Geoffrey has learned how to communicate with and advocate for children who feel misunderstood and undervalued, and teach those children how to take ownership of their lives and exceed expectations.
Geoffrey earned his Master of Science in Social Work degree (MSSW) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of North Carolina. Geoffrey uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Treatment, Creative Arts Counseling, and Purposeful/Brain-Based Movement strategies as part of his therapeutic programming for children and adults. Geoffrey welcomes the opportunity to work with individuals who seek to achieve greater emotional balance and positive focus in their lives.
Kelly Cadilla-Gibson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently the Clinical Director at DC Wellness. Kelly is bilingual in Spanish and English as her parents are immigrants from Cuba and Spain. She is passionate about hearing people’s stories and has a deep appreciation for the resilience she has seen in children, individuals, and communities after the hardships they have faced.
Qualifications and Background
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, a second major in Sociology, and a Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During that time, she also spent a summer working in an orphanage in Spain, studied for a semester at the University of Havana, and worked at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a Latino Services Advocate and a Community Educator. Through these experiences, she deepened her understanding of the barriers that people face when they encounter trauma in a variety of countries. Kelly was able to utilize these experiences in Guatemala as the Assistant Director for the Study Abroad Program through the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University.
Kelly has provided therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and has specialized training in trauma treatment for children and adolescents. She completed the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program through the Duke Center for Child and Family Health and received training at the Eliana Gil Institute for Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy. She is also a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider, incorporating training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Also, she has learned techniques in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy through her internship at the Exchange Club Family Center in Durham.
Kelly has been providing supervision since 2011 when she became a Team Lead for the Intensive In-Home Services at Carolina Outreach. Since then, she has also guided interns and provided supervision toward licensure for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kelly enjoys providing clinical oversight at DC Wellness, an agency that provides quality evidence-based treatment to those who need it.