PHD, LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH
is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) with a doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina State University. Cory also holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from NC State and a Bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors in Psychology. Cory has spent several years in Asia as a child and adolescent behavior therapy consultant, working with children with externalizing behavior issues and associated diagnoses, such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders. His research interests are in the areas of child counseling competencies, counselor training, child psychopathology, family systems and multicultural counseling.
Cory has over ten years of experience working with a variety of clients but especially children and families. He has worked with children from preschool age through early adulthood. Cory’s love for serving children and families stems from his early experiences as an early childhood educator where he realized how deeply he could connect with children on an individual level. Cory believes that kids can intuitively sense the genuineness and level of comfort an adult has when interacting with them and Cory has had a natural rapport with kids for as long as he can remember.
Cory is currently training in two areas: trauma focused care and child-centered play therapy. He has completed Part 1 of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training and plans to complete the training to become fully certified in EMDR in the Spring of 2020. He has also begun training in the educational requirements of play therapy certification and plans to reach the status of registered play therapist in the next two years.
Cory’s passion is serving individuals across the lifespan in the areas of behavior issues, developmental disorders (ADHD, ASD, etc.), family and parenting issues, mood disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, life transition dynamics, trauma, abuse, self-esteem concerns, social skills issues and school issues.
When working with clients, Cory uses an eclectic approach that is adaptable to match the needs of each individual person. His approach tends to be person-centered in nature, with a focus on empowering clients to take control of their lives and find meaning in the journey of finding their better selves. Although he is naturally humanistic in his techniques, he draws from other modalities to fit the needs of certain clients, such as attachment therapy, behavior therapy (especially with young children), family systems therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and existential therapy. As a former early childhood educator, Cory offers a unique perspective and expertise for potential clients who are looking for support with children and with school related challenges.
Cory lives in Apex with his amazing wife, two young sons, and his two dogs. They love traveling, running/hiking together, trying new foods and enjoying good movies!