Dr. James E. Powell received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a Master’s of Arts Degree in Counseling-School Counseling in 1997 from Gardner Webb University and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1992 from East Carolina University.

Dr. Powell provides professional mental health and substance abuse counseling services to individuals and groups of adults and adolescents and holds multiple licenses and credentials in school, mental health, and substance abuse counseling and supervision in these areas. He is licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), #3658 by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), # 1517, and credentialed as a Certified Clinical Supervisor CCS), # 510 by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Credentials held by Dr. Powell include the National Board of Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) (#50080), a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) (#ACS0080), and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS) (#28043) and is also Basic Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Dr. Powell has 20 years’ experience serving various clinical functions in school, mental health, and substance abuse counseling areas. His areas of specialization include Substance Abuse and Dependence, which may include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, as well as other core components of substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents. Mental health counseling services for adults and adolescent include issues of ADHD, educational difficulties, adjustment issues, children of divorce, stress management, career planning, social skills building, depression, grief and loss as well as anxiety. Dr. Powell believes that both adults and adolescents can benefit from professional counseling services that include personal growth and self-awareness components in addition to best practice models of person centered planning.

Theoretically, Dr. Powell is founded upon Rogerian principles of enhancing the therapeutic relationship between him and the client. Dr. Powell works from a Client-Centered approach in a Motivational style of counseling. Cognitive Behavioral Theoretical (CBT) components are incorporated into this Rogerian framework. This allows Dr. Powell and the client(s) to efficiently spend their time focusing on clinical concerns and needs. CBT clinical concern is resolving how depression, anxiety, anger, etc. are derived from feelings associated with problematic irrational thinking and behavior. This counseling approach attempts to change such problem feelings by modifying problem thinking and behavior. Cognitive techniques include cognitive restructuring of negative, irrational, extreme, maladaptive thinking, imagery strategies, and coping skills, self-talk. Behavioral techniques include relaxation training, desensitization, assertiveness or social skills training, and modeling.

By a shared experience, instillation hope, imparting of information to the client(s) in an authentic, genuine and, as well as empathetic and sincere therapeutic relationship, identified counseling goals are best achieved. Dr. Powell believes that these effective counseling factors represent his professional counseling style and personality many clients value. Dr. Powell emphasizes personal strengths and encouragement in a unique and holistic approach.