Deanna has been working in the social work field since 2017. She graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her Master’s Degree in social work from Hunter College in New York City. She has experience working in various settings such as residential treatment centers, inpatient hospitals and psychiatric centers. She has spent the last few years working in a domestic violence shelter in Wake County with women and children experiencing abuse and trauma. She has experience facilitating psycho-educational and various support groups as well as individual therapy sessions, working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Deanna’s primary focus is trauma-informed therapy, specifically Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, child attachment and self-regulation in children. She aims to create an open and collaborative environment for clients to express their authentic selves. She is training to become a Registered Play Therapist, and she integrates play, sand, and art into her sessions. Her goal is to guide her clients through coping with past by developing resiliency and promoting healing for the future.