Cheryl Wilson-Smith

Certified Traumatologist and Licensed Professional Counselor

Doctoral Candidate, M.A., L.P.C., C.T., N.C.C., C.C.M.H.C., C.C.T.P.

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Traumatologist (CT), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have over 15 yrs of clinical experience and have worked with clients across the lifespan. My diversified training and experience include assignments in hospital-based emergency departments, community residential programs, community case management agencies, and outpatient programs. As a Traumatologist, I serve as a subject matter expert, for various institutions, private and public. My volunteer consulting and field work as a Disaster Mental Health (DMH), Disaster Behavioral Health (DBH), and Government Liaison through the American Red Cross, the Green Cross, and the Medical Reserve Corp provides me the ability to traverse and participate in Critical Incident Stress Managements (CISM) for local law enforcement, businesses and organizations.

Currently, I am the owner of a private, evidence-based counseling practice, specializing in clinical services for individuals experiencing Chronic, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military sexual assault, sexual assault, combat exposure, for both civilian and military personnel. In addition to my clinical and administrative duties, I also serve as a consultant for local police, school districts, physicians, community agencies, and as a supervisor to those seeking state licensure. I am also an adjunct professor for two local universities, where I teach graduate clinical counseling and undergraduate psychology courses. I’ve recently co-developed a multiple-course sequence leading to a Behavioral Health minor in trauma and crisis education for one of these institutions. As a Senior associate trainer for the Crisis Prevention Institute, my students completing BHI become fully trained in verbal de-escalation, and non-violent physical crisis interventions as "Crisis Interventionists".

Presently I’m enrolled in a doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialty in Trauma and Crisis, focusing on war, natural and man-made disasters. As a Doctoral Candidate, my dissertation topic is: The Impact of Type and Duration of Trauma on Substance Abuse Severity.

Cheryl Wilson-Smith

Doctoral Candidate, M.A., LPC, CT, NCC, CCMHC, CCTP