In Brief: Rae Ann Hamilton has more than twenty-five years of experience working with individuals of all ages doing both therapy and evaluations. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is licensed by the North Carolina Psychology Board. Mrs. Hamilton has worked in a variety of settings including: private and group practices; pre-school, primary, secondary and postsecondary educational venues; and community mental health. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. In both therapy and testing she treats all presenting problems (with the exception of autism). Mrs. Hamilton also has a high regard for our military families, for whom she has sought specific training that enables her to meet their unique needs.
Intervention Style: Mrs. Hamilton believes it is essential to the therapeutic process to have a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and with whom there is mutual trust and respect. This type of therapeutic alliance, in conjunction with an empathetic, non-judgmental environment, allows the client and therapist to work together to resolve issues that are causing distress. Mrs. Hamilton incorporates several therapeutic approaches in her work including Client-Centered, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Insight-Oriented (Psychodynamic), Behavior Management, and Psychoeducation, depending on the client’s presenting issue(s). Mrs. Hamilton considers it a privilege to assist courageous individuals and families in their personal journeys to improve their lives.
Therapy Experience: Over the years, Mrs. Hamilton has worked with adults confronted with a wide variety of challenges including struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, and interpersonal relationship difficulties in the work place or home setting. With expertise in marital conflict and teenager/parental discord, she is particularly interested in working with couples and families, focusing on communication skills, conflict resolution, decision-making and parenting skills. Mrs. Hamilton’s experience with children and teenagers involves individual and family therapy. Areas of therapeutic intervention with young people range from emotional awareness to anger management to transitioning from high school to college, and she has experience treating a wide range of child and teen issues such as depression, anxiety (general, social, test, etc.), social skills, self-esteem, and behavior management.
Evaluation Experience: Mrs. Hamilton provides both educational and psychological evaluations. She has specialized training and experience diagnosing and working with adults and children/teens with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD, also commonly called ‘ADD’) and Specific Learning Disabilities (also commonly called ‘LD’). Through a comprehensive evaluation process, Mrs. Hamilton identifies specific issues that are causing learning and/or life difficulties and then makes effective recommendations for interventions and treatment decisions. In addition to AD/HD and SLD assessments, she has evaluated individuals for giftedness as well as emotional and behavioral issues. Mrs. Hamilton has also completed evaluations for individuals seeking to adopt.