My Education, Experience, and Credentials
I received my BA in Communication and French from Wake Forest University, and my MA
in Counseling  from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton,
Massachusetts.   

I have been working in the mental health field since 2002, and have been a licensed
professional counselor in the state of North Carolina since August 26, 2005 (License
#5019).  I am also a Certified Anger Management Specialist-I (CAMS-I) through the
National Anger Management Association (
www.namass.org).   In August of 2013, I became a
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (License #S5019).  Prior to starting my own
private practice, I worked at the Mecklenburg County Jail, and in both the outpatient
department and emergency department of CMC-Randolph.

On a personal note, I am a mom of 3 young children and a wife, which keeps me busy when I
am not meeting with clients!

What you can expect from me
I believe that all individuals are unique and valuable, and I treat all of my clients with
compassion, respect and acceptance.  I count it a privilege to walk alongside my clients
during difficult seasons in their lives as they seek to grow and heal.  

My style is straight-forward, practical, validating and collaborative.  It is influenced by
elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, existential therapy, systems theory, dialectical
behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
 

My approach to counseling is grounded in the beliefs that:
  • Counseling should be a safe place.  The relationship between the counselor
    and the client should be a confidential place where the client feels able to enact
    change, grow, and heal. It takes a lot of courage to face and work through difficult
    emotions or situations, and I offer my unconditional support while gently confronting
    the core issues that keep clients stuck.

  • Good mental health involves the whole person: body, mind, emotions, and
    spirit.

  • Change and growth require some effort.  One of the ways I often help my
    clients stay engaged in the counseling process and move towards implementing
    change in their lives is by providing small assignments between sessions.   

  • Establishing realistic goals for the counseling process provides
    accountability.  I collaborate with my clients to identify tangible goals for therapy,
    then periodically check back in to make sure that we are moving towards those goals.  
    Engaging in therapy is an investment of your time and money, and I want to make
    sure that you see a return on your investment.
Alicia McArthur, Licensed Professional Counselor -Content copyright 2013, all rights reserved.
Serving Charlotte - Matthews- Waxhaw - Indian Trail - Stallings - Union County, North Carolina
Call 704-989-9690 to schedule a therapy appointment.