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  • WHITNEY GATLING, MS, LCMHCS

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    About Whitney

    As a native of Fayetteville, NC, it is my passion to contribute to the progression of Mental Health Care in the military and civilian community. In order to achieve this, I have sought out training in evidence based treatment methods and have dedicated time to training and mastery. In my practice, I primarily focus on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar disorders, Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders. As a Tricare Certified Mental Health Counselor, I am equipped to help you work through challenges faced by active duty/retired service members and their families.

    Sometimes your needs do not amount to a clinical issue. Are you facing a challenge or adjustment issue in life? Online therapeutic services may be a key to helping you cope and successfully progress through your life challenges. If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

    Clinical Perspectives

    My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, I consider myself an eclectic therapist. Not all therapy models are right for every client or disorder. Many clients benefit from a multifaceted approach, which is the approach I take in most cases. My special trainings include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Heartmath Clinical Interventions.

    As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

    Whitney Gatling is a psychotherapist and Certified HeartMath Practitioner specializing in individual, couples and family therapy.  She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHCS #S10628) and maintains a private practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

    Whitney has over thirteen years of experience as a mentor, military mental health research assistant, and outpatient therapist. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Fayetteville State University in December 2009. Whitney obtained her Masters degree from Capella University in September 2013, specializing in Mental Health Counseling. Currently, she is serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. 

    Whitney’s primary areas of expertise include Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. In addition to being a prominent  psychotherapist, Whitney has presented at local symposiums and general audiences on the topics of Caregivers Support, Communication Skills, Substance Abuse in the Workplace, and Stress Management.

    Whitney is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, Whitney works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

    Education

    Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited)

    • Specializing in General Mental Health Counseling
    • Capella University, September 2013
    • GPA 3.8

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Sociology

    • Fayetteville State University December 2009
    • GPA 3.314

    License, Certifications & Awards

    Honors  

    • Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International (2012)

    Professional Certifications    

    • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) #S10628       January 2014
    •  Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified Training     June 2014
    •  National Council for Behavioral Health                         June 2014
    •  Military and Family Life Consultant                                 January 2016
    •  Tricare Certified Mental Health Counselor                  December 2016
    •  Certified Clinical Military Counselor                                December 2016
    •  Certified Telemental Health Practitioner                     January 2017
    •  Distance Counselor Certification                                      January 2017            
    •  Certified HeartMath Practitioner                                       March  2017
    • Additional Training
    • Telemental Health
    • Complex Trauma and Dissociation
    • Internal Family Systems
    • Military Mental Health
    • Heartmath Interventions
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid
    • Clinical Trauma Training
    • Interpersonal Neurobiology
    • EMDR

    Professional Activities and Memberships

    •             American Counseling Association
    •             Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina
    •             International Association of Trauma Professionals  #D1285125
    •             National Counsel for Behavioral Health
    •             EMDR International Association #33693696
    •             Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
    •             National Board of Certified Counselors
    •             Military and Family Life Consultant (MFLC)
    •             Institute of Heartmath