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Jo McBride, MSW, LCSW-A

(they/them)

If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or feeling unaccepted for who you are, I can help. I provide counseling for adults, teens, and preteens with various presenting concerns, such as grief, stress, school and work problems, and social anxiety. Also, I can help you figure out how you fit into the world, support you through life transitions, and help with social and relationship problems. Although I work with many types of clients, I particularly enjoy working with fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community and the ADHD/Autism communities. 

 

My clients tend to describe me as warm, calming, and accepting, and I choose interventions specifically tailored to your needs. I have a master's degree in social work and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate experienced in adult therapy and teen therapy. I draw from a variety of evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness practices, self-compassion practices, solution-focused therapy, and feminist therapy (when appropriate).

Therapy can help you set your personal goals, work through feelings and other barriers getting in your way, improve your coping skills and relationships, and make some changes to improve your resilience and quality of life. I am accepting new clients, I work Mondays through Saturdays, and am in-network with BCBS and Aetna, so get in touch with me today.

LGBTQ+ Friendly Therapy

 

I have been an active member of the LGBTQ+ community as a trixic nonbinary person for over 10 years, having organized/led groups and participated in activism. I provide a safe space for clients of all genders, whether you are trans, nonbinary, or cis (as in not transgender), as well as clients of any sexuality label: bisexual, gay, lesbian, a-spec, heterosexual, or others. I also see LGBTQ+ couples, non-monogamous clients and their partners, and QP partners.

I understand the unique challenges of being LGBTQ+ in today's world, and you will find acceptance and inclusion with me. I can help with gender dysphoria in a gender affirming therapy environment where you will be treated with empathy and dignity.

 

Neurodivergent Teen & Adult Therapy

 

If you are neurodivergent and want to improve your emotional and social functioning in a neurotypical world, I am happy to help. I enjoy helping those on the autism spectrum reduce social anxiety, improve understanding of verbal and nonverbal cues, improve alexithymia, and regulate their emotions. I will help you advocate for yourself while also support you through discrimination and stereotyping.

 

Similarly, if you have or suspect that you have ADHD and want to learn skills for executive function, organizing tasks, emotion regulation, frustration tolerance, I am here to help! While I cannot diagnose ADHD or prescribe medication, I can provide a safe space to process the stress of living with neurodivergence and learn relevant coping skills.

 

Other Communities

 

As mentioned, I have experience working with non-monogamous clients and accept individuals, couples, and polycules for therapy!

 

This space is sex-positive, which means that you will find no shaming here regarding consensual expression of sexuality. I am kink-friendly, and I support those who explore their sexuality, identity, or mental health through kink whether it is through the kink scene or through kinky fiction. I strive to create a safe space free of judgment. 

More About Me

Growing up on a farm has instilled in me a love for animals, and I enjoy painting, playing piano and other musical instruments, and picking up other hobbies as I go through life. I attained a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Kentucky Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Indiana before moving to North Carolina.

 

I look forward to seeing you in therapy. Let’s work together to explore, define, and fulfill your goals!

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