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Jo McBride, MSW, LCSW-A


If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or feeling unaccepted, I can help. I provide counseling for adults and teens with various presenting concerns, such as grief, stress, school and work problems, and social anxiety. 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, my specialty areas are LGBTQ+ friendly therapy and high-functioning autistic adult and teen therapy. 


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 and am in-network with BCBS, so get in touch with me today.

LGBTQ+ Friendly Therapy


I have been an active member of the LGBTQ+ community for the past 10 years, having organized/led groups and participated in activism. I provide a transgender safe space and an LGBTQ friendly therapy experience. If you need LGBTQ couples therapy, I do that too!

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. 

High-Functioning Autistic Teen & Adult Therapy


If you are a high-functioning autistic adult or teen wanting to improve your emotional and social functioning in a neurotypical world, I am happy to help. I enjoy helping high functioning autistic teens and adults (those with level 1 autism) 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. 

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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