Barbara has a Master’s in Education with a focus on Community Counseling from Western Carolina University and is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.
She has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance abuse/addiction, mood disorders, and family system issues. Barbara firmly believes people have the internal resources to make significant therapeutic changes and approaches clinical work from an empowerment perspective. She encourages clients to connect with the community organizations and support groups as tools to reinforce change, support ongoing wellness and develop an expanded social network.
Barbara is the program coordinator for the Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) at UNC Asheville. As a university we believe students should not have to choose between recovery from addiction and getting an education. Both are possible. The CRP provides services and support to help students in recovery succeed. Barbara is the staff advisor for the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) which is an official UNC Asheville student organization. Outside of work Barbara enjoys biking, trail running, hiking, hand crafts, cooking and time with friends and family.