Patrice A HortonLCMHC

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How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I typically discuss therapy goals with my clients during the second session. This is a collaborative process that starts with me asking clients a series of questions to assist them with clearly identifying the scope/areas of focus during our time together. Lastly, goals are written, reviewed, and agreed upon.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

For individuals who might be hesitant about starting therapy, I would encourage them to view therapy as an long-term investment in their emotional and mental well-being. Secondly, I would let them know that they play a key role in determining/driving the the flow and pace of treatment. I would also say, talk to others who've benefited from participating in therapy because they may be able to dispel some of the myths and unhelpful beliefs about the therapeutic process.

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

Treating clients with dignity and respect is one of the key elements I demonstrate when building a therapeutic relationship and trust with my clients. I believe the saying, people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care; " therefore, I strive to create a therapeutic environment where people feel safe and comfortable enough to share so they can do the work necessary to produce desired changes.



Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


General Expertise



Social Anxiety


Adolescent mental health

Adoption & foster care

Caregiver stress & support

Child mental health



First Session


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Mindfulness Practices

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Training / Certifications


EMDR trained


NC, LCMHC, 12173


Master of Arts In Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Regent University

Work History

I have a passion for working with adults, children, and families. My work experience encompasses community, residential, military, and private practice settings. As a therapist, I come alongside clients to assist them in navigating life's challenges; it is my desire for each client to obtain wholeness to increase their quality of life. I am trained in EMDR and rostered in TF-CBT, two approaches that help individuals heal from trauma and past painful experiences.


921 Town Centre Blvd #1043, Clayton, 27520, NC