Your Best Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching Institute, PLLC
Private Mental Health Practice
At Your Best Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching Institute, PLLC, we are committed to providing you with the tools and support you need to overcome the obstacles holding you back from living your best life. Our team of experienced mental health professionals will work with you to identify your personal strengths, values, and abilities, and develop a personalized plan to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. All sessions are conducted in a private, serene and tranquil office environment.
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At Your Best Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching, PLLC, we're here to help you live the life you've always dreamed of. Can’t make it into the office? No worries, we’ve got you covered with teletherapy. With experienced mental health therapists and life coaches, we offer in-person and virtual sessions to clients all over North Carolina. As a black-owned practice, we understand the importance of feeling seen and heard. We are intentional, "real" and committed to providing you with professional, warm, compassionate and personalized care!
Counseling, Coaching, and Therapy
At Your Best Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching Institute, PLLC, we offer a wide range of counseling, coaching, and therapy services to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. Our services include individual,couples, family and group counseling, transformational life coaching, and mental health evaluations. We specialize in helping clients overcome anxiety, depression, grief, stress, trauma and other mental health challenges. We are honored that we can provide clients a safe space to HEAL and learn how to live their BEST LIFE!
MEET THE CLINICAL TEAM Introducing Our Team of Compassionate Therapists and Life Coaches
Katrina Porter, MSW,C-SWHC,LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Counselor to the Core
In addition to my private clinical practice, I am also a practicing licensed therapist at a major medical facility. I obtained my undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and graduate degree from the University of North Dakota.
I have been working in various capacities as a Licensed Mental Heath Therapist since 2011, specializing in helping everyday people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping more effectively with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety and/or depression. I also have over 17 years of experience counseling and providing personal development and coaching to individuals, families, professionals, college students, offenders, groups and community organizations. I have an innate ability to communicate in a down-to-earth way with a wide variety of client systems. Outside of my profession, I've spent the past 25 years volunteering and serving the community through various organizations and charities. I am also a proud member of a national public service sorority who continuously advocate for and serve marginalized and vulnerable communities. I feel humbled to know that I have a professional reputation of being able to naturally see, identify and bring out the greatness in clients, even when they do not see it themselves. I take an integrated approach when working with clients. My theoretical approach takes in consideration of your values, experiences, cultural identity, and all the factors that make you, you. Every client and client system is unique, therefore my approach in working with you is also unique. I integrate psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapies according to your needs and goals for therapy. Regardless of the approach, a good working relationship with you is key to you making progress and feeling better. I bring a broad range of life experiences and practical approaches to therapy and coaching while drawing from my professional, personal and educational background. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients, and look forward to helping you! Let me help you learn better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your pursuits because.....YOUR BEST LIFE AWAITS!
Barbara B. Smith, MEd,NCC, LCMHC
Licensed Professional MH Counselor
"I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and have certification as a National Certified Counselor. I obtained my undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and graduate degree from North Carolina State.
It is my goal to provide meaningful, introspective professional and purposeful therapeutic methods to help one navigate challenges presented by life. I provide therapy in a confidential, warm, non-judgmental, and safe environment. My educational and career background has prepared me to utilize a variety of treatment methods, from solution-focused to cognitive behavioral therapy (making connections between your past and your present) to guide the sessions .Life is mastered one day at a time. Let me assist you with discovering one’s strengths while acknowledging the areas where education, professional development and self-practice can increase one’s confidence and ability to transition through the phases of life"
Rochelle Walton. MSW, LCAS,LCSW
Psychotherapist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
"I am a Licensed Therapist and Clinical Addictions Specialist. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the UNC-Charlotte and graduate degree from East Carolina University.
Regardless of age, race, gender, economic status, religious affiliation, etc., life presents challenges and we can find ourselves in low places we never anticipated. In those seasons, it is imperative to have a safe space where you can be heard, validated and supported. In therapy, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Solution-Focused approaches; however, I recognize and respect that all clients are different and may require a different approach, so I adjust as necessary. I look forward to helping you work through the situations in which you might find yourself and assist you in becoming your ideal self!"
Ashley Cousar, MSW,LCSW-A
"Welcome!! I am Ashley L. Cousar a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. As a therapist, I believe in creating a safe and comfortable space for my clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. I have been practicing as a social worker for over 11 years. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the WSSU and graduate degree from East Carolina University. I hold a Certification in Addiction Counseling and a Master's Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Trauma Informed Care. My areas of specialty include working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with adjustment disorders, ADHD, behavior challenges, developmental changes, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and family conflict. I believe in working in collaboration to empower clients to connect emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. My approach in therapy is meeting each individual where they are to build a rapport that will support each individual's goals to live a happy, healthy holistic life. I believe with collaboration, and a safe space, each individual will leave feeling empowered, and motivated with healthy coping skills and tools. I would enjoy getting to know you and being that bridge to the joy that awaits you. If you’re interested in learning more or would like to schedule a session, please don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you".
WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS!
YOU ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE
Welcome to Your Best Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching Institute, PLLC, a private, black-owned psychotherapy practice offering a range of services to help you improve your mental health and well-being. We invite you to bring your entire authentic self into each session, because it is there, where we can meet YOU and do some amazingly powerful work together. Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive space where you can explore your true thoughts, feelings, and experiences. We offer convenient scheduling options, including evening and weekend appointments, to ensure that busy, career driven professionals can also prioritize their mental health. We know that seeking therapy can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, and we are committed to making the process as smooth and comfortable as possible for every client who walk through our doors, especially the BIPOC community who continues to navigate health care disparities and historical trauma. We understand the importance of having a therapist who understands a client’s background, experience, and beliefs, and who uses an affirming and culturally sensitive approach to therapy. At Your Best Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching, PLLC, we use a collaborative approach to therapy, working with you to identify your goals and create a treatment plan that caters to your unique needs. We work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate through life’s challenges with confidence and resilience. We believe that everyone has the ability to overcome the challenges they face in life. Our team of experienced therapists uses evidence-based practices to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of care. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma or other mental health issues, we are here to help you heal and live your absolute BEST LIFE! Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation, and take the first step towards living your best life!!!
Katrina Porter, MSW, C-SWHC, CAMS-II, LCSW - Your Counselor & Coach
Founder & CEO
Don't let distance or "busyness" be a barrier to your mental health and you finally learning how to live your absolute best life!
Try telehealth therapy. We have clients from all over the State of North Carolina!(Charlotte, Raleigh, Greenville, Greensboro, Cary, Wilmington, Durham, Knightdale,Kinston, Asheville, Fayetteville, Winterville, Nashville, etc)
are also available (on selected days of the week)
Your Best Life Awaits ....
Our goal is to create a counseling, coaching, and consulting environment that is relaxed and safe so you can feel comfortable talking openly. Are you tired and overwhelmed with being the "STRONG ONE" in your famly. Did the pandemic trigger or reveal repressed or unaddressed issues in your life? Are you secretly struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, self doubt, fear, anger, resentment, and hurt? Are you suddenly feeling more disconnected, anxious, lonely, or overwhelmed? Do you feel overwhelmed trying to juggle the demands of family, work or school, and relationships? Is there a sense that something needs to change but you can’t figure out what? Are you interested in learning more? You deserve to be understood, valued, and given the opportunity to gain the tools for a more fulfilling life. We will walk with you on your journey of self-discovery, and together we will uncover your unique strengths, develop coping skills, increase self-confidence, and work toward restoring balance in your life. Schedule a session and to learn the tools for personal and professional success.
Therapy/Coaching requires a time, emotional and financial investment in"YOURSELF" and your overall emotional and mental wellbeing!
We offer a variety of payment options to make your experience convenient. Whether you prefer to pay by credit card, cash, cashier's check, or HSA/FSA card we've got you covered. At YBLACCI, we understand the importance of providing competitive pricing for our clinical services. We strive to offer affordable rates without compromising on quality. Our goal is to provide exceptional value for our clients, ensuring that they receive top-notch professional clinical services at a reasonable price.We offer services that empower our clients with tools to live their best life! Our flexible payment methods ensure that you can easily complete your transactions with us and continue to reap the long term benefit and return on your investment!
What about Insurance*
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, please contact your representative to review your benefits. Your Bests Life Awaits Counseling & Coaching Institute, PLLC is considered an In Network Provider for most major insurance companies in the service area. It should be noted that we are considered an Out of Network Provider with all other plans and after each session we provide you with the necessary statement (superbill) to submit for your insurance reimbursement (out of plan) or tax purposes. Working outside of the managed care system protects your confidentiality and what we are required by law to share regarding your mental health and gives you the ultimate control over the course of your therapy sessions and treatment.
Some helpful questions you can ask your insurance representative include:
•What are my mental health benefits?
•What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
•How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
•What is my co-pay?
•How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
•Is prior approval required from my primary care physician?
Most of our providers participate directly with the following insurance companies*:
(In Network Provider)
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS
McLaughlin Young Group (NC)
NOTE:* Selected therapists are out- of-network and PRIVATE PAY ONLY. Please inquire when setting up your initial appointment
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy treatment involves a conversation, a focused method of having your therapist carefully listen, ask questions, and help you elicit and understand the patterns and beliefs that underlay actions. Each psychotherapy session provides you an opportunity to tell your story, find pragmatic solutions, and make the changes that help you reach your goals. As licensed psychotherapist, we will work with you to establish a safe environment so that you can freely talk and think through your issues and your solutions.
Will it work for me?
Clinical experience shows that if you are motivated and set realistic goals, psychotherapy is likely to be of great benefit in addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and other concerns.
What does it cost?
Individual, family or couples sessions are $145-$195 for a 50-90 minute session.(approved insurance may be used to cover the cost of sessions, minus any applicable copay/deductible )
Does it mean that I am ‘crazy’ if I’m in psychotherapy?
Absolutely Not! Individuals seek psychotherapy for variety of reasons. Some desire help balancing the demands of parenting, work and family responsibilities, coping with health issues, improving relationship skills or managing other stressors that can affect any of us. Yet others need help coping with major life transitions or changing problem behaviors: grieving the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or a divorce or break-up. But others pursue psychotherapy for treatment of depression, anxiety, addictions or trauma- related experiences. Regardless of how you were referred, psychotherapy aims to treat people with issues of personal development which may have developed recently, or may have developed over many years, sometimes right from early childhood. The aim in psychotherapy is to look more deeply into the emotions, conflicts and distress behind these diagnoses.
What can I expect from my therapy sessions?
People come to therapy for different reasons. Some have no idea, they just know something needs to change in their life and are not sure how or what to do to make it happen. Because each person has different lived experiences as well as issues and goals for therapy, therapy will vary depending on the reasons for which you’re seeking help.
In therapy, you can expect our therapist to be warm, empathetic, direct, and interactive. We will explore, identify, and process your understanding of your mind, body, emotions, behaviors, life experiences, and needs. You’re making an investment with your time and money, so also expect us to compassionately challenge unhealthy and destructive thinking and behavioral patterns getting in the way of you living your BEST LIFE!
What benefit should I feel afterwards?
Research has shown that psychotherapy is effective in reducing symptoms, improving relationships and self-worth. However, as each person is an individual, it is difficult to generalize at the beginning as to which benefits a person may feel. The exploration and the journey is often as important as the goal. If it turns out that you do not feel that you are receiving the desired outcome or that your assigned therapist is not a good fit for you, we will be more than happy to coordinate referral services with other local providers that might be a better fit. Your healing and learning how to live your best life is most important to us!
Are sessions virtual or in-person ? How often are the sessions? Since the pandemic, most psychotherapy sessions are weekly or bi-weekly. It depends on the needs of the client. IN- PERSON sessions are limited to certain days of the week. Virtual Sessions are offered M-Sat.
How do I get started?
The initial clinical intake assessment for Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family or Group ) is $165-190.00 (approved insurance may be used to cover the cost of the assessment, minus any applicable copay/deductible )
To set up your first session, call 252-220-4140 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Life Coaching?
Therapist are licensed and regulated by the state. With therapy, confidentiality (with certain limitations) is protected by law. Therapy focus on both the past and present and can greatly help heal wounds from the past. Therapist are qualified to treat a mental health and /or substance abuse problems and is generally covered by insurance because it treats a health problem.
Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not focused on the past or designed to address psychological issues. Coaching and therapy both create a positive, healing relationship between the coach or therapist and client that is the medium for change. Coaches and therapists are trained in understanding human behavior and motivation. Both help clients set and achieve their goals.
For some, it will be important to first work with a therapist and resolve some core issues and then work with a coach later for help achieving particular goals. Coaching focuses on setting and achieving goals in the present and future. Coaching does not involve a mental health diagnosis. Coaching helps mentally well people function and achieve at a higher level. Coaching is not covered by insurance and there is no licensing or particular training or credential required. As a coach and licensed therapist, our primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your calling and purpose, achieve them, and develop a disciplined and balanced life. With Psychotherapy, we can help you heal the wounds of the past so that they do not interfere with your ability to live your BEST LIFE, now and in the future!
What is Corporation/Business Mental Health Awareness Training Workshops/ Seminars?
Mental health awareness training allows companies, businesses, community organizations, and churches to genuinely demonstrate concern and support for their members, staff, colleagues, etc. in this area of concern while enhancing the delivery of the business and services you provide. We offer customized workshops, seminars and presentations to fit your individual or team’s needs and budget such as:
•Lunch and Learn
•Keynote speech for your company sponsored event
•Executive/Leadership Team Annual Retreat
•Half or full day workshop/seminars
*Starting at $450
Get in Touch
If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help you overcome the obstacles in your life and achieve your personal and professional goals. You can also find and contact us on our Psychology Today page.
107 SE Main Street Ste 409-411
Rocky Mount NC 27801
Call Us Today to set up your first session or email : email@example.com