Maggie Farrington, MA, LCMHC, NADD-CC
MA = Master of Arts in Counseling
NADD-CC = National Association Dually Diagnosed – Certified Clinician
(828) 263-6093, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boone, North Carolina
My first paying job was at the age of 17 while in High School, mainly to help pay for my car and to start saving for the future. But that first job experience was a strong seed planted and a glimpse into a calling and vocation of human services and helping others live to their fullest potential.
I was waiting tables in a formal dining room at a swanky retirement community- shy little high school me in my slick soled shoes that slipped across the kitchen floors while carrying 30 pounds of glasses and china dishes on a massive large tray with only the strength of my weak arm. Not only did my core balance, agility and reflexes, and right arm strength grow but so did my LOVE for building relationships- with coworkers and the residents we served, through hearing stories and life lessons, by connecting with different cultures and personalities and temperaments. That high school “first job” experience guided my choices to major in Psychology at Appalachian State University, intern with the area homeless shelter, and continue to get my Master’s in Counseling at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary while working full time as a social worker with the local county government. I’ve continued to serve in a variety of settings with people of all ages, socio-economic status, abilities, and challenges in life. In all career positions I’ve had, developing RELATIONSHIP has been the golden opportunity into gaining trust, invitation to someone’s life story, and tapping into his/her ability to find hope and allow me to journey with them for part of the road ahead.
Post Master’s, I continued on to become licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and have worked since 2005 in the field of publicly funded community behavioral health (mental health, substance use, and intellectual/developmental disabilities) as a clinician, a supervisor, a case manager, care coordinator, coach, manager and director. For 10 of those years, I served in the clinical management of services in a variety of leadership positions at a regional level with one of our state’s behavioral health managed care organizations. In direct service and in administrative work, my passion has been in quality improvement of care to treat the Whole Person- tending to one’s physical, mental, developmental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing as a whole- not only connecting the dots of speciality care but weaving and integrating those areas of expertise together personally for whole health and wellness.
I professionally come from a strengths-based, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral perspective. Small and consistent changes in our thoughts and actions through healthier habits impact our feelings, emotions and behaviors for big lasting positive change.
So whether I’m in relationship with you as a counselor, a clinical consultant, a business consultant or a personal coach- know that my core values are to hear YOU, know YOU and help YOU identify and achieve what you need in order to Inhabit Your Health– personally and professionally.