*We are a Recognized Trauma-Informed Practice Center*
Child and Adult Trauma Care
Children/Adolescents Individual & Family Child and Adult Trauma Grief and Loss Anxiety and Fears Depression Personal Growth Parenting Support Stress Management
Your Wellness and Balance Path
At Smiling Spirit Pathways, solutions are reachable and expertly coordinated just for you. My specialties are in the areas in which I am most passionate about - the care and well being of children, women, and families. I offer you and your family highly individualized and outstanding levels of successful experience in
Trauma-Informed Practice (17+ years)
Play Therapy (skilled in all levels of PT) (15+ years)
Individual and Family Therapy (15+years)
Group Coaching, Training, and Workshops (12+ years)
Clinical Family Meeting Facilitation (8+years)
LCSW Supervision (11+ years)
Partnering with you, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches, techniques and strategies with a child and person centered, family driven focus. My goal is to help you restore your sense of self, regain balance in your life, heal past hurts affecting present functioning, cope with difficult emotions and situations, and effectively manage life situations and transitions. I am especially dedicated to the nurturing of infant and child mental health, parental health and wellness, pre and post natal adjustment, women's emotional wellness, and healthy attachments between parents and children. I utilize an eclectic approach so that your wellness plan is just as unique and special as you are. I draw from the best options in my specialties of Trauma Informed Therapy, Grief Movement (as developed by SSP), Expressive (Play) Therapy (including Sandplay, therapeutic drawing, Filial Therapy, Child-Parent Connection Therapy and more), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Connection Parenting Interventions, Mindful Parenting, Mindfulness based interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Internal Family System Therapy, Therapeutic inclusion of music, Insight Oriented and Supportive Therapies, elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy where appropriate, Spiritual Direction and many more treatment approaches.
Topics of expertise and specialization are listed below.
If you or your child are facing any of these concerns, please consider Smiling Spirit Pathways as your highly experienced provider of the most compassionate, highly individualized and personalized counseling.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR CUSTODY OR DIVORCE CASES
Due to the very sensitive nature of cases in the midst of the divorce/access/custody process, we know that parents often seek out assistance for their children to aid in the transition. However, what often happens is that parents are further divided by mistakenly thinking that a therapist for a child will side with one parent or the other. We strongly recommend that you go through this initial phase of your divorce with a professional trained in Forensic Mental Health (those who specialize in court related proceedings, provide custody evaluations, and child assessments and testing). We are happy to help you once custody has been resolved!! For now, please note that **We are not currently accepting cases who are actively in divorce proceedings or custody issues. If you would like a referral to a Forensic Mental Health provider, please call (919) 606-2547 and we will be happy to assist you!!
Cherie offers professional Trauma Consultation services to colleagues, agencies, schools, law enforcement and government professionals. She is available during community emergencies, for crisis debriefing protocols, and for post trauma healing work. Please contact Cherie for rates and availability.
The Career Path
Working on your LCSWA clinical licensure? Cherie provides a unique and holistic approach to earning your LCSW. These slots are limited and turnover is rare until licensees achieve their professional goals. If you are interested, do connect with Cherie to determine if openings are available!
Cherie L. Spehar, LCSW, CTC-S, RPT-S Certified Trauma Specialist - Children and Adults
Certified Trauma Consultant-Supervisor
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
Women's Wellness Certified Trauma Consultant of the Year 2012