L. Chad Robinette, MSW, LISW-CP, CAC-I
My philosophy is that in order to treat the symptoms, we need to identify and work through underlying issues using a holistic, person-centered approach that is individualized for the client. I am a proponent of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, all of which promote the fact that by reframing our thoughts around a situation, we gain clarity in our actions. I also have experience in other forms of therapy, as I believe in finding what works best for the client. After all, you are the expert in your life, I am merely present to assist in finding the way! I have experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy, with adolescents and adults, and enjoy the opportunity to help others in any capacity I'm able. My professional areas of interest and focus include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief, addictions, LGBTQ+ issues, and struggles with addiction, issues surrounding disabilities, and adoption issues. I also recognize the importance of spirituality in the lives of many people, and incorporate spirituality when identified as a major aspect of an individual's life.
I have had a wide range of experiences which have shaped both my worldview and my professional outlook. I began my professional career working in group homes and day treatment centers for adolescents in my home state of North Carolina while in college, and worked my way through graduate school working in a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys. In graduate school, my internship at a foster care agency working primarily with youth with medical difficulties, as well as my second internship at Medical University of South Carolina working with children on the autism spectrum, provided professional experience with people with disabilities beyond my knowledge as the sibling of a sister with a disability.
Following obtaining my Masters, I worked initially with a program called Empowering Families, which worked with the state Department of Social Services to reduce risk of out-of-home placement among families at risk of child removal. Following this, I returned to the world of foster care, in which I built upon previous experiences working with children with behavioral difficulties. Most recently, I worked at a drug and alcohol treatment center and gained valuable insights into working with adults with multiple life difficulties stemming from, and contributing to, addictions. Throughout my career, I have also worked to raise awareness and visibility of issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and the unique difficulties faced by people within this community, and have provided training in how to work with the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
I am grateful for the opportunity to join you on your journey to self-discovery and healing.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama
"The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands." Robert M. Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
Master of Social Work, University of South Carolina, 2012
Bachelor of Science, Music and Religious studies, Gardner-Webb University, 2006
Licensed Independent Social Worker, Clinical Practice, South Carolina
Certified Addictions Counselor - I, South Carolina
National Association of Social Workers
South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors