Mental health problems, including substance abuse, can effect all facets of an individual’s life–physically, emotionally, and financially. That’s why community support is so important. Meet our team of empathetic counselors and substance abuse specialists who make it possible for us to provide behavioral health services to the Charlotte and Concord communities. We are here to support you when you need it most.
Keisha is a licensed and certified clinical director for Absolute Advocacy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Economics from York College. She also has a Master of Education – Rehabilitation Counseling with a dual certification in school guidance and counseling from Hunter College. She is certified as a Clinical Supervisor (CS), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). [Read More]
Morris manages the day-to-day operations of Absolute Advocacy, ensuring clients have what they need when they schedule appointments and attend classes. Morris is the main contact for out-of-state DWI reviews. With a degree in Information Systems Management, Morris specializes in the business and technical aspects of running a DWI and substance abuse treatment agency including web and content strategy. [Read More]
Laura handles the day-to-day operations of Absolute Advocacy and assists with out-of-state DWIs. She is also the lead liaison for correspondence with the North Carolina DMV and North Carolina Court System. She also facilitates DWI and Substance Abuse classes and groups. We are thrilled Laura is a part of our team.
Yvonne’s 25+ years of diverse experience in the Counseling and Human Services makes her a valuable member of our team. She has a passion for teaching, training and providing Clinical Supervision to staff, students and other professionals in the field, ensuring they have the skills needed to provide quality services to the consumers and families in our community. Her goal is to help people in need lead healthy and independent lives.
Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the Substance Abuse field. She utilizes a variety of clinical approaches to meet the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of the client. Melissa’s approach includes individualized treatment planning, individual and group therapy, life skills training, family therapy, and solution focused therapy. Melissa is very skilled in cultivating positive relationships with clients.
Additional Team Members
- Elba Acosta
- Chabre Mingo
- Vincent Allison
- LaSheree Fuller
Q&A With Keisha & Morris:
DWI & Substance Abuse From the Agency’s Perspective
What are a few things you know now that you didn’t know when you started your business?
Not all agencies are the same. We realize that now that we see the reviews and testimonials from our clients. We are truly making a difference in our community. We also did not know at first how traumatic a DWI is to the offender, family, and everyone involved. Resolving issues with DWI or substance abuse convictions can be expensive. Substance abuse can affect all facets of an individual’s life, physically, emotionally and financially. That’s why community support is so important.
What is one thing you wish people knew about working with people who are dealing with DWIs and substance abuse?
That people who are dealing with a DWI, or a substance abuse issues aren’t bad people. If we want people to make better decisions, we first have to acknowledge them as our equals and not look down on them, rather encourage them with open minds.
What sets you apart from other providers?
We don’t judge our clients. We empathize with our clients and treat them with respect and dignity. We follow the golden rule. We provide excellent customer service and follow through. We are accessible and responsive — our clients can easily get in touch with us. We offer a safe, private, and comfortable environment for our clients. We are honest. We genuinely want to help our clients. We even make our classes available on nights and weekends since most of our clients are working adults, or students.