Charmayne’s clinical practice is heavily influenced by Attachment Theory. She is attuned to relational experiences with an emphasis on expression of needs and perception of accessibility. She relies heavily on the emerging field of neuroscience to inform her understanding of trauma and how it impacts the brain and behavior, and she practices from a trauma-informed lens, assuming all clients may have a history of trauma. One of her primary aims is to reduce chances of re-traumatization during the counseling process. This philosophy is enacted through transparent counseling practices including shared goal setting, treatment planning, and conversations regarding clients’ perceptions of progress. Her approach in counseling is client-centered with minimal confrontations. She brings laughter and joy into the counseling space to encourage clients to access the full range of their emotional experiences. She introduces movies, books, and activities such as drawing or journaling to encourage clients to broaden their worldview.
Charmayne’s journey into the counseling profession has been rich with experiences that have made her the counselor she is today. She received her master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Wake Forest University in 2016 and her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2019. She has had the opportunity to work in many settings including residential treatment facilities and in-patient hospitals. She has had a wide range of clinical experiences, informed by her work with at-risk youth, as well as adults and adolescents struggling with mental health disorders. Charmayne has experience working with individuals that identify as belonging to a marginalized population, including clients who identify as part of the LGBTQI+ community. She is looking forward to her transition into private practice to help clients as they explore their journey toward holistic wellness.