Dominique Dery

Clinical Intern, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

My name is Dominique Dery (she/her/hers), and I am currently in my final year of pursuing a Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.

I believe that therapy offers safe and supportive space to explore painful emotions, experiences, and patterns; to see ourselves and our relationships more clearly; and to envision meaningful and vibrant ways of moving through whatever we may be experiencing. These practices can be helpful for anyone in cultivating freedom, self-acceptance, creativity, and connection at any stage of life. Setting aside time to work on understanding our values and strengths, our questions and challenges, and our environment’s limits and possibilities is important. I endeavor to be warm, open-hearted, and down to earth, and I lean on humor, curiosity and affirmation in this work.

I am passionate about working with adults (18+) on concerns related to grief and loss, identity, life transitions of any kind, relationships, anxiety, depression, and chronic or progressive illness.

My therapeutic approach is collaborative with clients and integrative, and draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, self-compassion, and others. I focus on building helpful coping tools that can be used in the moment and developing long-term tools and conversations that can support ongoing growth and change. I am committed to anti-oppression work, recognizing that our lives are deeply affected by unequal privilege and power. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming and welcome adult clients of all sexualities and gender identities and cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds.

I have previously worked in universities and non-profits and have a Ph.D. in political science and ethics from Duke. Outside of work, I love spending time in the woods, tending to my giant and messy garden, and connecting with loved ones.

I would be honored to work with you.


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