Charles (Charley) Everett, LCSW RN
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Nurse
People come to therapy with a sense of hope that they can change, experience love, and live life to the fullest degree. This hope is usually tempered by a fear that they may not be able to change because they are somehow defective or unlovable. I approach therapy from a humanistic perspective that emphasizes optimism, enhancing the natural tendency of humans to grow towards health given the right conditions, and recruiting the client’s inherent strengths to build on. In our work together we will work at a pace that is comfortable for you to establish the trust and respect necessary to explore the patterns of thinking and behavior that have prevented you from having your best life.
It’s important to remember that although we can’t change our past, we can most certainly change our relationship with the past. This means, for example, that even if we have a deceased parent we can still repair our relationship with them. My mode of therapy is not based on a philosophy alone. I am excited about recent brain research, and my work has been influenced by the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Dan Siegel, the trauma research of Bessel Van Der Kolk, and the Somatic Experiencing insights of Peter Levine (to name a few).
I have the unique experience of being both a Registered Nurse and Licensed Social Worker. As a Social Worker I’ve been employed in a variety of inpatient and outpatient medical settings. As an RN, I have extensive experience working in some of the most challenging settings, including Cardiology and Psychiatry. I understand the sense of loss and existential fear that follows a major health crisis (or chronic pain issues); leaving you in pain and fearful about your ability to function and take care of your family.
My take away from all those experiences is that I firmly believe that people have a tendency to grow toward health and wellbeing, if they just get a little assistance. I acknowledge and honor the courage it takes to come to therapy for the first time, and I would feel privileged to work with you.
Specializations: Depression, Loss and Grief, Trauma/PTSD, Childhood Abuse, Anxiety, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Addiction and Recovery, Anger Management, Relationship Issues, Adolescents, College Aged Issues, Life Transitions, Chronic Illness, Terminal Illness, Midlife Transitions, Bipolar Disorder, Crime/Corrections