Sandy Burleson

Sandy received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University and has over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health.  Sandy is a dual-licensed therapist and is credentialed as both a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Licensed ClinicalAddictions Specialist (LCAS).    She has worked on a crisis stabilization inpatient unit and a co-occurring disorders unit, with adolescents, adults and senior adults where she gained experience facilitating individual and group therapy, utilizing Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Reality Therapy, and crisis intervention techniques.  She has also worked as Team Lead of a Community Support Team that covered three WNC counties. Sandy volunteers in WNC, teaching mindfulness skills and leading meditation groups at several senior adult facilities in western North Carolina.  Sandy has worked with individuals and couples who struggle with substance use disorders, addiction, psychosis, mood disorders, trauma, and emotional issues related to relationship, sex, self-esteem and grief.  She focuses on providing useful therapeutic experiences for individuals who may be struggling and have not yet been able to move forward in some area of their life.  Sandy’s compassion for and commitment to  first responders comes from having worked as a first responder herself.