Cheryl Richardson, LPC, CRC
Counselor | Coach | Consultant

I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I attended and graduated from Saint ​​​​​​​​​​​Augustine’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Winston-Salem State University with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and The University of Florida with a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Vocational Consulting.  Currently I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University.  I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Forensic Vocational Consultant and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in various Individual Counseling, Vocational Consulting and I am a natioanlly recognized Vocatioanl Expert with the Social Security Administration.  With over 17 years’ experience in the helping profession, I currently serve as private practitioner working with clients at a point of transition within their lives. 

Because I am an original Charlottean I am a true southern girl! In addition to my passion for helping others, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, traveling, dancing (with or without music), shopping, working out, reading, and all things girly!

​​As a Clinician, I am passionately committed to assisting transitional youth and adults overcome career challenges through process, empowerment and perseverance.  My counseling theory lends to the trait and factor theory, which focuses on matching people’s personalities with careers.  I believe in order to determine a client’s personality this theory requires taking into consideration someone’s abilities or aptitude, personal values, and occupational interests.

My process includes three key steps:
  • Studying individuals
  • Surveying career options
  • Using “true reasoning” to match individuals with an occupation

As an experienced Private Practice Rehabilitation Counselor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor who provides counseling and guidance to clients regarding vocational choices, analyzes and interprets the pertinent educational, social, medical, psychological and vocational information relative to the applicants or clients in order to determine level of aspiration, interest, motivation, aptitude and scholastic achievement and determines the client's eligibility and need for rehabilitation services.

Rehabilitation Counseling Specialty Areas:
  • Depressive Disorders (work related)
    • ​Major Depressive Disorder
    • Persistent Depressive Disorder
    • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
    • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorders (work related)
    • ​Panic Disorder
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Social Anxiety
    • Agoraphobia
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders (work related)
    • ​Acute Stress Disorder/ Posttraumatic Stress  Disorder​
    • Adjustment Disorder
  • Neurodevelopment and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Communication Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disorder
  • Neurocognitive Disorders: Mild and Major
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • ​Chronic Illness

Rehabilitation Counseling Services:
Cognitive Rehabilitation - Cognitive rehabilitation is a one on-one therapy, utilized for the development of cognitive​ (thinking) skills to improve functional abilities including but not limited to: attention, memory, problem solving, and to help identify impaired thinking.

Natural Supports Education: Individual/ Conference - Natural supports education provides training to families and the participant’s natural support network in order to enhance the decision making capacity of the natural support network, provide orientation regarding the nature and impact of the traumatic brain injury upon the participant, provide education and training on intervention/strategies, and provide education and training in the use of specialized equipment and supplies.

Specialized Consultative Services - Specialized consultative services provide expertise, training and technical assistance in a specialty area (psychology, behavior intervention, speech therapy, therapeutic recreation, augmentative communication, assistive technology equipment, occupational therapy, physical therapy or nutrition) to assist family members, support staff and other natural supports in assisting participants with traumatic brain injuries who have long term intervention needs.