Dawn Holmes

Graduate Counseling Intern
Dawn Holmes

From the first day I stepped foot on the UNCSA campus a burst of inspiration came over me.  I knew right away what a unique college this was. I have a deep desire to work with creative individuals finding their inner voice with their career as well as who they are as a person.  I want to inspire each student I come in contact with to follow their dreams and listen to their heart.

I am a graduate student from Wake Forest University in the counseling program on the clinical mental health track.  I previously completed my Practicum and Internship I & II at Strategic Behavioral Center-Charlotte, a Psychiatric hospital for Children 6-17 years of age.  I served mostly in the residential facility for adolescents 12-17 years old. Therefore, I have experience with Acute, Residential and Admission intake services.  I am continuing to develop my skills in precedent areas that affect children such as mental illness, behavioral, learning disabilities, eating disorders and drug addiction.    

I currently hold the Master of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Cincinnati, graduating class of 2013.  I am certified to teach students K-12 in Curriculum and Instruction as a Reading Specialist. My second graduate degree is from the University of Southern California, Master of Management in Library and Information Science, graduating class of 2015.  I can lead in a variety of educational, private or public library settings. I have also been a cheerleader for over 12 years, been involved with dance as well as cheer gymnastics and currently coach rec cheer for ages 5-15 years old in Charlotte, N.C.

My theoretical orientation is from a Rogerian (person-centered) point of view that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  My Practicum/Internship site integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into their practices which is why I chose this site to train at.  The population of my practicum site was 6-17 years of age but I also worked with families in a variety of stages in their lives. I strive to create a welcoming environment that is judgment-free.  I am pursuing areas in trauma and crisis, eating disorders and substance abuse.


M.M.L.I.S.University of Southern California

M. EdUniversity of Cincinnati