About

Tina Duggins

My History

I have often been described by my peers as an inherent nurturer — a mama bear! Early in adulthood, I learned that raising children is one of the most important, albeit challenging jobs one will ever have.  My husband of 37 years and I have a total of 4 adult children, and 2 remarkable grandchildren. I was lucky enough to walk along side of my husband during his Army career of over 20 years as an Active-Duty Special Forces Soldier. Being an Army wife with 2 small children often felt overwhelming and intimidating, especially with my husband away from home for up to 6 months at a time.  I quickly learned having a good support system was the ingredient I needed to help with the sometimes-overwhelming feeling of single parenting.  Sharing and listening to concerns with my friends was a reprieve, making the long deployments more tolerable.  After over 30 years of friendship, we still love getting together once a year.  I love spending time with my family and friends, and of course my puppies. 

My Approach

Life is challenging through all the stages, but you are not alone. Do you often feel that getting out of bed and getting dressed is just too overwhelming to think about? Do you make plans with family and friends only to cancel at the last minute, then feel guilty for days?  Do you ask yourself, why am I this way; what is missing in my relationship; why can’t I just be happy?

I would like to lead you on a journey to answering these questions and finding solutions to heal your body and your mind.  I cannot promise it will be easy. It won’t – in fact, it will be daunting at times, but you are not alone. You have struggled through the worst part by yourself. Let’s work together to uncover the health and happiness you desire. 

This is an excerpt from one of my favorite quotes:

It is not the critic who countsThe credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

The initial step is always the hardest and takes both strength and courage. It is my hope to give you the tools in the toolbox and teach you how to access them when you need them the most; to encourage and cheer you on through the tough seasons of life. Hope and healing not only the mind, but body, and soul are the key ingredients to a healthy life. 

I believe in providing adults, both individuals and couples, and families, a comprehensive clinical knowledge, a straight-forward, but compassionate truth, and support as we explore all that resides in the “arena”.  Developing a Client-Therapist relationship and providing a secure safe place to discuss hard things is paramount in the journey.

My clinical specializations include working with individuals and couples who are experiencing depression, anxiety, attachment injuries, trauma, infidelity, parenting and parent -related issues.  I have experience working with military families with parent related stressors. 

My professional background originates from a combination of many theoretical approaches such as, Client-centered, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic, Gottman Method for Couples, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).   I enjoy using a tool from each modality to teach survivors how to relax their bodies, especially when experiencing a perceived threat; and assist them in constructing a complete chronological blueprint of their traumatic experiences often uncovering negative core beliefs then overlaying a positive core belief which leads to healing the mind, body, and soul. 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

After getting an associate degree in Medical Office Administration and working for the Federal Government as a billing and coding specialist for 16 years, I switched gears at age 40 and went back to college to study Psychology.  I attended and graduated from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Psychology.  I then attended Graduate School at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and graduated with honors in 2014, at the age of 51. 

My concentration after graduation was to work with the military population at what has been coined “The Center of the Universe”, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Home of the 82nd Airborne and Special Forces Command.  I worked in private practice treating children, individuals, couples, and families and assisted in standing up a Non-Profit organization in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  I received my license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT).

I have attended numerous trainings on attachment injuries, trauma-focused therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, EMDR, and recently earned the distinction of Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). 

  • Psychology

    Campbell University

  • Psychology

    Liberty University

Qualifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


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