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Diera A Parham-Carruthers, LPC (D.C. and VA), NCC, CSOTP, CTMC, CTAP  

Diera A Parham-Carruthers is a Resident in Counseling as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Virginia; she earned her Associates in Health Sciences, her Bachelors in Psychology at North Carolina State University, and continued her education at Walden University to complete her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Crisis and Trauma in 2016 while serving in the United States Armed Forces for 8 years. 

 

She earned her National Certification in Counseling (NCC) in 2016.  She has been a Resident in Counseling (RIC) in Virginia since 2017. She has earned her certifications as sexual offender treatment provider (CSOTP, 2019), telemental health clinician (CTMC, 2020), clinical trauma adolescent provider (CTAP, 2020).    She has become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Washington, D.C in 2020.  She served in mental health and health sciences in multiple settings for over 10-years.

Diera has been a part of The Children’s Clinic of Fredericksburg Counseling Center (CCCC) team since 2020 as a Clinical Therapist.  Prior to coming to CCCC, Diera worked as a therapist at a 24 hour residential psychiatric facility for almost 2 years; intensive in home counselor for a 1 ½  year; Clinical Coordinator and back up forensic interviewer for about 1 ½ year; foster care case manager for 3 ½ year; laboratory technician for 8 years in the United Armed Services.  During her practicum and internship, she was an outpatient therapist for a about a year that addressed multiple areas of mental health.  

She is knowledgeable and skilled with addressing parents (18 years old and up) and children (0 to 18 years old) with specific DSM diagnosis of addiction, substance-related disorders & alcoholism, major depressive disorder, problematic sexualized behaviors, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, trauma & stress-related disorders, reactive attachment disorder, adjustment disorder, psychotic  disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social anxiety, impulse control disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, ADHD, enuresis, and encopresis. 

Diera has a straightforward and to the point approach to therapy.  She encompasses evidence-based techniques in her sessions and utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach when working with clients.