I would expect you are hurting in some way or you would not be exploring the possibility of coming to counseling. It can be hard to search out help, even when life is difficult. For some the thought of coming to counseling denotes something shameful and a failure. I would invite you, if this is you, to think of counseling not as failure, but hiring a personal coach that will walk with you to places in your life where you desire to gain insight, perspective, and change. Life can be messy and there is no blueprint for how to get it just right. Most of us do the best we can with what we are given, and one of the challenges of life is to thoughtfully respond when going through a hard time.
I have been in the counseling field since 1987. I believe with understanding and compassion most persons can make progress toward the goals or yearnings that bring them to counseling. I have a page where you can see my formal education and clinical training, as well as professional licensures, I am also aware that what probably matters most is whether or not you believe I can help.
I hope you will find my website clear and informative about what I have to offer.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or to set up an initial appointment.
Stan Yancey, MSW, LCSW, MDiv
The foundation of psychotherapy is the relationship between you and the psychotherapist. There are different philosophies and orientations to psychotherapy, but a foundational piece is you feeling the relationship is meaningful, connected, and thus one where you can talk as openly and honestly as possible.
I will be attempting to listen deeply to what you want from psychotherapy, as well as what has occurred or is absent in your life that brings you to me. I will also want to hear about the primary relationships in your life. Most importantly I want to hear what it is that is hurting you, perplexing you, or puzzling you.
Most persons do not come to psychotherapy as the result of a problem that quickly occurred, and thus psychotherapy typically takes time to be effective. There is really not a way for me to tell you how many sessions will be needed for what you bring. We decide together as you let me know if what you want from psychotherapy is occurring or not, and if what hurts, perplexes, or puzzles you is getting better. Satisfied clients are my best and most effective referral resources, so to have you come longer than is necessary does not benefit you or me.
You may feel a real sense of relief in the initial sessions. I also like to caution you that psychotherapy will also at times be difficult and tiring because you are addressing and exploring feelings and thoughts that will be uncomfortable, all for the purpose of achieving the positive growth you desire. My desire is to be helpful to you in achieving results that last, are foundational, and impact at the root level what is troubling you so that you achieve greater mastery in having the life you want.
Stan Yancey, LCSW, MDiv
Clinical Certifications and training
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Clinical Certification in 2003. It concluded two years of supervision, psychodynamic and systems orientation, of therapy with older children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Working with psychiatrists and psychologists when needed in providing psychotherapy.
Certified Member of The American Association of Pastoral Counselors 1992. It concluded two years of training in an approved training center, and four years of weekly supervision, psychodynamic orientation, involving playing audiotapes of psychotherapy with individuals, older children, adolescents, and couples. This also included case conferences with other therapists evaluating the psychotherapy provided, and supervision with a psychiatrist.
Campbell University, BS, 1981, cum laude
Seminary, Master of Divinity, 1984
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Social Work, 2000
Satir Family Systems Year Long Training Program, 2001
Chaplain Supervisor (CPE) certification, 2015
Clinical Work Experience
Clinical Chaplain, Charter Northridge Chemical Dependency and Psychiatric Hospital, 1987-1991
Life Enrichment Center, Contract Pastoral Counselor 1990-1992
Substance Abuse Counselor, Wake County Alcoholism Treatment Center, 1992 Inpatient Director, Wake County Alcoholism Treatment Center, 1992-1999
Psychotherapist part-time, Triangle Family Services, 2001-2004
Private Practice Psychotherapist, 2001 to present
Spiritual Care at WakeMed Hospital part-time, Chaplain, Urban CPE Coordinator, 2004-2014
Spiritual Care at WakeMed Hospital part-time, Certified Educator (Supervisor), 2014-2017
Urban Ministries of Wake County Chaplain part-time, 2019 to present
AIDS Service Alliance of the Carolinas
-Faith Ministries Volunteer of the Year, 2006
-Raleigh District Statewide World AIDS Day Volunteer of the Year, 2007
Urban Ministries of Wake County
Duke Clinical Pastoral Residents and Interns, 2019/2020, Caring for the Addicted and Their Families.
Duke Divinity School, Spring 2009, Co-taught Ministry of Social Work course.
Campbell Divinity School, Spring 2009, Taught Introduction to Urban and Social Ministry Course.
“Hiding in Shame from Health and Hope: The Benefits of an Adult Children of Addiction group for students in Spiritual/Pastoral Care Clinical Training Programs,” Spiritual Care Collaborative, Orlando Florida, February 2, 2009,
“Depression: A Three part series,” for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Adult Depression, Adolescent Depression, and Loving Someone Depressed. December 2, 9, and 16, 2007.
“The Use of Spirituality in Substance Abuse & Other forms of Counseling,” Clinical Lecture Series for UNC School of Social Work. October 15, 2007.
Campbell Divinity School, Spring 2007, Taught Social Work Class,
“As Parents Age, Caring for Loved Ones,” for Piney Grove Baptist Church, Fuqua Varina, April 29, 2007.
“Adult Relationships with Parents,” and “Parenting Teens,” for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, April 15, 22, & 29, 2007.
UNC Social Work and Duke Divinity School Joint Degree Integration Seminar presenter, Duke Divinity School. March 20, 2007.
“Addiction and the Family” for Tar River Association, Spring Hope, N.C. March 20, 2007.
“Self-Care and Spirituality,” for Federal Bureau of Prisons Social Workers National Meeting in Columbia, S.C. November 15, 2006.
“The Challenge and Benefit of Allowing Spirituality in the Room,” UNC School of Social Work Field Instructors Training. May 31, 2006.
“Stress and Increasing the Ability to Manage it,” for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, January 8 & 15, 2006.
“Parenting Teens, some Tips,” for Rolesville Baptist Parent Group, December 11, 2005.
“Holidays and the Emotional Journey they can Involve,” for First Baptist Church, Raleigh, December 2, 2005.
“Grief for Children of Alcoholics,” Duke Divinity School Pastoral Care class, November 29, 2005.
“Addiction and Pastoral Care,” Campbell University Divinity School Pastoral Care class, November 15, 2005.
UNC Social Work and Duke Divinity School Joint Degree Integration Seminar presenter, Duke Divinity School. April 6, 2005.
“Family Conversations: Deepening Them,” and “Relationships,” for Hayes Barton Baptist Church. April 1 & 2, 2005.
“Diversity in the Workplace & School,” for Enloe High School, March 5, 2004.
“Marriage and Spirituality: Three part Series,” for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, February 3, 10, and 24, 2004.
“A Celebration of Martin Middle School Character Honorees,” January 23, 2004.
“Adult Children of Alcohlics: Four Part Series,” for Trinity Baptist Church, November 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2003.
Stephen’s Minister Retreat Leader, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, May 3, 2003.
“Burnout Prevention as a Clinician when helping Difficult Clients,” WakeMed Rehab Inpatient Clinical Staff, May 14, 2002.
“Family Systems Theory and the Relationship with Everyday Life,” for Edenton Street United Methodist Church Jubilee Class. April 7, 2002.
Boundaries as a Clinician,” WakeMed North Raleigh Outpatient Rehab. January 25, 2002.
“Addiction and Recovery as it relates to Spirituality and Healing,” White Memorial Presbyterian Church. May 22, 2001.
“Grief and Loss,” for Clinical Staff, Wake County Alcoholism Treatment Center, April 4, 2001.
Treatment of Depression.
Depression can be so debilitating, and most studies show psychotherapy to be helpful,
and in appropriate cases medication along with psychotherapy. You do not want medication to numb you to the work you need to do, on the other hand you need to have the energy that psychotherapy takes. The way you think about yourself becomes so laden with harshness that your thoughts must be explored to get traction in moving to feeling better.
How can you tell if you or a loved one has a problem? I can help you explore this and take helpful not harmful action.
Alcoholism and other drug addictions are illnesses that are treatable. There is usually so much shame that just beginning the therapy process is a big step. I have through the years strived to be a friend of the 12 step community, and have worked with many persons that are a part of the program. There are other ways that the addictive process is lived out such as with the computer, spending, and sex. Anything that is good in life can also become an addiction where it does not add to life, but gets out of balance and detracts from life. I have also worked with recovering alcoholics and addicts who have other challenges they want to address.
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts often carry an “ache that does not go away. Challenges often include:
Attention Deficit Disorder.
This disorder affects children, adolescents, and adults. Impulsivity, organization, and
judgment are affected. Depression can often accompany the struggles, or “failure to reach potential,” that so often accompanies ADD. It can really test the patience of parents, and yet the child or adolescent living with ADD or ADHD does need specialized help to have the best chance for succeeding.
Relationship Struggles which often include:
Young adult challenges
It is a time in life that often includes search for direction, changing of the relationship with parents, the search for intimacy. I believe therapy can serve to offer the young adult a place to clarify direction, improve relations with parents during this leaving time, and learn from intimate relationships or their absence.
Grief and Loss
Grief and Loss can take an enormous toll on your life. It is like carrying internal wounds that have not healed. The old saying, “time heals all wounds,” is not the case with grief and loss if it is avoided.
Spirituality and or Religious faith
I do not have a religious agenda; my desire is to help you utilize your spiritual or religious path as a support in your work as an individual or couple. I do want you to know that it is indeed okay and helpful for you to talk about your spiritual/religious life in therapy if you choose, because it is a part of your life. For many person it can be a support and place of hope, or for some a place of pain, or a combination.
There are times when the entire family can benefit from therapy. Whoever is willing to come in, that is where we start. Identifying patterns and implementing changes to habitual ways of relating can be difficult but pay big dividends.
Stressful life situations
At times a significant event, or a combination of events call forth the need to find better ways to deal with stress, both internal and external stress that sap life. Burnout can reflect the need to find new ways to work.
Parenting and Step-parenting
Parenting is just plain difficult, and yet can be so rewarding. There is not much in life that offers such highs and lows. The challenge inherent in this is often enough to seek consultation. There is an inevitable awkwardness that accompanies blended families. The tension for children, adolescents, and adults can be destructive. It can seem to a child to draw close to a step parent can feel like betrayal of a biological parent. Individual, Couple, or Family therapy can serve as a place to work towards less tension, and more closeness.
I have been fortunate to have had wonderful supervision through the years and find it meaningful, enjoyable, and fun to provide supervision. Contact me and we can explore what you are looking for in supervision and if what I have to offer would work well toward your goals for supervision.
(All psychotherapists must have this. Read, and if possible download the verification form on the next page. Fill it out and bring to initial session. If you cannot, that is fine, you can just complete it in the initial session. Thank you.)
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Protected health information (PHI) is individually identifiable health information that relates to the covered person’s past, current, or future health status, the provision of health services, or payment for the provision of health care services to covered persons.
Stan Yancey, LCSW, MDiv is legally required to maintain the privacy of PHI and to abide by the terms of this notice and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Stan Yancey, LCSW, MDiv will typically ask for your written authorization to share or obtain information from others. However, he may use and disclose information about you without your written authorization in the following circumstance:
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PHI may be released without your consent if required by state or federal law.
Stan Yancey, LCSW, MDiv may use or disclose information to notify or assist notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, your location, and general condition. He may leave a message on your answering machine or on voicemail as a means of communication. He may mail you a written notice as a means of communication. He may e-mail you as a means of communication. Unless otherwise instructed in writing, these methods of communication will be used.
PHI may not be released for any purposes other than those identified in this notice. Other disclosures and uses will be made only with your written authorization or consent and you may revoke such authorization/consent at any time.
He reserves the right to make changes to this notice and to continue to maintain the confidentiality of healthcare information. You will receive notice of any changes within 60 days of the change.
You have the right to inspect and copy your PHI.
You have the right to request that your PHI be amended when you believe that it is inaccurate or incomplete. If your provider does not agree to amend it, you may add an explanation to your record.
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I am not on any insurance panels. Some insurances cover out-of-network mental health care.
I accept check or cash.
You pay me, and then I fill out a form for you each session that you submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I am often asked by persons beginning psychotherapy, "How do I get started?" We will set up a time for your first session. You will come in and describe to me as best you can what is going on in your life that you want some assistance with so you can feel better or maybe cope better. You don't have to describe everything perfectly. I will ask questions along the way. We will work together in your journey of getting to a better place.
This is a very difficult time in our country and world. It is important to follow what precautions we can and as well remain connected. I am seeing persons that feel comfortable coming to my office. It is only my business in the office and you will not see another person in my lobby when you arrive or depart, because I am scheduling persons to not overlap. If you do not feel comfortable coming in then I am willing to see you via FaceTime or another internet meeting.