For nearly two decades, Anna White has dedicated her professional life to helping others. She began her career in 2002 as a Child Welfare Scholar, receiving extensive training and meeting additional educational requirements, to receive her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University. Immediately upon graduation, Anna became an Investigator with Child Protective Services and applied her passion for making an impact on the lives of children in a positive and supportive way. In 2011, Anna received her master’s degree as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from her alma mater, and while working her way through an accelerated degree program, she interned at WakeMed Hospital on the emergency room floor as a Behavioral Health Counselor. This internship showcased Anna’s talent for remaining calm in hectic situations and enhanced her ability to assess emergencies with a cool mind.
After completing her degree, Anna accepted a position as a Crisis Therapist at the Cleveland Crisis and Recovery Center in Western North Carolina. As one of the center’s original hires, Anna became responsible for curating the structure and facilitation of addiction and recovery groups for voluntary and involuntarily-placed residents. She was mindful to implement group therapy meetings because of its proven effectiveness as a therapeutic modality for substance abuse – a belief that she has carried with her throughout her professional journey. As an Assessment Clinician and Outpatient Therapist for Mental Health and Substance Abuse with RHA, Anna fine-tuned her expertise in performing comprehensive clinical assessments and diagnosing treatment plans for clients experiencing a full spectrum of issues and disorders. She also provided individual therapy sessions for clients not only affected by substance and addictions abuse, but also suffering from trauma, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. Before working at Solstice East, Anna performed LCSW and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) duties at Mission Hospital in Asheville where she utilized evidence-based therapeutic modalities including motivational interviewing.
Anna strives to take the shame out of the misconceptions of addiction. She recognizes that everyone has a loved one that has been affected by addictions and substance abuse. At Solstice East, Anna is involved in the oversight of activities that happen on and off-campus for students going through recovery. She is passionate about her work and is constantly developing and evolving programs that support her clients through individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Her overarching goal is to be an advocate for her clients and to give them a platform to be seen and feel heard.
Anna holds an LCAS certification and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting. She also utilizes therapeutic practices found in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her sessions. In her free time, Anna enjoys reading, being outside, and spending time with her family.