Meet Our Staff

Meet our Staff

Dr. Deirdre Jackson

Director, Center for Personal Development
(910) 630-7150
dejackson@methodist.edu

Dr. Deirdre JacksonDr. Deirdre R. Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 25 years of experience in the field of Human Growth and Development. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling/Counselor Education and Supervision from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a B.A. in Psychology from Dillard University. In addition to being licensed in four states, she holds a Certification in Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Teamwork Training, and was formally trained by the National Coalition Building Institute International, an institution “rooted in an understanding of individual, community and systemic change.”

She has served in a variety of positions, including, but not limited to, Executive Director, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Program Director and Assistant University Professor in the states of Louisiana, Illinois and Tennessee. She also had her own private practice in Nashville, TN, and at one time hosted both a television talk show and radio call-in show.

Her areas of interest include relationship issues, personal growth and development, stress and anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, as well as general life transition issues. Immediately prior to joining the Counseling Center staff at Methodist University, she served as the Clinical Program Director for an out-patient behavioral health agency in New Orleans, LA, the city of her birth.

To make an appointment, please call (910)630-7150 or send an e-mail. Please write "appointment" in the subject line to be sure of immediate attention.


Valarie McCants

Counselor/Therapist
(910) 630-7150
vmccants@methodist.edu

Valarie McCantsValarie McCants is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 31 years of clinical experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the counseling staff at Methodist University, she spent 12 years in private practice. Valarie’s father served 30 years in the military, so she has personal experience with and a heart for active duty military and veterans. She has worked in a variety of settings in Fayetteville and the surrounding region, including the community mental health center; as a consultant and provider for area nursing facilities; at a child/adolescent clinic specifically for military dependents; and as a consultant for veterans and military families facing the challenges of deployment and military life. She is also a Certified IMAGO Therapist, which means she has a passion for and specializes in working with people who are interested in strengthening their relationships, minimizing conflict and deepening their connection with one another.

To make an appointment, please call (910) 630-7150 or send an e-mail. Please write "appointment" in the subject line to be sure of immediate attention.


Elizabeth Warren

Counselor/Therapist
(910) 630-7150
ewarren@methodist.edu

Elizabeth Warren, Counselor/TherapistElizabeth Warren is a native of Fayetteville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Meredith College and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Campbell University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Prior to joining the counseling staff in 2015, Elizabeth interned at the Center for Personal Development for a full year. She collaborates with faculty and staff to lead group discussions in classrooms and residence halls. Her areas of interest in clinical practice include life changes/adjustment issues, interpersonal/relationship concerns, shame resiliency, general stress, self-esteem growth, anxiety, depression, trauma, body image concerns, and disordered eating behavior.

To make an appointment, please call (910) 630-7150 or send an e-mail. Please write "appointment" in the subject line to be sure of immediate attention.


Cory McBride

Administrative Assistant
(910) 630-7150
comcbride@methodist.edu

Cory McBride, Administrative AssistantCory McBride is a Fayetteville native who joined our staff in 2015. He holds a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University. He serves as the first point of contact for visitors and callers to the Center for Personal Development.

For general inquiries about the Center's services, or to schedule an appointment with any of our counselors, please call (910) 630-7150 or send an e-mail.

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