Center for Personal Development Staff

Dr. Deirdre Jackson

Deirdre Jackson, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Personal Development
(910) 630-7150
Pearce Hall
Dr. Deirdre Jackson
Deirdre Jackson, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Personal Development

B.A., Dillard University; M.A., Xavier University of Lousiana; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Bio:

Dr. 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.

(910) 630-7150
Pearce Hall
Valarie McCants

Valarie McCants, M.S.W.

Counselor/Therapist
(910) 630-7404
Pearce Hall
Valarie McCants
Valarie McCants, M.S.W.

Counselor/Therapist

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Valarie McCants is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 31 years of clinical experience. 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.

(910) 630-7404
Pearce Hall
Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, M.A.

Counselor/Therapist
(910) 630-7150
Pearce Hall
Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren, M.A.

Counselor/Therapist

B.A., Meredith College; M.A., Campbell University

Bio:

Elizabeth 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 and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist 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, disordered eating behavior, substance misuse, and addiction.

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.

(910) 630-7150
Pearce Hall