Brandee Distefano, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A, TF-CBT Certified
Brandee treats children, adolescents, and adults across a range of clinical concerns, with a particular focus on mood, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders, trichotillomania, as well as OCD treatments. In addition, she works comfortably with clients who would appreciate the delivery of CBT within the context of their spiritual/religious worldview.
She obtained a BA in Psychology from UNCA in 2010, and her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College in 2015. Brandee interned with an Adolescent Day Treatment Program, using Positive Peer Culture, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI). Following these internships, Brandee worked as a middle school day treatment therapist for three years primarily treating adolescents having diagnoses of oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and autism spectrum disorder. While working in the day treatment setting Brandee obtained specialized training in the treatment of childhood trauma, completing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) training through NC’s Child Treatment Program. She is certified on NC’s roster of TF-CBT practitioners.
Brandee is gifted in her ability to connect with both adolescents and adults, create therapeutic rapport and engage her clients in treatment. She is an expert in helping clients to recognize their strengths and reminding them of their positive attributes while working toward solution focused goals. Brandee feels truly blessed to be able to show up as a positive, caring presence that clients can count on as they reframe difficulties into opportunities.
Brandee lives in the Swannanoa Valley with her husband and two children (ages 17 and 10). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with friends.