Meet Ciera Hopkins • LCSWA

Professional Charlotte NC Autism Therapist & Counselor
Ciera Hopkins

Hey there! I’m Ciera!

Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, I’ve always been deeply connected to my roots. I pursued my education locally, earning a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

I was keen on advancing my expertise, so I obtained my Master of Social Work from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). With a solid foundation in social work, I’m committed to providing compassionate and professional counseling services.

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING INCLUDE

My Journey to Finding My Calling in Mental Health

Growing up in a large family, I understood the value of care and support from a young age. I’ve always wanted to be the person my friends and family could turn to during tough times, eager to offer a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on, even when I wasn’t sure how best to help. This innate desire to support those around me sparked a deep-seated passion for positively impacting others’ lives.

My journey to this profession felt like destiny unfolding. I was initially uncertain about my career path, but my college experiences led me to counseling and social work, aligning perfectly with my goal to help others navigate their challenges. My time at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) was transformative. I volunteered with families and children who were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, which was incredibly rewarding. I discovered joy in finding creative ways to aid learning and growth, affirming my commitment to this path.

Working as a family advocate at the Guilford Child Development Center further solidified my decision. There, I connected with diverse families, providing them comfort and assurance in knowing their children were cared for and safe. My role as an early childhood development teacher only deepened my understanding of the profound impact of offering support and positivity in someone’s life. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s words, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud,” I aimed to be just that for everyone I encountered.

Returning to Charlotte, I pursued my Master of Social Work at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), where I was accepted into the advanced program in 2020. This experience reinforced my belief in the power of being a voice and agent of change, however big or small. It was here that I fully embraced my calling to become a counselor.

Personalized Healing Through My Counseling Approach

My approach to counseling is rooted in a holistic and strengths-based perspective, ensuring I consider every aspect of an individual’s well-being. I tailor the frequency of our sessions—whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly—to align with your needs, with each session lasting 50 minutes.

Since flexibility is so important in today’s fast-paced world, I also offer remote or teletherapy sessions for those who prefer not to meet in person. To support our work together, I recommend resources like Therapist Aid and provide worksheets from our sessions. These tools are available at Bright View Counseling during in-person meetings or sent via email for remote consultations, encouraging continuous growth and reflection outside our sessions.

My Counseling Beliefs Rooted in CBT

In my counseling practice, I firmly believe in the power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combined with a full view of each client. It’s important to address not only the mental health needs of my clients but to consider their well-being in its entirety—physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. This perspective ensures that my therapy sessions go beyond merely treating conditions, creating a supportive environment for overall growth and healing.

By utilizing CBT strengths-based approaches, I strive to make the counseling journey feel engaging and safe. This framework empowers my clients, encouraging active participation in their path to improvement and self-discovery. My therapeutic strengths are anchored in compassion, active listening, teamwork, open-mindedness, patience, respect, and more.

Personal self-care is a priority for me, especially in balancing the demands of professional life with the joys and responsibilities of being a parent to a toddler. I make sure to find time for mindfulness and rejuvenation, understanding that I must also care for myself to provide the best care for others. This commitment to wellness is integral to my practice and personal life, embodying the belief that healing begins with holistic self-awareness and care.

Future Career Aspirations in Mental Health Advocacy

As I look towards the next 5-10 years, I aim to deepen my involvement in the mental health field. My core belief is that mental health is a critical component of everyday life, yet it remains undervalued in our society. My goal is to be a catalyst for change, increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

I envision a future where discussions about mental health are not just common but encouraged, breaking down the barriers of stigma that have shadowed this vital aspect of human well-being for too long. Advocacy for mental health is a journey I am deeply committed to, aiming to provide a voice for those who may feel unheard. Through continued one-on-one therapy and broader advocacy, I hope to contribute to a world where mental health is recognized as an essential part of overall health, deserving of the same attention and care as physical health.

A Glimpse Beyond The Therapy Room

In my downtime away from counseling, I cherish spending time with my family, a core part of my life that keeps me grounded and connected. My creative side flourishes through painting and drawing, allowing me to express my inner world. I enjoy a lively trivia game and any chance to make those around me laugh, but I also relish the calm relaxation of a good book.

Nature is my sanctuary, a place where I recharge. Singing, a passion nurtured since my middle school days in the honors chorus, remains a beloved hobby. Additionally, I have a keen eye for interior design and décor. These pursuits enrich my life and enhance my empathy, creativity, and connection with others, qualities I bring into my counseling practice.

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