Deirdre Street, a native of North Carolina, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist who received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2006. She started in forensic social work with the Fulton County Department of Corrections. She then worked as a child protective service case worker with the Department of Family and Children’s services, before moving on to work as a full time clinician at St. Jude’s Recovery Center drug and alcohol rehab. She has treated men, women, adolescents, pregnant women, and their children struggling with the pain of addiction and other mental illness. Deirdre received much of her training in Atlanta, GA.
She has received extensive training in motivational interviewing through Dr. William Miller with a specific focus on addiction. This type of approach focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and centers on motivational processes within the individual that facilitate change. She uses several mindfulness techniques to assist the client in slowing down, thinking through decisions, and gaining a sense of emotional balance. She has a strong background in conducting group therapy through setting boundaries with others and strengthening communication skills. Deirdre is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Deirdre’s approach to therapy is cognitive-behavioral with strengths based and solution focused perspectives. She works very closely with the clients to identify the needs, establish the goals, and learn to use new coping skills to reach the desired outcome.
Her areas of specialty include but are not limited to drug and alcohol treatment, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, mood/personality disorders, adjustment disorders, stress, anger management, trauma/PTSD, and grief/loss.
Deirdre believes that a significant piece to therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. Deirdre works in collaboration with the client to identify and help achieve the overall desired goals. She has a strong belief that ultimately it is the responsibility of the client to make changes while the therapist acts as a guide to help the client reach those desired goals.