About Me

The most important thing to know about me is that I am a mom to an autistic* son. Being his mother is the greatest honor of my life, which led to becoming an advocate in my community for mental health and disability rights. I listen to autistic adults in order to be the best mom and advocate I can be.

This life is also exhausting without proper self-care. I know firsthand the toll poor mental health can take on a caregiver, which then affects those we love. My life provides a rich foundation of empathy and understanding for my clients, for whom taking a few moments for themselves feels like an unattainable luxury.

Prior to finding my calling as a counselor, I taught English 101, Academic Research and Writing, at North Carolina State University. Love of classical rhetoric, beautiful words, and captivating storytelling runs deep in my veins. During those years I had a singular goal for my students: To provide tools to help them think critically, evaluate sources scrupulously, and become excellent communicators in order to be good citizens.

As a counselor, I still provide tools. I help my clients uncover their strengths, build resilience, and find joy in order to live their fullest lives. I come alongside my clients as a gentle guide in their journeys to emotional and mental wellness. I favor a person-centered, cognitive-behavioral approach, although I enjoy incorporating other modalities according to the client’s disposition. 

* I use autistic rather than “person with autism” due to the overwhelming evidence that autistics prefer this distinction.

What makes me qualified?

I received my MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA #A15914) in North Carolina and hold national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). As a CRC, I have education and training to understand the intersection of mental health with physical, cognitive, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. 

Where is my office?

I share an office suite with Alex Unwin Counseling and Lucia Pasquel-Lefebvre of Holistic Kids Speech and Language Services. We are conveniently located on highway 54, just off of I-40.

5015 Southpark Drive, Ste. 240
Durham, NC 27713

What are my fees?

My standard rate is $120/hour. I accept check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and HSA/FSA cards.

Feel free to reach out for a complimentary, 15-minute consultation.
Meredith@MeredithMDangel.com or