Choosing the right therapist for you or your family is a serious decision. We believe it is important that you have access to information about the person that will be providing your services. With this in mind, we post the resume of each therapist on this website. (Please note we are in the process of updating this feature)
Your feedback, concerns, and input are incredibly important to us. We aren't administrators, miles away from services, and inaccessible to your needs. We're clinicians... plain and simple. Our doors are always open to your concerns. We want you to not just feel heard, but to know you're heard. We are invested in your recovery, your confidentiality, and your health. Please feel free to have a look at our resumes and if you have any questions, please give us a call or send us an email. We believe you have the right to know all you can about us before you trust us with your life story.
Joseph (Joey) Dickson, MA, LPC, NCC
Director of Mental Health Services
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Certified Family Therapist
Joey Dickson has worked almost exclusively with children, adolescents, and families for the past 12 years. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Joey is a NC Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. He has designed, developed, and supervised adolescent specific treatment programs for mental health and substance abuse in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga Counties. Joey has also served as clinical director of the New River Behavioral HealthCare-Watauga County adolescent treatment program and as the Juvenile Justice Treatment Continuum Coordinator for a seven county area. Throughout his career, he has worked with adults in both mental health and substance abuse. Joey has worked with Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults, jail-based therapy services, and has experience with crisis intervention for all ages. He has worked closely with schools, juvenile court, social services, physician's offices, and other community agencies to provide a strong continuum of care for adults, children and adolescents. Joey has also provided numerous presentations and trainings to the community regarding such topics as adolescent depression, school violence, psychotropic medications, grief and loss, substance abuse, drug screening, and others. He has attended hundreds of hours of child and adolescent specific training while in practice. Joey has served as the Risk Assessment Coordinator and evaluator for the School Threat Assessment Program through New River Behavioral HealthCare. He has served on numerous community boards and committees related to childhood mental illness and substance abuse. Joey currently serves on the Clinical Services Advisory Committee for ASU's Institute for Health. Always trying to think two steps ahead, Joey has been diligently working on bringing some new and exciting programs to our area.