Referring Providers

About Byalinah Shakir-Burgess, LCMHC

Byalinah encourages clients to be patient, to be kind to themselves and to trust the process. She treats each client as an individual and meets them where they are. Often using humor to ease tension and lighten the mood, Ms. Shakir-Burgess enjoys building rapport and helping people feel supported. When working with clients, she helps them identify natural support systems, set healthy boundaries, develop coping skills and process issues. Using active listening, empathy and unconditional positive regard, her collaborative approach to care focuses on building resiliency. With an impactful, far-reaching and varied career, Byalinah has experience working as a social worker, family counselor, lead teaching parent, in-home counselor and as the program director for a teen crisis shelter. Passionately devoted to improving people’s lives, she works to give people the appropriate services they need to be successful in life, be those counseling services, educational resources or community initiatives.

Partial List of Specialties

  • Major Life Change: grief, divorce, etc
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • PTSD - Childhood Trauma
  • Family / Parenting Therapy
  • Hoarding
  • PTSD - Victim of Abuse
  • Parent/Child Concerns
  • OCD
  • Opioid/Pain Med Use
  • Drug Use (non-opioid)
  • Pain Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Psychosis
  • PTSD - Single Incident/Shock
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Education & Certifications

– Master of Education from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC
– Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from the University of Massachusetts
– Certified Clinical Military Counselor
– Certified in Conflict Resolution and Meditation from Duke University
– Member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC)


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