Welcome to Counseling Connect, PLLC

Welcome to Counseling Connect, PLLC

Welcome to Counseling Connect, PLLCWelcome to Counseling Connect, PLLCWelcome to Counseling Connect, PLLC

530 Lower Creek Drive Lenoir, NC

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Our Services

Mental Health and Addictions Counseling


We are all about Connection! We build relationships in and outside counseling sessions to help people realize positive change. We provide wellness and mental health services for a wide range of issues, specializing in co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. Face-to-face therapy is available in Caldwell County and Telemental Health is available in the state of North Carolina. Consultation for Animal Assisted Psychotherapy available in the western North Carolina region.

Our Treatment Focus


Our focus is to help people heal. We provide mental health services and addiction treatment through a holistic, client-centered approach, and offer a safe space to explore your concerns and increase insights and inner strengths to empower you. We will set goals in a customized treatment plan and support you in reaching your full potential. 

Our Client Promise


We promise to be there for you every step of your journey.  We are committed to advocating for positive social change and diversity by working with people from all backgrounds. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

Professional Counseling


Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience in our lives. Through the counseling process, we can help you learn coping skills and self care strategies to make life more manageable and encourage you to discover or recover your motivation, perspective, and joy for living. 



Trauma & PTSD

When you have endured painful and traumatic circumstances, it's important to know that you are not alone and there is hope for recovery. We are here to help you overcome symptoms of trauma and guide you through the process of grief and healing. 



Addiction & Substance Abuse

Many people who have experienced trauma or other mental disorders also struggle with substance use and other addictive behaviors. We can help you learn relapse prevention skills and make changes in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in order to establish and maintain a successful lifestyle of recovery.



Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

The human-animal bond is a powerful motivator and catalyst for therapeutic change. We specialize in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, a goal-oriented, attachment-focused treatment that combines experiential learning and traditional counseling techniques. This service is provided by a licensed counselor with formal training in animal-assisted interventions and a certified therapy dog.


Certification & Consultation

For volunteers interested in becoming a certified pet therapy team, testing and certification is available through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. 

Membership information can be obtained at: https://www.therapydogs.com/join-therapy-dogs/

Consultation is also available for helping professionals interested in training, selection, and practice of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. 

Please Contact rae@counselingconnectpllc.com 

Contact Us

We're Here for You

Please contact us with questions.

Counseling Connect, Professional LLC

530 Lower Creek Drive Northeast, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645, United States

(828) 475-5667 (828) 231-5199



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Intake Documents

Informed Consent for Psychotherapy (docx)




HIPPA (docx)


LPC Professional Disclosure Statement 2019 (doc)


AAP Consent (docx)


Release of Information (docx)


Services & Fees

Other discounted payment options available with Open Path membership: https://openpathcollective.org/clinicians/rae-burgess/

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