About Sheila

Sheila Read, depression therapist

I believe that you're doing the best you can during this challenging time but are limited by old habits of thinking, feeling and acting. I offer nonjudgmental support and feedback as well as teaching you new skills. My job is to help you understand yourself better and encourage you to experiment with change.

The lens I bring to therapy is the tension between acceptance and change. Many things in our lives are out of our control, whether we like it or not. We suffer when we try to change things that cannot be changed, such as other people, places or situations. I help you identify what you can change and what is best to try to let go.

My approach

Clients say I’m authentic, easy to talk with and insightful. Therapy with me helps with the following:

  • increasing awareness of thoughts and feelings that trigger problem behaviors
  • learning new ways of thinking about life situations
  • practicing techniques to become more grounded during times of anxiety
  • learning skills for emotion regulation to help with anger, anxiety and other challenging emotions
  • improving relationships with interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • learning to be aware of unconscious motivations that keep you stuck in fear or self-sabotage
  • developing a better sense of your authentic self
  • deepening your spiritual connection

In addition to extensive clinical training as a therapist, I am a yoga teacher with specialization in mind-body skills for behavioral health. Clients tell me the mindful movements and breathing practices I teach help them get out of their heads and feel calmer. They're excited to have simple techniques to use in stressful situations.

You're a good fit for therapy with me if you value meaningful, in-depth understanding; value personal and spiritual growth; and have the time and resources to commit to regular therapy.

I also teach meditation and have had a regular meditation practice for more than five years. I am committed to excellence in therapy. I regularly participate in new training and receive individual and peer consultation.

I have been married for 18 years. Spirituality and striving to live a life of love and service is essential to me. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, hiking, gardening, yoga, photography and travel.

Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NC #C004914) since 2005
  • Graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation (2-year immersion in Christian and other spiritual traditions of meditation), 2016
  • Graduate of Subtle Yoga Teacher Training (RYT-200) for behavioral health professionals, 2019

Invitation

I invite you to work with me to heal and develop a life worth living.  Please contact me to explore working with me.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from the first appointment?

In the first meeting, I hear the story of what’s bringing you to therapy, ask questions to get a picture of your life history, and help you clarify your goals. You also get a sense of what it’s like to talk with me and ask questions you may have about me or the therapy process. By the end of the session, we mutually decide if it seems like I’m a good fit as a therapist for you. If either of us decides we’re not a good fit, I am happy to offer referrals to other therapists.

How long will it take to feel better?

We decide together after few sessions whether therapy will be short term or longer term. It takes time to get to know you and build trust. The length of therapy depends on the nature of the problem, how long it’s been going on, and your willingness to try new behaviors outside of sessions. I usually recommend committing to weekly therapy for three to six months. We can then reevaluate your progress in meeting your goals.

How does therapy work?

Therapy is process of healing, going at your pace and taking one day at a time. Each person’s therapy will look somewhat different because each person is different. I recommend weekly therapy for best results. 

I am flexible. I use my extensive knowledge, experience and practical skills to help you meet your goals. In working with you, I help you see your strengths and become less self-critical. I teach skills in:

• new ways of thinking
• emotional awareness and regulation
• physical self-care
• practices to nurture spirituality

I start with you in each session. You decide what’s important to talk about. Most people talk about recent experiences, problems, and the progress they’re making. At times, I encourage you to make connections between the past and the present. This deepens understanding of the roots of your thoughts, feelings and actions.

I am not a blank slate as a therapist. I am interactive. I balance empathic listening, objective feedback and teaching new skills.

Is going to therapy a sign of weakness?

Absolutely not. Quite the opposite. It’s a sign of strength and wisdom to acknowledge our human limitations and seek help when we need it. It's then that we can receive what we need from others and develop right relationship with God. This is the meaning of the often-quoted phrase from Paul, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Unfortunately, American culture often takes individualism and self-reliance to an unhealthy extreme. Your parents' messages about asking for help likely affect your attitude today. When you keep doing the same thing again and again expecting a different outcome, it's time to do something different. I like to say, “When you keep hitting your head against a wall, turn left.”

What are your fees?

I charge $115 for 50-minute therapy sessions. I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. If you have that insurer, you will be responsible for your copay. I accept payments by cash, check, credit card and Health Savings Account cards.

 

Do you take insurance?

I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. That means you pay me a copay at the time of session and the insurance company reimburses the rest, after you meet your deductible.

I am out of network with all other insurance companies. Please check with your insurance provider to find out about out-of-network mental health benefits. You will be responsible for paying me the $115 session charge at the end of each session. I will give you monthly receipts to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

Why should I see you instead of a therapist in my insurance network?

Not all therapists are the same. It's essential to have a good fit with a therapist whom you trust and who listens to you and gets you. This is one of the most important factors determining your success.

Is living a life of meaning and love essential to who you are?

How important is faith or spirituality to you? I specialize in working with people who want to talk about spirituality as part of therapy.

How important is it to you to have a therapist with a holistic approach? I help you find balance in mind, body and spirit.

Are you LGBT friendly?

Definitely. I am an ally of the LGBT community and welcome you into my practice.

Do you offer evening hours?

Yes. I offer late afternoon and evening hours on Monday through Thursday.

Where are you located?

My office is located in Midtown Raleigh at 3710 Benson Drive, off Wake Forest Rd. just north of I-440.