Individual & Couples Counselor, Sexuality/Gender Issues, LGBTQA Counseling


Connie is experienced Psychotherapist & Couples Counselor providing services for Mental Health, Sexuality/Gender issues, and LGBTQA Community.

CONTACT: (919) 647-4600 EXT. 0

My name is Connie Horne. Knowing the emotional pain that one feels which is caused by not being accepted has inspired me to be more determined to make everyone who enters my office know they are accepted unconditionally. I understand the feelings of depression and anxiety, and how to climb back from the brink of despair from my own personal journey. I have seen family members deal with these issues. I know the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, but was able to overcome these feelings. People remember my ability to have a sense of humor even in the toughest times and fighting for things in which I believe - building strong, positive, healthy relationships is very important to me.

I am an avid roller skater, and a competitive billiards player. I am interested in advocacy of the LGBTQA community and serve as an ally to the community. My direct, genuine, honest, caring, approach along with a quirky sense of humor allows me to admit my faults and share accomplishments to provide clients a sense of hope and the ability to see that things can change for the better.

EXPERTISE 

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC). I graduated from Governors State University in Illinois with a Master of Arts Counseling degree. I have certification in Positive Psychology and I also continue to seek out other learning opportunities in my field to treat my clients. I enjoy seeing clients able to transform themselves in a positive manner so they can live a life that is both satisfying and productive. I also enjoy watching individuals, couples, and families realize their true potential and move on from life's stresses. I work with adults and children ages 6 and up.

I am experienced in working with clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Oppositional defiance, adjustment issues, gender identity, and sexual issues (including sex offenders). As a parent, I know how difficult raising a child can be and I understand how it can affect parenting when a parent is battling their own issues. We will work through identified goals and attempt to reach an acceptable outcome for you and your family.

I work with the LGBTQA community to help educate and empower people who are often not seen as equal in some settings. I have seen many cases where family members and friends struggle with mental illness and/or sexual identity issues. I know what it feels like to feel powerless in trying to help someone you care about receive the help they need. I want to be there to reassure others that they are doing the best they can.

I believe everyone has the opportunity of reaching their fullest potential with the help of positive reinforcement and unconditional positive regard. They can also learn how to surround themselves with people who want to empower them. People have negative things happen but that does not mean they cannot turn things around and be successful going forward. This is what we together shall strive to accomplish.

COUNSELING APPROACHES

My counseling approach is very direct and I use humor (when appropriate).  I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Reality Theory, along with Brief Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing.  I often will use positive life experiences in order to encourage positive changes in others that are wanting to improve their lives.  When deemed useful I can offer personal techniques that have helped me during difficult times in order to give a more realistic approach to solving daily struggles and life challenges. 

INSURANCES ACCEPTED

  • BCBS (Out-of-Network for Blue-Local Plans for Duke & WakeMed)
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Tricare/MHN
  • Out-of-Network Benefits: I can provide a “Super Bill” or an Invoice for client to submit to their insurance for reimbursement (client is responsible for verifying out-of-network benefits with their insurance plan).
  • Private pay, fee schedule is as following for psychotherapy session:

Initial Assessment/Consultation  - $150

45 minute session - $90

45-60 minutes - $120

* There will be $50 missed appointment fee for appointment on Monday-Friday, and $70 missed appointment fee for Saturday appointments unless cancel appointment 24 hours in advance.

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