Kacie Cooper Ford
Clinical Assistant, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
I was drawn to clinical social work because of my ability to sense the emotions of others. This gift inspired me to pursue an education in the field and learn evidence-based treatments to fill my toolbox. It is an honor to be immersed in the stories of those who are struggling. Being the medium in which an individual can heal by experiencing and processing their emotions has strengthened my own purpose. I savor the “a-ha” moments and the many transformations that can occur from the beginning to the end of the therapeutic journey.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in 2006. Then, I received my Master of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University in 2018. Prior to pursuing my Master’s degree, I worked in the medical field. This has been most valuable for me in understanding the importance of integrated care.
I am currently accumulating hours towards licensure through the Virginia Board of Social Work for both certification as a licensed clinical social worker and a certified substance abuse counselor. I have completed training in Trauma Informed Care through the state of Virginia and I am Foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Behavior Tech. In addition to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression and anxiety disorders as well Motivational Interviewing.
I have a strong interest in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and am in the process of becoming Intensively Trained. Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence-based treatment, supported by 20 years of clinical research, targeting a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive self-control, often referred to as overcontrol (OC). This treatment focuses on those clients who struggle with treatment resistant depression and anxiety, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, and high functioning autism. For more information on R/O DBT: www.abct.org
In addition to seeing clients, I am the lead clinical assistant at Beach Therapy and Consulting and have likely spoke with many of our new patients. I conduct phone intakes in order for individuals to connect with a therapist that best matches their needs. I assist with scheduling, billing, and other office duties. I look forward to working with you whether it is in the office during your intake or as a client in my office.
My specialties include working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem, grief and loss, substance abuse, women’s issues, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, chronic impulsivity, emotion regulation, suicidal ideation, and self-harming. I especially enjoy working with the young adult population as well as those with medical issues. I co-facilitate the Young Adult group skills training and am the lead trainer for the Friends and Family group.
Education & Licensure
MSW, Norfolk State University 2016
Completion of Trauma Informed Care 2015- (VA-NASW)
Completed Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy