Training and Experience

Lois E. Bernard, LCSW received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1988. Before receiving her Masters she worked for three years on the "front line" with children and adolescents at Appalachian Hall Psychiatric Hospital in Asheville, NC.

Following receiving her Masters in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill she worked for three years with adolescents at Chestnut Hill Psychiatric Hospital in Travelers Rest, SC. 

She continued working with adolescents at the Waypoint Program at New Hope Treatment Centers in Charleston, SC treating juvenile sex offenders under the supervision of nationally known sex offender treatment provider Jonathan Ross, MA. In 1997 she returned to the Asheville Area and worked for over 5 years as a Clinical Social Worker with the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. In 2003, Lois began private practice working with children, adolescents and adults with a history of childhood trauma including emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and in some cases abuse within a cult or cult-like relationships or organizations.  She has completed training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.